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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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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: FOCUSED by Alyson Gerber

My 10-year-old read this before I did, and she told me I MUST READ IT. So I dutifully picked up Alyson Gerber’s FOCUSED, and read it. My 10-year-old gives good advice. The novel, aimed at 8-12 year olds, follows Clea, … Continue reading

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Review: For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington

Makeda June Kirkland, “Keda,” is an 11-year-old transracial adoptee (she is Black, her parents and sister are white) whose family moves across the country and far away from her home, her school, and her best friend. That disruption would be … Continue reading

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Review: The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner

Heather Kassner’s debut novel, THE BONE GARDEN, is a creepy, eerie, hopeful read that includes themes of identity, perseverance, friendship, and courage wrapped in the horror of fairy tales before Disney cleaned them up. Kassner’s dedication is to her “gram, … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Reading Workout

I love when I see my exact thoughts echoed in the wild. In this case, “The Wild” is Watchung Booksellers, and the sentiment is obvious. In case you missed my latest reading recommendations, click here. And #ReadMore!

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