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The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

Raw emotion in an enticing and lyrical package.

Miller’s background in writing and ancient Greek culture come together to bring the age-old tale of Achilles to the modern world.

 


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Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

The truth tucked inside a perfect little town, unraveled by two outsiders who never intended to stir up trouble. After all, Mia Warren has her own secrets to keep hidden.
Ng examines the collective mind of a town, motherhood, and our duty to others.


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Julia's House for Lost Creatures Cover Image
By Ben Hatke, Ben Hatke (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596438668
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Published: First Second - September 2nd, 2014

Problem solving, kindness, and the importance of chores all in one book!


Lovely little uplifting book! Like a hug for the heart.


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Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982154615
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 27th, 2020

Tate takes you on a tour of intimacy that makes you examine how you operate in relationships with others, as well as with yourself. A life changing read.


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Little Weirds Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316485364
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 24th, 2020

Authentic, honest, genuine: Jenny Slate.
This book, bluntly, is Slate’s train of thought bound together on paper. Read it to feel a genuine connection with people in general, and perhaps find yourself reflected in the entries. 


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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, Book 1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545424936
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 30th, 2013

Stiefvater grabbed my attention with this opening line and held it for 4 books (not to mention the continuing series!). A unique adventure with characters that seem to live and breath in a beautifully described world. A favorite of mine <3


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When All Is Said: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250251336
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Published: Picador - March 31st, 2020

Five toast to five people, and what they meant to one man.
*Read if you’re ready to reflect on your own relationships- what people mean to you now, and what they will mean once they are gone.


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Rabbit Cake Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781941040560
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Published: Tin House Books - March 7th, 2017

Adult grief through a child’s eyes. Unsettling and uncomfortable in an oh-so-wonderful way. Watch the members of this family try to heal from the abrupt passing of their mother.


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The Barnabus Project Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735263260
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Published: Tundra Books - September 1st, 2020

Sci-Fi in the form of a children’s book! Learn about helping out friends, good deeds, and self acceptance with detailed, interesting illustrations.


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My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338225327
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Published: Orchard Books - December 29th, 2020

The perfect book for anyone who has said “I hate reading” (adults- this includes you!) 


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Nothing Rhymes with Orange: (Cute Children's Books, Preschool Rhyming Books, Children's Humor Books, Books about Friendship) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452154435
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 1st, 2017

A hilarious, energetic, and entertaining read with themes of inclusion! + wonderful illustrations!


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Attack of the Underwear Dragon Cover Image
By Scott Rothman, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$17.99
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ISBN: 9780593119891
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

Important lessons in work ethic, emotions, and perseverance all wrapped up in a funny little package!


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Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442468122
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Published: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink - July 10th, 2012

Superpowered teens brought together and entangled in a dangerous mission. Evil corporations beware!


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All the Crooked Saints Cover Image
$10.99
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ISBN: 9780545930819
Published: Scholastic Press - August 28th, 2018

Are you in need of a miracle? Think twice before answering- those pesky things are never quite what you expect.
Just ask the Soria family.


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Amber and Clay Cover Image
By Laura Amy Schlitz, Julia Iredale (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781536201222
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Published: Candlewick - March 9th, 2021

Epic poetry and prose.
Historical artifacts woven into fiction.
Gods and slaves. Mortals and ghosts.
Schiltz strikes a beautiful balance with her unique, marvelous storytelling. Loved this <3


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Call Down the Hawk (The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338188332
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 6th, 2021

Slow burn with purpose. Steifvater has a plan for this plot, and is taking the book space needed to tell it. With a writing style I can best describe as factual flowery with a punch, this is definitely a story worth reading.


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Daughter of Smoke & Bone Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316459181
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 1st, 2020

Angels, demons, wishes, art, tattoo-ed to the max strong women, blue hair, war, forbidden love.
Read it.
(PS- I fell in love with the landing pages <3)


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Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984822185
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Published: Hogarth - February 18th, 2020

Life is a messy thing made out to be easy.
Feel at home with these characters- watch their mistakes, their missteps, their thought-through decisions and know that we are all normal people.


