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Salt to the Sea

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ISBN: 9780399160301
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Published: Philomel Books - February 2nd, 2016

This is a heartbreaking, impossible-to-put-down piece of historical fiction told from four very different perspectives. Even as the narrative hurtles toward disaster, readers will be horribly propelled by these authentic and desperate characters--all of whom run from and towards all kinds of hauntings. Although readers might try to digest this one more slowly, they will surely fail: after all, Ruta Sepetys understands not merely what makes a tragedy, but also the less horrifying circumstances from which they suddenly emerge. ~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo

Anna and the Swallow Man

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ISBN: 9780553513349
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2016

In 1939, a very young girl encounters a mysterious man on the streets of Kraków. Without family to turn to, she teams up with this "Swallow Man" to try to survive horrors orchestrated by the invading Russian and German armies. Anna's fearlessness, ignorance, and willful belief in magic will consume readers--even as her trust in the world she has imagined leads her into danger.

There is no doubt in my mind that Anna and the Swallow Man is one of the most sophisticated and fully-realized works of historical young adult fiction since The Book Thief. Allow yourself the opportunity to read it all in one sitting; you will be reminded why you pick up books at all.

~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo

Not If I See You First

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ISBN: 9780316259859
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Published: Poppy - December 1st, 2015

Parker Grant has a couple of problems, but being blind is not high on that list. Her school year's off to a fantastically dismal start when she must deal not only with her dad's recent death, but also the weird reappearance of an old boyfriend just as she's beginning to pursue a new guy. A poignant romantic drama, Parker's story is warm and relatable--even as it illuminates and confronts the sometimes uncomfortable ways in which people of different abilities navigate one another. Ages 11 and up! ~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo

The Marvels

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ISBN: 9780545448680
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2015

An unforgettable masterpiece! In the tradition of “Hugo,” Selznick uses illustrations and text to reveal how two stories—one about a runaway boy, another about a legendary family of actors –work together to solve a 200-year-old puzzle: who were the Marvels, and what happened to them? Ages 9 & up. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo

Oskar and the Eight Blessings

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ISBN: 9781596439498
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 8th, 2015

“Even in bad times, people can be good.” Many acts of kindness help a young refugee navigate Manhattan on the seventh day of Chanukah, 1938. Wonderful illustrations frame a breathtaking story that can be as simple or as sophisticated as you like. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo

Strictly No Elephants

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By Lisa Mantchev, Taeeun Yoo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481416474
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 27th, 2015

A very sweet story about friendship, inclusion, and special pets! When one child isn't allowed to bring his adorable tiny elephant to Pet Club, he and a new friend with a different sort of pet create a treehouse for kids and pets of all kinds. So cute! Ages 2-4. ~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


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