Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

This young adult novel, which is a fun retelling of Beauty and the Beast, is told in alternating viewpoints from Princess Jaya Rao, heiress to an Indian dynasty, and Grey Emerson, aka Lord Northcliffe, the son of a British Duke. The Raos and Emersons have a centuries long feud between their families, the Emersons having […]

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Night Film by Marisha Pessel

When a daughter of a renowned but incredibly secretive director is found dead, the circumstances are as mysterious as her father. An investigative journalist, Scott McGrath, doesn’t believe the police’s ruling of suicide and takes up the case for himself. Soon life will begin to unfold in a psychological thriller much like the movies that […]

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Mayo es el Mes de Conciencia Sobre la Salud Mental

¡Mayo esta aquí! Las flores están floreciendo, las hojas comienzan a desplegarse en los arboles, hay conteos elevados de polen, y los insectos han vuelto. ¡Qué buen momento para hablar sobre la conciencia sobre la salud mental! El sitio web de Mental Health America, una organización comunitaria sin fines de lucro dedicada a abordar las necesidades […]

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Joan Reviews… Balloons Over Broadway

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade  Story and illustrations by Melissa Sweet                     Published: 2011 Age Range: 6-9 Genre: Picture book – Biography Awards: The Siebert Award, ALA Notable Children’s Book, and many more! Joan read Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet and this is what […]

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The World Beneath Their Feet by Scott Ellsworth

Scott Ellsworth transports us to the 1930s in his latest book The World Beneath Their Feet. But this is not another book about World War II and its aftermath. Death defying adventure awaits in this beautifully written account of successful summits of the tallest mountains in the world – the Himalayas. The British, the Germans […]

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