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Eleanor & Park

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

It's evident that Eleanor doesn't fit in from the moment she steps on the school bus and while Park know it's social suicide to share his seat with her, he does anyway. This small gesture grows to sharing music, comic books, and kisses. Park is Eleanor's escape from her home, from the struggle that is living in a poor, abused family. Park's life isn't perfect, but seen through Eleanor's eyes, it's more than anyone could hope for. These realistic details rocket Rainbow Rowell's book from a beautiful story of love to one that considers heartbreaking realities; the result is stunning. Rainbow Rowell's novel will have readers sobbing as they press the book into their best friend's hands. Remember when we told you you'd love The Fault in Our Stars? This is what you need to read next. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

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By Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250056948
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Published: Square Fish - March 31st, 2015

Translating a book to another medium is always difficult, but Hope Larson's graphic novelization of A Wrinkle in Time retains most of the scenes and dialog. Black and white illustrations are given added depth with the use of a pale blue. I was intrigued by the way Faith highlights Meg's emotional arc in her adaptation. But no matter who you are, you're sure to find a plot, character or mood detail interpreted in a way you'd never considered and it is this that makes the adaptation worth reading. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


The Adventures of Superhero Girl

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781616550844
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Dark Horse Comics - February 26th, 2013

Remember when you had a terrible day at school and you'd spent the hours before dinner reading Calvin and Hobbes to feel a bit better? (What do I mean remember, this totally still happens.) Anyway, now that the time between work and dinner is much shorter, just a few pages of the Adventures of Superhero Girl are what you need. It's good, smart, fun and watching Faith's interpretation of a 20-something superhero with money and dating issues makes your own issues look a bit more manageable. Added bonus? Readers who've loved Zita the Spacegirl will have Superhero Girl waiting when they become teenagers! ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


The Quiet Place

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By Sarah Stewart, David Small (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780374325657
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 18th, 2012

We all remember our first refrigerator box. In The Quiet Place, Isabel uses the boxes left over from birthday presents to build a quiet place all her own, one that provides security and a way to capture her old home in Mexico. As Isabel learns English and gains friends, growing more secure in her new environment, her quiet place mirrors the change, accepting friends and neighbors and their joyous singing. Young children will recognize Isabel's need to create her own space while older children will glimpse the larger implications of being a new immigrant in the 1950s. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


The Cute Girl Network

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By MK Reed, Greg Means, Joe Flood (Illustrator)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781596437517
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Published: First Second - November 12th, 2013

When Jane, a cute skater girl new to the city, falls off her skateboard in front of Jack, Jack helps her up, and asks her out. When Jane's roommate hears about Jack, she puts out a call on the Cute Girls' Network, a phone tree of young women in the city who warn others about "undateable" guys. Despite pressure from her roommate to dump Jack, it's ultimately up to Jane to decide what to do. In the end, Jane and Jack make a reasonable, and very adult decision one would be happy to put into any teenager's hands. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


Mouse Bird Snake Wolf

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By David Almond, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763659127
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Published: Candlewick - May 14th, 2013

In a new world a bit like ours, three children use sticks and grass and clay to make creatures much as the gods do above them. But instead of stopping to rest like the gods, two fo the children create wolf, which quickly gobbles them up..... Almond's story feels like a classic creation tale, with all the light and darkness, innocence and experience you might expect. The tale is timeless and McKean's illustrations capture the full range and scope of the story. A dark and timeless tale at once cautionary and inspiring. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


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