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WARS OF THE ROSES: STORMBIRD

$12.80
ISBN: 9780425275443
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Published: Berkley Books - May 5th, 2015

Go back 50 years from Hilary Mantel's Henry VIII trilogy and you are in a very different time Henry VI and the Wars of the Roses. Like much great historical fiction, this novel reads more like fiction than history, with rich, fully drawn characters, intricate plots and vivid scenery. It is the first of three (the second is due out in June, and the author will be here at PSB) as an added bonus, if you want to see the Bard's version on stage, Actor's Shakespeare Project is performing Henry VI, Part 2 from May 13 through June 7.

David


THE OCTOPUPPY

$13.59
ISBN: 9780545751407
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 31st, 2015

Who wouldn't want a cephalopod for a pet? Apparently Edgar.  Jarvis the octopus does every thing he can to please Edgar while still uniquely being himself, but all Edgar can see is what Jarvis is not: a puppy. It's not until Jarvis flushes himself back to the ocean that Edgar realizes what he's lost and what he has to do to bring Jarvis home. Gorgeous illustrations!

Robin


SAINT ANYTHING

$15.99
ISBN: 9780451474704
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2015

Her older brother has always been in the spotlight. His charisma and charm as a child to his drug-induced alcoholic downfall in high school has rendered Sydney nearly invisible in her brother's shadow. It's not until she makes the decision to change schools and falls in with a crowd of lovable characters centered by two siblings of the Chatham family that she feels seen and begins to stand up for herself and see that being invisible isn't really all it's cracked up to be. Sarah Dessen's talent for writing strong character relationships and connecting with teens in a way few writers can really shines through in Saint Anything.

Tildy


THE IRON TRIAL

$14.39
ISBN: 9780545522250
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 9th, 2014

The last thing Callum Hunt wants is to do is learn magic. Unfortunately for him, his magic is way too powerful for him to stay untrained! A great book for fans of Harry Potter.

Shana


HEREVILLE

By Barry Deutsch, Jake Richmond (Inked or Colored by)
$7.95
ISBN: 9781419706196
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Published: Amulet Books - October 2012

What’s a young Orthodox Jewish girl to do when all she really wants from life is to slay dragons? She’s not short on adversaries—petty bullies, disagreeable talking pigs, and even a crafty troll stand in the way of her retrieving the dragon-slaying sword she’s got her hear set on. But before she can master any of that, she’s got to survive knitting lessons with her delightfully argumentative stepmother…

Alexander


NIGHT BIRD

$13.59
ISBN: 9780385389587
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - March 10th, 2015

Much like the main character, Twig, this magical realism story is sweet and short. Twig has a big secret, and it's not just the secret ingredient in her mom's Pink Apple pie. The town of Sidwell is also plagued by a mysterious monster. A great middle grade, summer read!

Heather


ZEROBOXER

$9.59
ISBN: 9780738743387
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Published: Flux - April 8th, 2015

One of the most inventive, thrilling, and addictive scifi novels I've ever read! Carr "the Raptor" Luka is a rising star in the weightless combat sport of Zeroboxing. But winning glory for his home planet Earth--now overshadowed by its prosperous interstellar colonies--isn't as easy as knocking out his opponents in the Cube. As Carr's fame grows, he has to deal with the complicated downsides of celebrity, interstellar politics as tensions rise between Earth and Mars, and a secret that could end his boxing career.

Mackenzie


NONE OF THE ABOVE

$10.79
ISBN: 9780062335319
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 7th, 2015

All Kristin wants is to go to college on an athletic scholarship, spend time with her best friends, and get closer to her boyfriend. But her entire life is shaken when a visit to the doctor reveals that Kristin is intersex -- though she is outwardly a girl, she has both male and female chromosomes. Gregorio (a medical doctor turned writer) delivers a relatable heroine and truly compelling storyline in this coming-of-age book that sheds light on a very real and generally misunderstood condition.

Rebecca


P.S. BE ELEVEN

$5.59
ISBN: 9780061938641
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Published: Amistad Press - January 27th, 2015

The Gaither sisters are back in Brooklyn in the sequel to ONE CRAZY SUMMER School is starting, the Jackson Five are coming to town, and the girls have a new stepmother who doesn't believe in doing things the old-fashioned way.

Sarah


THE WALLS AROUND US

$14.35
ISBN: 9781616203726
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - March 24th, 2015

Three stories weave together in this dark tale. Amber was sent to a juvenile detention center after being found guilty of murder; now she’s seeing ghosts. Violet and Orianna are best friends, but something came between them, something bloody that sent Orianna to Amber's detention center. But who’s actually guilty? Surprising twists and turns will have readers questioning the meaning of justice and revenge in this haunting novel.

Marika


THE LAST BOOKANEER

$22.36
ISBN: 9781594204920
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Published: Penguin Press - April 28th, 2015

Pearl's specialty is along with great plots and characters the inclusion and portrayal of actual 19th century authors. The Last Bookaneer features Robert Louis Stevenson in the South Seas in a most satisfying tale indeed. One of this author's best.

Gary


HAMMER HEAD

$19.96
ISBN: 9780393239133
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 16th, 2015

WARNING: This book will make you want to quit your job! MacLaughlin describes how she tired of her desk job, and without experience responded to a craigslist job posting to be a contractor's/carpenter's assistant. This is an excellent blend of various styles of essays, and it's fun to read about the Boston area homes she has worked in. My favorite aspect is that MacLaughlin doesn't stress 'do what you love' so much as 'do what feels important'.

Heather


THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST

$12.80
ISBN: 9780316399623
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Published: Redhook - October 21st, 2014

With a premise in the great tradition of Groundhog Day, North has created a unique species of humans who live in eternal loops—returning to their moment of birth after each death, the entire world seemingly reset, all their failures and accomplishments erased, but with memories intact. They live lives free of consequence, free to follow new paths, new ambitions, new loves each time. Until one among them does the unthinkable, and finds a way to change the world permanently.

Alexander


THE FOLDED CLOCK

$21.56
ISBN: 9780385538985
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 7th, 2015

Through smart, funny, irreverent, and thoughtful diary entries, Julavits turns the mundane into mini meditations on self, art, family, and the passing of time (and occasionally reality TV and Maine yard sale politics). I was constantly thinking yes, exactly that or laughing out loud while reading.

Katie


A PLEASURE AND A CALLING

$20.00
ISBN: 9781250060631
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Published: Picador USA - January 6th, 2015

This is a skillfully unfurled story; a taut psychological thriller with an increasing sense of menace featuring a noseyparker, a spy, a “connoisseur” of people’s private lives who is possibly the creepiest character you’ve ever met. Don’t just lock your doors, change the locks too!

Susannah


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