Kids 3/23

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy (Staff Pick)

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The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy By Anne Ursu Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062275134
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Published: Walden Pond Press - December 6th, 2022

When Marya makes a terrible mistake in front of a sorcerer, she is summoned to Dragomir Academy, where she is to be taught to be a “proper girl.” An utterly unique and spellbinding fantasy, this one takes on the ways we condition girls to be small and encourages curiosity and adventure through gasp-worthy twists and delightful characters.

- April


Agatha May and the Anglerfish (Staff Pick)

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Agatha May and the Anglerfish By Nora Morrison, Jessie Ann Foley, Mika Song (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593324752
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Published: Dial Books - December 13th, 2022

Poor Agatha May. No one seems to appreciate her bizarre and curious nature (and inability to focus). But I sure do! That two staff members thought of me while reading this AND ensured I saw it makes me feel seen and appreciated. Really, there aren't many better feelings you could get from a picture book. Need another reason dangled in front of you like an anglerfish's esca? Enjoy Agatha May's wonderful science project and learn some deep-water factoids.

- Stacey


Juniper Harvey and the Vanishing Kingdom (Staff Pick)

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Juniper Harvey and the Vanishing Kingdom By Nina Varela Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316706780
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2023

This middle grade fantasy is a funny, adventuresome romp through dream landscapes, the nature of creativity, the meaning of friendship, realizing your parents are people too, and the horror of Having A Crush. AND!!! It's by bookseller Piera's real life sister. What more could you want!!

- Piera

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Last Violent Call (Staff Pick)

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Last Violent Call: A Foul Thing; This Foul Murder By Chloe Gong Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781665934510
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 28th, 2023

If you thought you saw the last of Roma, Juliette, Benedikt, and Marshall... think again! This novella set bridges the years between the crackling finale of the These Violent Delights duology and its spinoff series Foul Lady Fortune. Full of the same heart-pumping suspense, now with a little more heart and domesticity, A Foul Thing and This Foul Murder follow the two couples several years after their escape from the bloodied streets of Shanghai. Even in their departure however, trouble manages to claw its fingers deep...

- Cindy


She is a Haunting (Staff Pick)

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She Is a Haunting By Trang Thanh Tran Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547610815
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - February 28th, 2023

In this delightful ghost story set in Vietnam, creeping atmosphere, first love, and familial issues mix. In exchange for paying her college tuition, Jade Nguyen agrees to spend the summer helping her dad with his project: restoring a French colonial house. But as if sleep paralysis, bugs, and sightings of a beautiful undead bride aren't unnerving enough, she now faces an intense challenge--proving the house is haunted.

- Engel


Butterfly Child (Staff Pick)

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Butterfly Child By Marc Majewski, Marc Majewski (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marc Majewski, Marc Majewski (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063021556
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - November 1st, 2022

Majewski tells a gorgeous tale about finding your wings and taking flight, even when people want you to stay on the ground. The illustrations in this are INSANE, I want to live in this world so bad.

- Jane


The Art and Life of Hilma af Klint (Staff Pick)

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The Art and Life of Hilma af Klint By Ylva Hillström, Karin Eklund (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ylva Hillström, Karin Eklund (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780500653173
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Published: Thames & Hudson - February 14th, 2023

Loved this thoughtful depiction of Hilma as an intelligent, spiritual, resilient artist who was a pioneer of her field. Also appreciated the tidbits about different areas of science and art that related to her work, ie. atomic particles, alchemy, theosophy, etc. She's an icon, she's a legend, and she will always be the moment.

- Manasa


We Go Way Back (Staff Pick)

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We Go Way Back: A Book About Life on Earth and How it All Began By Idan Ben-Barak, Philip Bunting (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Idan Ben-Barak, Philip Bunting (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250850799
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 14th, 2023

BIOLOGY IS WEIRD (in a very exciting way), and this book totally gets it. If you have a small person in your life who would enjoy discovering that the origins of life are a great big mystery, Idan Ben-Barak gives a wonderful introduction.

- Murphy


The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (Staff Pick)

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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge By M.T. Anderson, Eugene Yelchin, Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781536213096
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2020

Full of beautiful illustrations and fantastical, wry humor, this story is Monty Python and the Holy Grail for a new generation. When Brangwain Spurge, an elf and historian, is catapulted into goblin territory as part of a goodwill mission, shenanigans ensue. A thoughtful social commentary on the role of bias and perception in the telling of historical events, imbued with imagination and lore, this book is for anyone who enjoys sharp jokes and an escape into an expertly-crafted world of fantasy.

- Meghan: Writer in Residence


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