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BookInMyHands

Joined May 2016

Mom. Partner. Children‘s Librarian. 🏳️‍🌈. Knitter. Quaker and ex-Evangelical.
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The Past is Red | Catherynne M. Valente
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I picked this one off the New Shelf at the library because it wasn‘t too long and has a fabulous cover. Sometimes I just want to be surprised by the story, and oh my goodness, this did not disappoint!

What might life be like in a post-apocalyptic world if you live on the great garbage heap? I absolutely loved the narrator in this story. Honest and also unreliable. A great story.

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The Little Prince (Illustrated) | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Somehow I had made it 44 years without reading this sweet story. My mom gifted me these lovely earrings for Christmas, but I couldn‘t wear them until I read the story!

EvieBee 😻😻 2w
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The name of this book changed and Litsy doesn‘t have the updated title yet. This was a stellar read. A perfect book to reflect on the world as we move into a new year. I love Gorman‘s voice and look forward to watching her as a poet.

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Happy National Introvert Day!
I‘m sitting on the couch with my weighted blanket and puppy reading Amanda Gorman‘s new book, Call Us What We Carry (which I can‘t find in Litsy).

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An Untidy Death | Simon Brett
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I picked up the second in this series from the library‘s New Books Shelf. Ellen works as a professional declutterer, and solves murders along the way.
Meh.
I felt like the build up of a particular angle didn‘t work with the story, I guessed the ending a little way into the book, and the ending wasn‘t very satisfying, but it did seem realistic so I‘ll give it a so-so. I‘m not planning to read any others though.

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Almost every year I listen to this story, but this was the first year I found the Hugh Grant version. Great performance!

This year my daughter and I did a ton of baking since I took the week before Christmas off. When your family has gluten, dairy, egg and nut allergies it‘s no small feat!

Texreader No kidding! Please share recipes! I‘ve got the best gluten and dairy free cookie recipe ever. I posted it a couple weeks ago but I‘ll be making them again tomorrow I hope if you want me to post it. 3w
BookInMyHands @Texreader I would love to see that recipe! For most of these I used cookies recipes from the “Nora Cooks” blog and substituted Bob‘s Red Mill 1 to 1 flour. Her blog is Vegan, so it works for everything else, except the nuts, but that‘s pretty easy. I also found Schar‘s GF crackers that are close to Ritz and used Sun butter between them before coating with melted chocolate chips (3 cups) and coconut oil (3 tbsp) mixed together in a double boiler. 3w
BookInMyHands @Texreader Oh, I also found Sun butter cups at the store to make Sun butter blossoms for my peanut allergy kiddo. He LOVED them. For that one I just adapted my old Betty Crocker peanut butter cookie recipe. 3w
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I found the main character annoying at first, but I ended up really liking this one- redemption, sisterly love, Scotland, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and a bookshop that needs saving.
Also, the narrator was great for the audiobook!

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Amor Actually: A Holiday Romance Anthology | Mia Sosa, Priscilla Oliveras, Alexis Daria, Diana Muoz Stewart, Zoey Castile, Sabrina Sol, Adriana Herrera
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Nine short stories loosely follow the plot lines of “Love Actually,” but all end happily at Gigi‘s Nochebuena party. Written by a great collection of Latinx Romance writers (straight and queer). This was a fantastic and 🔥 🔥 🔥 read, perfect for the holidays!

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Powwow Day | Traci Sorell
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Powwow day is a day River usually loves, but this year she‘s not able to dance as she wants. As River watches her community and family dance for her and healing, she feels comforted knowing she will dance again. This lovely story is a great introduction to modern indigenous culture and traditions, and a good read for preschool and early elementary. Illustrations by Madelyn Goodnight beautifully capture the story by Traci Sorell.
#NetGalley 2/7/22

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Amy loves to bake, so when she‘s outed to her conservative baking boss and subsequently fired, things feel like they‘re falling apart. Thank goodness for her new love interest, Charley, her two best friends, and her part-time gif at Ruby Red‘s Tavern. And then there‘s the new job she invents - Bridesmaid for Hire.
Full of lovely characters, self-examination, and lots of love and heart, this is a charming read!
#NetGalley

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Daughter of the Deep | Rick Riordan
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Intertwined with Jules Verne‘s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” this is another great high-action middle grade read from Rick Riordan!

