A slow week on the reading front
  1. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
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    The story of four women and their efforts during the civil war for both the Confederate and Union sides. The two women on the Union side - one a soldier and one a spy - were the most compelling. I never knew the extent to which women and spies in general were involved in the civil war
  2. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
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    Beautifully written. This should be required reading for all schools. The story makes you believe that you can do anything you put your mind to. The writing style is very effective at communicating Jacqueline's story of growing up as an African American in the North and South during a pivotal time in history.