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Squire by Nadia Shammas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062945846
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 8th, 2022

Aiza dreams of becoming a Knight. Yet, her background, prejudices about her people, and a few powerful people stand in her way. A coming of age story that shows that no matter where you come from, or who you are, you can do great things, fight for justice, and learn that power does not always come from a sword. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American by Laura Gao - Book Review

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By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063067769
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 8th, 2022

When you are a child of China, riding water buffalos, then an immigrant living in Texas, things are, to say the least, different. But when 2020 hits, Laura comes of age in a way anyone could have imagined in the age of Covid. A thoughtful, sweet, and powerful story of learning who you are when you learn girls make your heart flutter, you are both Chinese and American, and the world is yours to explore. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narváez Varela - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781947627482
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Published: Cinco Puntos Press - October 12th, 2021

As we follow our main character, Anamaria, through her life in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on her journey of finding and being perfection, we see how we can consume ourselves when we take the possibly wrong paths. Dealing with self-image, depression, and the day to day the all too real realities of Mexico in the 1990s. Supernatural and realism wrap themselves around mature themes in a thoughtful prose poetry novel. Author afterwards explores how their journey mirrored Annamaria’s. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Slip by Marika McCoola - Book Review

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By Marika McCoola, Aatmaja Pandya (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781616207892
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - June 7th, 2022

This gorgeous gentle graphic novel is the perfect read for artistic teens, and for anyone wondering how best to support a friend facing mental health challenges. Jade's summer at an intensive art workshop is shaped by her best friends recent suicide attempt, her own artistic self-doubt, and a budding romance with fellow artist Mary. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250191908
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 19th, 2021

In this dark retelling of The Goose Girl, maid Vanja turns herself into a phantom thief, stealing her former mistress' identity in order to rob the nobility. Vanja doesn't care what she has to do or who she has to hurt, as long as she can escape her Godmothers, Death and Fortune, before they claim her as a servant. But when a deadly curse forces her to make amends, she learns that she is not the only person who isn't quite what she seems. An inventive, queer-positive world full of reimagined fairy tale tropes, found family, and meddlesome gods. Great for fans of villainous retellings and enemies-to-lovers romance. ~ Reviewed by Parker Goodreau

Dark Rise by C. S. Pacat - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062946140
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 28th, 2021

Dark Rise is a unique YA fantasy with excellent LGBTQ+ representation and fantastic worldbuilding. The fight scenes will have you on the edge of your seat right up until the surprising conclusion. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


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