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Final Sentence by Daryl Wood Gerber
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
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Heartstopper: Volume Four by Alice Oseman
Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed
Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy
Into the Woods by J. Torres and Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator)
The Marvelous by Claire Kann
Murder Is No Picnic by Amy Pershing and Patti Murin (Narrator)
My Dress-Up Darling, Volume 3 by Shinichi Fukuda
Noragami: Stray God, Volume 14 by Adachitoka
Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods by Catherynne M. Valente
Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink and Stephanie Nemeth-Parker (narrator)
Poultrygeist by Eric Geron and Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
The Sacred Bridge by Anne Hillerman
The Secret Staircase by Sheila Connolly and Emily Durante (Narrator)
Spy x Family, Volume 6 by Tatsuya Endo
The Suite Spot by Trish Doller
This Is a Book for People Who Love Birds by Danielle Belleny and Stephanie D Singleton (Illustrator)
Yokohama Station SF National by Yuba Isukari, Tatsuyuki Tanaka (Illustrator), and Stephen Paul (Translator)

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Bird & Squirrel All or Nothing: 10/23/22

Bird & Squirrel All or Nothing

Bird & Squirrel All or Nothing by James Burks (2020) is the sixth Bird & Squirrel graphic novel. It opens with a flashback of Bird and his father during a brutal looking desert race. Young Bird was more interested in making friends with the other racers and some of the animal hazards, resulting in the father/son team losing the race.

In the present, Squirrel wants to do something nice for Bird and decides to enter the duo into the current race. Squirrel does this to show how far he's progressed in overcoming his own phobias and anxiety. Bird, though, is still scared from the trauma of being berated by his father for their loss.

Of course Bird and Squirrel do end up running the race. The other teams give a range of approaches and attitudes towards the race. The back third of the novel covers the running of the race and it requires a wide range of skills and team coordination to succeed — and survive.

This novel feels like a departure from the previous ones. It's the first one where the two willingly do something potentially dangerous and potentially fun.

The seventh book is Bird & Squirrel All Together. It's released on October 4th, 2022.

Five stars

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