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Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani with Afterword by Viviana Mazza

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani interlaces coming of age rituals, best friends and foreshadowing to set-up the fictional retelling of 2014's terrorist raid of a Nigerian village based on the stories of those women that survived.

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TAG! You’re it! This or That!

Hello you beautiful bookish fiends you! My dear Sleepy Sam Reads tagged me in a brilliant and twisty bookish version of This or That, which she originally saw on Rain’s blog and I'm glad she did because it has been a while since I've been tagged! So, thank you my dear! I will be adding one question at the end (shhh...) I can't stick to the college themed week that everyone else is celebrating but just remember, as we get this party started.....

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Review of The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart: Four out of Five Stars

What are the rules of the Fight Club? You do not talk about Fight Club. You DO NOT talk about Fight Club! If someone yells "stop!", goes limp, or taps out, the fight is over. Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight. You might be asking why I'm bringing up Fight Club in a review of Sacrifice Box but lets be honest. Is there ever not a good time to bring up Fight Club? And did it ever go well to break the rules of Fight Club? Right. Plus, like Fight club, this box has a set of rules. Never come to the box alone. Never open it after Dark. Never take back your sacrifice. All seems straightforward, right? When is anything straight forward for twelve-year-olds I ask you. Taking a lot of the best parts of Stephen King, Stewart starts off Stand by Me and goes straight to It in Final Jeopardy, without the thirty-year time skip (well, not for Mack, Hadley, Lamb, Arkle, and Sept).

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Weekly Update (There Will Be Bragging)… Future Forecasting (More Bragging)

It truly has been a novel week! A record-breaking week! Publishers and authors have recognized reviews, discussed them on twitter, followed me (on twitter- no restraining orders needed and last I checked I was still Tiffany Jackson's bodyguard on call), and I'm really proud to say that my post on ADD: A Plea to Publishers for Hard Copy ARCs is making a difference! I am planning a round-up of publishers making a difference in the next couple weeks (some are still working out logistics and I don't want to leave them out).

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Friday Feelings, Thanks,and Explanations

Much of our lives we choose our own family these days. So much of the Young Adult Community, in almost every genre revolves around the idea of the family you choose rather than the one you are born into.  Don't get me wrong. I have my Mom and my brother but they are quite a distance away. Mostly my chosen family consists of a lot of fur.

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Recognizing Excellence in Art & Literary Magazines (REALM) for NCTE: An Honor to Judge

Today's post isn't one that fits in any one category. It is different an meant to be so. I was asked to volunteer to do something very prestigious and want to take today's blog to both quickly thank the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for allowing me this opportunity to participate and to recognize the young men and women across the country for the amazing work they have submitted.

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WOW (not the good way unfortunately) Wednesday: Review of Rule by Ellen Goodlett

Spoiler and Trigger Warnings: Self-Cutting/harm, child abuse, alcoholism, incest (kind of- but we'll get to that in a minute) Let's just say if I was writing a report card for Rule, I would say it had an inquisitive mind. It is a shame really because character building starts off particularly strong. You have three very different sisters from extremely different backgrounds, classes and worlds (although at times their personalities seem to mush together).