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Famous in a Small Town Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250179630
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 15th, 2019

Emma Mills has crafted a heart-breaking (and heart-mending) novel that explores all the charm and deceit that goes hand-in-hand with living in a small town. Sophie is the kind of friend who will stop at nothing to do what she thinks is best for her friends and her community - even if that means stalking a country star or pretending not to fall in love with her mysterious new neighbor, August. Famous in a Small Town is the best kind of love story because it’s also about so much more. Mills covers the special bond between a group of friends who have known each other since birth, the different forms a family can take, the grief we feel when our loved-ones are in pain, and the challenges of raising money for your high-school marching band. Nothing is off-limits in this clever and candid story!


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Little White Lies (Debutantes, Book One) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368014137
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Published: Freeform - November 6th, 2018

Sawyer Taft is a mechanic with a GED who essentially grew up in a bar and developed a fascination with medieval torture devices at an early age. In other words, the farthest thing from debutante society imaginable. But when her grandmother shows up out of the blue and offers her $500,000 and a chance to discover who her father is, she agrees to enter the world her mother ran away from when she became pregnant with Sawyer almost two decades ago. Sawyer soon finds herself uncovering a few more (metaphorical and literal) skeletons than she initially bargained for and is drawn into a twisted mystery involving blackmail, kidnapping, and several breaking and entering attempts. Jennifer Lynn Barnes has created a heroine with charm, gritt, and sass outshined only by her fierce intelligence. Everything about this book will leave you wanting more!


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Damsel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062742322
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 2nd, 2018

As glittering and dangerous as a sculpture made of broken glass, Damsel tells the story of a prince and a dragon. Each generation, a prince goes on a quest to defeat a dragon and rescue the damsel who will become his queen. She will bear him a son who will then grow to follow in his footsteps. When prince Emory rescues this story’s damsel, she has no memory of who she was but she quickly comes to find that while she is of the utmost importance to Emory’s story, she also means nothing at all. She wonders and wishes and desires and is told instead to shrink, to dim her light, to become nothing other than a vessel for the prince to fill. But her fire is growing and she is remembering, not her past, but her power. This story is pure fantasy but nothing has ever felt so real and so raw to read. This is the kind of book that will make you scream and throw it across the room when you get to the end (in a good way). I can't recommend it enough.


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Check, Please!: # Hockey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250177964
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Published: First Second - September 18th, 2018

I never read graphic novels, I know almost nothing about hockey, and I wouldn’t step foot inside a fraternity to save my life. AND YET this graphic novel enchanted me. Within the first few pages, I feel deeply in love with Bitty, his teammates, and the world that Ngozi Ukazu has created. (I never thought I would be so invested in a fictional sport team which truly speaks to her talents as an author/artist). Based on the webcomic of the same name, Check Please is the first of 2 collections that follow Eric Bittle (Bitty), gay hockey player, vlogger, and baker. Told through a series of vlogs as well as snapshots of the team, this first installment chronicles the complexities of navigating the sports world, crushes, and college. I would recommend this graphic novel to anyone!


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Sadie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250105714
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 4th, 2018

Since the release of Serial in 2014, true crime podcasts have grown exponentially. With Saide, Courtney Summers taps into this desire for truth, even - or especially - in its’ ugliest form. Alternating between Sadie’s perspective and the podcast trying to track her down, Summers draws her reader closer and closer to the truth of who murdered Sadie’s 13-year-old sister… and just how far she’s willing to go for revenge. The extent to which this book left me absolutely devastated is a credit to how well-written the characters and the world they inhabit are. I rooted for Sadie up until - and beyond - the last page.


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Seafire Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780451478801
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Published: Razorbill - August 28th, 2018

Seafire is the book I've always wanted to write! It has everything I could ask for starting with an all female pirate crew led by captain Caledonia Styx, hell bent on avenging the deaths of their families at the hands of Aric Athair and his bullet crew. There are fight scenes on the open ocean where Caledonia’s crew takes out multiple bullet ships by outwitting them, strong female friendships built on mutual love and respect, and a post-apocalyptic-meets-steampunk world where old and new tech meet in the middle. Even though the ship only docks on dry land once throughout the book, Parker does an astounding job building the world Caledonia and her crew inhabit and it is one I look forward to coming back to as the trilogy progresses!


