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What is the color of loss? Nelson might answer blue, Carson might answer red, but in forming their answers both writers have produced totally unique, totally brilliant works of art. Through personal meditation and the lens of classical Greek literature both authors’ explorations illuminate far more of human experience than just the moments and thoughts subject to their inspection. Two works of genius.
Twins Nikki and Maya are looking forward to their senior year, but between gentrification, new neighbors, and heading for different colleges, life turns out to be more complicated than they expect.
Theodore Finch is looking for a reason to stay alive. Violet Markey's looking for a way out after the death of her sister. When the two meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, it's unclear who saves whom. But as the unlikely pair grows closer, they discover that at the end of the day, you have to try to save yourself. This book is emotionally devastating. Read if you're looking for a heart-wrenching story and a good cry.
Jump aboard the Boundless, a city on a train barreling across the Canadian wilderness, complete with a circus, a Sasquatch, a fiercely-guarded funeral car, and a conniving brakeman intent on getting into it. The only thing standing in his way--Will Everett, a young boy desperate for adventure. As he did in his masterful Airborn series, Kenneth Oppel yet again blends fantasy, history, and folklore to create this masterful, old-school adventure novel.
A fabulous addition to the Shakespearean experience, an enriching dimensional portrait of the times, politics, ways of living and general often amazingly explanatory context. Warning: you'll probably want to ‘hie out t' the nearest accessible Bard production.
From the moment of Lia Lee’s birth in a Merced, California hospital, her parents — Hmong refugees from Laos—are confronted by cultural differences. When Lia begins having grand mal seizures, her parents see the condition as an indication of divine spirit having entered their child’s body. Lia’s physicians, however, call the condition severe epilepsy and attempt to coerce the Lees to follow their medical regimen. The clash that follows puts a child at risk and illustrates the difficulties of communication between cultures with firmly held beliefs.
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Lee Lien -- newly minted PhD, absolutely no job prospects -- sets out to solve a mystery that includes Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Lien family's history in Vietnam and the U.S.