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Review: Troublemaker by John Cho

Aimed at middle grade readers, John Cho’s TROUBLEMAKER takes place on the first day of the protests following the acquittal of the police officers who beat Rodney King. The main character, Jordan Park, is a first-generation Korean-American. In one of … Continue reading

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Review: FELLOWSHIP POINT by Alice Elliott Dark

Just in time to help summer reading feel substantial, Alice Elliott Dark’s FELLOWSHIP POINT arrives on July 5, 2022 with its 600 pages to satisfy your literature cravings. The novel follows two lifelong friends, Agnes and Polly, through heartbreak, love, … Continue reading

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Review: Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy

HUDA F ARE YOU is a graphic memoir (albeit fictionalized) by Huda Fahmy that tackles identity, teen angst, family expectations, and friendship with earnest humor and empathetic introspection. With deeply moving scenes around self-doubt, fitting in, and the love between … Continue reading

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Review: WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? (2015) is a love letter to all Nina Simone accomplished and all she wanted to be and all she had to leave to the side. It also lifts the veil of idolatry that so many mythic … Continue reading

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Review: The Stories Behind the Stories by Danielle Higley

THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES by Danielle Higley delves into how some of our favorite classics came to be. Whether they were sparked by an author’s childhood or by a publisher’s desire to give teachers more science stories, each example … Continue reading

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Review: Swimming with Sharks (Wild Survival)

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS by Melissa Cristina Márquez is the #2 book in the Wild Survival series. As a stand alone story, readers do not need to have read the first book to enjoy this adventure. The Villalobos family has a … Continue reading

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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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