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A Story Worth Reading- Maybe

The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, is a highly acclaimed historical fiction boasting awards from an extensive list of periodicals and, most impressively, was named a Newberry Honoree after its publication in 2015. Parents need to give this book’s themes some careful consideration, however, before passing it on to their children. Ada Smith was born into terrible hardship in 1930s London. The story picks up when Ada is ten years old and forbidden by her mother from leaving the family’s dingy one-room apartment. This, and the…

Ever wonder what milk and toast tastes like?

“Here’s what I think: the only reason I’m not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way” (3). R.J. Palacio’s hero August Pullman begins the first-person (though cycling through six characters) narrative of the New York Times bestseller Wonder with a solipsist’s complaint, and punctuates the end of this first chapter by assuring us that we could not possibly imagine how bad his face looks. Auggie has a combination of problems, together with a “mysterious syndrome that makes his condition a medical wonder” (as Palacio puts it in an FAQ on her official…