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The Accidental Law Librarian by Anthony Aycoch
Along a Long Road by Frank Viva
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
As Simple as It Seems by Sarah Weeks
Beating the Lunch Box Blues by J.M. Hirsch
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
Birds of a Feather by Francisco Pittau and Bernadette Gervais
The Bride's Kimono by Sujata Massey
Claude Monet: The Painter Who Stopped the Trains by P.I. Maltbie
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Devil May Care by Elizabeth Peters
A Dog's Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Dogma of Cats for Kids by Debra Snyder
Drive by Andrew Bush
Everything but the Horse by Holly Hobbie
Firestorm by Nevada Barr
The Floating Girl by Sujata Massey
For the Love of Autumn by Patricia Polacco
Fuddles by Frans Vischer
I'm a Shark by Bob Shea
A King's Ransom by Jude Watson
Lettice the Flying Rabbit by Mandy Stanley
The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson
The Many Faces of George Washington by Carla Killough McClafferty
The Power of Thinking Differently by Javy W. Galindo
Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2 by Gail Carriger
Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap
The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare
Wind Song by Carl Sandburg

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8




Tina's Mouth: 12/15/13

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Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap is a YA graphic novel about being a teenage American Indian girl in Southern California. It's presented in a comic book / diary fashion similar to Doodlebug by Karen Romano Young, or the Emily the Strange books by Rob Reger.

Tina records her thoughts on life over six months (eight, counting the epilog). Originally the diary is an assignment for her existentialism class but it mutates into something more. Throughout she begins each entry with "Dear Mr. Sartre..."

Tina's life unfolds through these entries. We learn of her trouble trying find herself. She is a native Californian of Indian descent. She enjoys her cultural roots but they aren't as solid as they are for her immigrant parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. She doesn't look like the native Californian that she feels like inside. Somehow she needs to find a balance between the internal and external.

It's a relatively quick and entertaining read, even for adults who have long since gone through those awkward teenage years. The book was nominated for a 2012 CYBILS award.

Five stars

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