WWW Wednesday (#7)

Hey everybody! It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for WWW Wednesday! This weekly meme is currently run by the wonderful @Sam. Go check out her amazing blog. This aim of this meme is to answer three fairly simple questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What are you going to read next?


What did you recently finish reading?

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Ask Amy Green Dancing Daze: This was the only book I finished this week. It was absolutely amazing! You can find my review here.


What are you currently reading?

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Still reading these two great books! I’m almost done with The Renegade though.


What are you going to read next?

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I still want to read these books.


That’s all! I didn’t make much reading progress this week. There’s always next week.

How was your reading this week? Let me know 🙂

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s WWW Wednesday!!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

What I’m Reading Wednesday’s!

Hey everyone! Once again, it’s time for What I’m Reading Wednesday’s. If you are unfamiliar with this weekly event, I suggest that you check out the link here. This week, the books were recently finished.

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The first book is called Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell.

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Summary:

Sophie Maxim survived a shipwreck as a baby. Her life really started when an eccentric but loving bachelor brings her home. Charles is laid back. He  uses toast as a bookmark and approves of Sophie drawing on the walls. When child protective services threaten to remove Sophie to an orphanage, Charles and Sophie run off to Paris. They search for one thing that can save her. Her long lost mother. In Paris, Sophie meets a group of children who live under the radar on the rooftops and learns that you never ignore a possible, sometimes the impossible comes true. 

Book: Rooftoppers

Author: Katherine Rundell

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Author Facts:

  1. Katherine was born in 1987.

2. She has 3,037 followers on Twitter.

3. Rundell grew up in  Africa and Europe.

My Rating 12/10 or 7/5. This is an amazing book. You really start to feel close to the characters and feel what they are feeling. It’s aimed at a younger audience but can be read by anybody in my opinion.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.3/5 stars

The second book is called Vet Volunteers Acting Out. This is the 14th book in the series, and the last one that I can get ahold of at the moment. For now, I’ll be moving onto a different series that still has to do with animals. More will be revealed next week 🙂

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Summary:

Zoe is back in Ambler while her mom films a movie, and she feels pretty homesick. Meanwhile, there seems to be a outbreak of animals being poisoned by antifreeze across town. Zoe fears that David’s new cat Rover might be one of them. Can the gang raise awareness about antifreeze before more animals are poisoned? 

Book: Vet Volunteers Acting Out.

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

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Potsdam, New York (Author Hometown) Facts.

  1. It is 3 hours ahead my time.

2. It is averaged around 27 degrees Fahrenheit in December according to Acuweather.

3. Potsdam has 5 highly rated hotels according to TripAdvisor.

My Rating: 9/10 or 4/5.

Goodreads: 4/5 stars

Amazon: 5/5 stars

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for next week’s What I’m Reading Wednesday’s!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

What I’m Reading Wednesday’s!

Hello everyone! It’s time for another What I’m Reading Wednesday’s. This week’s books were recently finished no more than a week ago. If you’re unfamiliar with this weekly event, check out the link here.

The first book is called “Down the Mysterly River” by Bill Willingham.

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Summary:

Max “the Wolf” is a top-notch Boy Scout, an expert at orienteering, and a master at being prepared. It’s a little odd when he suddenly finds himself, with no memories of the recent or distant past and lost in unfamiliar woods. What’s even odder still, is that he meets a Badger named Banderbrock, a black bear named Walden, and McTavish the Monster (who might be a old barn cat.) All of them talk and are as clueless and confused as Max. Before long, Max and his newfound friends run into a group of hunters and their deadly hounds. Known as the Blue Cutters, these hunters are armed with powerful blue swords. They capture and alter the chosen victim to who they want to be. For a purpose that Max and his friends can’t figure out. Unless he can solve the mystery of the strange forested world he’s landed in, Max may find himself and his friends changed beyond recognizion.

Title: Down the Mysterly River.

Author: Bill Williingham

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Author Facts:

1. Bill was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

2. He first gained attention for his comic book series Elements (Quote Source).

3 In the early 2000’s he began writing for D.C. Comics.

My Rating: 11/10 or 6/5 stars.

