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Starfell 1 Willow Moss and the Lost Day

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062879400
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Published: HarperCollins - January 28th, 2020

 

A fun jaunt about a young witch who is continuously underestimated and saves the day (quite literally). Great for a smile and giving your mind a rest for a bit from…everything. Contains combustible, cat-like monsters who live under beds.

Stacey


Somewhere Only We Know

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$9.99
ISBN: 9781250250780
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Published: Square Fish - May 5th, 2020

 

This is such a feel-good book that I want everyone to read it. Lucky is the biggest K-pop star, Jack works for the tabloids, they eat amazing food in Hong Kong, and I just don't know what else there is. I am very food motivated and there are lots of good food in this book, amongst a rom-com feel to the plot.

Sinny


The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781624149528
Availability: On Order at the Warehouse
Published: Page Street Kids - May 5th, 2020

I've been searching for a book with the same vibe as A Knight's Tale forever, and fellow readers, this one delivers. This fun modern take features a diverse cast and a gutsy protagonist who's ready to smash the patriarchy with a stick. ("It's called a lance... hello!")

Kate


Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062839053
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 7th, 2019

In Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, Sonali Dev creates a vibrant modern Pride and Prejudice retelling that manages to feel fresh. Trisha Raje is a prominent neurosurgeon and DJ Caine is a rising-star chef who quits his job and moves to California because his sister is sick. The two collide—explosively—throughout the novel, and the tension and slow burn will keep you reading and wondering what will happen even if you know how Pride and Prejudice ends. I flew through it, captured by the tension, the well-developed characters and families, and the many, many descriptions of DJ's cooking. Bonus: The sequel comes out at the end of May!

 

April

 


Clap When You Land

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780062882769
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 5th, 2020

Elizabeth Acevedo has done it again! Like in her award-winning The Poet X Acevedo gives us a beautiful, lyrical look into the life of her protagonists. What I love about this is that in spite of the gripping premise (two girls from opposite sides of the world discover they are half-sisters after their father dies) there’s such a focus on the specific lives of each main character. There are no blanket statements about the two cultures they hail from (though plenty of insights into both), just two people that seem so real they could walk off the page. 

Caleb


Eek, You Reek!

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781512482010
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Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - October 1st, 2019

This fun, dynamic collection of poems highlights animals that stink! Stellar illustrations featuring expressive animal characters and detailed backgrounds accompany each poem. With actual facts in the poems and strong back matter, this book will appeal to everyone from goofy kids to teachers.

Marika


Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

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$7.99
ISBN: 9781368023627
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - May 5th, 2020

It's rare that I find a book that so perfectly balances the drama of middle school and family problems with the drama of being able to break through the fabric of reality. Add to that the brilliant humor, a fascinating mix of characters, and the mouth-watering descriptions of Cuban food, and you've got this gem of a book. You won't soon forget it.

Shana


Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices

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By S. K. Ali (Editor), Aisha Saeed (Editor), Iman Rasheed (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419740831
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 5th, 2020

An absolute delight! So charming, bright, and uplifting. Even when there’s some drama, there’s always hope. Love for family, friends, and celebration just make for a wonderful read. The illustrator Sara Alfageeh (@thefoofinator) is also local!

Stacey


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