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The Imposter

Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Imposter (Gnome Road Publishing, March 2024) by Laura Bower and illustrated by Kerisa Greene is a darling picture books that is relatable.

When Olive’s favorite stuffed animal is missing, she searches everywhere. Then an imposter turns up!

This character is funny and real–kids know!

Read about Laura here and check out her other forthcoming book here.

Kerisa is both an illustrator and an author. Read about her here and see her forthcoming picture book here.

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You Make Me Sneeze!

Perfect Picture Book Friday

You Make Me Sneeze! (Astra Young Readers, 2024) by Sharon G. Flake and illustrated by Anna Raff is absolutely hilarious. And especially relatable to anyone with allergies. It’s also a companion book for You Are NOT a Cat.

Duck and Cat are best friends on a camping trip, but there’s a problem. Duck is allergic to Cat. He makes Duck’s beak itch and twitch, and “Achoo!”

With hilarious attempts to fix the problem, the book ends with a twist.

Read about the author here and check out Sharon’s other books here.

Look at a sampling of Anna’s illustrations here, read about her here, and see all her books here.

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Nancy Bess Had a Dress

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Nancy Bess Had a Dress (Gnome Road Publishing, March 2024) by Claire Annette Noland and llustrated by Angela C. Hawkins is a lovely picture book set in the 1930s and shows how a dress is reused for many projects.

Nancy Bess goes to town with her parents and chooses a flour sack because of the pattern. She makes a dress and when it’s too small she makes an apron. When it tears…

This is such a sweet story and the theme of recycling and reusing is great for today’s readers.

Read about the author, Claire, here and check out her other books here.

Angela is an author/illustrator. Read her bio here, check out her portfolio here and her other books here.

Posted in MG Novels, So Many Good Books, YA Novels

Sierra Blue

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Although Sierra Blue by Suzanne Morgan Williams (2023) is aimed at early young adults, it’s definitely appropriate for upper middle grade readers. It has fun and interesting magical realism. And a cool cover.

Magic’s best friend reveals her secret–she can see the auras of animals. To get away from the teasing she is sent to her aunt’s ranch the summer between 8th grade and 9th. There, because of her psychic ability, she pleads for the life of a race horse that would be put down. Magic and Sierra Blue bond, but of course, the horse isn’t hers.

Suzanne writes fiction and nonfiction. Read about her here and read about her other books here.

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The Night Raven

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

The Night Raven – Moonwind Mysteries #1 (Amazon Crossing Kids, 2023) by Johan Rundberg and translated by A.A. Prime was an interesting historical, especially if you are a fan of Victorian mystery writer Anne Perry, which I am. It has a similar feel except directed at young readers. The story is set in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1880.

Twelve-year-old Mika knows this harsh winter means death for many. One night she takes in a newborn to the orphanage where she lives and hears a reference to the “Dark Angel.” When the police come to her for questioning, this could be her chance to matter.

Here‘s some great backstory on this novel and information on the author. The book was originally published in Sweden, but thanks to A.A. Prime we can read it too. I’m looking forward to more of these books. You can see all of Johan’s books here but this is the only one in English.