Goodreads Rating: 3.7/5 stars

Amazon Rating:  4.3/5 stars

The second book is called Vet Volunteers New Beginnings by Laurie Halse Anderson. Since this is the 13th book in the series, I have decided a while ago that I won’t be doing author facts for Laurie. Instead I will do Hometown Facts.

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Summary:

Jules and Josh are twins who moved from Pittsburgh and what to join Dr. Mac’s Vet Volunteers. The trouble is, when they arrived at their new school, Jules got off on the wrong foot with Maggie, Dr. Mac’s granddaughter. Even worse? Jules adopts the Science class rabbit, but it’s chewing up everything in sight! Is there any chance for the twins to become Vet Volunteers?

Title: Vet Volunteers New Beginnings.

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson.

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Potsdam, New York Facts:

1. Potsdam, New York has one airport.

2. Potsdam has 3 colleges and universities.

3. It was established in 1806.

My Rating: 9.5/10 or 4.5/5 stars.

Goodreads Rating: 4.2/5

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5

Thanks for Reading and Stay tuned for next week’s What I’m Reading Wednesday’s!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

What I’m Reading Wednesday’s!

Hello everyone! Today I am finally doing What I’m Reading Wednesday’s. If you are unfamiliar with this weekly event, I suggest that you check out the link here. The books I am showing in this post this week I finished reading recently.

The first book is called The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson. This book was featured in my Library Book Haul.

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Summary:

Jackson Greene became famous for the Shakedown in Shimmering Hills and everyone still talks about the Blitz at the Fitz. After Principal Kelsey caught him in his office, Jackson swore he wouldn’t do any scheming anymore for good. Then Keith Sinclair-the loser of the Blitz-announces he’s running for school president against Jackson’s former almost girlfriend, Gabriela de la Cruz. Gaby has been mad at Jackson since his last con and refuses to let him get involved with her election. Jackson knows that Keith has connections with Principal Kelsey, who could win him the election whatever the vote count. Jackson assembles a team of talented troublemakers. Hashemi  the tech genius. Victor Cho, bankroll. Bradley Boardman, artist. Megan Fieldman, science goddess and cheerleader. And Charlie de la Cruz, reporter. Together, they create a plan that will take down Keith, win Gaby’s respect, and make sure the election is done right! This big con could  only be called The Great Greene Heist.

Book Title: The Great Greene Heist.

Author: Varian Johnson.

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Author Facts:

1. Varian was born in Florence, South Carolina.

2. His first book, “A Red Polka Dot in a World Full of Plaid.

3. He now lives in Austin Texas.

My Rating: 10/10 or 5 stars.

Goodreads Rating: 3.9/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5 stars

The second book is called Vet Volunteers #12 End of the Race by Laurie Halse Anderson . Since I have included this author so many times, I will be doing facts about her hometown instead of herself.

Summary:

Maggie learns about dog racing when an injured greyhound is brought into the clinic. She goes to the track with her grandma Dr. Mackenzie and another Vet Volunteer to check out the conditions of the dogs. It’s risky, but it will be worth it if they can save these greyhounds!

Book Title: Vet Volunteers End of the Race

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Author: Laurie Halse Anderson.

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Author Hometown Facts:

1. The town of Potsdam, New York has a population of 16,041 as of 2010.

2. Potsdam is home to the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park.

3. The town is named after Potsdam, Germany.

My Rating: 10/10 or 5 stars.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.8/stars

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more What I’m Reading Wednesday’s.

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

What I’m Reading Wednesday’s!

Hey Everyone! Just a couple of things before I begin: I’m sorry that I didn’t do Top Ten Tuesday’s but I honestly didn’t have anything for the topic and didn’t have time to modify the topic. I’ll do my best to do next week’s. Second, I have yet another Vet Volunteers book by Laurie Halse Anderson. Since I’m on book 10 right now, I will no longer be doing author facts because I have quite honestly ran out of sources that have new facts. I’ll instead replace it with something else like facts about her (Laurie’s hometown.) Thanks for understanding 🙂

Today is What I’m Reading Wednesday’s. If you haven’t seen this weekly event before, I suggest you check out the link here.

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The first book is called “Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell.

