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“Unlike many books of this genre, the cruelty and humanity are supplanted, not by innocence, but by the business of living.” https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/xi-4/9/ #YA

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“Ernie Barnes‘s story in Between the Lines exemplifies the dreams in all of us.” https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/xi-4/5/ #Picturebook

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“This book discusses diverse topics, provides insights about the hardships that other countries have experienced, and highlights the achievements of a woman who dared to challenge the status quo in her country.” #Picturebook https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/xi-4/11/

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The Circuit | Francisco Jimenez
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“[‘The Circuit‘] proves that one‘s struggles and adversities do not define how far someone can go.” https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/xi-4/7/

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Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship | Patrick Downes, Jessica Kensky
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“The message highlights that others might have differing abilities that limit what they do or that they may simply do some things differently.” #Picturebook https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/xi-4/10/

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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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“[Jaqueline] gives readers an opportunity to see themselves reflected in her work or to look through the window she has opened to note social and cultural aspects that differ from their lives.” #MiddleGrade https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/xi-4/6/

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And Tango Makes Three | Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
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“‘And Tango Makes Three‘ is a lighthearted and happy story surrounded by Cole‘s beautiful illustrations, showing readers that Roy, Silo, and Tango are as happy and loved in their family as other penguins.” https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/xi-4/4/ #Picturebook

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Dreamers | Yuyi Morales
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“One of the most engaging elements of Dreamers is the artwork created by Morales. Using Mexican fabric, metal sheets, childhood drawings, as well as leaves and plants, Morales creates multi-media artwork that blends her Mexican and American lives together. Equally vibrant and surreal, the details in the art provide readers with links between the U.S. and Mexico.” https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/xi-4/8/ #Picturebook

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“The lyrical prose written by author Diane Stanley, and the winsome, cartoon-like illustrations that utilize gouache by illustrator Jessie Hartland, work together to draw readers into the true story of how Ada Lovelace‘s ingenuity led her to experiment with her hobbies and surroundings in England, culminating in her work and eventual distinction as the world‘s first computer programmer.” https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/xi-4/3/

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The Casket of Time | Andri Snr Magnason, Andrew Cauthery
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An origin story told with flashforwards, The Casket of Time has a complexity that will reward young readers.
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https://wowlit.org/blog/2019/05/01/wow-recommends-the-casket-of-time/

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Alex and Nikole speculate what might happen this weekend when the WOW Teen Ambassadors chat with Matt Mendez. Join us Saturday, April 27 from 10am - noon for a discussion and signing. https://wowlit.org/event/wow-teen-reading-ambassadors-present-matt-mendez/ #WorldsofWords #YALit

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Me and My Fear | Francesca Sanna
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Carolina slows down with Francesca Sanna's Me and My Fear to celebrate International Children's Book Day. Join WOW as we unwind with stories. Learn more abour our special exhibit here: https://wowlit.org/blog/2019/03/25/international-childrens-book-day/
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#ICBD #ReadTheWorld

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Calling the Water Drum | LaTisha Redding
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"The story highlights realities faced by individuals from all over the world who seek a better life out of poverty or refuge from harm in another country." https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/volume-xi-issue-2/6/ #Picturebook

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The Storm Runner | J.C. Cervantes
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It was wonderful to see J.C. Cervantes at the Tucson Festival of Books last weekend. The Storm Runner is a fun, thrilling romp through a world of untapped magic and endless possibility. We recently interviewed J.C. Cervantes about her writing process and her interactions with readers.
https://wowlit.org/blog/2018/12/01/j-c-cervantes-authors-corner/

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"By centering the narrative of the book on 'Dorothea's Eyes,' Rosenstock conveys the power of Lange's photographs in which she saw and recorded the circumstantial poverty but also the human spirit of her subjects." https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/volume-xi-issue-2/8/ #Picturebook

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Grenade | Alan Gratz
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"[Alan] Gratz portrays the trauma of war and its effects on people, particularly innocent civilians in real and honest ways." https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/volume-xi-issue-2/9/ #YALit

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Walk with Me | Jairo Buitrago
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"This story is about hope and resiliency that describes the daily responsibilities and sacrifices a girl takes on in order to support her family's survival." https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/volume-xi-issue-2/12/ #Picturebook

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The Day War Came | Nicola Davies
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"Hosting someone else's story requires us to stand with and allows us to build a more just world. Of all the books [Nicola Davies] has read this year, none has caused [her] to consider the significance of hosting." https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/volume-xi-issue-2/7/ #PB

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The Stars at Oktober Bend | Glenda Millard
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"The richness of language is magical and profound, and would make a powerful model for adolescents as they learn to communicate through their own writings and with their own unique voices." Read full review: https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/volume-xi-issue-2/11/ #YALit

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Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree | Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Viviana Mazza
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"Not only is this a chronicle that tells a compelling story with authentic details and characterization, it is a testimony to the resilience of those who lived through the harrowing and traumatic experiences while under the control of the Boko Haram." Read the full review: https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/volume-xi-issue-2/5/ #ya

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Anya's Ghost | Vera Brosgol
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"Anya‘s Ghost has all of the elements of a young adult novel with its brutally honest portrayal of the trauma of life for a teen immigrant and of a fairy tale that reminds us that good conquers evil only when we accept who we are and hold our family dear." Read the full review: https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/volume-xi-issue-2/4/

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Amal Unbound | Aisha Saeed
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"[Saeed's novel] provides a window into hierarchical structures that exist in societies globally, and serves to tell a story of a girl who questions and acts against the status quo." https://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/volume-xi-issue-2/3/ #MiddleGrade

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Noodlephant | Jacob Kramer
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Crackers go well with Noodlephant's favorite food, pasta.
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#PictureBooks #TFOB

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Full of imagination, Chad Sells works with 10 other authors in his #GraphicNovel The Cardboard Kingsom https://wowlit.org/blog/2019/01/01/wow-recommends-the-cardboard-kingdom/ . 16 kids come together in a make-believe world where they gain confidence resolving conflicts and challenging gender norms. Our #WOWRecommends book of the month is sure to inspire creativity.