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This Story Is a Lie Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616959111
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Published: Soho Teen - August 7th, 2018

 

Peter Blankman. 17 years old. Math genius. Sufferer of panic attacks. Twin brother to Bel. These are all things Peter knows to be true. When his mother is almost assassinated in front of him, his sister goes missing, and he finds himself on the run from a secret organization with only his brain and his best friend who can read his mind (and who also happens to be an ex-agent of the same secret organization), he can’t trust anything he thought he knew. And then things get really weird... This Story Is a Lie certainly lives up to its name and, as the author M.R. Carey writes, “it’s as though Escher and Schrodinger had collaborated on a thriller.” Peter Blankman is my new favorite YA protagonist. Anyone who can turn their debilitating fear of the world into their greatest weapon is someone I want to read about.


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Sea Witch Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062438775
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - July 31st, 2018

Is there anything more satisfying than getting to hear the villain’s side of the story, especially when that villain is someone as iconic as the sea witch who stole Ariel’s voice and then attempted to steal the love of her life? In Sea Witch, Sarah Henning gives a voice - and a story - to Evie, a girl who is very much an outcast in her home for the fact that she dares to reach above her station by staying friends with the prince beyond childhood. Worse yet, her other friend Anna drowned while swimming with Evie when the girls were young. Years later when a woman who looks strikingly like Anna shows up out of the mist and asks for Evie’s help catching the eye of the Prince, she can’t refuse the request, even knowing the terrible price she’ll pay. A stunning origin story that will change everything you thought you knew about the classic fairytale. Perfect for fans of Heartless by Marissa Meyer and Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust.


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Made for Love: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062280596
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Published: Ecco - July 3rd, 2018

Hazel thought she was in for a 50 Shades level romance when she met tech titan Byron only to find her every move post-marriage monitored by cameras, sleep helmets, and other privacy-invading machinery. The last straw is Byron’s request that she install a chip in her brain, causing Hazel to flee his compound for the (relative) safety of her father’s trailer, moving in with him and his roommate - a recently purchased sex doll named Diane. In her quest to escape Byron, Hazel’s path eventually crosses with Jasper’s, a con artist with a disturbing affinity for dolphins. Made For Love is a weird and wonderful story that will make you laugh out loud, side-eye your smartphone, and reconsider the future of the human race all in an instant.


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The Cardboard Kingdom Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781524719388
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

The Cardboard Kingdom, a graphic novel by Chad Sell, is a love letter to make-believers. The kids in his fictional neighborhood spend the summer creating elaborate costumes, weapons, and secret hideouts from cardboard boxes that they beg, borrow, and steal. The heartwarming cast of characters, including an evil sorceress, an alchemist, a banshee, and a gargoyle, demonstrate time and time again that they will only be limited by their own imaginations. Many of the kids face resistance from their parents, such as the professor whose father doesn’t understand why she wants to dress up in a mustache or the banshee who’s grandmother constantly tells her that “nice girls don’t talk so loud”, but each finds strength in their alter-ego and many of the small-minded adults eventually come around or are shown to be in the wrong. The Cardboard Kingdom is a wonderfully crafted world that has something for everyone (including your inner child) and one that you’ll want to come back to over and over again.


