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We’ve come to the end of this year’s Summer Book Club. We were thrilled to see that this year’s club included 589 members. (If you joined, look for your name below.) All the members received either a slap watch or a book light. We hope you liked the prize, but we really hope you enjoyed the eight books we selected. The theme was “Make a Difference,” and the stories featured characters that faced challenges within their families and their communities. They may have wanted to avoid these issues, but they didn’t. And their persistence paid off. Sometimes the victories were small but still worth celebrating. We hope these stories remind you that your voice and your actions can bring about change. In time, that change may make a very good story.

Christina Barron

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