Ivy's Reviews

Ivy grew up very close to Santa Cruz and is a UC Santa Cruz graduate. She is the head of the Hardback section, History, and helps with Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Her voracious reading appetite can include anything from history, fiction, graphic novels, and anything in between.

 

 

It is impossible to overstate the impact Star Wars and the women in the galaxy far, far away had on my life. When Princess Leia raised her face in defiance of Darth Vader, my little girl heart swelled. A woman could be a princess and a badass; there was no need to choose. Since then the Star Wars universe has expanded to include many more powerful women. I can’t wait to dig into this beautiful homage to women’s strength. - Ivy

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Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy Cover Image
By Amy Ratcliffe, Kathleen Kennedy (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452166315
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 30th, 2018

A historian with many interests—from Jane Franklin to Wonder Woman—Jill Lepore here explores the very origins of our country. At a time when it feels like the foundation is crumbling, it’s important to look back and understand how the United States was formed. Lepore has a deftness with language that is always a delight to read. The pages of These Truths breezed by pleasurably. Ivy

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These Truths: A History of the United States Cover Image
$31.96
ISBN: 9780393635249
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 18th, 2018

If you’ve ever driven Highway 5 late at night, you know there is something ethereal about the long stretch of road when it is blanketed with stars. Joseph Fink evokes the same feeling in his newest novel, Alice Isn’t Dead. After the supposed death of her wife, Keisha—certain Alice is still alive—abandons her life to become a trucker and search for the missing Alice, and runs afoul of a sinister and horrifying organization. Strange and glorious, this book will leave you changed. - Ivy

Don’t miss our event with Joseph Fink on November 15th.

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Alice Isn't Dead: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062844132
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 30th, 2018

Reading The Last Unicorn is like drinking a warm cup of cocoa on a rainy night, so it was lovely to read this wonderful first draft and see the origins of the book. So many things changed before the story became the book we know, but the writing in this early version is so entrancing it’s hard to believe this wasn’t the final adventure. There is so much to delight in, both in the familiar and the new. - Ivy

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The Last Unicorn the Lost Journey Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781616963088
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Published: Tachyon Publications - November 12th, 2018

A sense of levity is needed when you live in an inhospitable environment and Michael P. Branch’s humor is as dry as the desert he lives in. Alternating between pensive and comedic, he paints a picture of the terse, but generous community he’s chosen to raise his family. As an introvert, I was compelled to tread in his footsteps despite my hatred of heat. A must read for those who love nature and to laugh with your whole self. - Ivy

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How to Cuss in Western: And Other Missives from the High Desert Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611804614
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Published: Roost Books - August 28th, 2018

This companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon stands firmly on its own. Pinmei and a young boy from her village, Yishan, embark on an incredible journey to rescue her grandmother from the clutches of the power-mad emperor. Interspersed with Chinese-inspired folktales and Grace Lin’s elegant artwork, and steeped in evocative prose, this volume is an excellent addition to the magical art of storytelling. Grades 3–6. - Ivy

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When the Sea Turned to Silver Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316125949
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

Growing up in the United States, the children of immigrants often feel torn between two cultures: the world of their peers and the world of their parents. Amina watches her best friend, Korean American Soojin, struggle to fit into their very American school and Amina wonders if she should be doing the same. Tackling tough questions of racism, faith, and culture, this book sheds light on the hard realities facing immigrant children today. Grades 4–6. - Ivy

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Amina's Voice Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481492072
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 1st, 2018

A wolf wilder “untames” wolves that have been kept as pets for aristocrats, and the young Feodora takes her jobs as a wolf wilder seriously. A new edict from the tsar declares all wolves be shot rather than released into the wild, and Feodora rebels. When a vicious Russian general burns her home to the ground and imprisons her mother, Feodora takes a lupine swipe at the government on her rescue mission. With its dry wit and skillful writing, this book will sharpen your own teeth. Grades 4–7. - Ivy

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The Wolf Wilder Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481419437
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

Firsthand accounts from multiple viewpoints are interspersed with Hopkinson’s compelling prose and punctuated by historical photographs in this well-rounded account of the Second World War. This book will satisfy those of us who appreciate a historical narrative clearly told, as well as other World War II aficionados. Grades 5–8. - Ivy, Michelle, & Ga

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Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific: The Incredible Story of U.S. Submarines in WWII Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545425599
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 27th, 2018

Everyone needs Gracie to be fine. So, she’s fine with people accidentally bringing up her sister who died before she was born. She’s fine when her crush, AJ, turns out to have feelings for her best friend, Sienna. She’s even fine when Sienna asks her to write text messages to AJ for her, like some sort of middle school Cyrano. Engaging and well written. Gracie’s hilarious voice shines in an otherwise awkward situation. Grades 6–8. - Ivy

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Well, That Was Awkward Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147513984
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Published: Puffin Books - February 27th, 2018

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