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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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WOW interns compare #OneOfUsIsLying and #TwoCanKeepASecret by Karen M. McManus. We're excited to see her at the Tucson Festival of Books this March. #YAlit #TFOB

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Congratulations to Susan Kuklin's for her new book #WeAreHereToStay and sharing voices that should be heard. We are still celebrating! Learn more about Susan Kuklin's take on student interaction and global perspectives in this month's Author's Corner. https://wowlit.org/blog/2019/01/01/authors-corner-susan-kuklin/
#WorldsofWords #BookBirthday #AuthorsCorner

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Flight Season: A Novel | Marie Marquardt
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This month we have been reading books by Marie Marquardt, an author coming to this years Tucson Festival of Books. Her heartfelt stories explore immigration, love, and loss. Check them out for yourself! #worldsofwords #YAlist #tfob

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Refugee | Alan Gratz
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This weekend our first Teen Reading Ambassadors will pick up their copy of this book and start a pre-college experience that mirrors our upper level children's lit class work. We will take applications to the program through Fall. Details at wowlit.org/blog.

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Mustache Baby | Bridget Heos
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This Movember, we're having fun with the Mustache Baby! #worldsofwords #picturebook #movember

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Textrovert | Lindsey Summers
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Like a modern day Romeo & Juliet.... except without all the dying. Funny, sweet, and lighthearted. Textrovert is a great summer read.

#wowrecommends #yalovers

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A sweet story about the hardships and triumphs of a family that leaves their home for a new country. It also features some very unique artwork by Nizar Ali Badr. It is our #wowrecommends #bookofthemonth
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#worldsofwords #botm

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These engrossing stories focus on sailors, skippers and subs that operated in the Pacific as practically the only part of the U.S. Navy to survive the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The whole book is a page turner and our #WOWRecommends #BookoftheMonth.
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Dreamland Burning | Jennifer Latham
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Racial tensions in Tulsa, Oklahoma reached a critical point in May 1921. In this setting, Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham blends history, fiction, and mystery to unravel the truth of the past and connect it to today. It's our #WOWRecommends book of the month. Read it and let us know your thoughts.
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@RebL #WorldsOfWords

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Celebrating #poetrymonth with a book display at Worlds of Words! What's your favorite way to celebrate the #poems and #poets that have unlocked something inside of you? 📖🗝💕 #worldsofwords #kidslit #read

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"The world sends us garbage. We send music back." Favio Chávez

Ada's Violin is our WOW Recommends: Book of the Month.

#WorldsOfWords

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Samurai Rising is our book of the month for February. Rebecca says this book reads like fiction and deserves its spot as a finalist for the #YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Read more WOW Recommends at wowlit.org. #WorldsOfWords

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The Darkest Minds | Alexandra Bracken
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Happiest of birthdays to #TFOB featured author Alexandra Bracken 🎈 The Darkest Minds, is set for film adaptation and we couldn't be more excited! Make sure to read this series and her Passenger duology, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. We can't wait to see you in just two weeks for Tucson Festival of Books. 📖🎉 #WorldsOfWords

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Youth activism has always influenced issues of social justice, and Pride shares the true stories of young people who did that for the #LGBT+ community. Fiction can also relate truths that help readers see themselves and create compassion.

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Obama: Only in America | Carole Boston Weatherford, Robert T. Barrett
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Today is National Presidents' Day and it's fitting that we celebrate our first Black president, Barack Obama!🇺🇸 In these books, we unveil the history and life of our 44th president and First Lady, take a tour in our pop-up book of the White House, and meet presidential pets including the Obama family dog, Bo! Catch up on the presidents this national holiday! #worldsofwords #yalit #historicalnonfiction #presidentobama #presidentsday

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Fault in Our Stars | John Green
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Fall in love this week with reading or maybe even a special someone. After all, Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Thank you John Green, we especially love this quote!

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We look forward to meeting Tonya Bolden at #TFOB. Her website claims, "Teachers & Librarians Rock," so you know we'll click!
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#BlackHistoryMonth #WorldsOfWords #AwardWinningAuthors

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It Ain't So Awful, Falafel is the story of a girl who moves with her family from Iran to Newport Beach in the late 1970s to escape political turmoil. Read our review of this and other books about young people displaced from their homelands at wowlit.org! 🌎📚

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Members of our executive board got together to publish this book for #TeacherEducators looking for tools to help K-12 students gain understandings of #GlobalCultures. They pledged their royalties to support our outreach grants to classroom research and writing communities.

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"The breaker boys, who endured some of the most grueling conditions among child workers anywhere, came to symbolize all that was wrong with child labor," p. 39.

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Worm Loves Worm | J. J. Austrian
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"Then we'll just change how it's done."

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City Shapes | Diana Murray
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That moment when you're rifling through a pile of new books when one catches your eye and you realize a favorite illustrator has done it again... One could spend a long time looking at this book. #BryanCollier #WorldsOfWords

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When I am Happiest | Rose Lagercrantz
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Wishing the happiest #24in48 to all you readathoners!

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When I am Happiest | Rose Lagercrantz

Wishing the happiest #24in48 to all you readathoners!

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When I am Happiest | Rose Lagercrantz

Wishing the happiest #24in48 to all you readathoners!

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WOW Advisors will discuss Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Children's Picture Books during our Summer Institute.