A children book recommendation: When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2ux6j6w.
Like “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” and “Starry River of the Sky” before it, “When the Sea Turned to Silver” is a classic quest novel…The first book in the series was a Newbery Honor winner. This last one is a National Book Award finalist.
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A New York Times Bestseller A National Book Award FinalistAn IndieBound BestsellerThis breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy is inspired by Chinese folklore, and is a companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Pinmei’s gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller.Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother–before it’s too late.A fast-paced adventure that is extraordinarily written and beautifully illustrated, When the Sea Turned to Silver is a masterpiece companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.
The book is rated 4.33/5 at goodreads.com, from 1442 ratings. See 354 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2uOJFS5.
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A children book recommendation: You Belong to Me by Mamoru Suzuki

A critic review (source Dear Author) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2uLhkwc.
The illustrations are all as lovely and simple as the cover and I think even young children would easily grasp and understand them. The universal message here is of acceptance and total love, whenever or wherever.
Book description from Google Books:
The simple text of love, caring and protection is accompanied by adorable illustrations of animals and dinosaurs that hug, help, and protect a human child. The comforting text is ideal for a soothing bedtime story. This beautiful book is a perfect gift for parents with a newborn baby.
The book is rated 3.59/5 at goodreads.com, from 58 ratings. See 38 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2uLrnRP.
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A children book recommendation: The Moon Inside by Sandra V. Feder

A critic review (source Globe and Mail) can be read at: https://tgam.ca/2uJ0JJt.
Ella doesn’t learn to confront her fears; she learns to approach them with a new perspective. Perhaps that’s all six of one and half-dozen of the other, but by the end of the book, she decides to turn off the lamp and fall asleep in the moonlight, looking completely at peace.
Book description from Google Books:
Yellow is Ella’s favorite color — she loves the bright, sunny daytime. But every night, as darkness falls, she becomes afraid. Her mother encourages her to look at the soft glow of the moon and fireflies dancing in the night. Ella listens to the chirping of crickets and the gentle rustling of the wind as she gradually realizes that nighttime can be something to look forward to rather than something to fear. With sweet, luminous illustrations by Aim�e Sicuro, this story will inspire parents and children to welcome the peaceful nature of nighttime into their homes and hearts.
The book is rated 3.85/5 at goodreads.com, from 110 ratings. See 27 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2uJ88sa.
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A children book recommendation: The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2xc4lYT.
Bishop’s voice is breezy and warm, but the book’s real charm is in its celebration of the imaginative power and tactile pleasures of books.
Book description from Google Books:
This story is about a little girl named Property Jones, so-called because she was left in the lost property cupboard of a bookshop when she was five years old. Property loves living in the bookshop, but she has a whopper of a secret … she can’t actually read! So Property doesn’t see the newspaper article announcing the chance to win the Montgomery Book Emporium, the biggest and most magnificent bookshop in the world! When her family win the competition, Property finds herself moving to the Emporium, a magical place filled with floor upon floor of books and a very bad-tempered cat. But all is not at it seems at the Emporium and soon Property Jones finds herself in a whole heap of trouble.
The book is rated 4.34/5 at goodreads.com, from 94 ratings. See 27 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2wxZoG6.
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A children book recommendation: The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2uVTKgo.
Young readers who have ever felt too big or been made to feel small will feel just right in the cheerful glow of Weiner’s contemporary fairy tale.
Book description from Google Books:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Hungry Heart Jennifer Weiner comes a laugh-out-loud funny and painstakingly real tale of friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong.Alice Mayfair, twelve years old, slips through the world unseen and unnoticed. Ignored by her family and shipped off to her eighth boarding school, Alice would like a friend. And when she rescues Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake one day, she finds one. But Millie is a Bigfoot, part of a clan who dwells deep in the woods. Most Bigfoots believe that people—NoFurs, as they call them—are dangerous, yet Millie is fascinated with the No-Fur world. She is convinced that humans will appreciate all the things about her that her Bigfoot tribe does not: her fearless nature, her lovely singing voice, and her desire to be a star. Alice swears to protect Millie’s secret. But a league of Bigfoot hunters is on their trail, led by a lonely kid named Jeremy. And in order to survive, Alice and Millie have to put their trust in each other—and have faith in themselves—above all else.
The book is rated 3.62/5 at goodreads.com, from 1002 ratings. See 205 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2uDoTtu.
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A children book recommendation: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2fpw0xN.
“The Girl Who Drank the Moon” is as exciting and layered as classics like “Peter Pan” or “The Wizard of Oz.” It too is about what it means to grow up and find where we belong. The young reader who devours it now just for fun will remember its lessons for years to come.
Book description from Google Books:
Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal The New York Times Bestseller An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016 An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016 Named to KirkusReviews’ Best Books of 2016 2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge–with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . . The Newbery Medal winner from the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Witch’s Boy.
The book is rated 4.19/5 at goodreads.com, from 11799 ratings. See 2756 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2dW0ORx.
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A children book recommendation: Once, in a Town Called Moth by Trilby Kent

