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Open This Little Book

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By Jesse Klausmeier, Suzy Lee (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780811867832
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - January 1st, 2013

As a fan of The Jolly Postman growing up, I have a soft spot for books-within-books. This one is a super fun construction of many nesting books, each with their own design and story! If you're of the age having graduated from board books, and are ready for picture books with simple, fun, layered stories, you should dive right into Open This Little Book. There's a ton of details to find and a great ending to satisfy.

Jill


Fangirl

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250030955
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 10th, 2013

Fans of Harry Potter, especially the rabid ones back in the day, will recognize this ode to fangirls of all types. This highly believable love story stars a fanfic-writing, glass-half-empty Cass as she struggles to adjust to life in college. Great characters, perfectly observed details, fab read!

Jill


Hyperbole and a Half

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 29th, 2013

For fans of the wildly popular blog of the same name, this book needs no introduction. For ones that haven't heard of it, take notice! Alie Brosh combines naive art with an expert eye for perspective and expression, with hilarious, hyper-personal observations.  There may be many blogs-cum-books out there, but this is certainly the most successful this year.

Jill


Schottenfreude

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ISBN: 9780399166709
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 31st, 2013

The first German word I learned was "feurzeug" ("fire" + "thing"). Keeping in this vein, Scottenfreude combines real German words to artfully create a dictionary of heretofore inexpressable feelings and experiences in English. The perfect gift for language lovers, trivia buffs, design nerds, and even Deutschsprachiger.

Jill


WARNING: DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK!

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By Adam Lehrhaupt, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442435827
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 27th, 2013

I grew up on Sesame Street's There's a Monster at the End of this Book! in which Elmo begs you (the reader) not to turn each page, because it gets you closer to the end...where the monster is! Warning: Do Not Open This Book is a worthy successor -- both in that I still had that same small thrill by "rebelling" against the narrator and brazenly turning each page, despite the hand-wringing and head-shaking I imagined to be causing. The tongue-in-cheek message about all the potential danger and chaos books wreak make this book a perfect pick for Banned Book celebrations. But the clever, interactive ending, the ridiculously cute slow loris, and mischievous-looking monkeys make this title stand out. WAY OUT.

Jill


Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

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$9.95
ISBN: 9781419705328
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Amulet Books - May 7th, 2013

You've read The Fault In Our Stars & are looking for something lighter, funnier, nihilistic, tangential, & self-deprecating, with more realism & Werner Herzog. You open this book & find a deeply flawed teenager, obsessed with filmmaking, trying to avoid a forced friendship with his acquaintance recently diagnosed with Leukemia. You don’t like him, but you can relate. You are horribly sad when this book ends because it has a sneaky hidden depth. Your trusty bookseller friend says, "One of my favorite books this year!" and she was right.

Jill


Forgotten

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780316094603
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2012

By FAR the most interesting "what if?" YA I've read in some time--this author takes a tired premise (amnesia) and turns it on its head while injecting a pretty fantastic mystery aspect. London is a high-schooler whose memory completely resets at night. When she wakes up, there's nothing. She seems to be functioning pretty well...until she meets a guy. Dating gets a lot more complicated when you don't remember anything about Mr. Dreamboat upon waking, it turns out...Forgotten reminds me a little of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, meets The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

Jill


Animal Wise

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780307461445
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - February 26th, 2013

Have you ever read some blurb in the newspaper like: "fire ants discovered to teach their young" or some such headline, and wondered how the heck these scientists figured that out? This book is a perfect, succinct compendium of all the most recent studies of animal behavior, thought and emotion, the scientific conclusions, and most importantly--how exactly they arrived at these conclusions. So fascinating! If, like me, you find much more in common with animals than other humans, but you're not a trained scientist and thus shy away from the more academic ethology books, you'll just eat this up.

Jill



Crash and Burn

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ISBN: 9780062112903
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 19th, 2013

*Strongly Recommended for Ages 16+*I
know this kid. Many of you know the ADD-riddled, crass, BS-ing,
seemingly-insensitive, party-happy, self-absorbed high schooler that is
the Steven Crashinsky. And one of the greatest strengths as an author is
writing Crash as a completely authentic, recognizable character of guys
in high school today AND making the reader care about him. It has a
great hook and a satisfying reveal, and in between there are complex
characters and horrible clueless adults and one truly terrifying
mentally ill kid that brings it all together. At times lighthearted and
funny, and other times raw and all-too-real: this book is a powerhouse.Jill


The Diviners

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ISBN: 9780316126113
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2012

This spooky Deco-era mystery has all the intrigue, glamour, and snappy dialogue as the time in which it's set. A riveting supernatural thrill: think Harry Potter, if he were a flapper just developing her divining abilities. I'm not just being cheeky, she really does face some HP-worthy enemies! A solid gift choice for teens.


Jill


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