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Cat & Cat Adventures: The Quest for Snacks by Susie Yi - Book Review

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By Susie Yi, Susie Yi (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780063083806
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Published: HarperAlley - September 7th, 2021

This first in a new young graphic novel series follows the adventures of two magical cat besties, Squash and Ginny, who accidentally get sent on a journey that turns into an adventure about friendship, having fun, using your strengths, and using both passion and logic to solve problems. When they run out of snacks one day, they decide to make a potion that will give them more. But they are out of ingredients. And when they accidentally start their journey by a mistake Ginny made, they find themselves in magical worlds where they run into adventures and make friends along the way. But will they be able to gather all the ingredients and find a way home? ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen - Book Review

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By Bree Paulsen, Bree Paulsen (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062995087
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 28th, 2021

When Garlic, her fruit and vegetable friends and Witch Agnes see smoke coming from the (they thought) abandoned castle, their imaginations run wild. And when Witch Agnes learns there is a vampire now living there, the theories of why the vampire is there and what he plans on doing move faster than water downstream! When Celery “volunteers” Garlic to find out what is going on, she must overcome her fears, but also must act because she loves her family and the people of the village. What will a poor little Garlic (who just wants to take naps, be with her friend Carrot, and help at the market) do? The illustrations make you feel like you are in a European village when vampires, witches and sentient vegetables and fruits lived (mostly) in harmony.
Paulsen created an adorable story about a plucky little garlic who has more courage than she realizes and a message about not judging a book by its cover. There is an atmosphere of old world, classic tale to the story, along with a hearty dose of modern sensibilities. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Tidesong by Wendy Xu - Book Review

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By Wendy Xu, Wendy Xu (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062955791
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Published: Quill Tree Books - November 16th, 2021

The adventures Sophie, her cousin Sage, and Great-Aunt Lan, along with a lost dragon named Lir, take is a magical journey into the world of friendship and the true meaning of family and responsibilities. Delightful art tops this story of human and dragon. Ages 10 to adult can enjoy this delightful gem. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Shark Summer by Ira Marcks - Book Review

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780316461443
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 25th, 2021

This is a friendship story, a family story and more for the 10- to 13-year-old. There are mysteries, broken friendships, broken bones, and a Hollywood movie being made with a shark called Bruce (calling Captain Quint). Things are bumpy but that is ok. Life is bumpy. When reality and movie magic fantasy come to this Scooby Gangs Island, a lot is unmasked, and healing can start. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Book Buddies: Ivy Lost and Found by Cynthia Lord - Book Review

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By Cynthia Lord, Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781536213546
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Published: Candlewick - September 28th, 2021

This classic theme and old school toned, and accessible to a contemporary audience, the book contains the story of Ivy. This is a sweet tale of friendship, adventures and changes. Ivy, a doll given to Anne on her birthday, was a favorite toy with lots of muddy and fun times. That is until Anne, like all children, grew up and put dolls away. Yet, when Anne is an adult, she finds Ivy again. This allows her to meet a girl named Fern, her step-siblings and new toy friends at the library as a Book Buddy (a toy checked out of the library) where new adventures and lessons are held. (Ages 6 to 9 best suited for, but also a fun read aloud). ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Why Is Everybody Yelling?: Growing Up in My Immigrant Family by Marisabina Russo - Book Review

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780374303839
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 26th, 2021

Our narrator, Cookie, is "the lucky one" of her family: born in the US after the Holocaust, and not having to deal with the issues of the past. But she has new problems: dealing with being Catholic in her converted-to-Catholicism-mother's Jewish family. Not really knowing her father and yet, still trying to gain his love. Having to live in the shadow of two loving, but much older half-brothers with baggage of their own. And of course, there is her mother who loves Cookie, but who is also greatly overprotective. Trying to find yourself was never more interesting or odd to read about. Marisabina Russo also created delightful illustrations that capture the spirit of the text. Family photographs and a “wrap up” of what happened to our cast of characters is included. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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