Historical Fiction · Review · Young Adult

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi, takes us back to 2002, a year after 9/11. The turbulent times make life harder for Shirin, the new sixteen-year-old Muslim girl at school where she is regularly stereotyped. She’s built an armor around herself in the turbulence and from having to deal with her parents’ constantly moving to new places. She’s aloof to the world and keeps to herself. Then she meets a boy, named Ocean, who wants to get to know her. The….

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Entrusting Sometimes Means Giving Away: Connecting the Thenadiers to the beginning of Les Mis

  We just finished reading Fantine: Book Four, a.k.a. “Entrusting Sometimes Means Giving Away,” last Thursday for the Les Mis Readalong. It was pretty short, which makes it easier for me to take the time to reflect on it as a whole. It has made me think about how it relates to what we read… Continue reading Entrusting Sometimes Means Giving Away: Connecting the Thenadiers to the beginning of Les Mis