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Captive by Claudine Dumont

How does it feel to wake up and find yourself captive in a small concrete room without the knowledge of why you are there or how you got there in the first place? How would you deal with this terrifying ordeal? What emotions consume an individual who is consumed by terror? As night turns into day, and day turns into night, your existence can go into replay mode, making nothing seem normal, and nothing make sense. That is what it feels like when you're being held captive.
Claudine Dumont captures this frightening situation with such accuracy and incredible depth. It feels like you are reading a book in 3D (if there ever is such a thing). Her writing is suffocating (you feel the suffocation that Emma feels in the enclosed room, you start drowning in the fear and suspense, and like watching a train wreck, you just can’t walk away). She starts to experience real emotion seemingly for the first time in a long time.
At first, there is a certain repetitiveness to the writing (intentional,…

Survival Strategies Of The Almost Brave by Jen White

A title that intrigues. A story that engages. Survival Strategies Of The Almost Brave by Jen White is a heartwarming tale of two sisters abandoned at a gas station by their dad. (Yes, that may not really sound heartwarming at first, but the relationship between the sisters, and their ability to charge ahead without fear holding them back is remarkable.)
Liberty is twelve years old, and the older of the two sisters. Billie is eight, and looks up to Liberty for guidance and protection. Sisters forever is their motto, but Liberty admits that being the older one can be hard. Billie can’t after all appreciate everything Liberty knows.
“Mom took it for granted that I did what I should. Twelve going on twenty-one, she had said. But what she didn’t realize was that I was always responsible because I had to be. At least, almost always.”
Liberty is hell-bent on being the best big sister ever. Ever since her mom suddenly died after being struck by a car, Liberty stepped into her big sister boot…

The Truth According To Us by Annie Barrows

This is a story about the writing of history. The Truth According To Us takes place in 1938 in a fictional West Virginia mill town called Macedonia. It takes place at the height of the Great Depression, which makes the story all the more epic, complete with the fixings of a great story set in the south. The family in question are the Romeyns, who were (and to some degree still are) a prominent family in Macedonia. But as the story unfolds, it is clear that there is a dark past.
Willa Romeyn is a twelve-year-old amateur sleuth…well, at least when it comes to her family. Smart, charming, inquisitive, Willa is constantly eager to uncover secrets about the adults in her life so for most of the book you’ll find her sneaking around; she feels she will be able to connect better with people she shares secrets with. And everyone seems to have a secret.
Willa lives with her aunt and mother figure Jottie and a cavalcade of others including her sister Bird. When her father Felix is not out doing wh…

A Ticket Around The World by Natalia Diaz and Melissa Owens

Only one book gives you A Ticket Around The World. A young boy travels the globe, and takes you along with him for the journey. From Canada to Australia, his adventures in food, adventure, history, are sure to entertain kids of all ages. It’s great to give them a bigger picture of the world.
Beautifully illustrated and simplistically told, A Ticket Around The World is a slice of culture, that will no doubt heighten the curiosity of children. The downside is they just may nag you to take them all over the world. But, that’s not really a downside is it.