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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
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Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin
Melena's Jubilee by Zetta Elliott and Aaron Boyd
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Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrett
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Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
Spy on History: Victor Dowd and the World War II Ghost Army by Enigma Alberti
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Thornhill by Pam Smy
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Melena's Jubilee: 07/03/18

Melena's Jubilee

Melena's Jubilee by Zetta Elliott and Aaron Boyd (illustrations) is a picture book that celebrates turning over a new leaf and taking a positive attitude even when the world wants to get you down. More importantly though, it's about how infectious small acts of kindness can be.

Melena begins her day thinking about the mistakes and problems she had the day before. She sees that it has rained over night and washed away all her chalk art — the one positive, fun thing she had done the day before. Rather than get upset about all her work being ruined, she sees that the sidewalk is ready for whatever creativity she has today.

When the ice cream man comes, rather than everyone getting the smallest thing, Melena suggests that they pool their money to get one big thing everyone can share. That way everyone gets a few delicious bites of a sundae.

Another small act of kindness involves not getting into a fight with her brother when he seems ready to provoke one, not demanding to be repaid by a friend. The idea there though, is a little troubling and the one reason I pulled off a star. She says he's bigger and hits hard. That's the sort attitude that so often gives abusers power.

Four stars

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