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I Kill The Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

I wasn’t going to post this until later in the month – after all, the book releases end of May. But then I realized today is Harper Lee’s birthday. So what better day to pay tribute to a writer that inspired a whole generation of readers, than to review a children’s book that reminds us of how powerfully Harper Lee’s writing continues to resonate with young minds.
Paul Acampora’s author of Defining Dulcie and Rachel Spinelli Punched Me In The Face, has written yet another outstanding book, I Kill The Mockingbird.
“I kill a mockingbird”Catchy slogan for an ambitious unstoppable literary revolution. 
3 passionate readers1 required summer reading list1 harmless tweet-----------------------------------One Unstoppable Literary Revolution

A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke

How would you deal with the love of your life drowning just eight months after your marriage?
Now, how would you feel if someone told you he might not be the man you thought he was?
“There were so many times I thought about telling you the truth, Eva. What stopped me was always the same thing…
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Eva met Jackson on a flight to London two years prior, and their romance blossomed into intimacy very quickly. Falling in love took her by surprise with both its strength and suddeness, so unlike the steady relationships she'd ambled through previously. 
Jackson’s family (a father and a brother) live on a remote Tasmanian island and weren’t able to make it to the wedding -- supposedly because of the distance -- so, Eva never met them.
Jackson told her that in Tasmania he was a marine biologist and she was captivated by his stories about working off a dive boat in the Great Barrier Reef, where he led tourists in coral restoration projects.

Now, she decides to take a journey of discovery to Tasma…

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

If the title alone won’t keep this book in your memory forever, then for certain the story will.

Alfie is having a birthday party. He is turning five. Unfortunately it is also on his birthday that the First World War breaks out. Alfie’s father, Georgie is a milkman by trade, and Alfie absolutely adores him. He longs to be old enough so he can wake up early in the morning and go on milk runs with his dad. But his dad says, “When you’re old enough”.
Before the war started, Georgie had promised his son that he wouldn’t go away to fight. But, things change and Alfie’s father did not keep that promise.
So Alfie was only 5 years old when his father went away leaving him and his mother Margie to fend for themselves.

"Every night, before he went to sleep, Alfie Summerfield tried to remember how life had been before the war began. And with each passing day, it became harder and harder to keep the memories clear in his head." 
In the beginning there were letters from his dad. Alfie loved…

The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier

Rules of the Sisterhood:They must never again consort with menThey must learn to kill rather than loveThey must subject themselves to having one breast seared off, in order to better pull the bow
The myth of the ancient Amazons is brought to life in this imaginative adventure that reads like an Indian Jones movie. I kept thinking of the title as Indiana Jane Meets The Temple Of The Moon Goddess.
Diana Morgan, a young aspiring professor at Oxford is fascinated by the history of the Amazons, the ancient warrior women of ancient Greece. The reason may have to do somewhat with her grandmother who disappeared when she was a child. But she left Diana something very important that would soon make her indispensable in decoding the ancient history of the Amazons.
From Oxford to the ancient ruins in North Africa, Diana risks her reputation and possibly her life, as she is recruited on a Da Vinci Code type journey that sets the pace for a pulse-pounding adventure taking us back and forth from the …

Afterparty by Daryl Gregory

Get ready for one loopy ride. Afterparty is the next quantum leap beyond cyberpunk.
Set in Toronto, the story follows the Smart Drug revolution. Designer drugs take over the human mind and zap it of it’s potential, creating a range of emotions that are can be labeled anything from insanity to closeness with God. There are talking teddy bears, flashbacks, sidebars and even an imaginary physician in the form of a bird, all making this a dizzyingly profound read.
Yet it is believable. It is a glimpse into the future that is bone chillingly real, as Daryl Gregory combines the best of metaphysics, brain science, and pharmaceutical to create a novel that is intelligently written, defying any norm in writing style.
A seventeen-year old girl finds God through a new brain-altering designer drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass.
Her arrest leads her into a detention facility. And, to her suicide.
Before Francine’s untimely death, a friendship of so…