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April 2018

Bone’s Gift
Bone's Giftby Angie Smibert

Bone’s Gift is an intriguing supernatural historical fiction novel, set in a southern Virginia coal-mining town in 1942, following twelve-year old Laurel Grace (aka Bone) as she comes to terms with her special “gift”. Bone’s unique ability allows her to touch any object and immediately see the story hidden within. For example, when she wears her deceased mother’s yellow sweater she can feel her Mama’s love and smell her lavender scent. Bone’s father has been drafted into the Army as this is the start of World War II so she is sent to live with her mother’s sister. The plot thickens when she receives a note saying that her mother’s own gift was responsible for her death and this sets Bone out to unravel the mysteries surrounding her mother and her family’s strange “gifts”. This magical realism story exhibits a well-constructed Appalachian setting, believable and well developed characters, and a mysterious paranormal plot that is sure to leave readers anxious to read the sequel. Recommended for readers ages 10 and up.

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POSTED: April 17, 2018



Grandma's PurseGrandma’s Purse
by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Grandma’s Purse excels at capturing the magic of grandparents and the adventure of finding treasure in the most unexpected of places, all in a delightful picture book format perfect for young grandchildren to share with their own grandparents. Readers meet Grandma Mimi, a stylish African-American woman whose oversized purse if full of exciting items and opportunities to play for her young granddaughter! Lipstick, sunglasses, candy and more can all be found inside the patchwork purse and the book is filled with engaging dialogue between the two as new discoveries are unearthed from the bag. Illustrated with rich colors and textures, the lively artwork makes this a standout story. A sweet tale recommended for readers ages 4-7.

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POSTED: April 9, 2018




New ShoesNew Shoes
by Sara Varon

Sara Varon, author of graphic favorites such as Robot Dreams and Bake Sale, adds to her wonderful collection of charming middle-grade graphic novel offerings with her latest book, New Shoes. This colorful and whimsical story follows Francis the donkey, a shoemaker, as he learns about the life beyond his village. Seeking wild tiger grass to craft the perfect pair of shoes he ventures into the jungle with his parrot friend Rhonda, and the pair end up meeting many new animals along the way. They learn that these unfamiliar animals are not as scary as they seem once you get to know them! Readers will enjoy the photo references included in the back of the book that show the real life jungle animals Varon has drawn as friendly, quirky cartoons. Filled with humor and good-heart, this is sure to be a hit with fans of her prior books in addition to younger readers new to the graphic novel format. Recommended for readers ages 8- 12.

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POSTED: April 2, 2018


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