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Terciel & Elinor by Garth Nix

Old Kingdom fans rejoice! 25 years ago, we were introduced to Sabriel and her world. All we saw of her parents were bits of memory, but now we finally hear their story. Elinor has been kept away from knowledge of the Old Kingdom, so she’s baffled when a young man called Terciel knocks on her door speaking of dead creatures. Here’s everything (and more!) Garth Nix fans have come to expect, but previous knowledge is not required to enjoy this lush sorcerous prequel.—Ivy

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ISBN: 9780063049321
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - November 2nd, 2021

A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks

Janae Marks delivers a vibrant novel that reads absolutely true to the experience of being a kid, and the rarified world one lives in at that time. Joy Taylor’s problems are real—an unexpected move, family troubles, a new school, feeling out new friends—and her journey to overcome them both resonated with me and inspired me. The escapades Joy and her friends fall into, and the friends themselves, kept me turning pages and feeling right at home.—Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062875877
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 14th, 2021

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales written by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Julia Iredale

Laying twelve fairy tales bare while questioning their traditional endings and moral lessons, Chainani reweaves these tales into modern masterpieces tackling the patriarchy, gender roles, and happy endings. Surprising and magical, each story is beautifully crafted, drawing the reader in. This is perfect for anyone who enjoys a good fairy tale and beautiful writing. Read it with a friend so you can discuss it together!—Kathy

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By Soman Chainani, Julia Iredale (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062652638
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Published: HarperCollins - September 21st, 2021

Penny and the Sled by Kevin Henkes

Newly independent readers will find Penny and Her Sled a great next step. Full of beautiful illustrations for context clues—with plenty of repeating words—young readers will feel successful and delighted by this book. Told in five short chapters, this is a story about patience, imagination, and how to share feelings when things don't go quite as expected. A beautiful addition to any child's bookshelf.—Jenny

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062934550
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 12th, 2021

Playing at the Border written by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Teresa Martinez

Celebrated musician Yo-Yo Ma played Bach’s cello suites to an audience straddling the US-Mexico border in 2019 as part of an effort to build bridges through music, and this lovely picture book is a bridge of its own. Connecting Ma’s remarkable life with his global efforts, the music itself, and of course his cello (Petunia!), Ho’s lilting prose and Martinez’s clear-eyed, hope-filled palette show music transcends borders, and so can we.—Melinda

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By Joanna Ho, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062994547
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Published: HarperCollins - September 28th, 2021

Everybody in the Red Brick Building written by Anne Wynter, illustrated by Oge Mora

What happens when a baby’s cry wakes up a whole building? With vibrant and eye-captivating illustrations by Caldecott Honoree Oge Mora, this fun read-aloud will show you! In her debut, Anne Wynter weaves in a sense of community for the red brick building inhabitants, with a tinge of humor that will make this an amusing bedtime read. With its domino effect, I felt a strong sense of nostalgia for the books of my own childhood that made this one feel like a modern-day classic.—Andrea C.

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By Anne Wynter, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062865762
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 19th, 2021

Becoming a Gardener by Catie Marron

**UPDATE** Unfortunately, the publication of Becoming a Gardener was delayed, but is now available to preorder. 
Literary references galore, lovely illustrations, practical advice, and beautiful photography make Catie Marron’s account of becoming a gardener a standout. Over the course of 18 months, which included the isolation brought on by the pandemic as well as the death of her husband, Marron learned not only how to garden, but what a garden could mean to her. Becoming a Gardener is a splendid book for gardeners of all levels.—S.B.

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ISBN: 9780062963611
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Published: Harper Design - May 3rd, 2022

Why Design Matters by Debbie Millman

Many aspire to the creative life, and even more find it fascinating. Here the brilliant interviewer and designer Debbie Millman shares some of her best interviews of some of the world’s most fantastically creative and influential people from her podcast Design Matters. Educational, poignant, funny, and inspiring, with creators who range from traditional designers to illustrators, musicians, directors, and more, this is a perfect gift for anyone with a creative spirit, shining a light in darker times.—Jocelyn

Don’t miss our event with Debbie Millman on November 18th, 2021.

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ISBN: 9780062872968
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Published: Harper Design - February 22nd, 2022

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

Ignore promised photos and ephemera; you just need to know that Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter Dave Grohl is a phenomenal writer. Each essay—stories and streams of consciousness, ranging from growing up to activism to rock stardom and, always, music—stands alone. But Grohl knows exactly what he’s doing, his prose and points nailing it like the perfect chord at the end of your favorite song, the whole an album of a singular life you’ll read again and again.—Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780063076099
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 5th, 2021

Baggage by Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming’s last memoir was a catharsis; this one is a hard-hitting stroll through his star-studded past. Cumming looks back at the moments that shaped him into the man he is today from teen journalist (really!) to stardom and beyond. I think I ended up reading half of this book aloud to my partner because it was so funny and raw. I’m always in awe of how richly his voice comes through in his writing, as it does once again in Baggage.—Ivy

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ISBN: 9780062435781
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 26th, 2021


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