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Kaya Days

by Eileen Gonzalez

In Carl de Souza’s novel "Kaya Days", a simple errand leads a teenager into a days-long odyssey. Santee leaves her house one afternoon to bring her brother, Ram, home from school, only to be told he is missing. Her search puts her in... Read More

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I Am Ariel Sharon

by Eileen Gonzalez

Yara El-Ghadban looks at the life of Ariel Sharon from a unique perspective in her novel "I Am Ariel Sharon". In January 2006, Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon—nicknamed “Arik”—falls into a coma from which he will never... Read More

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Lemon

by Eileen Gonzalez

In Kwon Yeo-sun’s novel "Lemon", the unsolved murder of a high school student reverberates through the years. Hae-on was killed on a summer night in 2002. But for those left behind, this was just the beginning. After the initial shock... Read More

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Planet of Clay

by Eileen Gonzalez

The life of a sheltered, neurodivergent girl is shattered by the Syrian civil war in Samar Yazbek’s novel "Planet of Clay". Rima’s world has always been limited to the apartment she shares with her mother and the library at the... Read More

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Oksi

by Peter Dabbene

Inspired by Finnish mythology and folklore, "Oksi" is a grand, memorable graphic novel about family, jealousy, and love. Umi is a mother bear with several cubs. One, Poorling, is different from the others. Scaup, a primordial god in the... Read More

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Imminence

by Eileen Gonzalez

In Mariana Dimópulos’s novel "Imminence", a woman fears the resurgence of her aimless, unhappy past. Though she’s been pressured to marry, have children, and behave in subservient, restrictive ways, the narrator doesn’t fit the... Read More

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Moon Pops

by Danielle Ballantyne

Inspired by Korean folklore, this bedtime story uses cutout ink characters within detailed dioramas to depict a magical summer night, when it is so hot that the moon begins to melt. A quick-thinking grandmother wolf catches the drops in... Read More

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