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Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
Ascender, Volume 2: The Dead Sea by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
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Five Unicorn Flush by T.J. Berry
Ghost-Spider, Volume 2: Party People by Seanan McGuire and Ig Guara (Illustrations)
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The Haunting of Rookward House by Darcy Coates
Hide and Seek by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins
The Hound of Florence by Felix Salten
Legend in Green Velvet by Elizabeth Peters
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates
The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke
Mistletoe Man by Susan Wittig Albert
My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn
No Such Thing as Ghosts by Ursula Vernon
Oh My Gods! by Stephanie Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick, and Juliana Moon (Illustrations)
On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (re-read)
Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
Sky Island by L. Frank Baum
Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
Spore by Alex Scarrow
Stella's Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
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Stella's Stellar Hair: 01/23/20

Stella's Stellar Hair

Stella's Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises blends astronomy, family, the environment, and hair care to tell the story of a girl trying to find the right look for the upcoming Big Star Little Gala. As the publisher's blurb describes it, "Black girl magic takes on the solar system."

Stella's hair just isn't behaving for her. At her mother's suggestion she hops on her hoverboard to visit her aunties. One by one she's given a new do and while she likes the look and loves spending time with her aunties, none of the styles feels like her. In this regard, Stella reminds me of a younger, but more magical kindred spirit to Tessa Johnson in Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant (2021). The big difference, though, is she has aunties to help.

Ultimately Stella does find something that works for her and is true to her own inner spirit and sense of style. She's able to incorporate something from everyone while being uniquely herself.

The back of book includes a discussion of the different heavenly bodies in the solar system as well as how their environments influenced the hair styling each auntie chose. Those choices are then further drawn back to real places on Earth where those styles developed and are worn.

Five stars

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