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Book Review: The Fountains of Silence

by Ruta Sepetys cover and synopsis from Goodreads A portrait of love, silence, and secrets under a Spanish dictatorship. Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old… Continue reading Book Review: The Fountains of Silence

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Book Review: The Star That Always Stays

by Anna Rose Johnson cover and synopsis from Goodreads When bright and spirited Norvia moves from the country to the city, she has to live by one new rule: Never let anyone know you're Ojibwe. Growing up on Beaver Island, Grand-pere told Norvia stories--stories about her ancestor Migizi, about Biboonke-o-nini the Wintermaker, about the Crane… Continue reading Book Review: The Star That Always Stays

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Book Review: The Italian Ballerina

by Kristy Cambron Publisher's Synopsis A prima ballerina. Two American medics. And a young Jewish girl with no name . . . At the height of the Nazi occupation of Rome, an unlikely band of heroes comes together to save Italian Jews in this breathtaking World War II novel based on real historical events. Rome,… Continue reading Book Review: The Italian Ballerina

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Book Review: One Degree of Freedom

by Taryn R. Hutchinson *cover and synopsis from Goodreads* Fifteen-year-old Adriana Nicu lives in the sheltered world of Bucharest, Romania, in the year 1987. Under the rule of Communist president Nicolae Ceaușescu, citizens of Bucharest live with the eyes and ears of the government ever present. Adriana’s future, which will involve becoming an engineer, is… Continue reading Book Review: One Degree of Freedom

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Book Review: Between Two Worlds

by Cheyenne van Langevelde *cover and synopsis from Goodreads* Enid hates the Romans who enslaved her. Broken-hearted over the life she lost in Britain, she vows to bury her name and her past where the Redcrests can never reach it. As years of servitude pass, bitter resignation replaces her longing to return home. Then an… Continue reading Book Review: Between Two Worlds

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Book Review: The Means That Make Us Strangers

by Christine Kindberg *Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads* Home is where your people are. But who are your people? Adelaide has lived her whole life in rural Ethiopia, where she and her family are the only white people she knows. Then her family moves to South Carolina, in 1964. Adelaide promises she'll return to… Continue reading Book Review: The Means That Make Us Strangers

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Book Review: Allies

by Alan Gratz Dee is sixteen years old and made his way into World War II by fudging his birthday. Now, he is at D-Day, preparing to land on Omaha Beach. Samira's mother works with the French Resistance. After a sudden turn of events, Samira finds herself mixed up in the Resistance, working behind German… Continue reading Book Review: Allies

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Book Review: Words on Fire

by Jennifer A. Nielsen Audra lives in Lithuania in 1893, under the rule of Russian Cossacks, who are determined to stripe Lithuania of what makes it Lithuanian. Audra avoids the soldiers by staying at home with her mother, even though she wishes to go with her father on his trips as a magician. Her parents'… Continue reading Book Review: Words on Fire