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Crabapple Trouble by Kaeti Vandorn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593125267
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Published: Random House Graphic - August 11th, 2020

Our crabapple friend, Callaway, wants to do her best for the upcoming festival the fairies are putting on. But her worries are always getting in the way. With her new friend, Thistle (a fairy who does not always get it right, but tries), Callaway learns how she can do her best, take care of her worries and be a part of the festival. A cute and modern story about dealing with our worries, friendship and so much more. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Ellie Makes a Friend by Mike Wu - Book Review

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By Mike Wu, Mike Wu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781368010009
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 7th, 2020

Ping is a new animal in the zoo. And at first Ellie is excited to meet them, but soon sees that the other animals are gushing over Ping’s unique painting style. Ellie starts to worry that maybe her paintings are not as good. Ping tries to make friends with Ellie, but Ellie is convinced the zoo is only big enough for one artist. Or is it? A sweet story about being envious and worrying about one’s own talent. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Stepping Stones (Peapod Farm) by Lucy Knisley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984896841
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Published: Random House Graphic - May 5th, 2020

Based loosely on the author's experience as an only child of divorced parents whose mother found her a couple of “stepsisters,” this fiction graphic novel is a realistic look at coming of age in a place you feel you have no business being in. Jen must not only deal with some funky chickens and their weird habits, she must deal with Walter (her mothers’ boyfriend), her mother’s deer-eaten garden, the Farmers Market and two new “sisters” (Walter’s girls) every weekend. Typical issues happen (Jen has issues with math, she and Andy butt heads, Walter insists on calling her Jenny, even her mom seems to be against her). The insecurities we all tend to face at least once comes to light in this heavily illustrated, brightly colored, perfectly detailed book for ages 10 to 14. One could even go as young as 8 or 9 due to the fact there is “drama” but not "teen drama." ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Suncatcher by Jose Pimienta - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593124819
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Published: Random House Graphic - May 19th, 2020

Beatriz’s beloved grandfather has died. Soon after, she starts to hear his voice come from his guitar, asking her to finish the song he never was able to finish. His “killer” song. But as Beatriz’s obsession goes deeper, as she pulls away from her friends, one starts to wonder is this song literally the thing that will kill Beatriz? A beautiful, dark story of the obsession of perfection; of music and of life. Yet, there is hope at the end of it all, too. For ages 14 and up, with heavy adult crossover appeal. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird's Amazing Journey by Robert Burleigh - Book Review

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By Robert Burleigh, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627793698
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 14th, 2020

An accessible for multiple ages and levels picture book that was a nonfiction/fiction story. You learn about the hummingbird in easy, but not simple, text in a way that is exciting. There are facts, but not present as a textbook is likely to do. Your child (ages a strong 5 to about lower 8 years-old) will love following the journey this tiny bird makes from New England, over the Gulf of Mexico and finally to its winter home. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor - Book Review

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By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062878007
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

"Cabbage bound! I'm cabbage bound! Head in the clouds, foot on the ground." And boy is Snail ever! Nothing will stop them from getting those cabbages: not cars, crows or antsy ants. A funny scene about making friends a not seen twist makes this a fun new story about determination and friendship. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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