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The Bird and the Blade Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062674159
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 5th, 2018

The Bird and the Blade was first pitched to me as ‘the young adult novel based on the 1942 Italian opera based on the 1857 French short story based on the Persian poem that you didn’t know you needed.’ In a blend of historical fiction and fantasy, Bannen reimagines a story about honor, pride, and power through the eyes of Jinghua. Enslaved in Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost her home, her family, and her freedom, but when the Khanate is attacked she finds herself on the run with Prince Khalaf and his father who each have their own plan to reclaim their lost kingdom. Prince Khalaf pins his hopes on marrying the princess Turandokht, but to do so he’ll have to answer three riddles. If he fails, he will forfeit his life and Jinghua will forfeit the man she loves. In The Bird and the Blade, Bannen breathes new life into a story that has been retold again and again across the centuries, giving Jinghua agency and, if not a happy ending, the love that she is too-often denied.


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Off & Away Cover Image
By Cale Atkinson, Cale Atkinson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484782323
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 5th, 2018

Have you ever wondered where all the messages in bottles end up after they’re thrown into the sea? Jo’s dad is the messenger who makes sure they reach their destination and he always returns home with a new story to share! Jo has always been too afraid of the monsters she believes live in the deep water to join him, but when her dad gets too sick to make his rounds, she casts off for the first time. With each delivery she makes, the monsters she feared disappear and turn into friends (including a squid named Ira who receives a sweater with eight armholes). Gorgeously illustrated, Off & Away is a tender story about the coexistence of fear and bravery, the importance of second impressions, and the adventures waiting just beyond your island.


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Lions & Liars Cover Image
By Kate Beasley, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374302634
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - June 5th, 2018

There are boys like Devin Goodyear who are well-liked and popular. These are lions. Then there are gazelles, and then meerkats, and finally the fleas that live on the meerkat's butts.Frederick Frederickson is a flea. He ends up with a broken nose after trying to play dodgeball, sits with other fleas at lunch, and spends a lot of his time wishing he were someone else. The one thing that makes his life interesting and worthwhile is the cruise his family takes every year. But a category 5 hurricane is approaching and instead of lounging in the sun, Frederick finds himself stranded at Camp Omigoshee, a disciplinary camp for troubled boys after running away from a birthday party, accidentally stealing a boat, and being chased by an alligator. Introducing us to a zany cast of characters including Nosebleed, Ant Bite, the Professor, and Dashiell Blackwood, Beasley’s latest middle-grade adventure is a fun reflection on friendship and self-acceptance.


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Meddling Kids: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101974445
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Published: Anchor - May 29th, 2018

This is the kind of book that happens when authors as wayyy too many “What If” questions. What if… the Blyton Summer Detective Club encountered a monster that wasn’t a man in a mask? What if… the experience scarred them in life-changing ways? What if… they decided to go back and uncover the mystery AND what they discover is so much weirder than anyone could have ever imagined involving “tentacled demon spawn”, necromancy, blood magic, and the impending apocalypse? With multiple Scooby Doo and other Gen-x pop culture references, the audience for this book is a select group, but those not turned away by the premise (and pulpy horror/mystery novels) will enjoy this book as much as Scooby loves Scooby Snacks.


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Ghost Boys Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316262286
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

 In Ghost Boys Jewell Parker Rhodes weaves the story of 12-year-old Jerome, a young black boy who is murdered by a white police officer while playing with a toy gun, invoking Tamir Rice and so many other young black boys who are shot down, choked, or beaten because they are perceived as a threat. The story is told from the point of view of Jerome’s ghost as he recalls the events leading up to his death and befriends Sarah, the daughter of his murderer and the only living person who can see him. Confronting racism and police violence is not easy and Ghost Boys doesn’t seek to make it so. Instead, it open space for conversations about power, privilege, and pain that are much needed. 


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The Creature of the Pines (The Unicorn Rescue Society #1) Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780735231702
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

It’s Elliot’s first day of school and nothing is what he expected. Boring classes, smelly lockers, and responsible teachers? Nowhere to be found. A field trip to a creepy forest called the Pine Barrens, a weird teacher with a habit of incomprehensible monologues, and a new best friend who runs head first into danger? Check, check, and check. Welcome to Elliot’s life. He may not be too happy about it, but he and Uchenna are about to become the newest members of The Unicorn Rescue Society, sworn to defend and protect the world’s mythical creatures. No, the organization has never seen a real unicorn. But they’ll be ready. Just in case. This first book in a new series by Adam Gidwitz is perfect for fans of fantastical (and slightly ridiculous) adventure stories.


