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review 2017-08-13 18:54
Again, Alabama, Susan Sands
Again, Alabama (Alabama Series Book 1) - Susan Sands

I enjoyed this romance.I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I found this book moved slow in places in the beginning. It was fun in places, shocking in others, and very serious in part from the situations that needed to be dealt with. It had a surprising ending. Not for the under 18 readers.

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review 2017-06-23 18:32
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel - Lee Harper

The book was handed to me as a follow up from a quick discussion with a colleague. I decided to read it straightaway as I don’t like borrowing books from someone and keeping them for a long time. I honestly didn’t know what to expect: the title is ambiguous and the hype around the time of its release was quite substantial. All I knew is that it was by Harper Lee, the author of the famous To Kill A Mockingbird. I didn’t even read the blurb for the book. So, for some reason I was expecting another court room drama based on racial tensions of the American South. My advice: read the blurb.

 

Despite not reading the blurb, I was able to immerse into the book quickly enough. If you haven’t read To Kill A Mockingbird it won’t play to your disadvantage as this novel can stand alone on its own feet. The writing is not complex, but intelligent enough to engage the reader. The theme of the book is politically charged – I can understand why it would not be printed back in the 1950s. It is set in the 1950s and feels more autobiographical, personal rather just another novel about the history of segregation in the South. The novel is threaded with Jean Louise’s reminiscence about her childhood. These memories where everything for her as a child was black and white, right and wrong serve as juxtaposition to the her adult world where nothing is black and white and some things may seem wrong, but motives might be right. 

 

A quick overview: Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch is now twenty six years old and live in New York City. She returns home to Maycomb, Alabama on her usual annual visit, but this time something is off. She secretly follows her father and her friend to a Citizens’ Council where one of the guests is permitted to give a racist speech. Shaken up that her father did not do anything to stop this man, Jean Louise is devastated. As she looks around her, she begins to notice increased sympathy with these kind of sentiments. She finds herself on the road of self-discovery and making a hard decision: to either stick to what she believes and leave her family or stay with her family and submit to the growing feeling of the place.

 

The novel does not answer any questions, but presents the day-to-day tensions and decisions that many American citizens had to live with in the 1950s. I would say that it is even relevant now. I found that the author’s call in this book is to reason. That reason will prevail above all. For me the book was summarised on page 270, “But the white supremacists fear reason, because they know cold reason beats them. Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.”

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review 2017-04-01 04:20
A Halloween Scare in Alabama
A Halloween Scare in Alabama (Halloween Scare: Prepare If You Dare) - Eric James,Marina La Ray

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This book is about a little boy's halloween night. He woke up and heard something outside of his house, so he peeked out the window and saw monsters outside all up and down the streets. Then it starts to name off cities in Alabama and monsters that are there. Then at the end of the book, he comes back home to find monsters in his house the whole time. There was a halloween ball and he won the best halloween costume prize. 

I would use this book during halloween to talk about halloween and direction/location with my students. I would use this book with 2nd grade to 5th grade. 

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review 2017-03-03 00:00
Forever, Alabama (Alabama Series Book 3)
Forever, Alabama (Alabama Series Book 3) - Susan Sands ARC Review: Forever Alabama (Alabama Series) by Susan Sands

Ms. Sands packs big power into a series of small reads with her Alabama Series. Her heroines are spirited, her heroes are relentless and the emotions that spill out are a sight to behold. This time around, a woman finds a soft place to land at the most surprising of times. Will she allow fear of the past to prevent her finding happiness? Forever, Alabama is wise, thoughtful and emotional. Like a fortune cookie or a greeting card, with just a few short words, the author can cause a reader to feel an abundance of emotions. That describes Forever, Alabama and her cast of characters.
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text 2017-01-25 20:43
Alabama Moon by Watt Key
Alabama Moon - Watt Key
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