2015 Staff Pick of the Year

The Shepherd’s Life

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781250060242
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Flatiron Books - May 12th, 2015

In prose as sparse and rugged as the Lakeland fells, Rebanks takes us through the year of sheep farming in this idyllic corner of Britain. A memoir of the hardships of the farming life, it is also a moving testament to the value of tradition, rural community, and shared land over tourism and cultural urbanism.

 

Susannah


Dragons Beware!

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By Rafael Rosado (Illustrator), Jorge Aguirre
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596438781
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - May 12th, 2015

Claudette and her team are back in their second adventure! They may have defeated a giant, but they’re about to be tested again. This time they’re facing down none other than the dragon who defeated Claudette’s father.  To make things worse, some pesky princes and an evil sorcerer are getting in the way. This dynamic sequel is sure to be snatched up by excited adventurers!  


Marika


Baba Yaga’s Assistant

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By Marika McCoola, Emily Carroll (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763669614
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Published: Candlewick - August 4th, 2015

This wonderful reimagining of the classic Russian fable of Baba Yaga pits a very clever protagonist against a villain who respects cleverness above all else. This is no simplistic battle of good vs. evil, but a story of aspiration, family, and finding your own unique way of turning trouble into opportunity. Winner of the 2015 New England Book Award for children.

 

Alexander


Year in the of Life a Complete and Total Genius

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$15.99
ISBN: 9781492620747
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015

Have you ever read a book and wished you could actually meet one of the characters? That is how you will feel about Arthur Bean.  He is likable, funny, smart, and slightly off kilter.

 

Robin


Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780544157774
Availability: On Order at the Warehouse
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2015

This remembrance of the events in New Orleans ten years ago is a very powerful and straightforward portrayal of the tragedy. The graphic novel format helps the reader feel the desperation,despair and hopelessness of the terrible circumstances and the spirit of those who lived through it.Recommended for kids and adults 12 and up.

 

Carol


The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780803740709
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Published: Dial Books - June 9th, 2015

Minnow Bly lost everything to the Kevinian cult: twelve years of life, her family, and, after she rebels, even her hands. Now the Kevinian leader is dead, the cult camp in flames, and Minnow may be the only person who knows what happened. But she's not talking... This book is at once an indictment of the juvenile justice system and an exploration of faith and misuse of power. Simultaneously, breathtaking and harrowing.

 

Rebecca


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