Have a Hot Time Hades

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By Kate McMullan, Denis Zilber (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781434234377
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Published: Stone Arch Books - July 1st, 2011

This book is the bridge between My First Greek Mythology and Percy Jackson. It turns out the myths as you know them are completely false, because they’re all told by Zeus, and he’s a big old myth-o-maniac (that’s ancient Greek for Big Fat Liar). Don’t worry though, Hades will tell you everything you need to know in this tell-all about how he became god of the underworld.


Amira's Picture Day

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By Reem Faruqi, Fahmida Azim (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823440191
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Published: Holiday House - April 13th, 2021

I LOVE this book so much. The fear of being forgotten on picture day and not being able to leave your mark is so relatable. The pictures are gorgeous and the glimpse into how Amira's family celebrates Eid filled my heart with happiness. The book made me want to color my hands with henna, dance, and celebrate the joy of being brown!


Chlorine Sky

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ISBN: 9780593176399
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2021

This short novel-in-verse packs a serious punch of honest emotion - feelings that will be instantly recognized by anyone who’s felt like the sidekick in a friendship or grieved that growing apart is sometimes a piece of growing up. Definitely recommend the audiobook available on or even just search YouTube for the author’s past performances - Mahogany L. Browne is a phenomenal reader.


King of Shadows

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ISBN: 9780689844454
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 1st, 2001

While playing Puck in a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nat Field finds himself four hundred years in the past, in another production of Midsummer, playing opposite Shakespeare himself. This is a really lovely historical fantasy that feels like a hug across time.


Into the Dark

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By Claudia Gray, Giorgio Baroni (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781368057288
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Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - February 2nd, 2021

Claudia Gray has been one of the best Star Wars writers since the debut of the new canon and her win streak continues here. I am so excited about the High Republic launch and you will be too after Into The Dark, which will be both familiar and fresh to Star Wars fans new or old!


From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry

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ISBN: 9781324002871
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Published: Norton Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

A deep dive into the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin, and its impact almost 40 years later. It's an important story, but better than that, it's an incredibly well-written book, with great storytelling pulling together the research and context.


You are Never Alone

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By Elin Kelsey, Soyeon Kim (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781771473156
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Published: Owlkids - April 15th, 2019

This was a "found on the shelves" title for me that demanded my immediate attention. The words so beautifully illustrate our dependence on the Earth and the interconnectedness of creatures great and small. Soyeon Kim's illustrations, with gorgeous colors and amazing cutouts, really add dimension and make this a book worth treasuring.



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