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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This was adorable, I absolutely loved it!
Olive is a PhD student and she, well, kisses the first guy she sees in order to convince her best friend that she is completely over- or never really into- the last guy she went on a date with who is very into her best friend.
So, fake dating. It‘s a fake dating trope and I couldn‘t put this one down. I accidentally stayed up until midnight to finish it. 💕

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Change Sings | Amanda Gorman
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This is just as wonderful as you would expect from Amanda Gorman and Loren Long!
Vibrant illustration pull out Gorman‘s words, creating a story of service in action and community. Loved it!

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Pony | R. J. Palacio
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I loved this middle-grade novel so much! Palacio‘s first novel outside the “Wonder” verse was completely different and I might like it more.

This is the epic journey of Silas, a twelve-year-old boy in the 1860‘s who sets out to find his kidnapped father on the back of a bald-faced pony with only his friend and ghost, Mittenwool, for company. Silas is terrified of his journey, but the universe is connected in a beautiful way.

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Here‘s a page from my library‘s Instagram page that I put together. Indigenous people are the most underrepresented people in literature. AND there are also fantastic Indigenous writers putting out amazing work for all ages!

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Salma the Syrian Chef | Danny Ramadan
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Salma is living with her mother in Vancouver while waiting for her father to arrive from Syria. Salma is trying to adjust to their new life and she desperately want to make her mama laugh again.

When she decides to make her mama‘s favorite dish the welcome center community comes together to support her in this beautiful story of new beginnings.

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Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
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Look who we had for a Zoom author visit 😍. I love Aiden Thomas! They‘ve just finished two more books and will be at their first in-person author event at Bridgeport Barnes & Noble (Tigard) at the beginning of November.
They also shared they come up with the main character first, and then plot (but doesn‘t recommend it).
And they‘re a big Disney fan. And likes hiding Easter eggs in their books.
Our Teen‘s Librarian killed the interview too!

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Evelyn Hugo is one of the best known actresses of all time, so when she asks low-level reporter Monique Grant to write her biography Monique is intrigued, flattered, and confused. As Evelyn‘s story unfolds Monique sees the person Evelyn has kept hidden from almost everyone- the good and the ugly, and how Monique‘s own story is intertwined.

Everything I read of Taylor Jenkins Reid I love! This was another fantastic book.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks One of my favorites 💚💚💚 4mo
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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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Number 2 in the series, and I just can‘t get enough! Murderbot is the best at reluctantly saving humans while his internal monologue shows his irritation with the whole situation. Already started #3.

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This will be a book that stays with me. Historian Rebecca Hall gives us the hidden history of women-led slave revolts, and the graphic novel illustrations of Hugo Martínez add another layer to the story, literally reflecting the past in the present.

While Hall‘s story is based in history, the tales in the book are imagined based on the known history since much has been erased, or is inaccessible to the historian, another fascinating aspect.

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One to Watch: A Novel | Kate Stayman-London
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Bea is a plus size blogger who loves the reality show Main Squeeze, but she‘s sick of the lack of representation of body size. When her post goes viral the producer asks her to be next up to pick her husband on the show.

I‘m leaving this as a pick because there was so much I liked about it around body representation, calling out fam shaming and more. But these kinds of reality shows make me feel itchy and I almost out it down 2X.

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This was a fascinating look into the start of NPR and the prejudice faced by white women trying to work in the industry- which is to say BIPOC women had it so much worse but that wasn‘t discussed in the book.

At times it felt a little choppy and incomplete, but it was worth a listen if news show or NPR hold interest for you.

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Author Anita Diamant offers a brief history of menstruation in the US and outside it, shaming of menstruaters worldwide, and the powerful younger generations who are actively working to change cultures worldwide. I appreciated the different lenses of racism, poverty, sexism and exclusion used to view menstruation as well.

While heartbreaking in some parts, this small book is definitely worth a read.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Murderbot is really terrible at its job. Really, it just wants humans to go away so it can watch video series and not have to interact with anyone. Gone rogue, Murderbot no longer has to follow directions, and it‘s tired of humans telling it what to do.

I loved this short space adventure with a sarcastic, human-wary human/bot who, despite everything, keeps saving humans even if he might not like them much.

bell7 I love this series so much! 4mo
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Oh. My. Goodness.
If you need a charming middle- grade-Autumn-queer-affirming graphic novel in your life, choose this one!

This is a great friend adventure with a witch, weregirl, pumpkin head, and a living ghost. Good read-alike for fans of the Cardboard Kingdom series or friend adventure fans. I loved this so much we are reading it for my Grades 4-7 graphic novel book club in October.

