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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
Allie, First at Last by Angela Cervantes
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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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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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Ratpunzel: 12/10/16

Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon

Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon is the third of the delightful Hamster Princess series. Harriet's hit a slow point in her questing and is stuck at home with her parents. Thankfully, her friend Wilbur desperately needs her help — a hydra egg has been stolen and needs to be retrieved before it hatches.

Vernon's book marks the third Rapunzel inspired story I've enjoyed. As a child Rapunzel's story had been distilled down to a princess or lady with a long braid, thick as a rope, who waits until a prince finds her and asks her to "let down her hair." He climbs up. They fall in love and he somehow manages to get the two of them out of the tower. The end.

In those stories the how and why of Rapunzel's incarceration is left out. I honestly didn't know about the witch or her motivation until first reading Rapunzel's Revenge by Shanon Hale. Then Tangled looked at how abusers keep their victims. Rapunzel was also given a reason — beyond straight up revenge — for being kept in the tower away from everyone.

Veron's version takes a decidedly different approach, again focusing on the kidnapper — a shrew — and how abusers are often repeat offenders. Here the second victim is the hydra — or will be as soon as it hatches. Rapunzel herself isn't really the point of the rescue, though she is rescued because it's the right thing to do.

Mostly though the book is about Harriet pushing herself to the limits in the name of being a hero. It's also a chance to see her friendship with Wilbur grow and for him to show some growth as a character and a hero.

The next in the series is Giant Trouble with a scheduled release of May 9th, 2017.

Five stars

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