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Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781338255812
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

This book! WOW! By far the best debut I've read in a long time. Historical fiction set on Martha's Vineyard in the early 1800's, where protagonist Mary is a member of the large Deaf community on the island. Deafness has always seemed normal to the islanders, who are all fluent in sign language, and Mary is unaware of the abusive treatment and low social status suffered by the Deaf on the American mainland. As tensions over land disputes between the English settlers and the Wampanoag native to the island become increasingly fraught, a scientist arrives and begins to investigate the cause of the islanders' deafness. Suddenly, Mary's world is ripped from underneath her feet, and she is rudely awakened to the devastation caused by prejudice. I can't stress enough how well-written this book is. It was particularly interesting how the characters' signing influenced the otherwise traditionally colonial tone of the book. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781368048958
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 26th, 2020

After Maddie's father died in an accident, she started to see danger at every turn and called the police so many times that the chief of police will no longer take her seriously. So when she begins to suspect that the new kid in her neighborhood is that same boy who was kidnapped from a nearby town a few months ago, she knows that she'll need proof before she asks for help. I would categorize this as an "emotional mystery" - all the traditional beats of a mystery novel are mirrored by Maddie's struggle to understand her complicated feelings about the death of her father and her attempts to figure out how to bond with her new stepfather. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Brother's Keeper by Julie Lee - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780823444946
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Published: Holiday House - July 21st, 2020

It's 1950 in North Korea, and the communist regime is at war with American-backed South Korea. Twelve-year-old Sora and her family use the chaos caused by the war as an opportunity to flee to South Korea - and freedom. But when Sora and her little brother, Young, become separated from the rest of the family, they must attempt to travel the hundreds of miles by themselves, on foot, and in the middle of a brutal winter. This is further complicated by the fact that although Sora loves Young, she's resentful of the fact that her parents only value their sons, and made her take care of them instead of going to school. A beautifully written book that makes history feel contemporary by looking at it through a feminist lens. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Don’t Turn Out the Lights: A Tribute to Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Jonathan Maberry - Book Review

In this terrifying tribute to Alvin Schwartz, featuring some of the most popular horror writers, I thoroughly enjoyed the creepiness of these tales, the terror that some - like the Tall Ones - created for me... and the genuine classic horror feels that makes a good scary story - scary! Sometimes you don’t need blood and gore.. sometimes all you need is a bump in the night, something scratching against the windows, a growl in the dark...⁣ ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Novel #1) by Renée Watson - Book Review

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By Renée Watson, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781547600564
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 28th, 2020

A sweet, empowering story about a girl named Ryan who is curious and loves to cook but her world gets turned upside down when she finds out her family has to move into a smaller house due to her father's job situation. Ryan will teach you the power of standing up for yourself and keeping your head held high when you have your family's love and guidance to help you be brave. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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

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

Skunk and Badger are The Really Odd Couple. Timberlake created a book that has an old school/old world feeling to it. When two opposites are made to live with each other, the feathers fly (and not just from the chickens Skunks invites over). There is stink humor, a little danger and a lot of antics readers ages 7 to 10 can find a good time. It also would make for a fun read aloud by doing a chapter or two a night. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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