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Recommended by: sweet pea
Gorilla, My Love Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679738985
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 1992

I practically specialize reading about sassy girls. This collection has some of the most bad-ass girls i've had the pleasure to read. Each of the stories is a quick glimpse of a day or two into the lives of some amazing characters. Whenever a girlchild is the narrator, the voice is strong, strong. It's really a pleasure to read Toni Cade Bambara. I'm generally not a short story reader, so this collection is definitely something special.


Recommended by: sweet pea
The Family Fang Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061579059
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Published: Ecco Press - April 17th, 2012

A fun
summer read. Parts of it had me laughing out loud. Hard to tell which is funnier: the performance art pieces or the messed-up lives of the Fang children as adults. Smart and hilarious.


Recommended by: sweet pea
Half-Blood Blues Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250012708
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Published: Picador USA - February 28th, 2012

Lovely and atmospheric. Set
in 1939-40 Berlin & Paris and 1992 Berlin & Poland, the jazz
setting is immediate and engaging. There is a plot woven in, dealing
with visas and betrayals, but that is less interesting than the glimpses
into war-time Europe. It's an interesting view into a subculture. One
of the characters, Delilah, trash-talks both Lil Hardin Armstrong &
Josephine Baker. I would have cut her with a bottleneck was i there. But i suppose it was
in character, so forgivable. A truly evocative read.


Recommended by: sweet pea
I Don't Want to Be a Pea! Cover Image
By Ann Bonwill, Simon Rickerty (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781442436145
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2012

Despite it's inflammatory title, the characters come to the logical conclusion that - obviously - they want to be a pea. Super cute hippos and birds! Friendship tested, but true! Costumes and cross dressing! Parties! But, most importantly, sweet peas!


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