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Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 2nd, 2021

Firekeeper's Daughter is a fantastic book that has so much to offer its readers. There are many incredible references to Native culture in the modern world, a romance that will melt even the coldest of hearts, and a thrilling plot surrounding an underground drug operation in a Native community. Boulley has managed to seamlessly weave together a story that is equal parts beautiful and devastating. I cannot recommend it enough.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062847362
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 20th, 2020

Among the Beasts & Briars has everything one looks for in a great fantasy novel. We have a cursed wood, a ruined kingdom, a heartwarming romance, a seemingly unimportant gardener on a quest to save her loved ones, and a fox that can't seem to leave her side. The writing is breathtaking and the story is one that will fill your heart with all the feels.


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Smash It! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335146502
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Published: Inkyard Press - September 22nd, 2020

A funny, heartfelt, and empowering story about one girl's journey to discovering confidence and self-love, while also tackling the dramatic twists and turns of teen romance and high school theatre. Olivia is such a relatable character and some of her cringey or laugh-out-loud moments in the book made me think of similar situations I experienced when I was her age!


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Anxious People: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501160837
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Published: Atria Books - September 8th, 2020

Backman’s book Anxious People could be compared to a Monet painting. From afar, the story is about the aftermath of a bank robbery gone wrong that turns into an accidental hostage situation. Each page zooms into the stories of each character that has brought them into this seemingly dire situation. Each story weaves with one another, painting one beautifully complex, real, and captivating story about the lengths people will go to in order to quell the incessant anxieties of life in order to find some sense of contentment. It is a true work of art.


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Homerooms and Hall Passes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062872159
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 8th, 2020

Five young adventurers who spend most of their days slaying dragons and defeating evil wizards like to unwind by playing their favorite RPG, Homerooms and Hall Passes.  When a curse transports them into the world the game.  The group must defeat their most terrifying foes yet: flute practice, the popular girl who always makes fun of you, and algebra.  Funny and ridiculous!


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Fable: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250254368
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 1st, 2020

A story of adventures at sea, an island of thieves, a handsome young sailor, and a girl who is determined to find her place in the world even if the journey will kill her. A very fast-paced and exciting read that will make it almost impossible to put down!


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The Silver Arrow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316539531
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

The Silver Arrow takes the reader on an adventure that we've all dreamed of embarking on at least once in our lives. There's a mysterious (and slightly crazy) uncle that you can't help but love, talking animals, and a flying train that takes you to the most exciting destinations!


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Traitor: A Novel of World War II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374313524
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - August 25th, 2020

A raw, unapologetic story of survival that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. This book is perfect for lovers of historical fiction, especially stories centered around World War II.


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The Deep Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534439870
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 4th, 2020

This book is a beautiful, haunting, and magical piece of literature.  Based off of a song by the hip-hop group 'Clipping', the reader takes a dive into a story of myth of those who dwell in the deepest depths of the ocean and their unending need to remember, even if holding on to those memories might be fatal.


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Shatter the Sky (The Shatter the Sky Duology) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534437913
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

This book is fantastic!  The main character Maren is fierce, bold, and will stop at nothing to fight for the ones she loves.  AND!  There are super cool dragons!  What more could you want? (Also, the author is an idie bookseller in Boston; let's show her some love!)


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Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon A Con #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683691938
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Published: Quirk Books - August 4th, 2020

Rosie Thorne cannot stop thinking about the boy she met at ExcelsiCon a few weeks ago. The one she spent all night talking to, but never got his name nor saw what he looked like beneath his cosplay. She has no idea that it's the incredibly rude, lazy, bad-boy actor from Starfield, Vance Reigns, who has been temporarily banished to her small town after making one too many bad decisions while in the Hollywood limelight. When she does find out, Rosie is more than surprised due to the fact that, well, she can't stand Vance. And Vance can't stand Rosie. Can they see past their nonstop bickering and stubbornness to find their way back to that special connection they had made at ExcelsiCon, or have their feelings for each other diminished into stardust? With Bookish and the Beast, Ashley Poston returns to her beloved Once Upon a Con series with a romantic, funny, and wonderfully quirky story. 


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One to Watch: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525510444
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - July 7th, 2020

A funny, heartfelt, and incredibly romantic story about Bea, a fashion blogger who becomes the first plus-sized contestant on a reality show where she dates 25 men in hopes to find a husband (sound familiar?). Bea is so easy to love and relate to that you will find yourself rooting for her from start to finish. This book is wonderful and I enjoyed it so much that I read it in one day and am already trying to find a time where I can pick it up and read it again.


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There's Something about Sweetie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534416796
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Published: Simon Pulse - June 23rd, 2020

Both Sweetie and Ashish have ulterior motives when they are first set up by Ashish's parents. Sweetie wants to prove to her mother that she is worthy of dating a cute guy like Ashish even though she's fat. Ashish is trying to get over the girl who broke his heart three months ago. But when intense feelings neither expected to have start to form, the two need to decide whether what they have is real or just a business arrangement. I finished this book with a heart full of pure happiness. It is a love letter to those struggling with self esteem issues to show them how wonderful and beautiful they are, no matter what they look like. Bravo, Sandhya!


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ISBN: 9780525645610
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Published: Ember - June 2nd, 2020

There are about 60 people left at the Raxter School for Girls 18 months after the Tox has taken over. Girls have grown gills, lost their eyes, and most have been killed off. Since then it has been put under quarantine, and outside of the school's property is a dangerous jungle that no one dares to enter. When one of the girls, Byatt, suddenly goes missing following a Tox-induced flare-up, Hetty will stop at nothing to find her best friend and bring her back. Rory Power has written a phenomenal survival story that will suck you into the world immediately. It's one of those book that you casually pick up and when you finally look away you realize that hours have gone by. 