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Summary:

Wilhelmina Silver or Will has a perfect world. She lives half-wild on an African farm with her horse, monkey, and best friend, Will feels like everyday is beautiful. One day her wonderful world comes crashing down when the farm is sold and Will is sent off to a boarding school in England. Her whole world becomes extremely difficult and harsh. Lions and hyenas are totally different to the mean school girls she has to deal with. Where can she escape to in London, and will she have the courage to survive? Read the book to find out!

Book: Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Author: Katherine Rundell

My Rating: 10/10 or 5 stars

Author Facts:

  1. Katherine grew up in Zimbabwe, Brussels, and London.
  2. She was born in 1987
  3. Her Twitter has more tweets then followers.

Would I recommend it? Yes! It’s an amazing book full of adventure and mystery that really keeps you wondering exactly what’s going to happen next.

The next book is called “Vet Volunteers Time to Fly” by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Summary:

Zoe has something unusual in her backyard. A flock of colorful parrots that have mysteriously showed up. She has no idea where they came from or how well they can survive outside their natural habitats. They aren’t nearly as big of a surprise as the sight of her mom who comes without warning, from California. After leaving her behind for almost a year, Zoe’s mom wants her to move back to her new home in California with her. Zoe’s been waiting for many months to hear those words. Why does leaving Dr. Mac’s place seem a lot harder then she expected?

Book: Vet Volunteers Time to Fly.

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Author: Laurie Halse Anderson.

My Rating: 10/10 or 5 stars

Author Current Home  Facts:

  1. Potsdam, New York has more males then females.
  2. The median (middle) age is 20.5 years old.
  3. 86.6% of residents are “white alone.”

Do I recommend it? Yes! It’s a great book but is really short at 120 pages or less. I love the series because it’s centered around all different kinds of animals.

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

What I’m Reading Wednesday’s!!

Wow,this past week went by so fast! It’s already time for What I’m Reading Wednesday’s! If you’re new to What I’m Reading Wednesday’s, you should check out this link: Information so you’re not super confused about what’s going on.

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Today’s books I am reading right now.

The first book is called Keeping Safe the Stars by Shelia O’Connor.

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Summary:

Meet the Stars: Pride (Katherine), Nightingale (Elise), and Baby (Baxter). Three siblings that are independent and orphaned kids who were kept together by their loyalty to each other and the only care of their grandpa Old Finn. All is well until Old Finn falls ill and is taken to a hospital far from home. With Old Finn on the mend, it’s up to Pride, the oldest daughter, to fill his shoes and protect the family. With the fear of being taken away by the state and placed in another shelter; Pride decides to keep their family troubles  secrets and take care of her siblings herself. But keeping the Stars safe turns about to be a big job, and their plan to survive alone quickly unravels. While Pride does her best to keep the outside world at a safe distance away, including a rebellious adventure to reunite with Old Finn, she fears her days of keeping safe the Stars are drawing to an end, and with that their happy days as a family.

Book: Keeping Safe the Stars

Rating: 11/10 (It’s that amazing!) 6/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5

Goodreads Rating: 3.8/5 (Not sure why it’s such a low rating)

Age Range: 10 and up

Grade Range: 5 and up

Author: Sheila O’Connor

Author Facts:

1. Sheila was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2. She was born at the same hospital as her dad. That hospital was also where she worked as a college job.

3. In 4th grade, she started to write seriously.

Second Book: Vet Volunteers #9: Fear of Falling

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Summary:

David is determined to learn to jump on horseback if it kills him. Sometimes he’s afraid it actually might, like when Comet, the horse is he practicing refuses to go over the crossbar and “balks.” Now that David’s father is back in town after not contacting them for at least a year,  he’s promising to teach David how to jump like a champion. David refuses to let him know how scared he is. There’s one thing that scares David more then falling off and horse, and that’s disappointing his father. Can he overcome his fear?

Book: Vet Volunteers: Fear of Falling

Rating: 10/10 or 5 stars

Amazon: 5/5

Goodreads: 4/5

Age Range: 8 and up

Grade Range: 3 and up

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Author Facts:

1. Her first nonfiction book was about Saudi Arabia for children.

2. She started out by writing haiku in second grade.

3. She is a mother of four.

That’s a wrap! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more content.

Tomorrow I’ll finally release my blogging plan and schedule for the school year.

