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These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Josephine Montfort has just about everything a girl in New York in the 1890s could want—good looks, intelligence, a loving family, friends, and most of all, a comfortable, wealthy lifestyle. She even has a suitor who will ensure her good life continues when they marry. But the one thing she lacks, the one that makes all the rest seem irrelevant, is freedom. Jo would rather be a news reporter and make a difference in the world like her hero, Nellie Bly. When her father is found dead, Jo doesn’t buy the story of an accidental death. As she asks questions and follows leads, she gets a taste of the life she can never have—including love with a reporter far outside her social class. The more she uncovers, the more Jo realizes she’s going to have to make a choice between the life she’s always known and the one she never dreamed she could have—and there will be consequences either way.

This historical fiction is beautifully told and will keep you on the edge of your seat with a perfect mix of mystery, romance, and the quest for justice. Recommended for high school and up.


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