“The Blue Sword” by Robin McKinley

There are those books that you read when you are young which make a life-long impression. Sometimes you won’t think about it for years, then you see a copy of the book and suddenly you’re back in your 13 year-old self, reading faster and faster as whole new worlds open up to you within the […]

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Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

When her father finds himself out of a job, Katie Takeshima and her family move in with Katie’s uncle in Georgia. Set in the 1950s, Katie and her family are among only a dozen or so Japanese people in their small southern town. Kira-Kira chronicles Katie’s life as she and her family struggle to find […]

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The Deep by Rivers Solomon

“The Deep” by Rivers Solomon is a mystical and heart wrenching take on history where the descendants of pregnant female slaves thrown overboard in the transatlantic slave trade have grown into a society that must entrust their generational histories onto one person to keep the rest of them safe.  Yutu is burdened with this responsibility […]

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“The Electric State” by Simon Stålenhag

Part art book, part novella, “The Electric State” by Simon Stålenhag is a fascinating and bleak look into a bizarre alternate history 90s America. Physically larger than a typical hardcover book, most pages within are dominated by wide scenic vistas of a state in decline, beset by a slow moving catastrophe only mentioned in passing by the […]

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Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar

The kids of Wayside School — a school 30 floors high with one classroom on each floor — must prepare for the Ultimate Test as a literal cloud of doom settles overhead. Anyone who fails the test will be sent all the way back to kindergarten. The dark cloud of doom makes the wacky students […]

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