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An adorable troupe of highly trained builders attempt to take on the most challenging of construction projects—but nobody will let them work because they are cute kittens! Shrewd and understated, this full-color graphic novel captures the kittens’ collective struggle to be taken seriously in a good-natured, amusing way. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo
This memoir is a courageous story about one young man’s experience growing up in a household marked by addiction, secrets, and silence. When Jarrett’s mom prioritizes her drug dependence over her son, Jarrett goes to live with his grandparents—who suffer from addiction in their own way, too. Resonant, heart-gripping, and honest, Hey, Kiddo will inspire young adults to turn to their passions (like comics and art!) to get through tough times. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo
Does Adrian have a horse? As Chloe goes to all ends to prove this fact untrue, both she (and readers) realize that sometimes kids make things up just to fit in—and that that's not always a bad thing. Empathetic storytelling, wonderful illustrations: my favorite picture book in years. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo
Fans of Paper Things, rejoice! This new book about a group of kids whose families move them to a new town (to 'improve' a neighborhood) is full of great characters and lots of drama: after all, does the new town even want improving? And what does that even mean? An eye-opening story about fitting in, good intentions, and making mistakes. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo
A young man meets a handsome cat at a gay bar. The cat is repulsive yet charming; adoring but scornful. The man is hooked. In Statovci’s first novel, surreal encounters (like this one) evoke the alienation and exile felt by refugees used to everywhere playing “the other”. Like Exit West, this debut employs just enough magical realism to displace the reader; My Cat Yugoslavia is a perceptual marvel. ~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo