Category Archives: Review

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong is a novel, but I had to remind myself that it was not autobiography or memoir again and again. The raw depth of Vuong’s honest language is gutting; I read it in … Continue reading

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The Runaway Princess by Johan Troianowski

THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS by Johan Troianowski is whimsical, includes echoes of Tintin, consistently and beautifully employs vibrant colors, and has a fearless main character in Princess Robin, the titular princess. The book is made up of three separate tales featuring inventive … Continue reading

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Review: All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL by Nadine Jolie Courtney is a remarkable young adult novel that centers on a girl exploring her identity as a Muslim in the midst of family, peer, and religious influences. The first-person narrative allows us to follow Allie … Continue reading

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Review: GIRLS LIKE US by Randi Pink

These days, despite the very real threats to women’s bodily autonomy throughout the USA, both current, as depicted in Dawn Porter’s TRAPPED, and anticipated, as a multitude of court cases approach the newly conservative-leaning SCOTUS, many women don’t truly believe … Continue reading

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Review: The Midwinter Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag

THE MIDWINTER WITCH is the third and final book of the adventures that includes The Witch Boy and The Hidden Witch.  A wonderful twist on traditional middle grade themes of identity, conflicts with family and friends, and solidifying values and … Continue reading

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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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