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Wolf Hollow
Salt to the Sea
The Serpent King
Optimists Die First
The Hate U Give
Orphan Island
Dan vs. Nature
The Female of the Species
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
The Passion of Dolssa
The Distance Between Us
When We Collided
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Girl in the Blue Coat
Defy the Stars

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

One vs. The Gospel Truth


Hands down, the TD Baker crew chooses One over The Gospel Truth. There were many positive aspects to Caroline Pignat's The Gospel Truth. We liked the intelligent and courageous Phoebe and reading about Virginia during a dark time in American history was fascinating. However, the story was just a little to pat and the ending doesn't ring true to the lived experience of millions of slaves.

We ended up choosing One by Sarah Crossan because the main characters, Tippy and Grace were original and charming. Their story, as conjoined twins, was captivating and the supporting characters brought an unexpected depth to the story. As we were reading the story we wondered how Crossan was going to handle the ending, and she did not disappoint. The conclusion was handled tastefully and brought the novel to an end in a poignant manner.

Submitted by: Shelley Kunicki, Stephen Ekstrom, and Amanda Barrett

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