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A Confidence Building Picture Book: Zuri Ray Tries Ballet 

29 Jun

In Zuri Ray Tries Ballet by Tami Charles and illustrated by Sharon Sordo, Zuri is an adventurous kid that is always willing to try new extraordinary things, but not ordinary things. She loves trying these new adventures with her BFFD (best friend from diapers) Jessie Colon. Jessie decides that they should try ballet camp and Zuri is especially nervous to take this adventure on. When the girls are in ballet class the instructor tries to teach the girls the five basic steps of ballet but Zuri just can not catch on as quickly as Jessie. Zuri wants to quit until her dad and the instructor encourage her to be herself. The instructor tells Zuri, “ You don’t have to move or look like everyone else to be a dancer.” This really boosts Zuri’s self esteem and gave her confidence on returning back to class. This Juvenile Picture book is perfect for teaching young children to be confident in who they are and in anything they pursue.  This book is now in the New Juvenile Picture Book section at the Grand Street branch and other BCCLS locations. 

Written By:
Vanetta Rivera
Library Assistant 
Grand Street Branch 

A Thrilling Finale: Ruin and Rising

16 Jun

Previously I had reviewed the first and second book in the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. The third and final book of the first trilogy, Ruin and Rising, we find Alina and our band of heroes preparing for the final confrontation while facing other threats along the way.

Once again Bardugo delivers on the narration of the book, showing the effects the events of the past two book have had on the characters and how they will handle the challenges yet to come.

Of course like with any trilogy, things are also revealed not only about the characters, but within the plot as well. The characters don’t get out of situations easily and some of them are changed in ways we don’t see coming.

Ruin and Rising is a thrilling finale that leaves doors open for a series continuation with an all new adventure. It is available from eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS as an ebook and in print from BCCLS libraries.

Written By:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant

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