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Jeanette - Special Orders in Manchester

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.

Little Victories: Autism Through a Father's Eyes by Yvon Roy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781787732308
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Published: Titan Comics - May 25th, 2021

This is one father's story of how he and his son grew together. His son Oliver has a form of autism that many of the stereotypes we associate with it are presented. However, he also has his own unique needs and challenges. There are the realistic feelings (from dealing with the diagnosis of his son, the breakup of his marriage, and finding “me” time) of our narrator, Mark, shown on every page. This is not a technical book on autism, or a "one true wayism" read, but just one man and what happened. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Our Subway Baby by Peter Mercurio - Book Review

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By Peter Mercurio, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525427544
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Published: Dial Books - September 15th, 2020

Our Subway Baby is an adorable story of how Peter Mercurio and his partner literally found and adopted a baby. Mercurio shows how every family can look different, but no matter how fast/slow or quick/hard it might be to become one, a family can make it where there is loved. Based on a true story. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Extraordinary Albert by Bonnie Grubman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781605375922
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Published: Clavis - March 23rd, 2021

This is a story about being different and then about finding that special something that only one can do because of this uniqueness. Of course, it takes a little for our hero, Albert, to appreciate this feature (one his parents always thought was as perfect as the rest of him) and the journey that is taken is as sweet as the adorable illustrations that tie the book together. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Boy in the Orange Cape by Adam Ciccio - Book Review

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By Adam Ciccio, Emmanuel Volant (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781605375991
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Published: Clavis - March 16th, 2021

Ciccio created a cute story about being yourself because that "something" about you shows someone how you love them. Our boy, Corey, is bullied and teased by his classmates, but when they learn the why of the cape wearing (despite the biggest bully, Billy, always taking it) you see how brave Corey really is. A classic feeling with modern sentiments, this adorably illustrated book is a must have for your shelves. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062970428
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 4th, 2021

This cute book about a little girl overcoming her fears is a familiar story with a modern take. The fear of climbing the big tree in her backyard is center, but our gal Marisol is a relatable, imaginative character who must face several fears and worries. We also see her dealing with siblings, her family dynamics, bullies, and a best friend who is just the best. Based on Kelly’s life, ages 7 to 10 (and of course, adults) can enjoy. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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