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Summer: A Solstice Story (The Solstice Series) By Kelsey E. Gross, Renata Liwska (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kelsey E. Gross, Renata Liwska (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665929608
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - May 7th, 2024
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How do the animals of the forest celebrate the longest day of the year? By offering gifts of the season's bounty to each other, along with good wishes! The lyrical words and gentle, glowing illustrations blend to make a treasure of a book. Hooray, Summer! -Barb


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The Last Zookeeper By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536227680
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Published: Candlewick - March 26th, 2024
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Aaron Becker’s newest and most powerful book is a modern day ark story with a tenderhearted robot named NOA as the main character. A quote at the beginning of this otherwise wordless picture book is from Jane Goodall and that sets the tone for this timely tale of destruction and rebuilding, of loss and hope and most of all, of caring and compassion.  Becker’s incredible drawings will certainly be the beginning of meaningful conversations with people of all ages.  As with all of his books, there is much to take in, so take your time and know that you will want to revisit it again and again. -Holly


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The Teeny-Weeny Unicorn By Shawn Harris Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593571880
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 6th, 2024
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This unicorn may be teeny-weeny, but my love for him is big! Shawn Harris’s new picture book is a hilarious story of a bad road encounter disguised as a story about how size is relative disguised as a story about unicorns. There’s an aggrieved, ultra teeny-weeny gnome, a big palace—oh, and also, horses are mythical beasts. So delightful! -Claire


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The Wrong Book By Drew Daywalt, Alex Willmore (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Alex Willmore (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593621967
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Published: Philomel Books - February 27th, 2024
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Flowers go “chugga chugga choo choo” and firefighters say “ding dong”! At least that's what the narrator of the book tells readers. Thank goodness the Bookmark is there to set the narrator right! Hilarious, silly, and a great book to read out loud! -Mallory


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Ursula Upside Down By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063275560
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 14th, 2024
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Ursula Upside Down is a fun, quirky book about a catfish who experiences the world in a way that is different from those around her. When she begins to question herself and her view of the world, help comes from an unlikely friend. This book was beautiful to look at and fun to read. The illustrations do a wonderful job of conveying Ursula's world, and include some interactive elements from the reader too! I know that this heartfelt story will be a favorite of mine for a long time to come. -Ursula


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With Dad By Richard Jackson, Brian Floca (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Richard Jackson, Brian Floca (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823444953
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Published: Neal Porter Books - May 7th, 2024
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Just in time for Father's Day--a wonderful, nostalgic story about fishing with Dad. The young man remembers his camping trips with his father as he waits for him to return from the war. I love the spare text and the beautifully-rendered illustrations--just perfect! -Barb


Middle Grade

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All is Nat Lost: A Graphic Novel (Nat Enough #5) By Maria Scrivan, Maria Scrivan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maria Scrivan, Maria Scrivan (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338890587
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Published: Graphix - March 5th, 2024
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Nat's middle school adventures continue in All is Nat Lost.  This time with a class trip to Philadelphia-which is full of twists and turns.  Nat is a very real and funny kid who learns about relying on friends, being responsible, and earning her parents' trust.  This is another fun story with Nat and friends, complete with the Liberty Bell and Rocky statue. Be sure to check out the entire series about Nat, her pets, and her friends! -Kelly


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Draw Down the Moon (Moonstruck #1) By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250865168
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Published: Wednesday Books - April 2nd, 2024
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Wren Nightingale and her best friend Lee are practically inseparable. Except that the day after her 18th birthday, Lee is supposed to leave for Academia de la Luna, a magickal school off the Seattle coast, and leave Wren behind, since she wasn't gifted any magick from the moon like Lee was. But on the night of her 18th birthday, Wren is moonstruck, and suddenly possesses the magick she had always wished for. Instead of staying home and working at her uncle's bookstore, Wren and Lee are suddenly whisked off to magick school together, and must figure out if fate will allow them to stay together, or be torn apart. Friends to lovers, dark academia vibes, loveable characters, and a unique magic system--this book has it all! -Kelsie


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Free Period By Ali Terese Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338835830
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 5th, 2024
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March is Women's History Month and what better time to read about period equity! Lots of women (and some men and nonbinary folk) have periods, as do Gracie and Helen, the middle school protagonists of this witty romp about fighting for change no matter your age. Gracie and Helen were such well-realized characters, sparkling (Gracie) and seething (Helen) off the page. Armed with their individual strengths—baking! math!—they unite with other students to push for free period supplies in every bathroom of their school. -Sophia


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The Liars Society By Alyson Gerber Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338859218
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 6th, 2024
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Weatherby and Jack, rivals in the prestigious Boston School's sailing team, seemingly have nothing in common and would rather capsize their boats than work together. But when they're both tapped to join the exclusive secret society known as The Last Heir, they soon find out they're actually in the same boat: lying is what got them there and keeping secrets is what will keep them afloat. An incredibly fast-paced mystery that you'll want to chase to the end! -Gigi


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The World Divided by Piper By Caela Carter Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062996664
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 19th, 2024
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Eleven-year-old Piper has to grow up–she’s been on blockers since she was six and diagnosed with precocious puberty, and her mom is insisting the shots stop. But Piper’s seen how women–including her mom–are treated, and she believes that getting her period, and hormones, and everything else that comes with puberty will keep her from winning the state-wide academic decathlon with her best friend. Caela Carter weaves an absorbing story of a girl’s struggle to come to terms with what her changing body means, miscommunication between people who love each other, the support of wise and understanding friends, and the fierce competition to be the best and brightest with Piper’s original conception of metaphorical math–her attempt to explain matters of the heart with the rationality of her mind. - Joan


