The Girl Who Drank the Moon – I finally read this! It reminds me of Adam Gidwitz and Grace Lin’s fairy tale journeys too. However, I didn’t find it as engaging as the other ones. I think I like fairy tales with a lot of interesting side characters and more realistic place setting. It reminds me of Shannon Hale too. Fairy tales forever!
The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic – It’s a Bollywood movie for kids in book form. I really liked it! Uma is a cozy writer.
26 Fairmount Avenue – I didn’t know that Tomie DePaola wrote chapter books too. This was a fun look into his childhood. I love biographies too!
The Color of Heaven– This is the conclusion of the manga trilogy. I liked it but I didn’t love it. It ends with Ehwa and her mom both getting married which was lovely. However it wasn’t so different from the first two books.
What the Moon Saw – I loved this book! It’s a hidden gem. It is kind of like Becoming Naomi Leon but a more teenage version. It really made you feel like you are with Clara Luna in a village in Mexico and it is a wonderful book. I recommend it.
Brown Girl Dreaming– Jacqueline Woodson is such a good writer! I will have to read more of her books. I love how she writes about her life and it’s so intimate and personal.
The Tail of Emily Windsnap – A mermaid story that turns some of the mermaid tropes on its head! In it, the dad is a merman and the mom is human. Emily thought she couldn’t swim but once she is in the water she turns into a mermaid!
The Grand Plan to Fix Everything – I loved this book! It’s like a Bollywood story + a middle grade novel. So much fun and action! It has everything and is truly “grand.” 🙂
When the Sea Turned to Silver – Grace Lin is a master writer, illustrator, and storyteller!!! This is her masterpiece. The conclusion of the trilogy is the best. Minli is the grandma!!! Everything has come full circle and Pinmei goes on a gran journey. The series is a testament to the power of stories, peace, and how to find what we are looking for in life.
Listen, Slowly – Thanhha Lai is a good writer. There are not many children/young adult books on Vietnamese Americans, and I’m glad Thanhha Lai is writing them (there are only 2 so far and I want more!) Mai is very realistic as a Laguna Beach girl who has to go to Vietnam to fulfill her grandma’s wish to find her missing husband. I loved her adventures in Vietnam !
Eleanor & Park – I had heard how great this book is, but I just cannot seem to get into Rainbow Rowell. It feels kind of racist to me. Eleanor and Park didn’t feel like real people to me, they seemed like movie characters. So I did not finish this book even though I gave it about 70 pages or so.