by Lydia M. Sigwarth Illustrated by Romina Galotta ASIN/ISBN: 9780374313906 Publication: June 1, 2021
**I received a copy of the book through the publisher. I voluntarily read and reviewed it. All opinions are my own.**
After leaving their home behind, Lydia and her family stay with various relatives in their homes. She’s without a home of her own until she discovers the library, a place where her imagination can run wild and there is space to do so many things. The most special spot of all is where the librarian is located.
Dear Librarian is a touching story of the effects libraries and librarians have on children. Like Lydia, the library was a sanctuary for me when I was growing up, and it continues to be one when I need to escape the noise of adulthood. I loved the book. It made me tear up! It immediately reminded me of Gary Paulsen’s autobiographical middle grade read Gone to the Woods. In it he also attributes his path to a librarian. The illustrations are charming, especially the one above with the sun shining through. However, my favorite illustration is probably the first page, because the book opens to a drawing of a library checkout card. The library is indeed a magical place.
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The Mid Year Freakout Book Tag provided an opportunity to look back at my year thus far, mostly good with only one or two not so good.
The Best Books You’ve Read so Far
Because I’ve read quite a few I consider to be best books this year, I’ll limit it to just a few that come to mind. The most recent one is Ignite the Stars. I’m still reeling from the end of the duology and all the emotions Milan put me through.
New Releases You Haven’t Read Yet, but Want To
I waited impatiently for these and when they arrived, I was too anxious to read them.
Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year
I am so excited for all of these, but probably especially The Bone Shard Emperor. Andrew Stewart keeps teasing it and the third book on Twitter. It’s so devastating because it cannot get in my hands fast enough.
I am so angry with this book. Last year, I also had a historical romance novel that disappointed me also. Argh.
I adored both of these two books. I’m still working on the review for Ignite the Stars. Spoiler alert: It’s 5 stars.
Favorite New to You Author
Stacey Lee After I read The Downstairs Girl, I quickly went through the rest of her novels. Lee reminded me why I used to love historical fiction. Her historical fiction novels provide a glimpse of the history through the lens of those who are often removed from history. I’m eagerly awaiting the addition of her next novel.
Favorite Debut Author
Angeline Boulley Boulley’s debut was an instant number 1 New York Times bestseller. I normally stay away from thrillers, but Daunis is a compelling character and many of themes resonated with me.
Newest Favorite Characters
Ia Cōcha The Commonwealth’s most wanted criminal. A hero to rebels. Ia is badass. I love her.