2014 Staff Pick of the Year

I Capture the Castle

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ISBN: 9780312201654
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 15th, 1999

Set in a crumbling English castle populated by a quirky and delightful cast of characters, the diary entries of the witty, charismatic, and "consciously naive" Cassandra Mortmain make up a coming of age story so utterly charming that I couldn't stop smiling while reading.

Katie


The Fourteenth Goldfish

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ISBN: 9780375870644
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

When Ellie's grandfather develops an anti-aging potion that turns him into a 13-year-old boy, she acquires a new housemate, plots the rescue of a prized jellyfish, and learns what it means to be a scientist.

Sarah


The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water

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ISBN: 9780735841635
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Published: NorthSouth Books - April 5th, 2014

First-time author and illustrator Gemma Mernio makes it hard to decide which is more charming, her drawings or her text.  This book is fun right from the start, and ends with a delightful surprise!

Robin


Brown Girl Dreaming

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ISBN: 9780399252518
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2014

Brown Girl Dreaming is SUCH a wonderful, atmospheric book. I really learned to value poetry as a means to create a nuanced world, rich with detail, yet spare in words. I wanted to stay with her and never leave because she has created a living, breathing childhood. Not to be missed.

Carol


Far from You

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ISBN: 9781423184621
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

Nine months ago Sophie finally got clean. Four months ago her best friend Mina was killed in what the police think was a drug deal gone wrong. Two days ago Sophie was released from involuntary rehab with one mission: find the person who really killed Mina before they get to her too. A complex love story wrapped up in a heart-pounding mystery, for fans of Ellen Hopkins or a darker John Green.

Rebecca


Everything I Never Told You

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ISBN: 9781594205712
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Published: Penguin Press - June 26th, 2014

A heartbreaking, affecting family drama that deserves all the praise it’s gotten. Great fiction moves you to re-examine your own emotions and gives fresh insight and empathy into the situations of those around you - and this is great fiction.

Dina


Ancillary Justice

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ISBN: 9780316246620
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2013

Artificial intelligence meets human vengeance. Once Justice of Toren, a ship responsible for the lives of thousands, the soldier Breq is confined by treachery to one human body and one human mission: revenge on the ruler of the Radch empire. This debut novel swept the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and Locus awards. For fans of innovative, mind-bending science fiction.

Rebecca


The Lost Art of Dress

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ISBN: 9780465036714
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Published: Basic Books - April 29th, 2014

Even if you've never touched a sewing machine, you'll be planning a trip to the fabric store by the time you finish this history of American clothing. Dress isn't just a matter of fashion here: it's politics, domestic science, economics, and a barometer of women's roles in an evolving world.

Sarah


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