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Book Love by Debbie Tung

★★★★★ I've loved Tung's diary comics for years, ever since I stumbled upon A Quiet Girl in a Noisy World, which is about her life as an introvert in an extraverted world, and was really excited about this new comic collection which is solely about her love for books!

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Retrograde Orbit by Kristyna Baczynski

★★★★★ Flint lives with her mother on the mining planet Tesla, where her family in het grandmother's day was forced to evacuate after a nuclear disaster on their home planet. Flint has already dreamed of going back to her family's roots and obsesses over it throughout her life.

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Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

★★★★★ Sophie has always loved her small town life, her four best friends, her marching band. But when her marching band is chosen to march in the Rose Parade in LA, she has to find a way to fund this trip. In the middle of the night, she sends an e-mail to Megan Pleasant, asking if this local and super famous country singer will come back to her home town to sing a charity concert to fundraise the trip - even though she has sworn never to return. But there's also a new guy in town, who seems to have just as many secrets as Megan Pleasant.

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The Stopping Places: A Journey Through Gypsy Britain by Damian Le Bas

★★★★★ Damien Le Bas grew up surrounded by Gypsy history. His grandmother would tell him stories of his family, other families, and their stopping places. Places where they camped or lived for days or years, where they worked or waited for work. But as his own family had already settles by the time he was born, his own experience of life on the road was limited. So in an search of a better understanding of his Gypsy heritage, Le Bas lived in his van, on the road, and visited these ancient stopping places he'd heard so much about.

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The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff

★★★★★ On the morning of her wedding, Pell creeps out of bed, quietly says goodbye to her sleeping sisters, and flees into the early morning dark. Together with her horse and her youngest brother, she is determined to find a different life for herself, one that does not involve being worn down from endless babies and poverty. But the road is cold and wet and hard, and sometimes things get lost and found, but never in the way you'd expect them to.

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

★★★★★ Alaska, 1970. Ruth wants to be remembered. Dora wished she was invisible. Alyce can't bring herself to leave. Hank is running away. Four teenagers, four very different lives, all on the brink of change and about to become entangled in ways they could never have foreseen.

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Book Review | The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

★★★★★ Alaska, 1920; Mabel and Jack have moved to the brutal wilderness of Alaska to escape the loss of their stillborn child and family pressures, but their relationship and sanity is crumbling. Loneliness, backbreaking work and the long, dark winters drift them further and further apart. But in an impulsive moment they build a little girl out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone, but they glimpse a child running through the trees..

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Book Review | The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

★★★★★ Dressed as a boy Vasya is on the road, traveling away from home where her dead father lies buried, his death her fault. When she encounters a village burned down by bandits, she decides to help, but in her attempt she gets stuck in a web of lies as she tries to hide the fact that she's a girl from the Grand Prince of Moscow and the rest of the court. All the while other strange things are happening and time is running out..

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

★★★★★ Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father isn't a very good one. When the winters get colder, the Staryk closer, and her mother sicker, she lets her heart grow cold and does what her father cannot do. Soon she is making more money than they've ever had before, and she's able to turn silver into gold. But when the Staryk overhear her boasting in the winter forest, she's up for a challenge that might end in her death..

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The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

★★★★★ Mila and her siblings live alone in the forest after her father has left them five years ago - right when the winter came and never left again. Then one night a fur-clad stranger comes to their door, asking for shelter for himself and his men. The next morning, Mila's brother, Oskar, has left. Mila is convinced he's been taken, and sets out to save him.