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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


Out of Tune: 03/23/18

Out of Tune

Out of Tune by Gail Nall is a middle grade road trip story, similar in premise to Far from Fair by Elana K. Arnold (2016). This one though is set in Wyoming

Maya loves country western music and wants to audition for a TV talent show, Dueling Duets. She has a deadline to be in Nashville by a certain date but that might mean running away from home. Home, though, is now an ancient RV that's traveling across the countryside.

Like The Someday Birds, Maya's road trip takes her and her family (caravanning in two RVs) to Yellowstone National Park. It's here that she begins her plan for running away to Nashville. Though the blurb promises a "one-hundred-mile bike ride with her know-it-all little sister, a cute nature boy, and blue-haired, earbud-addicted Shiver (a.k.a. the most annoying girl ever)" the reality of the book is that most of the book is Maya's plans being repeated thwarted.

A lot of times these stories where the parents for dramatic plot reasons have to suddenly uproot the family but refuse to explain the situation to their children end up in the children being forced to do something different and learn a life lesson from the initial disappointment. That lesson is here too but the adults in the book are given a chance to redeem themselves. Although Maya doesn't have the summer she expected, she does get to participate in Dueling Duets. How that happens, though, is a big part of the novel.

Three stars

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