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Sarah's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018

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Blood Water Paint Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735232112
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2018

Artemisia Gentileschi is a criminally-underappreciated artist and fascinating historical figure. Joy McCullough uses her story--and those of the Biblical women she captured in her paintings--as a jumping-off point to explore the ways society treats women and the ways women chafe at some of those treatments. Barely a line of this beautiful prose went by without me wanting to read it at someone. Best to settle for as many as possible reading the whole book and all the timeless difficult truths within. - Sarah's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018


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Bridge of Clay (Signed Edition) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780375845598
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

This is at once a sweeping family epic and an intimate examination of grief, loss, and guilt.  It's about brotherhood and immigration and cancer and horse racing and pets and a typewriter and, yes, building a bridge.  But at the same time none of that matters as Zusak's writing is so beautiful, his sentences so well-formed, that you would gladly let him tell you just about anything, as long as he just keeps the words coming. - Sarah's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018


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ISBN: 9780062696878
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Published: HarperTeen - October 23rd, 2018

As someone who grew up on Narnia and all the other child-falls-into-a-fantasy-world classics, this book is everything my slightly-more-sophisticated heart didn't know it was looking for. This exploration of what happens to a chosen child when they come back destroyed me and put me back together more than once. With a little something for everyone, The Light Between Worlds offers pure fantasy in the flashbacks to the Hapwells' time trying to negotiate peace in the Great Wood, drama in their navigation of the years after they are returned to war-torn England, and mystery as the two timelines and the conflicts between them are pieced together. Make sure to block out some time for this one, because chances are you too will be sucked into a world that refuses to let you go. - Sarah's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018


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$18.99
ISBN: 9781419731402
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 25th, 2018

Nan Sparrow is the sort of heroine the word "plucky" was invented for. From her unconventional life traveling with her beloved Sweep with whom all difficulties turned into treasured memories, she has fallen into indentured servitude as a "climbing boy." Even though she's one of the best around, when she lodged in a chimney during a fire, she's sure she's a goner...until she awakens in the rubble of that chimney with a sentient bit of char rolling at her feet. Thus begins her new life on the lam with Charlie. Anyone who loved the strange but sweet relationship at the center of Anna and the Swallow Man will owe their whole heart to this heartfelt and satisfying story of found family that shows how even devastating loss can be transformed into beautiful remembrance. - Sarah's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018


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ISBN: 9781681191812
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - February 13th, 2018

It's difficult to say what When Light Left Us is about without feeling like you're shortchanging it. The magic of Leah Thomas's writing is not in what happens to her characters, it is in those characters themselves and the connections they forge. I first fell in love on page four and just kept falling over and over again for this beautifully broken family and the community they inhabit so imperfectly. What has broken them and how they come together again is best discovered by the reader, but I challenge anyone to get through the first chapter without needing to know. - Sarah's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018