Kinsey's Picks


Gorilla Gardener: How to Help Nature Take Over the World Cover Image
By John Seven, Jana Christy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781945665004
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Published: Manic D Press - August 22nd, 2017

This book is a guide to helping nature take over the world! In the hands of a gorilla gardener, all it takes are a few seeds before carrots are growing from cracks in the sidewalk, beans are climbing telephone poles, and squash are reclaiming swing sets. Soon the city has been transformed into a jungle and everyone is sleeping outside in trees and feasting together on all the food they planted. Eventually, every city will be a jungle city, and it all started with just a few seeds... and a gorilla gardener - like You!.


*This book also includes a history of guerilla gardening and instructions on how to make your own seed bombs!*

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062382801
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 27th, 2017

This book is a grand tour gone wrong - or very, very right depending on your perspective! What starts out as an educational exploration of Europe for future-viscount Henry “Monty” Montague, his biracial best friend, Percy, and his feminist/self-taught-physician sister, Felicity, is soon derailed when the three narrowly escape an attempt on their lives and must flee the country. On the way, they befriend pirates, battle brigands, and break a few hearts for good measure. The characters are wonderfully complex and woven throughout this adventurous romp is a story about identity, privilege, trauma, and loving relationships across these lines.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101997239
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

Although they love each other very much, Arturo’s family doesn’t always agree. But when their restaurant, opened by Arturo’s grandparents when they first immigrated from Cuba, is at risk of being torn down and replaced by luxury apartments, it will take all of them to fight back and save the neighborhood. With a healthy dose of poetry, bouncy houses, and a villain named Wilfrido Pipo, you can't go wrong with this book!

The Last Magician Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481432078
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Published: Simon Pulse - July 18th, 2017

A thief who can control time, a magician whose act is more than just an act, and a whole cast of characters each with their own secrets who will stop at nothing - including murder, manipulation, and matricide- to get their hands on the Book. When no one is telling the truth about who they are and what they want, the real danger lies not in pulling off the perfect heist, but rather in making sure the Book doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Because if it
does,history as it is will cease to exist....

A Loud Winter's Nap Cover Image
By Katy Hudson, Katy Hudson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781623708696
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - September 1st, 2017

Katy Hudson, the bestselling author of Too Many Carrots, returns with a new book featuring Rabbit’ friend Tortoise. Tortoise is trying to sleep through winter but keeps being woken by his friend’s invitations to play with them. When he mistakes a sled for a cozy place to sleep and goes flying down a snowy hill, he gains a new perspective on what winter is all about!

Too Many Carrots Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623706388
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - February 1st, 2016

Rabbit’s carrot collection is soooo big, he can’t fit in his house anymore! His friends offer up their nests, trees, and dams, but one by one they are destroyed in an avalanche of carrots leaving them all homeless.  When everything looks hopeless, Rabbit realizes he just might have the solution to all their problems…! Hudson’s illustrations are brilliant, detailed, and will leave you wanting more. Luckily, there’s a sequel! (A Loud Winter’s Nap featuring Tortoise.)


The Prince and the Dressmaker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626723634
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Published: First Second - February 13th, 2018

When Frances, a dressmaker working in Paris, designs a daring and scandalous dress for a client, she catches the eye of a member of the royal family who hires her on the spot. However, when she arrives at the palace, she realizes that she’ll be designing dresses not for the Queen or a princess, but for the royal prince! Wearing these new creations (and an orange wig), Prince Sebastian, along with Frances, explore the city and night and become close friends. But Frances isn’t content to keep her work a secret and soon the Prince must choose between the two lives he’s created. Wang seamlessly (pun intended!) pairs a wonderful story with incredible art in this graphic novel about self-discovery, relationships, and really rad fashion.

36 Questions That Changed My Mind about You Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762463183
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Published: Running Press Book Publishers - October 17th, 2017

Question: Can 36 questions make two people fall in love?
Research: Reading the New York Times Modern Love column
Hypothesis: Yes (love is like magic - you have to believe in it for it to work).
Experiment: Randomly selecting two teenagers (each with their own motivations for participating in the study and their own secrets to hide), putting them in a room together, and waiting for sparks to fly (or for blood to be spilled).
Collect data: 72 answers, dozens of instant messages, three phone calls, two letters, and one kiss
Graph/analyze data: (I would draw a graph, but at this point in the book, all pretense of this being an actual research project has been abandoned.)
Conclusion: That’s for you to decide...


