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Mortification of Fovea Munson

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By Mary Winn Heider, Chi Birmingham (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484780541
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 5th, 2018

 

A darkly comedic middle-grade novel that will probably appeal to fans of "The Green Ribbon," both children and adults who enjoy children's fiction. I would probably not recommend for the easily queasy.

Stacey


Animus

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$16.99
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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$16.99
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)
$28.00
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
$18.95
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
$14.99
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)
$17.99
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
$17.00
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


How to Be a Good Creature

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By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780544938328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

 

Sy Montgomery, in her utterly charming new memoir, attempts to answer the question “What have animals taught me about life”. Her life’s work and passion has brought her into contact with creatures as varied as tarantulas and hyenas, emus and octopus, each in their own way a marvel and each with something to teach about how to make one’s way in this wondrous world

Dale


We

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By Yevgeny Zamyatin, Natasha Randall (Translated by), Bruce Sterling (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812974621
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Published: Modern Library - July 11th, 2006

 

Who knew that a sci fi dystopian novel could be reminiscent of Dostoevsky or Tolstoy? Written under an oppressive Soviet State, WE is eerily relevant still. Powerfully human, Zamyatin's political novel could have been written yesterday to reflect on the world we live in.

 

Matthew


Little & Lion

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780316349017
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 3rd, 2018

 

This is a captivating, beautiful YA novel that explores family, sexuality, identity, and dealing with a loved one's mental illness with compassion and insight, but also with raw honesty in depicting the realities of Suzette's life. This was the rare contemporary fiction YA that I couldn't put down and read in one sitting.

April


Phoebe and Her Unicorn

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$9.99
ISBN: 9781449446208
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 2nd, 2014

 

Phoebe meets Marigold when she accidentally hits her with a rock. Magical misadventures follow as the unicorn whose favorite activity is staring at herself in a pond becomes best friends with this scrappy, nerdy kid that isn't above asking for a little magical aid for her problems, even when it inevitably goes wrong. Like Calvin and Hobbes for the 21st century.

Shana


We Regret to Inform You

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781524773700
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 21st, 2018

 

Mischa Abramavicius is the perfect student, so why have all of her college applications (even her safety school!) ended in rejections? Is it a sign that she’s thrown all her eggs in the wrong academic basket? Or is she the victim of a cruel conspiracy? Maybe it’s a bit of both. Kaplan’s follow-up to Grendel’s Guide to Love and War (go read that too, it’s great) is the perfect back-to-school read, expertly blending the whip-smart dialogue of Gilmore Girls with some classic, hard-boiled detective work.

Caleb


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