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

What I’m Reading Wednesday’s!

Hello and welcome to What I’m Reading Wednesday’s! The two featured books I am indeed reading right now.

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The first book is called “Remarkable” by Lizzie K. Foley.

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Summary:

This book is set in the mountain town of Remarkable. Remarkable is home to extraordinarily gifted, extraordinarily  talented, or just plain extraordinary. The one exception to that is a 10 year old girl named Jane Doe who is the most average and untalented person who ever lived in Remarkable. The only exception to that is her Grandpa John who is forgotten by everyone. Jane is the only student not attending Remarkable’s School for the Remarkably Gifted. Everything changes when the troublesome and downright criminal Grimlet twins enroll as the 2nd and 3rd students at the ordinarily average public schopl Jane attends. On top of that a strange pirate captain arrives in town to live in the mansion at the top of the hill which is said to be extremely haunted. Join Jane and many more characters on a series of adventures that pits some of Remarkable’s most infamous inhabitants and their secrets in danger.

Book: Remarkable

Author: Lizzie K. Foley

My rating: 8.5/10 (so far)

Author facts:

  1. Lizzie K. Foley was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
  2. The town of Remarkable is partially based on Los Alamos.
  3. Lizzie’s last name Foley roughly translates to pirate.

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The second book is the 5th book in the “Vet Volunteers series” by Laurie Halse Anderson

The book is called Say Goodbye 

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Summary:

Yum Yum is an adorable shin tzu who is one Zoe’s favorite clients. Zoe is the cousin of Maggie Mackenzie and the niece of Dr. Mackenzie. She is staying with the Mackenzie’s who own a veterinarian office while her mom is auditioning and starring on TV shows. Zoe loves Yum Yum because he is small enough to fit in a purse and is obedient unlike her puppy Sneakers. When Yum Yum and Zoe visit cancer patients, Zoe is surprised by how much joy Yum Yum brings to the patients. Disaster strikes when Yum Yum is diagnosed with cancer. How will Zoe help him pull through?

Book: Vet Volunteers: Say Goodbye

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson 

My rating: 10/10 

(I have done Laurie Halse Anderson a couple of times before so it will get harder to find facts.)

Author Facts:

  1. Laurie never intended to become an author. She had several jobs before like cow milking.
  2. Anderson has written YA and Children’s books and book series’s.
  3. The first book of the Vet Volunteers series was published in 2007.

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Sources:

lizziekfoley.com

goodreads.com

slideshare.net

paperbackswap.com

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Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more amazing posts!

~Makayla the Bookworm ❤

What I’m Reading Wednesday’s

Today is a day that I personally look forward to every week. Today is What I’m Reading Wednesday’s. If you are new to this, you can take a look at the about page for this weekly event: https://readersandmore.wordpress.com/what-im-reading-wednesdays/

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The first book is called Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills.

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7th grader Sierra Shepard is a perfect honor student. Until she accidentally brings her mother’s lunch to school. Not so bad in regular circumstances but her mom’s lunch contains a knife to cut her Apple with. Sierra turns the knife into the lunch lady. Instead of acting normal about it, the lunch lady sends her to the office. Her beloved principal places her in in-school detention and sets a hearing for her expulsion. He cites the school’s zero tolerance rule, no drugs, no weapons, no exception. Even for the smallest misunderstanding. Sierra ends up with the so called troublemakers, including her classmate Luke. She discovers that their stories are more complicated then she thought. Suddenly none of the lines between wrong and right seem as clear to her as they once were.

Book rating: 5 stars *****

Recommended age range: 8-12 and/or Grades 3-7

Author: Claudia Mills 

Fun facts:

1.Claudia Mills is 60 years old and lives in New York City.

2. When she was 6 years old, her mother gave her a notebook in which she wrote poetry in. That was the beginning of being a writer.

3. Besides being a writer, she is a philosophy professor at the University of Colorado and is the mother of two boys.

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The second book which I am truthfully still reading is called Vet Volunteers Trickster by Laurie Halse Anderson. I did a previous review on the very first book in the series and this is the 3rd book of a so far 15-16 book series.

