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Friday, June 26, 2015

MLC Reads: June 26, 2015

Hello, fellow readers! We're wrapping up Pride Month with a few LGBT reads. Here are our reviews:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
written by Becky Albertalli
five stars

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli follows sixteen-year-old Simon as he navigates through high school, coming out, and falling in love with Blue, a pen name for the boy he has been secretly emailing. Albertalli's debut novel is absolutely wonderful. This is one of those of novels that you can read again and again and still love.

And Tango Makes Three
written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
illustrated by Henry Cole
five stars 

And Tango Makes Three is an amazing picture book. The illustrations by Henry Cole are beautiful and engaging and the text by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell flows easily from one page to the next. Based on real events, the story follows two male penguins who march to their own beat and the Central Park zookeeper who helps them find their own path. Tango is a delight to read and is perfect for starting discussions about just what a family is. Highly recommended.

Me Talk Pretty One Day
written by David Sedaris
five stars

Three things we like and look for in our comedy:
  1. Absurdity
  2. Shock Value
  3. Disfunction
If you, too, look for these same things, Me Talk Pretty One Day will satisfy all three desires in one go. Just don't read it somewhere where quiet is imperative. Sedaris will coax sounds out of you. Mostly laughter.

If you're looking for more books with LGBT themes, be sure to check out some of our recommendations here and here. We have some great books in our to-read pile for next week. Next week, look for our reviews of:

  • Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky written by Sandra Dallas
  • The Bedlam Detective written by Stephen Gallagher
  • Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas written by Juan Felipe Herrera and illustrated by Elly Simmons
Until next week, happy reading!

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