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Call Them by Their True Names

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Rebecca Solnit wants you to act. She wants you to abandon naive cynicism and reject resting in anger. She wants you to engage the issues and go about the hard work of effecting change. And she believes that you can do it. Given the fiery... Read More

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One and One Is One

by Karen Rigby

"One and One Is One" is an unsettling, deterministic story in which a boy suffers cruelty but displays resilience. In S. T. Byra’s dark coming-of-age tale "One and One Is One", a boy proves his talent for survival. Eight-year-old Grady... Read More

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JuJu

by Susan Waggoner

"JuJu" is a harrowing and hopeful novel, and Pettigrew’s writing is diamond sharp. A neighborhood in Buffalo endures the 1980s crack epidemic in Tamario Pettigrew’s "JuJu", a compelling young adult novel with adult interest. Teenage... Read More

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Abracadabra Whoopsie

by Rebecca Monterusso

"Abracadabra Whoopsie" is a magical picture book that teaches siblings to appreciate each other. In Adam Kargman’s picture book "Abracadabra Whoopsie", a struggle between siblings is embellished with magic, and a lesson emerges. Jordy... Read More

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Gillyflower

by Karen Rigby

"Gillyflower" is an intelligent romance about frustrated encounters. In Diane Wald’s meditative literary novel "Gillyflower", a fan is beguiled with an actor. In 1984, Nora watches an Irish “actor’s actor,” Hugh, perform in a... Read More

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The Last Surviving Dinosaur

by Karen Rigby

"The Last Surviving Dinosaur" is a warm exercise in family lore that highlights the joy of storytelling. Steven Joseph’s picture book The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris is a playful, alternative creation story that... Read More

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