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Bat and the Waiting Game by Elana K. Arnold
The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad
Canada and the Canadian Question by Goldwin Smith
Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce
Don't Cosplay with My Heart by Cecil Castellucci
Flo by Kyo Maclear and Jay Fleck
A Friendly Town That's Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats
Locke & Key, Volume 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill
The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler
March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel
My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #2: Rainbow Dash by Ryan K. Lindsay
My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #5: Pinkie Pie by Ted Anderson
The Night Garden by Polly Horvath
Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb
Rhymoceros by Janik Coat
Secret at Mystic Lake by Carolyn Keene
Slider by Pete Hautman
Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci
Sunny by Jason Reynolds
This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek
The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

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April 2018 sources
April 2018 summary
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (May 07)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (May 14) Reading Current

Road Essays
Getting there: it's the road, stupid
In the upside-down: the hobo life in Oz
Re-Mapping the road narrative project
Small towns and out of the way places

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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


Dear Mrs Bird: 05/12/18

Dear Mrs Bird

Dear Mrs Bird by A. J. Pearce is set in in London in 1940. Emmeline Lake is doing her part for the war effort. She's AFS, volunteering her time as a fire brigade operator. She wants to be a war correspondent and believes she has finally landed the perfect job towards that goal as a junior at Lancaster House.

There's just a wee problem. She's been hired as a junior typist, not a reporter, and the job is with a failing women's magazine that's stuck with a late Victorian sentiment. Their head editor and advice columnist is a stern woman, Henrietta Bird, who refuses to respond to letters of "unpleasantness."

Emmeline's supposed to destroy the offending letters but she choses instead to read them and as things progress, respond to them. As Mrs. Bird becomes increasingly distracted by her war time efforts and the letters in to the magazine continue to dwindle so that finding any acceptables, Emmeline realizes she can go one step further — publishing her responses in the magazine.

In terms of tone and setting, Dear Mrs. Bird is a good read along or follow up to Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford (2016) except that Maisie and Hilda have a good working relationship, and Emmeline and Henrietta's borders on toxic.

Five stars

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