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1: Terrible. 2: Blah. 3: Good. 4: Great. 5: Perfect.

On the Map, by Simon Garfield; Because I Said So!, by Ken Jennings; Consider The Fork, by Bee Wilson

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Three non-fiction books.

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Remarkable, by Elizabeth Foley; Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu; Under Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, with illustrations by Carson Ellis

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Reviews of three Middle Grade fiction adventures.

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Lola and the Boy next Door, by Stephanie Perkins: 3/5

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Good for: It’s not quite as good or as cute as Anna and the French Kiss, but fans of that book may enjoy it—and will like the brief glimpses of …

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Where She Went, by Gayle Forman: 3/5

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Good for: I think it’s mostly a catharsis book, for people who are really interested in getting some good crying done. Young adult romance fans …

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The Future of Us, by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler: 3/5

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Good for: Young adult romance fans, people who like very very soft science fiction. Anyone looking for a short, breezy weekend read …

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The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter: 3/5

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Good for: It’s a passably good science fiction novel, with some humorous elements and a couple good dramatic stories. Fans of such things …

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Men and Cartoons, by Johnathan Lethem: 3/5

Good for: People who like short stories, superheroes, and cartoons. These stories mix together adult issues and drama with cartoon …

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Americus, by M.K. Reed and Jonathan David Hill: 3/5

Good for: Pre-teens and up, but only those who can recognize a mean caricature when they see it. I see myself as fundamentally opposed …

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The Long Run, by Matt Long with Charles Butler: 3/5

Good for: Someone in need of inspiration—whether to get through a personal struggle or …

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Moondogs, by Alexander Yates: 3/5

Good for: People who like ensemble casts and magical realism. The sometimes brutal graphic violence—even by …

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