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Picture Book Saturday: Exclamation Mark

From the bestselling creators of Duck! Rabbit!, an exciting tale of self-discovery! He stood out here.

He stood out there.

He tried everything to be more like them.

It's not easy being seen. Especially when you're NOT like everyone else. Especially when what sets you apart is YOU.

Sometimes we squish ourselves to fit in. We shrink. Twist. Bend. Until -- ! -- a friend shows the way to endless possibilities. Believe me when I tell you how amazing this simple picture book is! I LOVE books that have hidden meanings, especially for younger readers. Exclamation Mark is one of those books.  I found this on an Amazon Children's Book List. I thought it looked cute-- I did not read the summary-- and requested a copy from the library. As I sat down to read it with my young son, I knew it was going to be great. Most of the pages have simple illustrations and very few words... but there was something about the story being told that made me smile. Exclamation Mark feels like he doesn't …

Review: Captivate (Vanessa Garden)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 294
Publisher: anuary 1st 2014 by Harlequin TEEN Australia
ISBN: 9781743566114
Genre: fantasy
Source: eARC from publisher via Netgalley



In a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems...

For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko...the King of this underwater civilisation.

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from f…