Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tour + Guest Post (Tirzah Price), Review, and Giveaway: Rural Voices by Various Authors


Hardcover : 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 1536212105
ISBN-13 : 978-1536212105
Publisher : Candlewick (October 13, 2020)
Language: : English

Praise for RURAL VOICES

The writers bring authentic voices to their work in addition to their biographies, shared at the back of the book. This collection will be a high-interest read for middle and high school students...This book is a must-purchase for libraries serving middle and high school readers. —School Library Connection

The compilation successfully meets the challenge of serving as a cohesive whole while providing readers with enough variety of tone, pace, and voice to keep the reading experience interesting. A fresh and highly accessible contribution. —Kirkus Reviews

From laughing out loud to holding back tears, readers who enjoy emotionally resonant books will not be disappointed. Those from similar geographic areas will be nodding their heads while every reader, regardless of location, will connect to the universal triumphs and tribulations of teen life. Fans of Rainbow Rowell will dive headfirst into this collection. A great addition that explores an often misrepresented portion of readers. —School Library Journal


Think you know what rural America is like? Discover a plurality of perspectives in this enlightening anthology of stories that turns preconceptions on their head.

Gracie sees a chance of fitting in at her South Carolina private school, until a "white trash"-themed Halloween party has her steering clear of the rich kids. Samuel's Tejano family has both stood up to oppression and been a source of it, but now he's ready to own his true sexual identity. A Puerto Rican teen in Utah discovers that being a rodeo queen means embracing her heritage, not shedding it. . . .

For most of America's history, rural people and culture have been casually mocked, stereotyped, and, in general, deeply misunderstood. Now an array of short stories, poetry, graphic short stories, and personal essays, along with anecdotes from the authors' real lives, dives deep into the complexity and diversity of rural America and the people who call it home. Fifteen extraordinary authors - diverse in ethnic background, sexual orientation, geographic location, and socioeconomic status - explore the challenges, beauty, and nuances of growing up in rural America. From a mountain town in New Mexico to the gorges of New York to the arctic tundra of Alaska, you'll find yourself visiting parts of this country you might not know existed - and meet characters whose lives might be surprisingly similar to your own.

CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS
Nora Shalaway Carpenter, David Bowles, Joseph Bruchac, Veeda Bybee, Shae Carys, S.A. Cosby, Rob Costello, Randy DuBurke, David Macinnis Gill, Nasugraq Rainey Hopson, Estelle Laure, Yamile Saied Méndez, Ashley Hope Pérez, Tirzah Price and Monica Roe 

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Review

3 Stars

Rural Voices is a book about what it means to live in a rural area. It is told by many different authors from all around the United States. My biggest complaint about the book as a whole because this happened throughout every story, and that was that every story was very slow. Given the fact that these were all short stories set in rural areas, the pacing fits the story, but it still made it hard for me because I need a book that has quick pacing.

Overall, I averaged about 3 stars with the stories I read. Some four. One five. And I think a couple of twos. I wasn't expecting to enjoy every story in this book, and overall, I found the anthology to be a nice representation of a rural area. It gave me a glimpse into the lives of people who grow up in rural areas, and what that is like.

I would recommend this book if you love or enjoy anthologies, but I would be aware that the pacing is slow. I will say there are some poems, graphic shorts, a personal essay, and some novellas, so you might find a couple of stories that you enjoy.

10 Things to Do on a Friday Night in a Small Town
Tirzah Price

When you grow up in a small town, sometimes you have to get creative when it comes to socializing outside of school hours. In Rural Voices, my short story, “Best in Show,” features two girls who decide to go on a date, but find their plans thwarted and are left to figure out a Plan B, then Plan C. Some of what happens to them is based on an actual first date I went on (I spared them my own experience of the farm truck I drove at the time breaking down on me and having to do a few fixes under the hood while my date sat in the cab), but some of their experiences are just incidental of small town living. Since I’ve lived my entire life in small towns, I thought I’d share some of the ways my friends and I amused ourselves when we were in high school.

  1. Go to any school function/game

Look, to this day I still don’t know how football works, and my impression is that they spend more time stopping to rearrange themselves on the field than actually playing, but I spent a fair amount of time in the stands, just hanging out with friends and only occasionally checking the scoreboard. Similarly, I can’t say as I especially cared about any other school-sponsored event or dance, but any excuse to hang out somewhere, right?