AkashaVampie If anyone is interested, this book is on Scribd!!! 4mo
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Author Rob Sanders has another winner with this historically based picture book about Queer history- America‘s first Gay wedding.

Told from the perspective of the cake topper, this charming story follows Jack and Michael as they meet, fall in love, and figure out a way to marry. Throughout, baking is a metaphor for relationship- Jack‘s last name is Baker - see what he did there?

Author‘s note and timeline are included.

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Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre | Carole Boston Weatherford
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This picture book beautifully takes the reader through the building of Black Wall Street and all that it offered its residents at a time when Black people were barred from most of those services in white communities.

Then the heartbreaking turn of events as white police and city officials plotted with the white mob in what became the Tulsa Race Massacre where 300 Black people were killed, hundreds injured, and eight thousand left homeless.

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A Picture of Murder | T E. KINSEY
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The Lady Hardcastle mysteries are just the right amount of cozy mystery and snark for me.

Lady Hardcastle lives in a small town with an inordinate number of murders. Fortunately for the town, Hardcastle and her trusty sidekick Armstrong are nearby to save the day- at least for those who remain. In this story more of Lady Hardcastle‘s often referred to past is illuminated, which was also refreshing.

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The Heart Principle | Helen Hoang
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I love Helen Hoang‘s books, and this is my favorite.

Anna life is falling apart around her, but her recent Autistic diagnosis becomes the beginning of rebuilding an authentic life. There with her is Quan, who isn‘t the one-night-stand he was supposed to be, but a partner who loves her as she is.

This story was lovely and hard and beautiful. Hoang, who is also Autistic, writes honestly, challenging stigmas and giving us all a heroine we need.

Jas16 Great review. I just finished this one too and really loved it. 4mo
Jemgirl2014 It's my favorite by her as well! Thanks for the review. 😊 4mo
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In World War II London three children are orphaned when their grandmother passes, just as children are being evacuated from the city. To put off the question of guardianship, the three are evacuated to the country where hopefully they can find a forever family.

This was a lovely story of longing, friends, and found family. Great for fans of Penderwicks or The War that Saved My Life.

merelybookish Pretty cover! 4mo
LeahBergen I enjoyed this one, too. 4mo
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Gearbreakers | Zoe Hana Mikuta
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I loved the world building and the story was great. But the ending, sheesh. It felt like the end of the chapter, not the end of the book, and I needed resolution. I‘ll probably read the second book, but I‘m grumpy.

Also, there are definite Hunger Games vibes, but a very different story. I liked it, I did.

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Gearbreakers | Zoe Hana Mikuta
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Reading today with this little cuddlepup 💕
#dogsoflitsy

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I‘m so excited about this! I just registered for this free online event. Posting the link in comments.

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The Harlem Charade | Natasha Tarpley
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This was a fantastic middle grade book, perfect for fans of The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street.

When a crime is committed in their community, three youth are brought together forming an unlikely friendship to not only solve the mystery, but save their community from falling into corrupt hands.

The sense of community in this story is heartwarming, and narrator Bahni Turpin, as always, makes this a performance that shouldn‘t be missed.

Tamra The cover art has the same vibe as Vanderbeekers too. 😃 5mo
BookInMyHands @Tamra Yes! Same palette! 5mo
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My friend gave me her ARC to read and WOW. I enjoyed You Had Me at Hola, but I loved this one. Friends to lovers AND pretend dating tropes. This was so much fun.

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The House That Wasn't There | Elana K. Arnold
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I love stories where all the pieces epically fit together in the end in a magical heartwarming (it‘s okay if I saw it coming) kind of way.

I love stories featuring neurodiverse people in a normal everyday kind of way - because that‘s life, and isn‘t it so much better that way?

Apparently I also love teleporting kittens. This story has it all. If I wore socks it would have charmed them off!
#middlegrademagic

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I dabble in knitting, so when I found this I thought it would be fun to learn a little more about the process of creating yarn. What a fun adventure! A thoroughly enjoyed this look at American wool, and now I feel compelled to go find a wool sweater made with American wool for Autumn too!

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Fugitive Telemetry | Martha Wells
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I have a friend who is a big fan of Murderbot, so when one of the series came up on Audible‘s Daily Deals I went for it.
The sarcastic internal dialogue was so damn funny. This was a great story, I just wish it was a little longer. I‘ve put the rest of the series on hold at the library. I think I jumped in at book six, but it was still a good stand alone.

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Taking place over one day in the lives of four famous siblings in 1983, this story is woven through past and present and their stories entwine. The past won‘t stay in the past, and before the night is over many lives will be changed forever.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is brilliant, and this was a great read. I loved Daisy Jones and the Six and I loved this one too.