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This book is told from the point of a boy named David Hutchinson. He is a funny goofy guy who has a rather bad habit of taking a short cut when doing chores. He volunteers at the veterinarian office across the street from him that is run by Dr. Mackenzie who goes by Dr. Mac. David isn’t the only volunteer. Maggie Dr. Mac’s granddaughter, Zoe the posh cousin who is staying with the Mackenzies for a while, Briana, and Sunita. When Dr. Mac has the volunteers go help out at a horse stable run by Mr. Quinn, David is determined to bond with a injured horse named Trickster. Trickster is a high spirited chestnut gelding that is healing from a accident that happened when he was in a horse trailer. David hopes to one day ride him. But his reputation of making mistakes and cutting corners gets in the way of his dream. Things go from bad to worse when a mysterious illness sweeps through the stables.

Book rating: 4.5 stars **** 1/2*

Recommended Age Range: Ages 8 and up.

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson 

Fun Facts:

  1. Laurie Halse currently lives in Mexico, New York (Not sure if it exists)
  2. She was born Laurie Beth Halse
  3. When she moved out at only 16, she went to live on a pig farm in Denmark.

Sources for fun facts and pictures:

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Google.com

claudiamillsauthor.com

scholastic.com

madwomenintheforest.com

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Thanks for reading and let me know what you thought of this weeks What I’m Reading Wednesday’s.

Stay tuned for more amazing content!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

What I’m Reading Wednesday’s!

Hi everyone! Today (the first day of my weekly event) I realized that I never posted the info post about this event. It was still in my drafts. Silly me! I guess you’ll just have to see.It’s simple and should hopefully be fun! Today I am showing off two books that I finished yesterday. I’m not reading them anymore so that kind of spoils that part of the event but I can’t write about the books I’ve barely started!

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Source: My camera and the Photo Editor app

First Book: Indigo’s Star by Hilary McKay

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I have reviewed Forever Rose for you guys and thought I had the order of the books down. It turns out I didn’t. Oh well.

This book is part of a 5 or so book series. It follows Indigo Casson who has to fall back into his routine after battling mono. He dreads going back to school and only his younger sister Rose knows why. The first day of school and many days after that, the evil gang and their red headed leader torment and tease Indigo. His days are boring and terrible. Until one day when Tom, an American joins his class. The gang changes their target and Tom makes two new friends and becomes part of the Casson family. He isn’t there to stay but while he is, he takes the world by storm with Permanent Rose and Indigo by his side.

My rating of the book out of 10: 9.5/10 

Author facts: 

1. Hillary McKay is 56 years old

2. Before writing she studied English, Zoology, and Botany at St. Andrews University.

3. Her first novel was The Exiles .

I recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure, family, and a bit of suspense. This book is a children’s book but really can be read by almost anyone.

Second Book: Vet Volunteers Fight For Life By Laurie Halse Anderson

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This is the first book in a 16 book series with the 17th set to be published next year.

Summary: This book is told from the point of Maggie Mackenzie. Maggie lives with her grandmother who is a skilled veternarian who goes by Dr. Mac. Maggie is always welcomed to help the injured or sick animals that find their way into the veternarian office. That is until Maggie’s homework is piling up and her grades are slipping. Her grandmother is forced to put her on a short leash until her grades improve. Four new volunteers seem to take up Maggie’s role and make her jealous. When extremely sick, dehydrated and malnourished Collies and Labs find their way to Dr. Mac, Maggie has to track down the cold hearted person who sold these puppies to people at a local farmers market. Nothing seems like it can get worse until her rich cousin Zoe comes to stay with them while her actress mother is busy in Los Angeles. Read this story to find out what happens to Maggie and who is behind the puppy mill.

My rating: 10/10

Author facts:

1. Laurie has loved to write since second grade.

2. She started out writing picture books.

3. Her first novel Speak, was made into a film with Kristan Stewart playing the main character.

I recommend this book for anyone that absolutely loves animals, adventure, and victory. This book is for ages 10 and up so anyone 10 and up can read it.

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Sources:

en.m.wikipedia.org

Google.com

madwomanintheforest.com/laurie/

Both pictures were from Amazon.com

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That’s a wrap for my very first What I’m Reading Wednesday’s. Let me know if you liked it and stay tuned till next Wednesday when I show you the two books I’ve been reading.

Keep Reading!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