Of Better Blood

  • Title: Of Better Blood
  • Author: Susan Moger
  • ISBN: 9780807547748
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ↠ Of Better Blood ↠ Susan Moger - Of Better Blood, Of Better Blood Teenage polio survivor Rowan Collier is caught in the crossfire of a secret war against the unfit It s and eugenics the movement dedicated to racial purity and good breeding has taken hold in Am
    ↠ Of Better Blood ↠ Susan Moger - Of Better Blood, Of Better Blood Teenage polio survivor Rowan Collier is caught in the crossfire of a secret war against the unfit It s and eugenics the movement dedicated to racial purity and good breeding has taken hold in Am

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    1. There are not enough stars available on any rating site for me to properly convey how much I loved Of Better Blood It is hands down one of the best young adult historical novels I have ever read.The very subject of eugenics is seldom so thoroughly explored in fiction, and it is quite an eye opener to discover that the dystopias we fear have always existed in some way Winners write the history books, so not many students are taught that the United States was treating many of its citizens in the e [...]

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    2. I ll write a full review closer to the release date February 2016 but for now here are my initial thoughts This was one of those books that isn t necessarily long but for some reason took me a while to finish It was kind of draggy at times and I didn t care much for the pacing, and I was always surprised when I d check my % and find that I hadn t read as much as I thought I also didn t have much of a lasting connection with the characters, though I felt for the protagonist, especially with being [...]

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    3. This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing no rithmatic , movies, TV Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here Graphic and children s reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book s interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don t really do stars To me a book is either worth reading or it isn t I can t rate it three fifths worth [...]

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    4. It s unusual to find a book that combines elegant writing, compelling action, and historical accuracy, but Susan Moger manages all three in Of Better Blood Rowan is the emotional core of this novel, a 16 year old girl who is shunned by her family after she contracts polio She ends up unwillingly playing a cripple in a fitter families show where she meets the brave, captivating carny, Dorchy Through her friendship with Dorchy, Rowan is able to find the strength to fight against notions of who is [...]

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    5. 3.5 stars This book would be great for a teen discussion group because the eugenics movement of the 1920s is something that most American history books forget to mention and it is a part of our story that needs to be talked about Moger s first novel was a very ambitious historical fiction story of Rowan, a well off girl stricken with polio, who finds herself abandoned by her father and sister and shipped off to a home Eventually she ends up working for the Betterment Council and finds herself on [...]

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    6. In interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I know this author I ve taken several writing classes from her over the years and we ve been in the same writing group off and on for over a decade In that writing group I had heard bits and pieces of this novel, but it wasn t until I sat down to read it in its entirety that I was able to appreciate just how good it is.This is a chilling story of abuse of power and ignorance passing as science The eugenics movement was prejudice elevated to p [...]

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    7. I liked the book but it could been better like could of been amazing and such But I won this book in a contest so gave it a read I know a lot of things were legit back in the day polio and what happened since my grand pa told me stories of it And the freak shows so this was interesting to see how things happened with them Over all I would suggest this book.

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    8. Last April I reviewed Susan Moger s book, Teaching the Diary of Anne Frank When she contacted me and asked if I would read and review her debut novel, OF BETTER BLOOD Albert Whitman and Co 2016 , I agreed After reading it I can tell you one thing for sure Susan used all of her research about Hitler and the events leading up to World War II in order to write this young adult historical novel.Teenage polio survivor Rowan Collier is caught in the crossfire of a secret war against the unfit It s 192 [...]

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    9. I understand that the fire is a turning point, a hinge It opened a door inside me that I had given up looking for After tonight I m no longer someone who lets people do things to her The book is broken up into three different parts each taking place during one summer where Rowan goes on a multitude of different adventures, some she wanted to while others that she didn t Throughout these adventures we get to see a wide variety of characters as well as the disabilities that some of them had As wel [...]

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    10. I ll see you on the midway It took me some time to get into this novel but once I understood what was happening, I really enjoyed it The relationship with Dorchy and Rowan was what made it so special and over the top for me As I read it, little things about their bond made me smile and as the book came to an end, I realized I was going to miss them They were quirky, they got each other but what really did it for me was how they connected to each other There were times when they were opposites, y [...]

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    11. I had high hopes for this historical fiction story of the eugenics movement in 1920s America After all, much of the YA dystopian stories out there are often based on the ideas of those that supported eugenics What a cool premise to explore the origins of those ideas Sadly, Of Better Blood did not live up to my expectations It s the story of Rowan, a privileged white girl living on the East Coast with her father and older sister, both of whom are big supporters of racial purity and removing those [...]

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    12. I received an advance copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I m a little torn on this novel On the one hand, it had a fantastic premise, great characters, and I had a great time reading it On there other, there were a few odd things that made me wonder what kind of book it really was In the end, enjoyment overruled my opinion, and so I have to say I really did like it all in all.Focusing on such a Eugenics driven america was both a disturbing and b utterly fascina [...]

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    13. Nice book Not my style of book but the writing was extraordinarily well done.

