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Man with a Seagull on His Head Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771962391
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: Biblioasis - October 23rd, 2018

This brief, captivating novel introduces the fascinating world of outsider art through steady pacing and nuanced characters. What drives Ray Eccles to obsessively paint the same woman in any available medium, from ballpoint pen to bodily fluids? Will his unwitting muse reveal her identity to an art world intrigued by mystery? How does a famous stranger's singular focus impact the object of his obsession?

Review by Emily

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Blood Water Paint Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735232112
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2018

This verse novel will slice you up. Visceral, raw, and unique, this is the story of Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the first professional woman painters (active in the 16th century) and one of the first women in documented history to bring her sexual assailant to court and WIN. A book about the process of art, healing from trauma, and growing up in a world that unrelentingly asserts that you're not good enough, even as it uses you up. 

Review by Niki