Insta Review: Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! How does one review a Jerry Spinelli book, exactly? I realize that it’s probably not great to give every single one of his books a standing ovation, and yet… can we just give everything with Spinelli on it six […]

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Insta Review: Moo, by Sharon Creech

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Sharon Creech doesn’t just write stories – she creates visual soundscapes that fill the air around you as you read. Her writing is like jazz, with the reader be-bopping and toe tapping their way through a story without even […]

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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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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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Insta Review: The Best Man, by Richard Peck

 Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it!  Snapchat in book form? The Best Man does a great job of reflecting what its like to come of age in a time where viral videos and lightening-quick judgements are the norm. But as an interesting reflection of the […]

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