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    Lightning Strike

    It is the summer of 1963 in Tamarack County, Minnesota. Just outside the small town of Aurora, nestled next to shimmering Iron Lake, 12-year-old Cork O'Connor makes a grisly discovery. Hiking into the...

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    The Indian Relocation Act of 1956

    In Lightning Strike, William Kent Krueger includes an author's note about the Indian Relocation Act of 1956 (also known as Public Law 959 or the Adult Vocational Training Program), which features as a...

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    The Forest of Vanishing Stars

    Kristin Harmel's historical novel The Forest of Vanishing Stars was very well-received by our First Impressions readers, who gave it an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

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    The Bielski Partisans

    In The Forest of Vanishing Stars, persecuted Jews in Eastern Europe take shelter in the Naliboki Forest, located west of Minsk in contemporary Belarus. The area, then known as Byelorussia, was annexed...

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    The Lincoln Highway

    Voted 2021 Best Fiction Award Winner by BookBrowse Subscribers

    Things look bleak for Emmett Watson in June of 1954. The 18-year-old has just been released from a boys' detention center in Kansas, ...

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    Studebaker and the Land Cruiser

    In The Lincoln Highway, the main characters undertake a would-be cross-country road trip in Emmett Watson's pride and joy, a 1948 powder-blue Studebaker Land Cruiser. The Studebaker company, ...

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    The Code Breaker

    Voted 2021 Best Nonfiction Award Winner by BookBrowse Subscribers

    What makes humans human? It's a mystery that has inspired philosophers and driven scientific endeavor. The discovery of DNA in the...

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    Conflicts Over Credit: CRISPR and HIV

    When a scientific breakthrough is achieved, it can be a moment of major celebration. Depending on the implications of that advancement, previously unknown individuals can find themselves vaulted into ...

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    Firekeeper's Daughter

    Voted 2021 Best Young Adult Award Winner by BookBrowse Subscribers

    Angeline Boulley's young adult novel Firekeeper's Daughter follows 18-year-old Daunis — biracial member of the Ojibwe tribe, ...

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    Muskiiki: The Four Sacred Ojibwe Medicines

    In Firekeeper's Daughter, Daunis is interested in how her fellow Ojibwe tribe members use medicinal herbs. She chooses to study pre-med courses and plant biology at college so that she may go on to ...

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    A Million Things

    Voted 2021 Best Debut Award Winner by BookBrowse Subscribers

    Our First Impressions reviewers were intrigued and captivated by Emily Spurr's debut novel A Million Things, awarding it an average ...

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    Sleeping Beauty (Briar Rose)

    In A Million Things by Emily Spurr, 10-year-old Rae recalls her mother reading her the story of Briar Rose. Briar Rose, better known as Sleeping Beauty, is a popular fairy tale character. While ...

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  • Book Jacket: The Lincoln Highway
  • Book Jacket: Cloud Cuckoo Land
  • Book Jacket: Bewilderment
  • Book Jacket: Three Girls from Bronzeville
  • Book Jacket: The Magician
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  • Book Jacket: The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
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  • Book Jacket: The Personal Librarian
  • Book Jacket: The Secret Keeper of Jaipur
  • Book Jacket: The Sweetness of Water
  • Book Jacket: Great Circle
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  • Book Jacket: Firekeeper's Daughter
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  • Book Jacket: The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World
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