  1. Make friends with people who have finished basements

If you have a friend whose house is always open and whose parents don’t mind a hoard of loud teenagers invading their otherwise quiet houses on a Friday night, awesome. This is like hitting the jackpot, especially if said parents buy good snacks and it’s winter…which it is 6 months out of the year in Michigan. 

  1. Head to the 24-hour gas station 

Have you ever really, truly spent time in a 24-hour gas station or similar establishment? If you have, you probably grew up in or live in a small town. Simply running to the gas station out by the highway and getting an extra large blue raspberry slushie and plundering the bulk candy bins made up for…a lot of Friday night excitement in my teen years. Plus, it had the added benefit of being fairly cheap!

  1. Head to the movies

Luckily, I grew up in a rural community that had the only movie theater in our entire county. I feel like I cannot overstate how fortuitous this is! While everyone was complaining about the broken seats and the lack of cupholders and how there are only four screens (when all were working properly), I was like, “Yo, guys, we have a movie theater!” Of course, going to the movies was only an option if you were into any of the two-four movies playing at the time, two of which were always either an action movie or animated kids’ film, and you had to be able to afford a ticket. But at least we didn’t have to drive an hour to watch the Twilight premiere! (Oh wait, actually, we did...because our theater never played it.)

  1. Hit up a late-night diner/fast food

People love to hate on McDonalds, but I don’t know anywhere else in my small town where a group of us could convene in a well-lit area, buy a snack or a drink for a couple of bucks, and then enjoy free Wifi while we chatted, hung out, or studied. If between the lot of us we had a little bit more cash on hand, we’d head to the only late-night diner in town and feast on fries, onion rings, pancakes, or chips and salsa. We always left a tip—it might have been in the form of our loose change, but we always arranged that change in fun patterns and designs!

  1. Assemble in a random parking lot

Inevitably, when faced with a lack of options (or funds), we’d often sit in parking lots and try to figure out our next move. This became known as “parking lot decision time” which would usually morph into a hangout. It’s not all bad—you’re sitting in someone’s car, which is either warm in the winter or has AC in the summer, you have a car stereo system, you’re with friends. Things could be worse!

  1. Drive to Ghost Road

I’m sure that each small community has some version of our Ghost Road—aka a supposedly haunted place that everyone must visit at some point or another. In our case, we’d drive north of town, turn off the main highway, and find a specific dirt road in the middle of two cornfields. That dirt road would eventually lead you to a tall, piney woods where you were supposed to park, turn off your lights and engine, put the keys on the hood of your car, then close your doors and windows and wait for the ghost to show up. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, it’s good for a laugh!

  1. Pranks

I was not born a prankster, but boredom certainly made me one. While I need to be careful not to incriminate myself here, I can say that much fun can be had with an industrial roll of Saran wrap, food coloring, and some extra time on your hands…

  1. Get out into parks and nature

One perk to small town living is that we don’t lack in parks and nature to explore! Between hiking trails and scenic outlooks, there’s always something to explore. And sometimes it’s fun to hit up a playground in the late evening when all the families have left for the day and jump on the swings.

  1. Go stargazing

It may sound cheesy, but some of the most fun I ever had in high school was climbing onto a friend’s roof with a sleeping bag strapped to my back and settling in to watch the stars. Small town living means less light pollution, so you can be awed by the brilliance of the stars.


ABOUT TIRZAH PRICE – Photo Credit to Tab London

Tirzah Price
 grew up on a farm in Michigan, where she read every book she could get her hands on and never outgrew her love for YA fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a contributing editor at Book Riot. When she’s not writing, reading, or thinking about YA books, she splits her time between experimenting in the kitchen and knitting enough socks to last the fierce Michigan winters. Her debut novel
Pride and Premeditation will be released from HarperTeen in March 2021.

Photo Credit: Chip Bryan

Nora Shalaway Carpenter grew up on a mountain ridge deep in the West Virginia wilderness. A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program, she is the author of the YA novel The Edge of Anything and the picture book Yoga Frog. Before she wrote books, she worked as associate editor of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, and she has been a certified yoga teacher since 2012. She currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, three young children, and world’s most patient dog and cat.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Review: Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

The Handmaid's Tale meets Wilder Girls in this unique, voice-driven novel from Kelly McWilliams.


