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Friday, October 13, 2017

Fantastic Reads Round-up!

Hello readers and happy October! Today I have four fantastic new and upcoming books to share with y'all...

I received copies of the following books from their publishers, for review purposes.

Helloflo: The Guide, Period.
By Naama Bloom
October 17, 2017
When will I get boobs? Does wearing a tampon hurt? What's the deal with menstrual cups? Seriously, when will I get boobs?

Honest, funny, and unafraid of the messy, real-life facts about a girl's changing body, this is definitely not your mother's puberty book. HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom's mission is to create informed, empowered young women who are unafraid to ask questions and make the best choices for themselves and their bodies. A celebration of women's bodies and all the confusing, uncomfortable, silly, transformative, and powerful changes that occur during puberty.

This full-color book--written by HelloFlo founder, Naama Bloom, and journalist Glynnis MacNicol--features bright, diverse, approachable illustrations and infographics, doctor-vetted information, and personal testimonials from real girls and women.

From the very first sentence (“There is no such thing as clean underwear.”) it is apparent that this smart and savvy guide is definitely not your mother’s puberty book. In chapters like “Beating Around the Bush” and “Shark Week,” Bloom lays out the facts, fuss-free—everything girls might want to know, from how to insert a tampon (illustrations included) to if swimming while menstruating attracts sharks (luckily, no). Bloom, who incorporates science, history, economics, and culture into her guide, takes care not to talk down to girls and assures them at every turn that what is “right” is different for everyone. In HELLOFLO: The Guide, Period, girls will find:
  • CONTEXT: Colorful graphics on the history of body hair, breast shape, and sanitary products explain that while there are – and have always been – cultural trends and opinions on women’s bodies, girls should choose to do what they are most comfortable with (see pages 50-53).
  • DIVERSITY: The inclusive illustrations and information in HELLOFLO: The Guide, Period, insure every girl can find herself, and her experiences, reflected in the book.
  • FREQUIENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: The book answers HelloFlo’s most common questions, from “Can I lose my virginity if I use a tampon?” to “Is vaginal discharge normal?” with wisdom and care.
  • PROFESSIONAL HELP: Puberty affects every part of the body, so the book includes Doctor Q&As with a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, and a family therapist.
  • SELF-CARE TIPS: Chapters on brain development, hormones, stress, and sisterhood address the rarely-talked-about part of growing up: emotional wellbeing.

I so wish I had this book when I was a preteen! Naama Bloom takes readers on a wild puberty filled journey from girlhood to womanhood and everything in between. Wonderfully informative, easily accessible, and awesomely laugh-out-loud funny, Helloflo is daring, hip, and irresistible. Facts are presented in age appropriate, yet matter of fact, ways, with helpful diagrams and illustrations...and I love that Bloom doesn’t shy away from topics. Young girls will not only find Helloflo helpful and educational, but will find a sense of comfort and even excitement surrounding their changing bodies. I would love to put this in the hands of every preteen girl!

Don’t Read This Book Before Bed: Thrills, Chills, and Hauntingly True Stories
By Anna Claybourne
August 1, 2017
National Geographic Kids
Love to tell scary stories around the camp fire? Like to solve mysteries? Brave enough to hear the truth about some pretty freaky phenomena? Then cuddle up with this spooky spine-tingler, filled with delightfully frightful true stories of real-life monsters, doomed domains, menacing mysteries, strange disappearances, and so much more.

Meet ghosts, ghouls, and zombies. Go inside haunted houses, hidden graveyards, and deadly secret passages. The Fright-o-meter rates each story for its level of scariness. Full of thrills and chills, this book will have you sleeping with a nightlight for sure. Read if you dare, but don't say we didn't warn you!

"A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers."—Kirkus Reviews

What a delightfully frightful, spooktacular, and creeptastic read! Bursting with super fun chills and thrills, I could not put this book down. I had such a blast learning about all kinds of out there things, likes ghosts; freaky weather phenomenon; scary places; wicked cool myths; and more. Young readers will be absolutely bewitched by all the cool info and captivating pictures. A perfect Halloween read!!

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Boxed Set
(books 1-3, paperback)
By Ransom Riggs
Quirk Books
The New York Times #1 best selling series
Includes 3 novels by Ransom Riggs and 12 peculiar photographs.
Together for the first time, here is the #1 New York Times best seller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and its two sequels, Hollow City and the (newly released) Library of Souls. Also included: twelve peculiar photographs, highlighting the most memorable moments of this extraordinary three-volume fantasy.
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in this groundbreaking novel, which mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling new kind of reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
HOLLOW CITY: September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them—but she's trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary adventure continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner.
LIBRARY OF SOULS: A boy, a girl, and a talking dog. They're all that stands between the sinister wights and the future of peculiar children everywhere. Jacob Portman ventures through history one last time to rescue the peculiar children from a heavily guarded fortress. He's joined by girlfriend and firestarter Emma Bloom, canine companion Addison MacHenry, and some very unexpected allies.

This is a beautiful paperback box set of the Miss Peregrine books, perfect for fans of the series!

I Am Gandhi
(Ordinary People Change The World)
By Brad Meltzer
October 3, 2017
Dial Books
Gandhi's peaceful revolution is the focus of this picture book, part of the inspiring New York Times bestselling biography series about heroes.

As a young man in India, Gandhi saw firsthand how people were treated unfairly. Refusing to accept injustice, he came up with a brilliant way to fight back through quiet, peaceful protest. He took his methods with him from South Africa back to India, where he led a nonviolent revolution that freed his country from British rule. Through his calm, steady heroism, Gandhi changed everything for India and inspired civil rights movements all over the world, proving that the smallest of us can be the most powerful.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.

This picture book series provides a cute, easily accessible, and engaging way to introduce little readers to some of the most prolific people in history!

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