Beware the Mermaids by Carrie Talick

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thought this was such a great story. A wife finds her husband cheating, and it’s clearly not the first time. She’s ready for a divorce, and she wants their sailboat. Her husband, Roger, is not interested in letting her have it though. So Nancy proposes a 125 mile race where the winner gets the boat.

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The Sound Of Wings by Suzanne Simonetti

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a beautiful story of friendship, love, and the ups and downs of living. We meet three women, Goldie, Jocelyn, and Krystal who are at different points in their lives, and yet each have their own struggles and issues.

The characters in this story were stand-outs for me. They are real and heartbreaking at times, but they are redeemable, and they created a beautiful story for readers! As their stories begin to intertwine, I found myself incredibly invested.

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Reasons for Avoiding Friends by Megan Leavell

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Reasons for Avoiding Friends is about two women who have hit their middle-life. They used to be such good friends, they knew each other so well. And yet, they haven’t spoken in years. Then Iris shows up needing Gwen’s help, and guest room.

I enjoyed this story. I liked how Gwen and Iris kind of stumble around each other trying to find that rhythm they used to have. As they move through their story, we get to watch them realize that they don’t need to pretend, they can be who they truly are.

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Love for Beginners by Jill Shalvis

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. The main character is flawed in a way that makes you want to give her a hug, and then shake her a little bit💗. She’s that friend of yours that does not quite believe she can have ALL the happiness life can give her. Her struggles and her journey were the highlight of this story for me.

Emma wakes up from a coma with a boyfriend that has moved on to her friend, and a physical therapist that she loves to hate. When that physical therapist ends up getting her a new apartment, one that she doesn’t have to share with her now ex-boyfriend and ex-friend, she ends up seeing the evil PT in a new light.

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Bob the Banana Goes Bad by Steve Petzinger

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read this book with both kiddos and it was a HIT! The artwork brings these characters to life, and the story really draws the reader into the life and situation for these food friends. This seems like the kind of story that could turn into a series. There are a lot of very unique characters in this refrigerator, and we really enjoyed them all!

So, Bob the Banana, like all the other food in the refrigerator just wants to be eaten. That is their role in life. The Mayor supports every food by telling them they will be chosen before they go bad, but when Bob starts to turn brown, it doesn’t look good for him.

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LET’S TALK! A story of Autism and Friendship by Lisa Jacovsky

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Harper, a seven-year-old little girl that is typically developing, meets a new friend one day at the pool that is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They both love to swim at the pool and want to play together however, Emma has little communication skills. Emma can make sounds and not words and flaps her hands when she is excited. When Harper realizes she cannot communicate with her new friend she becomes determined to find a way to. She begins to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the different ways that Emma can communicate. Once she does the two become inseparable. Harper introduces Emma to all her friends and teaches them how to communicate with Emma. Harper and Emma become the center of their circle of friends and have more many more adventures together.

Just the Facts:

LET’S TALK! A story of Autism and Friendship by Lisa Jacovsky
Genre: Childrens
Page Count: 32 pages
Publisher: Lisa Jacovsky
Pub Date: July 2020

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ BAM ~ B&N ~ IndieBoundGoodreads

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Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was absolutely adorable! I really loved the focus on accepting what makes you special and seeing what is special about others! Children will enjoy the fun way this message is told through Zippy and his animal friends!

Zippy is a zebra that doesn’t like her stripes! As we journey with her through the book though, we learn that her stripes make her special, and that we each have something that makes us special too. This was a book that both of my kids were really interested in. They enjoyed learning about what made each of Zippy’s friends unique!

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War at the Ice Cream Store by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow, this was an absolutely wonderful book! I think I enjoyed reading it just as much as my kids, and it is definitely one that we can read over and over and continue to enjoy! We are big fans of ice cream in this house, and the wonderfully fun character names had us laughing!

Not only was this book full of fun that had us giggling and soaking in the cute images, it also had a great message that every child should read. There is a bullying storyline that really shows children the hurtful nature of it. I really liked how the other ice cream friends/flavors come to the rescue and stand up for Mustachio Pistachio when King Bully Vanilli targets him!

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Journey To A New Earth by Zeiny Sher and Zuzana Svobodová

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

A koala and a panda befriending each other and learning how to care for their Earth. It’s a beautiful story with a message that is important not only to children but to everyone.

I really liked how Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala meet each other. There doesn’t seem to be any other family or friends around, and the two stumble across each other. As they walk and become friends, they finally come across a tree that provides some very good advice about how to care for their Earth.

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Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This story, you guys, I was inspired by it! My kids adored it, but I did too! As a parent, I like it when a children’s book can be enjoyable for me to read, but I love it when I actually take something away from it!

Esmeralda Dragon works at the ballet company, running the spotlight for the dancers. Once the dancers go home though, she takes the stage and performs for no one but herself to the whistling of the janitor. When auditions open for the ballet company, the janitor encourages Esmeralda to audition. Everything goes a bit right, then a bit wrong for her, but at each juncture, she chooses to not give up. But, then she does give up, and she has a friend who reminds her not to.

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Ballet Orphans by Terez Mertes Rose

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Did you know I used to dance? I was in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, and clogging, which is a story for another day. Reading this book was like a walk down memory lane, and I loved it! Ballet Orphans is the prequel to the Ballet Theatre Chronicles. If you haven’t read the others, I think this is a great place to start the series without feeling like you have missed anything.

This story focuses on April, a soloist at the New York American Ballet Theatre. After some tragic events in her life, she takes the offer to start dancing with the West Coast Ballet Theatre. I loved that this story had the main character moving from one coast to the other. There was a wonderful feeling of a restart with April moving so far away and taking a chance to dance with a new company.

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Escaping Eleven by Jerri Chisholm

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was amazing! It kept me glued to the pages. The storyline was interesting, and I loved the characters!

This is a dystopian YA novel set generations after the earth has become too hot for humans to live on the surface. The wealthy leaders of Earth built enormous bunkers under the ground and brought laborers with them so that there would be people to run the underground cities and do all the work. Eve lives in Compound Eleven. She’s a lowly 2nd-floor inhabitant, however, it’s better than the 1st floor. Living on the 5th floor are the elite and the privileged. As she looks for a way to escape the compound, she accidentally befriends a 5th-floor boy. She finds that maybe not everyone on the 5th floor is bad…or are they?

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