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Review: Flesh and Blood So Cheap

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Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin. Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 2011. Review copy from publisher. It’s About: The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, that resulted in the deaths of 146 women. Marrin places the Fire within the context of the immigration [...]

Review: The Revenant

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The Revenant by Sonia Gensler. Knopf, an imprint of Random House. 2011. The Plot: 1896. Willie Hammond, 17, knows what she doesn’t want; she doesn’t want to leave school, abandoning her (and her father’s) dreams of an excellent education. She doesn’t want to return to the family farm, with her mother, stepfather, and half-siblings. She doesn’t [...]

Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz

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Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King. Alfred A. Knopf Books, an  imprint of Random House. 2010. Review copy from publisher. Printz Honor. The Plot: Vera Dietz, 18, hates and loves Charlie Kahn, her dead ex-best friend. Hates, because he died. Because before he died, he stopped being her friend, started hanging out with [...]

Review: Efrain’s Secret

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Efrain’s Secret by Sofia Quintero. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House. 2010. The Plot: It’s not a secret that high school senior Efrain Rodriguez takes his future seriously. He has a plan: Harvard. Maybe Yale. Ivy League, not New York City. The problem is he’s at a Bronx high school where Ivy [...]

Review: The Beautiful Between

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The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. Knopf, an imprint of Random House. 2010. The Plot: Connelly Sternin, a junior, looks around her high school and sees it, her life, as a fairy tale. Connelly is Rapunzel, living in a Manhattan high rise, hiding behind studying and SAT Prep. She keeps herself isolated, not just [...]