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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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Sherman Alexie is one of my new favorite authors!  This book gives a true, and kind of sad, look into life on an Indian reservation (the rez).  The main character, Junior. is real, raw, and seems to speak right to you in the book.  Jumior decides to leave the rez to go to an all white school because he is sick and tired of the drinking and craziness of all of his Indian friends and family. but what he finds is that he feels he has to be both Indian and white, which causes him to lose some of what he holds most dear to his heart.  A great, quick read that really made me want to dig deeper into life on an Indian reservation. There are great sketches throughout the book as Junior writes comics and his comics give a very real voice to what he is thinking and feeling!

 

I will be reading more of Sherman Alexie!

Happy Reading!

Beth

Refugee by Alan Gratz

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I COULD NOT put this book down!  My husband and I went golfing and I stashed my kindle in my golf bag and read the last four holes while my husband whacked away at the ball!  It is the story of three refugees, all middle school age.  One is fleeing from the Nazis in Germany, one from Cuba after the fall of the Soviet Union and one from Syria.  Their harrowing stories of fleeing their homes and their journey to, hopefully, freedom will have you on the edge of your seat.  I could not turn the pages fast enough! It is a fast read and I now want to read more of Alan Gratz!

Happy Reading!

Beth

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Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals

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Wow…what a book!  I read this one last year, but reread it this summer because it was sooooo good!  Written by Melba Pattillo Beals, who was 16 when she was chosen to integrate into Little Rock School during a Civil Rights firestorm.  Warning…this book was difficult to read at times because of the horrific treatment of the African Americans who were chosen to go to an all white school however, all of the hatred these teenagers faced is 100% true because Melba was there!   This is a must read for everyone and would be a great family read so parents and students can discuss this time period in history!

Happy Reading,

Beth

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March…a series

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I just finished the first book in the March series, by John Lewis who is currently at U.S. Representative in/for Georgia.  March is the first hand account of Lewis’ journey through the Civil Rights movement.  Lewis was a member of the Freedom Riders and was arrested over 40 times during his fight for civil rights and in 1965 endured a fractured skull during a march on voting rights for African Americans.   I am not much of a “series” reader, but this one I want to finish and because it is a graphic novel, the reading went pretty quickly!  This is a good one to launch readers into learning more about this time period in history, which is really fascinating!

Happy Reading!

Beth

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Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

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If you like football, you will love this book!  I am not a huge football fan, but I still liked how fast paced this book was.  It is about a teenager who is faced with the struggles of living in the shadows of his dad, who played in the NFL.  The main character faces challenges with friends, coaches, teammates, family and himself.  This was a quick read!

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