Apr. 2019 Julie’s review of A Season of Gifts, by Richard Peck



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This book reads like a comedy with a tear-jerker hitch.  I could only read it from a motherly perspective, so it may not strike the same chord with you, but honestly, I believe that everyone will feel some kind of embarrassing sappy moment by the end of this book. Don’t believe me? Try me. You’ll be pulling from the Kleenex box before the end.


Apr. 2019 Julie’s review of Breaking Stalin’s Nose, by Eugene Yelchin



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Here we have 11 year-old Sasha, who is a proud and loyal communist, like his father.  Very suddenly the tables turn in a way that perhaps an American grade school student  cannot begin to identify with today.  The book only takes 1-2 hours to read. I just couldn’t put it down! I had to find out how this was all going to play out.  Probably one of those books that adults WANT kids to love, but really it’s more for the adults.

Jan. 2019 Julie’s review of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly

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Yep, this author CRUSHED IT!

I think if Calpurnia were alive today, she would probaby love country music.

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When I think of Calpurnia, I think of strong, talented women who fight society’s perception of conformity.

What I loved about this book was the poetic writing.  I found my self re-reading certain sentences just to savor them.  The author obviously labored to use literary devices that made writing this an art form.  Often times, while nothing particularly exciting going on, I was swept away by the humorous and relatable circumstances that defined Calpurnia’s story.  I was sorry to finish this one, and I hope you read it and fall in love just like I did.