The Flower Girl Wore Celery

Gordon, Meryl G. (Writer) and Holly Clifton-Brown (Illustrator). The Flower Girl Wore Celery. Minneapolis: Kar-Ben Publishing, 2016.

A smiling bride with red hair and a white dress and veil picking up a smiling little girl wearing a green dress.

Emma has been invited to be a flower girl in her older cousin’s wedding. She’s excited, although a little confused. She’s been told she’ll wear a celery dress Continue reading

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Moore, Perry. Hero. New York: Hyperion, 2007.

A teenage male torso opening a button-down shirt to reveal a T-shirt with the word HERO in red.

Thom Creed is obsessed with Uberman. Not only is he the perfect superhero, with the powers of flight, invincibility, and superstrength, but he is incredibly handsome, with an amazing buff body and a kind smile. So when Thom develops a superpower and is asked to audition for the League, he is thrilled to finally meet Uberman in person. Continue reading

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Downham, Jenny. Unbecoming. New York: Scholastic, 2016.

A blue cover with three women's faces in a vertical line; the faces are expressionless with beautiful red hair.

In this ambitious and beautifully written novel, three women—a grandmother, a mother, and a teenage daughter—struggle with secrets and relationships. Katie is a pariah at school because she kissed her best friend, who ousted her from the social circle by telling people that the kiss was nonconsensual. Caroline, Katie’s mother, is exhausted from helicopter-parenting her disabled child and caring for her estranged mother while waiting for a dementia care facility to have a bed available. Mary, Katie’s grandmother, is suddenly thrust into their lives when her partner dies; she suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and desperately tries to remember what happened between her and her daughter. Continue reading

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My Dad is a Clown / Mi Papá es un Payaso

Andrés, José Carlos (Writer), Natalia Hernández (Illustrator), and Amaranta Heredia Jaen (English translation). My Dad is a Clown / Mi Papá es un Payaso. NubeOcho, 2016.

A bright red book cover with title in white: "My Dad is a Clown / Mi Papa es un Payaso." A drawing of a child with large rectangular head gestures toward the title.

In this delightful bilingual picture book, a child learns about his father’s job as a clown. He’s always admired his father’s work—he makes people laugh! One day, he convinces his other father, who is a doctor, to pretend to be spies and follow him around. Continue reading

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An Unkindness of Ghosts

Solomon, Rivers. An Unkindness of Ghosts. Brooklyn, Akashic Books: 2017.

An illustration of a Black person's face superimposed with stars; text reads "An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon."

In this extraordinary speculative fiction novel, debut author Solomon explores racial discrimination and slavery, disability, gender and sexuality, and scientific progress aboard a space vessel traveling to a promised utopian planet. Some spoilers below. Continue reading

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A Darkly Beating Heart

Smith, Lindsay. A Darkly Beating Heart. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2016.

A bloody circle surrounding the face of a young Japanese American woman. Dark text reads "A Darkly Beating Heart, Lindsay Smith".

Reiko has had a tough time. Her older brother has always treated her poorly, her classmates bullied her, and the girl she fell in love with dumped her for someone else.
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Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community

Stevenson, Robin. Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community. Canada: Orca Book Publishers, 2016.

A colorful Pride parade with a white child in a rainbow leotard standing tall. The title, PRIDE, is in big rainbow letters.

This middle-grade nonfiction book presents the history of the LGBTQ liberation movement and Pride Day in an accessible, interesting, and vibrant way. Continue reading

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