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New Kid by Jerry Craft - Book Review

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By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

Jordan Banks is a seventh grader starting a new school, not the art school he was hoping for, and also not the one all his neighborhood friends go to. His parents are sending him to a private school known for it’s academic excellence, and he is one of the few kids of color to attend. Jordan has to learn how to find his place, and be true to himself, in both his new school, and with the new dynamic he has with his friends at home.This book tackles many issues, such as racism, bullying, and fitting in, with great style and a lot of humor. It’s a great addition to the graphic novel genre. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982102807
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Published: Atria Books - April 2nd, 2019

What a joy this book is! Mary Laura’s voice is one of clarity, knowing, realism and vulnerability, with a great deal of humor thrown in. Reading these essays is like an evening with good food and great company, and will leave you feeling nourished and fulfilled. Mary Laura reminds us to be kind to ourselves, to listen to our inner voice, and to be grateful for the amazing people we already are. This is a book you’ll return to time after time, and will never disappoint. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

The Seabird's Cry: The Lives and Loves of the Planet's Great Ocean Voyagers by Adam Nicolson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250181596
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Published: Picador - February 5th, 2019

A wonderfully written and accessible book, that covers the lives of many sea birds; fulmar, puffin, guillemots, for example. We are introduced to the rich lives these birds lead, the way they feed, play, socialize, and their relationships with each other and their watery world. Nicolson voices the cry of our ocean birds to their plight, and dwindling numbers. This is a beautiful book, but also a brutal one, revealing all the ways we are harming our wildlife, whether deliberately, or by way of apathy. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143133421
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Published: Penguin Life - January 29th, 2019

This book is a tonic for what ails us in the modern world, and Haig’s is the hand to guide us through the new societal pitfalls. Do you check your phone too often? Do you count your worth in Instagram likes of Facebook friends? Does the news keep you awake at night? Listen to the voice of reason in these pages, and take a deep breath of fresh air. Haig lets us know it’s going to be alright, that we’re enough, and gives us the perspective to see it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501196010
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 19th, 2019

Fun, yet frank, account of the life of a young, single, woman living in today's London. Queenie's voice is a blast of fresh air, and you empathize deeply with her, as she navigates the modern world of dating and mental health issues. Coming from a Jamaican British family, Queenie has to figure out how to fit into both cultures, and remain true to herself.
I loved spending time with Queenie and her best friends, and could not put this book down. I wonder what they are all doing now? ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Drawn Together by Minh Lê - Book Review

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By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator), Dan Santat (Cover design or artwork by)
ISBN: 9781484767603
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

A visually stunning picture book about finding common ground between the generations. We follow a grandfather and his grandson as they find a bond through art and storytelling, although their first languages and ages were causing a divide. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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