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Bears! Water Bears and The Girl Who Speaks Bear

Here are two more Cybils nominees, both involving bears. Water Bears, with a Latinx author and main character, continues with the Latinx theme of the past week, while The Girl who Speaks Bear takes us to fantasy Russia. Whether you’re looking for a contemporary book with a hint of possible magic, or full-on folk tale-inspired historical fantasy, there’s a book here for you. Continue reading

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Teen Love: This is My Brain in Love, Secret of a Heart Note, and Don’t Date Rosa Santos

Here are three teen stories with romance at the center and satisfyingly sweet endings, though all of them have the good grace to be as much or more about our main character figuring out who she is and where she … Continue reading

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All the Crooked Saints

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. Narrated by Thom Rivera. Scholastic, 2017. Beatriz, Joaquin and Daniel Soria are cousins living in Bicho Raro, Colorado, in 1962.  The Sorias have developed a reputation over the past century as miracle workers, … Continue reading

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Three Gentle Fantasies

Apologies for the silence, friends. My daughter just spent the week in the hospital – something that goes along with being a transplant recipient. Fortunately, her liver was not affected and the doctors think she’s on the mend. Also, a … Continue reading

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Nightingale’s Nest for 48HBC

I always keep an eye out for a good fairy tale retelling, and this one has magical music as a bonus. This one had been on my radar for a while (thanks, Charlotte!), and was the last book I finished … Continue reading

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O.M.G. Am I a Witch?

I’m not going to write another review of it, but I’d like to note for the record that I recently finished reading Starry River of the Sky (which I’d bought last January) to the boy, who loved it. He hadn’t … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Chased the Moon

Now that I’ve read this and the author’s most recent book, The Peach Keeper, I can cross her off of my unfinished series and authors list. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. I adored Allen’s first … Continue reading

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Garden Spells

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen Two estranged sisters forge a bond they never had as children in this new book of magical realism. Older sister Claire Waverly grew up living in her mother’s car, while Mom shoplifted a living … Continue reading

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