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Be Prepared Cover Image
By Vera Brosgol, Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626724457
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Published: First Second - April 24th, 2018

Vera is too Russian, too poor, and too weird for the kids in her neighborhood. So she decides to hedge her bets by attending a Russian summer camp in a last-ditch effort to find somewhere she belongs. Instead, she finds more of the same. Her cabin-mates ignore her at best, she's terrible at capture the flag, and the only place to poop is a hole in the ground. It isn't until she stops worrying about trying to fit in or impress other kids in that she's able to enjoy herself - important lessons for us all to take to heart! An all-too-relatable story about the painful parts of growing up on the outside, this graphic novel is perfect for fans of Victoria Jamieson and Raina Telgemeier. 


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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

Many years ago King Saran seized the throne by banishing magic and violently killing all of the maji (magic users) in the kingdom, including Zelie’s mother. Now all that remains are memories, embodied in the descendents of the maji who all have stark white hair - and more magic running through their veins than anyone realizes. When a scroll is uncovered that has the power to bring magic back to the kingdom, Zelie finds herself a long way from home, traveling with the rogue princess, grappling with her awakening power, and attempting to outrun and outsmart the prince who would stop at nothing to destroy it. Adeyemi has crafted an epic fantasy with masterful world-building, enchanting characters, and a twisted plot that rivals anything else I’ve read in the last decade.


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Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626728141
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 6th, 2018

 

When Arlo Finch moves to Pine Mountain, CO with his mom and his sister, the appearance of his Uncle’s childhood dog in ghost form is only the first in a long line of clues that there’s more to his new home than what meets the eye. When he joins the Rangers, a mix-gendered scouting troup, with his new friends, Indra Srinivasaraghavan-Jones and Henry Wu, he becomes acquainted with the mysterious Long Woods that their town is located along. The Long Woods is responsible for the appearance of a strange girl in Arlo’s mirror, roads that take him nowhere, and mysterious balls of light that attempt to lead him to his death. John August’s screenwriting background is apparent in this series opener filled with magic, mayhem and a century-old mystery. Readers beware: this books will leave you wanting more! Luckily this is only the first book in the series AND John August has a podcast about the process of writing and publishing this book for fans who want a behind-the-scenes look at the industry!
 


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A Girl Like That Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374305444
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 27th, 2018

A Girl Like That is a book framed by loss . It opens on Zarin and her friend Porus hovering above a car crash as their family members cry over the bodies they recently left behind. As Zarin's story is rewound to the beginning and pieced together by those who knew her (or thought they did), its' shape is almost too much to bear. The death of her mother, abuse at the hands of her aunt, sexual assault, and ostracization all weigh down on her but never succeed in weighing her down. Zarin continues to be unapologetically herself - a messy, complicated, brave, and lovely person - right up to the end. One of the most important books I've read, Bhathena is unquestionably a writer to watch. 


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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316310277
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

If you know Holly Black, you already know the world Jude and her sisters inhabit. A world filled with beauty that is sharper than the edge of the sword, where blood flows as abundantly as the wine, and desire is a wicked and twisted thing. Jude was seven when she came to live in the High Court of Faerie after her half-sister's Fey father murdered their mother for daring to leave him. Despite this bloody beginning and the cruelty of her classmates, Jude wants nothing more than to belong and sets her sights on becoming the King's champion. But others want to use her for their own ends and she's soon drawn even deeper into the twisted world of power and pleasure she inhabits. Holly Black has truly cemented her title as Queen of Faerie and created a seductive world you won't want to wake up from.