Agnes loves her home of Red Creek--its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town's strict laws. What she doesn't know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet.

Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn't a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?

As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn't safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?


Pages: 417
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Brittney Pressley
Published By: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre:.YA ~ Dystopian

Rating:
✮✮✮

Review:
Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams really intrigued me when I saw that this book was about a virus and a cult, and how Agnes essentially navigates through her new world. The synopsis sales this story as being one of faith, which if you are considering picking this book up, it has very religious aspects.

What I got was a book with a split perspectives of Agnes and Beth as they both see their world upended by realizing everything they once knew isn't how they knew it. Which necessarily isn't a bad thing, but it was very slow and drawn out. Personally, this book could have been half the length with some parts taken out and the whole plot wouldn't really have changed. I felt there was added information that was kind of fluff for a longer story, and it made it hard to really get through.

There was also this supernatural aspect about Agnes, that is written as something from God, but doesn't really feel like it has anything to do with her religion. It just kind of took a lot of what I was enjoying about the story and ruined it some for me. I'm not going to get into it much but Agnes calls it "The Prayer Space", but doesn't even pray to enter it, so I don't get the idea behind the name.

Even though there was a lot of negative feelings that I have associated with this novel, it wasn't a bad story. I liked seeing how Agnes grew as the story progressed and really found out who she was, and how her sister also really learned who she was as an individual, and there struggles really stood out to me and that's really what I loved about this book.

I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending. Without spoiling it, it felt like the author wanted more of a happier ending then it should have been considering, but I will digress on that. I also want to point out that there are patriarchal ideals presented by this book through the cult perspective so if that would bother you, I would probably not recommend picking this book up.

Overall, I thought it was a good book, but it definitely could have been improved upon. Something that I really wanted to say is that if you are planning on picking up this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. At the beginning of the novel, there are overlapping voices talking about stuff, and then at points during the story, people talk on walkies and it really sounds like that.

If you have read Agnes at the End of the World, let me know what you thought of the ending?

Thursday, October 1, 2020

October Readathons

So as you all know, my reading has been very limited this year. I have mostly been completing books that I agreed to review. But I love October and reading creepy horror novels during the season. So I have decided that I am going to attempt a couple of different readathons (although a lot of books crossover for multiple readathons). I will post more about the individual readathons and my TBRs later today or tomorrow, but two have started (kind of), which I will definitely make sure those TBRs get up ASAP. I have actually already completed one book for one of the readathons so I am already feeling great about this month.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Tour + Review and Giveaway: Sisters of Straygardern Place by Hayley Chewins


Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (October 13, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 153621227X
ISBN-13: 978-1536212273


Praise for THE SISTERS OF STRAYGARDEN PLACE

Lyrical and imaginative, rich and riveting. This is Hayley Chewins at her best, writing about magical girls with secrets and sisters who rise above the odds. An absolute must-read! —Christine Day, author of I Can Make This Promise, an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book

Chewins’ prose is exquisite, her eerie concepts heart-wrenching...Superb, spooky, and unforgettable. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Chewins (The Turnaway Girls) weaves a vivid, otherworldly tale of family and secrets, with a gothic setting that serves as a character in its own right. Through themes of identity, forgiveness, and longing, Mayhap’s unpredictable quest becomes intensely personal, especially as the sisters reinvent their familial relationship. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A strong opening and consistent sense of urgency makes this an ideal choice for reluctant readers interested in slightly spooky fantasy. Give to fans of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, Kenneth Oppel’s The Nest, or The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee. —School Library Journal


A riveting middle-grade fantasy about sibling bonds, enchanted houses, and encroaching wildness, lyrically told in eerily beautiful prose

The grass grew taller than the house itself, surrounding it on all sides. It stuffed the keyholes and scraped against the roof. It shook the walls and made paintings shiver.


Seven years ago, the Ballastian sisters' parents left them in the magical Straygarden Place, a house surrounded by tall silver grass and floating trees. They left behind a warning saying never to leave the house or go into the grass. "Wait for us," the note read. "Sleep darkly." Ever since then, the house itself has taken care of Winnow, Mayhap, and Pavonine--feeding them, clothing them, even keeping them company--while the girls have waited and grown up and played a guessing game: Think of an animal, think of a place. Think of a person, think of a face. Until one day, when the eldest, fourteen-year-old Winnow, does the unthinkable and goes outside into the grass, and everything twelve-year-old Mayhap thought she knew about her home, her family, and even herself starts to unravel. With luscious, vivid prose, poet and author Hayley Chewins transports readers to a house where beloved little dogs crawl into their owners' minds to sleep, sick girls turn silver, and anything can be stolen--even laughter and silence.


