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12 Must Read Retellings

MUST READS

Retellings are one of my favorite subgenres, especially when said retelling takes the original text and makes it more diverse. So I’ve decided to compile a small list of some retellings that I’ve read and loved, or that I’m eagerly anticipating!

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Flashback Friday · Weekly Themes

Flashback Friday! (May 5)

FLASHBACK FRIDAY (BLUE)

Today’s book is one that is really important to me and I would implore everyone to read: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. It takes place in the Deep South, and the main character is a girl named Cassie. Her family is one of the very few Black families in and around her town who own the land they live on.

The first time I read this book, I was in sixth grade. Back then, I don’t think I fully recognized the brutal truths and realities Cassie and her family, friends, and neighbors were faced with, outside of a basic sense of “these white people are treating Black people really badly,” but I knew this book was important.

My copy of ROT, HMC is well-worn and still has a place on my bookshelves, but it’s been years since I’ve read it. My perceptions of privilege and race have changed a lot since I was in elementary school, so I think it may be time for a reread soon.

THE BOOK

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ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY by Mildred D. Taylor

Why is the land so important to Cassie’s family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she’s black—to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family’s lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride—no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away.

Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: Misfits by Garrett Leigh

SUMMARY

23312554Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 16, 2015
Received From: Bought from Riptide Publishing

Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.

Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.

Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.

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