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Joined February 2016

Middle school librarian crying over fictional characters. Project LIT chapter leader. Slytherin 5eva.
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We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
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This Place: 150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette, David Alexander Robertson, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Chelsea Vowel, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Jen Storm, Brandon Mitchell, Sonny Assu
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Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
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The Future Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente
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The True Queen by Zen Cho
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Becoming by Michelle Obama
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Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner
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Cocktales by Emma Hart, Rachel Van Dyken, Jana Aston, Kylie Scott, Lex Martin, Penny Reid, April White, Sierra Simone, Amy Daws, Tara Sivec, Jaymin Eve, CD Reiss, Mariah Dietz, Aly Martinez, Whitney Barbetti, Sawyer Bennett, L.H. Cosway, Jessica Hawkins, Aleatha Romig, Red Phoenix, Karpov Kinrade, Corinne Michaels, Julie Johnson, Leia Stone, Staci Hart, K.F. Breene, Adriana Locke, Jessica Prince, Meghan Quinn, Daisy Prescott, Ruth Clampett, Kayti McGee, Kate Stewart, Kennedy Ryan, Bb Easton, Dylan Allen, Liv Morris, Julie Richman, Karla Sorensen
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Infomocracy: A Novel by Malka Older
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Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
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The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente
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Mirage | Somaiya Daud
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Mirage is on sale today! Read this awesome Morroccan sci fi before the sequel comes out!

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Juneteenth Jamboree | Carole Boston Weatherford
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Great picturebook about Juneteenth and a little girl experiencing a Juneteenth celebration for the first time. (The ebook is on sale for $2.99 today from Lee and Low and the Kindle store!)

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Two of my #BlackoutBestSellerList books arrived, and I can‘t wait to dive in! What books did y‘all buy/request your library buy?

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I finally finished my school‘s yearbook, so I am rewarding myself with cider and a book described as Six of Crows meets Les Misérables.

ReaperOfTerrasen Awesome cover art. 2y
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Overall, I really liked this, despite instances of ableism and fatphobia. The revolution, which had been simmering in Orléans, has boiled over. Camelia, once the favourite of the queen, has gone on the run; now, she seeks to overthrow the queen, save the Belles, and bring change to the kingdom. Great look at how far we go for beauty, government corruption, and resistance.

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Ms. Dhonielle Clayton is not messing around. For such an opulent fantasy world so different from our own, there are plenty of parallels, like this passage here.

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Though this isn‘t a #ReadYourSign book, it 100 percent could be. It has big Leo energy for sure.

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The Belles (The Belles #1) | Dhonielle Clayton
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Quick reread before diving into the sequel. The world-building, plot, and characters were all stunning, but the fatphobia and transphobia were disappointing and harmful.

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Little & Lion | Brandy Colbert
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I liked this one, but there was enough ableism to make me uncomfortable and deeply unhappy.

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Little & Lion | Brandy Colbert
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I liked this one, but there was enough ableism to make me uncomfortable.

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Little & Lion | Brandy Colbert
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I‘ve had this book on my digital TBR for long enough that the cover has changed. (And I forgot I owned it and put it on hold at both of my public libraries, oops). Glad to be reading it now! #Leo #ReadYourSign

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A hard book to read at times because of the subject matter, but it was beautiful nonetheless. (cw for rape) Picked it because it had my #ReadYourSign flower on the cover.

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I loved this! Samira Ahmed just keeps getting better and better. Muslim desi teen spends the summer in Paris and tries to solve an art history mystery with a descendant of Alexandre Dumas. Though I‘m not an early bird, I did get up early to read this before work! #Leo #ReadYourSign

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On my list: Read a book with your sign‘s flower. Leos get sunflowers, so I‘m reading some rupi kaur. #ReadYourSign

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Getting in a little reading before work. #ReadYourSign

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Next up: New Samira Ahmed!

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Anna K | Jenny Lee
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This book was fun, but I definitely read it at the wrong time. I just don‘t care about rich people‘s problems right now. There was also a lot of ableist slurs and a weird, ableist subplot about Adderall.

