Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto

Narrated by Em’s son, Em and the Big Hoom offers far more than his perspective alone. As the son informally interviews members of his family about…

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Get Up Tim by Sally Weigel

It’s no secret that so far, I’ve adored every one of the CCLaP titles I’ve read. The stories in Sally Weigel’s Get Up Tim…

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The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport

  The Romanov Sisters really did surprise me. What struck me most is how vividly Helen Rappaport portrays the Romanovs: not only the four sisters,…

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How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig

Thank you, Ken Ludwig, for writing How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare. Confession: I am a very reluctant Shakespeare reader. I don’t remember being…

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The Year She Left Us by Kathryn Ma

  The Year She Left Us follows the four women of the Kong family, spanning three generations, each with her own distinct personality and…

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The Late Starters Orchestra by Ari L. Goldman

  Ari Goldman decides to return to the cello after a twenty-five year hiatus. He starts out in his son’s youth orchestra, and eventually learns of…

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Problems with People by David Guterson

  The stories in Problems with People are ten snapshots of relationships, connections, human experiences, life. This collection explores how we relate to each other…

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Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro

  Cutting Teeth takes place over a single weekend, when a mommy group has gathered for a brief summer retreat at a beach house…

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solo/down by Lauryn Allison Lewis

  I was nervous about reading solo/down because the back of the book describes it as a “dark and surreal body-horror tale.” Totally outside my…

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The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

  Don’t pick up The Wordy Shipmates expecting a grown-up version of Thanksgiving-centered lesson plans from grade school. Sarah Vowell offers an accurate portrayal of the…

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