Kids 5/23

Saddlehill Academy: Sweet and Bitter Rivals (Staff Pick)

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Sweet & Bitter Rivals (Saddlehill Academy #1) By Jessica Burkhart Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781665912884
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Published: Aladdin - May 30th, 2023

Horses! Friendship! Drama! Boarding School! Queer crushes! This book is everything I needed. Follow along as Abby navigates the horse show circuit and something even more intimidating... middle school drama. Kudos to Jessica Burkhart for writing characters that are intriguing, realistic, and oh so human. The emotional stakes are obvious and it's so easy to be invested in the outcomes for Abby and her friends. Plus there are horses!

- Kendall


The Mythics #1: Marina and the Kraken (Staff Pick)

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The Mythics #1: Marina and the Kraken By Lauren Magaziner, Mirelle Ortega (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lauren Magaziner, Mirelle Ortega (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780063058873
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 2nd, 2023

Lauren Magaziner's magical adventures will keep you laughing from beginning to end -- and you'll also be cheering on Marina and her squad as they tackle a dangerous quest to save the kingdom. (And for avid series readers, Mythics book #2 just came out!)

- Pia: Writer in Residence


Darius the Great Is Not Okay (Staff Pick)

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Darius the Great Is Not Okay By Adib Khorram Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780525552970
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Penguin Books - August 20th, 2019

Darius struggles to fit in, in America and in Iran. And he worries he'll never quite fit in - then he meets Sohrab, his first Real friend. You will love their dynamic. And I think you'll love the way Adib Khorram portrays depression.

- Kendall


This Time It's Real (Staff Pick)

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This Time It's Real By Ann Liang Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338827118
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Scholastic Press - February 7th, 2023

This Time It's Real is a YA rom-com following an aspiring writer who accidentally goes viral for a personal essay about her made-up love life. Swaying on the power line between heart-wrenching angst and laugh-out-loud hilarity, TTIR is an authentic portrait of fear, loneliness, the bone-ache sadness of not having a place to call "home," and what it means to love even and especially when you're scared, even and especially when it hurts.

- Cindy


Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards (Staff Pick)

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Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards By Susan Tan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250797001
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 25th, 2023

In this delightful and heart-wrenching chapter book, our hero Mo sets out to lay the ghost of an elephant to rest - while battling her family's expectations, her community's racism, and her own worst impulses. Susan Tan is a genius!!

- Piera


Make Way (Staff Pick)

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Make Way: The Story of Robert McCloskey, Nancy Schön, and Some Very Famous Ducklings By Angela Burke Kunkel, Claire Keane (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Angela Burke Kunkel, Claire Keane (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593373354
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Random House Studio - April 11th, 2023

If you’ve spent any amount of time in Boston, there’s a good chance you’ve visited the Make Way for Ducklings statue in the Common. This book tells the story of how that statue came to be complete with some beautiful illustrations, making it the perfect souvenir for a Boston trip or companion for the original beloved picture book.

- Katherine


The Elevator (Staff Pick)

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The Elevator By Yael Frankel, Yael Frankel (Illustrator), Kit Maude (Translator) Cover Image
By Yael Frankel, Yael Frankel (Illustrator), Kit Maude (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781734783902
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Tapioca Stories - November 24th, 2020

This is a very clever little book with a clever little design. Make sure to check out the inside back cover!**

- Catherine

**supplied by a variety of staff members


Our Incredible Library Book (and the wonderful journeys it took) (Staff Pick)

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Our Incredible Library Book (and the Wonderful Journeys It Took) By Caroline Crowe, John Joseph (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Caroline Crowe, John Joseph (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781782507413
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Floris Books - April 4th, 2023

Celebrate the magic of sharing a book with this joyful journey and colorful illustrations! While you share this book with your young reader, you'll fall in love with public libraries all over again :)

- Manasa


Skandar and the Unicorn Thief (Staff Pick)

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Skandar and the Unicorn Thief By A.F. Steadman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665912730
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2022

Read this book if you liked Wilderlore, Eragon, or stories set at magic schools. Bond with a unicorn who acts like dragons, compete in races, and buckle up for an adventure whose sequel is conveniently out this month!

- Murphy


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