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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250171085
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 16th, 2018

Patrisse Khan-Cullors contains multitudes; She is an artist, organizer, mother, daughter, sister friend, lover, creator, freedom fighter, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter. In this memoir, she shares stories about the members of her family and community -her tribe - and the ways their lives are shaped by the hypocrisy and illogical-logic of a white supremacy. When school shootings occur in white districts, black and brown students end up having to pass through metal detectors on a daily basis (and their families can be fined up to $250 if they’re late because they were waiting in line to be scanned and searched). When killer cops murder black children and their communities call for an indictment, tanks and tear gas are rolled out. Her brother, diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, has his medication withheld and is placed in solitary confinement (proven to worsen such disorders) in response to his outbursts. Khan-Cullors traces her growth as an activist growing up in a society that is intent on criminalizing black bodies and chronicles her ongoing fight for black liberation, including the events that led to the emergence of Black Lives Matter.


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Long Way Down Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481438254
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 24th, 2017

Will knows the rules. Don't cry. Don't snitch. Get revenge. After his brother is shot, these tenants are all that he has left. Taking the elevator down with a gun tucked against his spine to fulfil his task, he is joined by his friend Buck who was shot and died years earlier. Then Dani who died when they were just kids, and on and on until the elevator is filled with ghosts from his past, each with a lesson to impart. When the elevator doors open, Will must decide where his future fits in amongst his past. Another stunning novel from Jason Reynolds, an author who writes with his whole heart. 


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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393249897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2017

Caitlin Doughty, a mortician by trade and founder of The Order of the Good Death, takes her readers on a global journey to discover how people care for their dead in different parts of the world. From open air pyres in Colorado to Indonesia where mummies continue to live with their families after passing, Doughty lets us in on the rituals and customs that give people comfort and make space for them to be held during times of grief. None of these practices are fetishized or shamed, and in fact, she spends a fair portion of the book indicting deathcare in the western world. Her humorous writing style and a subject that isn’t often discussed make this an enjoyable and enlightening read! ~Kinsey


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The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763677541
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Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2017

Our story begins when a mouse is swallowed by a wolf. ‘“Oh woe!’ said the mouse. ‘Oh me!’ Here I am, caught in the belly of the beast. I fear this is the end.” But his fears are in vain for inside the wolf’s belly is a duck! His outlook on life is thus: “I may have been swallowed, but I have no intention of being eaten!”. Safe from predators, the two dance and dine on cheese and wine. But when the wolf is threatened by a hunter, will they brave the forest to defend their home? A wonderful read-aloud and a perfect allegory for making the best of a bad situation. 


We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

This is the kind of book that you shouldn’t read around other people because you’ll either be constantly stifling laughter or forcing them to stop whatever they’re doing so you can read a quote out loud. Even when detailing failed relationships, life with an abusive alcoholic father, and the daily joys of chronic pain, Samantha Irby is laugh-out-loud funny and all too relatable. I have never felt more called out than while reading the chapter titled A Case for Remaining Indoors. Other highlights are Fuck It, Bitch. Stay Fat., Feelings Are a Mistake, and My Bachelorette Application in which she describes her hobbies as “eating snacks, sleeping during the day, scrolling through Facebook quickly enough that people’s stupid videos don’t start playing automatically, listening to slow jams.” ~Kinsey


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Nothing Rhymes with Orange Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452154435
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 1st, 2017

If you were to make song about, fruit let’s say, through some stretch of the imagination, you could make a rhyme for almost any piece of fruit in the produce aisle - peach and banana are easy, but even kumquat gets his shot. The only one left out is our poor protagonist, Orange. As the rhymes get progressively weirder - a pearwolf (a pear bitten by a werewolf) and Nietzsche both make a brief appearance - the Orange becomes more and more distraught, only to realize that perhaps there is a word that rhymes with orange, and perhap it’s the best rhyme of al. This book weird and awesome and the roll-on-the-floor-laughing kind of funny, but it’s also a beautiful story about celebrating difference. (If you choose to do so by making an epic music video, all the better.)  


