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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.



The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

Susan is searching for the identity of her father and knows London is the place to start. Before truly beginning, she’s drawn into the whirlwind world of the electrifying Merlin (no, not that Merlin) and his strange family of booksellers, who keep the world of goblins and fae in balance. This madcap adventure with unparalleled world building kept me guessing at every step. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London deserves a place on the shelf with Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones.
— Ivy

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ISBN: 9780062683250
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 22nd, 2020

Twins, Vol. 1 Written by Varian Johnson Illustrated by Shannon Wright

Francine and Maureen are best friends who happen to be identical twins. Starting sixth grade, Maureen doesn’t want things to change, but Francine suddenly wants to be Fran and pushes her sister away. Everything comes to a head when the sisters run against each other for class president. Both girls are realistically drawn (figuratively and literally) and I found myself bouncing between sides. If you’ve read Real Friends or Invisible Emmie, you’ll want to check out this series-starting graphic novel! — Ivy

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By Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338236170
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Graphix - October 6th, 2020

Fly on the Wall by Remy Lai

Henry Khoo, who is NOT a baby, is on a mission to prove his independence. His proof? He’s going on a long-distance trip by himself without telling his family. What follows is a series of mishaps worthy of a farce. This graphic novel/prose hybrid is hilarious, fun, and inspiring. I related so much to Henry and was charmed by his successes and mistakes. Great for fans of Jerry Craft’s New Kid and Shannon Hale’s work. — Ivy

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By Remy Lai, Remy Lai (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250314116
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 15th, 2020

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles

All Because You Matter is the continuation of an important conversation parents are having right now about the Black Lives Matter movement. The art celebrates Black joy and the text is uplifting—a celebration without minimizing the wrongs done to Black people. The past must be reckoned with to move forward and work toward a more just world, and as the parent of a white child, I appreciate the support and language this book gives us to build a better future for all. — Ivy

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By Tami Charles, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338574852
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Published: Orchard Books - October 6th, 2020

The Contradictions by Sophie Yanow

It feels like every college student is trying to find themself and often it’s the failures that become the most meaningful. With Yanow’s expert eye and bold art style, The Contradictions explores the world of the college student trying to find themself and finding that their failures end up being the most meaningful part of their journey. While studying abroad, Sophie falls into a group of anarchists and sees firsthand the struggle and contradictions not just of her new friends but of herself. Yanow has managed to tap into the psyche of youth and come out with some profound insights into the human condition.  — Ivy

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ISBN: 9781770464070
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 8th, 2020

Baking at the 20th Century Cafe: Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake by Michelle Polzine

My obsession with baking took a weird turn during shelter-in-place. Finding the intersection of history and baked goods took over my life (I even started a blog), and I totally fell in love with Michelle Polzine’s passion for Middle and Eastern European Old World recipes. Her cookbook is funny, insightful, and full of surprises. Making the now-famous Honey Cake is definitely an exacting trial, but there are recipes for bakers of every level. I’ll be referencing this one a lot for the wow factor alone!  — Ivy

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ISBN: 9781579658984
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Published: Artisan - October 20th, 2020

Conditional Citizens by Laila Lalami

We’re having a moment of reckoning right now in relation to race, immigration, and the trajectory of this country. Laila Lalami (The Other Americans) has a unique insight into what it means to be American through the act of choosing to become one. It’s not an easy process and, as Lalami expertly outlines, is never really a finished or concrete process either. An excellent contribution to this vital global conversation, Conditional Citizens brims with the beautiful language and insight we have come to expect from such an excellent writer. — Ivy

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ISBN: 9781524747169
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Published: Pantheon - September 22nd, 2020

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

ZJ’s dad is famous, like football-star famous, but he’s suffering from headaches and doctors don’t know what’s wrong. Told in Woodson’s iconic beautiful poetry, we get a firsthand account of a loving father-son relationship growing as it faces adversity. Woodson’s way with words takes my breath away every time, and this book is a stark reminder that kids see more than we think. Perfect for sports fans, of course, but also anyone looking for stories about strong family bonds. —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780399545436
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian by Tim Probert

Bea, a young girl who has intense anxiety, and a Galdurian, a species assumed extinct, team up to find Bea’s missing and increasingly infirm grandfather. Traveling through Irpa (their world), they discover beautiful wonders and creeping dangers. A wildly inventive start of what is sure to be an exciting graphic novel series, I couldn’t put it down for anything. I can’t wait for the next installment! Fans of Amulet and Mighty Jack take notice, this one's for you. —Ivy

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By Tim Probert, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062990464
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperAlley - September 1st, 2020

Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin

It’s easy to feel small in this wide and ever expanding universe, especially when you’re not yet very tall. This book gives readers a great sense of scale and upholds our place in the universe. Chin has a knack for taking large and complex concepts and making them accessible to everyone. The art is so detailed it’s easy to feel like the illustrations are real. This is a great book for science-minded kids, but everyone could benefit from the greater understanding it provides. —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780823446230
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 1st, 2020


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