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From Colosseum by Sarah Arvio "and all the beauty and the blasphemy. Petals, petals, scattering from the stands where only vestals were allowed to sit, having tended the flame for all of us. Here, I knew, was the empire of my soul showing on my face as I turned to you."

The Ranger by Nancy Vo - Book Review

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781773061283
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 6th, 2019

This starkly beautiful tale reminds us of the intrinsic relationship between humanity and the natural world. More of a fable than a story, the ink and watercolor illustrations imbue it with equal eloquence. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden by Heather Smith - Book Review

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By Heather Smith, Rachel Wada (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781459821033
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - September 17th, 2019

Inspired by a true story, this is a beautiful and moving account of loss, love, grief, and recovery. Steeped in the belief that "words on the wind" have a healing effect, Mr. Hirota sets out to ease the grief of his entire village. A story that will resonate for all ages. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


Life as a Mini Hero by Olivier Tallec - Book Review

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781592702909
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - August 27th, 2019

A very amusing look at the trials and tribulations of what it means to be a mini hero. With an array of characters in various scenarios, it becomes clear that the inner lives of mini heroes is just as whirlwind as their very adorable public personas. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper - Book Review

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By Susan Cooper, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763686987
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Published: Candlewick - October 22nd, 2019

A beautiful ode to the rituals and celebrations passed on through the ages as communities would gather to stave off the dark and to usher in a new year filled with light on the night of the solstice. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever by Matt Tavares - Book Review

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By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781536201376
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Published: Candlewick - September 10th, 2019

A very sweet, beautifully illustrated origin story of how Santa's team of reindeer came to be, all due to the actions of a brave little doe and the one wish she kept in her heart. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


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