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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 Gr
  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 m
  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 t
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