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A Long Road on a Short Day by Gary D. Schmidt - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780544888364
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Published: Clarion Books - November 10th, 2020

This is the perfect first chapter book, in my opinion - ideal for introducing a young, picture-book-aged child to the concept of a novel. Papa and Samuel want to get a milk cow for Mama, but all they have to part with is a small Barlow knife. They go from farm to farm, making trades until they have a cow. Each chapter ends with a small cliffhanger into the next, and each chapter header includes a picture clue to the next item to be traded for. It's a clean-cut structure for teaching the way that chapters exist as units but build on each other to create a more complex story. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


I Think I Love You (Underlined Paperbacks) by Auriane Desombre - Book Review

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780593179765
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Published: Underlined - March 2nd, 2021

A gay retelling of Much Ado About Nothing with a sprinkling of Emma. Need I say more? If so, there's also a film festival, gritty competition, manipulation and sabotage, and a cat named Lady Catulet. This enemies-to-lovers rom-com is so funny that I found myself laughing out loud every few pages, yet it's also a deeply-felt rumination on what falling in love really means - and whether it's worth the risk. I loved that this book gives grace to how scary it can be to have real feelings for someone as a teenager, especially if, like both main characters in the book, you come from a complicated family. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Peacemaker by Joseph Bruchac - Book Review

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781984815378
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Published: Dial Books - January 5th, 2021

Historical fiction written in a way that feels almost folkloric. This book tells the story of how a powerful storyteller helped end the generations-long war between the five Iroquois tribes and brought about the creation of the Iroquois Confederacy. As always, Bruchac's writing style is straightforward and unembellished, making the details of Iroquois culture, daily life, and war history easy for a young reader to understand. This is a perfect choice for military-history buffs. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062698964
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 5th, 2021

After Ware's Grandma falls and has to get a hip replacement, his parents stick him in Rec camp for the summer - a sweaty, horrible, boring place. So, he starts skipping camp and hanging out at the abandoned church next door, where he meets Jolene, who's working to turn it into a vegetable garden. Ware, for his part, starts transforming the shell of the building into a castle. When their sanctuary is threatened, Ware has to pull his focus away from the Middle-Age knights he's obsessed with and figure out how to be a real-life hero. I can't stress enough how great this book is. It perfectly blends the everyday and the extraordinary to create a story that feels familiar yet transformative. Most importantly, it really gets how hard it is to be a kid and have little control over your own life - including what you can trust grownups to even tell you about the facts of your own life. Honest, heartfelt, and raw. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250313973
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Published: Swoon Reads - March 23rd, 2021

Aiden does a wonderful job retelling his favorite childhood story, Peter Pan, in a way that can be enjoyed by anyone from preteen years to middle aged.The attention to detail and excellent use of intense mystery elements breathe new life into a classic tale. Like his first work, Cemetery Boys, Thomas also sprinkles in some mild horror in this reimagining. I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fresh author with great potential ahead. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner


Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir by Robin Ha - Book Review

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By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062685094
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 28th, 2020

If you are a fan of memoirs, the varying degrees of what it means to be "American", and satisfying visuals, then this is easily the perfect graphic novel for you! Almost American Girl dives into the true story of how one Korean teenager raised by a single mother is uprooted from her pleasant life with many friends and suddenly moved across the world to start a new life her mom has chosen for them. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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