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Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Le - Book Review

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By Minh Le, Andie Tong (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401283551
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Published: DC Comics - January 21st, 2020

This is a story that any Green Lantern would have to face: the battle a Green Lantern must face while they still are facing their fear of failure, wondering if they are good enough and why does everyone think they need a babysitter? (Okay, that last part is probably just 13-year-old Tai Pham). Bad puns, a strong support system for the newest (and possibly youngest Green Lantern). There are secrets with twist and turn on every page. While age appropriate, the illustrations are superhero gritty. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316486019
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

This is an interesting, longer graphic novel of gender identity, family and politics. While heavy on the art, the text showing a political coup and finding yourself and strengths unfolds smoothly. Hawke and his twin Grayson must hide in the Communion of the Blue or else, but is safe good enough when their cousin has usurped their grandfathers’ line? Magic and realism blend together in a good new middle reader. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626720794
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Published: First Second - March 17th, 2020

This book is about basketball and life, too. It is about one extremely special high school team. We see their struggles and how they solve them (or do not solve as the case might be). There is the present, history and the stories of the people you see walk onto the pages. Yang shows how growth happens even with adults, he shows the good and bad, he shows how he struggles to balance being an author/illustrator, father and teacher. He presents everything interestingly and realistically. He shows life. You do not have to like basketball to enjoy this book, you just need to like a good, strong story with some amazing artwork. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Chirp by Kate Messner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781547602810
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - February 4th, 2020

Mia and her parents move back to Vermont after several years living in Boston to help her grandmother with the family farm. Only this is not your typical farm. It is a cricket farm. And Mia’s parents think it is time for Grandmother to sell, especially after her recent stroke. But Mia is devastated to think anything is wrong with her beloved grandmother, but when odd coincidences start happening, Grandma thinks sabotage. Has she lost her mind or is there something afoot? Mia and her new friends start to sleuth about to find out who is responsible. Can Mia help her grandmother before it is too late? And can Mia be any real help when she is hiding her own secrets? (Ages 10 14, some mature themes, but handled respectfully and accessible to all readers.) ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

InvestiGators by John Patrick Green - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250219954
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Published: First Second - February 25th, 2020

Our cracked, uh crack team of InvestiGators, Mango and Brash have mysteries to solve! They must find a missing chef and who stole the scientists Thingamabob. Are the two crimes connected? Who is the person (who wears a raincoat on a sunny day) ordering a cake large enough to hide a dinosaur in? Is the big stove or medium stove missing? And who gets to wear the mustache? With their V.E.S.T’s (Very Exciting Spy Technology) given to them by S.U.I.T. (Special Undercover Investigation Teams) they (and us) will learn this and more. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Donut the Destroyer by Sarah Graley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338541922
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Published: Graphix - June 2nd, 2020

Are you ready for Donut (first name) The (middle name) Destroyer (last name)? This super strength-wielding girl is packed to the top with goodness! Little old Ladies are saved from demons! Libraries saved from chaos! Going to bed early and up early shows character! If only her parents could understand her desire to be who she knows she was meant to be: a hero! But when your parents are the most wanted villains in your land, what is a poor girl to do? And sometimes even doing the right thing, is not so easy as it seems. Kid-jokes fill this aged 8 to 13 graphic novel. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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