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The Fell Sword by Miles Cameron

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The Fell Sword is the second book in Miles Cameron’s five book “The Traitor Son Cycle” series.  It picks up where the first book left off.  The book is about a company of mercenaries and their captain, the Red Knight.  In this installment, the company comes to the rescue of the Emperor’s daughter, who is …

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Wildlife by Fiona Wood

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I really liked Wildlife by Fiona Wood. It is about two 16 year old girls, Sib and Lou, whose school has a “term in the woods” program.  Lou is new.  She just transferred in.  Her boyfriend died in an accident and she is trying to cope with her grief.  Lou is no-nonsense, understandably withdrawn, and …

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hattie big sky by kirby larson

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

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Hattie Big Sky was inspired by the author’s great-grandmother who single-handedly “proved up” on a Montana homestead. Many thanks to the librarians at the ImagineIF Libraries of Flathead County, Montana for helping me find an audiobook for this project. Hattie Inez Brooks is a 16 year old orphan living in Iowa with her distance relatives, …

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Kindred by Octavia Butler

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Kindred by Octavia Butler is a very creative way of looking at the horrible and troubling history of slavery in the United States.  In Kindred, the protagonist, Dana, time travels from the 1970s to the American South in the years before the Civil War and the end of slavery.  In the story, Dana is descended …

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