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An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley Alienated by Melissa Landers
American Panda by Gloria Chao
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett
The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
Cold War on Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren
A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary
Giant Days, Volume 6 by John Allison
Internet Famous by Danika Stone
The Kairos Mechanism by Kate Milford
Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
Monsters Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
Out of Tune by Gail Nall
Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd
A Side of Sabotage by C.M. Surrisi
Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs
Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition, Book One by Jeff Lemire
Topsy-Turvies: Pictures to Stretch the Imagination by Mitsumasa Anno
The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

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February 2018 Sources
February 2018 Summary
It's Monday, what are you reading (March 05) It's Monday, what are you reading (March 12) It's Monday, what are you reading (March 19) It's Monday, what are you reading (March 26)

Road Essays
Introduction to the road narrative project
Metaphoric language of marginalized travelers
Place Character Shibboleth: Towards an understanding of bypass stories
Rethinking Urban Fantasy: Where is Nagspeake?
Road trip to the underworld: the Nome King and Hades

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Lost in the Sun: 03/04/18

Lost in the Sun

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff is a story of fresh starts and grief and feelings of guilt. Going into middle school, Trent is still reeling from the accidental death of his best friend during an ice hockey game. Trent hit the puck that hit his friend in the chest and killed him because of an undiagnosed heart defect.

Into Trent's life comes a new girl with a scar across her face and interesting name. Trent becomes obsessed with learning the history behind her scar, wondering if she is as torn up by the experience that he is with his friend's death.

Anyone knows this kind of story, knows that Fallon Little will never reveal the truth within the context of the story. She might tell Trent, and she apparently does at the end of the book, but we, the reader, will never be privy to that secret. The idea is that one's imagination will be far superior to whatever the author can come up with, so why mess with that?

But ugh. I personally hate that approach. It's been done to death. It's old and cliched and needs to be put to pasture. For a better approach to this kind of story, I recommend, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling (2017).

Two stars

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