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BRAVER by Suzanne Selfors and Walker Ranson

BRAVER: A Wombat’s Tale by Suzanne Selfors and Walker Ranson is a misfit hero adventure featuring wombats, swamp rats, and a baby penguin named Blue. Even the villainous Tasmanian devils include misfits who work for the side of good. The … 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: Dung for Dinner by Christine Virnig

With gleeful and mischievous joy, Dr. Christine Virnig takes readers of DUNG FOR DINNER on a wild ride of poop, pee, vomit and secretions used in disgusting and “stomach-churning” — but useful! — ways throughout human history. This repulsive book … 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: TAYLOR BEFORE AND AFTER by Jennie Englund

TAYLOR BEFORE AND AFTER by Jennie Englund explores the world of adolescence complicated by school drama, family challenges, and a tragic accident that turns Taylor’s 8th grade world upside down. With nods to mean girl bullying, depression, drug addiction, class … 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: 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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Review: All of Me by Chris Baron

ALL OF ME by Chris Baron is the wrenchingly honest and raw story of Ari, a gentle, sensitive, Jewish boy who is also fat. More than a coming-of-age story, All of Me is a “becoming yourself” story. The gentle arc of Ari’s … Continue reading

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Review: Freefall Summer by Tracy Barrett

FREEFALL SUMMER by Tracy Barrett is a coming-of-age novel that addresses an overprotective father and boyfriend (dare we use patriarchal?) who seem to have “good reasons,” but their behavior has the same effects as any other confining actions, no matter … Continue reading

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