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Man o' War By Cory McCarthy Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593353707
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

Affirming, important, beautiful, and messy. With deft hand, McCarthy tells the story of young trans teen River and his journey through gender identity, relationships with friends and family, and how messy it can be when one is figuring out who they really are.


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A Mirror Mended (Fractured Fables) By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766649
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Published: Tordotcom - June 14th, 2022

The second installment in a series of wonderfully fractured fairy tales! Zinnia Grey, a girl with a mysterious medical condition that was supposed to take her life before her 21st birthday, gets thrown into the story of Snow White and finds herself with an unlikely ally. Readers will delight in Harrow’s witty and charming dialogue and character relationships.
 


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Hell Followed with Us By Andrew Joseph White Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781682633243
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Published: Peachtree Teen - June 7th, 2022

A gruesome and gory tale of revenge, identity, and taking back the power. This book is full of queer and neurodivergent teen angst, and is set in a world where the powers that be want to elimate anyone who doesn’t agree with them. An impressive debut! Looking forward to what White comes up with next!


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I Kissed Shara Wheeler: A Novel By Casey McQuiston Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250244451
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 3rd, 2022

Witty, clever, and sharp as hell, McQuiston makes her YA debut with I Kissed Shara Wheeler - a queer teen romcom about Chloe Green who is absolutely, 100%, NOT obsessed with her high school rival, Shara Wheeler. But when Shara mysteriously disappears and leaves a confusing and infuriating trail of clues, there’s no way that Chlow is going to let Shara bail out at the end of senior year…


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The Capybaras By Alfredo Soderguit, Alfredo Soderguit (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771647823
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Published: Greystone Kids - April 13th, 2021

The Capybaras is such a delightful and fun book to read aloud and share with others. The chickens are NOT happy when the capybaras show up, but a close call brings them together. A gentle reminder for readers young, and old, that sometimes folks have to leave their homes to find a safer place to call home.


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The Littlest Yak By Lu Fraser, Kate Hindley (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lu Fraser, Kate Hindley (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781682632826
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Published: Peachtree - October 5th, 2021

Gertie is concerned - she’s the smallest yak of the bunch, and yaks do big strong things. What’s a tiny yak to do!? Pick up a copy of this endearing story of the littlest yak who discovers her bigness when disaster strikes the herd, and Gertie is perfectly suited to save the day!


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Lobstah Gahden: Speak Out Against Pollution with a Wicked Awesome Boston Accent! By Alli Brydon, Eg Keller Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728232461
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Published: Sourcebooks Explore - April 6th, 2021

This book is delightful and I 100% shamelessly laughed out loud at "HOLY WHALE POOP" - this book about a couple of rival lobstahs teaming up to fight ocean pollution is spot on New England!


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Waffles and Pancake: Planetary-YUM By Drew Brockington Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316500425
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 26th, 2021

Move over, Elephant and Piggie - Waffles and Pancake is a purr-fect book for newly independent readers! Fun and educational early graphic novel series starter.


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Tag Team (World of ¡Vamos!) By III Raúl the Third Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780358380399
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Published: Versify - May 4th, 2021

This early reader is perfect for young folks who speak Spanish and are learning English and vice versa! El Toro and friends are wrestlers by night, but by day El Toro and friends must figure out how to work together to clean the place up! Colorful, funny, and bilingual, this book is sure to be a fantastic addition to any young reader’s bookshelf.  


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Garlic and the Vampire By Bree Paulsen, Bree Paulsen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bree Paulsen, Bree Paulsen (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062995087
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 28th, 2021

I love this book so much it makes my heart burst! Garlic is a little nervous about the vampire who supposedly lives in the woods next to her vegetable patch, and when mean ol’ Celery volunteers Garlic to investigate, Garlic finds herself needing to find her inner confidence! 


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Kaleidoscope By Brian Selznick Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338777246
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 21st, 2021

Selznick enchants and inspires young readers yet again in this new story about love, loss, grief, and friendship. Imagine if a story were a kaleidoscope - an image that keeps shifting with every small turn, the same shapes and pieces and themes reform into something new and beautiful. 


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Both Can Be True By Jules Machias Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063053892
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 8th, 2021

In this heartfelt middle-grade debut about friendship and not being afraid to be yourself, readers meet Ash and Daniel - a couple of kids who come together to save a dog, and along the way, find out who they really are, and how they want the world to know them. 


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The Keeper of Night By Kylie Lee Baker Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335405661
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Published: Inkyard Press - October 12th, 2021

The Keeper of Night is dark and delicious - dripping with vivid descriptions of Yokai and Shinigami that completely immerses the reader in the world of Japanese mythology. Ren wants nothing more than to belong - and because her mother was a Shinigami, the British Reapers will never fully accept her. Action-packed and light on the romance, this book will keep readers up at night as they race to the end to find out if Ren will succeed in her quest!


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The Passing Playbook By Isaac Fitzsimons Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815408
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Published: Dial Books - June 1st, 2021

This book is so delightful and had me smiling the whole time - THIS is the trans boy joy we all need to read and have in our lives.


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Me (Moth) By Amber McBride Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250780362
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 17th, 2021

Incredible - poetic - jaw-dropping - it's hard to find the words to describe how amazing this book is. Two lost souls finding each other, finding themselves, and a heart-stopping ending you will never see coming. Just read this book.


