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What to Read: The Age of Miracles

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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker


 

Summary

No one predicted the slowing of the Earth’s rotation. For Julia, the weight of the consequences are felt in hindsight as she reflects on her sixth grade year, that first year of “the slowing”. Some people adapted better than others. While the days grow longer, communities crumble like sugar, and relationships shift, life goes on. But for how long?

Overall Impressions

It’s funny how in the midst of catastrophe, some parts of life plod on unimpeded. Like the ups and down of being eleven, or having a crush, or realizing adults don’t have all the answers either. It’s a rough transition, even without environmental disaster. Walker beautifully captures a classic coming-of-age story against a tragic backdrop. Her imagery is sharp, her points subtle, and her protagonist relatable to anyone who remembers (or is currently experiencing) the unstable years of upper adolescence. Definitely not a light-hearted summer read, but one I recommend YA readers add to their lists.

*Shout-out to my cousin, Zachary, who recommended the book.

Happy Reading!

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What to Read: Dorothy Must Die

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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige


 

Summary

When Amy Gumm lands in Oz with her pet rat Star, she immediately finds herself caught in the middle of a rebellion. Dorothy Gale, Oz’s hero turned tyrannical princess, has been draining the land’s magic. Now, in an attempt to stop Dorothy, the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has enlisted Amy for a dangerous mission. In order to save Oz, Dorothy must die.

Overall Impressions

Oz has never looked so bizarre, and Amy Gumm does a wonderful job of articulating just how up-side-down it is under Dorothy’s rule. I love when stories question traditional characters, and this novel dramatically reimagines Dorothy as a ruthless, petty ruler set on a magical dictatorship. Many other creative, sometimes horrifying characters make up Dorothy’s guard along with the antiheroes of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. Lovers of retold classics, fantasy, and YA adventures should consider adding Dorothy Must Die to their summer list. 

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