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Our weekly dose of optimism

In spite of everything going on with publishing companies this week, there’s still good news to be had. Like the Horn Book review of The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem, which calls it

An optimistic story about the importance of art (and its marketability), this also plays lightly with questions of language and naming; friendship and integrity, too, are notable themes. The novel’s humor and amiable tone make it a highly accessible but thought-provoking read.

And this one from Kidsreads, which ends, “Booraem presents some of the universal themes of children’s literature in a new way, and readers cannot help but cheer Medford on as he discovers the meaning of family and friendship, independence, and the importance of art and expression.”
But wait! There’s more! A starred review for Let It Snow in KLIATT’s year end issue, which concludes

The cadence of the stories is surprisingly consistent and the readers wouldn’t know there are three different authors. All gimmicks aside, this is a great story illuminating the magic of the holidays and the strengths and weaknesses of friendships. YAs will adore it.

Let’s make today a good news day, shall we? Who else has good news to share?

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