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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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Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU is Kristina Forest’s second YA novel, and it is a lively and enjoyable read appropriate for ages 12 and up. The novel follows Evie, an 18-year-old budding actor on the verge of stardom when a … Continue reading

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Review: Quintessence by Jess Redman

This lovely novel mixes fantasy with science lessons and friendship with quests to create a story that middle grade readers will find both comforting and inspiring. QUINTESSENCE, by Jess Redman, centers on Alma, a recently transplanted 12-year-old, as she navigates … Continue reading

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Review: Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Lush, detailed, and pointedly aware of social and political influences, DARK AND DEEPEST RED by Anna-Marie McLemore is a wonderful novel for strong middle-grade and young adult readers. The world-building, character development, and emphasis on relationships is wonderfully detailed and … Continue reading

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Review: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

I enjoyed this novel. I cringed through this novel. I related to several characters in this novel. I was repelled by several characters in this novel. And yes, there was overlap to all those feelings. SUCH A FUN AGE by … Continue reading

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Review: Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

GHOST SQUAD by Claribel A. Ortega is a ghostly adventure book that centers girl-power, friendship, the power of family legacy and connection, and conquering fears – both large and small. Ortega has created main characters in Lucely and Syd who … Continue reading

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Review: Aster and the Accidental Magic by Thom Pico

ASTER AND THE ACCIDENTAL MAGIC by Thom Pico and illustrated by Karensac is a fanciful, plucky graphic novel. Aster, the main character, is a likable protagonist whose rambles through adventures ensures readers will pay attention. Laced with magical villains and … Continue reading

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Review: BLACK GIRL UNLIMITED by Echo Brown

BLACK GIRL UNLIMITED by Echo Brown is a tremendous, transporting read. It’s difficult and poetic and immersive. Brown leans heavily on autobiographical content, but the magical realism gives permission to readers to lose themselves in the story without feeling sorry … 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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