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August 20, 2009


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I had the opportunity to read Niffennegger's new book as an advanced reading copy courtesy of Simon and Shuster. I hate to admit to not liking it very much. I loved TTW both times I read it and although the author sets the stage with some very interesting characters, in my opinion, Her Fearful Symmetry is just not that great a read.

J.T. Oldfield

Hey Jennifer,

I gave you an award:

Amy Wachspress

I'd like to send you a review copy of my children's and YA fantasy adventure "The Call to Shakabaz." Please email me if you want a copy. Here's a little about the book:
The Call to Shakabaz has received numerous regional and national awards, including a Mom’s Choice Silver Medal and an Indie Excellence Award. In The Call to Shakabaz, the recently orphaned Goodacre children travel with their pesky parrot to the distant land of Faracadar on a quest to retrieve the powerful Staff of Shakabaz from the evil enchanter Sissrath. When the young protagonists discover that violence is foredoomed to fail against Sissrath, they must use their wits and imagination to defeat him. Unusual for this genre, the book features all Black characters and is set in an African American cultural context. Rather than using a gory violent battle scene to resolve the central conflict, it demonstrates the fundamental principles of nonviolence. A terrific family read-aloud with cross-generational appeal, this book is a real page-turner that has the reader hooked right through to the unexpected, magical climax. If you like Harry Potter and the Narnia books, you’ll love The Call to Shakabaz.

Lisa Sheppard

Great review! I like the analysis of the book's meaning.

The Book Club Guide

This is an amazing book, and so such a thought-provoking read for book clubs. I'm sure it will become even more popular as people see the movie (although I've heard it's very disappointing compared with the book)

Caroline Kojian

The book tells a beautiful story, as usual the the motion picture keeps disappointing the book readers...

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These are times of finer houses,but more broken homes

Christian Louboutin Shoes

05).... why would you lie to us... oh, wait,... its kuz youre fucking mike goddamn brown... fucking pos..... hopfully we can overcome it.. but then it would just fuel the fire

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