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A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe
Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
Black Cats and Evil Eyes: A Book of Old-Fashioned Superstitions by Chloe Rhodes
Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova
Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase
Classified as Murder by Miranda James
The Clue at Black Creek Farm by Carolyn Keene
Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell and Mike Feehan
It All Comes Down to This by Karen English
The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case by Elizabeth Eulberg
Kraken by Wendy Williams
The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh
Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt and Ross Collins
Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
The Million by Karl Schroeder
Paradox in Oz by Edward Einhorn and Eric Shanower
Restart by Gordon Korman
Running With Lions by Julian Winters
Weather or Not by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

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Cybils Update (October 16)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 01)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 08)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 15)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 22)
September 2018 Sources
September 2018 Summary

Road Essays
FFCC99: Orphan Uhoria Labyrinth
FFCC33: Orphan Uhoria Blue Highway: A comparison of The Sentinel and Three-Quarters Dead
FFCC00: Orphan Uhoria Interstate: The Polar Express, Waiting for Augusta, and Winterhouse
Road Narrative Update for September 2018

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Midnight Without a Moon: 10/01/18

Midnight Without a Moon

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson is the first of the Rose Lee Carter series and is inspired by the stories the author heard from her grandfather. The setting is 1955 Mississippi. Rose works in the cotton fields but is secretly teaching herself everything she can about the NAACP. She has plans to leave Mississippi and make a better life for herself.

Rose's grandmother wishes she would leave well enough alone. Live with the evil you know rather than inviting new trouble on the family. Grandmother's advice seems to make sense when a neighbor is shot after registering to vote.

A lot of what is covered here is covered in March Book One but the target audience is younger. As the book is also based the memories of stories heard as a child, it's also less focused, weaving instead from one emotional hit to the next.

For me, it took until the last third of the novel to really feel like I knew Rose. It ended strongly with her deciding to stay and fight, something I hadn't expected given the emphasis on wanting to / needing to leave. It has left me curious enough to see what happens next.

The next book is A Sky Full of Stars, which came out in January.

Three stars

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