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Book Birthday Bash: Angel Thieves

  Happy Book Birthday to ANGEL THIEVES! Here’s a message from Kathi Appelt, author of this young adult novel: “I’d love for you to know my large cast of characters, both contemporary and historical, human and not, in a story set along the banks of the Buffalo Bayou in Houston, TX. Each one is trying…
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Book Birthday Bash: Lola Shapes the Sky

  Happy Book Birthday to LOLA SHAPES THE SKY! In this picture book’s birthday, which means there’s a new playful, artistic cloud in the sky. Unfortunately, Thor wants Lola to focus on making weather. Lola wants to embrace being who she is, and that is definitely not a weather-maker. We’re so happy you’re at our…
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Book Birthday Bash: Bone Hollow

  Happy Book Birthday to BONE HOLLOW! In this middle-grade novel, death is only the beginning… In retrospect, it was foolish to save that chicken. On the roof. In the middle of a thunder storm. But what choice did Gabe have? If he hadn’t tried to rescue Ms. Cleo’s precious pet, she would’ve kicked him…
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Book Birthday Bash: This Book Is Spineless

  Happy Book Birthday to THIS BOOK IS SPINELESS! THIS BOOK IS SPINELESS and afraid of the story on its pages. But today is its book birthday, so let’s celebrate and encourage the book to turn the page! We’re so happy you’re at our party for the picture book THIS BOOK IS SPINELESS. Join in…
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Book Birthday Bash: The Amazing Idea of You

  Happy Book Birthday to THE AMAZING IDEA OF YOU! In this picture book, in every living thing is an idea. That idea can sprout, sing, wriggle, take wing . . . into something amazing! Exploring beginnings both small and great, THE AMAZING IDEA OF YOU bonds the human and natural worlds in a lyrical…
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Book Birthday Bash: Song For a Whale

  Happy Book Birthday to SONG FOR A WHALE! In this middle-grade novel, the only place twelve-year-old Iris really feels at home anymore is in her electronics workshop where she repairs antique radios. She’s the only deaf student at her school, so she can’t talk to the other kids there. And she’s a frequent guest…
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Book Birthday Bash: The Disasters

  Happy Book Birthday to THE DISASTERS! THE DISASTERS is like that friend who you know could be an amazing person if they could only start making good life choices. But they don’t. Instead there are explosions, and crashing spaceships, and police, and somehow they end up getting blamed for everything, even the things they…
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Remembering a Mentor – RIP Brian Uzzell

Last week, I received the sad news that one of my mentors passed away, Brian Uzzell, former owner and publisher of the Caymanian Compass newspaper. I owe a lot to Brian, and can honestly say that I would not have my career if it wasn’t for him. When I was 19, recently returned to Cayman…
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Book Birthday Bash: Strange Days

  Happy Book Birthday to STRANGE DAYS! In this young adult novel, Alex Mata doesn’t want to worry about rumors of alien incursions – he’d rather just skate and tag and play guitar. But when he comes home to find an alien has murdered his parents, he’s forced to confront a new reality: Aliens are…
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Book Birthday Bash: Outrun the Wind

  Happy Book Birthday to OUTRUN THE WIND! OUTRUN THE WIND is a YA sapphic reimagining of the story of Atalanta from Greek mythology. When she crosses paths with a huntress of the goddess Artemis, Kahina, they find their fates are intertwined as they each fight to assert their independence in a world designed to…
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