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An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley Alienated by Melissa Landers
American Panda by Gloria Chao
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett
The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
Cold War on Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren
A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary
Giant Days, Volume 6 by John Allison
Internet Famous by Danika Stone
The Kairos Mechanism by Kate Milford
Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
Monsters Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
Out of Tune by Gail Nall
Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd
A Side of Sabotage by C.M. Surrisi
Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs
Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition, Book One by Jeff Lemire
Topsy-Turvies: Pictures to Stretch the Imagination by Mitsumasa Anno
The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

Miscellaneous
February 2018 Sources
February 2018 Summary
It's Monday, what are you reading (March 05) It's Monday, what are you reading (March 12) It's Monday, what are you reading (March 19) It's Monday, what are you reading (March 26)

Road Essays
Introduction to the road narrative project
Metaphoric language of marginalized travelers
Place Character Shibboleth: Towards an understanding of bypass stories
Rethinking Urban Fantasy: Where is Nagspeake?
Road trip to the underworld: the Nome King and Hades

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


Internet Famous: 03/06/18

Internet Famous

Internet Famous by Danika Stone is about a high school student who takes online classes, while running a profitable internet site where she does live movie reviews and other pop culture commentary. Madison, though, still has to go to school every day to pick up her sister who might be autistic (based on described behavior but it's never overtly stated in the text).

Things start to fall apart for her and her website when her mother leaves on an extended business trip, throwing the family routine out of whack. Madison's sister, Sarah, can't handle these sorts of disruptions and clings even more to Madison for support. At the same time,

In the midst of all this chaos, there's a new love in Madison's life — a French exchange student. Their long distance romance is close enough for occasional in person visits. Madison just doesn't know if she can trust him.

The extensive mocked up screenshots of Madison's online activity — whether it's chats or her blog posts get in the way of the flow of the plot. I get that a big part of her life is online. So is mine. But I'm not going to bore you with screen shots of what blogging and chatting and Instagram look like. The other problem with including screenshots (even fake ones) is that they will very quickly become dated, more so than the text.

Three stars

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