Tera's Reviews

What a heart-wrenching story and what sweet redemption! Whenever I look at this picture book I get a shiver of bittersweet heartache and pleasure. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble will always be one of my favorites. Ages 4 & up. - Tera

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By William Steig, William Steig (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780671662691
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - April 2nd, 1987

I consider this the best middle grade novel of all time. Meg is so uncertain a heroine—caught up in strange and unnerving worlds on the trail of her disappeared father—yet she still manages to do what is necessary. She remains the model of a hero for me. Ages 11 & up. - Tera

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A Wrinkle in Time Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780312367541
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Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2007

This sharply mischievous telling of Aesop’s Fables hooked me when I was a child and still elicits delight after a hundred rereadings. A true classic. Ages 5 & up. - Tera

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Fables Cover Image
By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780064430463
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Published: HarperTrophy - September 7th, 1983

Kevin Henkes is the master of the picture book. In this board book adaptation, he captures the delight of glimpsing birds—in trees, on telephone wires, and on the wing—while imagining what it would be like to fly. Vivid colors and playful scenes bring whimsy to life. - Tera

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By Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062573056
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 7th, 2017

Newbery Award–winner Cynthia Rylant celebrates all the little treasures a day brings, from planting seeds to sailing a paper boat in a puddle. Nikki McClure illustrates this board book with gorgeous black silhouettes set against bright backdrops of yellow and blue. - Tera

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All in a Day Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Nikki McClure (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781419726125
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 2nd, 2017

The Other Slavery is a masterful new picture of the Americas, unlike anything in a conventional history book. It is a sweeping story of how conquest, debt peonage, and bureaucratic sleight-of-hand were used to cover up a vast slave-trading network that began in the Caribbean and spread through Latin America, and New Mexico, California, and the rest of the American West, affecting millions of Native Americans. Written with a storyteller’s aplomb and a historian’s expertise, it kept my jaw dropping and my light on late into the night. - Tera

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ISBN: 9780544947108
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Published: Mariner Books - April 18th, 2017

Funny, sarcastic, and real, Lucy is a heroine who is just trying to make it out of adolescence with her self-respect intact. This gem from an Asian-Australian writer penetrates deeply into how we try to leave our old selves behind for something shiny and new—and how that never works out. A standout like Eleanor & Park and I’ll Give You the Sun, this is by far my favorite young adult book of the year. Read this book! Ages 13 & up.                                                   —TERA

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ISBN: 9780399550485
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

All three books in Congressman John Lewis’ epic graphic novel biography series have received massive acclaim. Compulsively readable and powerfully told, March: Book Three takes graphic novel literature to a new level, while also teaching with visceral impact about the civil rights movement. This final book in the trilogy takes on the tumultuous years before the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Great literature that digs deep into justice, nonviolence, and courage. Ages 12 & up.        —TERA

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By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781603094023
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 2nd, 2016

Even better than Scorpion Rules, the first book in the series, The Swan Riders is gripping from beginning to end, with a fast, tight plot that keeps you wanting more. But what makes it unique among young adult science fiction novels is the relationship between Greta, royal heir of the Pan Polar Confederacy, and Talis, the AI who controls the fate of the world in his spider’s web. When one of his incarnations breaks away from the central mastermind, he starts to experience what enforced peace, free will, and emotional attachment mean on the human level. Even an AI can have doubts in this utterly fascinating dystopian novel. Ages 13 & up.  —TERA

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ISBN: 9781481442749
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 20th, 2016

Luna was left in the woods as an infant by superstitious villagers. Xan, a witch, intends to take her for adoption to a nearby town but can’t seem to part with her. When she feeds her on the moon’s magic, Xan knows she’s created a big problem: Luna has magic, and too much of it. Meanwhile, something evil suppresses the hopes of the villagers, feeding on their despair. A delightful fantasy, featuring a kindly witch, a sage swamp monster, his buddy (a miniature dragon who imagines himself big), and an epic struggle to save the forest. For readers of Jinx, Real Boy, and Rick Riordan. Grades 5–8.  —TERA

 

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ISBN: 9781616205676
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 9th, 2016

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