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Yay, that's the last one! Finally found something I could get into for Alabama. :)

59. Alabama Moon by Watt Key
Audio download

The only life ten-year-old Moon Blake can remember is living in the forest with his father; they never deal with any other people except the storekeeper who buys their furs and meat and sells them supplies. When an accident leads to Pap's death, Moon is left on his own. He has the skills to survive in the woods indefinitely but his father's final instructions were to head for Alaska to find other "people who hate the government".

Moon ventures out into a world he doesn't understand and immediately runs afoul of the authorities. He finds himself in a juvenile home and engineers a mass breakout, eventually leading to his hiding out in the forest with two friends.

When I was a kid, I loved books like My Side of the Mountain, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Where the Lilies Bloom...so it's not surprising that I liked Moon's story as well. It's an adventure/survival story that's also about friendship and self discovery, and there's a villain you love to hate.

Here's a fascinating essay by the author about the time he spent 14 days in the swamp: http://wattkey.com/alabama-moon-why-i-did-it.asp - it makes Moon's many skills even more impressive.

Now I'm interested in both the movie version of Alabama Moon and the companion book, Dirt Road Home, featuring the further adventures of Moon's friend Hal.

Progress map of states (no territories shown) at http://douweosinga.com/projects :
http://preview.tinyurl.com/plllwu4
(50 of 50 states - no political implications from the color of the map!)

Keep plugging away, everyone - you can do it!

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USPS abbreviations: https://www.usps.com/---/official-abbreviations.htm

Summary:

E-books: AS, MP, WA
Audio downloads: AL, MA, NC, OH
Unregistered: UT
Library: FM, GU, IA (audio download), MS, VI, WY
Registered: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MH, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, PR, PW, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

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Alabama - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8331869
Alaska - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7845540
American Samoa - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8093160
Arizona - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7916252
Arkansas - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8137240
California - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7807910
Colorado - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8250441
Connecticut - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8292170
Delaware - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7991244
District of Columbia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8109514
Florida - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7787738
Georgia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8260026
Guam - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7808875
Hawaii - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7972630
Idaho - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8302277
Illinois - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8005767
Indiana - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7795693
Iowa - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8114117
Kansas - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7972614
Kentucky - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8306691
Louisiana - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7803729
Maine - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7830006
Marshall Islands - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7807913
Maryland - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8210615
Massachusetts - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8005782
Michigan - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8120528
Micronesia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8160554
Minnesota - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7787638
Mississippi - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8326301
Missouri - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8210622
Montana - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7972609
Nebraska - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8125945
Nevada - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7991247
New Hampshire - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8044086
New Jersey - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7800969
New Mexico - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7845537
New York - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8005748
North Carolina - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8121762
North Dakota - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8120422
Northern Mariana Islands - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8105130
Ohio - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8119044
Oklahoma - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8240568
Oregon - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7786455
Palau - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8292167
Pennsylvania - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8251186
Puerto Rico - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8125941
Rhode Island - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7807875
South Carolina - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8114121
South Dakota - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7916271
Tennessee - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7829895
Texas - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7916258
Utah - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8236626
Vermont - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7830001
Virgin Islands - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7814214
Virginia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8219489
Washington - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8109518
West Virginia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8005750
Wisconsin - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8145060
Wyoming - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8140750

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2013 - 1st quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/487296
2013 - 2nd quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/491289
2013 - 3rd quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/495154
2013 - 4th quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/499111
2014 - 1st quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/502451
2014 - 2nd quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/505979
2014 - 3rd quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/509107
2014 - 4th quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/512092

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Originally started in January 2013, but feel free to jump in any time and see how many states/territories you get to read. Join in just by posting.

This is the seventh quarter of this multi-year reading challenge. Post here July 1st through September 30th, 2014.

Here are the rules:
Read a book from every state in the USA and US territories recognized by the post office. There are 59 of them (list below). The book's setting should be primarily in that state/territory, but doesn't have to 100% stay in the state. Any kind of book is fine - library, e-book, audiobook or BC book. One state or territory/book please.

Instead of a long list, post what # state you're up to, the book, BCID if applicable and a little about it.

??'s - post below or PM me.

