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The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had

Levine, Kristin
Small-town Southern boy makes friends (eventually) with a new girl in town, a "negra", in 1917. The "n-word" is used a number of times, and I'm not talking about "negra", and it seemed out of place in a middle school level story, but it's essential to getting a feeling of the time and place. I really liked the story, and even wept a bit near the end.

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11/2014

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"You know, Dit," he said in a quiet voice, "when my wife died, I was real angry. Angry at the ol' doctor who wouldn't come because I didn't have no money. Angry at God for taking her away."
Jim paused to make sure I was listening.

"But after a while I thought of something worse than losing my wife."
"What?" I asked.
"If I'd never met her at all." -- Pg. 252

Last battle

Lewis, C. S.
End of Narnia. Or is it?

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11/2005

Prince Caspian

Lewis, C. S.
Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Edmund are called back to Narnia to help the boy prince Caspian.

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11/2005

The horse and his boy

Lewis, C. S.
A horse, and a boy, travel to Narnia. Very good, of course, have read this at least 3 times.

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10/2005

The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe

Lewis, C. S.
Read this for the first time when I was an intern at the Christ Lutheran School library. Wonderful, of course.

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10/2005

The magician's nephew

Lewis, C. S.
Polly and Digory go to Narnia.

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11/2005

The silver chair

Lewis, C. S.
Eustace and Jill go to Narnia to rescue Prince Rilian.

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11/2005

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Lewis, C. S.
All the kids plus Eustace sail to the end of the world. Read again.

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11/2005

Secrets, Lies & Algebra

Lichtman, Wendy
Tess is thirteen and loves math. She uses mathematics to try to understand relationships.
I enjoyed the story, but I thought the suicide/suspected murder might be a bit morbid, but it is nicely concluded in a meaningful way.

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5/2013

Facing The Lion

Liebster, Simone Arnold
Memoirs of a young girl in Nazi Europe. Simone is a Jehovah's Witness and this story tells of her (and her family's) persecution. Maps, appendices, indes. Interesting story. She certainly was a devote little girl!

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6/2002

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Lindsay, Jeff
The first Dexter book. Someone is murdering prostitutes in a flamboyant manner. Dexter admires his technique.

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6/2009

Dexter In The Dark

Lindsay, Jeff
This is my first Dexter book, the third in the series, I think. Probably not the best place to start. Dexter is getting married, with children. If Moloch is a real being, wouldn't the Christian god be a real being too?

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1/2009

Dexter Is Delicious

Lindsay, Jeff
Dexter runs afoul of some cannibals. Rather gruesome!

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5/2012

Antarctic Tears

Linsdau, Aaron
Very good story of the author's solo expedition to the South Pole. Lots of problems came up, and the author explain how he solved them. I met the author once, so when I saw this book on Amazon I ordered it. The hardback copy, no less!

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2/2021

Black Duck

Lisle, Janet Taylor
Exciting adventures of a Rhode Island boy during Prohibition, as told by an old man to a budding teen journalist. Very good!

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12/2009

The Healing Spell

Little, Kimberley Griffiths
Livie's mother is in a coma. No one else knows that it is Livie's fault. Enjoyable little story, but not sure of the ending. Finished painting? Really? Oh, and how does a 22 turn into a shotgun? Just quibbles, mind you, I liked the story. UPDATE: A correspondence with the author clears up the confusion I had. There is a shot ammunition for the 22.

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11/2012

The Time Of The Fireflies

Little, Kimberley Griffiths
A young girl lives in Louisiana, in the family's antique store/house. Her mother's family has a history of awful things happening to them. Then there are the phones. And that doll... Good story, almost couldn't put it down, but I had visitors from out-of-state!

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8/2014

Frog And Toad Are Friends

Lobel, Arnold
Referred to many times in the CYRM nominee "Rules", so I read it!

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10/2008

The Boy Book

Lockhart, E.
Ruby Oliver is a Junior at Tate Prep in Seattle. Pretty good, could have done without the "F" word a couple of times, and the "dick" episode.

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10/2012

The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau-Banks

Lockhart, E.
Frankie attends Alabaster Preparatory Academy. She meets a hunky guy, Matthew, who seems to be involved in a secret society, the Loyal Order Of Basset Hounds. You gotta love a girl who appreciates Wodehouse! I rate this five stars.

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4/2011
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