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Stitches by David Small

StitchesStitches by David Small
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This heart-wrenching graphic novel memoirs deserves your attention. David Small is a fantastic illustrator and looking into his childhood through the perspective of illustrative art from his memory as a child is fantastic. The images capture what words cannot–those pictures and thoughts that run through one’s mind as a child.

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Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Out of My MindOut of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very poignant and realistic narrative about a brilliant 11 year old with cerebral palsy. She has never been able to talk, walk or take care of herself, but she yearns to be normal, to be able to talk and to be part of a group.

With supportive parents, a great nurse family friend and a loving puppy, she is able to communicate and learn.

This book is an exploration is Otherness, in acceptance and able-bodied outsiders. It makes you think about your privilege of able-bodiedness and the struggles of being outside the norm.

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Ling and Ting by Grace Lin

Ling and TingLing and Ting by Grace Lin
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Ugh.

I really am not a fan of transitional readers.

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“Zora and Me” by Victoria Bond

Zora and MeZora and Me by Victoria Bond

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was…interesting. It was a great look into Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood and an interesting take on a southern childhood. But some of the story felt forced, and sometimes it felt slow. It wove several story lines and sweeping themes together rather neatly and it would prove an interesting read along side some of Hurston’s own work.

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“Prime Baby” by Gene Luen Yang

Prime BabyPrime Baby by Gene Luen Yang
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What a weird little graphic novel.

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The Body for Beginners by Dani Cavallaro

The Body for Beginners (For Beginners)The Body for Beginners by Dani Cavallaro
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There is some really interesting information in this book and it provides a decent overview of body ideas and construction. There is an obvious bias throughout this book, and some of the facts and explanations should be taken lightly and not as law. I question the inclusion of certain ideas and absence of others. And I KNOW this book was published in 1998, but it FEELS like it was published in 1998. A lot of the assumption of the state of technology, the terminology and the assumptions of the direction of science fiction is clearly outdated and far from timeless.

However, the quality of the printing of this book is just awful–multiple fonts on a page, white on black, sometimes, works over pictures: it is a mess. Also there is a lack of resources; there is a bibliography, yes, but is seems skeletal to the amount of concise information found in this book. A list of further readings would have been helpful and most welcome.

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“The Old Country” by Mordicai Gerstein

The Old CountryThe Old Country by Mordicai Gerstein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The combination of folkloric tradition with the themes of persecution reminiscent of WWII, this book is rich with characterizations, literary motifs, and ideas about the importance of the body.

The frame narrative of this novel allows the fantastic elements of this novel to feel more realistic since it is told almost as a folk tale. The characters and the premise are well-developed and and well-written.

I highly recommend this book!

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