August 2020

Golden Threads

Golden Threads By Suzanne del Rizzo, Miki Sato (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Suzanne del Rizzo, Miki Sato (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771473606
Availability: Available with a Delay: On Order at Supplier: Email online@portersquarebooks.com for More Info
Published: Owlkids - April 15th, 2020

This book feels like a warm hug. It’s beautiful, it’s sweet, and it made me smile. Just the book for when I was feeling like I needed some seam repairs and fresh stuffing myself.

Stacey


The Silence of Bone

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The Silence of Bones By June Hur Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250229557
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 21st, 2020

I loved this haunting historical mystery set in 1800s Joseon Korea, and can't wait to see more from debut author June Hur. I love a teen girl protagonist who won't stop asking questions and follows her own moral compass even when it means breaking the rules. Your heart will be in your mouth as you accompany Seol on her search for the truth!

Sacha, Writer in Residence for Young Readers


Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

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Julieta and the Diamond Enigma By Luisana Duarte Armendáriz Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781643790466
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Tu Books - June 30th, 2020

A missing diamond! Mystery across two continents (and several languages)! A tour around all of the neatest attractions of Paris, with plenty of shenanigans and sleuthing along the way. This story has tons of fun, plenty of fascinating tidbits, and my new favorite girl detective. Julieta immediately feels like a classic children's lit star!

Caleb


The Good Luck Girls

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The Good Luck Girls By Charlotte Nicole Davis Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9781250299703
Published: Tor Teen - October 1st, 2019

You know what would make most westerns better? Ghosts, magic, and smashing the patriarchy. Aster and her sisters are on a journey to find freedom, and they're going to take their revenge on every man that has ever taken advantage on them or the other "Good Luck Girls" sold to Welcome Houses. As thrilling as any old Western with bandits and gunslingers and chases on horseback, but with a much more modern look at gender, sexuality, and class. I couldn't put it down.

Shana


You Should See Me in a Crown

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You Should See Me in a Crown By Leah Johnson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338503265
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Scholastic Press - June 2nd, 2020

I haven't read much YA the past few years- it takes something special for me to pick up a YA novel. But the audio of You Should See Me in a Crown gave me the equivalent of driveway moments on my runs (okay, I just kept running so I could listen more). With dynamic, multifaceted characters, a distinctive voice, and a swoon-worthy prom love story, this novel has it all. Better yet? The strong friendships, family relationships, and romances are both quirkily real and heartwarming.

Marika 


Felix Ever After

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Felix Ever After By Kacen Callender Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062820259
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 5th, 2020

Felix Ever After is a joy. Read it and dream of spending these hot summer days in Brooklyn with its lovable cast of young queer artists. This is a heartfelt exploration of love and identity, with enough drama to keep you compulsively reading. What can I say? This book just made me happy!

Kate


These Witches Don't Burn

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These Witches Don't Burn By Isabel Sterling Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780451480347
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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2020

Hannah is a witch—a real Elemental witch who can control the four elements—but even though she lives in Salem, MA, she has to keep her magic a closely guarded secret. But her life is upended when it seems that a blood witch has come to town and is threatening her coven—and she'll have to team up with her ex-girlfriend to investigate it. As the threats to the coven grow, the story becomes a fast-paced mystery with a side of romance. This was the perfect blend of sweet romance (and queerness), complex friendships, and thrilling mystery. And the second one's out now, so you can keep reading as soon as you're done—I promise you'll want to.

April


The Voting Booth

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The Voting Booth By Brandy Colbert Cover Image
$18.99
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ISBN: 9781368053297
Published: Disney Hyperion - July 7th, 2020

Author, Brandy Colbert, does such a wonderful job at getting at the importance of voting, the barriers that get in the way, and navigating difficult racial conversations that needs to be addressed at any age. Marva Sheridan was the best friend I needed in high school because the importance of voting was lost on me as a teenager!

Sinny


The Only Good Indians

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The Only Good Indians By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$26.99
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ISBN: 9781982136451
Published: S&S/Saga Press - July 14th, 2020

 

Stephen Graham Jones draws on Blackfeet culture (and the myriad ways in which indigenous culture exists in the modern United States) to create a masterful horror novel about guilt, grief, and revenge. These characters are haunted, both figuratively and literally, by both tradition and the ways they've broken from it. And the prose is just gorgeous (and gory--this is the most beautiful book I've ever read that also made me cringe, set it aside, and sleep with the lights on. I'm wary around motorcycles now!).

Kate


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