LitStack Review: The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

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The Land of Forgotten Girls Erin Entrada Kelly 978-0-06-223864-1 Greenwillow Books Review by Angie Kay Dilmore   Erin Entrada Kelly’s second middle grade novel, The Land of Forgotten Girls, will not be easily forgotten by her readers. Once again, Kelly plows into the heart of a twelve year old protagonist and takes us on a [….]

LitStack Review: Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

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Blackbird Fly Erin Entrada Kelly Greenwillow Books ISBN 978-0-06-223861-0   In Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Apple Yengko is a typical American adolescent. Except that she is Filipino. And she is ranked number three on the mean boys’ Dog Log, a hypothetical list of the ten ugliest girls at Chapel Spring Middle School. Apple and [….]

LitStack Review: Evening Stars by Susan Mallery

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Evening Stars Susan Mallery Harlequin/Mira ISBN: 978-0-7738-1613-8 Nina Wentworth lives on Blackberry Island, a small community off the coast of Washington. She’s a thirty-year-old nurse in a pediatrician’s office, but her dream is to be a doctor. That’s only the beginning of the sacrifices she has made as primary caretaker of her family. Nina’s mother [….]

LitStack Review: Synchronized Breathing by Tara Ellison

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Synchronized Breathing Tara Ellison The Writer’s Coffee Shop 978-1-61213-189-4 After discovering nude photos her husband had taken of himself on his computer, Scarlett Spencer realizes her marriage is over. Deciding to divorce is the easy part. Navigating through the lengthy divorce process proves harder, messier, and more expensive than she expected. She and her toddler [….]

LitStack Review: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars John Green Dutton Books ISBN: 978-0-525-47881-2 The world is not a wish-granting factory. Sixteen year old Hazel Lancaster has a rare form of cancer. Terminal. But her doctors have recently discovered that she responds positively to a new drug. It will slow the progression of her disease, but not cure [….]

LitStack Review: ‘Lydia’s Party’ by Margaret Hawkins

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Lydia’s Party Margaret Hawkins Penguin Group/Viking ISBN 978-0-670-01576-4 Lydia teaches art at a small local college. She lives in a house in a suburb of Chicago with her ex-husband. And she hosts a party for her closest girlfriends every January. The party has evolved over the years and has become a highlight of the year, [….]

LitStack Review: The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway

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The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns Margaret Dilloway Berkley Books/Penguin ISBN: 978-0-399-15775-2 Galilee Garner breeds roses. She teaches high school biology at St. Mark’s, a small private Catholic high school. And she spends every other night at a dialysis center while she awaits a third kidney transplant. Gal leads a private life. She’s [….]

LitStack Review: Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi

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Prisoner 88 Leah Pileggi Charlesbridge Publishing ISBN: 978-1-58089-560-6 In 1885, a ten-year-old boy named James Oscar Baker was convicted of manslaughter and placed in the Idaho Penitentiary. Author Leah Pileggi wondered what it must have been like for James, a mere child, surrounded by convicts in the difficult world of prison life. She based her [….]

Out of the Shadow of Leprosy: The Carville Letters and Stories of the Landry Family

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Out of the Shadow of Leprosy: The Carville Letters and Stories of the Landry Family Claire Manes University Press of Mississippi ISBN: 978-161703-776-4 Few people these days give much thought to leprosy. True, it’s a rare disease – only 150-250 documented new cases in the U.S. each year. It’s very difficult to contract Hanson’s Disease [….]

LitStack Review: Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin

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Rules of Summer Joanna Philbin Poppy, an imprint of Little, Brown, and Company 978-0-316-21205-2 In Joanna Philbin’s recently released YA novel, Rory McShane desperately wants to escape her childish needy mother for the summer. She goes to live with and work for wealthy Larry and Lucy Rule and their family in the Hamptons. Rory’s Aunt [….]