Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake ~ 320 pages ~ published 3/6/18 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen’s house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm–and what’s worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.
Mysteriously, Ivy’s drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks–and hopes–that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the strength and courage to follow her true feelings?
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I discovered the magical world of book subscription boxes last year, and I have not looked back! This is such an amazing way to discover new books, as well as receive some really great bookish swag!
I have decided that I am going to start trying out a different book box every month or so in order to find which one is my favorite! There are so many of them out there! OwlCrate has been my longest running book box subscription, so it seemed fitting to post my first ‘unboxing’ with their February box!
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Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.
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Reading has always been a favorite pastime of mine, even when I was a little girl. I would obsess over my favorite books, re-reading them over and over again. As Kathleen Kelly says in the ever-so-lovely film You’ve Got Mail, “When you read a book as a child, it becomes part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.” And I could not agree more!
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1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life – someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon ~ 850 pages ~ published 6/1/91 by Dell Publishing Company
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
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