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Ramona Blue

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$17.99
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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$18.99
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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$18.99
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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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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Old Filth

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ISBN: 9781933372136
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Published: Europa Editions - June 2006

The nickname Old Filth stands for “Failed in London, Try Hong Kong.” Meet Eddie Feathers whos life encompasses the riches and emptiness of the fading British Empire. Jane Gardam’s writing is sublime, and where many fictional characters fade from memory, Eddie Feathers endears and endures. He is the quiet relative you always knew had an interesting life, but it was never fully discussed. Gardam is a bestselling author in England. Read this, and you’ll see why.

Molly


What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky

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ISBN: 9780735211025
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

With her focus on complex and often tragically damaged parent/daughter relationships, Arimah delivers a collection of stories with as much emotional punch as careful attention to language and structure. Her penchant for circular structures especially gives her stories' most brutal moments a crushing inevitability that explores the many ways our past will always collide with our future--whether due to our own actions or those of our forebears.

 

Alexander


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