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The Best Books I Read This Year (2014 edition)

This has been a great year for kid’s books and as usual I was completely conflicted about which books to choose! I’m at the point in my writing career where I’ve met some very spectacular published authors, soon-to-be authors, as … Continue reading

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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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