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Last Week's Adventures
Some spectacular picture books have recently published. Don't miss them!
Early Sunday Morning
written by Denene Miller
illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Beautiful book about a young girl overcoming her nerves to perform a solo at church. What I love about this is it bring Black culture to the story and it celebrates a joyous time. We continue to need books that show marginalized voices celebrating instead of only having books about repression or overcoming obstacles. And illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.... those are icing on the cake!
Secret Rhino Society
written by Jonathan E. Jacobs
illustrated by Samantha Cotterill
Sometimes we uphold people (or in this case, animals) to a high standard without ever meeting them, that it's surprising when reality doesn't uphold to what our mind decided. A hippo, an earthworm, and a lightbulb all idolize rhinos. They create a secret society and clubhouse to celebrate them in. But once they actually meet a rhino and learn that they aren't all the same, then end up working together to do something everyone really does enjoy - eating! Kind of a different outcome from where I thought the story was going to go.
Readers will love Cotterill's 3D cut and assembled sets. I found myself pouring over those even more than the storyline!
Rescuing Mrs. Birdley
written by Aaron Reynolds
illustrated by Emma Reynolds
Very cute and would be fun to read to young readers. Miranda Montgomery loved watching animal shows and seeing how the host would help animals and return them to their natural habitat. So when Miranda sees her teacher at the grocery store, she knows it's up to her to bring her back to her natural habitat... school!
The House of Grass and Sky
written by Mary Lyn Ray
illustrated by E.B. Goodale
This quiet, beautifully illustrated book makes you think about anything you might have held close to you through the years. This book is narrated by the house and what the house wants most of all is a family to live in it and children to run through it. To make memories year after year. Good mentor text for narrator!
written by Meena Harris
illustrated by Marissa Valdez
Meena Harris knows a thing or two about being ambitious since she comes from a long line of strong females, including her aunt, Kamala Harris! This empowering book reminds us that we're in control of the words that define us.
by Tiffany D. Jackson
Woah, this book. It's hard to read, but it's a necessary read.
Enchanted is an aspiring singer. And when she meets a talented artist who offers to take her under his wing, it's an easy yes. Never mind she is 17 and he is 28. It's easy for Enchanted to fall for Korey, and when he returns her affections, she's into him too much to pull back. Even when the abuse starts, Enchanted talks herself out of leaving because Korey has too much pull over her life - over her singing career and the money he is supposedly giving to fund her family at home.
Told in a back and forth narrative from the present and past, readers get an understanding of what is happening to young girls when a grown male, who should always know better, abuses the situation and their lives.
The Rose Code
by Kate Quinn
Another amazing historical fiction story from Kate Quinn. This time she focuses on Bletchley Park, a country estate in England, where no one knew that some of the most talented people working on the WWII war front were quietly breaking codes. Codes that successfully lead to many Ally power victories. However, being a codebreaker and analyst was a stressful occupation because it was kept under the most secrecy.
Quinn introduces us to three females - Beth, Osla, and Mab - opposites in every way but come together under similar circumstances.
The work these cryptanalysis did, is only recently coming to light, as most of them kept their work secret, up to their passing. It's fascinating learning about what they did and Kate Quinn also wrote an extensive note in the backmatter.
I read The Alice Network a few months ago and really enjoyed it, but this one blew it away, in my opinion. It started a bit slow as we learn about each character. Like Quinn's other book that I've read, this book bounces back and forth between time periods which makes the story intriguing to follow. Once I understood the characters and flow of the story, it really took off and I had a hard time putting it down.
The Firekeeper's Daughter
by Angeline Boulley
I've heard nothing but rave reviews, looking forward to starting it!