Mosquitoland

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Unforgettable story of a girl's 1,000-mile journey home.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 10 reviews

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age 13+

I LOVED this book and could not put it down. I am thinking my 13 year old son is ready for it now and can't wait to see if he loves it as much as I did.

age 16+

AMazing

Mosquitoland by David Arnold is amazing!! It is the perfect book for a lazy day, I finished it in less than 24 hours. Mary Iris Malone makes her way from Mississippi to Cleveland to visit her sick mother. On a greyhound bus, she meets a quirky cast of travelers. The characters are unique, refreshing, and dynamic. It's so beautifully written that I promise you that you won't want to put it down. It's an adventure from start to finish. Unlike typical young adult books, this novel is beautifully written. It captures the thought process of a girl with mental illness and gives insight on what it is like to live with one. The book deals with a lot of real issues like suicide, sexual assault, and mental illness. I highly recommend it.

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