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All My Friends Are Still Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
Doctor Who: The Spear of Destiny by Marcus Sedgwick
Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
A Female Focus: Great Women Photographers by Margot F. Horwitz
A Finder's Fee by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood
The Girl in the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Ian Edginton
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper
Mission Mumbai by Mahtab Narsimhan
The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King
Mutt's Promise by Julie Salamon
The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King
Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass
A Taste for Red by Lewis Harris
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
You're Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

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The invisible Pokémon Go player
Mind the gap (between reading and reviewing)
On reading diversely
Stop Americanizing imported English language books

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
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How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel: 08/16/16

How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating

How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating is the sequel to How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied. As of posting this review, I haven't read the first book, but I plan to.

Ana, her brother, and their parents live at a zoo, started by their grandfather. Ana had plans for her last year of middle school but her best friend has moved to New Zealand, where she's already starting high school. So now her friend has upped the ante, suggesting that they kiss a boy before the close of Ana's summer vacation.

Along with worrying about boys, Ana also has to contend with her grandfather's new exhibit, one devoted to sharks. While she gets over her initial repulsion, she also has to work with a girl she considers her enemy from school, a popular girl named Ashley.

If this were a typical good girl being kept down by a popular girl story (aka Babymouse), Ashley would be every bad thing Ana believes about her. When things start going wrong for both girls, Ana assumes it's always Ashley. She has a hard lesson ahead.

I really enjoyed seeing Ana grow as a character. She goes from blindly believing that the popular girl is a bully who will stop at nothing to stay on top, to seeing her as a flawed but decent person.

Five stars

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