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96 Miles by J. L. Esplin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250192301
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Published: Starscape - February 11th, 2020

Two brothers embark on a perilous journey across 96 miles of desert toward their only hope: the Ranch - a safe place - after a worldwide blackout leaves them homeless, and stripped of the survival stockpile their father once had set aside for them. Can the two squabbling brothers overcome their differences and survive? Or will it be the very thing that tears them apart?

Perfect for fans of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, 96 Miles is a story of survival, adventure and the resilient, sometimes unstable bonds we share with the ones we hold most dear to us. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Frankly in Love by David Yoon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984812209
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Frank Li - a Korean-American teenage boy - finds himself caught between his parents' traditional Korean expectations and following his heart. When he falls in love with a "white girl," Frank must navigate societal themes of race, acceptance, and complex family relationships as he figures out what love truly means, and why his parents behave the way they do.

Being a Korean-American myself, I unsurprisingly found much of these struggles relatable. Frankly In Love is a quick but worthy read. It's heartfelt, insightful, and offers a peek into actual expectations given by both society, and the traditional backgrounds of each represented race present in the novel. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781538731338
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 1st, 2019

Christopher is... missing.
Christopher is... different.

After disappearing for six days, a little boy named Christopher reappears unharmed.. but not unchanged. So begins a terrifying spiral into an imaginary world, where monsters and creatures blur the line between reality and imagined. Will Christopher - with the weight of two worlds on his shoulders - be able to save them both, the people he loves, and live to remember it?

Reminiscent of a much darker version of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, Chbosky's horrifying novel devoured me from beginning to end. Its twists and turns left me questioning my own sanity as I delved deeper into the nightmares, which, if you read this terrific book - are just dreams gone sick. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales by Kelly Link - Book Review

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By Kelly Link (Editor), Gavin J. Grant (Editor)
ISBN: 9781536206418
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Published: Candlewick - August 13th, 2019

From lonely vampires to satanism and legendary creatures, the tales in Monstrous Affections are sure to satisfy every common (and uncommon) theme present in creepy stories. This anthology is bursting with engrossing darkness and humor that tips the scales of morality in this epic collection written by some of the most popular YA writers to date. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524770235
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - February 5th, 2019

Iris, a young tech genius who happens to be the only deaf girl in her school, often feels lonely and unheard. When she's not buried arm deep in repairing old radios, she's struggling to find connections with the people around her... until she learns of Blue 55, a whale whose obstacles are similar to hers. Soon, Iris becomes obsessed with finding Blue 55, and will stop at nothing to make sure he "hears" her, and she "hears" him.
Heartwarming and inspiring, Song for a Whale is a moving story that will show you how one simple act can lead to something much bigger than anything you could have ever imagined. A purely enjoyable read! ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


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