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review 2020-06-14 17:53
Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins - Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich,Jade Johnson
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The remarkable story of Clara Luper, an inspirational woman who took action through teaching, demonstrating, fighting for rights, and instilling the value to do the same in others. This book details some of Luper's work, told simply and elegantly.

Growing up, I remember not really liking non-fiction picture books, however this one was well done. While it is a bit wordy, the story is simplified for young audiences, explained well, and told in an entertaining and inspiring way. Because of its length, it is best suited for older children.

Great incorporation of the steps of nonviolence and showing how change can be brought about through action. I also liked that the hardships of such action were included. The book shows people throwing food at the characters and the narration mentions people yelling at them and "spit[ting] ugliness and hate". The violence was presented in a way suitable for children without ignoring it. I think it is crucial to including the push back against such demonstrations when teaching children about fighting for change.

At the end of the book is a "More about Clara Luper" section, which includes additional information, quotes, and photographs.

A good book to teach children about nonviolence, segregation, and fighting for rights as well as getting them interested in history and historical figures.

A great non-fiction picture book.
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review 2020-05-25 08:17
Someday, Someday - Emma Scott

Max is quickly burning out on his current job, when a co-worker tells him of a job that may be too good to be true.  He figures what can it hurt to interview?  Then he finds out who is connected to the job.


Silas has been hiding.  His father cannot have him be himself, for fear it will ruin the family name.  Can he impress him and become the next CEO of the family business?  


Sweet story with an excellent way of explaining about love over expectation.  Some dark elements, with additiction, and abuse.  I loved that the author had such a new way to make us feel it can be discussed.  I liked that the characters had a sense of self, and were able to show development.  The friendship explored was also a treat to read.  I enjoyed this book and give it a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2020-03-26 13:03
Someday in Paris
Someday in Paris - Olivia Lara

by Olivia Lara


This one had a lot of consistency problems, yet I couldn't put it down! With short chapters alternating between two protagonists, there was always just one more chapter and a few late nights ensued.


Leon and Zara meet very young, hiding in a dark museum. They share a love of art and especially for Monet. Zara comes from a family where the women have dreams about the man meant for them, seeing things though his eyes. Some of them ignore the ability and slough it off as superstition and imagination. Some believe it whole-heartedly.


Among the problems with this book is Zara, whose real name is Dominique, sharing the story of her star-crossed romance with Leon with her granddaughter and switching between present and past tense to maximum cringe effect, yet the story itself comes through and it was easy to care about the characters and to want to slap them when they made stupid decisions that made them miss each other.


Hopefully the final edit will fix some of the problems, especially the disappearing walking stick and the wrong name used in one of the later chapters. The fact that it held my attention so well makes it necessary to give it four stars either way.

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review 2019-03-24 00:57
Someday Someday Maybe
Someday, Someday, Maybe - Lauren Graham

Audiobook, narrated by the author, delightfully.


I first became aware that Lauren Graham had written a novel because she mentioned it in her memoir, Talking As Fast As I Can.  When the novel came up in the list of available mp3 audiobooks in my library's e-collection, I grabbed it.


Someday, Someday, Maybe is set in the mid-1990s.  Its narrator/protagonist is Franny Banks, an aspiring actress living in Brooklyn with two roommates, Jane and Dan, and getting ever-closer to a self-imposed deadline to either get that big break in acting or give up and move onto a more conventional life/career track.


A co-worker of mine likes to use the adjective "charming" to praise some of her favorite books, and as I was listening to this one, the word "charming" came to me.  Graham's voice--both in the audio and authorial senses--is entertaining:  funny, poignant, and bubbly.  A book like this written by an actress, about being/becoming an actress, can be self-indulgent and overly precious, but I felt that Graham avoided those pitfalls.  There were a couple of meta-narrative moments, but they worked for me.

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review 2019-02-09 18:05
Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin
Someday We Will Fly - Rachel Dewoskin
SOMEDAY WE WILL FLY by Rachel DeWoskin Performers in the Warsaw Circus must flee for their lives from the Nazis. As they flee to Shanghai, Lillia’s mother is lost. She and father left with no choice, continue to Shanghai where Jews are being offered safety, but not an easy life. As the Japanese draw ever nearer, life becomes more tenuous and scary. Well written and researched, this YA novel is also a wonderful read for adults. The Jewish experience in war time China has been little known. This book attempts to rectify that omission and succeeds. Lillia, her father and those she comes in contact with are fully developed characters. The plot is engrossing. 5 of 5 stars


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