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Review: Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee




Batgirl at Super Hero High
by Lisa Yee
Series: DC Super Hero Girls #3
Published: 3 January 2017
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 240
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Age Level: Middle Grade (ages 8-12)
Source: Provided by Publisher
My Rating: 4/5!
Get your cape on with the DC Super Hero Girls— the unprecedented new Super Hero universe especially for girls! Readers of all ages can fly high with the all-new adventures of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and some of the world’s most iconic female super heroes as high schoolers!

Batgirl has always hidden in the shadows—but does she have what it takes to stand in the spotlight at Super Hero High?

Barbara Gordon has always been an off-the-charts, just-forget-about-the-test super-genius and tech whiz, and then she gets the offer of a lifetime when Supergirl recognizes that Barbara’s talents make her an ideal candidate for Super Hero High. Donning the cape and cowl, Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl, ready to train at the most elite school on the planet, next to some of the most powerful teenagers in the galaxy. She’s always had the heart of a hero . . . but now she’ll have to prove that she can be one. Good thing she loves a challenge!

Award-winning author Lisa Yee brings mystery, thrills, and laughs to this groundbreaking series that follows DC Comics most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Move over Batman and Superman—the DC Super Hero Girls are ready to save the day and have fun doing it!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30213121-batgirl-at-super-hero-high

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Release Day Blitz: Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh (+ Review)


It is my great pleasure to take part in the release day celebration for Flying Lessons & Other Stories! This wonderful middle-grade anthology was made in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, which was co-founded by the editor, Ellen Oh. I was lucky enough to be able to read an advanced copy of this collection - thank you Random House Kids! - which I have reviewed below. So check out Flying Lesson & Other Stories, read my impressions, and pick up your own copy today!



Flying Lessons & Other Stories
edited by Ellen Oh
Published: 3 January 2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 240
Formats: Hardcover
Age Level: 8-12
Source: Provided by Publisher
Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.

From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.


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Top 10 of 2016: Best Books I’ve Read in 2016


Welcome to day one of the Top 10 of 2016 event! Today I will be sharing the Best Books I've Read in 2016. I didn't read very many books this year, so I wasn't sure I wanted to participate, but I couldn't miss out on the fun! I do wish I was able to read more the last 12 months, but there's always next year, right?  Anyway, without further ado, here are my favorite books read this year (in no particular order):

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Blog Tour: A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig




A Boy Called Christmas
by Matt Haig
Published: 1 November 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 240
Formats: Hardcover
Age Level: Middle Grade (ages 8-12)
Source: Provided by Publisher
My Rating: 4/5!
Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper.

Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him.

Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things—if only he can reach his father before it’s too late. . . .

Sparkling with wit and warmth, A Boy Called Christmas is a cheeky new Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28952912-a-boy-called-christmas

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4 Year Anniversary Celebration! (+ updated giveaway!)

Greetings lovely readers! On December 1st, 4 years ago, I launched She Dreams in Fiction. Can you believe it has been 4 years since I started this lovely little blog? I know it has been quiet around here the last couple years, but I am still reading and blogging, so thank you for sticking around. You are positively spectacular!

Quite a lot has happened in these last 4 years. I have learned a few things during this time, one being it is okay to take a break from something, even something you love. I have learned to listen to myself better and focus on things that help me to improve myself and be happy. One thing I have been focusing on this year in particular is reading for pleasure again. In previous years, I felt a lot of pressure to review EVERY SINGLE BOOK I read. Why? Why must this be a thing? Well, I decided it didn't need to be and just started reading. This exercise has proven to be most excellent. Happiness has a way of showing up even in the most difficult of times.

Anyway, to celebrate this 4 years of bookish awesomeness, I thought I would have a giveaway! The giveaway will run through the rest of the month of December, so spread the news! Share the love! Get those bookish family and friends of yours to stop by and enter!

What will I be giving away, you may ask? Well, I thought it would be nice to offer one lucky reader their pick from a list of my favorite books in the last 4 years! Oh my goodness, it was terribly difficult to narrow the list down to one book read per year, let me tell you! This giveaway is open to international readers as well, just make sure the Book Depository ships to your country.

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Review: Watched by Marina Budhos



Watched
by Marina Budhos
Published: 13 September 2016
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Age Level: 12 and up
Source: Hardcover provided by Random House Children's Books in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 3.5/5!
Marina Budhos’s extraordinary and timely novel examines what it’s like to grow up under surveillance, something many Americans experience and most Muslim Americans know.

Naeem is far from the “model teen.” Moving fast in his immigrant neighborhood in Queens is the only way he can outrun the eyes of his hardworking Bangladeshi parents and their gossipy neighbors. Even worse, they’re not the only ones watching. Cameras on poles. Mosques infiltrated. Everyone knows: Be careful what you say and who you say it to. Anyone might be a watcher.

Naeem thinks he can charm his way through anything, until his mistakes catch up with him and the cops offer a dark deal. Naeem sees a way to be a hero—a protector—like the guys in his brother’s comic books. Yet what is a hero? What is a traitor? And where does Naeem belong?

Acclaimed author Marina Budhos delivers a riveting story that’s as vivid and involving as today’s headlines.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28220766-the-wishing-world?from_search=true

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Blog Tour: The Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock (review + excerpt + giveaway)

http://www.jeanbooknerd.com/2016/08/the-wishing-world-by-todd-fahnestock.html
Welcome to the blog tour for The Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock! I had a blast jumping into this story, I tell you what. And have you seen this gorgeous cover?! Amazing! For my stop, I have an exciting excerpt to share with you all. Be sure to check out some of my thoughts on The Wishing World and enter the awesome tour-wide giveaway below. Are you ready for some fun? I know I am, so let's get this party started!

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