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Oraefi: The Wasteland

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By Ofeigur Sigurosson, Lytton Smith (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781941920671
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - October 2nd, 2018

 

Easy to summarize, but impossible to explain Oraefi is a strange amalgamation of explorer’s tale, travelogue, historical fiction, collection of dramatic monologues, and celebration of place names. Ostensibly the story of a scholar who nearly dies while exploring a wasteland in Iceland, the story meanders through multiple layers and narrators like a stream flowing from the glacier to the forest to the sea. It’s a wild ride, unlike anything you’ve read.

Josh


Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy

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$15.19
ISBN: 9780062795328
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 2nd, 2018

 

This is the 18th-century women-in-science pirate girl gang you've always dreamed of, tearing down ideas of patriarchy and colonialism as they swashbuckle their way across Europe and the Atlantic. Felicity is fierce, funny, and whip-smart. I didn't think I could love a book as much as Gentleman's Guide, but this one is just as good--and it's a companion novel, so you can pick this one up even if you haven't read the first one yet!

Kate


Small Spaces

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ISBN: 9780525515029
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

 

Who knew middle grade could be so delightfully spooky? Arden does a wonderful job of anchoring increasingly fantastic (and scary) situations in fleshed-out, vivid characters; readers will surely grow invested in Ollie's journey to find freedom, family, and a way out of the grip of fearful scarecrows!

Caleb


Merci Suárez Changes Gears

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ISBN: 9780763690496
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Published: Candlewick - September 11th, 2018

 

Merci has a lot of things going on as she enters sixth grade--bossy Edna Santos has a crush on her school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, her beloved grandfather Lolo is forgetting things, and to top it off, she's not allowed to try out for the school soccer team! At least her family is on her side. Meg Medina perfectly captures the worst and best of middle school in this satisfying and extremely relatable coming of age tale.

Rebecca


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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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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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


The Last Poets

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By Christine Otten, Jonathan Reeder (Translator)
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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


We

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By Yevgeny Zamyatin, Natasha Randall (Translated by), Bruce Sterling (Foreword by)
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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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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


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