Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

3ish stars. Pretty standard suspense thriller fare with some interesting character work and an engaging central premise. Listening on audio on our roadtrip to Lake Tahoe was a little difficult, not because the voice actors didn’t do a great job but because there are approximately 7945 different POVs. Even 85% of the way through the […]

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Radiant Child: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

3.5ish stars. Incredible illustrations. Just fantastic. Super impressive. The story is fine, but it’s the kind of picture book biography for adults that I’m just not a big fan of. I do think there is an appropriate time to read this kind of book to kids, I just find that whenever I try, the kids […]

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Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

3.25ish stars. Weatherford is a talented picture book author. She picks worthy, informative subjects and does them justice. I like her rhyming in this book and the way she sensitively but boldly addresses the subject matter. It’s not so much a “fun,” “read-me-again-dad” book, as it is an “important” one. I can see myself using […]

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Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

4.5ish stars. I will seriously have so much fun with this book. I can already picture myself using this in some of my classrooms. It’s written completely in an invented language, but we can more or less infer the meaning of the dialogue. “More or less” still leaves lots of room for imagination and interpretation. […]

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The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

3.5ish stars. Kameron Hurley is full of ideas. Some of them obviously come from a dark, twisted, disturbing place. Some nasty stuff going on here. I mean cool, creative, crazy stuff, and it works… but also oozy, squishy, bloody, nasty blech, blech. The world-building is definitely the top selling point for this book. Organic planets/weapons/vehicles, […]

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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

3.5ish stars. Really 3 stars but I’ll add .5 for pure chutzpah. Wow. That was definitely an experience. I have to hand it to Neal Stephenson; the amount of research time that went into this must have been insane. I mean, I have no idea how accurate any of the science actually is but, I […]

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