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Staff Review Aug 16, 2018

One of the things that draws me to young adult books is their handling of serious issues. When I saw this title dealing with both depression/suicide and the search for roots and answers to family secrets, I was intrigued. The Astonishing Color of After handled both beautifully. Leigh's search for answers and connection to the Taiwanese grandparents she never knew after her mother's death is a painful one that reaches no easy answers but still ends with hope and an implied sense that healing can finally begin.

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Baby Teeth

By Zoje Stage
Rated by Debbie F.
Aug 13, 2018

This intriguing and disturbing book tells the story of Suzette, Alex and their 7 year old daughter, Hannah, who has quite literally become a threat to their existence. Baby Teeth is told in alternating chapters between Suzette and Hannah and you quickly realize that not all is right with their world. Hannah is mute and nothing Suzette has done, including numerous schools and eventually homeschooling, has helped Hannah learn to talk.

Latest Local Music

Guise of Arcadia
Friday, Aug 10, 2018

With only two singles to its name (so far), Kansas City's Guise of Arcadia have managed to create an epic sound, channeling shoegaze and dream pop luminaries such as Ride, Slowdive and Cocteau Twins while adding elements of their own. We are extremely fortunate to share an interview with this new band (comprised of Matt Velazquez, Matt Nance, Matt Ingram and Jacob Chavez) as they plot new music and rapidly accumulate fans.

Friday, Aug 3, 2018

The string quartet Rewound is an extension of Classical Revolution KC, a nonprofit chamber music organization that seeks to change people's misconceptions of classical music as "old, tired and formal." Rewound regularly performs the work of and collaborates with local songwriters and composers in nontraditional venues such as Californos in Westport, Kansas City and at Vinyl Renaissance in Overland Park. They will bring their energized take on modern chamber music with a free, all-ages performance at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center on Friday, August 10 @ 7pm.

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