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Fever 1793
Laurie Halse Anderson
Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday
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Chains

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson And thus ends my crappy book streak: Thank heavens. I have had this book on my shelf for a couple of years, but it looked so depressing (slavery - ick) and the only other experience I had with Laurie Halse Anderson was that made for TV movie of her novel Speak (which, I Have Thoughts, but will talk about them elsewhere). Then I started following her on Twitter, and she's funny. And smart. And OK: Let's give that book a try. And you guys? Seriously good. Yes, depressing as all hell, but ... also not. The best part is that it's completely unexpected - I taught American History (very, very briefly), and studied it extensively, but how much did I know about Colonial slavery? Bare minimum. Facts only. Here are people who are actually living it, here are the stories that we never hear. And they are so worth hearing, so worth telling. Ok, I lied: the best part might be that there's another book, that I haven't read yet, and that makes me super happy, because now I can track it down. (And, Goodreads is telling me, there's a third one due out next year, so double bonus!) But I have Fever, 1793 on my shelf right now, so that'll probably be next.