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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth
Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt
Bob's Hungry Ghost by Geneviève Côté
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
The Cute Girl Network by M.K. Reed
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage
Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin
The Fog Diver by Joel Ross
Framed in Lace by Monica Ferris
Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth
Monster High by Lisi Harrison
My Pet Book by Bob Staake
No by Claudia Rueda
Pigmalion by Glenda Leznoff
Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 10 by CLAMP
The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum
Waluk by Emilo Ruiz
Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark
Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love by Jim Ottaviani
You and Me by Susan Verde

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Level Up: 10/17/15

Level Up by Gene Luen Yang: Helicopter parenting from beyond the grave.

Level Up by Gene Luen Yang is about a young man on track to get his MD, except he'd rather play video games. And then his dad dies and things get weird; he's suddenly under the protection of four greeting card spawned spirits.

Dennis Ouyang doesn't want to be a gastroenterologist but his mother does. With his father dead, he's expected to honor his father's dream. His parents have worked tirelessly to provide for him and the career that's guaranteed to give him stability and the money he needs to live comfortably. It's the dream that Dennis's father gave up to be a parent.

So while the book is about the worst of helicopter parents, it's also a very silly, anime inspired comedy about the trouble of living with overly helpful spirits. Level Up is one of those books that the entire family ended up reading and enjoying.

Five stars

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