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A Dream of Flight
A Feature Review of

We’ll Fly Away:
A Novel

Bryan Bliss

Hardback: Greenwillow Books, 2018
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Reviewed by Denise Frame Harlan


As a young teenager, I held my scars close to me. I woke in the night remembering the ragged bullet hole in the chest of the monogrammed shirt that I’d given to the German soldier hiding in an outbuilding. I felt the straw stiffness of hair bleached too white in an effort to disguise me when I accidentally shot someone in a gang fight. I learned “nothing gold can stay” from Ponyboy before I learned it from Robert Frost. I carried flowers for Algernon and helped the rats of NIMH make their break with Mrs. Frisby. I kythed with Meg and Ananda as Charles Wallace flew from when to when, between runs with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and the Alfred Hitchcock mystery series for teens. I knew the world was dangerous.

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Strong message of hope
in debut YA novel

A Brief Review of 

Traitors and Tyrants:
A Novel

Joshua McHenry Miller

Paperback: Blue Ink Press, 2016
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Reviewed by Alicia Smock


With the mass proliferation of dystopian novels and paranormal romances, young adult readers might seem to have a limited palate when it comes to the stories they will read. Though these stories do sometimes carry messages of hope and light in the darkest of times, actually writing a story that is primarily about hope and light can be a challenge. New writer Joshua McHenry Miller took on this challenge by writing the first novel in his young adult series that not only has hope and light, but also belief and faith.

The Israelites and the Philistines are on the brink of war, and Niklas dreams of taking part in the impending battles. What fifteen-year-old shepherd boy does not dream of fighting and becoming the hero of the land? His dream becomes a reality as he makes a covenant with a mysterious judge who gives him a mission: “Find the traitor hiding within Israel or our nation will be enslaved and your hometown slaughtered.” With a seemingly impossible mission thrust upon the shoulders of a reckless young schemer, will Niklas be able to discover the traitor and save his family and country from destruction?
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Just noticed today that the Kindle editions of John Green’s novels are on sale for $4.99 each!
What a deal!!!

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS was on my recent REVELANT MAGAZINE list of 10 must-read books from the last decade

 *** If you are new to John Green’s work,
there is a FREE Kindle sampler of his novels!

The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green

Looking for Alaska: A Novel
By John Green

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Karen Thompson Walker - The Age of MiraclesA Brilliant, Simple, and Wildly Compelling Concept

A Feature Review of

The Age of Miracles

Karen Thompson Walker

Hardback: Random House, 2012.
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Reviewed by Katherine Willis Pershey

Shortly after I finished reading The Age of Miracles, I found myself gushing about the book to a gathering of avid fiction readers. I was surprised by my own enthusiasm, to be honest. I liked the book well enough, despite its notable shortcomings. Karen Thompson Walker’s prose only occasionally sparkles, and the plot of the book isn’t necessarily gripping. But what it lacks in style it overcomes in concept, for as I urged my friends to track down copies of the book, I realized I was speaking almost exclusively about the brilliant, simple, and wildly compelling concept Walker dreamed up for her debut novel: the earth’s rotation slows down.

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