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Trowbridge Road by Marcella Pixley - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207507
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Published: Candlewick - October 6th, 2020

It's 1983, and June's father has just died of AIDS. Her hypochondriac mother didn't let June touch her father or even be in the same room with him when he was ill, and now that he's gone her fears have only magnified. She refuses to eat or leave the house, obsessively cleans, and makes June take baths in boiling-hot bleach that scars her skin. When a boy with bright red hair moves in down the street, June starts visiting him secretly, playing make-believe games that might have the power to rescue them both from their dire real-world problems. This book is incredible - unflinchingly in its raw portrayal of parental mental illness and child neglect, yet distinctly hopeful. A perfect choice for brave readers who love stories thick with emotional complexity. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Bloom by Nicola Skinner - Book Review

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By Nicola Skinner, Flavia Sorrentino (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780008398491
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Published: HarperCollins Children's Books - March 16th, 2021

Very classic British magical realism, in that even the "real-world" aspects of the book are so over-the-top that they have a fantasy feel. It's also got that delicious blend of dry yet absurdist humor that makes British children's lit so wonderful. Sorrel lives in a dreary cement-covered town totally void of nature and attends a strict, horrible school. One day she finds a packet of mysterious seeds and sprinkles them on her and her friend's head. The seeds spread, and soon enough everyone in town has some kind of tree or vegetable - or, most unluckily, an immense and smelly corpse flower - growing out of their foreheads. The authorities try to convince everyone to pour cement on their heads to kill the growths, and Sorrel fights back with the help of the last remaining gardener in town. This book is great for Eva Ibbotson fans, as Skinner follows in her footsteps by combining fantasy and environmentalism. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781682632857
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2021

Think The Thief Lord, but with a female kleptomaniac protagonist and set in the Sri Lankan jungle. Chaya has always used her family's power and connections to enable her to steal expensive items that can be sold to help impoverished villagers in her town. But when a guard sees her stealing jewels from the queen's bedside table, Chaya's attempts to clear her name accidentally implicate her innocent friend. The only option seems to be to run away and hide in the jungle - and why not steal the king's elephant on the way out of town? This is a fast-paced read that's part wilderness survival story and part political drama. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Starfish by Lisa Fipps - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984814500
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 9th, 2021

A realistic fiction novel-in-verse about a fat girl who's being bullied by mean kids at school - and a mean mom and siblings at home. This book is a heart-wringer, and hard to read at times, but is also so powerful and works as a crash course in learning how to stand up for yourself and recognizing your value in the face of others' dismissal. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


The One Thing You'd Save by Linda Sue Park - Book Review

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By Linda Sue Park, Robert Sae-Heng (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781328515131
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Published: Clarion Books - March 16th, 2021

This novel-in-verse is written in the Korean sijo form of poetry. A teacher asks her students what one possession they would save in a fire, and their responses are thoughtful and varied that they make her reconsider her own choice. The conversations in the classroom show interesting little glimpses into the characters' different lives and values, sparking thought in the reader. A great read-aloud for a classroom or a family. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375871672
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Published: Yearling - February 12th, 2013

After her dad is fired from his job, Sonia has to leave her tiny, hippie private school, Community, and go to public school. For the first time, she's around people she hasn't known her whole life. For the first time, her name, the foods she brings in for lunch, the color of her skin, and the fact that she's half Indian and half Jewish are experienced by her classmates as new, strange, and lesser. As Sonia struggles to fit in at school, her home life begins to fracture when her father falls into a deep depression. Hiranandani is a master at emotional adventure stories - books where the highest and lowest swoops felt by the reader hinge on the deeply felt emotions of the characters, not the plot that causes them - and this novel is no different. Really, really fantastic. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


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