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This story focuses on the citizens of Flint, the heroes who worked so hard to bring attention to the water that was and is killing their families and community.

Even though the state of Michigan took all power away from their citizens by creating a “manager” who reported only to the governor and not elected officials, ordinary people kept fighting to be heard.

#nonfictionforyouth

GondorGirl I lived in Flint for most of my life and have friends there who are still having to buy bottled water to brush their teeth. There is so much bullshit in the way that town was (and so is) treated by the people who were supposed to take care of it. 5mo
Tamra Infuriating how people‘s health was disregarded! 5mo
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If you don‘t believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible (I don‘t) and think it is often used as a weapon by Fundamentalist Evangelicals (I do) and are still a little fascinated by it (I am) then this is a great read for you too.
I love Rachel Held Evans and still mourn that she passed so early. I loved listening to the audiobook read by her ❤️💔.

Tamra I agree with you and I like the idea of exploring the historical and cultural meaning of biblical stories. Really of all spiritual texts and oral traditions. I‘ll have to check this one out. 5mo
MeganAnn Yes! Exactly what you wrote is what I was trying to articulate to my mom a few months ago. I‘ll have to pick up a copy of this to read and then maybe pass along to her. 5mo
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Based on the intriguing story of Belle de Costa Green, personal librarian to JP Morgan, this is a fantastic read. An exceptional business woman and trusted art curator, Belle was stand-out talent among men in a time when few women worked outside the home.

And she was hiding a secret- born of African-American parents, Belle and her mother and siblings were passing as white.

This historical fiction offers a fascinating look of life and love.

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Isn't It Bromantic? | Lyssa Kay Adams
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The latest in the Bromance Book Club series might be my favorite.

Vlad aka “The Russian,” married his childhood best friend to get her to the US where he plays professional hockey after her journalist father disappeared. Vlad has always hoped for more than a marriage of convenience, but Elana has finished her degree and will soon head back to Russia.

Can the guys help their friend capture the heart of the woman he loves before it‘s too late?

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I‘m glad I read this, and for the most part I really liked it and found it useful. This is the way I lead so in many ways it reinforces and gave reasons for why this works.
I do have a bone to pick with the author though. Every time someone writes about how the increase in ADHD diagnoses is related to screen time I get so effing mad. Just no. That is uninformed and perpetuates hurtful stereotypes. Neurodiverse is not a problem to be “fixed.”

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 re your comments on ADHD! 6mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6mo
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The Friend Zone | Abby Jimenez
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I think you get the plot from the title, so…

I read this book out of order, which was kind of a bummer since I knew about a significant episode in the plot. But it was still enjoyable.

Jimenez‘s romance packs a gut punch somewhere along the way, so if you like a little in the mix, this author is for you.

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Guts | Raina Telgemeier
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I finally read this exceptionally popular middle grade graphic novel. Of course it was great.

Semi-autobiographical, Raina captures her own experience as a young person with anxiety and IBS.

I loved the anxiety illustrations especially in this story.

LiteraryinLawrence I related so much to this book and thought it was so well done. I just love her work! 6mo
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This was a beautiful short story of a small group of refugees in a small boat, with big dreams and hope. Woven through their personal stories is the story of Suke and the white horse - hope.

This story reads like a fable and would make a good elementary read-aloud.

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After a coup leaves a usurper in control the Royal twins hide out among Communion of Blue where one youth finds their calling as a magical weaver, and both plot to expose the truth.

The fast paced middle-grade adventure is LGBTQ affirming and satisfying, a fun read with room for a series.

#LGBTQ #middlegrade #graphicnovel

Peddler410 I loved this story — especially in a graphic novel format. 6mo
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Too Bright to See | Kyle Lukoff
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Bug is grieving Uncle Roderick, who has been as close as a parent. Grieving and getting ready for 7th grade and a new school leaves Bug feeling pressure to figure out who Bug is, or wants to be.

Bug‘s house has something to say about it too. Bug has always known the house is haunted, but none of the ghosts have been interested in communicating, until now…

Inspiring and heartwarming - all the 😭 😍
#LGBTQ #ownvoices #middlegrade

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While We Were Dating | Jasmine Guillory
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Another winner from Jasmine Guillory!

When Ben‘s ad agency presentation impresses actress and spokesperson Anna Gardiner, a relationship blooms as the two are thrown together.

Not going to give more away, but this was great!