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American Road by Pete Davies
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part Three by Gene Luen Yang
Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer
Dead Air by Michelle Schusterman
Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt
Digital Photographer's Handbook by Tom Ang
Doctor Who: The Nameless City by Michael Scott
Everything's Amazing [sort of] by Liz Pichon
Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison
Fed, White, and Blue: Finding America with My Fork by Simon Majumdar
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
The Last Days of California by Mary Miller
The Locksmith issue 2 by Terrance Grace
The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
The Mystery of the Scarlet Rose by Irene Adler
The Numberlys by William Joyce
PopCo by Scarlett Thomas
Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates
Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop
Romance of the Road by Ronald Primeau
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 2: Feasts of Fury by Eric Colossal
The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Thai Die by Monica Ferris
Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

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How I spend my time
I don't only post reviews
On leveled reading — or leveled reading didn't make me a life long reader
On reading ebooks and digital fatigue
Twenty-nine years of being a reader
What are my thoughts on audiobooks?

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Dear Hank Williams: 06/19/16

Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt

Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt is an epistolary middle grade novel. Tate P. Ellerbee has a new teacher who wants the class to hone their letter writing skills. She has Japanese pen pals picked out for each child except it's 1948 rural Louisiana.

Frankly even as late as the 1980s there was anti-Japanese sentiment even in liberal California. How difficult it is to undo the affects of war, real or imagined.

Tate like many of her classmates ignores her teacher's request and picks out her own pen pal. While most children chose a friend or a relative, Tate decides to send fan mail to her favorite singer, Hank Williams.

So it is what it is. Fictional fan mail to Hank Williams. Descriptions of small town life in Alabama. Observations on race and racism. Slice of post WWII life.

It'll either be your thing or it won't.

Two stars

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