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The Amazing World of Gumball Vol. 1: Fairy Tale Trouble by Ben Bocquelet
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Curse of the Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene
Demon Book 1 by Jason Shiga
The Dragon That Lived Under Manhattan by E.W. Hildick
The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris
Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe
Ghostbusters International by Erik Burnham
Graveyard Slot by Michelle Schusterman
Hip Hop Family Tree Book 4: 1984-1985 by Ed Piskor
How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora
Imagine a World by Rob Gonsalves
It's a Tiger by David La Rochelle
Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown
The Lost Compass by Joel N. Ross
The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long
The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell
Pouncing on Murder by Laurie Cass
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
The Soprano's Last Song by Irene Adler
Stealing the Game by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
The Underdogs by Sara Hammel

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November reading and looking towards the last month
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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



How to Avoid Extinction: 11/29/16

How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora

How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora is about the cathartic nature of the American road trip. Leo's grandparents had been planning a trip to Utah to the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. The grandfather died before they could make the trip and now the date of the trip is coming up and Leo knows his grandmother is hurting.

Leo has also heard the whispers that his grandmother might be suffering from dementia. When his cousin begins to encourage the grandmother to take the road trip, Leo does the only thing he can thing of — goes with them.

Though the trip is different — Allentown to Utah — the sentiment was familiar on a very personal level. A few years after my grandmother died, my grandmother got itch to go on one last road trip. She hadn't traveled farther than the next city over for the entirety of his illness. My brother and I ended up with her on a road trip through Arizona over spring break.

For Leo, the trip is a meditation on life and death. The dinosaurs help him put his grandfather's life into perspective. Sure it swings a bit maudlin at first but it's part of the grieving process.

Initially I read this book for the 2015-6 CYBILs but it fits perfectly into my road narrative project. I will be going back and analyzing my copy more thoroughly on Tumblr.

Five stars

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