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  1. We all have baggage. Real friends help you carry it. It’s 1983 in Boscobel, Wisconsin, in the southwestern corner of the state, known as the Driftless Area. Ellis Sayre is different. He’s a twelve year old orphaned Native American. His adoptive parents lost a son a few years ago and welcomed him to deal with their grief. While stealing day-old bread for a friend in need, Ellis and his two best friends—George and Mason—witness a murder by a local kingpin. Authorities disagree with their story. They call it made up. The boys are trapped, worried for their lives, sending them on a flight to Grandad’s Bluff in La Crosse, WI, along the Mississippi River. Two peripheral stories about Ellis Abbot—a World War II veteran, and Two Right Feet—an orphaned Native American during early 1800’s, are entwined to unearth Ellis Sayre’s roots. They combine to tell the truth. - I really enjoyed this book, there was mystery, there was confusion, there were surprises and there was a heartwarming account of friendship and what it is to be there for someone. It's brilliant and especially cosy to read this time of year!
  2. Hi all, I recently read Right Handed Lefty by Ryan Coughlin and wondered if any of you have also read it? Would be great to discuss it! Its themes are similar To Kill a Mockingbird, for example, identity, coming of age, a struggle of morals and doing the right thing, friendship etc. It's set in 1983 Wisconsin with a protagonist every teenager can relate to - Ellis Sayre is a black orphan adopted by two people who had suffered the loss of their own child. He grows up unsure of his identity and unsure of himself as a result. His tale is one of finding his feet in a world that makes him feel like an outcast. Fortunately, he has a really great friendship with his two best friends, George and Mason - both good guys that are loyal and would do anything for a friend. In fact, while out stealing stale bread for a friend, the boys witness a murder and, after running to the station to find that no one believes them, they have to go on the run. It's a really great YA novel because it balances the typical YA themes of self-discovery and friendships with much bigger issues such as race, identity and this huge quick-paced, thrilling plot of avoiding danger and feeling like their lives are on the line. I think it would be cool to talk about some of the questions I got out of reading it such as how far would you go for friendship? How long does it take to find yourself? Do you have to go out of the ordinary to find yourself? Let me know your thoughts if you have read it! If you haven't, I'd definitely recommend it. Find it here
  3. The Sweet Spot, by Anneli Lort, caught my eye recently, during the excitement of The Open Championship, and it's quick ascent into the top 10 of the sports fiction chart, but it is, undeniably, a romance novel. The Sweet Spot tells the tale of strong female lead, Olivia, who is recovering from an unhealthy relationship and an unforgiving heartache. She moves out of busy London to heal in the countryside, taking a career opportunity to ghostwrite a globally famous, golfing legend's autobiography, Sebastian. The setting of Appleton Vale is so beautifully described that this book could truly heal anybody's heartache with its idyllic nature, and the struggles of being in a new place and overcoming a bad relationship are well-portrayed. The characters of this romance novel are wonderfully developed, their quirks, histories, motives and weaknesses outlined early on. Sexy Sebastian is witty and alluring, providing Olivia exactly the distraction she needs, until his feelings for her begin to overcome them both. Whether you're interested in golf or not, I feel that the tension and competitive narrative of the book, as it develops, is a great pace changer and makes a great page-turner. I could not put the book down! If you're looking for a peaceful feel-good setting with a romantic twist, and like authors such as Jilly Cooper and Joanna Trollope, you'll love this! And, if you can't get enough, I hear it's a series and book 2 is on the way!
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