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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525647843
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Published: Ember - September 22nd, 2020

This story is about more than just the honored Maidens chosen to accompany the soon-to-be-dead ruler to his grave. It is more than the Healer’s resolve to restore the dying ruler’s health and save the maidens from this esteemed tradition that she sees as certain death. It is the story of a teenage girl shouldering the responsibility of putting the pieces of her broken family back together and keeping them safe, a story of defying the odds and breaking free from what is acceptable or expected, even if it puts her own life in jeopardy. ~ Reviewed by Hannah Odasz

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780547928227
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Published: Mariner Books - September 18th, 2012

A must read for any fantasy lover! Set before the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, discover how the “One ring to rule them all” first came into possession of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Join Bilbo, a band of merry dwarves, and the wizard Gandalf the Grey as they set out on a quest to reclaim Erebor from Smaug, the dragon. This book has a more lighthearted feel than the subsequent trilogy, quite possibly due to the fact that this adventure is headed toward a hopeful future rather than certain doom if all should fail, despite how each decision made in this story sets in motion the events to follow. ~ Reviewed by Hannah Odasz

Wild Horse Annie: Friend of the Mustangs by Tracey Fern - Book Review

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By Tracey Fern, Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374303068
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 19th, 2019

Wild Mustangs once roamed free in the western part of the United States. Despite her skeletal disability and chronic pain that resulted from her childhood bout with polio, Velma “Annie” Bronn Johnston felt at her best when she was with horses. Her passion, love, and connection to horses spurred her to fight for the rights and survival of the wild mustangs being rounded up,mistreated, and killed in order to make room for "progress." ~ Reviewed by Hannah Odasz

Ashfall Legacy by Pittacus Lore - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062845368
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Published: HarperCollins - August 17th, 2021

This sci-fi novel is packed with action from the start. Syd has been on the run ever since his alien dad went missing and his human mom was attacked by another alien species. When he finally takes to the skies and heads into the Vastness, Syd soon finds out that not everyone is as they seem. He must determine friend from foe, or one of the futures he has been shown will be the death of all. ~ Reviewed by Hannah Odasz

Jo & Rus by Audra Winslow - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781684156108
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Published: KaBOOM! - February 16th, 2021

A sweet story about making friends, standing up for oneself and others, and letting go. Jo has no friends and is constantly bullied at school. One day she rescues a one-eyed cat in the woods, who leads her to an unlikely friend in the junkyard. Jo’s new friend encourages her to not let the unkind things that people do to her keep her from finding things she enjoys doing. And if she gives others a chance, she may also find more unlikely friends. ~ Reviewed by Hannah Odasz


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