Matson, Morgan. The Unexpected Everything.

NY: Simon & Schuster, 2016.

This author has earned a place on my “dependable authors” short list when it comes to YA novels. She can take a well-used trope — in this case, the “living with a famous father” theme — and turn it into something original, with well-drawn, in-depth characters. And then she stirs in some off-the-wall, highly cinematic scenes and adroit dialogue, just to keep you hooked.

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Stein, Mark. How the States Got Their Shapes.

NY: HarperCollins, 2008.

When I was in 4th Grade (it was Toledo that year, just after California and just before moving to Europe), there was a big U.S. map — bigger than I was — hanging up at the front of my classroom and I took almost every opportunity to study it. I was fascinated by the way a single line, starting at the bottom of Virginia, swept west all the way to Nevada — except for a couple of jogs on both sides of Missouri. How did that happen?

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