Here is a link to some book suggestions for the 50 states: http://www.businessinsider.com/most-famous-book-set-in-every-state-map-2013-10 Take a look at the 2013 posts for ideas too, especially for the territories. Some great books for the more obscure states/territories can be found by searching on a keyword at the library & looking at the juvenile section.

If you Library Thing, go to your stats page and choose Places. You might find one of your unread books with a state/ territory you need.

Here are the states/territories are (as recognized by the US post office):
Alabama
Alaska
American Samoa
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Guam
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Marshall Islands
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Micronesia
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
North Mariana Islands
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Palau
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virgin Islands
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
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The Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12694748

A Boy Scout troop from Hilo, Hawaii is on a campout at the base of the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii when a volcano strikes and a tsunami comes rushing in. It is a matter of life and death as the boys try to save themselves and each other.
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The Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12694748


That's a good one: based on a true story. I was only a kid at the time but I vaguely remember hearing about it; it probably stuck in my head because the scouts weren't very much older than I was. The Halape tsunami is one of the reasons that there's a Pacific Tsunami Museum ( http://www.tsunami.org ) on the Big Island...
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Once Upon a Day by Lisa Tucker
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5597191

Although most of the story takes place in Missouri and California, Jimmy and Dorothea were raised in isolation with their father in New Mexico. As the book reaches it's climatic ending and Jimmy and Dorothea are back in New Mexico, forced to face the truth about their childhood and come to terms with what they have thought to be fact and the actual reality of their childhood.
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I read the j/e's - this book has traveled!

It looks interesting. Added to my wishlist....for someday.....
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Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12797517

Catherine Linton returns to Lowfield, MS in an effort to find out who murdered her parents and why.
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I'm in a lull. I'm finding books, but then discovering they're not set where I thought they were.....sigh.....

Off to see if I can link up some library books with my still missing states and territories.
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I'm in a lull. I'm finding books, but then discovering they're not set where I thought they were.....sigh.....

Off to see if I can link up some library books with my still missing states and territories.


It definitely gets harder as the list of location choices shrinks. I just did some forum searches - Book Talk forum, subject only - for my missing states (Alabama, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi) and found a few titles to look for. At least I've (finally) gotten the territories done - some of those were definitely tricky to find!
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I'm in a lull. I'm finding books, but then discovering they're not set where I thought they were.....sigh.....

Off to see if I can link up some library books with my still missing states and territories.


It definitely gets harder as the list of location choices shrinks. I just did some forum searches - Book Talk forum, subject only - for my missing states (Alabama, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi) and found a few titles to look for. At least I've (finally) gotten the territories done - some of those were definitely tricky to find!


I'll be looking back at your list for those! I have a few but haven't tackled the others.

Edited to add:
I did a search for "Delaware". I didn't like the Castellini book that was suggested by the Business Insider website link listed above. So, I just ordered a 2006 mention: "Light in the Storm* by Karen Hesse.

Crossing my fingers that it's readable.
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Delaware

I did a search for "Delaware". I didn't like the Castellini book that was suggested by the Business Insider website link listed above. So, I just ordered a 2006 mention: "Light in the Storm* by Karen Hesse.

Crossing my fingers that it's readable.


Read that the last time I participated in a states challenge (2009). Looks like I borrowed it from the library so no journal entry, but I think it was a pretty good read: most of that Dear America series to be ok.
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54. The Discovery of the Palau Islands by Dr. Paul W. Dale
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12791553

Dale calls himself the author of this work, but he's mostly an editor: the original text was by an Englishman named George Keate.

Since books set in Palau are not easy to come by, I'll send this to the first US resident - participating in this challenge - who sends me a PM with their address. It will most likely travel by media mail and take close to a month to arrive.

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for reference:

2013 - 1st quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/487296
* 13 states, 3 territories (16)
2013 - 2nd quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/491289
* 3 states (19)
2013 - 3rd quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/495154
* 10 states (29)
2013 - 4th quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/499111
* 7 states, 3 territories (39)
2014 - 1st quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/502451
* 4 states, 2 territories (45)
2014 - 2nd quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/505979
* 8 states (53)
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Since books set in Palau are not easy to come by, I'll send this to the first US resident - participating in this challenge - who sends me a PM with their address. It will most likely travel by media mail and take close to a month to arrive.


