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Stargazing by Jen Wang - Book Review

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By Jen Wang, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250183880
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2019

This is a simple, realistic and just overall nice story about friendship. The authors afterwards detailing their own experience was a surprising, but welcomed, touch. And while it is a graphic novel, it reads like a novel. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Ophelia by Charlotte Gingras - Book Review

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By Charlotte Gingras, Daniel Sylvestre (Illustrator), Christelle Morelli (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781773060996
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Published: Groundwood Books - March 6th, 2018

Gingras brings out emotions of love, hate, disgust and so much more in this translation of her book. You will root for and even against our heroine Ophelia. You will love the language of the text and cringe at what is going on around the characters. Ophelia is a typical teen who is learning, growing, trying to hide and trying to find herself. The art work adds to the emotional tugging due to the graffiti like images, the realism and absolute surreal-abstractness all rolled into one. Sylvestre compliments the sometimes sensual and sometimes crude text with equally sensual and crude art. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots by Margarita Engle - Book Review

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By Margarita Engle, Rudy Gutierrez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534409439
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 8th, 2018

Get out your drapes and start to jump, leap and swing to the beat! Mexican-American born sisters, 16-year-old Marisela and 14-year-old Lorena just want to dance after a long day working in the cannery. Their 12-year-old brother, Ray (also born in the States, as was their father), chaperones them as their older brother is fighting overseas. As prejudices start to boil over, the same sailors that danced with the girls (girls of Mexican, Cuban, even Chinese heritage) want to show that “uppity Cuban musician” (16-year-old Manolito of Cuba) and the “uppity Zoot-suit wearing Gangsters” (like Ray) a lesson. What would be known as the Zoot Suit Riots (but as the girls point out should have been known as Sailor Riots) explodes with violence, humiliation and arrests of the wrong people. This tells of a probably little-known piece of history, but one that was told throughout the country in various forms. Pieces of historical, music and even a bit of Mexican and Cuban heritage is given as the girls and Ray grow during the years of WW2 in California. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781452159591
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 30th, 2019

This is completely and totally anti-establishment. DO NOT BE A MARSHMALLOW! Do not stand in straight lines! Do not be squishy! Be free! Do you own thing! Breath fire! (And why not? marshmallows and fire a great combination….) And those darn cute illustrations of marshmallows with faces, marshmallow babies being squished between parent marshmallows, marshmallows looking like acorns hanging from trees, flying marshmallows, and even marshmallows playing soccer are a delightful to the eyes. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Saints (Boxers & Saints #2) by Gene Luen Yang - Book Review

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By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator), Lark Pien (Inked or colored by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781596436893
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

Saints is the second book in the two book graphic series, Boxer & Saints While it is shorter than Boxers, it still packs a lot of story. We see how Four-Girl (later Vibiana), the unwanted fourth-girl of her family, defies the odds by living and dealing with a strict, old-school Chinese family ruled by her Grandfather. We even see how her story connects with Boa’s in Boxers. A tie-in with Joan of Arc brings this story into the Christian story of the Boxer Rebellion. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Book in the Book in the Book by Julien Baer - Book Review

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By Julien Baer, Simon Bailly (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780823442430
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Published: Holiday House - January 8th, 2019

When Thomas wanders off while spending a day on the beach with his family, he finds a book about a boy named Thomas who is having a day on the wintery slopes. He too, wanders off and finds a book about a boy named Thomas who is a having a day out in outer space.... How long will this go? And will Thomas get back to his family? Like the story itself, the illustrations are an imaginative adventure. They bring to life a familiar tale, with some unfamiliar elements. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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