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Adrift on St. John by Rebecca M. Hale
Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars by Daniel Pinkwater
Bad Girls by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple
Bluffton by Matt Phelan
Brave Harriet: The First Woman to Fly the English Channel by Marissa Moss
Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
Bullying Under Attack by John Meyer
Dead City by James Ponti
The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis
Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
Dear Teen Me by E. Kristin Anderson
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente
Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats
Good Night California by Adam Gamble
How to Moon a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
How to Tail a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
Junie B., First Grader, Shipwrecked by Barbara Park
Looks Like Daylight by Deborah Ellis
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's by Barbara O'Connor
A Question of Magic by E.D. Baker
The Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater
Snuff by Terry Pratchett
Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman
The Spooky Tail of Prewitt Peacock by Bill Peet
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tommysaurus Rex by Doug TenNapel
Voltron Volume 1: Shelter from the Storm by Brian Smith
Wandering Son: Volume 1 by Shimura Takako Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks

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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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Comments for Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat

Brother, I'm Dying: 05/15/14

Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat

Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat is a memoir written as novel about life in Haiti and the incidents that drove different members of her family to leave for the United States. It's told in a series of flashbacks interwoven with the present day, a time when the author is unexpectedly but happily pregnant for the first time.

Though on the surface a memoir, Brother, I'm Dying is the story of two brothers, Danticat's father and uncle. Her father was first to leave for the United States having grown tired of not being able to make ends meet as a tailor, only to become a taxi driver. Her uncle, a minister, stayed behind to run his church and provide for his neighborhood, staying until the bitter end, when he was forced to leave under the cover of darkness and in disguise during the political unrest and the United Nations occupation.

I listened to the Record Books audio, read beautifully by Robin Miles. It was a fascinating, though provoking, anger inducing and heartbreaking book. Anyone wanting to learn more about Haiti and the Haitian experience in the United States, must read (or listen) to this book.

Five stars

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