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Greetings from Witness Protection! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250107114
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 3rd, 2017

Nicki Demere is a snarky thirteen-year-old pickpocket drafted by the US government for a top-secret mission. Under the alias Charlotte Trevor, she joins a family of three going into the Witness Protection Program, testing the theory that the family will be harder to locate. She settles into her new school unders strict instructions to blend in. As per her orders, she joins exactly one extra curricular and maintains no higher or lower than a B- average (even if it means having to re-do her homework to get several answers wrong). She surprises herself by forming friendships with her shy neighbor Britt, extroverted and overachieving student council member Holly, and even, tentatively, with her new brother, Jackson. But as she becomes more invested in being Charlotte Trevor, the eventuality of the past catching up to them becomes more likely, potentially ruining her chances of being part of a normal family.


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Wishtree Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

Red is an old oak tree with a story to tell. In addition to housing many animal families including skunks, owls, opossums, and a crow named Bongo, she serves as a wishtree for the neighborhood, a place where people can tie their hopes and dreams. Samar, a muslim girl, moves into the house next door and wishes for a friend. After 200 years of silently watching people make wishes, Red decides to break the rules and help Samar by making her wish come true. Despite claiming that trees don’t tell jokes, only stories, Red is a humorous narrator and interesting facts about trees and animals are woven through this story of friendship, belonging, and the power of community. 


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Being Fishkill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763684426
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Published: Candlewick - November 14th, 2017

Caramel Fishkill was born in the back of a moving car and named after a sign on the side of the highway. She lives in a trailer with her neglectful alcoholic mother and abusive grandfather, but must fend for herself when her grandfather dies and her mother disappears. She changes her name to Fishkill Caramel and returns to school with a tough new exterior, but she doesn’t bargain on meeting eccentric Duck-Duck Farina and joining her gang, the GR. Duck-Duck and her mother, Molly, adopt Fishkill into their family and her walls start to come down, only for the reappearance of her mother to destroy the fragile life that she’s started to build for herself. This is a hard book to read, but Lehrer handles the intense themes well and makes it worth the heartache by letting us into Fishkill’s life. 14+ 


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The Witch Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338089516
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Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

More than anything, Aster wants to learn how to be a witch. But despite his affinity for that type of magic, his community adheres to strict gender roles. When caught spying on the girls lessons, he is admonished for his interest and pressured into following tradition by learning how to shapeshift. The only person who understands what he is going through is his friend Charlie, the type of girl who rides her bike off a cliff to prove she’s tough. When an unknown evil force begins kidnapping his male cousins, Aster knows that he is the only one who can save them. But he’ll have to break tradition and risk exile in order to do so. 


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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781454923459
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - September 5th, 2017

Aven Green has no arms. She lost them in a wrestling match with an alligator (or so she tells the gullible new kids that ask nosy questions). This state of armlessness forces her to become a “problem-solving ninja”. The errant whispering and staring and stupid-question-asking is far outweighed by the supportive community that she has cultivated, but everything changes when her parents decide to take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown theme park in Arizona. Aven struggles to adjust to the change, but when she befriends fellow misfit Connor and the two begin investigating a mystery at the park, things start to look a little less bleak. Aven is a fun and fresh heroine and her story is entertaining from start to finish!


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After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781626726826
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 3rd, 2017

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. He liked to be up there with the birds. Then, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall… he’s kind of famous for that part. Even though the King’s Men are able to put him back together, his newfound fear of heights keeps him from doing all the things he used to love, including sleeping on the top bunk, reaching his favorite cereal in the grocery store, and being near the birds. He begins to build paper birds to bring him closer to the sky he misses, but when the bird he’s spent so much time building gets stuck on the wall, Humpty is forced to walk away or face his fear. Santat’s retelling of a classic explores how surviving hardship transforms us and his illustrations perfectly convey the emotional journey of recovery.


