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The Guardian Test (Legends of Lotus Island, #1)The Guardian Test by Christina Soontornvat
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bestselling, award-winning, and prolific author Christina Soontornvat creates a fantasy world perfect for fans of Upside Down Magic and Avatar: The Last Airbender. I look forward to the next books in the series.

LoteríaLotería by Karla Valenti
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightful fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Encanto. Life and Death play a game to see how a girl’s fate plays out.

Oh, SalOh, Sal by Kevin Henkes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charming book about a little girl who’s experiencing a lot of big feelings that she can’t understand and doesn’t know how to communicate. First, there’s the new baby who doesn’t have a name and her older brother who always makes fun of her. Second, there’s an uncle who’s staying with them for far longer than she wants and who keeps calling her salamander. Third, she never seems to have alone time with her mom and dad. And, finally, her favorite present has gone missing. Readers will be enchanted with Sal and her predicaments.

OdderOdder by Charles Santoso
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Maybe I was in a certain frame of mind but I found this book super depressing. The shark attack I was fine with since it was a natural thing that happens but then add being separated from a parent, losing a child and the depression brought on from it, among other things, was just too much for me take.

How We Eat (We Are Little Feminists, 5)How We Eat by Shuli de la Fuente-Lau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This board book series is great for providing representations of all types of people coupled in this case with the different ways we eat. Great backmatter with additional information and questions to engage the reader.

Churro and the MagicianChurro and the Magician by Gastón Caba
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A wordless graphic novel with the same vibes as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia.

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been wanting to read this for awhile and was actually going to save it until Banned Books Week but with all the bannings going on now and the fact that Laurie Halse Anderson won the the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, it felt it was the best time to read this.

Not an easy read but an important one and portrays realistic inner conflicts of a rape victim. It doesn’t necessarily provide an ending which is another good thing. I mean the book does of course end but things aren’t wrapped up nicely.

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One thought on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- March 27, 2023

  1. Like every week, you bring some new titles, Earl. I love Kevin Henkes’ books, will look for Oh, Sal & the new Soontornvat series! Thanks! Have a great week ahead!

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