#torchystacos knows how to make it awkward when you are dining alone
Deftones... Haven't seen them since White Pony. We're both getting up there...
Morning visitors in Cole.
Date night! #emptynest
Drew doesn't have Instagram... :(
Trying out the Reuben at Olive & Finch. (Protip: bring a lunch buddy to share with... that's a lot of sandwich)
Coming down the backside.
#AWintersPromise by #ChristelleDabos. Translated by #HildegardeSerle @europaeditions 2018.
I would recommend Christelle Dabos’ A Winter’s Promise solely on the basis that the hero is asexual and aromantic presenting, but if you are just looking for an unconventional heroine in Young Adult Fantasy? You will enjoy this French import.
A Winter’s Promise is the tempered unraveling of a breathtaking blood-thirsty intrigue and at the center, at the greatest risk of it all, is Ophelia’s identity. A perfect Young Adult novel for our times, with a hero better suited to our reality than most contemporary offerings.
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#yafantasy #strongfemaleprotagonists #queerliterature
color coordinating our current reads... #anabsolutelyremarkablething @hankgreen #thethreebodyproblem #liucixin @kyliu99 #lifedarnell #booknerds
hmmm, now where to start...
#TwoRoads by @bruchacjo
Two Roads will come across to many primarily as an educational novel. 1932 was a busier year in US history than many of us will remember from our classes and books.
In such a harsh landscape that is 1932 in the United States, there are good people doing good. Cal clings to his father and his father shows him how to not only survive, but find friendship, joy, and a sense of self-possession; Cal finds friends who can offer him that same kind of companionship at boarding school. And it feels all the more vital due to the threats of erasure, starvation, physical violence, and other indignities.
Bruchac writes a story of a boy who will find his way despite the best and worst intentions of those in positions of authority. Cal finds a community who looks out for one another, often advocating for one another and sharing their resources. I think young readers will appreciate the camaraderie and the determination the heroes in this novel demonstrate. Two Roads is timely and timeless.
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#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #middlegradebooks #historicalfiction
#LibbaTheMagnificentMusicalLifeofElizabethCotten by @lauraveirs & @tlynnfaz @chroniclebooks
When Libba was a young girl, she took up her brother’s guitar. In order to play it left-handed, she flipped it up and around and played it backwards. Once her brother left the house, she had to raise money for her own guitar, again turning it upside down and backwards.
Inspired by the sounds and rhythms of her life, she composed the iconic folk song “Freight Train” before she was 13 years old. “But even trains get derailed.” The story shows how the qualities and the talent of the young Libba are found and continue to be nurtured in the older Libba; it just took time for her to be heard. And it took people with access to present her to the musical world. “The Seegers believed in Libba and helped spread the word about her music. But it was Libba’s perseverance, her love of music, and her belief in herself that gave the world her voice.” I encourage you to read this book (to yourself) as you play “Freight Train.” #leslied link to full #bookreview in profile
#childrensbiography #diversityinliterature #folkmusic #elizabethcotten
@clockwork_faerie I just finished reading #roxanemariegalliez & #sengsounratanavanh picture book Time for Bed, Miyuki. You are going to want to check this one out!
an afternoon stack of #picturebooks #leslied
#SmallSpaces by @arden_katherine @putnambooks 2018.
In the spirit of creepy tale-tellers like @neilhimself @auxierjonathan or @blackholly the whimsy that delights us, can also tilt and tint toward dark; and the grief that orbits everything round a loved-one, can also invite the haunting of unsavory figures—like “the smiling man.” Ollie and her mom and her dad are the heart of the story; her (new) friendships and their adventure nestle in; and the horror rounds it all out nicely. Arden draws good characters and writes some exhilarating terror.
It takes all the wits and nerve Ollie has to survive, and the considerable lung capacity and a strong pulse on the part of the reader to get to the end of the book. I wouldn’t allow yourself to think that just because this is a Juvenile Fiction that everyone is going to make it out in their skin. Part of the scare is compounded by each revelation that not everyone has.
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