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The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep: Voices from the Donner Party by Allan Wolf - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780763663247
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2020

In this carefully crafted historical fiction, written in-verse, Allan Wolf paints a tragic picture of the harrowing journey of the ill-fated Donner party as they traverse a wild landscape in hopes of a better future in California. Told from the perspectives of the travelers - and even Hunger itself - the story peels back the very layers of what makes us human, and reveals a hidden beast that exists within all of us: a raw, untamed animal that will do anything to survive when put to the extreme. This novel is not for the faint of heart. It is a devastatingly woven tale of both fiction - and actual history - that will change the way some of us remember the Donner party. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780544336261
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 1st, 2014

In this very real, possible future, feelings are null, love does not exist, and you are, essentially, the same as everyone else. Cleverly written, Lowry winds a moving, profound, and unsettling story of an idyllic society where Sameness is normal, and uniqueness is frowned upon. A perfect book to spark a deep discussion about controlled communities, embracing your differences, familial ties, and the fine line between doing what's right, and doing something because you don't know any better. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062854599
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Published: HarperTeen - August 25th, 2020

Set in the small town of Kettle Springs, a war is brewing between the old and new generations. When things start to escalate, Frendo the Clown - the town's mascot - decides to take matters into its own deadly hands and wreak havoc on the troublesome teens in an insane act of conflict resolution. Alliances are formed, and betrayals are afoot in this gloriously bloody, modern day version of a classic slasher novel. If you like (or don't like) crossbows, clowns, or crossbow wielding clowns, pick this one up anyway, if you dare. You won't be disappointed! ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

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

Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne - Book Review

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By Aliza Layne, Aliza Layne (Illustrator), Kristen Acampora (Colorist), Natalie Riess (Colorist)
ISBN: 9781534441545
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

Beetle is a young goblin-in-training. Blob Ghost is her best friend - a sticky floating entity that's physically bound to haunt the mall forever. But when a new threat looms, and plans to destroy the mall and all it holds within its walls, Beetle must find the true power within herself to save Blob Ghost, and fight for all she loves in this enchanting, funny debut graphic novel about friendship, family, love, and the power of good magic. A perfect read for Halloween! ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


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