Sky in the Deep – Adrienne Young

34726469Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: April 24th, 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Family, Honor, War Setting


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Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family. She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating. Continue reading

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Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters!

Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters! by Marikka Tamura

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 16th, 2018
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Animals, Environmental Issues


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You may have seen the cute pictures of penguins wearing sweaters–but did you know why they were wearing them? Debut author Marikka Tamura answers this question in this colorful, kid-friendly book that is told simply and charmingly…When the penguins become coated in an oil spill, many Big Boots arrive. The humans want to help the cold, greasy penguins, so they knit sweaters to keep them warm. The Big Boots mean well, but . . . penguins don’t wear sweaters! So after a good, soapy scrub, the penguins dive back into the deep blue sea, happily dressed only in their own penguin feathers. Continue reading

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Nature, Good neighbors, Kindness


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A wild wind blows on the tippy-top of a steep hill, turning everything upside down for the man who lives there. Luckily, Kate comes up with a plan to tame the wind. With an old wheelbarrow full of young trees, she journeys up the steep hill to add a little green to the man’s life, and to protect the house from the howling wind. From award-winning author Liz Garton Scanlon and whimsical illustrator Lee White comes a delightfully simple, lyrical story about the important role trees play in our lives, and caring for the world in which we live. Continue reading

The Forever Tree – Tereasa Surratt

The Forever Tree by Tereasa Surratt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Environment, Animals, Community


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The animals and humans always knew their tree was special. The trunk was the best place to host championship bingo tournaments, and the branches were perfect for swinging in the shade! But when the tree gets sick, neighbors new and old will have to join forces if they have any chance of saving their treetop home. A touching tale based on the true story of one special tree, and the community that brought it back to life. Continue reading

The Tiptoeing Tiger – Philippa Leathers

The Tiptoeing Tiger by Philippa Leathers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Animals, Siblings, Humor


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Everyone knows that tigers are sleek, silent, and totally terrifying . . . most tigers, that is. But no one is afraid of Little Tiger. He’s just too small and clumsy to frighten anyone. Determined to prove that he is terrifying, Little Tiger sets out on tiptoe, creeping through the forest to find someone to scare. He gets yawned at and laughed at, but Little Tiger won’t give up. Is there any animal in the forest who will find him just as sleek, silent, and totally terrifying as the bigger tigers? Continue reading

Petra – Marianna Coppo

Petra by Marianna Coppo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Existentialism, Personification


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Petra is a little rock who believes she is a mighty mountain . . . until a dog fetches her for its owner, and she is tossed into a bird’s nest. A mountain? No, Petra is now an egg! An egg of the world in a world of possibility. Until she’s flung into a pond, and becomes an amazing island . . . and, eventually, a little girl’s pet rock. What will she be tomorrow? Who knows? But she’s a rock, and this is how she rolls! Continue reading

How to Grow a Dinosaur – Jill Esbaum

How to Grow a Dinosaur by Jill EsbaumHow to Grow a Dinosaur by Jill Esbaum

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Publisher: Dial
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Animals, Family, Siblings, Child Rearing


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Good news: Your mom’s hatching a baby! Bad news: Babies take their sweet time. And when the baby finally hatches? He’s too little to play! He mostly screeches, eats, burps, sleeps, and poops. He doesn’t even know he’s a dinosaur! That’s where you come in. You can teach the baby just about everything–from peek-a-boo to roaring to table manners to bedtime. Growing a dinosaur is a big job, but you’re perfect for it. Why? Because one thing your baby brother wants more than anything . . . is to be just like you. Continue reading