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Book Review: Ready Player One

READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline (Crown Publishers, 2011): A Review by Tom Lyford 2044 AD. Our global civilization is hitting the downhill skids toward collapse. The newscasts, filled with stories detailing the ongoing energy crisis; catastrophic climate change; half a dozen wars; plus widespread famine and poverty with most of the downtrodden masses squatting …
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Book Review: Good Riddance

GOOD RIDDANCE by Elinor Lipman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019): A Review by Tom Lyford In my third year as a high school teacher, the seniors dedicated their yearbook to me. I was touched by their gesture. I was humbled, not to mention quite flabbergasted and, of course, not just a little flattered. That happened in 1972. …
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Book Review: The Invited

THE INVITED by Jennifer McMahon (Doubleday, 2019): A Small Review by Tom Lyford From “Hattie Breckenridge, May 19th, 1924”: Hattie lowered the ax. “Where have you been, girl?” she asked her daughter. It was a school day, but Hattie had forbidden her daughter from going to school. And last she knew, Jane was gathering kindling …
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Book Review: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

By Teen Volunteer Rachel Mullis Nothing in life matters more than friendship, and friendship is a great thing to read about! The book the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares is about the friendship shared between teenagers Tibby, Carmen, Lena, and Bridgid. Their mothers were best friends who met while they were pregnant …
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