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by Hannah Kent
12/4/2013: Burial Rites is the first novel by Australian author, Hannah Kent. In 2003, during an exchange year in Iceland, Hannah Kent became interested with events leading up to the last execution to occur in that country. Thus began ten years of research into Agnes Magnusdottir, beheaded by...
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
12/1/2013: The Secret Life of Bees first caught my eye because I have seen the movie and really enjoyed that. Sue Monk Kidd did an excellent job of pulling you into her story from the very beginning. I always hate when movies or books are slow in the beginning and you are just waiting till...
The Valley of Amazement
by Amy Tan
11/20/2013: I am an avid reader with a preference for all books set in Asia. Anyone who has read Ms. Tan's prior works knows she is a excellent story teller with an exceptional command of language. Reading THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT I found that I did not just read a book but was transported on...
Tamara Ellis Smith received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults in 2007 from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She writes middle grade novels and picture books and received an Honorable Mention for her middle grade novel Marble Boys in the 2008 PEN New England Discovery Awards. It was also runner up for the 2008 SCBWI Works-In-Progress grant. She can be found online at www.tamaraellissmith.com and www.smithwright.blogspot.com. She is represented by Erin Murphy Literary Agency.