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I Survived: The Nazi Invasion, 1944

The Nazi Invasion, 1944
Lauren Tarshis
Scholastic Inc, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
In one of the darkest periods in history, one boy struggles to survive...

In this gripping new addition to the bestselling I SURVIVED series, a young Jewish boy escapes the ghetto and finds a group of resistance fighters in the forests of Poland. Does he have what it takes to survive the Nazis -- and fight back?


I’m so glad there’s a series for kids that makes historical fiction cool. There was so much action in this story! And I learned so much. Even as an adult, when you think you know too much about World War II and the Holocaust, you still can learn from a children’s book. As a matter of fact, children’s historical fiction is my favorite to read. I had no idea that resistance fighters were so numerous or successful. It handled a tough topic well. I loved it, and kids will, too.

Fish in a Tree

Fish in a Tree
Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015
Source: Library
Audience: Older Children, Tweens

From Goodreads:
The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world s…

Ms. Marvel: Generation Why

Generation Why
G. Willow Wilson
Marvel, 2015
Source: Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! Kamala may be fan-girling out when her favorite (okay maybe Top Five) super hero shows up, but that won't stop her from protecting her hometown. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity for the first time--by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! Every girl wants a puppy, but this one may be too much of a handful, even for a super hero with embiggening powers. But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. The fan-favorite, critically acclaimed, amazing new series continues as Kamala Khan proves why she's the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is! 

This was so absurd it was awesome. The villain was crazy, Ms. Marvel was awesome, and I had fun reading it. It’s great to have a …

Love May Fail

Love May Fail
Matthew Quick
Harper, 2015
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking for the goodness she believes still exists in the world, Portia sets off on a quest to save the one man who always believed in her — and in all of his students: her beloved high school English teacher, Mr. Vernon, who has retired broken and alone after a traumatic classroom incident.

Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metalhead little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt Portia's chances on this quest to resurrect a good man and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.


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Just So Happens

Just So Happens
Fumio Obata
Harry N. Abrams, 2015
Source: Library
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

From Goodreads:
Yumiko was born in Japan but has made a life in London, losing herself in its cosmopolitan bustle. She has a gallery show of her art, a good job, and a good guy she plans to marry. The culture she grew up in seems very far away—until her brother phones with the news that their father has died. Yumiko returns to Tokyo and finds herself immersed in the rituals of death while also plunged into the rituals of life—fish bars, bullet trains, pagodas—as she confronts the question of where her future really lies. Just So Happens deals both gently and powerfully with grief, identity, and the pressure not to disappoint one’s parents, even after they’re gone, in a look at the relationships that build the foundation of our lives.

This was the most depressing graphic novel that I have ever read. I requested it from the library because it was on the list of best graphic novels, not becaus…