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Kailey Jo's Reviews

Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Chain-Gang All-Stars is critically challenging, emotionally wrenching, and thought provoking. Follow various perspectives through a world where the prison industry has taken over as the number one entertainment platform, bringing gory gladiator matches to the modern day. Fans of Friday Black will love Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s newest dystopian novel, one that confronts systemic racism, privatized prisons, and the tragedy that arises in the midst of pure violence. 

—Kailey Jo

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Chain Gang All Stars: A Novel By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593317334
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Published: Pantheon - May 2nd, 2023

The Flamingo by Guojing

During a vacation with her beloved Lao Lao (maternal grandmother), a young child finds a flamingo feather, sparking a magical story from her grandmother about a little girl who raised a flamingo. After she returns home, the girl is inspired to create a gift for her grandmother. Told mostly through beautiful illustrations, this intergenerational story feels like a hug from a loved one. Read it with a child who is missing someone dear and motivated to renew their connection.

—KAILEY JO

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The Flamingo: A Graphic Novel Chapter Book By Guojing Cover Image
By Guojing
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593127315
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Published: Random House Studio - September 27th, 2022

Maybe an Artist by Liz Montague

In this charmingly illustrated graphic memoir, Liz Montague recounts why they pursued art. With inspiration and encouragement, Maybe an Artist explores what it means to find your own calling in a world that wants to label you first. I highly recommend it to any kid who is exploring their own identities, passions, and dreams.

—KAILEY JO

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Maybe An Artist, A Graphic Memoir By Liz Montague Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593307823
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Published: Random House Studio - October 18th, 2022

Close Knit: 15 Patterns and 45 Techniques from Beginner to Advanced from Europe’s Coolest Knitter by Laerke Bagger

All crafters know that a good craft book comes with easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful images to match. You will get all this and more in Close Knit—made for beginners and pros alike! Bagger fans will be excited to find her unique knitting style and sustainable punk aesthetic inside. It will be easy to find your muse from the large amount of designs that fill cover to cover. 
—KAILEY JO

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Close Knit: 15 Patterns and 45 Techniques from Beginner to Advanced from Europe's Coolest Knitter By Lærke Bagger Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9783791388861
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Published: Prestel - November 8th, 2022

Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Patterns: Easy-Sew Pieces to Mix and Match by Lotta Jansdotter

Let what makes you unique shine through by creating a look inspired by Jansdotter’s latest sewing book. I love the adaptability of each design, allowing for creations that fit any style all year long. Complete with flexible sizing, layered pattern designs, and personal stories tied to every piece, this book is for anyone who is looking for a spark of motivation to make your wardrobe scream you!

—KAILEY JO

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Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Patterns: easy-sew pieces to mix and match By Lotta Jansdotter Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781419743986
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 18th, 2022

Visual Thinking by Temple Grandin

Thought provoking in every sense, Visual Thinkers looks at what it means to be a visual thinker in a verbal thinker’s world. It was eye-opening to learn why some people understand how a complex machine works better than they understand how to take a standardized test, and why society needs different types of thinkers to progress. Grandin breaks down her discovery in an accessible way so that anyone can better understand how our brains work.

—KAILEY JO

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Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions By Temple Grandin, PhD Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593418369
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 11th, 2022

The Genesis of Misery by Neon Yang

Misery Nomaki, possessed of vast powers, is thrust into the limelight when the people in the moon colony where she lives, start to think of her as the Last Messiah. Now she must confront the path laid before her: a war between the Faithful and the Heretics, and she is at the center of it all. She is this generation’s Joan of Arc—in space! I loved the fresh approach to LGBTQ+ representation. Highly recommended for anyone who loves a futuristic twist on a classic tale.

—KAILEY JO

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The Genesis of Misery By Neon Yang Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250788979
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Published: Tor Books - September 27th, 2022

Ithaca by Claire North

Travel alongside Hera, queen of queens, as she recounts the untold tale of Penelope, queen of Ithaca and wife of Odysseus. North eloquently critiques what it means to be the wife of a king and the son of a hero. I felt enthralled and honored to watch the story unfold through the eyes of Hera, an underrepresented figure of Olympus. An absolute must for fans of Madeline Miller's Circe.

—KAILEY JO

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Ithaca (Songs of Penelope #1) By Claire North Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316422963
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Published: Redhook - September 6th, 2022

Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke

Absurdist humor meets The Office in Calvin Kasulke’s Several People Are Talking. Gerald is trapped inside Slack—his office’s communication platform—and he must convince his colleagues that the system’s AI has taken over his body. This is a delightful, quick, and lighthearted read for those who have spent the last few years trapped behind a screen and who love a good bit of office drama.

—KAILEY JO

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Several People Are Typing: A Novel (Good Morning America Book Club) By Calvin Kasulke Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593313534
Availability: Backordered
Published: Anchor - September 27th, 2022

Shuna’s Journey by Hayao Miyazaki

Tired of watching his kingdom suffer, a young prince pushes against the odds to find a golden grain that will bring his kingdom into an era of prosperity. On his journey, he encounters parts of the world that go against everything he believes in. Adventure, heart-warming friendship, and nail-biting challenges are all here in Miyazaki’s distinguished and beautiful illustrations. This is a must-have addition to any Ghibli-lover’s bookshelf! 
—KAILEY JO

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Shuna's Journey By Hayao Miyazaki, Alex Dudok de Wit (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hayao Miyazaki, Alex Dudok de Wit (Translated by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250846525
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Published: First Second - November 1st, 2022

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