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YA Book Review and Giveaway: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley Set in 1959 Virginia, this unforgettable novel tells the story of Sarah Dunbar, a member of the first group of African American students to integrate her town’s public high school. Extremely bright and ambitious, Sarah faces numerous threats, … Continue reading

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MG Novel: Nest by Esther Ehrlich

Nest by Esther Ehrlich Nest by Esther Ehrlich is a literary upper middle grade to lower YA novel (read: “tween novel”) about a young girl named Naomi, or “Chirp,” living in 1970s Cape Cod and what happens to her family … Continue reading

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YA Book Review: Love Edy by Shewanda Pugh

Love Edy by Shewanda Pugh When the author emailed me asking if I’d review this book, I was excited to see an African American girl on the cover, but was more than a little worried about the genre–I don’t typically enjoy … Continue reading

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Picture Book Recommendation: Grandma and the Great Gourd by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale Retold by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters This is a retelling of a traditional folktale about a crafty grandma who uses a giant gourd to outwit the wild jungle animals who … Continue reading

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Princess Book Recommendation: The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke

The Princess Knight  by Cornelia Funke  (Author), Kerstin Meyer (Illustrator) I chose this book after looking for some alternative princess stories for my princess-obsessed pre-schooler monkey. Princess Violetta has grown up with several older brothers and when she is unable to match them in … Continue reading

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Picture Book Review: Marshmallows Galore by Donna Mae

 Marshmallows Galore by Donna Mae (Author), Brandon Fall (Illustrator) This is one the better self-published picture books I’ve received to review so far. The story is about what one boy does when giant marshmallows rain from the sky. Pre-schooler Monkey’s reaction: P.M. was drawn … Continue reading

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YA Book Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now is a new romantic scifi from Ann Brashares, bestselling author of the beloved Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series. As soon as I started reading this book, I was drawn into the story. The premise is reminiscent … Continue reading

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YA Book Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski A fun, quick, compelling read by Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras & Broomsticks. This book is about a homeroom class of high schoolers who end up developing telepathic powers from a bad … Continue reading

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YA Book Review: Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis

Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis Publication date: April 1, 2014 Moon at Nine is a poignant and powerful story about a bookish, strong-willed fifteen year old girl named Farrin who falls in love with Sadira, a new girl at school … Continue reading

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YA Book Recommendation: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski Read it slowly, and savor every last drop. Yes, it’s as good as everyone else says. No, they aren’t overselling it. (Fantasy/romance inspired by Ancient Greco-Roman history, so if none of those things intrigue … Continue reading

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