It was an interesting read and I liked the illustrations; I just would've liked it to be better edited and I always wish for more pictures. :)

Otherwise, it might be traveling this weekend...
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Since books set in Palau are not easy to come by, I'll send this to the first US resident - participating in this challenge - who sends me a PM with their address. It will most likely travel by media mail and take close to a month to arrive.


It was an interesting read and I liked the illustrations; I just would've liked it to be better edited and I always wish for more pictures. :)

Otherwise, it might be traveling this weekend...


Is this book spoken for yet? PMing you.
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Otherwise, it might be traveling this weekend...

Is this book spoken for yet? PMing you.


It's yours. And the garage sale originally scheduled for Sunday (where it might otherwise have ended up) has been postponed, thanks to Iselle..who thankfully turned out to much less fierce than she could have been.
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55. Wishin' and Hopin' by Wally Lamb
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12636136

Thanks to ghir from my local BC group, I had two choices for Connecticut - this was one of them. (The other is The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11338297 - still TBR.)

Progress map of states (no territories shown) at http://douweosinga.com/projects :
http://preview.tinyurl.com/lhv7ps9
(46 of 50 states)
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Progress map of states (no territories shown) at http://douweosinga.com/projects:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/lhv7ps9
(46 of 50 states)


I was looking for an alternative to the World66 that no longer works, but I get an error when I try to see this link.
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Progress map of states (no territories shown) at http://douweosinga.com/projects:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/lhv7ps9
(46 of 50 states)


I was looking for an alternative to the World66 that no longer works, but I get an error when I try to see this link.



Sorry, try taking off the colon at the end of the first link - http://douweosinga.com/projects - that's the site I'm using.

The second link - http://preview.tinyurl.com/lhv7ps9 - is for the progress map itself .
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Progress map of states (no territories shown) at http://douweosinga.com/projects:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/lhv7ps9
(46 of 50 states)


I was looking for an alternative to the World66 that no longer works, but I get an error when I try to see this link.



Sorry, try taking off the colon at the end of the first link - http://douweosinga.com/projects - that's the site I'm using.

The second link - http://preview.tinyurl.com/lhv7ps9 - is for the progress map itself .


Aaahhh - now it works. Thank.

Nancy
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Picked up and put down two others before this one stuck.

Light book, but funny and packing a lot of "how to raise an ostrich" tips!

An Ostrich a Day by Nancy J Farrier http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8255244
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Well, St Croix was a bust, so ordered a few more from the library. I'll see if the next ones STAY on the island.

This one did - on the island of Saipan, North Mariana Islands, during WWII
Warriors in the Crossfire by Nancy Bo Flood https://www.librarything.com/---/reviews

Although a YA book, quite good. The poems at the beginning of each chapter were very poignant and brought a lot of texture to the story. So sad. The islands can never be the same after being gutted by war.
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56. The Double-Jack Murders by Patrick F. McManus
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12822103

Amusing but not much substance. Some interesting bits about gold mining.

Progress map of states (no territories shown) at http://douweosinga.com/projects :
http://preview.tinyurl.com/qy7lg6t
(47 of 50 states)

Other 2013-2014 reads for Idaho:

* Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy - SYNC Summer 2014 download
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I did a library keyword search, and viola! This one popped up for Delaware

A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse https://www.librarything.com/---/reviews

YA fiction, it told the tale of Delaware as a border state during the civil war. I always thought of a particular state as being either northern or southern - never heard the term "border" before. The book focused on the girl's family being split (Dad siding with the north, and mom siding with the south), the effect on her extended family, and the neighbors either being part of the underground railroad, or assisting the slave catchers. Lot of information and history packing in this little book.

Now down to the final ones:
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Nebraska (why was it so hard finding a book for Nebraska??)
Palau
Virgin Islands

I have a few library books coming in this weekend. Hopefully they're a) readable and b) stay in the promised setting!
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I did a library keyword search, and viola! This one popped up for Delaware

A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse https://www.librarything.com/---/reviews


That's a popular choice for a Delaware book; probably has something to do with there not being very many out there!

Now down to the final ones:
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Nebraska (why was it so hard finding a book for Nebraska??)
Palau
Virgin Islands

I have a few library books coming in this weekend. Hopefully they're a) readable and b) stay in the promised setting!


