Kids 3/22

Abarat

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Abarat By Clive Barker, Clive Barker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Clive Barker, Clive Barker (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062094100
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Published: HarperCollins - August 30th, 2011

Abarat is Clive Barker's dark twin to Alice in Wonderland. The heroine, Candy, is no sweet British girl who trips down a rabbit hole, but a morbid teenager from Chickentown, Minnesota who jumps into a magical sea, rather than return home. Candy is swept off to the Abarat, an archipelago where each island is a different hour of the day. Christopher Carrion, the Prince of Midnight, literally lives and breathes his own nightmares, and he remains one of the most terrifying villains I've ever read! A great read for teens, brave kids, & adults too.

Murphy


Oscar Lives Next Door

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Oscar Lives Next Door: A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson's Childhood By Bonnie Farmer, Marie Lafrance (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bonnie Farmer, Marie Lafrance (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771471046
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Published: Owlkids - September 15th, 2015

This delightful book tells the childhood story of the great Oscar Peterson.  He is famously known as a jazz pianist, but his first love was the trumpet. What changed? Peterson’s early days in old Montreal unwind, like the magic of his playing, in the lyrical flow of Marie Lafrance’s beautiful illustrations.

Robin


Our Violent Ends

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Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights) By Chloe Gong Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534457720
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - November 16th, 2021

This action-packed sequel to These Violent Delights, a 1920s retelling of Romeo and Juliet in Shanghai except they are heirs to rival gangs, is a beautiful summation of Gong's thoroughness as a writer. Without spoiling the events of the end of the last book, the story continues with a changed Juliette and Roma. The usual "I hate you but we have to work together" fanfare continues but now, the stakes are so much higher and Shanghai is even bloodier. Come for the Shakespearean influences, stay for Gong's expertise on the beginning of a turbulent history in China.

Engel


The Gilded Wolves

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The Gilded Wolves: A Novel By Roshani Chokshi Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250144553
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 22nd, 2020

Set in an alternate nineteenth-century Paris, The Gilded Wolves features a uniquely inventive magic system that sets the backdrop for a thrilling heist story. The six main characters are distinct, well-developed, and come from diverse backgrounds and the books tackle issues of colonialism and cultural appropriation in a fantasy setting. Be ready to tear through the whole trilogy because once you start, you won't be able to stop! 

April


Little Witch Hazel

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Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest By Phoebe Wahl Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780735264892
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Published: Tundra Books - September 21st, 2021

In this beautifully illustrated collection you'll find four stories of Little Witch Hazel, a brave and helpful witch who lives in the forest with all her forest friends. Reminiscent of classics like Frog & Toad and Jan Brett, this is the type of book kids and adults will love to read.

Katherine


Ain't Burned All the Bright

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Ain't Burned All the Bright By Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534439467
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 11th, 2022

Griffin's illustrations in this book complement Reynold's words SO well... I haven't ever seen anything executed quite like this. A thoughtful and poignant stunner for sure--perfect for anyone looking for a fast, poetic read full of powerful social commentary about what it means to be a person of color in America living through the pandemic. (Plus, the book smells amazing!)

Cindy


Mina

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Mina By Matthew Forsythe, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481480413
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 15th, 2022

Wow, I really cannot get enough of Matthew Forsythe's books! Like his first book POKKO AND THE DRUM, MINA is a dreamy, funny, delightfully weird adventure of a book, and the art is so lush and beautiful that it takes rereading again and again.

Piera


Gallant

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Gallant By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062835772
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 1st, 2022

A stunning gothic fantasy written in V.E. Schwab's masterful, bittersweet and haunting voice. A story about a romance, without a romance (something I very much appreciate in a YA story). A dark tale of yearning and finding oneself in the ruins. CW: Mental illness, self harm

Stacey


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