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Bob by Wendy Mass
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Depth by Lev A.C. Rosen
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Night of the Animals by Bill Broun
One Good Thing about America by Ruth Freeman
The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
Runaways: Battleworld by Noƫlle Stevenson
Two Times a Traitor by Karen Bass
Whatshisface by Gordon Korman
The Witch's Glass by Holly Grant
You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
Young Frances by Hartley Lin

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The great logic puzzle of life
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Dear Poppy: 09/09/18

Dear Poppy

Dear Poppy by Ronni Arno opens with Poppy, her father and older brother moving to the old family farm. Poppy's mother has recently died and her father isn't coping well with the loss. Moving to her old home is his last ditch effort to regain some control in his life.

After moving in, Poppy finds some letters apparently addressed to her, written by her mother back in the 1980s. The letters end up oddly paralleling events in Poppy's present day life, including her 4H project and the apparent sabotage of it.

In the present day, Poppy's dad seems to be falling in love with his deceased wife's old rival / bully. Their relationship and Poppy's relationship with the rival's daughter is fascinating and eye opening. It's a good character study on how some people can't let go of old grudges.

Dear Poppy is a tightly crafted story with a concise timeline and a strong sense of place.

Four stars

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