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The Book of Cold Cases (Staff Pick)

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The Book of Cold Cases By Simone St. James Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780440000235
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Published: Berkley - February 28th, 2023

Nobody creates atmosphere quite like St. James. Whether the sun is out or not, a heavy, gray mist hangs over the totality of this story. Perfect for the reader who enjoys their true crime podcasts with a side of ghosts and muddy suspense.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


Thirteens (Staff Pick)

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Thirteens (The Secrets of Eden Eld #1) By Kate Alice Marshall Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593117040
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 3rd, 2021

Eden Eld is small town with a dark secret: the kids keep disappearing. Can Eleanor, Pip, and Otto stop the cycle before they're the next to go? Fans of Stranger Things, rejoice! Perfectly twisted and delightfully Halloween-y.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


Dearborn (Staff Pick)

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Dearborn By Ghassan Zeineddine Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781959030294
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Published: Tin House Books - September 5th, 2023

Seriously hilarious. Set in my hometown of Dearborn, MI, this one is close to my heart. Zeineddine crafts each of his short stories with nuance, humor, and humanity, speaking not only to the Arab American experience, but also to the neither-here-nor-there feeling of the diaspora, and more generally, what it means to reconcile individuality with community. As the saying goes, a focus is not an exclusion, and this beautiful Arab work has something to offer everyone.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


I Was So Mad (Staff Pick)

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I Was So Mad (Little Critter) (Look-Look) By Mercer Mayer (Illustrator), Ron Miller Cover Image
By Mercer Mayer (Illustrator), Ron Miller
$5.99
ISBN: 9780307119391
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2000

It has been more than thirty years since my dad first read me this book and then read it again...and again. As a Little Critter, I was constantly frustrated by being told no, whether I wanted to keep the stray dog I found in the neighborhood or paint the furniture with bubblegum nail polish. This book soothed my soul and gave me the language I needed to talk about my feelings. Perfect for the Little Critter in your life who may need help with the concept of "just because you can doesn't mean you should."

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


Shades of Grey: A Novel (Staff Pick)

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Shades of Grey: A Novel By Jasper Fforde Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143118589
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 2011

The Giver meets 1984. In a world where social standing is determined by which colors you can perceive, what happens when a person who sees red falls in love with a lowly Grey...and she wants nothing more than to see him dead? Fforde's brilliant plotting will take you on a ride, and his immaculately timed wit will leave you wondering if you are, in fact, reading a dystopia.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


Bone Gap (Staff Pick)

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Bone Gap By Laura Ruby Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062317629
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 26th, 2016

A man with a face no one can remember. A missing mother. Magic. Mystery. Small-town charm. The plot will grip you in the moment, but the way the book feels—something I can't quite name—will stay with you long after.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


The St. Ambrose School for Girls (Staff Pick)

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The St. Ambrose School for Girls By Jessica Ward, J.R. Ward Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982194864
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Published: Gallery Books - July 11th, 2023

I fell in love with the main character and her roommate, and I was captivated by every plot thread in this story. The tension is immaculate and the resolution satisfying. Pick up this book for the scandal, the conflict, the lovable characters, and the dark academia. Keep it glued to your face for the poignant discussion of how people with mental illness are treated by society...and by their own minds.

-Meghan, Writer in Residence


The Great American Whatever (Staff Pick)

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The Great American Whatever By Tim Federle Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481404105
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 25th, 2017

Quinn is the kind of protagonist you love to hate but soon just love. His story is one of raw emotion, loss, and plenty of sarcasm. As he tries to figure out life after the death of his sister, he learns just how important it is to have a best friend---and to be one too. And he also learns that having a fun crush on a stunning boy can certainly lift the spirits. Not every lesson has to be a serious one.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


Winterhouse (Staff Pick)

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Winterhouse By Ben Guterson, Chloe Bristol (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ben Guterson, Chloe Bristol (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250294197
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Published: Square Fish - October 30th, 2018

An adventure, a mystery, and a series of puzzles all rolled into one story! If you enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society, Greenglass House, or Ravenfall, you'll love Winterhouse. Join Elizabeth Somers as she is mysteriously sent away to a majestic hotel full of interesting people. When she comes across a book of puzzles in the hotel library, she makes it her mission to solve the problems within it so that she can figure out what exactly is going on in Winterhouse. Because things there are definitely...not normal.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


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