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Sofi and the Bone Song By Adrienne Tooley Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534484368
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 19th, 2022

SOFI AND THE BONE SONG is a delicate, folklorish tale with a coming-of-age that echoes far past its fantasy setting. The fantasy elements are subtle, but the world's forbidden magic offers a strong central conflict and layers a gentle mystery throughout. The book's core and greatest strength is its heart. It's a delight to watch the protagonist who starts out self-righteous and self-loathing reckon with her shattered self image to become empathic to her friends, her, forgiving in her study of music, and most importantly, kind to herself. Highly stressed, overachieving teens who put immense pressure on how well they perform will find comfort in Sofi's journey and her lesson that love will always come easier than perfection.


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In a Garden Burning Gold: A Novel By Rory Power Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593354971
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Published: Del Rey - April 5th, 2022

This book is a chess match. Its pieces-- a collapsing century-long reign, magic stolen from nature, the vicious politics of a Mediterranean-like world, and the twins who must weigh their familial obligations against their own desires--captivate the reader until its checkmate of a climax stuns them and leaves them hungry for a sequel.


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Time Is a Mother By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593300237
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Published: Penguin Press - April 5th, 2022

Vuong weaves reflections on mortality, the nature of language, and human connection with a persistent invocation of absence. Some quiet, others searing, these poems, like disinfecting a cut, heal even as they sting.


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Witchlings By Claribel A. Ortega Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338745528
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 5th, 2022

When three young witches don't get sorted into a coven, they must prove themselves worthy of their magic by defeating a mysterious and terrifying monster--or else get turned into toads! A perfectly concocted potion of magic, adventure, and humor for a new generation of witches and wizards.


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

In addition to perfectly hitting the beats of YA fantasy, this fresh fairytale retelling shows how patriarchy and heteronormativity twist stories for dastardly, political ends. In Sophia's country, women are forced into modesty, beauty, and servitude, like the tale of Cinderella from 200 years ago. Sophia, brave and determined, knows that something is amiss with Cinderella's story as the palace presents it and runs away from the ball, not to find a prince, but to stop a king. With plenty of bravery and a tinge of magic, Cinderella is Dead is equal parts critique and love letter to fairytales and fantasy. Best of all, it puts young, queer, Black women at the forefront of revolution.


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Burn Our Bodies Down By Rory Power Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525645658
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Published: Ember - May 4th, 2021

Rory Power's sophomore novel moves her nature horror from the woods of New England to the plains of the Midwest, proving that she can make anywhere unsettling. Her raw, gut-punching writing brings heartbreak and unease from the very beginning of Margot's desperate search for family. Vivid, gripping, and just totally bonkers, BURN OUR BODIES DOWN is both a cautionary tale about seeing only what you want to see and a story of hope for those from manipulative families. In short, Rory Power does it again.


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Wilder Girls By Rory Power Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525645610
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Published: Ember - June 2nd, 2020

This pulse-pounding science fiction thriller touches on survival, feminism, friendship, and environmentalism at a girls' boarding school in a dangerous, mutating forest.  Rory Power's writing gives a distinct voice to every one of these multi-faceted, engaging characters.  Her skillful and shifting prose fills every breath with real emotion.


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Verona Comics By Jennifer Dugan Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780525516309
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

In VERONA COMICS, Jennifer Dugan takes so many tropes of a teen rom-com and transforms them into something refreshing, original, and at moments, heartbreaking. Hyper-driven classical musician Jubilee and anxiety-ridden Ridley meet at a comic book convention where Ridley's dad is desperate for his corporation to buy out Jubilee's stepmom's indie comic book shop. Using that Romeo and Juliet framework, Dugan brings attention to issues of mental health, not-quite-healthy romantic relationships, and complicated family dynamics. This book is sweet and speaks to teen experiences that often slip by unnoticed. Plus, how could any indie bookseller not appreciate how much love Dugan gives indie comic shops in it?


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Chosen Ones By Veronica Roth Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358451174
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 1st, 2021

How can I tell everyone in this dimension (and the next one over) to read Chosen Ones? Sloane the protagonist lovable in her unlikeability, a sharp and twisting plot, and keen worldbuilding are enough reason to read this book. The writing, especially the different articles, textbooks, and other forms of media Roth seamlessly emulates and infuses into the narrative, stitches all those elements together with charm.


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Hot Dog Girl By Jennifer Dugan Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780525516279
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Published: Penguin Books - March 24th, 2020

Ridiculously funny and rife with the familiar embarrassment of one's teenage years, Lou Parker's quest for the perfect summer (despite having to wear a hot dog costume at her job) is pure delight.


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Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel By Kawai Strong Washburn Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250787316
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Published: Picador - March 2nd, 2021

Hawaiin myths and stunning storytelling give shape to this remarkable family saga.  The beautiful, gut-wrenching prose draws you in and holds you tight.  A captivating debut!


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Snapdragon By Kat Leyh Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250171115
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Published: First Second - February 4th, 2020

Adorable! Delightful! A hug of a book!


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The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising Trilogy #1) By Kiersten White Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525581703
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Published: Ember - October 13th, 2020

Kiersten White gives a great take on Arthurian legends for lovers of the source material or for any fantasy lover seeking intricate characters, a twisting plot, and a richly layered world and magic system.


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Grand Union: Stories By Zadie Smith Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525559016
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Published: Penguin Books - October 6th, 2020

From errands to apocalypse, the ever astute and witty Zadie Smith captures a modern experience and creates a bustling city within this short story collection.  Her play with language and form induces an ineffable, almost manic frenzy.  I understand yet puzzle over every sentence in the most delightful way.


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Self-Portrait with Boy: A Novel By Rachel Lyon Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9781501169595
Published: Scribner - March 12th, 2019

When a young, desperate artist accidentally captures a boy falling to his death in a photograph, she must decide if the acclaim she knows the picture will bring her justifies the torment its showing will bring the boy's parents. A rich artist's coming-of-age that wrangles with the morality of ambition and the desire to be loved, set in a now gone New York of the 1990s.


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Noodlephant By Jacob Kramer, K-Fai Steele (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jacob Kramer, K-Fai Steele (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592702664
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - February 12th, 2019

Delightfully illustrated and printed on high quality paper, NOODLEPANT combines the silliness of a noodle-loving elephant with the important lesson of standing up for equality.  Charming, sweet, and great for kids AND adults!


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Literary Landscapes: Charting the Worlds of Classic Literature (Literary Worlds Series) By John Sutherland, General Editor (Editor) Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780316561822
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - November 13th, 2018

Equally descriptive and analytical, "Literary Landscapes" travels across the literary canon to show how place has shaped literature's most famous stories and how place becomes a character itself. Not to mention, the beautiful illustrations.