Children & YA Staff Picks

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Beholder By Ryan La Sala Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338745344
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Published: PUSH - October 3rd, 2023

Ryan La Sala's Beholder is story about art, pictureesque obsession, and the truth in a reflection buried beneath a terrifying mass-murder mystery. No one survived the party at the penthouse. Except Athan. Now the prime murder suspect, Athan is swept up in a mystery of secret occult societies and eldritch horrors. Another spooky classic from the author who managed to make bees scary!

- Engel


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Shiver-by-the-Sea 1: Bella and the Vampire (Shiver by the Sea #1) By Erin Dionne, Jenn Harney (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Erin Dionne, Jenn Harney (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781645951674
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Published: Pixel+Ink - August 1st, 2023

I absolutely tore through this sweet paranormal story of friendship. When Bella moves to Shiver-by-the-Sea with her mom, she meets Cooper and his dog Casper. The two of them soon come across a cute little bat in the theater that Bella's mom has just bought, and are shocked to discover that it's actually a young vampire named Bram! The adventure to get Bram back to his mom and dad will pull in any young kid this Halloween season! 10 out of 10 would recommend!

- Halle


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Roses & Violets (The Rosenholm Trilogy) By Gry Kappel Jensen, Sharon E. Rhodes (Translated by) Cover Image
By Gry Kappel Jensen, Sharon E. Rhodes (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781646900121
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Published: Arctis - September 26th, 2023

This magical mystery is the mashup of Harry Potter and Nancy Drew that we all have been waiting for. Filled with friendship and romance, this book had my heart and my attention from the very first page.

- Emma


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Rise of ZomBert (The Zombert Chronicles #1) By Kara LaReau, Ryan Andrews (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kara LaReau, Ryan Andrews (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536201062
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Published: Candlewick - July 14th, 2020

A middle-grade series about a cat with supernatural abilities that may or may not be a zombie? Talk about a stellar Halloween read. Follow up with books 2 & 3.

- James


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Thirteens (The Secrets of Eden Eld #1) By Kate Alice Marshall Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593117040
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 3rd, 2021

Eden Eld is small town with a dark secret: the kids keep disappearing. Can Eleanor, Pip, and Otto stop the cycle before they're the next to go? Fans of Stranger Things, rejoice! Perfectly twisted and delightfully Halloween-y.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


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Clown in a Cornfield By Adam Cesare Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062854605
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Published: HarperTeen - December 28th, 2021

[Bet their jokes are a little corny. - Stacey]

- Connor


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Monsters Never Get Haircuts By Marie-Hélène Versini, Vincent Boudgourd (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781914912733
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Published: Boxer Books - September 5th, 2023

Monsters may never get haircuts, but they do make you laugh in this fun book that fosters imagination and courage. A perfect October read!

- Jane


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Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781665900713
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 3rd, 2023

If you liked Percy Jackson, YuGiOh, or Pokemon Go, get this book! An ancient Chinese emperor gets stuck in an AR gaming headset, and an international adventure ensues! Zachary Ying is a great book for readers young at heart and young readers alike.

- Murphy


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I Love You as Big as Boston By Rose Rossner, Joanne Partis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rose Rossner, Joanne Partis (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781728274423
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Published: Hometown World - August 1st, 2023

A sweet little book filled with love and Boston!

- Alyssa


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The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt By Riel Nason, Byron Eggenschwiler (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Riel Nason, Byron Eggenschwiler (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735264472
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Published: Tundra Books - September 1st, 2020

Most of the ghosts are sheets, but one little ghost is a quilt -- and one Halloween, that's something to be proud of instead of something to hide.

- Sarah


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I Eat Poop.: A Dung Beetle Story By Mark Pett, Mark Pett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mark Pett, Mark Pett (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250785633
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 26th, 2021

Learn, laugh and life lessons - this delightful picture book brings it all. Kids will learn interesting and amazing facts about the world of bugs. They will laugh at the witty dialogue and illustrations. And they will take away the tried and true lesson of acceptance of ourselves and others. Adults will be charmed by this book as well!

- Dina


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The Garden Witch By Kyle Beaudette Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781777791841
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Published: Eye of Newt Books - October 10th, 2023

Witches, crazy plants, sentient vegetables, and a twisted twist make this a book you won't forget.

- Stacey


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The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers By Adam Sass Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593464793
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 15th, 2023

[REDACTED] Don't worry, it didn't have anything to do with the book anyway.  ~ Stacey

-- Picked by Pia, Writer in Residence


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The Rough Patch: A Caldecott Honor Award Winner By Brian Lies, Brian Lies (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brian Lies, Brian Lies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062671271
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 14th, 2018

I can still recall how eagerly I popped in my cassette tape of Fantastic Mr. Fox as I went to bed every night for weeks (yes, I’m that old). Unsurprisingly, I still have a special place in my heart for a good story about foxes. These ones have a passion for gardening. Does it get any more delightful?

- James


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The Storyteller's Handbook: 52 Illustrations to Inspire Your Own Tales and Adventures By Elise Hurst, Elise Hurst (Illustrator), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Elise Hurst, Elise Hurst (Illustrator), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781970147766
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - June 28th, 2022

A compendium of gorgeous, soulful ink-drawn story prompts to jog the whole family's imagination! Improvise during story time or instill the love of writing in young ones. Hours of wholesome, quality, analog entertainment!

- Wendy


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