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The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen is currently all the rage with my 7th graders.  It may even be our book of the year.

This is a delayed success, since I bought a small set of copies for my class library last year only to have my students reject it in favor of  233 more words

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Dandelion Wine, Summer Morning, Summer Night, and Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine is a 1957 novel by Ray Bradbury, taking place in the summer of 1928 in the fictional town of Green Town, Illinois, based upon Bradbury’s childhood home of Waukegan, Illinois. 554 more words

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Dave Barry - Insane City.

Insane City – Dave Barry (2013, Penguin Audio, USA)

My hubby and I listened to this one during a long road trip we took recently. It was really the perfect story for the drive – pure, simple entertainment and a ton of laughs.  148 more words

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An LGBT Short Story Omnibus: Ben Francisco, Paul Bowles, and Sherwood Anderson,

This one is a keeper.

Before I can even ring, Uncle Gilberto opens the door and gives me a big hug and a kiss that smells of gin and menthol cigarettes.

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The Goldfinch

This novel being all the rage; widely reviewed; and resulting in a Pulitzer for Donna Tartt leaves me little to discuss. Accordingly, this review will be short and personal. 283 more words

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Tales Out of School by Benjamin Taylor

Tales Out of School by Benjamin Taylor is about the fall of a wealthy family. Descendants from displaced German Jews the Mehmel family is one of the wealthiest in Galveston, Texas. 365 more words

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There Must Be Some Mistake by Frederick Barthelme

When is thinking carefully cowardice? When is avoidance cowardice? Is it cowardly to evade and dodge, to leave by the side door, to step out of the way? 1,136 more words

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