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Saddle up! Hoist the sails! Grab your library card? Big adventures await when you crack open a book! A round-up of big and bad adventures, including processing sometimes scary feelings, from today’s chat with @absolutelymindy on @kidsplacelive . On shelves and coming soon for your own summer exploits!
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Summer reading lists in the works? “Hamza (Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year, 2021) centers an exceedingly insecure seventh-grader as she examines her South Indian Muslim identity and uses her quiet and shy personality to be an astute observer and kind friend. A bolstering pick for introverts and fans of friendship dramas, with positive incidental representation of autism in the family.” - Full review over @booklist_ala !
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SAMIRA’S WORST BEST SUMMER, by Nina Hamza
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Upside down! With story time smash hits like SNAIL CROSSING and the Caldecott Honor winner MEL FELL (not to mention the adorable SIR LADYBUG books AND the fact that he’s fresh off his third (!) Geisel Award for the Fox series) Corey R. Tabor has firmly cemented himself as one of my go-to’s, a clever and heartfelt KidLit creator. “Tabor’s inventively formatted storytelling technique employs a dash of drama and turns a fresh tale on its head” (from my @booklist_ala review!) with the story of Ursula, a catfish whose unusual perspective launches her on an emotional journey. Whether you were a fan already or are new to Tabor’s genius, Ursula will win hearts and wow at storytimes!
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URSULA UPSIDE DOWN, by Corey R. Tabor
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“Fifteen-year-old Jacqueline “Jackie” Oh is sick of “drink[ing] the model minority Kool-Aid.” She’d rather sling hash at Melty’s, her Halmoni and Haraboji’s (“H&H”) Midtown deli, than study for her overachieving parents’ Ivy League fast-track. Then Jackie lands in the hot seat when she is successfully cast in the competitive cooking show Burn Off! ….Park revisits themes of identity politics, academic expectations, maternal conflict, and belonging from her poignant YA debut…and she draws from her 2022 New York Times op-ed…and the spike in anti-Asian bias for this plot. The result is a candid and empathetic, if hunger-inducing, feast for teen readers.” For the full review head over to @shelf.awareness !
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WHAT’S EATING JACKIE OH?, by Patricia Park
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Isabel moves from the Philippines to San Francisco and reconnects with her mom after years apart. Mom’s been caregiving others to earn money for Isabel and her grandparents, but the distance between them grew even bigger than the miles. Making friends in the US proves harder than she’d anticipated, too, but Isabel takes a chance on a cooking club and lends her nurturing skills to a school garden that thrives under Isabel’s care. Isabel sustains the connection to her grandparents and birth home through her green thumb while setting down new roots with a garden club, and this warm and emotionally rich novel in verse models terrific resilience encouraging kids to bloom where they’re planted. Features a wide variety of poetic forms and engaging Filipino history and culture woven throughout, making this a great stand-alone read and perfect for classroom use.
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ISABEL IN BLOOM, by Mae Respicio
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Spend five minutes scrolling and you understand that people CARE about fashion. Clothes reflect social, political, economic, and sheer aesthetic value, sometimes practical, sometimes pointed. For a survey of centuries worth of fashion choices that includes extensive photos and illustrations of creations ranging from icky to incredible, check out this narrative nonfiction, just in time for us to sit back and ogle tonight’s Met Gala garb!
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WHY’D THEY WEAR THAT? FASHION AS THE MIRROR OF HISTORY, by Sarah Albee
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Mia’s in that familiar middle school phase where an old friend has moved on and new friends feel…well, insecurely NEW. Her bestie from STEM camp, Tariq, moves to town midyear and is a surprising Cool Kid, but artsy Kinsey and chaotic Evan round out the pair for a robotics competition and it turns out that a little trial and error is all it takes to turn new friends into real ones. Strong STEM content (three generations of women!) pairs with blissfully streamlined text per page, making this middle grade graphic novel a visually easier read than most with extra appeal to tinkerers not in a huge rush to be all grown up.
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WIRES CROSSED, by Beth Fantasy & Oneill Jones
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Book Friends Friday! Pairings to kick-start your storytimes and displays. (Yes, this is the same concept as my  #TwoForTuesday posts, you’re not imagining things, just go with it.)
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Our pal Rot Poe Tater digs up muddy treasures when spudlunking, but his spuddies are too busy to join him this time. When he unearths a spit-shined legendary crown, the power definitely goes to his head. Thankfully Rot recognizes that he’s being a royal pain and rectifies the situation! Keep an eye out for this stand-alone sequel with its five fully illustrated chapters + bonus material of mutant potato hi-jinx!
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KING OF THE WORLD! (TATER TALES #2), by Ben Clanton
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