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The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Mischievous Meg by Astrid Lindgren
Missy Violet and Me by Barbara Hathaway
Mister Orange by Truus Matti
Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage
Off Road by Sean Gordon Murphy
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Open Road: A Celebration of the American Highway by Phil Patton
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Missy Violet and Me: 03/09/16

Missy Violet and Me by Barbara Hathaway

Missy Violet and Me by Barbara Hathaway is about the summer Vinney spends with Missy Violet, the local midwife. Missy Violet helps families bring their children into the world even when they can't pay her. They find other ways of paying, bartering, doing favors, and more and more families are finding it hard to pay her.

When Vinney's parents can't pay Missy Violet, the midwife offers to take Vinney under wing as an assistant. Most of this book is comprised of the girl's observations of the midwife's methods and the wide range of families that make use of her skills.

This book is also predictable. By the end of the story, Vinney is of course forced by the weather and an emergency to put her new skills to use. Although she's only eleven and feels like she hasn't been paying all that much attention, she's up to the task and does Missy Violet proud.

Three stars

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