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Encounter Cover Image
By Brittany Luby, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316449182
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

Two indigenous creatives weave imaginative tales of how an indigenous man and white sailor could have met without conflict and with understanding in the year 1534.

“Reckon with the past and welcome together, a future yet uncharted.”

 


Julián Is a Mermaid Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690458
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

THIS BOOK STOLE MY HEART! 

Beautiful book about being who you are and celebrating that. Supportive abuelas rule. 


The Night Swim: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250219688
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 4th, 2020

A chilling story of two interweaving assaults that take place 20 years apart in a small coastal town. When a reporter arrives in town to cover the current trial, the sister of the murdered girl from years before begins leaving the reporter letters pleading for help. The town records mention nothing of assault or murder of her sister… only that she mysteriously passes during a night swim. A haunting read that will stay with you long after you put it down. *heavy content*

 


Here and Now (padded board book) Cover Image
By Julia Denos, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780358452096
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Published: Clarion Books - April 13th, 2021

A book of pure mindfulness. This book will ground, center and calm you.

“Right here, right now, YOU are becoming. Isn’t it wonderful?”

 


Beetle & the Hollowbones Cover Image
By Aliza Layne, Aliza Layne (Illustrator), Natalie Riess (Colorist), Kristen Acampora (Colorist)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781534441538
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

Welcome welcome one and all to the town of ‘Allows! Meet Beetle, a 12 year old goblin girl and her best friend ‘Blob Ghost.’ When Blob Ghost’s home is under threat of demolition, Beetle and her Gran must band together or loose Blob Ghost for good!

 


Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

I wish Amari was my best friend growing up!! Expertly weaved and MAGICAL beyond belief. Do yourself a favor and read this. Can’t wait for the next one!

 


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

A classic and essential reading towards understanding the dynamics of race in America and the psychology behind it. Direct and accessible language makes this a read for anyone and everyone. A MUST READ for anyone struggling to find the language to talk about race. Anti-racism fuel!

 


My Pretty Vampire Cover Image
$19.99
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ISBN: 9781683960201
Published: Fantagraphics - August 8th, 2017

Cool vampire lady on the run from her creepy/perverted “brother”. Her thirst for blood gets stronger and stronger as her anxiety about being caught mounts. Will she get her revenge? Only an eternity will tell…


Skulls! Cover Image
By Blair Thornburgh, Scott Campbell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534414006
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 23rd, 2019

A humorous, true and adorable celebration of our hard heads! Skulls aren’t scary, everyone has them! Important to remember we’re all just bones underneath.

 


Julián at the Wedding Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536212389
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Published: Candlewick - October 6th, 2020

Jessica Love has done it again! Julian is back and as kind and whimsical and courageous as ever. Stunning illustrations that celebrate LOVE in all forms!

 


Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593189481
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

Boy-oh-boy, do you need this book during these crazy times! Truly lovely book about emotional and physical wintering: healing. Slow-living, reflection and learning to cherish the dark.

 


The Girl and the Dinosaur Cover Image
By Hollie Hughes, Sarah Massini (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547603220
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 14th, 2020

A young girl finds a dinosaur skeleton while digging on the beach. A little bit of night time magic brings it to life and away they go! A secret fantastical voyage begins…

 


The Silent Patient Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250301697
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Published: Celadon Books - February 5th, 2019

What does silence really mean? When does passion bleed into obsession? An unnerving and slow creeping thriller with a major twist. I put this book bown not knowing how to feel about… any of the characters. Quick read and perfect thriller!

 


Fangs Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781524860677
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 1st, 2020

Calling all spooky souls! This graphic novel is so clever and dripping with supernatural romance. A story of understanding and loving differences no matter if you’re a bloodsucker or a wolf.

 


I Love My Colorful Nails Cover Image
By Alicia Acosta, Luis Amavisca, Gusti (Illustrator)
$15.95
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ISBN: 9788417123598
Published: Nubeocho - April 2nd, 2019

ANYONE! CAN! WEAR! NAIL! POLISH!
 


Ghost Boys Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316262262
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Heartbreaking, gut-wrenching and wholly necessary reading for EVERYONE! Follow Jerome, a 12-year old black boy shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. Watch as he bears witness to the aftermath of his own murder and the hurt, anger and hope that arises from it. This book is for all ages!
 


Well Played Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984805409
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Published: Berkley - September 22nd, 2020

Renaissance Faire romance, small town, men in kilts, mistaken identity, long distance tension- building. Will give you the warm fuzzies.

 


The Slave Ship: A Human History Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143114253
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Published: Penguin Books - September 30th, 2008

Humanizes the horrors of the Middle Passage. Illuminates those who fought back, took part, survived, and were lost. Delves in to the “floating dungeons” (that were the slave ships).

 


Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250798671
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Published: Picador - June 8th, 2021

This book cuts like a knife. Edir is so ridiculously smart and observant. This book honestly floored me. Power, gender and racial dynamics mix with lust, boredom and control.

 


Cinderella Is Dead Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781547606641
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 29th, 2021

This book is flled with queer love, femme power and rising up against the patriarchy! Clever and deeply moving. Will make you want to cross palace lines under the cover of darkness and find the witch in the wood. Fresh twist on an old classic, but 200 years later.


The Appointment: A Novel Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781982150174
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - September 1st, 2020

Read this if you want something disturbing, hilarious and truely original. The book is one long monologue between the characters and a doctor. Absolutely brilliant and dizzying.

 


Barracoon: The Story of the Last
By Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker (Foreword by), Deborah G. Plant (Introduction by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062748218
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Published: Amistad - January 7th, 2020

Meet Cudjo Lewis: the last known survivor of the last slate ship to reach the United States- over 50 years after the importation of Africans was banned! A harrowing and true tale of a man born in West Africa, then captured, sold, and enslaved in Alabama and finally “granted freedom” with emancipation. Essential reading!

 


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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

A book of awe and wonder. This book will cause you to pause and smile at nature’s curiosities and astonishments. A beautifully poetic book  that is as much a memoir as it is nature writing. Delight to read!

 


Love Your Body: Your body can do amazing things... Cover Image
By Jessica Sanders, Carol Rossetti (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780711252424
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - March 3rd, 2020

Your body is amazing just the way it is! Yes, YOU! It’s never too early to start teaching young people that every body is a good body- no matter what it looks like or what it can or cannot do. We all need this book.

 


Pet Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593175446
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

The town of Lucille has gotten rid of all their monsters… haven’t they? A brilliantly symbolic tale about a young trans girl hunting for the unseen. Be careful… in this book the angels look like monsters and the monsters may be closer than you think…

 


In a Jar Cover Image
By Deborah Marcero, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525514596
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

Whimsical illustrations and jars filled with tart cherry sunsets! This book is about a magical spark of friendship that only grows stronger when one of them moves away…

 


Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375725845
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2001

Wildly detailed descriptions of scents and the unraveling of a mind… a neglected child turns into a master perfumer and then a murderer! The quest to find the perfect scent.

 


No Fuzzball! Cover Image
By Isabella Kung, Isabella Kung (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338565423
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Published: Orchard Books - August 4th, 2020

A seriously spoiled + mischievous kitty gets a dose of reality when her family leaves for the day. When are her “loyal subjects” coming back? What has gotten into them!?

 


Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781620106310
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Published: Oni Press - May 14th, 2019

Who doesn’t love a daddy? This comic follows 5 stand alone stories about different dads in the suburbs of “Maple Bay.” A mistaken vampire, a lonely coffee shop and library shenanigans abound. No knowledge of the Dream daddy video games needed to enjoy.