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Allegiant by Veronica Roth
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The Big Necessity by Rose George
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
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The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
Delicious in Dungeon Volume 2 by Ryoko Kui
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Galloglass by Scarlett Thomas
The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn by Carolyn Keene
Giant Days, Volume 9 by John Allison
The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol
Make-A-Saurus: My Life with Raptors and Other Dinosaurs by Brian Cooley
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Miss Communication by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien
Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck
The Tiger in the House by Carl Van Vechten
To Brie or Not To Brie by Avery Aames
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
The Unteachables by Gordon Korman
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles
Wild Blues by Beth Kephart

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April 2019 Sources
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The illusion of organized reading
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 06)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 13)
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 27)
May is looking a lot like mid March

Road Essays
CCFF66: Siblings going offroad to utopia

CCFF33: siblings to utopia along the Blue Highway: a brief look at the first seven seasons of Supernatural

CCFF00: Siblings to Utopia via the interstate

CCCCFF: Siblings through the cornfield to uhoria

CCCCCC: Siblings through the maze to uhoria

Road Narrative Update for April 2019

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CCFF00: Siblings to Utopia via the interstate: 05/16/19

CCFF33: A young Sam and Dean from the pilot episode.

The last method to utopia for the sibling travel is via the interstate or railroad. At this point I don't have an exemplar, so this post will be strictly hypothetical based on the three elements that would make up a narrative in this category.

The travelers this time are siblings. Brothers and sisters or just brothers or just sisters or nonbinary siblings. The point is, they grew up in the same family, whether by blood relation or adopted. They are traveling together either by choice or out of circumstances. If they are adults, it's probably by choice, unless it is to attend to a family matter (attending a funeral, a wedding, helping another relative move). If they are children, most likely this is a trip beyond their control.

The destination is utopia. It's an impossible place, a place not found on any mundane map. It could be a eutopia - good place — or a dystopia, a bad place. The key thing is that it isn't a known place. Travel to utopia usually places the narrative into the fantasy genre, though it could also be science fiction (with space travel, near future speculation, yet to be invented gadgetry, etc), or it could be horror. Beyond business how-to and philosophy books, I've yet to read a non-fiction trip to utopia narrative.

Finally there is the route taken. The route here is either the railroad or the interstate. It's a straight shot, safe, well maintained route to an impossible place. If The Polar Express included sibling travelers, it would sit in this category.

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