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Aground on St. Thomas by Rebecca M. Hale
Art & Max by David Wiesner
Ava and Taco Cat by Carol Weston
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
Emily and the Strangers Volume 2: Breaking the Record by Rob Reger
Eric by Terry Pratchett
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Vol. 1: The Paradigm Shift by Simon Oliver
5 Centimeters per Second by Makoto Shinkai
The Flying Beaver Brothers: Birds vs. Bunnies by Maxwell Eaton III
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner
The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Hanging by a Thread by Monica Ferris
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
Monkey Truck by Michael Slack
Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb
Omens by Kelley Armstrong
The Outside Dog by Charlotte Pomerantz
Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deacon
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 1 by Eric Colossal
The Salamander Spell by E.D. Baker
Sophie's Fish by A.E. Cannon
Speak Easily by Clarence Budington Kelland
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
25 Roses by Stephanie Faris
Ukulele Hayley by Judy Cox
The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

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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



Paper Things: 12/30/15

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson is a middle grade story of a girl trying to transfer into an elite middle school for gifted students. Beyond the usual stress of maintaining excellent grades, filling out the paperwork, and making a good impression on the admissions team, Ari also has to deal with being homeless.

I don't know how many novels about homelessness there are. For any age level, this is the first one I've read. According to a report by the National Center on Family Homelessness, one in thirty children experienced homelessness in 2013 (Newsweek, 2014). Yet when homelessness is reported, it's usually in regards to drug addiction and the lack of mental health funding in this country.

Ari could have a home if she decides to stay with her guardian, a woman picked by her mother before her death. But Ari believes that family should stick together, so she decides to leave a known home for the uncertainty of living with her older brother.

With constantly being on the move the only thing Ari can take with her besides her homework (which does get left behind, sometimes, too) is her collection of paper things. These are paper dolls she's collected from various catalogs. It's her way of imagining a better life and is something she can keep tucked away.

As a child I too made my own paper dolls from catalogs. With catalogs being less of a thing, in paper at least, I wonder if this detail was more a bit of nostalgia leaking in. Regardless, they were an apt metaphor for how fragile life is.

Four stars

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