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Anna K | Jenny Lee
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I haven‘t read “Anna Karenina” in more than a decade, but I‘m still psyched for this modern AU!

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Lalani of the Distant Sea | Erin Entrada Kelly
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This book was so beautiful! It‘s about Lalani, an ordinary 12-year-old girl who can‘t do anything right—until she does. It wove in Filipino folklore beautifully. Highly recommend!

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Roll with It | Jamie Sumner
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This was so, so ableist. The depiction of CP was ableist. The depiction of autism was ableist. The depiction of Alzheimer disease was ableist. Proximity to disabled people doesn‘t give you insight into what it‘s like to be disabled.

LiteraryinLawrence When I read this, I missed that aspect. But I want to understand. Can you share an example of what you mean? 2y
ness @LiteraryinLititz Here‘s a thread on Twitter that goes over it: https://twitter.com/aaronlinguini/status/1261670980155572224?s=21 But the tl:dr is that there is a lot of ableist language (crippled, wheelchair bound), a lot of ableism around developmental disabilities and autism in Bert, and the entire thing hit me as “things ableds think disabled folks think about.” (edited) 2y
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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Elizabeth Acevedo has done it again. This book is heartbreaking and beautiful. It deals with grief and secrets and colourism. I read her first two books on audio, and her voice is so strong that I heard it in my head when I read the ebook of this one. cw for sexual assault.

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Roll with It | Jamie Sumner
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“Hey, Ness, what you up to? Oh, hate-reading a book about a disabled kid recced by RJ Palacio again? Yeah, seems right.”

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The Story of Leo the Lion | Blanche Roesser
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Psyched for #ReadYourSign! @Meaw_catlady @Clwojick

Meaw_catlady Yay!!!! 💛💛💛💛 2y
Clwojick Woop woop! 🙌🏻💛💛 2y
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Quick reread before jumping into the sequel!

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Wink | Rob Harrell
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A friend texted me to ask if I‘d read this and my thoughts, so I borrowed it from my local public library. Surprisingly, I liked this a lot! It‘s an #OwnVoices story about surviving middle school while also dealing with a rare eye cancer. It was sweet and funny and didn‘t fall into the tropes a lot of authors put in about disabled people. (One drawback: Lots of ableist slurs.) This one‘s a rec!

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Genesis Begins Again | Alicia D. Williams
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This was a great read about colourism and poverty and addiction and fitting in and finding your people. (It also had a large number of ableist slurs that felt authentic to how middle-schoolers speak, but still detracted from the story for me.)

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The Camelot Betrayal | Kiersten White
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This was good but not great. A lot of what I liked about the first one (mostly the female friendships) was absent. The middle of this one dragged, and a lot of the characters became one-dimensional. It was OK.

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Lionheart | Thea Harrison
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I have been in a massive reading slump since the quarantine (don‘t even ask me how far behind I am in my Goodreads challenge, lol), but this sounds like fun! Thanks for the challenge, @Clwojick and @Meaw_catlady ! #ReadYourSign

Clwojick Thank you for reposting and spreading the word♥️ We are so happy to see you‘ll be joining us! 2y
Meaw_catlady I am also in a slump!!! So I‘m hoping this challenge will help me get back into it!! Thanks for sharing ! 🖤 2y
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The Undefeated | Kwame Alexander
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Holy stunning. I read this twice in a row. Kwame Alexander‘s poetry and Kadir Nelson‘s art are both breathtaking. I cannot wait to read this to students and convince (force) teachers to use this in their lessons because wow. #LibrariansOfLitsy

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The Undefeated | Kwame Alexander
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Very excited to dig into this picture book! #LibrariansOfLitsy

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The Camelot Betrayal | Kiersten White
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Got auto-approved for the ARC, so let‘s go sequel! Hoping for more awesome female friendships in this one. 👯‍♀️

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The Guinevere Deception | Kiersten White
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Tore through this rec from one of the ELA teachers at my school in about a day. An interesting (and slightly queerer) reimagining of the Arthur legend. A solid read that lost points with me from the ableism of Sir Bors‘ portrayal and the presumed or explicit whiteness of nearly every character. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Star Wars Queen's Shadow | Emily Kate Johnston
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Happy Star Wars Day! I plan on finally starting this book about Padmé and her body double (which actually connects nicely with the book I finished last night). How will you celebrate? #MayTheFourthBeWithYou

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Mirage | Somaiya Daud
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This definitely holds up, and I can‘t wait for the sequel! It‘s smart and romantic and political and hopeful. It‘s exactly what I needed to read right now.

