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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



Pantomime: 01/30/17

Pantomime by Laura Lam

Pantomime by Laura Lam is the first of the Micah Grey series. Micah Grey is the stage name of an intersex circus performer. Micah was raised female but the older they get, the more conflicted they feel.

The plot is interwoven between the present day where Micah is learning how to perform and with the past that forced them to leave. It's life in the circus without the fetishizing of characters as in Blood and Circuses.

As this is a circus in a fantasy world, the world building is done both through the places the circus stops to perform, and through the flashbacks to Micah's pre-circus life.

The atmosphere of this book reminded me quite fondly of Lord Valentine's Castle. Here though, the transformation of Micah isn't one of magic and their goal isn't to return to a life stolen. Micah's transformation is self created out of a desire for autonomy and a need to come to terms with being both male and female in a society that doesn't recognize a spectrum of genders or biological differences.

Five stars

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