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Across the Continent by The Lincoln Highway by Effie Price Gladding
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights by John Steinbeck
Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief by Maurice Leblanc
Baby Driver: A Story About Myself by Jan Kerouac
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Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Buttons and Bones by Monica Ferris
Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
The Colossus of Roads: Myth and Symbol Along the American Highway by Karal Ann Marling
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
Far from Fair by Elana K. Arnold
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy by Susan Vaught
The Friendship Riddle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen
The Isle by Jordana Frankel Jem and The Holograms 1 by Kelly Thompson
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
The Missing Ink by Karen E. Olson
Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
No Ghouls Allowed by Victoria Laurie
Painting with a Lens by Rod Deutschmann and Robin Deutschmann
Photography of Natural Things by Freeman Patterson
Splat and the Cool School Trip by Rob Scotton
Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave by Jen White
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
Umbrella by Taro Yashima The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
The Ward by Jordana Frankel
The Woman-Haters by Joseph C. Lincoln

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My life as a teenage book addict, or, Sarah becomes a reader
Playing Pokémon Go as a parent
The terrible previews before Ghostbusters

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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



Jem and The Holograms 1: 07/07/16

Jem and The Holograms 1 by Kelly Thompson

Jem (aka Jem and the Holograms) was a cartoon that ran from 1985-1988. In San Diego it was an after school, UHF type cartoon, airing on KUSI channel 51/9. Although, I as a teenage girl, was the target audience and I did watch every single episode, it was my brother (who was five when it premiered) who was the diehard fan.

After creating a booklr tumblr, I started noticing a huge fandom for the show and it was through them that I came to appreciate the cartoon. It was also through Tumblr that I learned of the new comic book series, updated for the present day. I had to read it! Apparently so did everyone else in Castro Valley and Fairview as there was a six month (I kid you not!) hold list on the first volume.

I decided to stick it out and read the library copy and if I liked it, I would purchase the remaining books as they came out. Turns out I didn't just like volume 1, I LOVED it. It's been updated for the present day with current (albeit recognizably with Jem and Misfits outlandish colors).

Jem and the Holograms have to be stopped

This first volume introduces all the key players and explains how Jem came to be Jerrica's alter ego and how the Holograms end up being the rivals of the Misfits. There are subplots, romance, and mayhem.

I'm eager to jump into volume 2 and 3.

Five stars

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