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After a long day of cruisn’ through the various adventures in life (Indiana Jones has nuttin’ on me), nothing hits the spot like…chocolate. But once you say chocolate that’s all you need say. So these pages are dedicated to a few of my other passions: alligator wrestling, bull riding, reading books (big books, little books, picture books, no pictures books, even little black books), listening to music (from A to Z and back again) and a variety of other things. So take a minute to browse some of my faves and I hope they become some of yours.

Date & Time by Phil Kaye - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735365
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Published: Button Poetry - September 18th, 2018

Kay is a modern poet dealing with issues such as growing up in a Japanese-Jewish-American household, being the skinny kid, being shy around girls, about love, life and death. He believes every story has beginning, middle and end. But not necessarily in that order; and sets his book up to follow this. His poems show how words are important: words spoken, not spoken, yelled, and overheard. Teens (at least 14) to adult are the best audience for his works. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki - Book Review

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By Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Mariko Tamaki
ISBN: 9781596437746
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Published: First Second - May 6th, 2014

A snap shot of two girls during the summer their innocence is partly-lost, one comes to an understanding of herself and both learn that growing pains take on different forms. The themes, language and situations are realistic. There is some mature language and while no actual sexual scenes are shown, images can be sexual with overtones to having sex and pregnancy. Therefore, this is for mature/strong ages 13 to adult. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250153708
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Published: First Second - July 17th, 2018

This is not your Mother's D&D game! Humor, bad puns, crazy situations, spells, fourth wall breaking and more! Based on the McElroy's podcast, the reader enters a world of a role playing game where things are not always what they seem, but are always interesting. You do not need to be a fan of the game, just a good time (ages 14 up some mature content/langue) ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation by Miles Hyman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780809066506
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Published: Hill and Wang - October 25th, 2016

Created by Jackson’s grandson, Miles Hyman, you see the action of her original text. Full color pieces of art show you what is any town USA. The suspense of the buildup to the drawing of the lottery is seen on the faces of the characters. They capture their glee, fear, boredom, and, later, even their tuning out their humanity. The limited text captures the feeling of Jackson’s story while the illustrations capture the time and place while adding to the meaning of Jackson’s message. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781603094504
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 16th, 2019

Takei tells his story in graphic novel format. The years from early/mid-1940s to today, show Takei a child of the Japanese-American internment camps (or as he calls them, incarceration camps) to present day adult who still fights for equality. History and the present blend together realistically (but not in a graphic manner). Take your time to read the illustrations, as they give elements words cannot. Can be for strong pre-teens, but ages 14 to adult are the audience. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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