Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed

23546843Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: June 2015
Publisher: Marvel
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Superheroes, Coming of Age, Romance


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Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance, but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of–by crashing it in an attempt to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster! Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day story featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki! And when a mysterious stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with…a crush! Because this new kid is really, really cute. What are these feelings, Kamala Khan? Prepare for drama! Intrigue! Romance! Suspense! Punching things! All this and more! 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! Plus, see what happens when S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jemma Simmons goes undercover at Kamala’s school! Continue reading

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why

23017947Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: 2015
Publisher: Marvel
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Superheroes, Coming of Age, Villains


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Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! If Kamala can stop fan-girling out about meeting her favorite super hero, that is. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity — by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. Kamala bands together with some unlikely heroes to stop the maniacal villain before he does real damage, but has she taken on more than she can handle? And how much longer can Ms. Marvel’s life take over Kamala Khan’s? Kamala Khan continues to prove why she’s the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is! Continue reading

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

20898019Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: 2014
Publisher: Marvel
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Superheroes, Coming of Age, High School


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Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey! Continue reading

Love, Hate & Other Filters – Samira Ahmed

31207017Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: January 16th, 2018
Publisher: Soho Teen
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Islamophobia, High School


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American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school. There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs. Continue reading

The Tiny Tale of Little Pea – Davide Cali

34014651The Tiny Tale of Little Pea by Davide Cali

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Dreams, Art


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When he was born, Little Pea was tiny. Teeny-tiny. His clothes were hand sewn by his mother and his shoes were hand-me-down doll shoes. As he grew older, Little Pea enjoyed climbing tomato plants, driving around in his wind-up car and riding on the backs of grasshoppers. But then Little Pea started school. And he suddenly realized just how small he was. Too small for his chair. Too small to play the flute. Too small for gym class. What would become of wee Little Pea? Continue reading

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do – Ashley Spires

31934710The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Mindset, Friendship, Fear, Imagination


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Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals. But one day, when they re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou s friend has an idea: Up there! The tree can be our ship! Ummm … says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she s sure she can t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try? Continue reading

Shelter – Céline Claire

34220851Shelter by Céline Claire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals, Kindness, Nature


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As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried. They wonder, What are they doing there? What do they want?? So, as the pair knocks at the door of one home after another asking for shelter, all the animals turn them away, leaving them to fend for themselves. But then an accident suddenly forces the fox family out into the snow and the wind, and the foxes find they must ask these outsiders for help. Will they find it in their hearts to give it? Continue reading