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The American Highway by William Kaszynski
Blizzard by John Rocco
The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King
Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
Don Eddy: The Art of Paradox by Donald B. Kuspit
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
Finding Someplace by Denise Lewis Patrick
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
The Flying Squad by Edgar Wallace
George by Alex Gino
Ghoul Interrupted by Victoria Laurie
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 by Ed Piskor
In the Driver's Seat by Cynthia Golomb Dettelbach
Last Message by Shane Peacock
The Lincoln Highway by Michael Wallis
Magic Thinks Big by Elisha Cooper
A Murderous Yarn by Monica Ferris
My Name Is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada
Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester
The Spider by Elise Gravel
A Spirited Gift by Joyce Lavene
A Stitch in Time by Monica Ferris
Tommy Can't Stop! by Tim Federle
Unraveled Sleeve by Monica Ferris
Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long
The Vacation by Polly Horvath
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Woundabout by Lev A.C. Rosen

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

The Farmer and the Clown: 11/20/15

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla FrazeeThe Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee is a 2015 Charlotte Huck Honor Book. It's a wordless picture book story of a farmer who offers his home to a young clown who has fallen off the back of a circus train.

It's a heartwarming book about doing the right thing, the forging of new friendships, and happy reunions. It's all told through subdued illustrations done in earth tones, save for the clown's red hat.

Two panels from the book

Like the Rust series by Royden Lepp, this is a farm that is mostly dirt. And in both cases, those with little to nothing to spare, still take in those who need help — whether it's a former child soldier cyborg, or a stranded clown child.

Five stars

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