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    14. I had a difficult time really getting into this one I was initially curious about it because it mentioned 1920 s America, the polio epidemic, and the US eugenics movement that disturbingly, most current Americans are oblivious to I was reminded of it while chaperoning at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C this past year.It was a bit slow to start and I was annoyed impatient at the initial passivity of Rowan, the main character Then I was annoyed that too many things just seemed to line up t [...]

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    15. 3.5 starsI liked this historical fiction about a girl who becomes a pawn in the Eugenics movement, because of polio The author s note at the end talks about a little of what was happening in the early 20th century forced sterilization of unfit people Unfit being defined as anyone from a broken home, not physically perfect, etc as you can imagine I wanted from this story, but I do think that there are constraints from the time setting that make a difference in how young girls behaved and were tr [...]

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    16. Teenage polio survivor Rowan Collier is caught in the crossfire of a secret war against the unfit It s 1922, and eugenics the movement dedicated to racial purity and good breeding has taken hold in America State laws allow institutions to sterilize minorities, the feeble minded, and the poor, while local eugenics councils set up exhibits at county fairs with fitter family contests and propaganda After years of being confined to hospitals, Rowan is recruited at sixteen to play a born cripple in a [...]

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    17. Historical fiction based on the the eugenics movement during the 1920s that morphed into a type of quasi historical dystopian novel with shock and awe than historical accuracies as admitted to by the author in her end notes.

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    18. An interesting look at the idea of sterilization and Fitter Families that occurred in America after the polio epidemic The characters didn t hold my interest.

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    19. Engrossing historical fiction set against the eugenics movement at the height of its popularity in the early 20th century.

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    20. An interesting book about the eugenics movement of the early 1900s It reminded me a lot of a historical version of Wake Up Missing, with less plot structure Liked it, but didn t love it.

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    21. I didn t like the book, but a fascinating piece of history that I had never heard about.

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    22. Historical fiction based on the Eugenics movement of the early 20th century Started off fine, but the final third just didn t go anywhere.

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    23. I really loved the first 2 3rds of the book I loved that the main character was differently abled, I loved that it gave insight into the history of the eugenics movement within America we often think of ethnic cleansing as a problem for other countries, but it was widespread in the early 20th century My first problem came when Rowan escaped with Dorchy, and they entered into what seemed like a fantasy realm A book which had so far been good historical fiction suddenly felt like a fantasy based [...]

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    24. I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis After contracting polio at age eleven, Rowan is left with a twisted leg and uses a crutch to get around On being all but abandoned by her father and sister for her genetic weaknesses , Rowan meets carny girl Dorchy and the two work together to escape the Fitter Families exhibition and the far sinister camp for unfortunates on Loup Island.What an interesting mash up of genres and issues this story is Wha [...]

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    25. Originally posted on You Have Your Hands FullI received a copy of this book from Albert Whitman Company Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.I enjoy reading young adult historical fiction, so I was very excited about the opportunity to read Of Better Blood Author Susan Moger has written several educational books and teaching materials, but this is her first novel Rowan Collier comes from a good family She lives with her father and older sister in relative affluence, but that all changes wh [...]

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    26. The book Of Better Blood by Susan Moger, tells the fictional story of a fourteen year old polio survivor named Rowan who lived in the time of the eugenics movement During this time people had to be perfectly fit to society s expectations to be a part of it Unfortunately, because of her recorded history of polio, Rowan was considered unfit and had to contend with federal sterilization laws for people like her One day however, everything changes when she and a friend get out off opportunity to per [...]

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    27. Honestly really hurtful that the author describes this book as being inspired by Anne Frank, by the targeting of Jews by eugenicists, and yet there is not a single Jewish character in the book There were Jews in the United States And there were Jews who COULD NOT GET INTO THE UNITED STATES This was the Quota Period The United States was deliberately keeping us out and leaving us to die in Europe Why are there no Jews in this book I understand maybe not wanting to write about the Holocaust, becau [...]

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    28. I happened upon this book at the summer day camp where I ve been helping in the afternoons several days a week One of the field trips the campers took was to the library and one of them picked this book out I picked it up, read the inside cover and promptly decided it sounded interesting So I started reading it.Unfortunately, the book didn t really live up to what was on said cover I felt like 2 3rds of this book was nothing really happening I mean, there are these girls and they run away from t [...]

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    29. I m bothered by the third act with Rowan and Dorchy trapped on an island with killer doctors and the crazy heiress It s a little horror movie for historical fiction Also, according to the author s note, nothing like it actually occurred in the US It feels like artificial drama to entertain readers.

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    30. Very interesting concept eugenics, polio, Great War, 1920s , but poor execution The story jumped from scene to scene to scene Writing was mediocre Rather unsure I would recommend this, though it could spark interest in early twentieth century pseudoscience.3 30 16 review Ultimately, I was disappointed While the story is compelling historical fiction, early twentieth century, polio, infectious disease , it ultimately falls flat The writing, is at best, mediocre Character development What characte [...]

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