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Brandi BRANDI
Brandi, when not escaping the pesky paparazzi, enjoys reading and buying books for the Children's and Young Adult sections. When she's not reading picture books and middle grade or YA fantasy, she likes humorous fiction and the occasional memoir. She is an advocate for cats and giraffes, enjoys swing dancing and anything that lets her hone her inner child. She especially loves matching young readers with books they will love.
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Molly: The True Story of the Dog Who Rescues Lost Cats Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781250207050
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 29th, 2022

The adult edition was fantastic. I'm thrilled there is a young reader edition. I know it's not fiction, but I think kids who liked Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein will like this too. Molly is a very cool dog.


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Elatsoe Cover Image
By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140053
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

An ownvoices modern day fantasy-murder mystery with indigenous legends, ghosts and a young woman determined to protect her family. There is so much in this book, I don't quite know where to start. I have a cautious interest in ghost stories and murder mysteries as I hate anything scary, but Darcie Little Badger does a great job of giving you a thrilling mystery without the nightmares. My favorite aspect of her book was the indigenous legends. I think it was clever the way the author was able to weave in stories from her culture, along with fantastical monsters and ghosts. It was a fun read and I look forward to seeing more from her.


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The Wishing Balloons Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250317377
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 3rd, 2022

Do books have souls? This one certainly does. I love the blurred, soft illustrations that set off the gentleness of the story. I love that the little girl is so patient and accepting of Albert. In short, I love this book and I think you will too


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Bok's Giant Leap: One Moon Rock's Journey Through Time and Space Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593378861
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2022

Fascinating. I was not able to stop reading. Even at the end I wanted more and kept on reading through the back cover text! This book has the best to offer: beautiful illustrations, a character to connect with and lots of fun, interesting facts. This adorable and informative book will keep kids and adults alike gripped as they learn about the history of the moon.


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The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars Cover Image
By Rachel Montez Minor, Annie Won (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593309377
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - November 9th, 2021

The most stunning book of the year goes to The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars. I got literal chills reading this gorgeous picture book about the light we shine. This book will be good for graduates, new babies, children, adults, everyone. Rachel Montez Minor and Annie Won are the perfect team to bring this luminous book to life. I love it to the stars and back.


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Kaleidoscope Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338777246
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 21st, 2021

This book is so cool! I thought it was going to be a novel, an illustrated novel, of course, but it's much more than that. A kaleidoscope of stories that collectively tell one story of love and grief between two people. Beautifully done, as only Brian Selznick does.


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A Walk in the Words Cover Image
By Hudson Talbott, Hudson Talbott (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399548710
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 14th, 2021

What a wonderful story. I was a slow reader as a child too and still find I take longer than many people to get through a book. But a slow reader is still a reader and I love that this book honors that.