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Epic Crush of Genie Lo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419725487
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 8th, 2017

Colleges are always looking for well-rounded students, but re-incarnated weapon of Sun Wukong and present-day demon fighter probably isn’t what they had in mind… When the Monkey King, disguised as a transfer student named Quentin, shows up at Genie’s school demanding she turn into a stick that he can hit things with, her already precariously balanced school-life balance falls apart. Genie wants nothing more than to escape the bubble of Silicon Valley, but how can she stay on top of her Ivy League application when demons and gods from Chinese folklore keep appearing on her front porch demanding she save the world? Genie’s story is humorous and, despite the shapeshifting demons, incredibly relatable in how she deals with the competing pressures of being the perfect student, friend, and daughter.


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Jane, Unlimited Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803741492
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - September 19th, 2017

Recently orphaned, Jane accepts an invitation to a former-tutor’s family island/mansion, Tu Reviens. Jane arrives with all of her possession, the most notable being 37 handmade umbrellas, and discovers a bizarre cast of characters and a lot of strange goings ons. Jane must make a choice who to pursue for answers; Mrs. Vanders, the little girl, Kiran, Ravi, or Jasper? Reminiscent of a choose-your-own-adventure novel, the story splits into five separate narratives from this point, each of a different genre (mystery, thriller, horror, science fiction, and fantasy). Each chapter, building on the previous, takes readers through a variety of plots that weave together art heists, secret government plots, spies, travel through alternate dimensions, talking animals, romance, intrigue, and a sentient house that yearns for a soul. 


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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Cover Image
$18.99
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.


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The First Rule of Punk Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425290408
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2017

Maria Luisa, aka Malu, doesn’t often fit the image of the perfect senorita that her mother (whom she nicknames SuperMexican) wants her to be. Malu identifies more with the punk side of her heritage and can usually be found hanging out at her dad’s record store listening to loud music, wearing mismatched clothes in bright colors, and making zines. When her mother accepts a two-year professorship in Chicago, Malu has to deal with leaving her dad and his record store behind, starting a new school, and being mocked by her nemesis, Selena, who refers to her as a “coconut”. When Malu’s punk band is rejected from the school talent show for not being traditional enough, they decide to resist in the most punk way they know how; by being themselves! 


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Genuine Fraud Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385744775
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 5th, 2017

Jule West Williams considers herself the antithesis to the "great white hetero hero on his fucking epic journey” and internally narrates her life like an action movie, giving herself a tragic backstory (the orphaned daughter of secret agents who were murdered in front of her). She’s on the run from her past(s) and as we move through the story in reverse, we see Jule don several different wigs and corresponding personas until it’s no longer clear what is fact and what is fiction. Her life becomes entwined with wealthy heiress Imogen Sokoloff who flits from Martha’s Vineyard to Paris on a whim, a fast friend whom she admires and envies with equal passion. But how far will Jule go to craft the life for herself that she feels she deserves?


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Maurice the Unbeastly Cover Image
By Amy Dixon, Karl James Mountford (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454919537
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - September 5th, 2017

As the title suggests, Maurice is a beast who’s not quite beastly enough. His despairing parents send him to the Abominable Academy for Brutish Beasts to mend his ways, but his roar is too musical, he’s ridiculously photogenic and can’t make a scary face to save his life, and he’s always sneaking alfalfa fritters into the lunchroom! His colorfully drawn classmates don’t know what to make of him, but when a terrifying creature (actually a tiny dog) invades the school, Maurice is the only beast who is brave enough to tame him. This silly story is a joy to read and reinforces the importance of finding strength in your differences. 


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Gorilla Gardener: How to Help Nature Take Over the World (Wee Rebels) Cover Image
By John Seven, Jana Christy (Illustrator)
$16.95
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!*


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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora Cover Image
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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!


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The Last Magician Cover Image
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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....


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A Loud Winter's Nap Cover Image
By Katy Hudson, Katy Hudson (Illustrator)
$15.95
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!
 


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Too Many Carrots Cover Image
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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.)

 


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The Prince and the Dressmaker Cover Image
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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.


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36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780762463183
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Published: Running Press Kids - 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...

