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Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston By Esme Symes-Smith Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593485804
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Published: Yearling - August 8th, 2023

My top read of 2023 and possibly one of my all-time favorite Middle Grade books! Callie is a heroine that children will adore. Dragons, magic, coming-of-age. "It's so good" is an understatement.

- Kaliisha


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The Book That Can Read Your Mind By Marianna Coppo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781797229010
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 12th, 2024

Beloved by my favorite 4-year-old, who usually insists on reading it six times in a row and is equally delighted every time the book does, in fact, read her mind.

- Katie


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A Happy Place By Britta Teckentrup, Britta Teckentrup (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781664300392
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Published: Tiger Tales - February 6th, 2024

Who doesn't need a happy place even occasionally? A beautiful book for kiddos grappling with big emotions.

- Stacey


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Dungeons and Drama By Kristy Boyce Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780593647011
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 9th, 2024

For fans of Broadway musicals and long DnD campaigns comes a cozy YA rom-com following two unlikely allies who lock into a mutually beneficial fake dating arrangement... only to find love where they least expect it. Filled with mischievous schemes and role-playing shenanigans, Dungeons and Drama is quick but delightful read sure to give you all the feels!

- Cindy


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Something Kindred By Ciera Burch Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780374389130
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 2nd, 2024

Something Kindred is a story about grief and about family and about making a home for yourself. And at the roots, this is a story about being haunted, both in the traditional sense and by your own memories and past. Ciera Burch is a name to look out for. Also, this book did 100% make me ugly cry on a plane, so that's a warning to you.

- Katherine


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The Cat Who Couldn't Be Bothered By Jack Kurland Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780711287457
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - March 26th, 2024

I love a book that shows kids that it's okay not to be okay. And not only that, but also shows how important it is to be there for your friends who aren't feeling as happy as you are. 5 shooting stars!

- Halle


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A Walk Through the Woods By Louise Greig, Helen Musselwhite (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Louise Greig, Helen Musselwhite (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781454929888
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Published: Union Square Kids - March 20th, 2018

Even though we are officially in Spring, it doesn't seem like the weather has caught up yet. But this stunning picture book is the perfect escape from the wind and rain. With search and find aspects hidden in the cut-out pages, each turn of a page feels like you are transported further into a awakening forest, and further away from the dreary New England weather.

- Emma


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The Fervor By Alma Katsu Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593328354
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 5th, 2023

This awesome historical horror novel takes place in US Japanese internment camps during WWII. People are getting sick to the point of chaotic violence, who could be behind this mysterious illness? Enjoy this important and harrowing tale of the dangers of demonization.

- Hannah


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Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde, Richard Allen Cave (Introduction by), Richard Allen Cave (Commentaries by), Richard Allen Cave (Notes by) Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Richard Allen Cave (Introduction by), Richard Allen Cave (Commentaries by), Richard Allen Cave (Notes by)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140436068
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 1st, 2001

Grab a coffee and a cucumber sandwich, find a park bench, and Bunbury the afternoon away.

- Sam


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Arrow By Sumita Chakraborty Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781948579117
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Published: Alice James Books - September 8th, 2020

Fans of lyric poetry, this book is for you. When I was in a recent poetry reading rut, this is the book that got me out of it. These poems are complex (in terms of content and also at the craft level) and full of loss, but because of that Chakraborty is now one of those poets whose work I return to.

- Katie H


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The Overstory: A Novel By Richard Powers Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

If you're looking for a reminder of the humility of being human in the grander scheme of planetary history and how humanity's "roots" are intertwined, read this environmental fiction that will captivate you at the sentence level.

- Mia


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On Writing and Failure: Or, on the Peculiar Perseverance Required to Endure the Life of a Writer (Field Notes) By Stephen Marche Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781771965163
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Published: Biblioasis - February 14th, 2023

"A paradox defines this business: The public only sees writers in their victories but their real lives are mostly in defeat." On Failure and Writing is delightful, bite-sized contemplation of what it means to be a writer, in all its up and downs. Taking a look at history's most beloved writers, author Stephen Marche speaks candidly about writing as a flawed, solitary, and rejection-filled art form--and explores why there are still some of us just can't shake the torture of its siren song even knowing that.

- Cindy


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Mushrooms of the Northeast: A Simple Guide to Common Mushrooms (Mushroom Guides) By Teresa Marrone, Walt Sturgeon Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781591935919
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Published: Adventure Publications - March 1st, 2016

This little book puts the "field" in field guide! Small enough to fit in a back pocket and filled with colorful photos, this is a good resource for beginner foragers. Many thanks to Todd from Cafe Zing for introducing me to this book!

- Murphy


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Whatever Happened to Interracial Love: Stories (Harper Perennial Olive Editions) By Kathleen Collins Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780063265141
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2022

Collins writes about people and how they want to be seen, how they want to be loved, how they want to love, not only others but themselves. But it's not just about the love...it's the complicated nature of what it means to be with another and oneself, written in such a poetic, orchestrated, but sucker-punch kind of way. I don't do it justice, but read it. Please! Just read it!

- kai


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The Blade Itself (The First Law Trilogy #1) By Joe Abercrombie Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316387316
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Published: Orbit - September 8th, 2015

My kind of fantasy writing. Less sorcery, more intrigue. Less royalty, more regular folk. Less sword fighting, more....axe fighting.

- John


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