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Marvin’s Monster Diary 2 (+ Lyssa!) – Raul Melmed, Caroline Bliss Larsen and Arief Kriembonga (illustrator)

★★★★ Sometimes I see something across the room and my mind totally runs off in another direction in a pair of Sneaky, Squeaky Sneakers, Marvin Monster is the same as every other monster his age - he loves learning and playing - except he sometimes has troubles paying attention. He learned about ST4 (Stop Take Time… Continue reading Marvin’s Monster Diary 2 (+ Lyssa!) – Raul Melmed, Caroline Bliss Larsen and Arief Kriembonga (illustrator)

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Daal Rice – The Saga – Sangeeta Dixit & Siddhesh Palande (illustrator)

★★★★ Here is how it will work. I will tell you my story, and you will be the one to decide whether it's a saga or not. Vinnie is stuck right in the middle - he's in the middle of his siblings and stuck between worlds (parents are from India but he was born in… Continue reading Daal Rice – The Saga – Sangeeta Dixit & Siddhesh Palande (illustrator)

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Just Ask the Universe: A No-Nonsense Guide to Manifesting Your Dreams – Michael Samuels

★★★★ The fact is we're just getting warmed up. A self-help book with a heart! In this one, Michael Samuels discuses what he's learned about the Universe and how he (and you) can make it work in his (your) favor. Just Ask the Universe is not a book of New Age gobbledygook filled with empty promise I… Continue reading Just Ask the Universe: A No-Nonsense Guide to Manifesting Your Dreams – Michael Samuels

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Swipe Right for Murder – Derek Milman

★★★ ½ ...and we're splurging on ridiculously overpriced tea and discussing sudden death. Unfortunately, the topic is all too relevant at the moment. Aidan is in New York City for a night (for a heart scan) and after the scan, kicks off his shoes and re-downloads Dirty Paws (aka Grindr). Nothing good can come from this, but… Continue reading Swipe Right for Murder – Derek Milman

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Eat, Laugh, Talk by Lynn Barendsen, Brianne DeRosa, Anne Fishel, Shelly London & Cindil Redick-Ponte

★★★★★ If you know me in real life, then you absolutely know my insistence on family dinners. It was a staple of my childhood - we ate together every dinner. Breakfast and lunch on weekends as well. In fact, the only time we DIDN'T eat at the dining table was on Christmas - where we would have… Continue reading Eat, Laugh, Talk by Lynn Barendsen, Brianne DeRosa, Anne Fishel, Shelly London & Cindil Redick-Ponte

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir – Jenny Lawson

★★★★★ In short? It is exhausting being me. Jenny Lawson (the Bloggess) has lit up the literary scene with her debut novel - Let's Pretend This Never Happened. Jenny lives the sort of life where... well... hmm... maybe you will just have to read this book yourself. I really don't think I have anything that can adequately sum… Continue reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir – Jenny Lawson

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Why Evergreens Keep Their Leaves – Annemarie Riley Guertin

★★★★★ As she slept, a strong gust of wind shook her from her cozy nest...Little Redbird tumbled out and fell onto the cold, hard ground. Poor little Redbird is injured just before winter sets in and she is desperate. "May I live in your warm branches until spring returns?" She tries a silvery-white birch, an oak… Continue reading Why Evergreens Keep Their Leaves – Annemarie Riley Guertin

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Forest of Wonders – Linda Sue Park

★★ ½ He held the lantern higher, nerves tingling in anticipation. Raffa Santana is a young apothecary student, training under his father (Mohan) and his mother. Mohan, ever a cautious teacher, seems more intent on limiting Raffa's learningrather than encouraging it. "It's complicated," he said at last. "Perhaps when you're older." Raffa's always had a knack for knowing… Continue reading Forest of Wonders – Linda Sue Park