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Middle Grade Review: The Awakening Storm (Jaimal Yogis)

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About This Book: Grace and her friends must protect a newly hatched dragon from mysterious evildoers. When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg...
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Featured Review: In Every Generation (Kendare Blake)

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About This Book: Return to Sunnydale in a brand-new series by New York Times best-selling author Kendare Blake, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Frankie Rosenberg wasn't yet alive when her mom, Willow, her aunt Buffy, and the original Scooby Gang destroyed the Hellmouth and saved the world...
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Middle Grade Review: Tiger Honor (Yoon Ha Lee)

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About This Book: Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Yoon Ha Lee's companion to the best-selling and award-winning DRAGON PEARL, another space opera inspired by Korean mythology, this time told from the point of view of a nonbinary tiger spirit. "A zesty mix of Korean folklore, magic, and science fiction that will...
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Featured Review: Where the Drowned Girls Go (Seanan McGuire)

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About This Book: In Where the Drowned Girls Go, the next addition to Seanan McGuire's beloved Wayward Children series, students at an anti-magical school rebel against the oppressive faculty "Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you’ve already taken that step by requesting...
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2021 in Review: Samantha Randolph, Staff Reviewer's Top 5 books

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2021 in Review The team at YAbookscentral.com have worked hard all year reading wonderful books and creating insightful reviews to help readers find their next great read.  The staff has reflected on their top 5 favorite books of 2021.  We hope you are inspired to check out these great books too!...
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Featured Review: Lifetime Passes (Terry Blas)

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About This Book: In this darkly comedic YA graphic novel, a group of teens starts a program to bring senior citizens to a local theme park to take advantage of the unofficial park policy: If someone dies on the property, the rest of their party is given lifetime passes! Sixteen-year-old Jackie...
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Featured Review: Elder Race (Adrian Tchaikovsky)

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About This Book: In Adrian Tchaikovsky's Elder Race, a junior anthropologist on a distant planet must help the locals he has sworn to study to save a planet from an unbeatable foe. Lynesse is the lowly Fourth Daughter of the queen, and always getting in the way. But a demon is...
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Featured Review: Squad (Maggie Tokuda-Hall)

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About This Book: Pretty Little Liars meets Teen Wolf in this sharply funny, and patriarchy-smashing graphic novel from author Maggie Tokuda-Hall and artist Lisa Sterle. When the new girl is invited to join her high school’s most popular clique, she can’t believe her luck—and she can’t believe their secret, either. When...
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Middle Grade Review: The List of Unspeakable Fears (J. Kasper Kramer)

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About This Book: The War That Saved My Life meets Coraline in this chilling middle grade historical novel from the author of the acclaimed The Story That Cannot Be Told following an anxious young girl learning to face her fears—and her ghosts—against the backdrop of the typhoid epidemic. Essie O’Neill is...
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Middle Grade Review: Pahua and the Soul Stealer (Lori M. Lee)

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About This Book: Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Lori M. Lee's middle grade debut about a lonely Hmong girl who discovers she's a powerful shaman warrior in this fantasy inspired by Southeast Asian mythology. "I love the adventures Pahua has in this book. I also love the sense of humor, the...
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