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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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Buttons and Bones by Monica Ferris
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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
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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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Monkey Beach: 07/08/16

Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson

Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson is set in the Haisla town of Kitamaat. It's a remote community on an island roughly five hundred miles north of Vancouver, BC, and five hundred miles south of Juneau, AK. It's up a river far enough that from any of the cruise ships that pass by, it and and the river would be lost in the trees.

Lisamarie is a tomboy named for Elvis's daughter reminds me of an older and more jaded Lilo. But Lisamarie's life won't be interrupted or enriched by extraterrestrials, though she does hunt for b'gwus (Sasquatch).

The book is divided into four parts of varying length. Each part is a different time in Lisamarie's life. Big events happen in the spaces between these parts. We aren't privy to the drama, just the quiet aftermath.

I'm not a personal fan of the long chapter-less parts. These chunks, save for the last one, are too large to be chapters. There are enough pages within each one to lose one's train of thought. As this is a rather quiet book, more scene and tone than drama and action, I feel like most of the book washed over me.

Two stars

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