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GirlNamedJesse

GirlNamedJesse

Joined May 2016

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Blood City Rollers | V.P. Anderson
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My adult brain couldn‘t let go of the ridiculous-ness of the premise, but it was a fun story and I learned a bit about roller derby, too. Lots of threads were left untugged that I wish had been explored. Perhaps they will be in future volumes.

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A fun, spooky story for the middle grade crowd (or scaredy-cat adults like me)! This tale moves fast; from making friends to saving the day, Jerry doesn‘t let up for a second! Loved the rep, Paul, and girls saving the day! Oh, and definitely squealed at the Supernatural reference. 🐉

Kenyazero Sounds super cute! 6d
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Summer Vamp: (A Graphic Novel) | Violet Chan Karim
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A cute summer camp switch story featuring friendship, cooking, and vampires! 🧛‍♀️

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Hank has my whole heart! This poor kid is put in impossible situation after impossible situation. It was absolutely maddening to see adults treat an 11-year-old kid like he‘s supposed to be able to make decisions way above his maturity level. I appreciated the realistic and hopeful nature of the ending. 💙

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The Deep Dark: A Graphic Novel | Molly Knox Ostertag
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I love books that go in a completely different direction than I expect. I was purely along for the ride with this one! The use of (and lack of) color made for a beautiful story, as well as the message. I love Mags! 💙

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Swim Team | Johnnie Christmas
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A solid story about facing your fears. A few parts were a bit clunky, but overall I really liked it!

Picture: We took out the boat for the first time in years. A little freaky to be in 121 feet of water! 😳 #lakesuperior

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The Secret Library | Kekla Magoon
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It's not often that a book surprises me, but this one sure did! I loved Dally's adventures, especially those on a pirate ship!, and her exploration of her family history. There were so many surprises in the very last few chapters that my mind is still reeling. I need to get my hands on a print copy so I can check out that family tree!! Thanks to Libro.fm and Candlewick for the advanced listening copy!

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Skater Boy | Anthony Nerada
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Once I started making progress I couldn‘t stop reading! This book is like a roller coaster; there‘s always something happening that stars ✨ requires ✨ you to turn the page. I loved watching Wes, and those around him, learn about himself and how he relates to the world around him. 🛹 📸 🩰

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The Whipping Boy | Sid Fleischman
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This book is ridiculous. lol I thought the writing was a little stilted, but intermediate chapter books often have that feeling. The adventure was amusing, and it was rewarding to see the boys‘ friendship blossom. Prince Brat‘s transformation was the most dramatic, but Jemmy learned some things about himself and what he wants from life, too. While reading it I wasn‘t feeling too impressed, but looking back at it as a whole has me feeling nostalgic

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Reading these makes me so upset that the show was cancelled after only one season! This world is so unique and detailed and fascinating. Lockwood, Lucy, and George are such a funny little trio; I can‘t wait to see what else they get up to in future books. 👻 ⚔️ 💀

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Louder Than Hunger | John Schu
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When I was ten years old my then fifteen-year-old cousin was admitted to a lock-down facility for non-compliant youth because she would not treat her type 1 diabetes and seemed to be literally wasting away. I have no idea if her experience was anything like Jake‘s, but his story painfully illustrates how lonely and difficult that healing process must have been. I‘m grateful for this look into the psyche of someone living with anorexia nervosa.

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The Night War | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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I was on the edge of my seat throughout this story! Kimberly Brubaker Bradley always succeeds in creating characters that leap off the page, but Miri did so and then dragged me back in with her. The ending went faster than I expected, but I still enjoyed it very much.

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Twelve Bones | Rosie Talbot
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I enjoyed this much more than the first book in the series. The characters felt like real people and the magic is so cool and unique! I am struggling a bit with the ending. It‘s not at all what I expected and while it‘s hopeful it‘s also messy and sad. Not necessarily a bad thing, just not what I was hoping for. I do enjoy this world and it‘s magic, though.

