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Unnatural Woman: Indi Reviews

An unnatural woman lives her life according to her own rules. Our indi reviews.

Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie








Karl – “Still Life with Tornado” by A.S. King

Cathie Sue – “Good Dog Carl and the Baby Elephant” by Alexandra Day

Jenny – “Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar” by Emily Mackenzie

Adrienne – “The Passion of Dolssa” by Julie Berry

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley








The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Podcast production note:
Adrienne liked her mic so much she turnt, turnt, turnt it up! A compressor was ran over the entire recording. It shouldn’t be loud in your ear holes, but you will hear some distortion at times. Clipping is not our friend. Our apologies for the sound inconvenience and we hope it doesn’t spoil your listening to our stimulating and engaging conversation about this book. We rocked it.

Remember Everything: Indi Reviews

Jenny: “Mummy Cat” by Marcus Ewert and Lisa Brown
Karl: 99% Invisible podcast created by Roman Mars
Adrienne: “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Marcus Ewert and Lisa Brown discuss making the book “Mummy Cat.” (YouTube video)


Pas de Deux: Indi Reviews

“Pas de Deux a music box for two” – our dance by the light of the moon, Indi reviews

Cathie Sue: “The Notorious Pagan Jones” by Nina Berry
Jenny: “The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel” by Deborah Hopkinson
Adrienne: “Ask the Maester” by Jason Concepcion, Grantland – spoiler-free questions and in-depth answers regarding “Game of Thrones.”

Red Balloon: Indi Review

Emily – “Walk on Earth a Stranger” by Rae Carson
Jenny – “Bunny’s Lessons” by Harriet Ziefert & Barroux
Kelly – “Perilous Gard” by Elizabeth Marie Pope
Cathie Sue – “Why is Milk White?” by Alexa Coelho & Simon Quellen Field
Adrienne – “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell (due October 6)


Six “Fishy” Picture Book Reviews


  • “Something Fishy” – Barry Polisar & David Clark
  • “Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs” by Nate Evans, Stephanie Gwyn Brown & Christopher Santoro
  • “Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great” by Bob Shea
  • “Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom” by John Rocco
  • “The Dark” by Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen
  • “Mighty LaLouche” by Matthew Olshan & Sophie Blackall

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly


A written review by Adrienne

“Revolution” by Jennifer Donnelly

Clinically depressed from the accidental death of her little brother for which she feels responsible, Andi, a genuinely talented guitarist, is failing prep school and doing her best to help her mother who is having a mental breakdown over the loss. Enter aloof, distant Nobel-prize winning father who in one fell swoop commits his ex-wife to an institution and takes Andi to Paris over Christmas break where he continues his groundbreaking genetic research. Pissed off and angry at her father and her situation Andi figures out the quickest way to get away from him is to give him what he wants: her senior thesis on an obscure 18th century guitarist. Her research uncovers a diary written by Alexandrine Paradis a companion to the last and lost dauphin who is also the subject of Andi’s father’s project.

Historical facts from the French Revolution and a musical journey not typically seen in young adult books are expertly weaved into Andi’s and Alexandrine’s stories of anger, devotion, promises and redemption. Donnelly’s Andi is sarcastic and smart and Alexandrine is independent and willful making them both characters readers can relate. Check out Donnelly’s website for a playlist which allows the listener exploration as many titles are not to a particular song, just to the artist or band. Recommended for High School and up.

The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Mighty Miss Malone” by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Upcoming books:
“The False Prince” by Jennifer A. Nielson
“Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am” by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis