What are the best novels taking place in Arizona?

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    #1Animal Dreams

    Animal Dreams

    Animal Dreams is a contemporary fiction novel written by Barbara Kingsolver which follows the story of Codi Noline who returns to her hometown Grace, Arizona to face her past. 


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    Gary Kelley
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a fantastic new offering from Barbara. her books are always amazing and this one is no less the same. It involves some fantastic characters and a great backdrop that evolves very well. This book will have you hooked from page 1. I highly recommend you getting it if you are a fan of contemporary fiction as you will not be upset that you did."
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    #2Pigs in Heaven

    Pigs in Heaven

    Pigs in Heaven is the second book in the contemporary fiction series Greer Family written by Barbara Kingsolver which continues the story of mother Taylor and her adopted daughter Turtle Greer. 


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    #3P.S. I Like You

    P.S. I Like You
    P.S. I Like You is a young adult contemporary novel written by Kasie West which centers on student Lily and her anonymous pen pal exchanging messages on the desk in her chemistry class.  

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    Walter Thompson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "one of the best romantic book for teens with surprising story line. "
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    #4The Bean Trees

    The Bean Trees
    First published in 1988, The Bean Trees is a novel by Barbara Kingsolver. It tells the story of Taylor Greene, who adopts an abandoned baby as she flees out of her hometown in Kentucky to begin a new life.

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    Saúl González
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "very interesting book"
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    #5Everybody Sees the Ants

    Everybody Sees the Ants

    Everybody Sees the Ants is a standalone realistic fiction novel written by A.S. King which centers on the life of Lucky Linderman who feels his life is so unfortunate but he has a secret. 


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    Kelly Gonzales
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "There just aren't enough stars to give this book. It seems a simple story until you close the cover and sit back and really think about it. This book has more layers and depth of understanding than an onion! You can't help but fall in love with Lucky. He's a coming of age tall, skinny 15 year old boy who has the rotten luck of being on the top of the school's bully list. His antagonizer comes in the form of a brutish, loud mouthed, rich kid, Nader McMillian. A kid who uses his father's reputation as a lawyer that isn't afraid of leveling a law suit on anyone trying to reign in his son Nader. Nader has been the pain literally of Lucky's existence, almost since he first started school. But lately Nader has been going out of his way to make Lucky's and a few other's lives miserable. It wouldn't be so bad if Lucky didn't have a "Turtle" for a father and a "Squid" for a mother as Lucky puts it. Lucky's father tends to just avoid any situation that is out of the realm of cooking and Lucky's mother swims laps while ignoring her dysfunctional family. When Lucky gets his face ground into the cement his mother comes up for air and decides that some time away might make things better all around. So off they go to Arizona to visit her brother and his wife. You might not think that Lucky has a life that lives up to his name. There you would be wrong.......how many boys get to go on nightly tours of Vietnam with his MIA grandfather and return home with souvenirs of his travels during the night. How many boys meet a "ninja warrior" when out for a late evening stroll or have a group of smart mouth ants to help him out. Not many indeed, but that is just a few of the ways Lucky copes with his life. Lucky and his observations of life and people and his experiences with the Ninja girl and his grandfather finally make him see that there is only one way to handle a bully. And if you're really Lucky...you'll always "see the ants"."
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    #6Half Broke Horses

    Half Broke Horses

    Half Broke Horses is a historical fiction novel written by Jeannette Walls. This book is about Lily Casey Smith's life and it is first published in 2008 by Scribner. 


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    Beverly Rios
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Great book from a great author. Jeanette Walls really knows how to tell a story and you'll learn quite a bit about the forming of Arizona."
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    #7Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

    Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
    Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus is a standalone realistic young adult fiction novel written by Dusti Bowling which centers on Aven Green who us born without her arms and joins a western theme park in Arizona to travel.

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    Brittany Watkins
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "If you have some free time and need to relax too, just go through this book. It is interesting and very fun to read. I suggest it to you."
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    #8The Fool's Progress

    The Fool's Progress
    The Fool's Progress is fiction novel written by Edward Abbey which centers on misanthropic anarchist Henry Holyoak Lightcap who has been left behind in Tucson by his third wife. 

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    Scott Harvey
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Im not sure where this story takes place at"
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    #9Vanishing Acts

    Vanishing Acts

    Vanishing Acts is a standalone women's fiction novel written by Jodi Picoult which centers on Delia Hopkins who is soon to be married to her fiancee, however, as she plans her wedding she sees flashbacks of a life she can't remember. 


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    William Sanchez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A okay novel, but really rather boring, with little in the way of interesting conflict and no real surprises. The author is somewhat known for twists in her plots, but this one is fairly straightforward and in the end, more than a little dull. "
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    Hondo is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Louis L'Amour which centers on loner and drifter Hondo Lane dealing with General Crook’s command.


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    Bryan Cooper
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This was an excellent cowboy book. You know what you are getting with L'Amour and this is a fine example. It does a good job of portraying Arizona in the historical era. "
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    #11A Series of Small Maneuvers

    A Series of Small Maneuvers

    A Series of Small Maneuvers is a young-adult fiction written by Eliot Treichel and published by Ooligan Press in 2015. This book won the Oregon Book Awards Readers Choice Award and Mountains & Plains Award.


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    Jonathan Stephens
    Written on May 14, 2018


Best What are the best novels taking place in Arizona
1Animal DreamsBooks 35 Paid
2Pigs in HeavenBooks 31 Paid
3P.S. I Like YouBooks 31 Paid
4The Bean TreesBooks 30 Paid
5Everybody Sees the AntsBooks 28 Paid
6Half Broke Horses Books 26 Paid
7Insignificant Events in the Life of a CactusBooks 24 Paid
8The Fool's ProgressBooks 24 Paid
9Vanishing ActsBooks 21 Paid
10HondoBooks 18 Paid

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