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Girl in Translation

This is a coming of age novel about Kimberly Chang, who emigrates with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn at age 11. The author, Jean Kwok, skillfully addresses clashing cultures and values, and the roots and impact of the poverty faced by many immigrants. Although Kimberly encounters grinding poverty, child labor, and the otherness […]

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Death Threads

This is the second book in the series and just as enjoyable as the first. I like these types of mysteries. They’re quick, easy reads that don’t tax the mind too much. Typically I pick out the least likely character and that’s the villain who had some obscure reason to do it. This one actually […]

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Code Name Verity

This book was recommended by a friend last year and I’ll have to recommend it to all my reading friends now that I’ve read it. What a fantastic read! It’s an adventure story set in World War II told through written confessions and official reports. The main characters are young women involved in the war […]

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