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The Help (linked to Jennifer’s review on 5 Minutes for Books) brought to light issues of class and race in Mississippi during the time of Jim Crow.  Segregation was a very real part of recent history […]

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etched on me

Have you ever wondered where authors get the ideas for their novels? Or how they create characters that are so real? I recently read Jenn Crowell’s novel Etched on Me, which featured characters so real […]

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labor day

Thirteen-year-old Henry lives with his mother, Adele, a divorced woman who struggles with depression and possibly some mental health issues. The two have been alone for years as her inability to cope with life has […]

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Baby Penguins giveaway

Baby Penguins Love their Mama is a delightful look at a very busy mama of a large family of adorable grey and white penguins. And wow, is she busy! There’s always so much to do! […]

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Yes, I’m a fan, are you? I was really excited when it came back on. Even if you aren’t, if you like novels about women’s friendships, you might appreciate Wendy Wax’s novel While We Were […]

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the dancing master

I enjoy the occasional historical fiction novel, and am a fan of Jane Austen’s wit and characters. Julie Klassen is too, and her novel The Dancing Master perfectly fits this genre. Fans of the Jane […]

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Does a feather remember it once was a bird? Does a book remember it once was a word? I’m fascinated about how short a child’s memory can be. My son is 9 1/2. While he […]

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We’re nearing the end of the year, during which “best of” lists are inevitable. The contributors at 5 Minutes for Books wanted to do our list a bit early, because we want to make sure […]

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A mix-match of bright colors and simple people and animal figures (sometimes, even aliens!) outlined in black placed in stories about joy, acceptance, and love= Todd Parr. His style is immediately recognizable, and children are […]

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sense and sensibility

I love Joanna Trollope’s books. She’s insightful and accurate in her views of modern family life, and writes enjoyable stories filled with realistic characters. So I was intrigued when I saw she’d written a new […]

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