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The Journey

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By Francesca Sanna (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781909263994
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Published: Nobrow Press - September 13th, 2016

In this masterful picture book, a family flees their homeland in the face of war. Without showing any direct violence (just a menacing form) Sanna tells a universal story accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds. Chilling, haunting, and hopeful, this book will resonate with readers long after they’ve closed the cover.

Marika


The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781616206420
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 6th, 2016

Bedridden by a debilitating illness, Bailey’s world is confined to just her immediate surroundings. But the gift of a wild snail opens to her a wide world of wonder and her acute observations helps us appreciate the small miracles that live all around us.

Dale


The Singing Bones

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780545946124
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 11th, 2016

Simply magnificent! Tan gives small snippets of Grimm's fairy tales, each accompanied by a photograph of an exquisite sculpture. The pairings are dark, stunning, and utterly brilliant. With introductions by Neil Gaiman and Jack Zipes, not to mention lists of additional resources, this is a treasure for any fairy tale fan and is destined to be poured over again and again. A masterpiece!

 

Marika


Classic Penguin

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By Paul Buckley (Editor), Paul Buckley (Introduction by), Audrey Niffenegger (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143110132
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Published: Penguin Books - July 26th, 2016

No matter how long you've been obsessed with Penguin covers (for me, it's been about 40 years), I think you NEED this book. Art and text are beautifully interwoven, and the images are all the gorgeous Penguins you remember and a whole bunch that you've never seen before. The main problem is that you may now have to go out and buy a bunch more books . . .

David


I am Pilgrim

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781439177730
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Published: Atria Books - December 2nd, 2014

Written by a screenwriter, this book is the best (not) movie you've ever read. A mysterious and thrilling (and I mean THRILLING) ride, Pilgrim will keep you guessing, re-reading, and gasping in shock. This book will keep your heart rate up enough to warm away November.

Emily


Behind the Throne

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780316308601
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Published: Orbit - August 2nd, 2016

What if Han Solo were the heir to an empire? With two older sisters in line for the throne, gunrunner Hailimi Bristol never thought she would have to rule. But when Hailimi's sisters are murdered, the Indranan Empress sends trackers to drag her home. Now the unwilling heir, Hailimi must hunt down her sisters' killers before they catch her too. This Indian-inspired space opera thriller is cut-throat, fast-paced, and a whole lot of fun.

Rebecca


Seven New Generation African Poets

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By Kwame Dawes (Editor), Chris Abani (Editor), Tj Dema
$29.95
ISBN: 9781940646589
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Published: Slapering Hol Press - April 15th, 2014

Introduce yourself to seven young, African poets you’re unlikely to encounter anywhere else. This collection of chapbooks, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani is a fantastic introduction to the poetry being written today in Africa. A must for poetry fans and readers of world literature.

Josh


The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062444134
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Published: Voyager - July 5th, 2016

A delightful classic road trip novel, set in deep space. A ship that drills through wormholes takes on a new clerk -- and introduces her to the wonders of the outer universe. (Firefly fan? That, but solidly feminist, with a diverse cast of humans and aliens.)

Sarah


Ah-ha to Zig-Zag

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Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag: 31 Objects from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780847843770
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Published: Skira Rizzoli - October 21st, 2014

This book does follow the alphabet's progressive order but in a unique, clever, and humorous fashion, most logical to a child. Kalman's distinctive illustrations of objects hand-selected from the Cooper Hewitt Museum are the cherry on top of this artistic, alphabetical oddity.

Tidly


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