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The Winner's Curse

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ISBN: 9780374384678
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 4th, 2014

The daughter of the Empire's finest general, Kestrel is expected to join the military when she comes of age. Her only other option is to get married. But Kestrel is more in love with her music than anything else. That is until she purchases a slave. Rutkoski has crafted an intricate world in which lives and freedoms hang in a delicate balance- a balance that's certain to result in a fall. Fans of Kristin Cashore and Tamora Piece will fly through this romantic fantasy and cry for a sequel. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


The Runaway Hug

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By Nick Bland, Freya Blackwood (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780449818251
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 24th, 2013

A beautiful bedtime book of sharing love with the entire family, and taking a moment to appreciate every family member. Blackwood's illustrations have a quiet exuberance perfectly suited to the text. Simply lovely. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


Maybe One Day

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ISBN: 9780062279217
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Published: HarperTeen - January 20th, 2015

When best friends Zoe and Olivia are cut from the New York Ballet Corps, Zoe feels lost. Her only anchor is Olivia. But when Olivia is diagnosed with cancer, Zoe will have to be the one supporting her. The powerful story of a strong friendship between two young women that will make you laugh and break your heart. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


The Shadow Hero

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By Gene Luen Yang, Sonny Liew (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596436978
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Published: First Second - July 15th, 2014

In the 1940s, the first Asian American superhero appeared, the Green Turtle. Yang revives this hero with his original creation story- complete with gangs and gods. The thrilling story is supplemented by back matter on the original Green Turtle, as well as one of his original adventures, making it a superhero comic even suspicious teachers can appreciate. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


Firefly July and Other Very Short Poems

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By Paul B. Janeczko, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763648428
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Published: Candlewick - March 11th, 2014

Observe and experience the seasons in these short poems. Each poem is the perfect length to quickly taste, or to savor all day. Sweet's colorful, layered illustrations move from country to city, inside to outside. A lovely addition to any book collection- whether in your home or classroom. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


Vegan Eats World

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$22.50
ISBN: 9780738217444
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - April 8th, 2014

An awesome cookbook for anyone who wants to make tasty (and healthy) food from around the world. I've been looking for a good Pad Thai recipe for years and this one is scrumptious. The icons for gluten-free and soy free are helpful when cooking for people with dietary restrictions and the easy and inexpensive icons will help even beginners find a good recipe. A fabulous book for any vegan's shelf, even carnivores will find recipes to love. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


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