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Mirage | Somaiya Daud
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Time for a fun reread! It‘s Moroccan space fantasy.

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Sick Kids In Love | Hannah Moskowitz
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I love this book so much that I meant to reread the first couple of chapters ahead of doing a read aloud for First Chapter Friday and ended up rereading the whole book. It is hands down the best book I‘ve ever read about chronic illness and disability. Librarians need to buy this #OwnVoices book. People need to read it so we‘re not just seeing the same tired ableist narratives we always see in books (coughWONDERcough). #LibrariansOfLitsy

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Gosh, what a great book! It tackled racism, incarceration, the Innocence Project—and friendship, family, and baking. (My students also loved it for First Chapter Friday!) #LibrariansOfLitsy

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Ella Minnow Pea | Mark Dunn
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I don‘t remember who recommended this book, but I‘m glad they did! It was a fascinating MG dystopian about government taking away letters and language that felt super relevant right now. My biggest con was how many ableist slurs there were. Like, wow, so many.

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Pretty great Edelweiss approval day, tbh. #LibrariansOfLitsy

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My hold for this just came in, and I‘m so psyched to read it! I think it may be my next first chapter Friday book. #LibrariansOfLitsy

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Gosh, I loved this so much! Tehlor Kay Mejia blends Mexican folklore with fantasy, friendship, middle school weirdness, and a dash of horror and serves up a truly excellent middle grade book. I can‘t wait for this to come out so I can put it in my students‘ hands. #LibrariansOfLitsy

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Spring break seems like a good time to dive into this book. A lot of teachers and librarians don‘t realize that Dr. Seuss was a white supremacist. This book delves into that and the other ways kid lit devalues the non-white global majority. #LibrariansOfLitsy

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SLAY | Brittney Morris
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Love, love, love this book! It tackles so much—racism, white privilege, respectability politics, familial expectations—through the lens of gaming. I have a kid who would absolutely adore this book, and I‘m scheming how I can get it to her with school likely out for the rest of the year. #LibrariansofLitsy

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Stand Up, Yumi Chung! | Jessica Kim
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I loved this book so much, and I‘m so sad to not be in the library to share it with my students! I did, however, immediately read the first chapter for a virtual first chapter Friday. That‘ll have to be enough for now. #LibrariansOfLitsy #AtHomeLearning

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On the hype train! I love Tehlor Kay Mejia and am so psyched to read her middle grade!

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Stand Up, Yumi Chung! | Jessica Kim
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I‘m on a roll with middle grade, so I‘m looking forward to diving into this one!

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Amal Unbound | Aisha Saeed
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I loved this! The audiobook wasn‘t doing it for me, but switching to the ebook was just what I needed. What a great story about a Pakistani girl who talks back to the wrong person and is forced to become an indentured servant to the local landlord. It‘s about relationships and courage. Highly recommend!

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This novella is stunning. It feels like This Is How You Lose the Time War and Sorcerer to the Crown and the Tensorate series. It‘s beautiful and fierce, and I loved every word.

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SLAY | Brittney Morris
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First book of #StayHome24im48!

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This is a must-read book for anyone in education. Morris builds on her scholarship in “Pushout” on how educational spaces are harmful for Black + brown girls—& how they can instead become transformational, supportive spaces. Two sour notes: Her discussion of disabled girls was limited and sometimes condescending and her use of Chris Emdin‘s “neo-Indigenous” to describe urban youth of colour despite Indigenous people‘s criticism.