The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

In 1617, a freak storm blew up out of nowhere off the coast of Vardo, a small Norwegian island. At the time, all the fishermen were out on the water, and it killed all 40 of them. It meant that there were almost no men on the island at all, and the women had to …

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The Hare by Melanie Finn

The Hare is a character driven story about Rosie, a girl who was foisted on her grandmother after her parents death, an orphan who was well aware that she was unwanted. She manages to get a scholarship when she grows up and flees to Parsons to study art, but her low self esteem means that …

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She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh

I love Dolly Parton. She's such an original and such a bright spark of honesty and kindness. She's funny, she's smart, she makes fun of herself and handles it brilliantly when others make fun of her. She never talks badly about others and has even been known to offer a helping hand to people who …

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