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The Sea Is Salt and So Am I By Cassandra Hartt Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250619242
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 8th, 2021

Literary YA lovers will find their next favorite read with The Sea is Salt and So Am I. Hartt has woven an incredible and delicate coming-of-age story of friendship, love, and what it's like to live with depression. Harlow, Ellis, and Tommy are so real, and it's clear that Hartt poured her soul into these characters and this story full of secrets kept, living with mental illness, and the tides of friendship. Fans of The Last True Poets of the Sea will love this book!


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The Astonishing Color of After By Emily X.R. Pan Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780316464017
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

A Time Magazine 100 Best YA Books of All Time Selection

A stunning, heartbreaking debut novel about grief, love, and family, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Celeste Ng.


Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her


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Beyond the Bright Sea By Lauren Wolk Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781101994870
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Published: Puffin Books - September 18th, 2018

- Winner of the 2018 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction - 

From the bestselling author of Echo Mountain and Newbery Honor–winner Wolf Hollow, Beyond the Bright Sea is an acclaimed best book of the year.


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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) By Holly Black Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316310314
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 4th, 2018

By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.


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An Ember in the Ashes By Sabaa Tahir Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595148032
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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2015

BOOK ONE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES


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The Poet X By Elizabeth Acevedo Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062662811
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Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpré Award!


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Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse By Marcy Campbell, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marcy Campbell, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735230378
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Published: Dial Books - August 14th, 2018

A classic in the making, this heartwarming story about empathy and imagination is one that families will treasure for years to come.

Adrian Simcox tells anyone who will listen that he has a horse--the best and most beautiful horse anywhere.


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Good Morning, Snowplow! By Deborah Bruss, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Lou Fancher (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Deborah Bruss, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
$17.99
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ISBN: 9781338089493
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 30th, 2018

For fans of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site!

As the rest of the town settles in to bed, one man, his dog, and a trusty snowplow get ready for a night's work. Follow them through slick roads and swirling drifts in this sweet, rhyming book by Deborah Bruss and New York Times bestselling illustrators Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson.


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Hurricane Child (Scholastic Gold) By Kacen Callender Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338129311
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019

Prepare to be swept up by this exquisite novel that reminds us that grief and love can open the world in mystical ways.

Winner of the Stonewall Book AwardWinner of the Lambda Literary AwardCaroline Murphy is a Hurricane Child.Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and 12-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately.


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Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy By ND Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Gus A. Allen (Illustrator), Grace Ellis Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781608866878
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Published: BOOM! Box - April 7th, 2015

Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp...defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons...what’s not to love?!

Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!


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More Than This By Patrick Ness Cover Image
$12.00
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ISBN: 9780763676209
Published: Candlewick - July 22nd, 2014

“Books are often described as ‘mind-blowing,’ but this is one of the few books in which, while reading it, I have exclaimed aloud, ‘Oh. My. God.’ on multiple occasions. I won’t tell you anything else about it. Just read it.” — John Green


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Raymie Nightingale By Kate DiCamillo Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763696917
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Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2018

As featured on The Today Show’s Read with Jenna Jr. Book Club

Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots in this 2016 National Book Award Finalist — a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable friendship.


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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender By Leslye Walton Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780763680275
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Published: Candlewick - September 22nd, 2015

“An entrancing and sumptuously written multigenerational novel wrapped in the language of fable, magical realism, and local legend.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


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Wolf Hollow By Lauren Wolk Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781101994849
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Published: Puffin Books - April 3rd, 2018

A Newbery Honor Book
New York Times Bestseller

Wolf Hollow has stayed with me long after I closed the book. It has the feel of an instant classic." —Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author of A Long Walk to Water


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Estranged By Ethan M. Aldridge, Ethan M. Aldridge (Illustrator) Cover Image
$12.99
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ISBN: 9780062653864
Published: Quill Tree Books - August 7th, 2018

Rising star author-illustrator Ethan M. Aldridge delivers a fantasy adventure with all the makings of a classic. Illustrated with over two-hundred pages of watercolor paintings, this epic graphic novel is perfect for fans of Amulet.


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A Drop of Hope By Keith Calabrese Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338233216
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 7th, 2020

"A book that reminds us of the kindness we are all capable of." -- Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor winner and author of Okay for Now

A well. A wish. And a little drop of hope.Times are tough. Jobs are scarce and miracles are in short supply. But something strange is happening in Cliffs Donelly, Ohio. An old well has suddenly, impossibly, begun to grant wishes.


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SumoKitty By David Biedrzycki, David Biedrzycki (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781580896825
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 13th, 2019

Watch out, mice! This cat is a sumo champion!


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Will Ladybug Hug? By Hilary Leung Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338215601
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Published: Cartwheel Books - October 30th, 2018

You loved Will Bear Share? and Will Sheep Sleep?, now get to know Ladybug in a hilarious new high-fiving and hugging-themed addition to creator Hilary Leung's animal books!

One ladybug.Many friends.One timeless question: Will Ladybug Hug?Meet Ladybug. Ladybug loves to hug!


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Warcross By Marie Lu Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780399547973
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Published: Speak - June 26th, 2018

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.