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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: HOW TO THEY/THEM by Stuart Getty

In HOW TO THEY/THEM, Stuart Getty has created a “safe space” for folks learning about non-binary pronouns and gender fluidity. This lively and friendly book asks and answers many of the awkward questions and uncomfortable curiosities friends and families of … Continue reading

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Review: The Magical Reality of Nadia by Bassem Youssef and Catherine R. Daly

THE MAGICAL REALITY OF NADIA by Bassem Youssef and Catherine R. Daly is a lot of fun, and it deals with the usual middle grade topics of changing friendships, conflicts and bullying, self-identity, and even group work challenges. All this … Continue reading

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Review: Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence

JUST BE COOL, JENNA SAKAI by Debbi Michiko Florence is a layered, thoughtful, and light exploration of how middle schoolers respond to dramas big (family divorce) and not-so-big (academic competition, friendship changes). This stand-alone follow-up to Keep It Together, Keiko … Continue reading

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Review: In the Same Boat by Holly Green

This YA story is about one teen conquering a 265 mile paddling race called the Texas River Odyssey, but it’s also about relationships, forgiveness, pride, and perseverance. IN THE SAME BOAT is a phrase we’ve heard a lot over the … Continue reading

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All American Pledge

Just your Labor Day reminder that the current Pledge of Allegiance was borne out of a desire to make money off of public education. It’s an American tradition, after all. And the pledge didn’t have “under God” in there until … Continue reading

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Review: The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy

This heartwarming and heartbreaking middle grade novel is honest and layered and true. THE BEST AT IT by first-time author Maulik Pancholy made me laugh out loud (for real, not in the LOL sense) on one page and then gasp … Continue reading

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Review: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

Author Wai Chim’s THE SURPRISING POWER OF A GOOD DUMPLING is a fantastic novel that addresses the typical conflicts and issues in Young Adult stories, but it adds layers that address racism, mental health, family dynamics, the immigrant experience, and … Continue reading

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Review: Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

Leah Johnson’s second YA novel, RISE TO THE SUN, is a summery, dramatic, fun story that weaves serious emotional pain and challenges with a story about friendship, falling in love, and realizing one’s importance in the world. Told via alternating … Continue reading

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Review: Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan

ZARA HOSSAIN IS HERE by Sabina Khan is a well-rounded novel that includes a wide-range of social justice issues including Islamophobia, immigrant issues, homophobia – especially in religious settings, gun violence, xenophobia, and more. Within those larger issues, Khan manages … Continue reading

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Review: RICK by Alex Gino

RICK by Alex Gino is not a continuation of the award-winning GEORGE from a several years ago, but the themes and some characters are consistent. This important novel focuses on Rick, whose best friend heckled and harassed Melissa (the focus … Continue reading

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