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I recently finished reading and loved:
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
|While I knew this book would be Laurie Halse Anderson’s memoir and companion to Speak, I wasn’t expecting that this would go beyond her own story and become the story of all survivors. It is more than just a story of survival. It is all our stories of survival.
Soaring Earth by Margarita Engle
While I didn't enjoy this companion to Enchanted Air nearly as much as the first book, I really respect the message that Engle was trying to convey: a fancy university education isn't necessarily for everyone and there is much learning and no shame in a community college education.
Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
When you look beyond the book’s main conflict, which is Leonara’s discovery that she’s a witch and the subsequent antics that ensue when she experiments with magic that she has yet to understand, there is an underlying feminist message to this story: women are strong and can do anything, but they’re even stronger with bonds of friendship, family, and sisterhood.
Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite by Anna Harwell Celenza, illustrated by Don Tate