Young Adult

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Annie LeBlanc Is Not Dead Yet: A Novel By Molly Morris Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250290069
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Published: Wednesday Books - June 4th, 2024
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A weird and delightful YA speculative story about friendship and loneliness. The author weaves together a story that is equal parts heartache and fun. Readers will be cheering Wilson on as she attempts to save her best friend Annie from death for a second time. -Mallory


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Daniel, Deconstructed By James Ramos Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335010025
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Published: Inkyard Press - February 6th, 2024
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A lovely cozy season read! Daniel Sanchez’s story will be relatable to everyone who’s ever felt anxious about the differences that could set them apart. In Daniel’s case, he assumes being a nerdy, autistic photographer makes him a satellite in other peoples' orbits (spoiler alert: he’s wrong). There’s much to love here, whether it’s the cast of queer and neurodiverse characters or the evolving relationships between them. Bonus: it takes place in Minnesota! -Claire


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This Book Won't Burn By Samira Ahmed Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316547840
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2024
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Samira Ahmed’s latest really hits the ground running with this story about Noor, a soon-to-be high school graduate fighting book bans at her new school. I found that I often needed to set the book down so I could huff and puff about the bigotry on full display by some characters, which is an all-too real reflection of how book bans are weakly justified today. But it was never long before I picked it up again to find that fiery Noor and her friends were more than up to the task of taking on the adults and peers who would silence them. Go, Noor! -Claire


The Vanishing Station: A Novel By Ana Ellickson Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419764226
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Published: Amulet Books - April 30th, 2024
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If you were to step onto metro train and instead of going to the very next station on the route, it could take you anywhere in the world, where would you go? In the blink of an eye, eighteen-year-old Ruby Santos can go from San Francisco to Italy or Norway. But these train lines are guarded by secretive groups that use them to transport illicit goods (quite literally an underground black market). Transporting these goods is Ruby's only hope to save her home and help her ailing father, but her morals (and a really charming boy) are causing detours in her plans. A super-inventive contemporary fantasy that feels like a love letter to public infrastructure and art. -Gigi


Adult

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Annie Bot: A Novel By Sierra Greer Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780063312692
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Published: Mariner Books - March 19th, 2024
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Yes, Annie Bot is a robot book. Yes, Annie Bot is a book about sex and secrecy. But above all, Annie Bot is a book about autonomy in the context of a relationship between a man and a woman (who also happens to be a robot). Greer has created two characters who feel 100% real, and whose decisions are somehow both surprising and expected. One particularly poignant scene in a therapist’s office had me crying into my pillow. Please read Annie Bot, and then find me so we can talk about it! -Claire


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Cascade Failure: A Novel (Ambit's Run #1) By L. M. Sagas Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250871251
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Published: Tor Books - March 19th, 2024
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Join this found-family team of misfits on their epic space adventure through a corporate run galaxy. This book by debut author L.M. Sagas has everything you could possibly want in a sci-fi novel--warm, likeable characters, witty banter, excellent worldbuilding, SO much action, and all kinds of awkward, adorable flirting, and pining. If you're hesitant to read sci-fi, please pick this book up! It has so much to offer for all kinds of readers, and I promise you'll have the time of your life with these characters! -Kelsie


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My Mama, Cass: A Memoir By Owen Elliot-Kugell Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780306830648
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Published: Hachette Books - May 7th, 2024
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I knew next to nothing about Cass Elliot before I read this book other than my peripheral knowledge of her work with The Mamas & The Papas (and the Pedro Pascal meme involving "Make Your Own Kind of Music"), but after this book I've come to love and revere not just Cass but her whole family. Her daughter Owen grew up hearing stories of her mother from family, friends, and music industry titans and felt not only the love that came from the stories but the loneliness of being that famous that quickly. While Owen's life after her mother's passing is less dramatic, it's no less interesting seeing her piece together the legacy her mother left behind. A truly wonderful read! -Gigi


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The Fox Wife: A Novel By Yangsze Choo Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250266019
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 13th, 2024
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This was great! Historical fiction but with all the fixings: a bit of magic, a detective following clues, a bit of romance, and multiple characters with (secretly) intertwined pasts. It has all the good stuff in just the right amounts. -Angela


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The Funeral Ladies of Ellerie County: A Novel By Claire Swinarski Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063319882
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Published: Avon - March 12th, 2024
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Midwest church ladies, pie, and funeral lunches make The Funeral Ladies of Ellerie County a cozy must-read!  Food is the love language of Esther and her friends--at funerals, baby showers, or welcoming parties--food is the one way. But when Esther needs some help of her own, the community needs to come together.  Complete with a tv cooking show celebrity, church cookbook fundraiser, and family drama. Perfect for fans of J. Ryan Stradal and Kim Fay (Love & Saffron). -Kelly


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Where Rivers Part: A Story of My Mother's Life By Kao Kalia Yang Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982185299
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Published: Atria Books - March 19th, 2024
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In this amazing memoir, Kao Kalia Yang tells of her mother's life by literally putting herself in her mother's shoes, using Tswb (pronounced "chew") Moua's voice as Tswb journeys from Laos to Thailand to America as a Hmong refugee. Her story is heartbreaking, heartwarming--and inspiring; nothing else matters but the survival of her children. Isn't that why we honor our mothers, because they are ready to give their lives for us? -Barb