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Sweetbitter

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$12.80
ISBN: 9781101911860
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Published: Vintage - April 4th, 2017

20-something Tess moves to NYC and begins working in an upscale restaurant, opening a world of amazing flavors, expensive wines, and the wild, hidden world of after-serving partying. With delicious, gorgeously written descriptions of wine and food, this novel combines the ease of a beach read with stunning passages that will leave you salivating. Be warned, you’ll want a glass of wine and oysters after reading!

Marika


Blue Ethel

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$14.39
ISBN: 9780374303822
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - May 30th, 2017

Ethel is an old, fat, cat with absolutely no time for being anything other than herself. Until one day she turns blue. If you've ever had an old fat cat, or any cat to be honest, you will love this whimsically illustrated picture book.

Emily


Ramona Blue

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$14.39
ISBN: 9780062418357
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - May 9th, 2017

Ever since Hurricane Katrina, it's been Ramona and her family against the world. But when her sister Hattie gets pregnant, Ramona knows that her dream of getting out of her small town is slipping away. The return of childhood friend Freddie provides a welcome distraction, but as Ramona's feelings for Freddie grow, she begins to question whether her identity as an out-and-proud lesbian fits as well as it once did. A nuanced exploration of poverty, sexuality, family, and joy.

Rebecca


The Fashion Committee

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$15.19
ISBN: 9780451468789
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 23rd, 2017

Ignore the cover. Instead, imagine some zany, cutting edge fashion illustration that's been run over by a heavy steel sculpture. This is a funny, sad, unique, and deep novel of the lengths two teens will go to get into a private arts high school. Featuring two authentic teen voices (one male, one female) this is not to be missed!

Marika


Caraval

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$15.19
ISBN: 9781250095251
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 31st, 2017

Caraval is pure magic. Loved The Night Circus? You will fall in love with this book from the first page. I picked it up and couldn't put it down. The magic is dark, mysterious, and you never know what to expect. This book will enchant you, delight you, captivate you and keep you guessing. For any fans of magic, especially dark magic, this is the book for you.

April


The Wonder

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316393874
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 20th, 2016

Wonder takes place in Northern Ireland, and speaks, to me, of spring. The fresh calm that comes with new buds and beautiful twilit evenings, but also the pain and heartbreak and scars of einer. Read it over a plate of spring risotto.

Emily


Grandpa’s Great Escape

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By David Walliams, Tony Ross (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062560896
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Published: HarperCollins - February 28th, 2017

Looking for more Roald Dahl-like kid adventure books? The UK’s #1 bestselling David Walliams is the writer you have been waiting for! Old age has taken Grandpa’s mind back to his glory days as a WWII fighter pilot. Grandson Jack does all he can to protect him and go along with the adventure. A funny romp through history, England, and letting go.

Molly


The Pearl Thief

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781484717165
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 2nd, 2017

The author of Code Name Verity (the BEST book I read in 2012!) returns with a prequel companion novel featuring Julie Beaufort-Stuart at the age of fifteen, a crumbling estate, a mysterious disappearance, and a fortune in missing pearls. Superb historical fiction from one of the best.

Rebecca


Pedal Power

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ISBN: 9780374305277
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - March 28th, 2017

As a cyclist who regularly commutes by bike, I run into issues with cars and traffic on a daily basis. But visiting Amsterdam and biking around was a revelation. Thanks to Allan Drummond, young readers can now get a look at why Amsterdam is such a bike-friendly city and may feel inspired to take part in local activism.

Marika


The Outer Beach

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393081305
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 9th, 2017

Finch has collected shorter pieces from his long career into a narrative as if walking the Outer Cape, from Monomoy to the Provincelands. This is a meditative book rich with close descriptions of the continuously shifting sands and the creatures encountered there.

Dale

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