 


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All the Way to Havana Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627796422
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 29th, 2017

A boy travels with his family to Havana for the zero-year birthday of his baby cousin, riding in Cara Cara,  their 1954 blue chevy that is held together with tape, wire, and love. They see many people, places, and cars throughout the day, but as he tells his father at the end, his favorite is Cara Cara because it has been in their family since his grandfather’s zero-year birthday and will one day be his! Margarita Engle’s poem is an ode to all of the pre-1959 cars in Cuba that have been passed down through the years and the ingenuity of the people there who keep them running. Mike Curato made the same trip that the boy in this book takes to Havana and it shows in his illustrations that bring the story to life and honor the relationship that people in Cuba have to their vehicles. 


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Accident! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544944800
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

When Lola, a small, orange, armadillo, trips and falls, spilling juice all over a pristine white chair, she comes to the logical conclusion that there is no other solution but to run away to the library. Along the way she picks up a posse of other animals who have made tragic mistakes including a bear who broke a swingset and a lamb that snipped a garden hose in two. Emotions running high, the animals continue to make a bigger and bigger mess as they run towards the library, until a little red bird helps them see the way forward. In this catastrophically funny picture book, Tsurumi explores the the world-ending, sky-falling, heart-crushing feelings that can often accompany simple accidents and how we can recover from them. 


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We Are Shining Cover Image
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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!

 


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No Good Deed Cover Image
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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
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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.


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Vigilante Cover Image
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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.


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If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur Cover Image
By Linda Bailey, Colin Jack (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781101918913
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Published: Tundra Books - 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!).


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Swimming Lessons Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040935
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Published: Tin House Books - January 9th, 2018

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.


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A Separation: A Novel Cover Image
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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?


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Caraval: A Caraval Novel Cover Image
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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.


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Heartless Cover Image
$19.99
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.


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Giraffe Problems Cover Image
By Jory John, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524772031
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

Edward the Giraffe HATES his neck! It’s so bendy and far too long and just plain ridiculous. It’s a neck only a mother could love. He tries everything to hide it, donning colorful bowties and even hiding behind various shrubbery, until he meets a turtle with his own problem… one that can only be solved by Edward and his neck!! Jory John, author of Penguin Problems, is back with another hilarious picture book that gets right to the heart of what it feels like to be self conscious of the things that make you stand out. And how learning to love and use those unique parts of us can save the day. Recommended for ages 0-100; this a lesson no one is too young or old to learn!


Here to Stay Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616207007
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 18th, 2018

When Bijan makes the winning basket in a playoff game, he suddenly becomes part of his prep school’s “it” crowd, scoring a spot on the varsity team, invited to parties with seniors, and given the opportunity to talk to his crush, Elle. His sudden place in the school’s spotlight takes on a darker cast when a cyberbully sends a photo of Bijan photoshopped to look like a terrorist to his entire school. This racist act further divides the school, already split on the subject of changing their mascot, the “Gunner”. Here to Stay is one of the most important YA books of 2018, fearlessly tackling everything from racism and islamaphobia to tokenizing and microaggressions, not only perpetrated by Bijan’s peers, but the adults in his life as well. A timely book for all readers, Farizan tells Bijan’s story with humor and an unwavering gaze.


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Mac Undercover (Mac B., Kid Spy #1) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338143591
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Published: Orchard Books - September 11th, 2018

This is the totally true story of how Mac Barnett, best known for his picture book collaborations with Jon Klassen (The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse; Triangle) became a kid spy. When the Queen of England calls and asks him to retrieve the Crown Jewels from the King of France, Mac agrees, even though it means missing Derek Lafoy’s Karate party. (Mac wasn’t technically invited, but that’s besides the point). With his trademark humor, plenty of 80s nostalgia, and random bits of trivia (such as breaking down the latin roots of the word “regicie”), Barnett crafts a winning (semi)memoir that will entertain, inform, and inspire kid spies as he takes readers from America to England, France, Russia, and back. (And look out for book #2 in the series coming December 2018!) (Ages 7-10)