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The Leavers
by Lisa Ko

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The Leavers follows Daniel as he grows into a rudderless young man, torn between wanting to pursue his own dreams and wanting to please his parents, or he's afraid they'll leave him as his mother did. It also traces Daniel's struggles to understand what happened to his mother and deciding if he should try and follow some leads that might have presented themselves to him. The book also follows Polly from her childhood in China to the day she disappeared, and outlines the difficult choices she is forced to make. Ko's storytelling is truly breathtaking, as she has created two characters who capture your heart and will stay in your memory. Neither character is 100 percent admirable, and at times their actions are frustrating, but you understand their struggles and feel for them. And while some of the other characters may make decisions that anger or frustrate, you see that they're also very complex, no matter how much time they're in the book.

Magic Treehouse Camelot
by Osborne Mary Pope

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I love magic tree house and how Jack and Annie travel to places and learn new things

Shadow Of The Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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If you ever wanted to read a love letter to those who love and treasure books, this is a must read. It was originally written in Spanish and translated into English. Now onto the review: An antiquarian book dealer's son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax's books in existence. Soon Daniel's seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

Polite Society
by Mahesh Rao

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Much like Jane Austen's original Emma, this is a retelling of her book but it's updated in the modern world and set in India. We meet Ania, Khurana, who is just like Emma, a socialite, the only daughter, self-indulgent, proclaims herself to be grander than she truly is, but good hearted when not being spiteful or naughty. She too loves to partake in matchmaking. Just ask her bau (auntie), Renu! She creates a profile for this online dating app in which Ania monitors for Bau Renu who's in her 50's and is fine about staying home and doing the things she loves to do, like reading wine catalogs that she can't order barrels or cases of since she lives in Dileep (her brother and Ania's father) house. It was through Ania's picnic gathering that Bau Renu met Colonel Suraj Singh Rathore. They encounter and can't tear themselves away from each other. They honeymoon in London and Ania tags along. One good deed done, now Ania needs to occupy her time and find something else or someone else to ....oh hello Dimple, my newest friend. Once again, Ania seeks out the "Mr Right" for Dimple, even though he's already there (Ankit), Ania declares,"Aim higher!" Dev Gahlot (family friend throughout their childhood) decrees Ania is not always right and sometimes unknowingly cruel.  The rest reads parallel to the original but this has much more richness of india to give its grandeur. I have to come clean...I read Jane Austen's Emma, saw the movie to see if it would entrance me to want to reread it with better appreciation and read this retelling tale. I've drawn to the same conclusion. I just don't care for Emma, the book, movie nor the retelling. If a graphic novel even came out, I will opt to skip it. I'm done with Emma. I've tried and I'm done more than my share to give it a fair chance. Yet if I had a baby girl, I'd consider that name because I do love that name. Oh wait, there's the name Chloe too. Nvm. ;)

Magic Treehouse Camelot
by Osborne Mary Pope

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I love how I learn new things with these books.

The Lady's Guide To Petticoats And Piracy
by Mackenzies Lee

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In the first book, "Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Vertue " we found Felicity Monteque to be a bit of a brat and a good foil to Monte for all the escapades. This time, she is the protagonist but she's far from a damsel in distress. She is a delightful character and this book shows a strong focus of female friendship and empowerment, regardless if you are a girly girl or whatever adjective you wish to attach to a woman during the 18 hundreds. Felicty Monteque is seeking apprenticeship to Dr Platt and oh is it an unjust world! His fiancé is non other than Felicity's childhood friend Johanna. Johanna and Felicity had a spat long, long ago when Johanna discovered she not only enjoyed science but being a real girly girl. Felicity took it as a sign that Joanna was no longer the same person and therefore no longer shared Felicity's love for science. As Johanna puts it, "why can't I have both?" Felcity also shares a kiss with Sim and as Katy Perry sang, "I kissed a girl and I liked it." I truly enjoyed it and felt it's a sold 3 1/2 but not a 4 star book.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2
by Jody Revenson

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a script from the play (currently only playing in London) that stars Albus Potter, Harry and Ginny's middle child, and his best friend, Scorpius Malfoy. Obviously we are not used to those last names being friends, let alone best friends, but their friendship is the best thing about this story. The second best thing is seeing Slytherin in a positive light. We, so far, have only read thing in this series that star Gryffindor's golden child. Reading other perspectives and representations of Hogwarts houses was amazing, and I wish we could get a lot more of it.

Magic Treehouse Camelot
by Osborne Mary Pope

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I love magic tree house and how Jack and Annie travel to places and learn new things

Diary Of A Friendly Awesome Kid
by Jeff Kinney

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I think this is a book to read when you are bored and have nothing to do. Overall it is a fun book, it discusses about events not mentioned in the other series (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). I felt that at times it was a little repetitive, but I would still recommend this book to younger kids. I think that kids my age or older won't enjoy this book as much as younger kids.

Treasure Hunters Book 1
by James Patterson

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This was a cute, exciting read. It is great for a 3rd - 5th grader because it is action packed and also has great illustrations.


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