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Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062422675
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 5th, 2018

MONDAY'S NOT COMING is at once the most gorgeous and devastating pageturner you'll read this year. It's a little too intense to read in one sitting (you'll want to slow the pace), but you won't be able to put it down for long. It's that good.

The novel is, in its simplest form, the story of a friendship. Claudia and Monday were inseparable up until the year Monday disappeared. After a summer away, Claudia can't find her best friend anywhere: she's not in school nor at her house, and not one other person seems to notice her absence. Wracked with grief and confusion, Claudia pursues every lead to find Monday, even as her obsession with discovering the truth diminishes her own grip on reality.

Jackson's second novel is as suspenseful and addictive as her first (Allegedly), again demonstrating the author's remarkable ability to bring complex characters to life despite their tendencies to obscure parts of their lives from each other, readers, and themselves. Although some of the story's subject matter is bleak (i.e. abuse, poverty, gentrification, trauma), Claudia's search for Monday is largely underpinned by themes of family, love, and hope: showcasing Claudia's strength in the face of immense darkness.  —Aubrey Restifo


A Round of Robins by Katie Hesterman - Book Review

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By Katie Hesterman, Sergio Ruzzier (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399547782
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 27th, 2018

A Round of Robins by Katie Hesterman and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier introduces poetry to the younger reader without it screaming and is an introduction of the habits of robins. This combination makes this a delightful choice for any bookshelves. The colors are muted, yet still pop. Yet they fit perfectly with the tone of the text. For all ages, but geared to ages four to six. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

The Hate U Give is an incredibly honest, moving, and relevant debut novel about police brutality and injustice towards the black community. The main character, Starr, will inspire readers to use their voice to speak up for others who devastatingly no longer have one. I would highly recommend this to any mature teenager or adult who wants to make a positive change in the world. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Becoming Bach by Tom Leonard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626722866
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 28th, 2017

For Johan Sebastian, there was always music. This amazing colorful picture book introduces the life of a man that wanted to become a “bach” (musician). He took the patterns he heard and saw and created music from that. Considered one of the most important composers of all time (though it was not always that way) Bach’s story is captivating. Read the illustrations of Leonard as they are works of art by themselves. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock - Book Review

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By Barb Rosenstock, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780307978486
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 11th, 2014

When a proper Russian boy is given a box of paints from his aunt magic occurs. From a young age, well into adulthood Kandisnky did what was expected, but when colors sign out and music paints a picture, you must follow your heart and create art! This is a quick introduction into the life of an abstract painter. An afterwards gives more detail. The illustrations are powerful and capture the text and the work of Kandinsky perfectly. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) by Philip Pullman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375815300
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2017

Probably my favorite fantasy book of 2017! Fans of His Dark Materials will not be disappointed, as it is classic Pullman which captures the feel of the original trilogy, even after 17 years. In the first of three volumes we meet an infant Lyra and her ever-changing dæmon Pantalaimon, and are introduced to the curious and steadfast Malcolm Polstead, who finds himself forced to protect Lyra from the many threats she faces throughout the book. Floods, disgusting villains (and their terrifying daemons!) and heroic characters abound...with the tension climbing faster and faster toward a dark and brutal climax. I was devastated to have to leave this world of daemons, alethiometer and an alternate Oxford...and wait longingly for the next installment. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


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