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Brave Little Finn by Jennifer Churchman - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316273596
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

The second book by this dynamic duo that features real animals on a Vermont Farm. Little Finn is born too early and too weak to stay in the cold, late-winter barn so Farmer John brings him home where he's nurtured and taught how to drink from a bottle by Maisie Grace, the fabulous border collie puppy. Soon Finn is strong enough to join his barnyard friends, but it's a big, scary world out there! With a great display of encouragement from the other animals, Finn begins to feel brave, empowered and completely loved. Warning: there's so much genuine compassion and kindness on each and every page, it may make you tear up. The photo illustrations are perfection and you're even treated to a Behind the Scenes look at farm life and The True Story of Finn. ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty - Book Review

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By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419721373
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

Girl Power! Ada Twist is a scientist right from birth, always observing the world around her. When she starts to talk, she's full of questions and is determined to explore and invent - sometimes wreaking havoc at home and school. It's fabulous that Ada is a GIRL scientist in a family of color. Rhyming text and vivid illustrations combine to make this pure fun! (This is Beaty's third book following Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect.) ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


The Nest

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ISBN: 9780062414212
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Published: Ecco - March 22nd, 2016

A fun, quirky summer read. I loved this! Hilarious, steroidal family dysfunction as each over-40-something sibling tells their personal story/reason for needing their much anticipated inheritance...now! Believable, lovable wacky characters. Again, just fun. ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


Wolf Hollow

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ISBN: 9781101994825
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

Set in rural Pennsylvania during WW2, Wolf Hollow's strong, haunting characters pulled me through a dark story of death, trauma and bullying. By the end, I was left stunned by all things unresolved and the message that even though you try to do the right thing, you don't always get the right results. The target audience is an older middle reader, but this should be recommended to YA and adults as well. This is the kind of book you want to read for book club or with your children/students. It simply must be discussed. So much depth, so many teaching moments. Remarkable. ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko

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ISBN: 9781250081865
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 9th, 2016

Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko has lived his entire life at the Hospital For Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. His universe shifts when recently orphaned, terminally ill, gorgeous Polina arrives. This is their original, shocking, beautiful and absolutely sad love story. I loved Stambach's writing style and humor even when I was cringing. ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


All the Light We Cannot See

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ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2014

Marie Laure, is a teenage French girl who has been blind since the age of six. Werner is an intelligent, sensitive German orphan whose learns to fix radios and becomes noticed by the German army. Each of their stories is moving, but it's most powerful when their paths cross. Gorgeous descriptive writing. I regret I waited two years to read this. ~ Reviewed by Gail Cosgriff


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