Finished my Kentucky book, so I just need to get it registered & journaled. I've requested Mississippi & Alabama from the library so hopefully I'll get them soon!
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I keep forgetting to keep track of this! I know one of the recent books I read was set in England, but I believe two others were in the states. I'll have to check!
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I keep forgetting to keep track of this! I know one of the recent books I read was set in England, but I believe two others were in the states. I'll have to check!


I do the same with the Canada challenge (no offense meant to the northern neighbors). I read something set in Canada, then forget to see if it's a province that I haven't logged yet.
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57. Death by a Honeybee by Abigail Keam
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12822122

Seems to be from a small press, and the first in a series. Josiah is an interesting character and I wouldn't mind reading more of her adventures. Some friends of mine recently moved to a town near Lexington, and they have been known to keep bees, so this book made me think of them.

Progress map of states (no territories shown) at http://douweosinga.com/projects :
http://preview.tinyurl.com/koalloz
(48 of 50 states)
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I read that book for Kentucky also, and didn't like the way it ended with a cliff hanger...I had to buy the book if I wanted to know what happened, which I refused to do. Well, many months later, book two became available for free on Kindle. I still haven't read it, but I do have it! I am wondering if I will like it better than the first. But I bet it ends with a cliff hanger too!
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I read that book for Kentucky also, and didn't like the way it ended with a cliff hanger...I had to buy the book if I wanted to know what happened, which I refused to do.


On the other hand, if you know there's a book 2, you can make certain guesses. Bought book 1 used and won't go out of my way to hunt down the next one, but if it happens to appear I might pick it up.

It is a different approach, though. More often the first book in the series ends nicely...because at the time it was written it wasn't a given that it would be part of a series. Book two, on the other hand (especially in a trilogy) is likely to leave everything up in the air. I suppose if you're self-publishing or using a vanity press that's less of an issue.
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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3833328

I have been vacationing 3 of the last 5 weeks and it has really cut into my reading time. I also wish this wasn't the vacation book I had picked. A Thousand Acres was a great read, but it wasn't a light and fluffy read best fitted for reading when you have an opportunity to pick up a book for a few minutes. A Thousand Acres is one of those books you need to find time to savor. The characters were multi-dimensional and the story line rich with details.

For many generations, the Cook family has farmed in Iowa, with the property passed from one generation to the next and more and more property acquired through the years. From all outside appearances, the Cooks appear to be a tight-knit family, working together on the farm. All this changes when the patriarch makes a decision one evening that changes everything. All the secrets that have been buried for years rise to the surface. The threads that are holding the family together unravel to a point in which they cannot be put back together. The family slowly works independently to put the pieces of their individual lives back together and life as they once knew it no longer exists.
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Pioneer Girl by Andrea Warren https://www.librarything.com/---/reviews

Found this one with a library keyword search. Written as a children's book, it's based on a homestead girl's diary of her first years in Nebraska, and the author's interviews with her later in life.

Prairie life was harsh for the whole family, and the children were part of keeping the family's livelihood going. The girl was thrilled that she was given the job of herding the cattle all day, because she could just hang out all day with the cows and a book. And when she came home, she lived in a one room house made literally of sod. So when it rained, the mud dripped onto the floor, and critters slithered through. Dad dug out a "cellar" to store things - and that became the shelter from the tornados and violent storms. They hauled water in barrels from a farm several miles away several times/week because they couldn't afford to dig a well for a few years. So every drop of water for anything was precious I can't even imagine that kind of life.
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My Name is Not Angelica by Scott O'Dell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12869030

In this young adult historical fiction, Scott O'Dell recounts the slave revolt of 1733 on St. John Island through the voice of a young African woman. Raisha is captured and sold as a slave to the Dutch in the virgin islands. The living conditions are unbearable and the slaves are determined to be free again. They slowly start to run away and form a plan for a revolt. Raisha does what she can to appear as an ideal house-slave until the time has come for her to run away as well. She is a strong, resourceful young woman who will do what she can to stand by her countrymen.
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My Name is Not Angelica by Scott O'Dell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12869030


ooohhhh - I forgot about looking through the O'Dell books for matches with the territories/states that I'm still missing.

I have one from the library for ST. Croix, Virgin Islands. If that one doesn't work out, I'll order this one from the library.
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ooohhhh - I forgot about looking through the O'Dell books for matches with the territories/states that I'm still missing.


