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Bear Out There by Jacob Grant
This follow up to Bear's Scare is a sweet book about friendship. Spider likes the outdoors, but Bear prefers being cozy in his tidy house. Even though he'd rather spend the day inside, Bear helps Spider search for his lost kite. For Bear, the day goes from bad to worse, but he realizes the importance of being there for a friend even when the going gets tough. The illustrations are lovely and I don't think I've seen a more adorable spider in a picture book.
Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo
This is another beautiful book following the lives of the Three Rancheros who were introduced in Raymie Nightingale and revisited in Louisiana's Way. Four years after the events of Raymie Nightingale, Beverly is grieving over the loss of her dog and tired of her mother's drinking so she decides to leave home. Although she is convinced that she doesn't need anyone and can take care of herself, she slowly lets others into her lives and realizes the power of community and friendship. I loved the characters in this book and, as always with Kate DiCamillo's books, the writing is lovely. Thanks to Candlewick Press for a review copy of the book. It publishes in September.
More to the Story by Hena Khan
Jameela, who has a passion for journalism, write for her school newspaper, but feels that her ideas for stories never get heard. Life at home has it challenges for Jameela, as well, as her father is traveling a lot for work and her sister has been diagnosed with lymphoma. Hena Khan has written another heart-warming exploration of family. The way the characters relate to each other and navigate the challenges of school and home are true-to-life. The author's inspiration came from Little Women, a book she cherished as a child. The book publishes in September.
Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers by Anna James
Tilly lives with her grandparents and spends a lot of time in the bookstore connected to their house. She is enchanted with the adventures within books and prefers book characters over actual friends. Her own life takes an adventurous turn when she realizes she has the ability to wander through the pages of a book as if it was real life. As she strives to understand this new, magical ability, she learns more about herself including and who her parents are. This is an imaginative and fun read, but also one that will delight book lovers. Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy.