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Rereads Summer 2021

This is my summer 2021 edition of rereads! I'll be going back through some of the titles that I remember really enjoying the first or second time around.

If you go down to the woods today

Rachel Piercey

jE Piercey
Picture Books

A first collection by an acclaimed poet invites readers to join Bear on his journey to meet friends and explore his woodland home during a magical year of seasons as depicted on high-detail hidden-object spreads.

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This is a seek and find that has something for everyone. I love the illustrations, and the poetry lends itself to more seeking. Anyone with a seek and finder in their house might enjoy this romp through the seasons and the forest.
- Casey

This one summer

Mariko Tamaki

GRAPHIC NOVEL Tamaki
Graphic Novels

Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It's a summer of secrets and heartache, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

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The first time I picked this up I read it in one sitting because I got so sucked in to the indigo hues and memorable characters. This happened again the second time I read it. Maybe I can take a little more time with it this go around, but I'm probably kidding myself--beautiful in every way!
- Casey

The things they carried

Tim O'Brien

FICTION O'Brien, Tim
Historical Fiction

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This is perhaps my favorite O'Brien and one that I have revisited more than once. Sincere, heartbreaking, and unapologetically real, if you have yet to read any of Tim O'Brien's works, I would suggest starting here.
- Casey

City of the plague god

Sarwat Chadda

jFICTION Chadda Sarwat
Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Fantasy

"Thirteen-year-old Sikander Aziz has to team up with the hero Gilgamesh in order to stop Nergal, the ancient god of plagues, from wiping out the population of Manhattan in this adventure based on Mesopotamian mythology"--

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This is the first of the Rick Riordan Presents imprint that I have read, and I am impressed! Going back for round two with Sikander and Gilgamesh soon, as the first time around was a whirlwind.
- Casey

Off to see the sea

Nikki Grimes

jE Grimes
Picture Books, Read Woke

"The faucet flows like a waterfall, the bathroom floor is a distant shore, toy boats sail against the waves. An imagination-fueled adventure on the high seas is just what it takes to get little one clean."--Provided by publisher.

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Bathtub adventure awaits! Take the plunge, you'll be glad you did.
- Casey