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Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder

104-year-old Aganetha Smart is a former (and fictional) Olympic athlete now alone and forgotten by history. When two young strangers appear and take Aganetha…

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Two Lovely Berries by A. M. Blair

I first heard about Two Lovely Berries from Katie at Words for Worms. I’m a big fan of AMB’s blog, but had somehow missed that…

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Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Gracefully Grayson is a compelling, heartrending piece of middle grade fiction that kept me reading, pretty much straight through, into the wee hours of…

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A Brief Moment of Weightlessness by Victoria Fish

Imagine you’ve just started reading a book by a new-to-you author, and you find you are absolutely captivated, even before you finish the first…

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How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

After shaming herself on local television, fourteen-year-old Johanna Morrigan decides to reinvent herself. It’s 1990, prime time for sex, drugs, and rock and roll….

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I’ll Give You Something to Cry About by Jennifer Finney Boylan

My first impression of I’ll Give You Something to Cry About was shaky. So many important details about the characters were delivered right off the bat,…

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2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas is a day in the life of three characters in Philadelphia: Madeleine, a 9-year-old aspiring singer who is mourning…

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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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Blossoms and Bayonets by Jana McBurney-Lin and Hi-Dong Chai

  Based on the true story of co-author Hi-Dong Chai, Blossoms and Bayonets is the fictional coming-of-age story of 15-year-old He-Seung, the middle child…

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Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen

  Lee Lien has just earned her PhD in English, but has no immediate job prospects. Upon returning home, she is forced to face…

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