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    Book Review | Beyond the Bright Sea

    “I’m just looking at you. Exactly as you are right now. And not because you’ll change, though you will of course. Treasure or not. But because if I could have built a human being, I would have built you. Just so” -Osh” ~ Lauren Wolk, Beyond the Bright Sea Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk “My name is Crow.     When I was a baby, someone tucked me into an old boat and pushed me out to sea.     I washed up on a tiny island, like a seed riding the tide.     It was Osh who found me and took…

  • Ballet Shoes

    Book Review | Ballet Shoes

    Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild I just finished reading Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. It has been on my reading list for a very long time now. I received the book for Christmas and was very excited to start reading it, but as you may have noticed based on my blog posts between Christmas and now, I read a whole bunch of other books before finally reading this one. I was not disappointed in Ballet Shoes. I was afraid I might be, because when you look forward to reading a certain book for so long, then you raise you expectations for it, and then end up…

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    Book Review | Crenshaw

    “Imaginary friends are like books. We’re created, we’re enjoyed, we’re dog-eared and creased, and then we’re tucked away until we’re needed again.” ~ Katherine Applegate, Crenshaw Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate Crenshaw is by Katherine Applegate, the author of The One and Only Ivan among other books. This one features Jackson and his family who are going through tough times financially. There is no money to pay the rent, hardly any money for food. Jackson, his little sister, his parents, and their dog may have to live in their minivan…again. Just when things are getting really rough, Jackson notices a cat. An abnormally large, outspoken cat.…

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    Book Review | Inside Out and Back Again

    I just recently finished reading Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. It was pretty amazing! It is a story inspired by the author’s own childhood memories of fleeing Vietnam, after the fall of Saigon and coming to Alabama. A Brief Summary of Inside Out & Back Again Young Hà and her family have always lived in Saigon. Suddenly the terror of war is practically on her doorstep. Hà and her family embark on a journey heading to somewhere safe. Where should they flee to? Canada where their Uncle lives? France? Or the United States of America? They choose to go to the United…

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    Book Review| Autumn Street

    “It was a long time ago.“Though it seems, sometimes, that most things that matter happened a long time ago, that is not really true. What is true is this: bu the time you realize how much something mattered, time has passed; by the time it stops hurting enough that you can tell about it, first to yourself, and finally to someone else, more time has passed; then, when you sit down to begin the telling, you have to begin this way:“It was a long time ago.” ~ Lois Lowry, Autumn Street Autumn Street by Lois Lowry Autumn Street by Lois Lowry is the first book…

  • The Secret Keepers

    Book Review | The Secret Keepers

    “The ocean was the greatest secret keeper of all. Some of its secrets, like the hidden shoals, could be discovered, but most would never be known. Thousands upon thousands might be revealed, yet there would always be more that remained hidden. The ocean was probably the most mysterious thing in the world, Reuben thought, except for a person.” ~ Trenton Lee Stewart, The Secret Keepers The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart is fairly new book, having been published in 2016. In the creation of The Secret Keepers, the author of The Mysterious Benedict Society has worked his…

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    Book Review| Bud, Not Buddy

    “There comes a time when you’re losing a fight that it just doesn’t make sense to keep on fighting. It’s not that you’re being a quitter, it’s just that you’ve got the sense to know when enough is enough.” ~ Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy Brief Summary of Bud, Not Buddy Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis takes place during the Great Depression of the 1930’s in Flint, Michigan. It is the story of a young boy named Bud Caldwell, who goes out into the big world to find his father. He no longer has a mother, and his mother never told him…