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Are We There Yet? by Nina Laden
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas
Egg by Kevin Henkes
Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Over Easy by Mimi Pond
The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Kitchener Waterloo: A Guidebook from Memory edited by Robert Motum
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec
Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala by Laura DiSilverio
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh
Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Traveling Light by Lynne Branard
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
Vampires on the Run by C.M. Surrisi
XVI by Julia Karr

Detour ahead
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 3)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 10)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 17)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 24)
March 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
March 2017 ROOB and News
What's your earliest memory of reading?

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8

Smoky Night: 04/01/17

Smoky Night by by Eve Bunting

Smoky Night by Eve Bunting is a picture book about neighbors in an apartment building being brought together when protests erupt on the street below.

A young boy and his mother try to ride out the rioting until the fires start. Knowing they have to flee their apartment, they grab what they can and head out into the streets. Along the way they run into a older neighbor they don't talk to. She is missing her cat and that moment of vulnerability breaks down the negative preconceptions the mother and son have.

The story is set in Los Angeles and came on the heels of the Rodney King protests of 1992. In these days of protests over police violence the book remains unfortunately relevant.

David Diaz's vibrant illustrations earned the book the 1995 Caldecott.

Five stars

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