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Danielle Mosier has commented on (4) products.

Trafficked by Kim Purcell

Danielle Mosier, April 16, 2013

At times, this book was hard to read, but not through any fault of the author - the reality of human trafficking simply comes to bare as the horrifying reality it really is. While some may be unaware that human trafficking is still a problem, Trafficked brings the issue to light in a way that young people will be able to grasp. While I wouldn't recommend this to a person under thirteen, it is an important book for young people. Not only does it bring to light an important social issue, but it touches on the themes of poverty, safety, integrity, and education. The heroine, Hannah, grapples with all of the typical teenage conundrums - What kind of person am I? What will my family think of me? Etc., while also dealing with the savage reality that she has been trafficked and how she might ever escape.
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Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens

Danielle Mosier, April 16, 2013

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens is a beautifully done picture book with simple sentences for very young readers. The watercolor illustrations are bold and bright. Every time we turn the page, my one-year-old daughter excitedly repeats "cat cat cat." It is in contention for being one of her favorite books, likely because of the beautiful, yet simple cat paintings, and easy to follow story line. As a parent, I don't mind reading the book ten times in a row, as the experience for me is of staring at beautiful art and watching my daughter's face light up with joy as she repeats a newly-learned word.
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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Olive Kitteridge

Danielle Mosier, October 17, 2010

This novel is told through a series of short stories or vignettes, some featuring, and some only mentioning the title character, Olive Kitteridge. The shifting perspectives, and web of relationships depicted remind the reader that we are who we are based on the relationships we keep, how we treat each other, how we interact. Sometimes we're blind to the way our actions affect others, even when we're acutely aware of how others' actions affect us.

As ornery and harsh as she is sometimes depicted, the reader gets glimpses of Olive's tenderness... but more than that, we see that Olive is what most people are not: unabashedly honest. She is real in a way that exudes a sense of being alive and present, even if it is not always pleasant. It made me want to be like her, in that way... not that I want to do and say the things she says and does, but that I want to be more genuine.

I also appreciated the very real historical backdrop of the novel. Olive lives in OUR world and time, and recent events impact her, and she has opinions about them (how could she not?).

I'd recommend this book to anyone going through or who has gone through major life events, or as Olive would say, "big bursts."
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Grayson by Lynne Cox

Danielle Mosier, August 25, 2010

I am, at present, ruined for books because of Grayson. It was so uplifting that I cannot bring myself to read anything dark or depressing, which many stories seem to be, at least at some point, in order to create conflict for the plot. Conflict is present in Grayson, but the story is more about Lynne and Grayson's journey together, and what is encountered along the way.
As I read this book, I would think, from time to time, of people I wanted to recommend it to, until I finally realized that I would recommend this book to everyone. I've been raving about this book to my friends for some time now, and thought I'd spread the love here.
Before I end, though, I have one final plea: Please help me find a book comparable to this one. PLEASE. I want to read again!
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