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Bookshop Staff's Favorite Kids & YA Books

Give the gift of reading with our delightful collection of kids' books! From board books for babies to chapter books for older kids, Bookshop Santa Cruz's selection has something for every age group! Star your child on a lifelong journey of learning and exploration with our captivating children's books.

Mysteries of Trash and Treasure by Margaret Peterson Haddix

While spending his summer helping at his mom’s clutter removal business, Colin finds a box of letters forgotten in an attic, sparking a 50 year old mystery, and maybe a new friend in Nevaeh even if their families are rivals. This was such a delight! I loved how the mystery of the letters helped both Nevaeh and Colin discover themselves. Anyone who’s read The Parker Inheritance or loves history mysteries will enjoy this one.


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Mysteries of Trash and Treasure: The Secret Letters By Margaret Peterson Haddix Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062838520
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 20th, 2022

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

Yamilet just transferred to a private catholic school in order to keep her brother out of trouble. After a big friendship breakup, Yami forces herself to appear straight in order to make new friends and not stick out amongst her peers. Sonora Reyes' writing shines, all the while tackling the intersection between homophobia, race, and religion with the utmost care and love. I found myself smiling and laughing a lot while reading  this book, and only crying a tiny bit.

—Andrea C.

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The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School By Sonora Reyes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063060258
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - April 25th, 2023


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