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Books

Here you'll find the full list of books I have reviewed.

Fin's Revolution by A.S. Peterson 

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton 

Christy Miller: Volume One by Robin Jones Gunn 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald 



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