Book Reviews

Middle Grades
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston (pub. 2021, KZ’s comments 2021): black writers, fantasy ٭٭٭٭
Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Newbery Honor (pub. 2020; KZ’s comments 2021): abuse, healing, voice ٭٭٭٭٭
I Can Make this Promise by Christine Day (pub. 2019; KZ’s comments 2021): Native American history/culture, identity/adoption, changing relationships ٭٭٭٭٭
Mary Underwater by Shannon Doleski (pub. 2020, KZ’s comments 2021): science, abuse ٭٭٭
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller (pub. 2020 *Newbery Winner*, KZ’s comments 2021): grief, identity, coming of age, Asian folklore ٭٭٭٭
The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother) by David Levithan (pub. 2021, KZ’s comments 2021): truth, public opinion, brotherhood, family ٭٭٭
Right as Rain by Lindsey Stoddard (pub. 2019, KZ’s comments 2021): grief/loss, gentrification, belonging, moving, divorce/separation ٭٭٭٭
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga Newbery Honor (pub. 2019, KZ’s comments 2021): COMING SOON
Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wokenstein (pub. 2020, KZ’s comments 2021): grief/death, nature, terminal disease, jewish traditions ٭٭٭٭

Young Adult
Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant (pub. 2021, KZ’s comments 2021): black writers, anxiety, empowerment ٭٭٭
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (pub. 2016, KZ’s comments 2021): romance, grief, new school, step family ٭٭٭
Mazie by Melanie Crowder (pub. 2021, KZ’s comments 2021): (gender) barriers/expectations, dreams, identity, theater/stage life ٭٭٭٭
Once upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira (pub. 2021, KZ’s comments 2021): Latinx, coming of age, mending relationships, multiple cultures ٭٭٭٭
One of the Good Ones by Maika & Maritza Moulite (pub. 2021, KZ’s comments 2021): black writers, history, grief, BLM ٭٭٭٭
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (pub. 2011, KZ’s comments 2021): perseverance/determination, loss/overcoming, friendship/teamwork, disabilities, hopes/dreams, sports ٭٭٭٭

ADULT FICTION/ NONFICTION
-Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (pub. 2019 w/ 2020 transl., KZ’s comments 2021): isolation and connection, anxiety and depression, literary structure, family & relationships ٭٭٭٭
The Marriage Code by Brooke Burroughs (pub. 2021, KZ’s comments 2021): food, multicultural romance, arranged marriage, tradition, family ٭٭٭
French Exit by Patrick DeWitt (pub. 2018, KZ’s comments 2021): dark comedy, family relationships, high society ٭٭٭٭
Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tchida (pub. 2020, KZ’s comments 2021): technology, identity ٭٭٭

RATINGS GUIDE

٭ = DNF, would not recommend
٭٭ = would not recommend
٭٭٭ = enjoyable, would recommend
٭٭٭٭ = very good, would recommend
٭٭٭٭٭ = amazing, would definitely recommend

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