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Because of Winn-Dixie

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ISBN: 9780763680862
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Published: Candlewick - December 8th, 2015

I re-read this for the upcoming Northshire Kate Dicamillo event and all of the feel good, hopefulness came rushing back to me. Ten-year-old Opal has just moved to a small Florida town. She adopts a stray dog who opens her world to all kinds of people and new friends just as she begins to learn about her mother that abandoned the family when Opal was three. This is a beautiful story about accepting the sadness and sorrow that comes with life. ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


Exit, Pursued by a Bear

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ISBN: 9781101994580
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

The co-captain of a high school cheer team is sexually assaulted while at camp and she has absolutely no memory of the event. Angry and confused, she is also strong and determined to not have this define her knowing and believing none of this was her fault. And it wasn't. Controversial subject matter, but not graphic. A satisfying, strong ending. I loved it. ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


Under the Egg

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ISBN: 9780142427651
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Published: Puffin Books - May 26th, 2015

Theo's grandfather's dying words to her are,"look under the egg" and what she finds may be the biggest art discovery in the last 500 years. Oodles of art references in this adventure mystery that takes you all over present day New York CIty and WW2 Nazi Occupied Europe. ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


Bud, Not Buddy

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ISBN: 9780440413288
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Published: Yearling - January 8th, 2002

Bud is an negro orphan during the depression. After a horrible experience with a foster family, he sets out to find the father he's never known using the only clue he has - a flyer his mom treasured featuring Jazz musician, Herman T. Calloway. Historical fiction, music references and compassionate adults determined to help Bud through his circumstances makes this one of the best books I've ever read. ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


Flora and Ulysses

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By Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763676711
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 10th, 2015

Quirky, silly story of a lonely girl and her recently acquired super-hero pet squirrel. This makes for a fun read aloud for those who like to be animated and/or entertained, yet Decamiillo hits all the emotional buttons relating to divorce, loneliness and new friendships. ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


Smell of Other People's Houses

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ISBN: 9780553497786
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - February 23rd, 2016

Set in 1970's Alaska, about 10 years after it became a state, four different narrators tell their story of neglect, abuse, abandonment, grief, guilt and heartache. Told extraordinarily well with a hopeful ending. Lots of descriptive and detailed cultural references. Loved this. ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


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