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Fiction Book Review: Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capo Crucet

Jennine Capo Crucet’s debut novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, is a moving coming-of-age story. Cuban-American Lizet is the first in her family to attend college. While Miami-raised Lizet struggles to adjust to college life at an elite Northeastern University, her family in Miami is breaking...

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Five Books You Should Read If You Liked Paper Towns

John Green is amazing--this is a proven fact. His books make us laugh, cry, and think. And while I’m all in favor of endless re-reading, sometimes you just need to try something new! Here are just a few suggestions to get you started.         Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid Why...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: The Maine Coon's Haiku by Michael J. Rosen

In brief poems punctuated by "a-ha!" moments, The Maine Coon's Haiku pays tribute to 20 popular cat breeds. Diverse settings and a wide range of distinctly feline personalities make these haikus sing, and striking, digitally-rendered illustrations provide context. Interesting facts about each breed...

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Youth Fiction Review: Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

For long as Micah can remember, his grandfather Ephraim has been telling him spectacular stories about a magical, secret circus. At least, Micah always thought they were just stories. Grandpa Ephraim is dying now, and he has one last secret to share with Micah: Circus Mirandus is real--and its...

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Youth Fiction Review: Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt

Like a fish in a tree, Ally has always felt out of place in the classroom. She tries to hide her discomfort by acting tough, but her behavior never seems to get her anywhere but the principal's office. Her teachers think she's a troublemaker; her peers call her "dumb;" and Ally is afraid that they...

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Fiction Book Review: Blue Stars by Emily Gray Tedrowe

Blue Stars by Emily Gray Tedrowe is a nuanced depiction of military families and their unique struggles. Ellen Silverman is an English professor in Madison, Wisconsin. She is also the guardian of Michael, a young man who enlists in the military in 2005. Lacey is a personal trainer in suburban New...

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Youth Biography Review: The Noisy Paint Box

Have you ever wondered how to discuss abstract art with a child?  This illustrated book follows Vasily Kandinsky, a pioneer of abstract art, from childhood to adulthood.  Living an upper-class life, Kandinsky is taught everything a proper boy should learn.  When his family gives him...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: Winnie by Sally M. Walker

You've every book about Winnie-the-Pooh and seen every movie set in the Hundred Acre Woods--but did you know everyone's favorite "Bear of Very Little Brain" was inspired by an actual resident of the London Zoo? In Winnie, Sally M. Walker reveals the true story of how an orphaned bear cub, a soldier...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: The Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature

Need something to do? Grab this guide and head out on a fun-filled adventure in the natural world! Gorgeous illustrations and expert advice outline 24 activities and projects to help budding young naturalists explore plants and animals in the woods, in the park, or at the beach. With a hands-on...

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Teen Fiction Review: Vanishing Girls

Nick and Dara were not only sisters… they were best friends. What happened? Nick is trying to reconnect with her sister. She feels guilty from the accident that has left Dara scarred for life. This suspenseful novel follows Nick through the summer after the accident. She is living with her mother...

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