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Adjusting to car culture, dealing with leaving a career I loved, and spouting off along the way. Do The Most Good.

Review: FRY BREAD by Kevin Noble Maillard

Author Kevin Noble Maillard approaches this celebration of FRY BREAD with a focus on the senses and the history behind the favorite staple. Born of necessity when native tribes were forcibly moved, able to take little with them, fry bread … Continue reading

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Review: Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer by David Shannon

David Shannon, the author of the beloved “David” books, has created an odd little book about an egg-shaped man who thinks he has discovered a way to fix every problem – a hammer. MR. NOGGINBODY GETS A HAMMER follows our … Continue reading

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Review: Invasion of the Scuttlebots by Mike Lawrence

For this third and final installment of the Star Scouts series, author Mike Lawrence takes on integration, disinformation, and pop music in a funny and adventurous tale of friendship’s ups & downs. INVASION OF THE SCUTTLEBOTS picks up as new … Continue reading

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Review: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a graphic memoir that brings together the conflicting realities of what family can mean. Krosoczka details his childhood and adolescence with brutal honesty, including the neglect, love, disappointment and hope that make life … Continue reading

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Review: Legends of the Sky by Liz Flanagan

LEGENDS OF THE SKY by Liz Flanagan brings us a character who defines “small but fierce” throughout the novel. Titled Dragon Daughter in last year’s British release, readers follow Milla, an 12-year-old orphaned servant girl as she first secretly witnesses … Continue reading

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Review: Rose Coffin by M. P. Kozlowsky

ROSE COFFIN by M. P. Kozlowsky takes Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz and turns it on its head. What starts as a middle grade tale of being bullied runs headlong into an other-worldly adventure for 12-year-old Rose … Continue reading

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Review: Frost Fire by Jamie Smith

FROST FIRE by Jamie Smith is an incredible adventure story filled with perseverance, loss, pain, hope, and the need for bonds on which we can rely. The novel follows Sabira, a girl about to be tested for the honor of … Continue reading

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Review: The Other Side by Juan Pablo Villalobos

THE OTHER SIDE: Stories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the Border by Juan Pablo Villalobos, with translation by Rosalind Harvey, is necessary reading. And for those with a functioning conscience and awareness of how some of the … Continue reading

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Review: Stargazing by Jen Wang

STARGAZING is a heartfelt and beautifully told story of friendship, individuality, independence, and learning from differences. We are introduced to Christine, the main character, at a musical performance where she shows both insecurity in being seen as “not as talented” … Continue reading

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Review: GUTS by Raina Telgemeier

In GUTS, Raina Telgemeier tells the story of her elementary school self to expertly depict how an innocent and common occurrence can spur anxiety that manifests in physical symptoms to become all but debilitating. When 4th Grade Raina catches the stomach … Continue reading

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