TheIntrovertedDodoBird I was heartbroken by the end of the sequel. I wasn't quite expecting what happened. I'm glad you enjoyed it 😊. 2mo
GirlNamedJesse @TheIntrovertedDodoBird Okay, I‘m glad to hear you say that, because while I enjoyed the first like 90%, I was totally thrown by the end! It‘s just so SAD! 😭 2mo
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Not Quite a Ghost | Anne Ursu
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I adore this book! Sure I had to stop reading because I saw something moving in the hallway, and sure my fear of “someone in the mirror” was reawakened, and sure the description of “not quite a ghost” turned my stomach, but it‘s inspired by The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (love it!) and the doctors are enRAGing, and Violet learns to stand up for herself. 👻

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Breathe: Journeys to Healthy Binding | Maia Kobabe, Sarah Peitzmeier
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This book is an amazing resource; I‘m so glad it exists. My heart hurts for those individuals who have attempted binding with ace bandages or duct tape (!!). Hopefully the information contained in this slim graphic novel will prevent the injuries that can be caused by binding unsafely.

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Oh, how I loved this! I knew on the first page I was going to and then it surprised me and twisted a bit and got BETTER and now I‘m absolutely head over heels. Such a wonderful evisceration of beauty culture wrapped in fairy and folktales with people getting what they deserve! 🧜‍♀️🦭

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Tree. Table. Book. | Lois Lowry
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Wow; this one packs a punch! It's a pleasure to watch young Sophie grow and learn to accept what's best for others isn't always what's best for you. I adored her and elder Sophie's friendship and watching them struggle through the early stages of dementia was heartbreaking. Older Sophie's stories associated to each word were devastating and eye-opening to her listeners (young Sophie and me).

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This was quite fun! I never connected as much as I hoped I would, but I still appreciate the adventure, camaraderie, and silliness.

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Sixteen Souls | Rosie Talbot
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While this didn‘t grip me as quickly or intensely as I was hoping it definitely was a full-tilt sprint to the end that had me captivated! I liked the incorporation of “mathemagics” and other ghost-adjacent world-building, and it kept me guessing until the end.

TheIntrovertedDodoBird I was wondering if I'd come across your review after we spoke about this book and Cemetery Boys/The Sunbearer Trials! The sequel is even better, in my opinion! 👻 3mo
GirlNamedJesse @TheIntrovertedDodoBird I‘m really glad you said this. I was going back and forth on reading the sequel, but I‘m going to do it now! Thanks again for the recc; I‘ve really enjoyed it! (Also, I just finished the arc of Celestial Monsters and it is SO GOOD! 😍) 3mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @GirlNamedJesse The sequel really amps the tension up a notch! I loved Villiers so much 😍. You're so welcome. I'm so glad I came across your review. And I'm over the moon you enjoyed it, too! You are so lucky to have read Celestial Monsters! I can't wait for it to be released. I'm dying to read it! 3mo
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Celestial Monsters | Aiden Thomas
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Finishing this on my birthday is my favorite gift! I can‘t say much since this isn‘t out until September, but I LOVE this world. I purposefully tried to slow myself down because I didn‘t want it to end, but I also couldn‘t stop devouring it. I‘m going to miss Reino del Sol and all of these characters. I foresee many rereads in the future! 🦜❤️‍🔥

TheIntrovertedDodoBird You're so lucky. I would love to get my hands on the ARC of this book! 3mo
GirlNamedJesse @TheIntrovertedDodoBird It is the greatest perk of being a librarian and one no one ever mentioned it to me until I already was one! This book is definitely worth the wait! I almost wish I‘d waited because I have no one to talk to about it!! 😬 3mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @GirlNamedJesse Oh my, you're so much lucky. I knew the kid in me who aspired to be a librarian was onto something! I'm waiting impatiently for the release date to finally arrive! I'm so glad it's good! I couldn't imagine not blabbing about it the first chance I got if I'd read the ARC 😆. I hope you get to have a good conversation about it when it's FINALLY released! 3mo
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Celestial Monsters | Aiden Thomas
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Made a reading nest in our dome. The kiddos and I are reading dinosaur books and I have my kindle for the arc of Celestial Monsters! 🦜 (It‘s 44*F so I‘m kind of freezing. 😂)

Princess-Kingofkings Parenting win 🎯 3mo
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The First State of Being | Erin Entrada Kelly
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Oh, I love all of this! Michael (and the reader) learns some very valuable lessons about living in the moment, the futility of obsessing over the future, and paying kindness forward. I also loved the hints about what happened to our 1999 characters and the reassurance that a small act can have long-lasting repercussions. 🥚

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Ferris | Kate DiCamillo
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Oh, my goodness, I will never forget Pinky Wilkey as long as I live! That girl is trouble personified. Every character in here is some kind of wacky and I love them all the more for it. What a fun, beautiful love story. Because, after all, “every story is a love story”. 💜 Thanks to Libro.fm for an advanced listening copy!

