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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

We are very lucky to have recent graduate Kate Alfaro volunteer to write a book review for one of the books from our summer books club. Kate graduated in 2017, and loves Fantasy. (Mrs. Coe has a long list of books for her to read, and you too if you are interested! 

Thank you Kate for your review! I am excited to share your voice!

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Katherine Coe
Summer Book Club- Words on Bathroom Walls

This summer the Library hosted it's first summer book club! In a feat of extraordinary reading magic we read 3 books in four weeks! We started with "When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon. Our second book was "Of Fire and Stars" by Audrey Coulthurst. And finally our last book was "Words on Bathroom Walls" by Julia Walton.

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Katherine Coe
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

This book was written by a transgender author, and the cover features a transgender teen. Everything about this book was done right. The writing is lovely, and the characters grab at your heart. But what really got to me was the letter from the author at the end of the book. I don't want to take away the passion, so you will only find a summary from me. READ THIS BOOK! :)

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Katherine Coe
Part 1: Wink Poppy Midnight

These next reviews will be written as a three part writing project for myself. It came to me while I was thinking about all the different books I have read in the past months, and how books that are so absolutely different, can still become confused in my brain. How I mix up characters and plots from books that I have read in quick succession, even though each one was poignant and interesting in their own right. 

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Top Ten YA Novels From 2016 (Read by Me)

So here we are, my top 10 books published in 2016. In no particular order. I say that because it would be like ranking my children. I also will not be giving too much information about each one, because many of these books are sequels, and sometimes too much information becomes a spoiler to someone who hasn't yet started the series. I personally am a huge fan of fantasy novels, so this list does tilt pretty heavily in that direction, but I am planning on expanding my horizons this coming year, and if you have any suggestions for me I am excited to hear them! 

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Katherine Coe
The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star is written from the perspective of both Natasha and Daniel, high school seniors and children of immigrants, but Natasha and her parents are in America illegally, and today is the day they are being deported back to Jamaica. A big day for her family, but she is desperately trying to find a way to stay. She has been working hard, and as a senior she has big college plans, and a future she has been building for years.

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Katherine Coe
The Name of the Wind

Written by Patrick Rothfuss this series is soon to be adapted to the screen thanks to the multi talented Lin Manuel Miranda! I had been told in the past that anyone who loves Harry Potter and wishes there was something that could fill their magic living hearts, should give this series a try, but it hadn't occurred to me until I heard it was going to be a part TV show/part movie.  

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Katherine Coe
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus, Le Cirque des Rêves, arrives with no fanfare. In a place where yesterday there was nothing, now stands the most intricate black and white striped tents you have ever seen. At the gates a sign that says open at sunset to sunrise. The Circus is an anomaly within itself. No one knows how it gets there, or what they will see once they enter its gates. A group of fans, dedicated to the Circus, call "rêveurs" or dreamers, begin to follow the circus around the world. Identifying themselves by wearing a splash of red against an otherwise monochrome outfit of black and white.

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Katherine Coe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Named after two great philosophers, Aristotle and Dante are two loners who, like their namesakes, find themselves thinking about pretty much anything and everything. What they aren't so great at is talking. Aristotle, or Ari as he calls himself, has a gift of silence. A trait he learned from his father, a Vietnam veteran.  Ari has so many word inside of him, but no way to get them out.

During the summer between his sophomore and junior year of high school Ari meets Dante at the pool. Dante is nothing like Ari, he is caring, open, naturally friendly, and never shuts up. Dante isn't afraid of all of the feelings he encounters. He isn't even afraid of his parents, in fact he is crazy about his parents, and his biggest fear is having them be disappointed in him.

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Katherine Coe