You might want to look at the O'Dell award winners too - since they are for historical fiction.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_O'Dell_Award_for_Historical_Fiction
http://www.scottodell.com/Pages/ScottO'DellAwardforHistoricalFiction.aspx
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Thank you!

You might want to look at the O'Dell award winners too - since they are for historical fiction.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_O'Dell_Award_for_Historical_Fiction
http://www.scottodell.com/Pages/ScottO'DellAwardforHistoricalFiction.aspx


These are great links.
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I book I got from the library was too lame to even read...so Angelica should be coming in from the library on the bookmobile next Saturday.
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A Long Way from Home by Tom Brokaw
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12872296

Tom Brokaw writes of his youth, growing up in South Dakota and the impact it has made on his life today.
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I liked that one. Maybe because - ahem - being of a similar age, I remember a lot of the same things
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...we'll see how it goes.
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came in this weekend on the bookmobile. Hoping these will go well.
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Slowly creeping to the finish line.....

I went with My Name is Angelica by Scott O'Dell https://www.librarything.com/---/reviews

Dipped into a bit of history that I had no idea happened. Living in South Florida, I know how much the weather can affect those Caribbean islands. It's no excuse for slavery, but it's understandable how bitter the plantation owners became.
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I also found this unknown piece of history fascinating. I find it amazing how little I really know about history. When reading historical fiction and I stumble across a piece of history I never knew about before I end up on the internet researching more information. It's almost as if I need to know the real history to fully understand the historical fiction book.



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I also found this unknown piece of history fascinating. I find it amazing how little I really know about history. When reading historical fiction and I stumble across a piece of history I never knew about before I end up on the internet researching more information. It's almost as if I need to know the real history to fully understand the historical fiction book.


I do the same thing. Wikipedia is a wonderful invention.
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Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12876006

A very insightful story of a young girl with a disability that has her uncontrollably jerking and swearing in stressful situations. Set in rural Kentucky in the 1950's, the teachers and her grandparents weren't sure what to do to help her and she is sent to a children's hospital. Ultimately it is through the love and support of her grandparents and Miss Emily, a family friend, that Icy learns to have faith in herself to manage the uncontrollable urges.

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i read that a few years ago and liked it. I forgot it was set in Kentucky
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58. Fay by Larry Brown
Library book

Fair-sized brick of a hardback.

In _Book Lust_, Nancy Pearl called what Larry Brown writes "Grit Lit": "Southern-fried Greek tragedies filled with angry, deranged, and generally desperate characters who are fueled by alcohol and sex."

Fay walks away from her abusive father and the hardscrabble life she's known into Larry Brown's South, where there is no shortage of men willing to "help" a gorgeous and somewhat naïve 17-year-old. Unfortunately most of the people she meets aren't exactly nice..and all of them are messed up. Fay doesn't go looking for trouble, but it finds her with depressing regularity.

Hoping for a happy ending for Fay (while knowing all along that she wouldn't get it) kept me reading, but I won't go out of my way to read another of Larry Brown's books: they're a little more grim "slice of life" than I prefer.

Progress map of states (no territories shown) at http://douweosinga.com/projects :
http://preview.tinyurl.com/lghx2gz
(49 of 50 states)
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Wow - almost to the finish line!
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Pago Pago Tango by John Enright
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12694749

Apelu, an American Samoa detective, is on the case looking into a crime that is much bigger than the original home robbery case he was originally sent to investigate. Keeping in mind the Samoan culture and using his skills from having worked in the San Francisco police department, Palu has just the approach to gathering information to bring in the suspect.
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Yay, that's the last one! Finally found something I could get into for Alabama. :)

59. Alabama Moon by Watt Key
Audio download

The only life ten-year-old Moon Blake can remember is living in the forest with his father; they never deal with any other people except the storekeeper who buys their furs and meat and sells them supplies. When an accident leads to Pap's death, Moon is left on his own. He has the skills to survive in the woods indefinitely but his father's final instructions were to head for Alaska to find other "people who hate the government".

Moon ventures out into a world he doesn't understand and immediately runs afoul of the authorities. He finds himself in a juvenile home and engineers a mass breakout, eventually leading to his hiding out in the forest with two friends.

When I was a kid, I loved books like My Side of the Mountain, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Where the Lilies Bloom...so it's not surprising that I liked Moon's story as well. It's an adventure/survival story that's also about friendship and self discovery, and there's a villain you love to hate.

