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An Atlas of Afterlives: Discover Underworlds, Otherworlds and Heavenly Realms (Lost Atlases) By Emily Hawkins, Manasawee Rojanaphan (Illustrator) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780711280861
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - October 31st, 2023

Folklore and beliefs of the hereafter for those chilly winter nights (or for the scary, oddly warm ones).

- Stacey


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The Jules Verne Prophecy By Larry Schwarz, Iva-Marie Palmer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316349819
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - June 27th, 2023

If you're looking for a fun fantasy read for a middle grader, can't go wrong with a Wendy staff pick. ~ c/o Stacey

- Wendy


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How to Make Friends: A Bear's Guide By Cat Rabbit Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781922610560
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Published: Berbay Publishing - June 6th, 2023

Why is the Koala so big? Why does the one pal have glasses? Adorable mysteries of the universe. ~ c/o Stacey

- Tony


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The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536223361
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Published: Candlewick - July 11th, 2023

A folktale the way only Jon Klassen can tell it. A treat for the type of child who loves Halloween and mixing potions in the kitchen sink (or the type of adult who used to be that child). Sometimes a happy ending is you and your skull buddy living in an old castle.

- Katherine


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Moominland Midwinter (Moomins #5) By Tove Jansson, Tove Jansson (Illustrator), Thomas Warburton (Translated by) Cover Image
By Tove Jansson, Tove Jansson (Illustrator), Thomas Warburton (Translated by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780312625412
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Published: Square Fish - August 31st, 2010

Nothing says winter to me like Moomins. Make them your tradition with this lovely little book, full of heartwarming illustrations.

- Jen


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Dragons and Marshmallows: Zoey and Sassafras #1 By Asia Citro, Marion Lindsay (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Asia Citro, Marion Lindsay (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781943147090
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Published: Innovation Press - March 14th, 2017

Not just fun, but also educational, Zoey and Sassafrass is a cute story of a little girl who loves science. When she finds out that she can see magical creatures just like her mom, Zoey decides to follow in her footsteps and help sick creatures in need of help. Dr. Dolittle would be proud!

- Halle


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Jellicoe Road By Melina Marchetta Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780061431852
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Published: HarperTeen - March 9th, 2010

This is beautiful and heartbreaking story that I have thought about since I read it.... 8 years ago. Filled with beautiful friendships and romance, this book makes you feel like you are a part of the story and a part of the freindship... and then it will take it all away and make you cry. But even if your not into emotinal turmoil, there is also a dark and twisty mystery . So basically this book has everything.

- Emma


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Gwen & Art Are Not in Love: A Novel By Lex Croucher Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250847218
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Published: Wednesday Books - November 28th, 2023

Escapist literature meets a brilliant King Arthur retelling in this sweeping queer YA rom-com! Following two (reluctantly bethrothed) friends who find themselves entangled in a series of secrets with the potential to usurp their lives, Gwen & Not Are Not In Love chronicles an exciting and heartwarming adventure through the medieval world.

- Cindy


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The Writers: Portraits By Laura Wilson, Charles McGrath (Foreword by), Louise Erdrich (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Laura Wilson, Charles McGrath (Foreword by), Louise Erdrich (Introduction by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780300257786
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Published: Yale University Press - October 18th, 2022

You will need to buy two of these: one for a gift, and one for yourself.  These stunning black-and-white photographs of almost every contemporary writer you could think of, photographed not only in portraiture but in their libraries and homes, with their families and friends and dogs, and in the magnificent outdoors.  We know these authors through their books, but these images seem to bring us into their inner lives and selves in a way that the written word alone could never capture.

- David


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The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi: A new fantasy series set a thousand years before The City of Brass By Shannon Chakraborty Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780062963505
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Published: Harper Voyager - February 28th, 2023

Looking for an excellent fantasy novel for a swashbuckling friend in your life? You've found it.

- Connor


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I'll Go and Come Back By Rajani LaRocca, Sara Palacios (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rajani LaRocca, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536207170
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Published: Candlewick - March 29th, 2022

Distance and language are no barriers to the very special bond between grandparent and grandchild in this sweet story of Jyoti and her grandmother. Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award this year.

- Ellen


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Flower Fairies Magical Doors By Cicely Mary Barker Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780723263517
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Published: Warne - March 19th, 2009

With beautiful illustrations and interactive pop-ups, this book is about as magical as it gets. I remember getting a book like this for Christmas as a kid, and I wouldn’t open another gift for hours! This book is the perfect gift for any kid, or adult, who loves to keep magic alive all year!

- Emma


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The Annotated Arabian Nights: Tales from 1001 Nights (The Annotated Books) By Yasmine Seale (Translated by), Paulo Lemos Horta (Editor), Paulo Lemos Horta (Introduction by), Omar El Akkad (Foreword by), Robert Irwin (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Yasmine Seale (Translated by), Paulo Lemos Horta (Editor), Paulo Lemos Horta (Introduction by), Omar El Akkad (Foreword by), Robert Irwin (Afterword by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781631493638
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Published: Liveright - November 16th, 2021

A delightful edition of one of the world's great story collections. Between Yasmine Seale’s translation, Paul Lemos Horta’s commentary, and the many artworks and illustrations, you won’t find a better introduction to to these tales.
- James


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What's in a Dumpling, Grandma? By Linda Meeker, Sandra Eide (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Linda Meeker, Sandra Eide (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781400244225
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Published: Tommy Nelson - November 7th, 2023

A heartwarming & beautifully illustrated story of two children learning how to make dumplings with their grandma!

- Alyssa


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Scandinavian from Scratch: A Love Letter to the Baking of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden [A Baking Book] By Nichole Accettola Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781984861948
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 3rd, 2023

A good cookie recipe shouldn't have more ingredients than servings. Nichole Accettola takes that to heart.

- John


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