We Are Shining Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062570666
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Published: HarperCollins - May 30th, 2017

Some books are mirrors; other books are windows. Brooks’ poem-in-picture-book-form is a beautiful combination of both that affirms and celebrates everyone’s right to a shining future. If everyone were as empathetic and self-reflective as the girl in this book, our world would look very different from the one we live in now. Read this book to yourself, to the kids in your life, to your parents, to your friends - to anyone who will listen!


No Good Deed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545867511
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Published: Point - May 30th, 2017

At a summer camp for teens who want to Save The World!™ by launching campaigns with names such as Men’s Rights, Anti-Robotics, S.P.E.W. (we never actually find out what this stands for), and Boycott Camp, is it any surprise that campers quickly turn to sabotage when a grand prize is introduced to the mix? (It’s an unpaid internship, but hey, millennials will take what they can get these days.) Needless to say, hilarity ensues, especially with the arrival of movie star Ashley Woodstone (who some of you may recognize from Kill the Boy Band)  and her campaign, Eat Dirt. But hidden within this humorous take on the classic summer camp novel is an incredibly insightful look at the shortcomings and pitfalls of modern-day activism that everyone should take to heart.

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One of Us Is Lying Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524714680
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 30th, 2017

10/10 would recommend!! There are too many things I love about this YA mystery to fit in such a small space but to name a few:

  • 4 different narrative perspectives that are unique and well-developed (+ the characters are diverse in a realistic and intersectional way)
  • A mysterious death, blackmail, juicy high-school gossip and a twist ending I honestly didn’t see coming (Not to brag, but I can usually predict these things.)
  • All of the romantic subplots are perfectly written and don’t overwhelm the story like some YA novels and Addy’s in particular is so important

I could go on, but please just read it so we can talk about how amazing it is. Come find me.

Vigilante Cover Image
ISBN: 9780373211777
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Published: Harlequin Teen - March 28th, 2017

V for violated. V for vilified. V for vigilant. And now V for validated. Amidst the numerous fight scenes you'd expect from a book titled Vigilante, this book tells you over and over until you believe it that the only people who can prevent rape are rapists. It tells you that no one is ever "asking for it" and consent is necessary, and not saying "no" doesn't mean "yes". This book tells you what you desperately need to hear when you grow up in a world of "don't get drunk",  "don't go off with him alone", "don't wear that unless you're ready for the consequences". It perfectly captures the way the justice system fails us, the way those with the power to protect us fail us, and the way we often fail ourselves and each other. But it also shows us how and why we need to do better. Above all Vigilante was healing to read.

If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur Cover Image
By Linda Bailey, Colin Jack (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781101918913
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Published: Tundra Books (NY) - March 7th, 2017


It’s a problem we’ve all encountered; you have a spare dinosaur lying around but don’t know what to do with it! Well, this book has several inventive ideas for how to put your dinosaur to use that you may not have thought of (coffee grinder, diving board) as well as some warnings… (Seriously, DO NOT let a dinosaur carry your picnic basket!).

Swimming Lessons Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941040515
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Published: Tin House Books - February 7th, 2017

If you’re in the mood for a book that will break your heart multiple times, convince you that all human beings are inherently selfish, and destroy your belief in true love, this is the book for you! But don’t worry, the incredible care that was put into telling this story that is realistic to the point of being painful makes up for the time you’ll have to spend repairing your wall after you punch a hole in it.

A Separation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399576102
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

Marriage vows end with the binding line “...’til death do us part.” But, as this story forces us to consider, is there any force - be it death, infidelity, decades, or the distance between two continents - that can truly separate two lives once they’ve touched? Or are we destined to haunt, and be haunted by, those who come into our lives, and who, despite our best attempts, remain both unknowable to us and forever part of our knowing?

Caraval Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250095251
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 31st, 2017


Winning the game, rescuing the missing sister, and outrunning the worst kind of villain requires a brave heart, a little bit of magic, and a leap of faith… just make sure there’s someone around to wish you back to life if you happen to fall to your death.

Heartless Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250044655
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 8th, 2016

Murder. Martyrs. Monarchs. Madness. Not the typical elements you might expect to find in a story about first love. But if you make a practice of believing six impossible things before breakfast, you might just get through this book without going mad yourself.