Here's a fascinating essay by the author about the time he spent 14 days in the swamp: http://wattkey.com/alabama-moon-why-i-did-it.asp - it makes Moon's many skills even more impressive.

Now I'm interested in both the movie version of Alabama Moon and the companion book, Dirt Road Home, featuring the further adventures of Moon's friend Hal.

Progress map of states (no territories shown) at http://douweosinga.com/projects :
http://preview.tinyurl.com/plllwu4
(50 of 50 states - no political implications from the color of the map!)

Keep plugging away, everyone - you can do it!

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USPS abbreviations: https://www.usps.com/---/official-abbreviations.htm

Summary:

E-books: AS, MP, WA
Audio downloads: AL, MA, NC, OH
Unregistered: UT
Library: FM, GU, IA (audio download), MS, VI, WY
Registered: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MH, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, PR, PW, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

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Alabama - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8331869
Alaska - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7845540
American Samoa - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8093160
Arizona - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7916252
Arkansas - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8137240
California - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7807910
Colorado - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8250441
Connecticut - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8292170
Delaware - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7991244
District of Columbia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8109514
Florida - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7787738
Georgia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8260026
Guam - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7808875
Hawaii - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7972630
Idaho - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8302277
Illinois - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8005767
Indiana - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7795693
Iowa - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8114117
Kansas - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7972614
Kentucky - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8306691
Louisiana - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7803729
Maine - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7830006
Marshall Islands - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7807913
Maryland - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8210615
Massachusetts - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8005782
Michigan - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8120528
Micronesia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8160554
Minnesota - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7787638
Mississippi - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8326301
Missouri - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8210622
Montana - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7972609
Nebraska - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8125945
Nevada - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7991247
New Hampshire - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8044086
New Jersey - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7800969
New Mexico - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7845537
New York - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8005748
North Carolina - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8121762
North Dakota - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8120422
Northern Mariana Islands - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8105130
Ohio - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8119044
Oklahoma - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8240568
Oregon - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7786455
Palau - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8292167
Pennsylvania - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8251186
Puerto Rico - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8125941
Rhode Island - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7807875
South Carolina - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8114121
South Dakota - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7916271
Tennessee - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7829895
Texas - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7916258
Utah - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8236626
Vermont - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7830001
Virgin Islands - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7814214
Virginia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8219489
Washington - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8109518
West Virginia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8005750
Wisconsin - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8145060
Wyoming - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8140750

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2013 - 1st quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/487296
2013 - 2nd quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/491289
2013 - 3rd quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/495154
2013 - 4th quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/499111
2014 - 1st quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/502451
2014 - 2nd quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/505979
2014 - 3rd quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/509107
2014 - 4th quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/512092
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Congratulations on finishing the challenge!
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Great job!

Alabama sounds like an interesting read.
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Great job!

Alabama sounds like an interesting read.


Yep, Moon is one heck of a kid, and it would be very cool to know all the stuff he knows. I'm considering picking up a paper copy to send to my brother.
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American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12909493

Growing up, Alice has no idea that one day she will one day be First Lady. Having different political views than her husband, Alice has learned how to stand silently in the background and support her husband, whom she loves dearly.

Based loosely on the life of a former first lady, while reading the novel I had to keep reminding myself the novel is based loosely on her life. I should probably now read her autobiography so I can separate fact from fiction.
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I give up = who is it?
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I give up = who is it?

Laura Bush
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I give up = who is it?

Laura Bush


Really! I didn't know that.
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I give up = who is it?

Laura Bush


Really! I didn't know that.

Here is an article about the book and the ties to Laura
http://www.salon.com/---/sittenfeld_q_a/
The author claims 85% of the story is fiction.
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Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5783671

Julia and her adoptive, African-American brother, David, are raised in a predominantly white neighborhood in the 80's where they are often picked on and ridiculed by their peers. Their distant parents ignore them most of the time. Their mom is an over-the-top Jesus Freak and their dad is never home. When he does come home he is quick to physically discipline the children. When the children become rebellious as teenagers, they are quickly sent to a religious reform school in the Dominican Republic where they endure more abuse in an effort for the school to turn them into disciplined disciples of Jesus.
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You're really on a roll!
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You're really on a roll!

I am determined to finish this challenge :)

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