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Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho - Book Review

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By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915627
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

Most people can relate to the journey the narrator takes us on when she shows us how she looks like her family and how they look like her. She shows the interactions she has with them (the scene with her little sister dancing is one many a sibling has probably been part of). The art makes the words come to life. Descriptions like “glow like warm tea” and “crinkle into crescent moons” are more alive when seen in the bold, bright, beyond detailed story. Diversity is celebrated poetically. All ages can enjoy this amazing new picture book. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Ana on the Edge by A. J. Sass - Book Review

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316458610
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2020

Ana (and the reader) learn about gender. How some people are born “their gender.” Others are born into the “wrong” one. And how some people are neither. Or both. Also while Ana is learning about their own identity, they are learning what it means to be a friend: how to be one and have to have them. Aimed at ages 10 to 14, but adults can enjoy this relatable journey as well. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Arlo & Pips: King of the Birds by Elise Gravel - Book Review

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By Elise Gravel, Elise Gravel (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062982223
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Published: HarperAlley - October 6th, 2020

Do you want to have fun while learning about crows? Then, I cannot recommend Arlo & Pips: Kings of the Birds enough. Done in story format, we have two birds (Arlo the crow and one little yellow bird who goes by Pips) who meet one day. After a lot of bragging by Arlo, Pips learns this is one of the traits of crows. Pips and the reader learn other fun facts about crows (such as the loving of shiny objects, how smart and clever crows are, that they are “good singers” and so much more). These two unlikely friends have an adventure, teach about crows and has clarifying statements when certain claims are made (such as how crows (and this reviewer) really like shiny objects). ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


She Wanted to Be Haunted by Marcus Ewert - Book Review

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By Marcus Ewert, Susie Ghahremani (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681197913
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - July 7th, 2020

Clarisa, an adorable pink cottage, wants to be haunted. Her parents are haunted and her mother even has a witch living in her. So why not Clarisa? But everything she does makes her even cuter and more adorable. That is, until a new friend comes on the scene. Can Clarrisa finally get her wish? Or is she stuck with being too cute forever!?! Hilarious story about what we want is not always what we need. If you know a quirky, not so traditional child (or adult) this is the treat for them! ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


School for Extraterrestrial Girls #1: Girl on Fire by Jeremy Whitley - Book Review

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By Jeremy Whitley, Jamie Noguchi (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781545804933
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Published: Papercutz - August 4th, 2020

Tara Smith has lived her whole life not fitting in with her classmates, books are her friends, she has a strict schedule she sticks to and knows she is bound for bigger things. During a fluke accident the bracelet that she wears is damaged and that’s when things start to get exciting. After all, not every day you see a classmate spontaneously combust. Waking up in an underground school for aliens (which she learns, she is one) Tara finally thinks school will be easy. After all she will finally fit in. Right? Not so much. The hilarity ensues with best friend and roommate misunderstandings, a Russian-sounding-cat who loves teen dramas and teachers that still assign tons of homework. You will find humor, adventure, mystery, relatable characters and themes of coming-of-age while learning to accept who you are. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Times I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes - Book Review

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781982147105
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Published: Scribner - October 6th, 2020

This is less of a coming out story and more of a "coming into yourself" story. Crewes narrates their story in simple, but detailed illustrations and text. The reader is taken on their own journey of learning who we are really meant to be while Crewes takes their own. There is a charm and story that will be relatable to almost everyone who has wondered about “the times they knew” about themselves. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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