Young Adult

Winter Town by Stephen Emond

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By Stephen Emond, Stephen Emond (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316133326
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2011

You know when you're walking around in a snowstorm, and it's all quiet, and you're totally warm in your heavy coat? This book reminds me of that. Thoughtful, full of dialogue, tenuous friendships, with threads of art and comics throughout-- I like to think of Stephen Emond as the introspective high-schooler's Jeff Kinney.


Jill


Refresh, Refresh

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781596435223
Availability: Backordered
Published: First Second - September 29th, 2009

Josh, Gordon and Cody are high-schoolers from a small town in Oregon. Intense watercolor and ink drawings tell their story: their fathers are all serving in Iraq, and each is struggling with being the "man" of their household in their fathers' absence. Ultimately, this violent and bleak graphic novel presents a powerful picture of the sons left behind, as each dreams of following in his father's footsteps and serving in the military.

Jory


Daughter of Smoke & Bone

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780316134026
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2011

Laini Taylor caught my eye with this lush, angels-and-demons tale: she constructs both a frightening and romantic world, half modern-day Prague and half Otherworld, as the backdrop for a thrilling apocalypse tale. If you've read any Cassandra Clare or Holly Black, then give this new cool punk-style fantasy a try, too.


Jill


Wildwood

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By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062024688
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - August 30th, 2011

By far, the best book I've read this year! If there ever were a book worthy of being a successor to The Chronicles of Narnia, with the readability of Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, this is it. I love, love, love reading about hidden worlds just on the edge of our own--and Wildwood
has one, plus a ton of adventure, talking animals on the verge of a
magic-laden battle, and one missing sibling abducted by a murder of
crows. You will love this!Jill


A Certain Slant of Light

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780618585328
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 1st, 2005

All Helen wants is to be seen. It’s perfectly natural, especially to a ghost who has been mist for over 100 years. So when the chance to reclaim human form presents itself, she cannot resist, even though the vacant body is not her own. Yes there will be consequences, but those matter little as she breathes, walks, and finds love again after a century This magically realistic ghost story finds its home among lovers of fantasy, romance and the work of Alice Hoffman. An insightful upper YA novel that sings with beautiful turns of phrase and unforgettable honesty.

Amy


Chime

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780803735521
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dial Books - March 17th, 2011

Only Brieny knows she’s a witch, (aside from Stepmother, who’s dead.) She also knows she should never again enter the Swampsea. But she can’t help herself. Just like she can’t help liking Aldric, the young man from London who is living with them at her father’s parsonage. Aldric, her twin sister Rosy, and many others begin to force Brieny to reconsider her demons, because perhaps Brieny is not the person she thinks she is. I couldn’t help but read this book slowly to savor the uniqueness of voice and characters.

Jory


The Graveyard Book

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By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780060530945
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - September 28th, 2010

Winner of the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, and the Newberry and Carnegie Medals, this is storytelling at its best. Neil Gaiman’s tale of an orphaned boy raised by the ghostly inhabitants of an ancient graveyard, perfectly complimented by the illustrations of Dave McKean, is highly imaginative, witty, and a little bit creepy.

Robin


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