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The Sunbearer Trials | Aiden Thomas
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Re-reading before I dive into the arc of Celestial Monsters! 😍 Also, I decided that it‘s spring, now, and got out our table. Enjoying the sun even though it‘s only 44*F.

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Teenage Dirtbags | James Acker
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I received a copy of Teenage Dirtbags by James Acker for consideration for the award committee I‘m on (Great Lakes Great Books). I legit yelled when I saw it in the box. I LOVED The Long Run and I am so excited to jump into this! Thanks Inkyard! #greatlakesgreatbooks #awardcommittee

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Flamer | Mike Curato
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Jarrett J. Krosoczka said “this book will save lives” and I really think that says it best. What a phenomenal resource for teens and other readers who are experiencing extreme bullying and harassment, and contemplating self-harm or suicide. My heart hurts for the character of Aiden and for the author who had these experiences to base the book on.

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Ghost Roast | Shawne Gibbs, Shawnelle Gibbs
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After Chelsea is forced to spend the summer working for her father‘s cringy paranormal hunting office she discovers she can actually see ghosts! Suddenly, days spent at the old Harrington plantation are much more enjoyable, especially when she visits with Oliver, a mysterious teen ghost on the property. Solving the mystery of Oliver‘s identity while finding her own way of dealing with the dead make for a busy summer for Chelsea! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The In-Between | Katie Van Heidrich
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I felt very nostalgic finding all the early 2000s Easter eggs in this memoir in verse. I had to break out my middle school cd collection to re-listen to some Brandy, Christina, and Alicia Keys. Life is messy and Katie is stuck in the middle of it. I enjoyed this slice of life a lot. It took a while to finish, but I think that was more my head space than the book itself.

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Elf Dog and Owl Head | M. T. Anderson
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I adore this book! It is weird and inventive and relatable and did I mention weird? There is an absolutely perfect passage (pictured), a tiny bit of eeriness, and ✨ m a g i c ✨.

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Fence: Redemption | C.S. Pacat
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This is my favorite volume so far! So much happened! Seiji and Nicholas‘ “appointment” was my favorite (lol), though meeting Jesse was amazing, the fencing was fun, and Aiden being the one pining over Harvard for a change was refreshing. I need to know what happens next!! 🤺 ⚔️

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Buzzing (A Graphic Novel) | Samuel Sattin, Rye Hickman
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I was not expecting the TTRPGs in this story of a kiddo with OCD. I wish the nerdiness was more apparent from the start; I think I would‘ve been drawn in faster. I liked the hinted romance, sibling growth, and embracing the weird!

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Celestial Monsters | Aiden Thomas
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I am checking Edelweiss EVERY DAY to see if I can request an arc yet! Aiden Thomas is my absolute favorite author of YA and I cannot wait to finish Teo‘s story!!!!! 😍😍😍

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Ah, middle school. You couldn‘t pay me to go back. I do find it funny that in seventh grade I coveted the glasses another girl had, while Rex is doing everything in his power to avoid his. 😂

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The best way to ring in any year: with Heartstopper! I really loved the growth Nick and Charlie (and many other characters) experienced in this volume. There‘s so much coming into yourself and figuring out who you are as a person that happens as a teenager and it‘s delightful to see it happen for two of my favorites. I love these characters so, so much. ❤️

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Kelly Barnhill writes the most magical stories! This one felt a little too real sometimes (for me, as an adult living through eerily similar times), but it is all the better for it! The message is beautiful, timely, and timeless: be kind.

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Weird, magical, eerie, and strange. I went in with an open mind, and was still taken aback by this sequence of events. An incredibly unique idea that didn‘t end how I wanted it to! lol Still, this idea will keep me up at night….wondering.

