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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
Allie, First at Last by Angela Cervantes
Avatar: The Last Airbender - North and South, Part One by Gene Luen Yang
Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder
Cat vs Human: Another Dose of Catnip by Yasmine Surovec
Catty Jane Who Hated the Rain by Valeri Gorbachev
Click Here to Start by Denis Markell
A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
Darned if You Do by Monica Ferris
The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon
Framed! by James Ponti
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat
How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel by Jennifer Brown
The Journey of the Penguin by Emiliano Ponzi
Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern
Kiki and Jacques by Susan Ross
A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Lost Cat by Caroline Paul
Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby
OCDaniel by Wesley King
The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon Hale
Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle by Laura DiSilverio
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Sticks & Stones by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems
Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Valley of Kings by Michael Northrop
You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo

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Favorite Own Voices read in 2016
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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



Be Light Like a Bird: 12/16/16

Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder

Plane crashes seem to be a recurring theme of my reading this year. Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder begins with the death of Wren's father. He had been learning how to pilot a Learjet when the cabin depressurized. He and the instructor suffocated and froze long before the plane crashed over the Atlantic Ocean.

Immediately the inclusion of the Learjet detail put me in skeptical mode. You don't just start learning how to fly a plane by learning how to fly twin turbine jet — not as a civilian anyway. Besides being a complicated process, it's also expensive.

It's the expensive part of the pilot's license equation that sets the rest of this book into motion. Namely, Wren's father wasn't paying the bills so that he could squirrel away money to learn how to fly a Learjet. Wren and her mom can't afford the back payments on the mortgage and are forced to leave their home.

After numerous starts and stop along the way, they end up in a boarder town on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It's there that Wren finds her bearings, finds a way to grieve, and a way to make this new place her home.

Although the book has been well received from early reviewers I just never got over the initial set up. Why not have him die in a business trip crash? There could have been other ways he was squirreling away the family nest egg.

The father's death though is really just the impetus for the road trip and the reinvention of their lives. The process of getting to the last seventy or so pages is as obvious as a dot-to-dot.

Two stars

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