June 6, 2019

Think you know books?

Which one starts like this? Click on a book below to answer

124 was spiteful. Full of a baby's venom. The women in the house knew it and so did the children.
Beloved
Toni Morrison

Beloved

By: Toni Morrison
Recommended for grade(s): College Plus

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement. —From Knopf Doubleday

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A Mad, Wicked Folly
Sharon Biggs Waller

A Mad, Wicked Folly

By: Sharon Biggs Waller
Recommended for grade(s): 7

In Edwardian London, a girl dreams of being an artist, despite her family’s disapproval. Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl. After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams? -- From Speak

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Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Edward Albee

Edward Albee's Three Tall Women

By: Edward Albee
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, College Plus

Hovering on the brink of death, a ninety-two-year-old woman recounts three stages of her painful life. --from Publisher.

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The Ghost Children
Eve Bunting

The Ghost Children

By: Eve Bunting
Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6

When orphans Matt and Abby move to the canyon to live with their Great-Aunt Gerda, she shows them her life size wooden dolls, but Matt becomes suspicious when he hears the dolls talking. —from the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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