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Squire | Nadia Shammas, Sara Alfageeh
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WHY did I wait so long to read this?! Girls with swords is one of my favorite things. 😍 My little Tamora Pierce-loving middle school self is infatuated with becoming a knight. I really loved the world these authors created and for the bigger picture they pointed out that is often left out of stories like these.

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Shakti | SJ Sindu
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Magic, mythology, and family; three of my favorite things to read about. I enjoyed Shakti‘s growth, as well as the immersion into another culture and this specific type of witchcraft. (Little one is painting “bringing to life” her Paw Patrol figures in the background.) 🐾

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This is such a unique setup! I expected a novel when I pulled this off the shelf, but that is not what I found. Lowry begins with a discovery: the Windeby child unearthed in Germany in 1952. She creates a fictionalized account of the life of that child, shares further history, and tells a different story of the Windeby child. It‘s a fascinating exercise. I can see this being an excellent example for beginning storytellers. And it‘s # 100 for 2023!

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Brooms | Jasmine Walls
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This had me at “a queer, witchy Fast & the Furious” and kept me with amazing characters, standing up for what‘s right, and fascinating magic! ❤️

Kenyazero That sounds absolutely amazing 😍 super excited to see I can borrow it on Hoopla! 7mo
GirlNamedJesse @Kenyazero Woohoo! I hope you love it, too! 😊 7mo
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How to Stay Invisible | Maggie C. Rudd
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Wow! This ended up being one of my very favorite reads of the year! Raymond is such a resilient kid, but my heart broke over and over to see him struggle through things no kid should ever have to handle. The story serves as a reminder that we never know what someone else is living through and to pay attention to signs that someone needs help. 🐶 🦊 🎣 🔥 🌲

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Dear Mothman | Robin Gow
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The reasons I struggled to connect with this book were all mine. It‘s not the usual POV I go for and the struggles were nearly all internal which makes the story lag for me. But I was fascinated with Mothman and how Noah used him to process his grief for his friend.

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Half Moon Summer | Elaine Vickers
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Drew and Mia‘s stories intertwine and separate over and over again, always returning to the path. Their stories both show the value of resiliency; of taking one more step, running a little further, just breathe, breathe, breathe, and being there for each other. Theirs is a beautiful story of friendship and family and running.

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I loved seeing how the absence of stories affected the people around her in small and striking ways. Some stories just resonate like they‘re in tune with in your soul. Ultimately, I enjoyed Poppy‘s adventure and I hope a tiny reader finds it and takes its message to heart because, after all, “If you can‘t find your place, make it”. 🦁🪽 📖 ✨

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This was a fun graphic novel about a fictional peewee hickey team in Flint, Michigan in the eighties. I didn‘t connect with the characters as much as I‘d hoped I would, but there‘s a lot of great team building/friendship making moments throughout.

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This is such a delight! Helvetica, our raven narrator, is so funny! I love the little nods and twists to familiar fairy tales, and all the new fantastical elements to this magical story. I can‘t wait to read more about Gumluck‘s adventures! 🍦

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Eb & Flow | Kelly J. Baptist
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I enjoyed this book (especially the shared sequence towards the end), but never really connected with it. As a reader I got to know each character individually, but they barely interact through the entire book.

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This story tore my heart out, twisted it up, set it on fire, and planted it back in my body. My heart hurts for the people who suffered through the Holodomor. Millions of Ukrainians starved to death in one year because of a man-made famine. The "drought" was fabricated; greed is what powered their systemic starvation. I‘m so glad I read this wonderful, heart wrenching book! ?

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I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a book with an autistic narrator before Maudie! Seeing through her first person point-of-view the way she experiences the world was eye-opening. I was grateful for the cast of adults who modeled appropriate behavior, discouraged secret keeping, and were unique, interesting people who helped show Maudie the wonderful person she is. And I‘d be thrilled if her mom and Ron fell off the face of the planet. ✌️

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Dust | Dusti Bowling
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There aren‘t many higher compliments for me than “I read this in a day because I could NOT put it down.” I love the possible sci-fi elements and Avalyn‘s extreme empathy. I appreciated the terrifying asthma rep (and food allergy rep!). And I am so grateful for this book‘s message. ❤️