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Restart
by Gordon Korman

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Restart was a very interesting book with a happy ending. It is where chase (the main character) hits his head and forgets his family, his friends, and who he is altogether. He has to put back together his life but the question is does he want to remember. It is a book for more mature kids but you should definitely read. I rate this book 4 stars.

Nancy Drew Secret Of The Old Clock
by Carolyn Keene

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I loved the book. I would recommend it to 3rd grade and older. It involves a lot of problem solving and mystery.

Decendants
by Descendants Books

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Decendants is about Mal and her friends, Evie,Carlos, and Jay are invited to Auradon Prep.Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos explore Auradon, meanwhile Ben and Audrey, the people who were giving Mal and her friends a tour were gonna go to the cornation with each other but Mal makes a love cookie for Ben to eat so Ben can like her instead of Audrey!

Motivational Interviewing In Healthcare
by Stephen Rollnick

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Great book for encouraging patients to consider behavior change.

This Book Is Antiracist
by Tiffany Jewell

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While anti-racist literature is (rightfully) increasing in popularity given the current racial justice movement, I feel like this book is under-hyped. I found this work to be incredibly accessible, easy-to-follow, self-reflective, inclusive, and candid. Tiffany Jewell, a Black biracial author, skillfully breaks down anti-racism into 20 preliminary starting lessons. After each lesson, she includes an activity for the reader to do in order for him/her/them to learn more about his/her/themself. If you read this book, I strongly recommend that you do the activities. The activities helped me become more aware of myself as a person and the institutions that surround me. Not that this matters but I now know a few coined terms, "Karen" and "Becky."

Magic Treehouse Camelot
by Osborne Mary Pope

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I love how I learn new things with these books.

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. ;)

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.

The Giver
by Lois Lowry

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I loved reading this book! It had so much detail and the story arc was wonderful. I would suggest this book to anyone as the world in the Giver book is so fun to read! It was a page turner and I couldn't stop reading it. I really want to read other books written by this author as she is one of my favorites!

A Path Appears
by Nikolas Kristoff

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inspiring guide to making a positive change in the world


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