A critic review (source Globe and Mail) can be read at: https://tgam.ca/2uwhMDh.
While these mysteries bubble beneath the surface, the beauty of this book rests in its contemplative, immersive portrayal of the newcomer experience.
Book description from Google Books:
Ana is not your typical teenager. She grew up in a tiny Mennonite colony in Bolivia, and her mother fled the colony when Ana was a young girl. Now Ana and her father have also fled, and Ana doesn’t know why. She only knows that something was amiss in their tight-knit community. Arriving in Toronto, Ana has to fend for herself in this alien environment, completely isolated in a big city with no help and no idea where to even begin. But begin she does: she makes a friend, then two. She goes to school and tries to understand the myriad unspoken codes and rules. She is befriended by a teacher. She goes to the library, the mall, parties. And all the while, she searches for the mother who left so long ago, and tries to understand her father — also a stranger in a strange land, with secrets of his own. This is a beautifully told story that will resonate with readers who have struggled with being new and unsure in a strange place, even if that place is in a classroom full of people they know. Ana’s story is unique but universal; strange but familiar; extraordinary but ordinary: a fish out of water tale that speaks to us all.
The book is rated 3.39/5 at goodreads.com, from 151 ratings. See 65 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2uODu0s.
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A children book recommendation: Draw the Line by Laurent Linn

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2akkRr2.
But in its powerful visual components, “Draw the Line” pushes Adrian’s story into bold new territory. The art — images from Graphite’s adventures, discarded sketches — is appropriately inconsistent.
Book description from Google Books:
After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it, and know where to draw the line in this stunning debut novel exquisitely illustrated by the author.Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but at his Texas high school those traits would only bring him the worst kind of attention. In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance-art-inspired superhero, Graphite. But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be. Maybe it’s time to not be so invisible after all—no matter how dangerous the risk.
The book is rated 3.87/5 at goodreads.com, from 697 ratings. See 172 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2alet61.
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A children book recommendation: The Body Book by Roz MacLean

A critic review (source National Post arts) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2qIamqE.
With rhyming text and simple illustrations, the concepts are both fun and easy to understand, while still driving home a very clear, educational and positive message.
Book description from Google Books:
With simple, fun, colorful illustrations and a delightful series of simple rhymes, Roz MacLean introduces the concept to young children that bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Designed to celebrate diversity and to make children feel comfortable with how they look, The Body Book is a visual delight for pre-schoolers and an excellent resource for early primary students learning to read.

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A children book recommendation: The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

A critic review (source Financial Times) can be read at: http://on.ft.com/2cCcdbH.
The details of their harsh but breathtaking existence enthral: the smell of an orca’s breath; the resistance of a salmon’s backbone as you cut it with a knife…
Book description from amazon.com:
In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. This deeply moving and authentic debut is for fans of Rainbow Rowell, Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, and Benjamin Alire Saenz. Intertwining stories of love, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation on the edge of America’s Last Frontier introduce a writer of rare talent. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger. Four very different lives are about to become entangled. This unforgettable book is about people who try to save each other—and how sometimes, when they least expect it, they succeed. Narrator Cast List:Ruth, Read by Jorjeana Marie Dora, Read by Erin Tripp Alyce, Read by Karissa Vacker Hank, Read by Robbie Daymond
The book is rated 4.01/5 at goodreads.com, from 4084 ratings. See 1050 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2cVeT1z.
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