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Kathy's Reviews

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Fans of the Red Queen series can rejoice as Victoria Aveyard brings us another epic fantasy. She’s created a world on the brink of destruction, where it is up to a handful—okay, maybe seven—unlikely heroes to save the realm. Aveyard weaves a tale of adventure and humor sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Find it hard to believe she could top Red Queen? I am pleased to inform you she has. — Kathy

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ISBN: 9780062872623
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Published: HarperTeen - May 4th, 2021

War and Millie McGonigle by Karen Cushman

Newbery Award winner Karen Cushman brings us another wonderful book of historical fiction. Fall in love with Millie as she attempts to find joy on the beaches of San Diego in 1941 but worries about a world where Hitler’s military rages through Europe and the Japanese are about to bomb Pearl Harbor. Millie feels caught in the middle of it all. This hopeful take on a difficult time is excellent for readers who might be struggling with difficulties of their own. — Kathy

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ISBN: 9781984850102
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

Too Small Tola Written by Atinuke Illustrated by Onyinye Iwu

From Atinuke, who brought us the delightful world of Anna Hibiscus, comes a brand-new character to fall in love with: Too Small Tola, who “lives in a run-down block of apartments in the megacity of Lagos, in the country of Nigeria.” This small but mighty child will enchant readers as they follow her adventures in Nigeria. Too Small Tola is perfect for early readers who are looking for a sweet and meaningful book. —Kathy

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By Atinuke, Onyinye Iwu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536211276
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Published: Candlewick - March 2nd, 2021

Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood by Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen, the author of Hatchet, recounts his childhood memories in this powerful and moving memoir. Paulsen traverses his troubled childhood, from finding joy and safety living in the Wisconsin woods with his aunt and uncle, to navigating a bombed-out Manila with his drunken parents, to meeting a kind librarian who shows him the magic of books and encourages him to write. This book deserves a place on the shelves of those who fondly remember Paulsen’s novels, as well anyone who loves great storytelling. —Kathy

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ISBN: 9780374314156
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 12th, 2021

Sun Flower Lion by Kevin Henkes

Beloved author-illustrator and three-time Caldecott medalist Kevin Henkes continues to delight readers with his masterful ability to take a few words and a few shapes and create an utterly wonderful story. Young and old readers alike will find this book charming and discover something new each time they read it. This is a book children will request again and again—and that adults won’t tire of reading! — Kathy

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062866103
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 22nd, 2020

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman

It takes an incredibly special book to become an instant classic: this is such a book. Author of Magicians, Grossman’s first foray into children’s literature is a magical success, creating a world where children discover the importance of challenging work and perseverance while learning about endangered animals. If you love animals—especially talking animals—magic, trains, and adventure, you’re sure to be captivated by this book. A great read-aloud to share with someone you love! —Kathy

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ISBN: 9780316539531
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

Strange Birds by Celia C. Pérez

Pérez transports readers to a summer of discovery with four girls as they develop into independent women, connect with their community, and realize how much they can impact their own futures and that of their community. This book is sure to please anyone looking for a realistic story of girl power and friendship. - Kathy

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ISBN: 9780425290439
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Kokila - September 3rd, 2019

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

This exciting story combines space adventures with Korean folklore. Thirteen-year-old nonbinary Min comes from a long line of fox spirits and goes on a quest to find their missing brother, discovering more about themself and their love for their family along the way. Readers will be immersed in a world of fox, dragon, and tiger spirits, vengeful ghosts, and a legendary pearl that terraforms worlds. - Kathy

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ISBN: 9781368013352
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 15th, 2019

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