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07/22/2015 - 12:32pm
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples

Growing into womanhood is a very hard experience for Shabanu and her beautiful sister Phulan. They belong to a nomadic culture in Pakistan where it is absolutely normal for 12- and 13-year-old girls to be married off to older men.

07/22/2015 - 12:33pm
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I’m not sure I’ve read a book as simultaneously uplifting and horrifying as The Book Thief. Perhaps this is not too surprising as it’s narrated by Death himself.

07/23/2015 - 12:31pm
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Louie is a picture-book character who notices the little details. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story begins to tell Louie's tale, but the book does not get very far before our hero discovers a startling fact that derails the entire story. There's a big, nasty jelly stain on the page!

03/04/2015 - 7:39am
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

This heart-pounding, supernatural masterpiece follows the story of worn-down rock god, Judas Coyne, who spends most of his accumulated millions collecting macabre and horror memorabilia on eBay.

07/22/2015 - 12:34pm
The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman

Marjorie Burke was angry. Her little sister had married an Orthodox Jew and seemed to change overnight from a fun-loving, normal, naughty girl into a serious wife and mother—and a very religious one, in keeping with her new husband’s beliefs. As a grad student immersed in ancient stories of the White Rebbe, a Jewish holy man and magician, Majorie has an academic historian’s point of view on legends. She never expected them to come calling in real life or to have to face down a supernatural being called The Angel of Losses on her own.

07/22/2015 - 12:35pm
The Laura Line by Crystal Allen

Welcome—or not—to middle school. Laura Eboni Dyson and her best friend, Sage, are trying to make the most of a tough year. Both love fashion, and both are bigger than average. It’s hard to feel “runway ready” when the kids call you Fat Larda. But Laura and Sage are gifted in other amazing ways. And Laura discovers she is part of the incredible Laura Line.

07/23/2015 - 12:30pm
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole is exactly what it sounds like. Two boys start digging a massive hole to see what they might find. Such an activity is a tried and true milestone for any child explorer, but few make it as deep as this pair does.  

07/23/2015 - 12:30pm
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

The Terrible Two is a devious satire of middle school life where no one is spared. Miles Murphy was the prankster king at his old school, then he had to move to boring, old Yawnee Valley, famous for its abundant cow population. Miles is not happy. He will have to establish his pranking cred all over again.

02/25/2015 - 9:10pm
The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

With The Last American Vampire, author Seth Grahame-Smith has finally divulged the afterlife and unpredictable fate of Lincoln’s undead friend, vampire Henry Sturges, first encountered in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

07/22/2015 - 12:36pm
From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island by Lorna Goodison

From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island, by Lorna Goodison, is a lyric examination of past generations living in the cityscapes and countryside of Jamaica. Ms. Goodison looks at her family’s strengths and strayings with loving, wise eyes.

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