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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition) by Jesse Andrews - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419719608
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 21st, 2015

A typical teen story with humor, caring, really bad home-made movies, selfishness, family dynamics (no matter how crazy they are), friendship and even some homework. There is not a lot of traditional action, because it is more about Greg (or “Me”) telling about the few months he had to befriend Rachel (“Dying Girl”) because once they were friends in Hebrew school and now that she's dying their mothers think it is a good idea. And Earl? Well, he’s just Earl who does not have a lot to say, but when he does, it is a punch in the gut. Sometimes, literally. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Migrant Shores: Irish, Moroccan and Galician Poetry by Manuela Palacios - Book Review

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By Manuela Palacios (Editor), Hachemi Mokrane (Contribution by)
$21.00
ISBN: 9781910669969
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Published: Salmon Poetry - January 15th, 2018

Each poem is graceful, lumpy, impossible to understand and easy to read. Like all poetry, you get out of it what you put into it. With a sophisticated theme and language this is not for the casual poetry reader and even a more experienced reader might find it challenging but ultimately rewarding. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Hummingbird by Nicola Davies - Book Review

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By Nicola Davies, Jane Ray (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781536205381
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Published: Candlewick - May 7th, 2019

Davies beautifully blends a story and hummingbird facts seamlessly. You see how a bird (that is born in an egg the size of half a walnut shell) can fly from the southern hemisphere all the way to the Canadian border. We see how a hummingbird lands in the garden of a grandmother and her granddaughter and finds its way to New York and in a full-circle finds that little girl again. Through people and places the story unfolds as we learn about a bird that we usually only think of as “just pretty.” And, we learn stories about the people encountered along the way. Fantastically amazing illustrations that are frameable artwork. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Stargazing by Jen Wang - Book Review

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By Jen Wang, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
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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)
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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)
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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


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