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One Time by Sharon Creech - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062570741
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Published: HarperCollins - September 8th, 2020

Is anyone else fascinated by watching super-popular white authors from the 90s and 2000s try to modernize themselves by infusing their new books with a diversity that was nonexistent in their career-defining works? It gives an interesting glimpse into what children's literature could have been then and defines what it must be now: world-conscious. One Time is full of Creech's classic overlapping dialogue, with a plot structure derivative of Jaqueline Woodson's Harbor Me. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinksy

The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316494694
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2020

A physical-survival-meets-emotional-survival story à la Gary Paulsen, set in Bowling's vividly detailed Southwest. Nora and her dad have been left reeling after Nora's mom was killed by a shooter in a restaurant. When they go to explore a slot canyon on the one-year anniversary of her death, a flash flood sweeps away all of their food, water, and supplies and separates them, leaving Nora alone to fight for survival and find her dad. This is just terrifically written. It begins as a novel, but breaks into novel-in-verse when things become too unbearable (and Nora too weak) to endure full sentences. ~ Reviewed by Madja Tiktinsky

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781481465816
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 18th, 2020

Genesis really, truly, hates herself. So much that she keeps a list of all ninety-six reasons why. A few lowlights: she doesn't have any friends, her family keeps getting evicted, and she thinks she's too black to be beautiful. This story starts way down in the dumps and then somehow heaves itself up to become a beacon of hope. Genesis is one of those characters you wish you could pull out of the book and hug. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky

Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1) by Amy Timberlake - Book Review

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By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781643750057
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

Badger is extremely content living alone in his Aunt Lula's brownstone, filling his days with Important Rock Work. Then Aunt Lula sends Skunk to come stay as his roommate. Well. Not everyone wants a skunk. Some might even call them nuisance animals. And they certainly get in the way of Important Rock Work. A tongue-in-cheek squabble story in the tradition of Mean Margaret, The Wind in the Willows, and The Curious Lobster. This would make a great read-aloud for kids of different ages! ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky

24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781454940166
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - March 3rd, 2020

The meanest kid in Nowhere, Arizona steals Gus's friend's motorbike and won't give it back unless Gus brings him a piece of gold from Dead Frenchman's Mine. After all, it's common knowledge that there's treasure hidden there. The only problem? Every person who has gone into the mine to search for it has died trying. Armed with nothing but a couple of bologna sandwiches, Gus and his motley crew of friends must survive a cave-in, a gunshot wound, and an underground lake full of creepy skeletons and somehow even creepier shrimp on their quest to find gold. I loved this survival-story-meets-mystery so much that I immediately devoured all of Bowling's other books. This one is the best of the bunch! Great for fans of Louis Sachar and Leslie Connor. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky

A Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry - Book Review

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By Rosanne Parry, Lindsay Moore (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062995926
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 1st, 2020

A sister and brother Orca whale gets separated from their pod, and must use what little knowledge they have of the outer ocean to find their way back home.
A wonderful companion to A Wolf Called Wander, this novel explores the important issues of not only family, but global warming, climate change, and the damaging effects it has on our environment and animals. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


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