Alice Hoffman’s striking dream of a novel is based on the life of Rachel Pomie Petit Pissarro and her favorite son—a man who would become the famed father of impressionist painting. Growing up in a Jewish refugee community on tropical St. Thomas in the 1800s, strong-willed Rachel dreams of the cool, rainy streets of Paris. Under a stern mother and kind-hearted father, her best friend is the mixed-race daughter of her family’s servant; she is uninterested in the proper ways of womanhood and society’s tight-laced expectations. Arranged to marry a widower to save the family business (and become the mother of his three children), Rachel instead follows forbidden passions—sparking a scandal that turns her community against her. Hoffman fills these pages with the island’s magic and color, winding a familial tale of wanderlust and examining the tightrope walk between tradition and independence, love, and logic.  —Julia

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ISBN: 9781451693607
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

This is one of those warm-hearted books that still packs a literary punch. Elsa is seven years old and quirky. She struggles making friends her own age because she’s just as concerned about their using proper grammar as she is about their ability to make up a rousing imaginative game. Here, we might refer to her as an “old soul,” but in Elsa’s world she is known as weird and odd. Elsa survives her loneliness because her grandmother stands in as Elsa’s best friend. Granny is a firecracker of feelings and impulses. She shoots at people with paint balls, dances when the moment takes her, and has no problem giving her opinion regardless of the social setting. When Elsa’s grandmother dies, Elsa is cast into the role of delivering letters of apologies to all the people Granny affronted while alive. With a flurried pace of wild narrative and incredible setting, this book had me laughing and tearing sentences apart. In some ways, this is a story of one child’s passage through grief, but it is also a depiction of the highlights of life and how being ourselves is really the only way to forge a connection. A beautiful and lasting story.  —S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9781501115073
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 5th, 2016

When the South began integrate their schools in the late 50’s, all attention was on nine black students joining Arkansas’s Little Rock Central High School. The Little Rock Nine became the face of a movement as they battled discrimination and hatred while trying to get an education. Melba Patillo Beals was one of those teenagers, and this searing memoir is one of the classic texts of the Civil Rights Movement. This is an incredible book, and I recommend it to all teens.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780671866396
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Published: Washington Square Press - February 1995

This is another series that I’ve read so many times that the covers are falling off. Beginning with Alanna, it follows Alanna of Trebond, a young girl who disguises herself as her twin brother in order to become a knight. Full of friends and enemies, swordplay and sorcery, talking animals and adventures, this quartet is not only awesome in it’s own right, it launches a whole new world with other books and stories. For me, Alanna is the ultimate heroine.  --Flannery

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Song of the Lioness Quartet: Alanna: The First Adventure/In the Hand of the Goddess/The Woman Who Rides Like a Man/Lioness Rampant Cover Image
By Tamora Pierce, Nekro (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481416498
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 21st, 2014

Along with Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happyi, this is the book I hand people whenever depression is brought up. Brosh captures the relentless apathy and coping humor so accurately in this graphic memoir, and paints it in such a way to make it accessible and hilarious for everyone. —Rachel
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ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 29th, 2013

This is a thoughtful and intricate story of a legacied war. Of the founding of nations. Of men who would be great. Of gods and their desires. And of the friendship of men. It is an epic story that speaks with the language of legend and myth, but looks to real world ideals, ideas, and consequences. I look forward with hope to the future installments of the series. —Jocelyn
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By Ken Liu
ISBN: 9781481451864
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Published: Saga Press - February 23rd, 2016

Will Keller, war photographer, is more than happy to get lost in Cambodia’s underbelly and forget his past. Despite his efforts, he is drawn into a search for a lost girl, a trip that takes him across the country and through his past. The author draws on personal career experience as a photojournalist to bring life (and death) to this hauntingly stark and brutal novel. I read this in one night, unable and unwilling to drag out the suspense. —Rachel

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ISBN: 9781501106088
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 15th, 2016

If you’ve heard of a criminal profiler, you have John Douglas to thank. He was one of the first to explore at the psyche of a killer to predict their next move and help law enforcement catch the worst killers imaginable. In this memoir, Douglas recounts the early days of profiling and talks about killers we all know of—including Santa Cruz serial killer Edmund Kemper. Warning: It’s about serial killers. It gets nasty. —Flannery

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ISBN: 9780671528904
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Published: Pocket Books - August 1996

Set in the depression-era Appalachian mountains, this atmospheric mystery builds off folklore to examine destiny, desperation, and morality. After convincing the county commissioners to let her take over her deceased husband’s role as sheriff, Ellie Robbins becomes responsible for carrying out an execution and—in a time when women were considered incapable of handling many tasks—this makes everyone unhappy. —Nici

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ISBN: 9781476772813
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Published: Atria Books - May 10th, 2016

This book had so much to make me happy: awesome world building, great female lead, neat and novel magic, and intriguing supporting characters. A fresh and wonderful fantasy set in an American West that is both comfortingly familiar and fantastically foreign, this novel is a promising start to Gilman's new series.  -Nici


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ISBN: 9781481429689
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Published: Saga Press - October 6th, 2015



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