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Marvel Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781465478856
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Published: DK Children - December 18th, 2018

In a male dominanted industry, the Marvel movies can seem overpowering to a young feminist like myself, but this fun and detailed book shows me how much I'm missing! The book is a great way to introduce both young and old readers to the women who run the Marvel Universe. There are so many powerful women in the comic universe that all of us can look up to.

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A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143119685
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011

I will always and forever be a fantasy addict and this book has done nothing but further my addiction. Even though I'm always being slammed with school work, I somehow found the time (perhaps at the expense of my homework) to read this book in two days. A Discovery of Witches is a fantastic blend of magic, vampires, daemons, and all things mythical and I would recommend it anyone except children!

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Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416905868
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2010

My childhood was deeply rooted in Laurie Halse Anderson books. Chains was my first exposure that I ever got about slavery and the history of the fight for black emancipation. Anderson delves deep into the parts of history of the Revolutionary war that normally get overlooked by my history courses at school. This triology is truly incomparable with all other historical children's books.

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Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592409259
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Published: Avery - September 8th, 2015

I don't normally read biographies, but I found this one impossible to put down. Aptowicz goes through not only the life of Dr. Mutter, but of the beginning of modern medicine. With the Mutter Museum being so close to here, I found myself pointing out sections of the book in the museum itself. As hard to stomach as Dr. Mutter's research is, this novel is truly an informative masterpiece that I recommend to all Philadelphians.