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Fish in the Sky, written and translated into English by Icelandic author Fridrik Erlings, is a sincere tale about a thirteen-year old boy named Josh Stephenson. Throughout the novel, Josh navigates his way through the often treacherous and humiliating phase of teenage-hood, while strange events make his life even more confusing. A distanced father, a stressed mother, a promiscuous older cousin, a stuffed falcon, a best friend and a few not-so-nice characters shape Josh’s interesting story.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, written by Ian Fleming, is not a tale about an ordinary car. As a lasting classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang chronicles the Pott Family and their adventures with an extraordinarily remarkable car. Caractacus Pott, an inventor in his free time, refurbishes an old car for his family, who name it “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” for the noises it makes while running. While the car seems normal at first, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang starts exhibiting unusual abilities.

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A forceful historical fiction story, Come August, Come Freedom by Gigi Amateau  chronicles the life of Gabriel, a black slave born in 1776. Gabriel is taught to read and write at an early age with his master's son and he works in the fields with his family. By his teenage years, he is already impressively strong and eloquent. His master sends Gabriel to become a blacksmith in Richmond, Virginia where whispers of revolution are heard from everyone. Toussaint, the general that emancipated the island of Saint Domingue, now  Haiti, inspires Gabriel to start a revolution.

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Mountains Beyond Mountains, written in the point of view of the author, Tracy Kidder, is a biography of a doctor named Paul Farmer. Kidder first met Dr. Farmer in Haiti in 1994, and they began to correspond. These two men met again in Boston, where Dr. Farmer invited Kidder to accompany him on his flight back to Haiti. In Haiti, Kidder begins to chronicle the marvelous true story that is Dr. Paul Farmer's life, and sets out to show the world how much good one man can do. 

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Subway Love is characterized by many "what if's". What if Laura's parents hadn't gotten divorced? What if Laura and her brother were late to meet their dad at the train station?

In a whirlwind, time-travel filled romance that explores spirituality and the complex nature of time, Laura and Jonas must compete against all odds and fall in love in the only space possible: a subway car. 

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Finnikin of the Rock (by Melina Marchetta)

This book was on my to-read list for a long time before I requested it on LitPick, so I was duly excited to read it when it arrived at my house. 



 
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