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You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples Cover Image
By Patricia Marx, Roz Chast (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250225139
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Published: Celadon Books - January 14th, 2020

Wonderful little graphics and hilarious advice on how to make relationships last. You can tell lots of love went into this book- give it to someone you love!


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What's the Matter, Marlo? Cover Image
By Andrew Arnold, Andrew Arnold (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250223234
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 26th, 2021

SUCH an impactful, important lesson about the not-sunshine-y part of friendship, told in a (somehow) lighthearted way. Loved this <3 


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I Would Leave Me If I Could.: A Collection of Poetry Cover Image
By Halsey
$24.99
ISBN: 9781982135607
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 10th, 2020

A beautiful collection with personal accounts so vulnerable you’re guaranteed to either connect or gain a deeper understanding of another point of view. Give it a go <3 


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A Court of Thorns and Roses Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635575569
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

An amazing series with an immersive world and strong, complex characters.
See everyday problems woven into a fae world of war, monsters, and magic.


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Odin's Child (The Raven Rings #1) Cover Image
By Siri Pettersen, Siân Mackie (Translated by), Paul Russell Garrett (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781646900008
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Published: Arctis - March 23rd, 2021

Hikra never let her lack of a tail stop her from living her life. Not while playing with her childhood friend, Rime, not while helping her father run his business, and not while being harassed by the other Ym-lings. But when Hikra learns that her lack of tail could lead to the end times, her life will forever change.


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The Girls I've Been Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593353806
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2021

Daughter of a con artist gets caught up in a bank robbery with her new girlfriend and her ex-boy/current bestie.
This book floored me- dark in a way you don’t expect it to fully take, the relationships are complex, and the characters fulfilling and intimately honest. Read this.


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

Written in a boston accent.
About pollution.
Read it.
AND PICK UP YA “GAHBAGE”! 
(there is a boston “glawssary” in da back) 


The Rock from the Sky Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536215625
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Published: Candlewick - April 13th, 2021

Another gem by Klassen!  Adorable pictures with a followable story line for the kids, a touch of dark humor and fun concepts for the adults.  Read it!

 


An ABC of Equality Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780711262140
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 1st, 2020

ABCs and equality-s! A great way to learn


A Porcupine Named Fluffy (Laugh-Along Lessons) Cover Image
By Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780395520185
Published: Clarion Books - October 30th, 1989

MY FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK OF ALL TIME! A wonderful little tale about finding yourself, and making friends by bonding over shared experiences.

 


The Last Graduate: A Novel (The Scholomance #2) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593128862
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Published: Del Rey - September 28th, 2021

El and her classmates have survived the Scholomance thus far through strategy- anticipating the moves of the school, the mals, and each other in order to make it out alive. But when everything they’ve known to be fact shifts into unfamiliar territory, El’s carefully coordinated routine will need to be revisited if she means to get out alive. And El means to do far more than just get out alive,

But when everything they’ve known to be fact shifts into unfamiliar territory, El works with her classmates to increase the odds of survival.

 


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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780593128480
Published: Del Rey - September 29th, 2020

Maze runner meets Harry Potter. Follow El, prophesied to be a wildly powerful dark sorceress but saddled with her hippy-dippy-hugs-and-healing mother’s morals, as she competes with her classmates to survive against a school that’s trying to kill her (and monsters, hungry to do the same).

 


For the Wolf (The Wilderwood #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316592789
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Published: Orbit - June 1st, 2021

A fascinating red riding hood retelling sprinkled with other fairy tale themes.

When Red is sacrificed to the wilderwood, she doesn’t die (as previously expected) but instead learns more about the hell held back by roots and blood. As she finds her place, her sister plots in their kingdom, buried in grief, determined to bring her sister home. No matter the cost.