Staff Picks

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The Death of Vivek Oji

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$21.60
ISBN: 9780525541608
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020

The way these characters and this family unfold around you is both exhilarating and tender. There's a feeling of both incredible momentum and a peaceful stillness that should be at odds with each other in one book, yet they dovetail together to celebrate the mingled beauty and terror of life and mortality, in particular one life: that of the unique and wonderful and tragic Vivek Oji.

Leila


Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

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$15.16
ISBN: 9781643790466
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Published: Tu Books - June 30th, 2020

A missing diamond! Mystery across two continents (and several languages)! A tour around all of the neatest attractions of Paris, with plenty of shenanigans and sleuthing along the way. This story has tons of fun, plenty of fascinating tidbits, and my new favorite girl detective. Julieta immediately feels like a classic children's lit star!

Caleb


When Aidan Became a Brother

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By Kyle Lukoff, Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator)
$15.16
ISBN: 9781620148372
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Published: Lee & Low Books - June 4th, 2019

There are a lot of stories about cis children dealing with getting a younger sibling. Aidan's feelings are extra complicated because people keep asking his parents what gender the baby will be, and they didn't know his real gender until he was old enough to tell them. He wants everything to be perfect from the start for this baby! A beautifully written and illustrated book great for children of any gender.

Shana


The Boy in the Field

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$21.59
ISBN: 9780062946393
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Published: Harper - August 11th, 2020

Once again Margot Livesey (Mercury, The Flight of Gemma Hardy) soars with her latest novel, The Boy in the Field. Lyrically written with her usual elegant prose, this book, ostensibly a mystery, is far more than that; it’s literary fiction at its best with subtle twists and turns of plot and characters who strive to understand the ways of the world.


Action Park

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$13.60
ISBN: 9780143134510
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Published: Penguin Books - June 30th, 2020

Long ago, back when theme parks were open, back when crowds would fill them up, there was a park so wild and so dangerous people wore the scars it inflicted like badges of honor. This is the story of someone who worked there over the summers.

John


The House in the Cerulean Sea

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$15.19
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

Utterly charming. Featuring outcast weirdo children that will win your heart and a deeply satisfying romance, with a side of rising up against injustice. This book feels as familiar in tone as putting on an old favorite sweater while still managing to bring something new and special. A great comfort read!

Shana


Silver in the Wood

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$9.59
ISBN: 9781250229793
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Because of how it is sold to us we cannot accept a return of this title.
Published: Tordotcom - June 18th, 2019

A beautifully fresh story wearing the garb of classic fantasy. I adored this queer novella--and best of all, there's a sequel to devour once you've finished this one!

Rebecca


A Girl is a Body of Water

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$22.36
ISBN: 9781951142049
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Published: Tin House Books - September 1st, 2020

Makumbi writes small stories that somehow encompass the entire world, turning the story of one one woman into an x-ray revealing the bones of society. Broken bones. Healed bones. Brittle bones. Strong bones. Powerful and wise, A Girl is a Body of Water is like a long conversation with an elder; the struggle of life is no less difficult at the end, but you feel you understand it more and can struggle better tomorrow.

Josh


How it Feels to Float

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ISBN: 9780525554363
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2020

After we lost my dad, this was the first book I could actually read and finish. The main character resonated with me and felt so human. Though the subject matter is difficult (and somewhat taboo), the author approaches it with a tender hand and a courageous heart. I owe her a debt of gratitude for helping to anchor me when all I could do was float. CW: Suicide, mental illness

Stacey


Skunk and Badger

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By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$15.16
ISBN: 9781643750057
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

This charmingly quirky novel begs to be read aloud. Featuring illustrations by Jon Klassen, it's the perfect book for curling up around (with a bowl of popcorn, and maybe a chicken to cuddle). Like Frog & Toad or Wallace & Gromit, Skunk & Badger are certain to be beloved.

Marika


Where the Wild Ladies Are

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By Aoko Matsuda, Polly Barton (Translator)
$13.56
ISBN: 9781593766900
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Published: Soft Skull Press - October 20th, 2020

Enthralling, smart, and relatable, these stories offer commentary on society, gender, and power...and feature ghosts. Each story in this book is a retelling of a traditional Japanese ghost tale. A thin thread connects them, growing gradually stronger until the end, making this a superb choice for those novel-enthusiasts looking to try more short stories.

Marika


A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

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ISBN: 9781534471245
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - November 10th, 2020

Lila's plans go awry when a series of losses sends her reeling and leads to her parents sending her from her beloved Miami to a small, medieval town in England to stay with family friends. Lila is determined to get home, but she soon finds new friends, a job baking at her aunt's inn, and a sweet romance with her tour-guide-turned-crush. A blend of delicious food, heart-squeezing romance, and a palpable feeling of love and warmth will keep you reading and make you want to stay in Lila's world even after you've turned the last page.

April


Fangs

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$11.99
ISBN: 9781524860677
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 1st, 2020

What are the holidays but a time for spooks? A Christmas Carol came out of the English tradition of ghost stories at Christmas, and I for one think we should bring that back. Fangs might not raise the hairs on your neck, but this endearing story about the love between a vampire and a werewolf will warm your heart. 

Meaghan


RUINSONG

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780374313357
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - November 24th, 2020

Cadence's voice can kill--literally. A powerful young mage, she serves the tyrant Queen Elene by keeping the people of Bordea in line. But when she reconnects with a childhood friend, she must find the strength to stand up for what she believes in. Beautiful writing, a lovely slow burn queer romance, toppling a tyrant--what more could you want?

Rebecca


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