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Get In Trouble

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$13.60
ISBN: 9780812986495
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 9th, 2016

 

My favorites in this collection are The Summer People, The Lesson, and The New Boyfriend, but they're all fantastic (and fantastical), with strong female leads to boot.  Kelly Link has a wacky, clever, bizarre imagination. Perfect for curling up with during the next thunderstorm.

 

Catherine, Writer in Residence for Adults


Shatter the Sky

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ISBN: 9781534437906
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 30th, 2019

 

I wish I could live in the world Rebecca Kim Wells has built in SHATTER THE SKY. This book has it all: adventure; intrigue; a culture that accepts queerness without question; a protagonist who is clever, practical, determined, and impossible not to love. And, of course, DRAGONS!

Kate

 

The only thing that would make me love this book more is if it had been published 15 years ago so I could have read it over and over again as a teenager.

Shana


An Ember in the Ashes

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ISBN: 9781595148049
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Published: Razorbill - February 9th, 2016

 

An Ember in the Ashes is one of my all time favorite books. From the first chapter to the last, you will be consumed by Sabaa Tahir's fantastic writing. Right from the start, you enter the Martial Empire and the story sets off, pulling you with it.  Laia and Elias happen to be the main characters, but Helene will surprise you. And Helene is who I'm rooting for to win it all. Who will you root for?

Sinny


Wild and Crooked

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ISBN: 9781547600021
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 4th, 2019

 

Kalyn's father murdered Gus's father seventeen years ago. Or did he? In Wild and Crooked, Thomas delves into the prejudices around the murder that split their small Kentucky town and their families in half, while also deftly exploring family, social class, sexuality, homophobia, poverty, and disability in a way that never feels forced. The book avoids the trap of a Romeo and Juliet romance and instead focuses on family and friendship in a gripping, heartfelt novel of forgiveness and love.

April


Tiny T-Rex and the Impossible Hug

 

Who has teeny, tiny arms, a huge heart, and not a lot of sense? Tiny the T-Rex! Just try not to fall in love with him. Good luck with a hug though.

Stacey


Playing Changes

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ISBN: 9781101873496
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Published: Vintage - July 23rd, 2019

 

Chinen’s book is so very welcome as books about contemporary jazz are few and far between, but also because it’s terrific. Chinen puts into context each of the various directions players are taking improvisational music today with a studied thoughtfulness based upon careful listening and deep historical knowledge. The discographies bookmarking each chapter as well as his list of essential 21st century albums are good guideposts for anyone’s future listening. 

Dale 


Fever Dream

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By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780399184604
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

 

Samanta Schweblin's FEVER DREAM is exactly what the title suggests: an atmospheric drift through a nightmare world of sideways logic and slow-building horror. You'll find yourself consuming it in one sitting, double-checking the locks and turning on all the lights in the house as you go.

Kate


Age of Light

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ISBN: 9780316524087
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 5th, 2019

 

When done well - and this is certainly done well! - good historical "bio-fiction" captures their characters' essence but places them in a context of urgency, of narrative and of emotion.  This novel about photographers Lee Miller and Man Ray (she was also his model and muse), in Paris in the late 20s-early 30s, makes you feel like you know them both intimately, that you're in the room for the tempestuous and intense love, fighting, jealousy, art and passion that was their relationship and through which they produced their bewitching and important art.   

 

David 


Red Rising

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ISBN: 9780345539809
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Published: Del Rey - July 15th, 2014

 

This series is my FAVORITE thing to come out of the last decade. For everyone who's anticipating the resurrection of the Dune franchise this is "so what if exciting stuff constantly happened in Dune". But better. Just read it. If you like sci-fi even a little bit you will love it.  

Caleb


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