December 2013

All the Truth That’s in Me

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ISBN: 9780670786152
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2013

Judith disappears from her village and returns a couple of years later, unwilling and seemingly unable to speak. As she gains the courage and confidence to begin to communicate, her story is slowly revealed, one bit at a time.  This is an intricately crafted, well written and intriguing novel for  kids 12 and up that totally immerses the reader. And PLEASE, disregard the cover, if you can.


Open This Little Book

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By Jesse Klausmeier, Suzy Lee (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780811867832
Published: Chronicle Books - January 1st, 2013

As a fan of The Jolly Postman growing up, I have a soft spot for books-within-books. This one is a super fun construction of many nesting books, each with their own design and story! If you're of the age having graduated from board books, and are ready for picture books with simple, fun, layered stories, you should dive right into Open This Little Book. There's a ton of details to find and a great ending to satisfy.



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ISBN: 9781250030955
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 10th, 2013

Fans of Harry Potter, especially the rabid ones back in the day, will recognize this ode to fangirls of all types. This highly believable love story stars a fanfic-writing, glass-half-empty Cass as she struggles to adjust to life in college. Great characters, perfectly observed details, fab read!


Hyperbole and a Half

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ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Gallery Books - October 29th, 2013

For fans of the wildly popular blog of the same name, this book needs no introduction. For ones that haven't heard of it, take notice! Alie Brosh combines naive art with an expert eye for perspective and expression, with hilarious, hyper-personal observations.  There may be many blogs-cum-books out there, but this is certainly the most successful this year.



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ISBN: 9780399166709
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 31st, 2013

The first German word I learned was "feurzeug" ("fire" + "thing"). Keeping in this vein, Scottenfreude combines real German words to artfully create a dictionary of heretofore inexpressable feelings and experiences in English. The perfect gift for language lovers, trivia buffs, design nerds, and even Deutschsprachiger.


Willin' : The Story of Little Feat

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ISBN: 9780306821318
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Da Capo Press - November 12th, 2013

If you don’t know Little Feat you should.  If you do know Little Feat, you know that they are a band that mixes rock, R&B, soul, jazz, blues, and funk into a groove-filled gumbo of thoughtful lyrics and foot stompin’ rock & roll “some contend is bad for the body and bad for the soul.“   Here is the story of a peerless band whose contagious and unique sound is sure to be appreciated by all who are “Willin’” to Rock & Roll all night.


City of Thieves

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ISBN: 9780452295292
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2009

During the Nazi siege of Leningrad, an unlikely duo have one chance to save themselves from execution - find a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. City of Thieves is a gripping adventure and coming of age story that ricochets between comedy and tragedy on a single page.


My Mistake

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ISBN: 9780547794235
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 19th, 2013

This book had me at the introduction and never let me down.  A delightful memoir of Menaker's years fact checking at The New Yorker and as an editor at Random House, this book could let you check off a lot of names on your gift giving list.  Honest, self-effacing and humorous-a great read!


Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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ISBN: 9780316213103
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2013

Let's face it, we're all sick of vampires. But there are vampires, and then there are vampires. The vampires in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, for example, are twisted in the best of ways. Holly Black serves up one girl's quest for survival in the depths of a hedonistic world where the only thing worse than dying is going cold...and liking it. Rich language, morally ambigious characters, vampires who'd sooner slit your throat than have a conversation with you... What more could you want for your holiday season?



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