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Adventures of Rusty & Ginger Fox by Tim Ostermeyer
Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Lisa Martin
Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Daylight Moonlight by Matt Patterson
Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend by Victoria Laurie
The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Gringa in a Strange Land by Linda Dahl
I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story by Pete Nelson
Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Naomi and the Horse-Flavored T-Shirt by Dan Boehl
Nicking Time by T. Traynor
Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey
Rifka Takes a Bow by Rebecca Rosenberg Perlov
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
So Thick the Fog by Catherine Pomeroy Stewart
Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Happy Place: Living the Good Life in America by Bentz Plagemann
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick
A Timely Vision by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Tourmaline by Joanna Scott
Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan
What Color Is My World? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Comments for Naomi and the Horse-Flavored T-Shirt

Naomi and the Horse-Flavored T-Shirt: 10/18/13

cover artIn Kosher Nation by Sue Fishkoff I read that in the 1960s an estimated 90% of food consumed by American was processed. Naomi and the Horse-Flavored T-Shirt by Dan Boehl takes that thought to the extreme, imagining a near future where (at least in what remain of Texas), all food is created by the factory. Imagine a culture and economy based on paste production and consumption.

Naomi, the titular character, can see that a world built around paste doesn't make any sense. She decides to follow her heart and discover the truth behind the factory. Of course anyone familiar with the expression "ready for the glue factory" won't exactly be surprised by what she finds — but there are a few other eye opening details left for discovery.

Although the writing is a little rough around the edges, it reads like a blend of George Orwell (for the dystopian allegory) and Roald Dahl.

Three stars

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