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Esperanza Rising

Pam Muñoz Ryan Esperanza smiled. When the grapes delivered their harvest, she always turned another year. This year, she would be thirteen. The picking would take three weeks and then, like every other year, Mama and Papa would host a fiesta for the harvest. And for her birthday. Esperanza Rising is on Time’s 100 Best […]

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Wonder

R. J. Palacio MR. BROWNE’S SEPTEMBER PRECEPT: WHEN GIVEN THE CHOICE BETWEEN BEING RIGHT OR BEING KIND, CHOOSE KIND. Fellow readers have been recommending Wonder for me for years, I didn’t understand why a kid with birth deformities–meh how powerful or impressive could this story be?  Let me tell you, after reading Wonder it has […]

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We Were Brave

Karla M. Jay We Were Brave is a multi-perspective holocaust fiction. The themes are heavy, the characters excellent, and the view of America is eye-opening. I enjoy holocaust fiction and nonfiction, if you do too, I recommend you give We Were Brave a read. Wilhelm Falk is trying to bring light to the crimes of […]

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Lord of the Flies

William Golding “I know there isn’t no beast—not with claws and all that, I mean—but I know there isn’t no fear, either.” Piggy paused. “Unless—” Ralph moved restlessly. “Unless what?” “Unless we get frightened of people.” I was so excited to see Lord of the Flies on Time’s Best 100 YA List, not only because […]

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Kate Dicamillo “Open your heart. Someone will come. Someone will come for you. But first you must open your heart.”  I am familiar with Kate Dicamillo’s work but never put aside the time to actually read anything. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is on Time’s Best 100 YA list for a good reason, it […]

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