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REVIEW:

Do not leave the house.
Do not go into the grass.
Sleep darkly.
Wait for us.

Sisters of Straygarden Place was an adorable, quick read about sisterhood which is always something I find relatable and something that lets me connect emotionally with the story. This story will hook you with its compelling characters and storyline. I didn't want the story to end because I felt like it was over to quickly.

Hayley Chewins tells this story in a way that is easy for a middle-grade to read but with a poetic touch. The story isn't so much plot-driven as it is character-driven, which worked really well for story.

If you are looking to give middle-grade books a chance then this is the one to pick up. If you already love middle-grade books, you will enjoy this story. It is a fantastic novel about a magical house and the three sisters who live there. It was such a fun, little book to dive into, and I highly recommend it. 4 out of 5 stars.

Photo Credit: SLDV Portrait

Hayley Chewins is an author and writing coach. She grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, in a house so full of books that she learnt to read by accident. She’s fond of telling people that she writes books about magical girls with secrets—even if that’s not an actual genre. Her books are literary fantasy, surreal fairy tales, or weird magic. (Or: all of the above.)

Her debut, The Turnaway Girls, was a Kirkus Best Book of 2018 and made the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer List of Best Feminist Books for Young Readers. Her second book, The Sisters of Straygarden Place, is forthcoming from Candlewick Press on October 13th, 2020, and has already been called “superb, spooky, and unforgettable” in a recent starred review.

Hayley lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her soulmate/husband/fellow coffee addict, Liale, and their toy poodle, Darfer.

She is represented by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, otherwise known as The Most Amazing Agent Ever.

        
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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Nerd Blast: Sing Like No One's Listening by Vanessa Jones




Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company (September 1, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 168263194X
ISBN-13: 978-1682631942


Praise for SING LIKE NO ONE'S LISTENING

"“Anglophiles, music and theater nerds, and those looking for some classic will-they-won’t-they romance will all find something to enjoy here. Jones writes her subject matter authentically, with obvious passion to balance the professional arts’ not-so-pretty struggles…. A touching portrait of healing after loss.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Jones' novel has the expected Fame vibes that will delight any reader who loves stories of aspiring young stars learning their craft, but its exploration of Nettie's complexities makes the story unique…. Jones offsets the narrative’s weightier moments with light and quirky ones, making it a fast read with staying power.” ―Booklist

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A moving story of grief and healing - sure to be a pure joy for any musical theater aficionado.

Nettie Delaney has just been accepted into a prestigious performing arts school--the very same school her superstar mother attended. With her mother's shadow hanging over her, Nettie has her work cut out for her--and everyone is watching. To make matters worse, Nettie hasn't been able to sing a single note since her mother died. Whenever she tries, she just clams up. But if Nettie's going to survive a demanding first year and keep her place in a highly coveted program, she'll have to work through her grief and deliver a showstopper or face expulsion.

All may not be lost, however, when Nettie stumbles upon a mysterious piano player in an empty studio after class. Masked behind a curtain, can Nettie summon the courage to find her voice? Or will the pressure and anxiety of performing come crashing down?

All about finding and raising your voice, and not throwing away your shot, Vanessa Jones's well-crafted journey of grief and healing will pull readers along with its strong narrative voice and satisfying sense of mystery.


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Photo Content from Vanessa Jones

VANESSA JONES trained at Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey, England and went on to be a musical theater actor on West End, performing in shows including Sister Act, Grease, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, and Mary Poppins. She began her writing career with a stage play for a fringe theater and works as a freelance copywriter and editor. She lives in England with her fellow chimney sweep.

