27 Hours

Wright, Tristina. 27 Hours. Fort Collins, CO: Entangled Publishing, 2017.

A planetscape in grey-blue-purple with a crescent moon above. The title, "27 Hours" is in large dark teal text.

150 or so years in the future, space colonists race against time to stop a war between the human colonists and the local indigenous intelligent species, the chimera, or “gargoyles,” as they are called as a slur. There are five teen protagonists, each with their own histories, ambitions, and agendas. Continue reading

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The Adventures of Honey & Leon

Cumming, Alan (Author) and Grant Shaffer (Illustrator). The Adventures of Honey & Leon. New York: Random House, 2017.

Watercolor picture of two cute dogs, one large and one small, sitting on luggage. Fancy blue text reads "The Adventures of Honey and Leon."

Honey is a large rescue mutt and Leon is a tiny Chihuahua. They are both adorable, with fluffy fur and sweet doggy smiles. They live with their two dads in New York City. Their lives are wonderful, but the two pooches are concerned because their dads travel a lot, which means they can’t protect them. Continue reading

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Leslea Newman Board Books

Newman, Lesléa (Author) and Carol Thompson (Illustrator). Daddy, Papa, and Me. New York: Tricycle Press, 2009.

Newman, Lesléa (Author) and Carol Thompson (Illustrator). Mommy, Mama, and Me. New York: Tricycle Press, 2009.

Two board books by Leslea Newman. On the left, book titled "Daddy, Papa, and Me" shows two happy fathers playing with a toddler. One father appears to be East Asian and the other appears to be white. On the right, book is titled "Mommy, Mama, and Me" and depicts two happy mothers cuddling a toddler. One mother appears to be Black and the other appears to be white. Continue reading

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Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

Delany, Samuel R. Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand. New York: Bantam Books, 1984.

Book cover with an image of space: black sky, bright white stars, the curve of a planet, and a nebula. Yellow text reads "Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, a novel by Samuel R. Delany."

In this extraordinary science fiction novel, Delany explores sexuality, gender, desire, and the flow and structure of information. This review contains lots of spoilers. Continue reading

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History is All You Left Me

Silvera, Adam. History is All You Left Me. New York: Soho Teen, 2017.

A book cover split into day and night. On the top, a young men stands under the moon with a black background. On the bottom, a young man stands under the sun with a blue background.

Griffin and Theo grew up together and were each other’s first kiss, first love, first everything. When Theo goes to college across the country, they decide to put their relationship on hold until Griffin can join him in a year. Griffin wasn’t expecting Theo to meet someone else, but he still held on to the hope that they would get back together. When Theo dies, Griffin’s whole world collapses and his OCD symptoms worsen. Continue reading

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The Abyss Surrounds Us

Skrutskie, Emily. The Abyss Surrounds Us. Woodbury, MN: Flux, 2016.

A young Chinese-American woman in a wetsuit stands on a ship with one arm out. Behind her, the giant eye of a reptilian sea monster rises out of the waves.

In a bizarre and dangerous future, the world has been carved up into new states and pirates roam the seas. Gigantic genetically-engineered sea monsters are raised to bond with ships and protect them from pirates. Cassandra Leung has been in training to work with Reckoners her entire life. At 17, she is finally given the job to travel with a ship and its Reckoner. But her ship is quickly attacked by pirates who kill her Reckoner and kidnap her. Continue reading

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George

Gino, Alex. 2015. George. New York: Scholastic Press.

A white book cover with GEORGE in rainbow colors. A young girl peeks out through the O.

“You’re one tough cookie. But the world isn’t always good to people who are different. I just don’t want you to make your road any harder than it has to be.”

“Trying to be a boy is really hard.”

Mom blinked a few times, and when she opened her eyes again, a teardrop fell down her cheek. (page 170)

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