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Afterward

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ISBN: 9780735231894
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 19th, 2019

 

Kalanthe and Olsa were on an epic adventure a year ago. They fell in love and came back heroes. But now, Kalanthe, an apprentice knight, needs to marry to pay off her debts, and Olsa isn't rich enough to qualify. Olsa is one of the most recognized people in the kingdoms, which makes her work as a thief frustratingly difficult. Told half in flashbacks and half in the more complicated post-adventure present, this story is a fascinating exploration of the question so many high fantasy novels ignore: what comes next?

Shana


The Language of Thorns

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By Leigh Bardugo, Sara Kipin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250122520
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Published: Imprint - September 26th, 2017

 

This collection of fairytales includes both clever retellings and entirely new stories that still feel wonderfully familiar. The accompanying illustrations are beautiful, and feel as much a part of the stories as the words do. I wanted to read this over and over.

Ari


Out of Salem

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ISBN: 9781609809010
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Published: Triangle Square - March 26th, 2019

 

A delightful, literary buffet of zombies, werewolves, and other magical beasties. Most - if not all - of the consequential characters identify as at least one of the following (and potentially more): queer, trans, nonbinary. And to top it off, the ending is lovely. Though the conclusion is left open-ended enough to continue the story, it is warmly satisfying on its own and doesn't beg for a sequel.

Stacey


Boy Swallows Universe

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ISBN: 9780062898104
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Published: Harper - April 2nd, 2019

 

Wow, what a book. This book was a blockbuster success in Australia and it deserves every bit of hype.  The momentum of the writing is irresistible, the humor is both dark and laugh-out-loud, and the characters are deliciously compelling.  You won't need a bookmark because you won't put it down.

David


Middlegame

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ISBN: 9781250195524
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Published: Tor.com - May 7th, 2019

 

Roger lives for words. His sister Dodger lives for numbers. They were created to take control of the world, but first they have to figure out how to do it without losing themselves in the process. Good thing they can rewind and try again however many times they want. I read this book twice since it was published and I know I'll read it again soon. It's like Undertale crossed with Escape from Witch Mountain. It's not like anything else you've ever read.


 

Shana


The Parisian

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ISBN: 9780802129437
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Published: Grove Press - April 9th, 2019

 

Mikhat Kamal arrives in France from Nablus in 1914 to study medicine. By the time he returns to Palestine, he has been subtly & indelibly changed by his experience. The next 20 years of the story takes him through currents of early 20th century Arab nationalism, Jewish settlement, & British rule in the years before Israeli independence, all through the lens of his dominating father's pressure to marry &join the family business. The writing is expansive & poignant, the story both intimate & wide-ranging.

 

David


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