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You Bring the Distant Near

You Bring the Distant Near is a book that really resonated with the experiences of my own family and friends growing up. Which may not seem on the surface, the highest recommendation, but as a UK national of South Asian … Continue reading

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The Last Fifth Grade at Emerson Elementary

The Last Fifth Grade…would make such a great class reading text. There are eighteen kids in the fifth grade at Emerson which is about to close for ever. Their teacher makes them write poems to be buried in a time-capsule … Continue reading

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Save Me a Seat

Save Me a Seat is the gentle, good-humoured tale of Joe, who has auditory processing difficulties and has been labelled as one of the ‘remedial’ kids and new boy Ravi, who has emigrated to New Jersey from Bangalore. Ravi is … Continue reading

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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Thirteen year old Arturo Zamora is looking forward to a summer of shooting hoops, mango smoothies and maybe working a few shifts cooking in his Cuban-American family’s restaurant La Cocina de la Isla. But when a developer building a high-rise … Continue reading

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A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic

This was a charming friendship-and-family based story with a central magic-realist premise and bonus elements of natural history and music. Kai and Leila are different girls from different parts of the USA. Kai has recently discovered that she will never … Continue reading

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Genie Lo is a sixteen year old who just wants to get into a great college and escape from the Bay area where she’s lived in her whole life with her estranged parents. But a cute but weird new kid … Continue reading

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The Three Body Problem

This Hugo-award winner is utterly absorbing science fiction set against the final insanities of the Cultural Revolution and modern China. Secret projects in China’s isolated countryside, theoretical physicists gone rogue and video games all combine to make this powerful first-contact … Continue reading

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