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Bkwrm7
I Have Lost My Way | Gayle Forman
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Excellent narration. I was emotionally invested in Freya and her sister and Harun and his family. I think it's a sign that I'm old that my biggest response to this was anger at some of the parents, especially Nathaniel's mom who abandons her child to his mentally ill father's care with very little oversight. None of the adults in Nathaniel's life see anything wrong either which is infuriating because it is so realistic. #hubchallenge19

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emtobiasz
What the Night Sings | Vesper Stamper
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Beautifully illustrated #YA novel about a musician and Holocaust survivor, Gerta. While it covers her experiences in Nazi Germany and several concentration camps, more of the book focuses on her life after liberation, as she and other survivors recover physically, search for relatives, make new connections, and wait in limbo for international governments to decide where they can go. A powerful story I don‘t see often. #hubchallenge19

Eggs Love all the mariposas 8mo
emtobiasz Pictured here with a piece of The Butterfly Project at my library. The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh came in and did a program to remember children who died in the Holocaust and painted ceramic butterflies with families. 🦋 8mo
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emtobiasz
The Collectors | Jacqueline West
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This is a surprisingly dark #middlegrade story with an ambiguous morality I wasn‘t expecting. Van is a well-realized hard-of-hearing character who is learning to balance his own wishes with the well-being of others and adapt as he learns more information as he goes. And, of course, talking animals and magical creatures are always popular. I hope Pebble develops more in future books. #hubchallenge19 #kidlit

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emtobiasz
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Lou‘s dream is to build a tiny house on the land she inherited from her dad so that she and her mom can move out of her grandmother‘s house. But her mom is job hunting out of state, property taxes are past due, and none of her friends are as into building as Lou! This is a sweet story sprinkled with Filipino-American culture and architecture/shop class facts. Wrapped up a little too quickly but still fun.

#middlegrade #kidlit #hubchallenge19

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emtobiasz
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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This book uses the frame of a fairy tale— prince defeats dragon & rescues princess— to tell a larger story about gaslighting, assault, and rape culture. I wish that had been better communicated in the cover design and description. I think it‘s a good book, but it‘s so unrelenting in its depiction of misogyny I can‘t say I enjoyed it. All the trigger warnings here if you need them. #hubchallenge19 #ya

emtobiasz Also, ppl on Goodreads/around the internet are using this book to jumpstart a conversation about what makes a book YA vs adult and trigger warnings and appropriateness. I don‘t know that I have a lot to add to that, other than I‘m glad these conversations are happening. I‘m not against this being in YA at the library but I‘m not sure how I‘d decide when to recommend it or what audience it best serves. 9mo
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emtobiasz
Silver Spoon, Vol. 4 | Hiromu Arakawa
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Of course I continued with this #manga series about students at an agricultural high school in Japan. It keeps asking good questions about the ethics of eating meat, the economics of raising food, and the struggle of continuing family businesses versus forging your own path. I‘m so glad #hubchallenge19 brought this series to my attention.

iread2much I totally want to read this series now. My family in Japan used to be farmers, but they sold off their land when my dad was a teen. I would love to know more ag in Japan. Thanks so much for posting! 9mo
emtobiasz @iread2much it sounds like it would be great for you, then! I really enjoyed it, although volumes are still being translated into English. 9mo
iread2much @emtobiasz that‘s good, cause otherwise I would spend way too much money at once 😂😂 manga is so pricey here :) thanks for sharing! 9mo
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emtobiasz
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I wasn‘t sure what a graphic novel adaptation of this book would look like, but it works very well. I felt the claustrophobia of the 8‘s life in the annex as well as Anne‘s teenage angst and incredible insight. The adaptation certainly abridges & combines some sections, but I didn‘t feel the parts that were missing (though I need to revisit the original). The art is incredible & expressive. Glad I finally picked this up for #hubchallenge19 book 5

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emtobiasz
Silver Spoon | Hiromu Arakawa
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Fun and informative new #manga series about the new kid at an agricultural high school. Yuugo Hachiken is a high-achieving student with no farm experience who assumes ag school will be a breeze. He doesn‘t count on the incredible physical demands of farming, the practicality of raising animals for food, or his classmates‘ life experience and clear goals for the future. Really eye-opening and original topic. #ya #hubchallenge19

M.V Wow that's really cool 9mo
Texreader Puppy love! 9mo
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Bkwrm7
Monday's Not Coming | Tiffany D. Jackson
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Read this for the YASF Tournament of Books and did not want to have to choose between it and Sadie. It's also my first #hubchallenge19 title. Dark and twisty and heartbreaking with a unique time jumping structure. Jackson does complex main characters like nobody else.

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emtobiasz
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Checked this one out on #audio for #hubchallenge19, but when I saw how some of the chapters are pure illustration, I realized I‘d better have it in print too. It‘s a fun way to experience the book, if a little more time consuming a reading experience than I was planning...

wordzie 😎 cover 9mo
Lindy I did this as an audiobook & print combo too. It‘s smart and silly. 👍 9mo
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