Book Review: I’d Rather Be Reading by Guinevere de la Mare

“At first, the other kids in the class – those who hadn’t been brave enough to stand up to Big Literacy – were envious of the freedom that allowed us to doodle at our desks during reading time. But after a few days, something began to shift. We began to get bored. And all the other kids started to be able to do something we couldn’t. They were looking at letters but seeing words. Suddenly they had a superpower, and we didn’t. My days of academic protest were over.”

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Book Review: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

“‘It just feels like…’ her voice small. ‘Sometimes it just feels like I’m faking.’
‘Maybe everyone feels that way.'”

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Book Review: Friendship is Like a Seesaw by Shona Innes

“Friendship is like a seesaw.
Sometimes you might feel up in the air
when your friend feels low.
Other times you might feel down,
when your friend is up.
When things are balanced, both friends are happy.”

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Book Review: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

“If it was true that moss did not have roots, and maternal love could grow spontaneously, as if from nothing, perhaps I had been wrong to believe myself unfit to raise my daughter. Perhaps the unattached, the unwanted, the unloved, could grow to give love as lushly as anyone else.”

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Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“Nick and I look at each other.
‘I’m not holding your hand,’ I tell him, smiling a little.
‘All right’–he nods–‘but know that I would.'”

An absolutely hilarious and adorable read, Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an insightful story that will bring readers to tears, both from laughter and woe. After a student beings to blackmail Simon after discovering his secret, Simon must follow all his requests or his (and his anonymous friends) secret will be vocalized to the world. Juggling family oddness, quarrels in friendships, accepting himself and hopelessly falling for his mysterious pen-pal, Simon’s adventures will make it nearly impossible to put this book down.

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Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”

Remarkably witty and wildly adventurous, Mackenzie Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a beautiful edition to the realm of historical fiction and LGBTQ+ romance novels. Henry “Monty” Montague is a gentleman by blood, yet acts completely the opposite; rambunctious and a sweet-talker, Monty finds himself as a constant disapproval from his father. As a last chance to prove himself a gentleman, he is sent on a Grand Tour of Europe with his sister Felicity and long time friend Percy…who just happens to be his crush. But when danger strikes during their travels, the trio find themselves on a dangerous yet thrilling adventure across Europe. Intense and breathtakingly romantic, readers will find themselves unable to put this book down!

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Book Review: All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

“Constellations aren’t obvious until the moment they are. Then you wonder how you hadn’t been able to see them before when the pictures are all so clearly there, telling a story.”

Hauntingly beautiful and dangerously enticing, Samantha Mabry’s All the Wind in the World is a fantastic addition to the romance genre in young adult literature. With the desire to eventually own their own land and live a life of peace, Sarah Jac and James are forced to find work in the harsh conditions of the maguey fields. But when a disaster strikes, the two must find a new place to work, where their strength and relationship will be put to the test. In this gripping tale of love and sorrow, Mabry’s novel promises to have readers intrigued until the very last sentence.

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Book Review: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

“I profess not to know how women’s hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.”

So famous that it continues to be studied and remade almost 200 years after it’s original publication date, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the perfect classic tale for the Halloween season. Following the adventures of Ichabod Crane’s attempts to woe the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, this short story brings laughter to its readers with Ichabod’s wildly entertaining shenanigans. But as the story takes a darker turn when Ichabod encounters the villainous Headless Horseman, readers will feel the suspense deep down in their bones. Will Ichabod find love? Will be escape the clutches of the Headless Horseman?
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