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These Witches Don't Burn

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780451480347
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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2020

Hannah is a witch—a real Elemental witch who can control the four elements—but even though she lives in Salem, MA, she has to keep her magic a closely guarded secret. But her life is upended when it seems that a blood witch has come to town and is threatening her coven—and she'll have to team up with her ex-girlfriend to investigate it. As the threats to the coven grow, the story becomes a fast-paced mystery with a side of romance. This was the perfect blend of sweet romance (and queerness), complex friendships, and thrilling mystery. And the second one's out now, so you can keep reading as soon as you're done—I promise you'll want to.

April


The Voting Booth

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781368053297
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - July 7th, 2020

Author, Brandy Colbert, does such a wonderful job at getting at the importance of voting, the barriers that get in the way, and navigating difficult racial conversations that needs to be addressed at any age. Marva Sheridan was the best friend I needed in high school because the importance of voting was lost on me as a teenager!

Sinny


It’s Kind of a Funny Story

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ISBN: 9780786851973
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 1st, 2007

 

In this relatable YA novel Ned Vizzini manages to take a heavy topic like mental illness and deliver it in an entertaining and comical way. This story follows a fifteen year-old boy, Craig, who is hospitalized for his depression. On his journey to recovery he meets a variety of interesting characters along the way. They are so well developed that it felt as though they might jump right out of the pages. This book gave me the best company in the days where I felt the most alone- it gave me a good share of laughs too. The intriguing setting as well as the electric character dynamics earned this book a forever place in my top 10.

Hannah


Comics: Easy as ABC!

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By Ivan Brunetti, Francoise Mouly (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781943145393
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Published: Toon Graphics - April 2nd, 2019

 

I get a lot of requests for drawing books...and it’s not just because I’m an art professor! Full of cartooning exercises, this book is great if you’re looking for a summertime activity, or know a kid who’s into comics.

Marika


Just South of Home

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ISBN: 9781534419391
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2020

 

Author Strong doesn't shy away from racial violence in this MG story, and she slams it out of the park. It's a chilling ghost story wrapped in an endearing tale of family and friendship. For kids who may not like reading non-fiction, this could be a good bridge towards discussions of White violence against Black bodies. Also all of the characters are just so adorable!

Stacey


The Belles

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ISBN: 9781484732519
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Published: Freeform - February 5th, 2019

 

They say that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but you absolutely should because this cover delivers. The Belles brings forth the neverending misconception of how beauty means good, when in reality, beauty is dark and dangerous. The world that Dhonielle Clayton creates draws you in with beauty, but darkness and an unstable society is what you end up staying for.

Sinny


Flygirl

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ISBN: 9780142417256
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Published: Penguin Books - September 16th, 2010

 

All Ida Mae Jones wants to do is fly--but her dream seems impossible until the United States enters World War II. In order to join the new women's pilot program, Ida decides to "pass" as white. But things never turn out exactly as hoped... Perfect for readers looking for a new angle on a well-covered historical period.

Rebecca


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