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What to read over the long Fourth of July weekend

From Revolutionary War nonfiction to revolutionary rom-coms, we've got a book for every reader.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Nearly 100 years after the Declaration of Independence, another major historical event was occurring in early July: The Battle of Gettysburg. And in Justina Ireland’s bestselling YA novel, thousands and thousands of soldiers didn’t just die on the battlefields – they rose and began to walk the earth as the undead. Jane McKeene, a biracial girl teen born two days before the historic battle, trains at Miss Preston’s School of Combat, learning to protect the wealthy from the dead – until McKeene is sent against her will to a survivalist colony and becomes determined to escape. “Ireland delivers a necessary, subversive, and explosive novel with her fantasy-laced alternate history that does the all-important work of exploring topics of oppression, racism, and slavery while simultaneously accomplishing so much more. Brilliant and gut-wrenching,” praises Booklist.

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