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Azalea, Unschooled by Liza Kleinman
Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation by Kyo Maclear
Bisbee, Arizona, Then And Now by Boyd Nicholl
Blood and Circuses by Kerry Greenwood
Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle
CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
CatStronauts: Race to Mars by Drew Brockington
Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
Finding Fortune by Delia Ray
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood
Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia by Won-Ldy Paye
Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph M. Marshall III
"It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
Pantomime by Laura Lam
Pippi Moves In by Astrid Lindgren
Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Upper Mississippi: A Wilderness Saga by Walter Havighurst
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

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Crossing the Cornfield
January inclusivity reading and shortening the gap in reviewing
On reading your own books and moving

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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



CatStronauts: Race to Mars: 01/25/17

atStronauts: Race to Mars by Drew Brockington

CatStronauts: Race to Mars by Drew Brockington is the second of the CatStronauts books. The cats of CATSUP are enjoying their hero status but have basically been grounded by it as well. Meanwhile, around the world, other teams are readying crafts to head to Mars as the space race heats up.

The strongest contender in the Mars race is the Russian CosmoCats, based out of SOCKS. They have already sent ahead their equipment and are now readying their ship to rendezvous with it.

The last act of the book has the introduced CatStronauts and CosmoCats stranded on Mars in a set up that is a nod to The Martian but with more than one character and those characters all being cats.

This book, though, didn't gel for me as well as the first one did. I saw some missed opportunities. For instance, Japan is absent from the race to Mars, even though they are currently active in the space program. Wouldn't it have been funny to have NEKO as one of the agencies with homages to the numerous space based manga (Space Brothers, Saturn Apartments, Twin Spica — to name three)? None the less, it's still a fun book and if there is a third one, I will gladly read it.

This book like the first one, comes out in April

Four stars

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