      

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Tour + Review and Giveaway: Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black



Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (August 11, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765399512
ISBN-13: 978-0765399519


Praise for CHASING STARLIGHT

"Chasing Starlight dazzles with richly drawn characters, a breathtaking mystery, and a vivid 1930s Hollywood setting. Black masterfully evokes the glamour and darkness of a mesmerizing era steeped in secrets, lies, and dreams." ―Cat Winters author of The Raven's Tale

"Miss Fisher meets Tinseltown in this addictive mystery full of Old Hollywood glamour and slow-burn secrets. Chasing Starlight is the journey of aspiring-astronomer-turned-reluctant-sleuth Kate as she works not only to solve a murder but find her place in the world after a tumultuous past. Come for the gossipy glam of old Hollywood; stay for a cast of charmingly quirky characters and a mystery that will have you guessing until the end." ―McKelle George, author of Speak Easy, Speak Love

"Chasing Starlight is a mystery as alluring as old Hollywood itself―and fun! Teri Bailey Black’s story has a historical-yet-modern feel, and the setting is so creative and cinematic you’ll feel as if you’re sitting on a film set. With a cast of dream-chasers who showcase both the glamour and the grit, Chasing Starlight is delightful from the first scene to the last." ―Jodie Lynn Zdrok, author of Spectacle

“Black delivers an atmospheric mystery with cinematic flair that’s chock full of period detail, highlighting women’s roles in front of, and behind, the camera during Hollywood’s golden age. A captivating crowd pleaser.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“This complex tale featuring blossoming romance, an edge-of-your-seat murder, and a host of characters to love and hate is recommended for collections where mysteries are popular.” ―School Library Journal

“Entertainingly conveying the glitz of Kate’s Hollywood life and romantic interests, this breezy whodunit is a fun historical escape with satisfactory twists.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A thrillingly romantic dive into Old Hollywood that will appeal to cinema and history buffs alike.” ―Booklist


Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black's Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel.

1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star―except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability.

But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects one of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer―maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues.

Now, Kate must discover the killer while working on the set of a musical―and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and live the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she's just chasing starlight?


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REVIEW

4 Stars

When I first saw this cover, I absolutely loved it, and I wanted to know more. The plot of the story and the setting of the story just intrigued me more, so I knew I wanted to pick this book up and give it a shot. I was so glad that I did because I was hooked right from the beginning.

This was a cute coming of age mystery set in the 1930s in Hollywood, a setting I had never read before and didn't know I needed in my life. I really enjoyed the trying to figure out who did it. Although, it was a little predictable.

I liked Kate and Hugo, and the relationship between the two of them. I really loved Ollie, who is probably my favorite character in the novel. The side characters felt kind of flat, and could have had more development.

Overall, a very well done mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo Content from Teri Bailey Black

Teri Bailey Black is happiest when she's creating things, whether it's with words, fabric, or digging in the garden. Her debut novel, Girl at the Grave, won the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and the Whitney Award for Best Debut and Best Young Adult Novel. Her second novel, Chasing Starlight, will be published June 2020. She and her husband have four children and live in Orange County, California.

        
WEEK ONE - REVIEW & INTERVIEWS
AUGUST 10th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
AUGUST 11th TUESDAY A Court of Coffee and Books REVIEW
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AUGUST 12th WEDNESDAY BookHounds YA REVIEW & INTERVIEW
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AUGUST 14th FRIDAY Twirling Book Princess EXCERPT
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AUGUST 17th MONDAY Ya It's Lit REVIEW
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AUGUST 19th WEDNESDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW
AUGUST 19th WEDNESDAY Here's to Happy Endings REVIEW
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AUGUST 21st FRIDAY A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW
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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Scallywagathon 2020 TBR

The Scallywagathon is a readathon that is from August 16th-23rd and is hosted by Ali from HardbackHoarder, Amanda from Read All the Books, and Vanessa from Paper Faerie. So the Scallywagathon is a choose your own adventure readathon. 

Here is the link to the official page for the readathon where the map and challenges are: Scallywagathon, curtesy of the Scallywagathon hosts. I am also including the map below and the challenges.

 The goal of the readathon is to complete at least four challenges. You start between 1-5, and then you follow the path to the next challenge on the map by following the colored lines that match with the colored number you are currently on. For example, if you choose to start on challenge 1, after completion, you can either go to challenge 6 or 7. If you start with challenge 5, you can go to challenge 7 or 8.



So for this readathon, I have decided to start with challenge 5. So this is what I am planning to read for this readathon.

5) Girls Save the World in this One by Ash Parsons
7) War is Over by David Almond
A) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
9) Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes


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