Bookseller at Ravenna
Maggie shelves all things Kids and YA at Ravenna. She is a fan of realistic fiction, and loves the ways books allow kids and teens to learn more about themselves and other people. When she's not at the bookstore, Maggie enjoys hiking, photography, and travelling to naturally beautiful places.
Two words to describe my reaction to this amazing book: mind. blown.
A beautifully written story about family, friendship, Iran, tea, and depression. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Having trouble focusing enough to read during the pandemic? Me, too. This book has exactly what you need to keep your attention and give you a welcome distraction: murder (?), mystery, true emotional depth, and small town drama set against the Australian coastline. (cw: domestic violence.)
Middle school is hard enough, but then Ross' eye just had to get cancer. What gives?! He gets by with his friend, Abby; Frank, his radiation tech; a surprising new hobby, and a good sense of humor. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will surely appreciate his journal entries scattered throughout the book. Author Rob Harrell is a cancer survivor himself, and gives Ross the depth and humor only a fellow survivor could.
Did you know that until the mid-1800s there were communities in New England where sign language was the dominant language, and that many of the residents were Deaf? Show Me a Sign follows young Mary as she finds out what happens when outsiders think they know what's best for people. LeZotte, who is Deaf, does a great job bringing post-Revolutionary War Martha's Vineyard to life, and beautifully weaves local sign language, ASL grammar, and "standard" grammar together in this unique work of historical fiction.
A really important book that sheds light on the truly immeasurable ways one Black woman's body has contributed to the advancement of science and medicine, and has undoubtedly saved millions of lives - all without her knowledge or consent.
I love this book! It is perfect and wonderful for a time when things seem to be falling apart. It has the quick sarcastic wit of The West Wing, the romantic charm of Prince Harry fan fic, and a whole lot of gay. What more could you want??
This children's grahpic memoir about Mohamed's childhood growing up in a refugee camp is great for readers of all ages. While I'm certain it doesn't cover the true depth of life as a displaced refugee, it paints a picture that is honest about global and personal injustices, and is hopeful without being "so inspirational."
A beautifully written book about a child living on the US Virgin Islands struggling with loneliness. Why did her mother leave? Will she ever have a friend? Calendar does an amazing job transporting us into Caroline's world, both real and spiritual. Definitely a cathartic, yet hopeful, read.