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Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

As soon as I discovered Rainbow Rowell had written a graphic novel, I put it on the hold list for the library. Of course it’s a First Second publication – all the best graphic novels seem to come from them these days.

Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks

Published: 2019

Genre: YA fiction graphic novel

Length: 211

Setting: a pumpkin patch in October, present day

Summary: Short version: Two friends spend their last day working together at the pumpkin patch Continue reading

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Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine

This is the fifth and last book in the Great Library series. The family got to borrow it from a friend who ordered a copy of the book, which was great because I didn’t even realize it was out already.

Published: 2019

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 354 pages

Setting: Alexandria, soon after the events of Smoke and Iron

Summary: Short version: The gang have to save the Great Library from internal and external attack Continue reading

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Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

This was a book on my Kindle. I’m sure I put it there because of my enjoyment of Little Brother. I needed something other than Discworld to read on vacation.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 384 pages

Setting: mostly Canada, near future

Summary: Short version: A new society develop by walking away from the economic rat race Continue reading

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Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

I’ve been hearing about the book as a great example of science fiction by a black author and decided to pick it up. Luckily, my library had the novellas collected into a single book.

Published: 2019 as a collection, 2015-2017 as novellas

Genre: 358 pages

Setting: mostly the desert African city of Himba, and the planet Oozma Uni

Summary: Short version: Binti’s event-filled life after she’s accepted to an off-world school Continue reading

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How Long ’til Black History Month by N. K. Jemisin

I had picked up this collection to read two Locus Award nominee for short stories. I enjoyed them so much I got sucked into reading the rest of the collection.

Published: 2018 for the collection, 2004-2017 for the individual stories

Genre: science fiction and fantasy

Length: 397 pages

SummaryShort version: A collection of Jemisin’s short stories. I’ll summarize each one briefly Continue reading

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A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harrow

Green sea turtle in Graham’s Harbor

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Nebula and Hugo Short Story awards.

Published: February, 2018 in Apex Magazine (read for free online at that link)

Genre: fantasy

Setting: a rural South library, present day

Summary: Short version: A librarian has to decide if she will give a boy the locked away book he needs. Continue reading

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Swing by Kwame Alexander

This was one of the first week’s offerings from the 2019 Sync Audiobooks for teens. (There are two new free audiobooks offered each week.) I love Kwame Alexander and wanted to listen to his latest, especially since he was reading it himself.

Published: 2018

Genre: YA book in verse fiction

Length: 448 pages of text, 4:12 hours of audio

Setting: an American city, present day

Summary: Short version: The life of two teenage black boys in the city Continue reading

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