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Fablehaven

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By Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9781416947202
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Published: Aladdin - April 24th, 2007

Two middle-schoolers think they're doomed to a boring summer, stuck at their grandparents' house in rural Vermont ... until their grandparents turn out to be hiding a preserve for magical creatures! One of my all-time favorite books, and the start to an absolutely amazing series. Fablehaven is the perfect summer fantasy adventure in the style of Narnia.

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Ritual

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$21.59
ISBN: 9781683648208
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Published: Sounds True - April 26th, 2022

If you want one witchy book for your shelf, pick this one. If you have a shelf of witchy books, then this is the perfect addition. Unlike other magical reference books, Damien & Lorri stay grounded, and a big section of this book is dedicated breathing and grounding exercises! Great for newbies, experts, and curious kids alike.

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Animalia

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$21.95
ISBN: 9780810918689
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 1987

 

Animalia is like an I Spy book mixed with a beautifully illustrated word game! I used to love pouring over Graeme's drawings for hours, figuring out how each item in the pictures tied back to the alphabet letter represented by the page spread. As an adult, I love helping kids figure out new vocab words by pointing out details in the illustrations! 

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Godl

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By Rumi, Haleh Liza Gafori (Translated by), Haleh Liza Gafori (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781681375335
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Published: NYRB Classics - March 8th, 2022

 

For folks unfamiliar with Rumi, Haleh Liza's translation is the perfect introduction. Rumi was a Muslim poet in 13th cen. Persia, and his work has often been translated by westerners who struggled with the original language. Haleh's translation is vibrant and accessible, and through her skill with both languages, she offers readers a glimpse at the love Rumi held for his friend and teacher, Shams, which echoes through the centuries. Even as someone who doesn't usually enjoy poetry, this collection has served as a source of joy. I can't recommend it enough. 

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How Emotions Are Made

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ISBN: 9781328915436
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 13th, 2018

If you've ever wanted an owner's manual for your brain, this book is for you. Barrett busts common myths about "universal" emotions that everyone experiences, and she bases her arguments in excellent critiques of classic studies, as well as her own research. For skeptics of freudian & pop psychology, her theory of human emotion is a (mindbending) breath of fresh air! This book gave me a way to love my biology and changed my life in a way that many self-help books promise but few deliver.

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Miss Rumphius

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ISBN: 9780670479580
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - November 8th, 1982

Miss Rumphius is an illustrated classic from the '80s and a perfect Spring read. The story follows the Lupine Lady, who planted flowers far and wide out of a life-long desire to leave the world a little bit better than she found it. This book stuck with me as an example of how any of us are capable of making positive, long-lasting change: You don't have to change everything to change the world.

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Abarat

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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.

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Special Topics in Being a Human

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ISBN: 9781551528540
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 12th, 2021

If you've ever felt dissatisfied with an apology, or struggled to remember someone's pronouns, or grappled with a big decision, this book is for you!  Self help books are great in theory, but in practice, it's often hard to find time to sit down and read them through. Bear's book is illustrated and broken into manageable chunks, so it's easy to pick up and set down for folks who are overscheduled or struggle with attention span (or both, like me)! Best of all, he even includes handy cheatsheets at the end of each topic, so you can snap a picture and take the highlights with you for later when you've forgotten the details. 

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