Staff Picks

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The Enigma Game

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781368012584
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2020

After Louisa Adair's parents are killed in the Blitz, she goes to Scotland to take care of an elderly German woman, and crosses paths with characters from Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief, along with a secret German encryption device.

Sarah


Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

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$15.19
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


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


No Fuzzball!

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By Isabella Kung, Isabella Kung (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338565423
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Published: Orchard Books - August 4th, 2020

NoFuzzball knows her family loves her by how often they shout her name. But when they vanish for several whole days, are they gone forever? Time to remodel like only a cat can to make sure they know SHE loves them too. Perfect for cat lovers and destruction lovers of all ages.

Shana


Storm the Earth

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781534454507
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 13th, 2020

The finale of Rebecca Kim Wells's Shatter the Sky duology is even more exciting, smart, complex, and (most importantly) full of dragons! Missed the first book? It's Porter Square Books's 2020 Staff Pick of the Year, so you can currently pick them BOTH up for 20% off!

Kate


Once and Future

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780316449267
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 4th, 2020

Once & Future is a fast-paced, fun, and witty space fantasy. Ari is a refugee from the planet Ketch, an outlaw running from the tyrannical Mercer corporation, and, oh yeah, the 42nd reincarnation of King Arthur. A queer retelling of a classic myth where the Big Bad is Fantasy-Amazon, this book checks all my boxes. It is filled with hope and family and heart-wrenching friendships, this is a book about rising up against powers and governments that seem insurmountable. Definitely a book I will be revisiting this month.  

Katherine


Proudest Blue

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By Ibtihaj Muhammad, Hatem Aly (Illustrator), S. K. Ali (With)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316519007
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

 

The Proudest Blue made me smile.  It’s lovely to see so many kids books celebrating different cultures! I think people of any age could benefit from reading this uplifting story of sisterly love and being proud of who you are.

Aria


Boy in the Red Dress

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780593113684
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 12th, 2020

 

This has all the fun of film noir, but instead of black and white, this one's full color. Our femme fatale is a man who performs in drag at a speakeasy and our detective is his best friend who's determined to prove him innocent. It's got grit and snark and a full picture of the non-white, non-straight, non-male corners of 1930, and both the struggles they faced and the places where they could cut loose. I don't usually get to see myself in this genre. This is a welcome exception.

Shana


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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By Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062682826
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Published: HarperCollins - July 25th, 2017

 

These stories are the epitome of Halloween and are enjoyable for all ages. They are sure to have you both sleeping with one eye open and laughing. In this collection, you will find stories that range from classic to creepy to comical, but don’t be fooled, these stories will stick with you forever.

Hannah


Daughters of Ys

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By M. T. Anderson, Jo Rioux (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781626728783
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Published: First Second - August 11th, 2020

 

A kingdom built on magic that sits precariously on the coast's edge, nefarious deeds in dark rooms, witchcraft and severed heads; this beautiful graphic novel has all the trappings of a good dark and spooky story, but at it's depths it has a heart.

Meaghan


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