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Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy

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$15.19
ISBN: 9780062795328
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 2nd, 2018

 

This is the 18th-century women-in-science pirate girl gang you've always dreamed of, tearing down ideas of patriarchy and colonialism as they swashbuckle their way across Europe and the Atlantic. Felicity is fierce, funny, and whip-smart. I didn't think I could love a book as much as Gentleman's Guide, but this one is just as good--and it's a companion novel, so you can pick this one up even if you haven't read the first one yet!

Kate


Small Spaces

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$13.59
ISBN: 9780525515029
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

 

Who knew middle grade could be so delightfully spooky? Arden does a wonderful job of anchoring increasingly fantastic (and scary) situations in fleshed-out, vivid characters; readers will surely grow invested in Ollie's journey to find freedom, family, and a way out of the grip of fearful scarecrows!

Caleb


Check Please Hockey

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$19.19
ISBN: 9781250177957
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: First Second - September 18th, 2018

 

When I first came across this webcomic, I was not expecting to love it as much as I do. It's about college hockey, something I care very little about. But it quickly won me over. Bitty is a figure skater from Georgia who ends up on the Samwell Hockey team. He has to learn to navigate real hockey with real checking while struggling with his sexuality, college culture, and baking enough pies to feed a small army. This comic is both delightful and heartwarming.

Shana


Merci Suárez Changes Gears

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$13.59
ISBN: 9780763690496
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Published: Candlewick - September 11th, 2018

 

Merci has a lot of things going on as she enters sixth grade--bossy Edna Santos has a crush on her school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, her beloved grandfather Lolo is forgetting things, and to top it off, she's not allowed to try out for the school soccer team! At least her family is on her side. Meg Medina perfectly captures the worst and best of middle school in this satisfying and extremely relatable coming of age tale.

Rebecca


Animus

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$13.59
ISBN: 9781626721838
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Published: First Second - May 8th, 2018

 

Set in a seemingly normal playground, this eerie, Japanese-inspired ghost story follows two school children who attempt to rid their space of a mask-wearing shade. The story will chill your spine, and the impeccable illustrations will thrill your eyes. Perfect for an October evening full of shadows and shivering trees.

Marika


Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

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$13.59
ISBN: 9781101997260
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 21st, 2018

 

With problems at school looming, Marcus convinces his mom to spend a week visiting family in Puerto Rico. He plans to track down his estranged father while they're on the island, but things don't quite go the way he hopes.

Sarah


How to Make a Spaceship

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How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight Cover Image
By Julian Guthrie, Richard Branson (Preface by), Stephen Hawking (Afterword by)
$22.40
ISBN: 9781594206726
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Penguin Press - September 20th, 2016

 

Introduces you to all the people who watched the moon landing and said "That’s what I want to do with my life," with or without NASA.

John


Investigating Lois Lane

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Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet's Ace Reporter Cover Image
$15.16
ISBN: 9781613733325
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Published: Chicago Review Press - March 1st, 2016

 

Lois Lane has existed in comics as long as Superman and is just as iconic. At her best, she's a tough-as-nails reporter risking life and limb to get a story. At her worst, she's a ditzy damsel in distress. Learn the turbulent 80-year history of the woman only a man of steel could keep up with her, and see how she has reflected and inspired real women in the ongoing battle for gender equality.

 

Shana


Ask Baba Yaga

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Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781449486815
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 26th, 2017

 

Some of the questions posed are very traditional for an advice column, but the responses are all earthy, poetic, and a little sinister. I can easily picture Baba Yaga's claws clacking away as she type up her response. I enjoy the raw, truthfulness of some of the answers, but just a reminder that Baba Yaga is not an actual therapist. (This book was featured on BitchReads' list of "11 Books to Hex the Patriarchy" last October.)

Stacey


The Last Poets

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By Christine Otten, Jonathan Reeder (Translator)
$14.39
ISBN: 9781642860030
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Published: World Editions - October 2nd, 2018

 

How does history become mythology? How do people become legends? What are the borders of poetry and performance and what do we see when we swagger along those jagged edges? The Last Poets were real people; poets & performers at the very roots of hip hop who lived, suffered, and fought with America’s racism. Like the best biopics, Otten’s novel tells the stories of these specific lives in a way that speaks volumes about the world that surrounds them and us.

Josh


The Night of the Gun

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The Night of the Gun: A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life. His own. Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9781416541530
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 2nd, 2009

 

New York Times reporter David Carr was a giant in his field, covering media and culture, and starring in the award-winning documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times. This book, his investigation into his own past, is grim and gripping and champions the merit and potential of individuals veiled by the label and struggle of addiction.

 

Molly


Woman World

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$19.96
ISBN: 9781770463356
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 11th, 2018

 

This quietly hysterical collection of comics is set in a world where men, through dwindling birthrates, have disappeared. With a unique cast of characters, Dhaliwal manages to both critique society and deliver a lot of laughs.

Marika


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