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My Hair

Perfect Picture Book Friday

My Hair (Faber & Faber, September 2019) by Hannah Lee and illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan is such an appealing book. And I have one copy to give away. (Comment for a chance to win–I’ll randomly draw a name on August 13th. USA only.)

Getting ready for her birthday, a little girl has to decide how to style her hair. Dreadlocks, braids, shaved, cropped, wrapped? She shares about her family and friends and their hair before deciding on something else.

The story is written in rhyme and makes me smile each time I read it. The illustrations are adorable.

Read more about UK debut author, Hannah Lee’s book publication, here. Info about illustrator Allen Fatimaharan and his work can be found here. This is his first picture book, too.

FYI, I received one copy of the book for an honest review.

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Ghost Cat

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ghost Cat (Neal Porter Books, 2019) by Kevan Atteberry is such a tender and moving story. It should be in every library! And would be an encouragement for anyone who has lost a pet.

A little boy discovers a ghost cat in his house. He almost sees it through flashes and blurs. He feels it at night but when he looks it’s gone. He hears it do things his cat used to do–knock a book off a shelf, play in the aquarium, mewing and more. There’s a lovely surprise ending.

I love the illustrations–the ghost cat is not at all creepy as it might be. Take a look at Kevan’s extensive illustration work for kids and other. And look at his samples of Monster-a-Day.

You can see other books Kevan has illustrated, or written and illustrated, here.

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Posted in So Many Good Books, YA Novels

One Week of You

One Week of You (Goldenjay Books, 2019) is author Lisa Williams Kline’s ninth book and is so ninth grade. I really enjoyed it.

15-year-old Lizzy Winston has sworn off boys because she wants to be a doctor. But then she gets AMSD–Andy Masters Smiling Disease. He’s the first boy to ever ask for her number and he makes her laugh. But with her forgetfulness, flour babies, real babies, and pranks at school, Lizzy’s newfound relationship is headed for trouble.

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

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Sorcery of Thorns

Sorcery of Thorns (Simon & Schuster, 2019) by Margaret Rogerson is a fascinating read.

16-year-old Elisabeth Scrivener, a foundling raised in one of the Great Libraries and now an apprentice librarian, wants to be trained as a warden to protect the kingdom from the magical grimoires. But when she’s implicated in the death of the Director, it’s the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn who takes her away from the library. And she knows that all sorcerers are evil. What’s to come of her?

I enjoyed reading Margaret’s bio too. Sorcery of Thorns is her second book. The first is titled: An Enchantment of Ravens. I’ll have to check it out as well.

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Posted in MG Novels, So Many Good Books

Boy Bites Bug

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Today I’m sharing a contemporary book, Boy Bites Bug (Abrams, 2018) by Rebecca Petruck. This is a story about friendship, prejudice, and learning about yourself. Plus there’s bug jokes and wrestling, which makes it fun.

Middle schooler Will Nolan tries to divert everyone’s attention from his best friend’s racial comment to Eloy, the new kid at school. Eating a bug gives Will notoriety and helps him come up with an unusual idea for a school project. But, he’ll need help from Eloy. Darryl’s already mad. Will this ruin their friendship?

Rebecca is also the author of the YA novel, Steering toward Normal. You can read about her here.

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