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96 Miles by J. L. Esplin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250192301
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Published: Starscape - February 11th, 2020

Two brothers embark on a perilous journey across 96 miles of desert toward their only hope: the Ranch - a safe place - after a worldwide blackout leaves them homeless, and stripped of the survival stockpile their father once had set aside for them. Can the two squabbling brothers overcome their differences and survive? Or will it be the very thing that tears them apart?

Perfect for fans of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, 96 Miles is a story of survival, adventure and the resilient, sometimes unstable bonds we share with the ones we hold most dear to us. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Frankly in Love by David Yoon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984812209
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Frank, a Korean-American High School senior in Southern California, has a full plate: struggles with his heritage, his family's divisions with their culture and each other, the pressures of school, and girls. Frank tackles these issues with humor and resolve, and by graduation day, what he learned in school pales compared to what he discovered about himself. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

Strange Exit by Parker Peevyhouse - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780765399427
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Published: Tor Teen - January 14th, 2020

Strange Exit is a futuristic YA post-apocalypse adventure, the plot mainly happening in a virtual reality that all the characters are trapped in, with the actual setting being in space after a disastrous nuclear event on earth. With elements and inspirations from The Matrix and The 100, this book is filled with many interesting characters, page-turning thrills, and excellent world-building. I want more! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz

Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor - Book Review

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By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062878007
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

"Cabbage bound! I'm cabbage bound! Head in the clouds, foot on the ground." And boy is Snail ever! Nothing will stop them from getting those cabbages: not cars, crows or antsy ants. A funny scene about making friends a not seen twist makes this a fun new story about determination and friendship. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Boy and the Wild Blue Girl by Keith Negley - Book Review

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By Keith Negley, Keith Negley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062846808
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 14th, 2020

The Blue Girl of this story is a special entity that shapes the young narrator of the story in ways unimaginable. The art is created in mixed media. Negley mixes art, fantasy and science together to make a book that is fiction but is also based on the life of scientist Poul la Cour. A scientist who helped with the invention of wind turbines. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Nesting by Henry Cole - Book Review

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By Henry Cole, Henry Cole (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062885920
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 3rd, 2020

A nonfiction story about the life of a robin and its family. This book would be a great tie-in for an older classroom science curriculum. Yet, the younger reader can enjoy as much. This is a book that can grow with your child: first as a read-to-book, then to read solo (or with a bit of help) and finally the tie-in to science. The reader needs to pay close attention to where (and what) color is used. The reason for the color used might not be clear at first, but they make the entire book quite poetic to look at. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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