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Cloud Atlas

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ISBN: 9780375507250
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 17th, 2004

Reading this is a real adventure with some very funny, engaging characters! A common thread pulls the reader through time and space from the Chatham Islands in the 1850s, through a 1970s reporter investigating corruption to an apocalyptic future Hawaii and back to the beginning to tie it all up with an inspirational question, "Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?" If you liked Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy this should entertain and enlighten you too. ~ Reviewed by Heather Bellanca

Brass Ankle Blues

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ISBN: 9780743296588
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Published: Touchstone - February 1st, 2007

A good read, especially for teens/young adults. Ostensibly about race issues, but the predominant theme is really about family and belonging-or not-as experienced by teenagers. Two very different girls, cousins, have in common the pain of divorced parents and other teenage angst issues. Relatively tame compared to that which kids today are used to (in spite of scenarios in which the 15 years olds hitchhike, meet up with a guy just out of reform school and the like.) A story that kept me going, left me gratified. ~ Reviewed by Heather Bellanca


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