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The Rest of the Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062933638
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 5th, 2020

Another summer classic from Sarah!  We follow Emma Saylor as she returns to the lake her mother grew up on to stay with family she hasn't seen in ten years.  The characters are hilarious, the boy she likes is adorable, and the story is one for all to enjoy!


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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

During this time that I feel especially compelled to educate myself about racism and antiracism, Stamped was an extremely powerful and important read. Looking back on the history of racism through a more honest lens, this book opens up conversations about the necessity of learning how and why these moments of history have paved a way for racism to still exist today and how white people can work toward being better allies to the black community so that we may someday live in an antiracist world. Books like Stamped are so valuable because they allow the voices of men and women in the black community to be heard.


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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635574043
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

With awesome characters, bloody fights, and witty banter, Maas's adult debut is a tome that you will finish in no time, eagerly working alongside Bryce and Hunt as they work toward completing an impossible mission.


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Bone Crier's Moon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062798770
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 3rd, 2020

This book takes the reader on a thrilling, compelling adventure of two people fighting through feelings of wanting to love each other or kill each other.  Such a cool story!


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The Devouring Gray Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368042314
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

This was such a creepy and enticing story! I loved the history of Four Points and the founding families. The main characters are so interesting and the way that their haunting pasts drive their motives makes the story that much more intriguing for the reader.  Riverdale meets Sabrina meets Stranger Things!  It's creepy, intense, and just totally awesome.  Raed it!


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Dragon Pearl Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368014748
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 7th, 2020

THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD! The main character, Min, is clever and brave, but also very quirky which makes her that much more lovable. This is an epic space-fantasy story that takes you on an unforgettable adventure. Also! The magic system which is inspired by Korean mythology is AWESOME!


Loveboat, Taipei Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062957276
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Published: HarperTeen - January 7th, 2020

American-Chinese teenager Ever Wong finds herself unexpectedly shipped off to a summer program in Taiwan by her parents against her will to learn Mandarin and more about their culture. Though this originally seems to be the worst way to spend her summer, Ever is surprised to discover that this program is much more entertaining than she could have imagined. Loveboat, Taipei is a charming, romantic, and lovely coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen!


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Ghost Wall: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250234957
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Published: Picador - December 31st, 2019

For as long as she can remember, Sylvie's father has had an all-consuming obsession with the customs and beliefs of ancient Britons from the Iron Age. So obsessed, in fact, that when he hears of an archaeology course that is taking a field trip into the woods to reenact the way of life from those simpler times, Sylvie's dad signs her family up to join them. They forage for roots, hunt rabbits for food, and even partake in dark, ancient rituals. This unsettling story by Moss delves into the world of abuse, freedom, and basic humanity that will cause a chill to go up your spine at every page.


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This Will Only Hurt a Little Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501184727
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Published: Gallery Books - October 22nd, 2019

This is by far my favorite celebrity memoir yet. Busy does an amazing job of weaving difficult topics and humor together to create a book that will make you switch from tears of sadness to tears of laughter as each page turns. We follow her through bad relationships, the brutal moments of show business, her surprise wedding, and dislocating her knee multiple times (and handling the situation like a pro....sometimes). Busy has such an honest and beautiful soul and has essentially transcribed her Instagram stories into an incredible book.


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Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525561125
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Published: Penguin Books - October 13th, 2020

Another hilarious memoir by writer/actor/comedian John Hodgman.  This time, he tells the true stories of his journeys around the country that cause him to rack up enough frequent flyer miles to reach the coveted "Medallion Status" with his favorite airline.  Such a funny and enjoyable read!


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Critical Role Vox Machina: Origins Volume 1 Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781506714813
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Published: Dark Horse Books - October 15th, 2019

Hello everyone, and welcome to Critical Role, a graphic novel based on a show where a bunch of nerdy-a** voice actors sit around and play Dungeons and Dragons.  The artwork is awesome, the jokes are ridiculous, and the origin story of these adventurers is beautiful.


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Ninth House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250751362
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2020

Alex Stern has been able to see ghosts - referred to as Grays - for as long as she can remember, but prefers not to tell people in fear of being called crazy. Instead, she turns to drugs and partying to distract her brain from noticing the creatures that haunt her. It isn't until she wakes up in the hospital after a horrific accident resulting in the death of her closest friends that someone starts taking interest in her dealings with Grays. Next thing she knows, Alex has a full ride to Yale University and is working with her mentor, the golden boy Darlington, to monitor Yale's secret societies that dabble in the world of the occult. When a girl is suddenly found dead, Alex discovers that the dealings of the eight Houses of the Veil are much more sinister, and it's now her job to uncover their secrets. Bardugo's adult debut is a masterpiece that draws you in from the beginning and holds on tight until the very end.


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ISBN: 9781368048088
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

"The Last True Poets of the Sea" is a beautiful story about characters who are far from perfect learning to love themselves - flaws and all - and the importance of allowing love into your life from friends, family, and the one who sets your heart on fire. Her take on mental health is refreshing and shows readers that everyone has their own struggles, and working through those struggles requires honesty, trust, and perseverance. It's funny, emotional, and filled with aquatic puns. What more could you need?


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Pumpkinheads Cover Image
By Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator), Sarah Stern (Contributions by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626721623
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Published: First Second - August 27th, 2019

This book is absolutely wonderful. It's hilarious, heartwarming, and filled with delicious fall treats (unfortunately you cannot eat the treats from the page, but I'm sure you could find a recipe on Pinterest). You will also feel a strong urge to throw on a red flannel and overalls whilst reading, and I encourage you to do so!


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