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The Alcatraz Escape by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Better Off Read by Nora Page
Braced by Alyson Gerber
The Chosen Ones by Scarlett Thomas
Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
Fleep by Jason Shiga
The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber
I'll Save You Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal
A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett
Karma Khullar's Mustache by Kristi Wientge
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz
Malaika’s Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn and Irene Luxbacher (illustrator) Merman in My Tub, Volume 2 by Itokichi
The Minotaur Takes His Own Sweet Time by Steven Sherrill
Murder Past Due by Miranda James
Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss and John Hendrix
The Outlaw Varjak Paw by S.F. Said
Ragtag by Karl Wolf-Morgenländer
The Road is Yours Reginald M. Cleveland Rooster Joe and the Bully by Xavier Garza
Runaways, Volume 1: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell
Ship It by Britta Lundin
Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
Time Ghost by Welwyn Wilton Katz
Wandering Son: Volume 3 by Takako Shimura
White Night by Jim Butcher
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: rereading for the American road narrative

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Canadian Book Challenge: 2018-2019
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 25)
May 2018 Sources
May 2018 Summary
On counting books: stop policing other people's reading
Thirty-one years of tracking my reading

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Ignoring the eight percent
There are 216 road narrative stories (that I'm interested in)
Traveling between utopia and uhoria: an introduction to the use of space and time in Oz and Night Vale
Who is Dorothy?

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Better Off Read: 06/20/18

Better Off Read

Better Off Read by Nora Page is the start of the Bookmobile mystery series. The series opens after the a bad storm with a seventy year old librarian at odds with the mayor who is too focused on the development of a fishing pier to care about fixing up the historic (and well used) library.

While the library sits damaged and only partially opened, Cleo is making do with a donated and converted bus, now renamed Words on Wheels. While out doing her rounds in the bookmobile, she's trying to gather together allies who will help fight the mayor's plan and get city hall back on track.

Given the set up, I expected the mayor to end up dead. He doesn't. It's one of the library regulars who ends up being a piece of work and a bit like Harry from The Trouble With Harry (1955).

Another odd thing with this first book, one that made me check numerous times to see if it was in fact the first book, was how everyone in town insinuates that Cleo has poked her nose into mysteries in the past — and not just the fictional kinds. Typically these first books make the murder a new and shocking thing for the protagonist, so it was odd to see someone who had prior, outside of the book, experience.

Oddities aside, the book was a quick and entertaining read. I will keep my eyes out for the second book. At this time, a second one hasn't been announced to the best of my knowledge.

Four stars

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Comment #1: Monday, July 02, 2018 at 21:43:38

MarthaE

This one looked cute to me. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.



Comment #2: Monday, July 02, 2018 at 22:05:38

Pussreboots

I did. It had a bit of a Murder She Wrote vibe.