Cardboard MakerSpace Book Club

Her hair fell into her face and she hunched over, tongue sticking out of the corner of her mouth, fingering an LED light and a strip of copper tape. The cardboard car sat stubbornly askew on the tabletop. She moved silently, in tiny increments, only pausing to wipe her hand on her skirt or tuck her […]

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Insta Review: Honor Girl, by Maggie Thrash

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Young adult fiction with a focus on sexuality and exploration is becoming more and more common, but this is the first graphic novel that I have seen on the topic. Graphic novels that tackle serious issues give me heart […]

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Insta Review: Two Naomis, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Divorce isn’t easy on kids. There are lots of stories and movies that caricature that, with screaming teens and tearful, apologetic parents. But Two Naomis gives a more down-to-Earth look at life after divorce, and the complications when families […]

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Insta Review: Maxi’s Secrets, by Lynn Plourde

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! "Let’s get this part over with – it’s no secret. My dog, Maxi, dies.” The opening sentence of Maxi’s Secrets gives the reader fair warning, but it doesn’t make Maxi’s death much easier to get through. Maxi, a deaf […]

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Insta Review: Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! WHATTTTT WHATWHATWHAT. Man, I thought ghost stories were terrifying when they were in traditional form – and then I read this ghostly graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost. Teenage Anya is sick of bullies, being invisible to boys, and dealing with […]

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Insta Review: The Gigantic Beard That was Evil, by Stephen Collins

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Imagine a book that attempts to tackle all of the fears and insecurities and misunderstanding that cause conflict between humans. Now imagine it as a graphic novel….. About a beard. Are you still with me? I hope so, because […]

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Fitz’s Faves Jr: Noah’s review of Fluff Dragon, by Platte F. Clark

Do you like adventure books. If you do you would like Fluff Dragon. Fluff Dragon is really good. This boy called Max meets this type of dragon. The type of dragon is called a Fluff Dragon. After they met they pied on the Fluff Dragon’s enemy. The Fluff Dragon’s enemy is someone called Rezormoon. After […]

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Insta Review: So B. It, by Sarah Weeks

 Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Most stories featuring characters with special needs are told from the point of view of the character themselves (like Reign, Rain) or from the point of view of a sibling (Al Capone Does my Shirts). When I realized that […]

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Visiting Author: Liz Starin

Liz Starin is both an author and an illustrator, and St. Anne’s-Belfield School students have had so much fun learning about her and sharing her work during an author visit thanks to the Virginia Festival of the Book. Students loved all of Liz’s books – but Splashdance, which Liz both wrote and illustrated, was so beloved […]

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