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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait by Cindy Hulsey

I’ve tried to embrace Nancy Pearl’s rule about tossing a book if I don’t like it after the first 50 pages, but I must admit that I’ve always been reluctant to give up on a book too quickly. I’ve read many wonderful books that didn’t really captivate me until long after I’d turned that 50th page. The Book of Salt, by Monique Truong, was one of those books.

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Checking Out the News on Newsela

Looking for a place to read the news online? Check out Newsela. It's a free service (with a premium option) that allows you to read the news on your level. 5 different options are available for reading levels, which means you can make sure you understand what's going on in the world today.

The Elegance of Total Collapse by Nick Abrahamson

There is something darkly portentous about the state of art and letters, not to mention imagination, when the topic of societal collapse becomes another threadbare novelty.  A worn out trope of recycled cliché.  Catastrophe tourism.  Like a wasteland horror-show hall of mirrors, reflecting back something borrowed from something lifted.  The apogee of the genre has long been buried, its virtue eroded away into zombie adoration and Mad Max imagery.  There are of course diamonds in the rough but so often

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