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    Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand (Review)

     There are some books that take you completely by surprise in the best possible way. Some Kind of Happiness was one of them.  THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT • Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.• Never having met said grandparents.• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.) Finley has always dealt with her troubles by writing stories about the Everwood, a magical forest, stories that increasingly mirror her fractured and chaotic…

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    The Glass Town Game by Catherynne Valente (Review)

    The Glass-Town Game is a middle-grade novel by Catherynne Valente. Charlotte, Emily, Branwell, and Anne Brönte grow up in their small Yorkshire parsonage. They spend their free time in a make-believe world called Glass Town which helps them escape the fact that Charlotte and Emily must, at the end of summer, return to their evil boarding school. The world they create for and submit their toys to includes real-world personalities like Napolean Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington. Branwell, as the only brother, is tutored at home, as is Anne who is too little to go to boarding school. Their…

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