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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.

The Girl from the Sea by Molly Ostertag

Molly Ostertag’s THE GIRL FROM THE SEA brings together both fantastical and very real emotions and events in a graphic novel that addresses first love, hiding one’s true self from friends and family, and coming-of-age. The fantastical arrives in the … Continue reading

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Review: GEORGE by Alex Gino

Reading Alex Gino’s GEORGE is such a complete and loving gift. George* is a 4th grade girl who struggles with figuring out how to let her family and friends know she’s not the boy they all think she is. From … Continue reading

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Review: Sisters of the War by Rania Abouzeid

SISTERS OF THE WAR by Rania Abouzeid is a non-fiction narrative about the horrific tragedies in Syria. It focuses on two girls, Ruha and Hanin, and their families who experience deep loss and painful experiences over years of war and … Continue reading

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A Place to Rest on The Walk Home

Soon after moving to Montclair, I vowed to continue the “walking culture” that I had leaned on in Brooklyn. Walking to errands, walking to say hello to neighbors, walking to pick up a slice of pizza, walking to get fresh … Continue reading

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The Do-Over by Jennifer Honeybourn

I’ll admit that my first impression was that THE DO-OVER by Jennifer Honeybourn was a Young Adult retread of Sliding Doors or Freaky Friday or Big or 13 Going on 30…but I’m really glad I didn’t pass it over in … Continue reading

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Perfect Weekend Read: A Glimmer of Death by Valerie Wilson Wesley

The world is A LOT these days. Always? Sometimes when the world is rough, we want books that are more gentle, but not too fluffy. Prolific author Valerie Wilson Wesley’s new novel is exactly that. Her first book in the … Continue reading

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Wishes by Mượn Thị Văn

The picture book WISHES by Mượn Thị Văn is one of those books that I want to give to every family and teacher I know. Built on the author’s deeply personal memories, its themes of loss, perseverance, and hope will … Continue reading

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Meow or Never by Jazz Taylor

MEOW OR NEVER by Jazz Taylor is much more hefty on the issues than the cover makes it seem. What looks like a simple middle grade novel about a secret pet and a secret crush rustles up topics centered on … Continue reading

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A Thousand White Butterflies by Jessica Bentancourt-Perez and Karen Lynn Williams

A THOUSAND WHITE BUTTERFLIES by Jessica Betancourt-Perez and Karen Lynn Williams is a first day of school story with a twist. Isabella has recently immigrated to the USA from Colombia with her mother and grandmother; her father is still in … Continue reading

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Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena

HUNTED BY THE SKY by Tanaz Bhathena grabs hold of its audience and refuses to let go. This extremely action-packed Young Adult (YA) novel begins with violence and turmoil, and the events cascade with abandon from there. Gul, one of … Continue reading

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