Sara's Reviews

Sara likes to travel and she likes to read. She wants to visit 50 countries before her 50th birthday, read all the Newbery winners, and go to Antarctica. She bounces around quite a bit, but comes home to Woods Hole every summer and has a tendency to work in bookstores and libraries. She special ordered books from Eight Cousins in the first or second year it was open and worked there intermittently in the summers during college and graduate school. She decided to stick around for a bit and is thoroughly enjoying seeing Cape Cod dressed up in different seasons. 

At Eight Cousins, she is one of the co-owners and handles the children's book buying, events, and programing as well as the store's digital media and marketing. If you have queries about one of those areas, please email her at; if you want to chat about books, especially ones written by David Levithan or Justina Ireland or anything related to diversity in publishing, visit her at the store.

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Clap When You Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062882769
Availability: Currently not in store. Available to order. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Quill Tree Books - May 5th, 2020

Elizabeth Acevedo is an amazing writer. No question. While reading her third book, Clap When You Land, written in verse, like her award-winning The Poet X, I had to pause throughout just to appreciate the power of Acevedo's words. Clap When You Land isn't a light book. The story includes a father's death, family secrets, poverty, betrayal, stalking. None of these are easy topics, and I was continually impressed, while reading, that I didn't feel weighed down. Instead, the pacing and the rhythm of the poetry balance the grief and sadness. Clap When You Land is a stunning book. 

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Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544357693
Availability: On Our Shelves. Online inventory updates every 24 hours. Call 508.548.5548 to verify.
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2016

Maybe Something Beautiful has become my go-to gift for graduation in recent years. The message—bringing people together to brighten the community through color and art—resonates and inspires. I particularly love this book because of its emphasis on neighborhoods and communities. It highlights that, yes, one person can make a difference, and they do so by inspiring a group of people to work together for a common cause. Maybe Something Beautiful celebrates the individual and the artist, by way of the community and shared spaces. Inspire the graduates in your life to add color to their world.