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A Year Without Mom follows 12-year-old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America. It is the early 1990s in Moscow, and political change is in the air. But Dasha is more worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family, friendships and school without her mother. Just as she begins to find her own feet, she gets word that she is to join her mother in America — a place that seems impossibly far from everything and everyone she loves. -Amazon


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Cuteness overload. You’ve been warned.


Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 11.01.29 PMBEWARE THE HARE!
Is he or isn’t he a vampire?

Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs!

Hilarious, suspenseful–a complete delight.


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10-year-old Hà flees with her mother and three older brothers from war-torn Vietnam to the U.S.  Written in accessible, short free-verse poems, the book is based on Lai’s personal experience, powerfully capturing a child-refugee’s struggle with rare honesty.


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Whip-smart, heart-breaking, hilarious.  Beautifully real.



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