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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

This whip-smart book skips through time, style, and tone with ease, as a dazzling array of complex characters struggle with who they’ve become, and with the violently changed world they find themselves in. Egan’s writing is subtle but has some pointed things to say about life, change, and humanity in general. Funny, melancholy, and captivating, this is a fresh, vibrant story that thrums with the energy of a finely tuned bass. I loved it.
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Flannery
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$16.95
ISBN: 9780307477477
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Published: Anchor - March 22nd, 2011

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

In this page-turner, Bender paints a picture of a contemporary suburban family with an odd twist. At a very young age, the daughter discovers a hidden talent that is both a blessing and a curse: She can taste the emotion of the cook in any food she eats. Although fantastical, this tale of family and coming of age poses very real struggles with love and accepting who you are.
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Brittany
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$16.95
ISBN: 9780385720960
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Published: Anchor - April 19th, 2011

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

This astounding debut is an intimate but expansive novel about love and loss that is magnificent in scope and detail, ranging from a modern-day war zone to tales of an escaped tiger and a man who seems invulnerable to death. I was knocked off my feet by the sheer beauty of Obreht’s sentences. Fiction like this doesn’t come around very often; I predict that we will be reading Téa Obreht’s novels for a very long time.
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Kat
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780385343831
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Published: Random House - March 8th, 2011

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

If there were ever a rite of passage for kids on the Central Coast it would be to read the fun and fanciful tale of Treasure Island where, in 1883, a daring young boy sets out on a pirate adventure set on our own coastline. Even with familiar characters such as Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins, this illustrated edition is anything but ordinary—Lawrence’s beautiful woodcuts make reading this book a family bedtime treasure the entire year through. Ages 10+

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780763644451
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Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2009

Favorite Folktales from Around the World edited by Jane Yolen

A collection of the world’s best folktales compiled by the internationally known storyteller Jane Yolen, this anthology introduces tales, myths and legends from Russia to Japan to favorite Grimm’s classics. This book will inspire families to tackle the genre of fairy and folk tales but with the diversity of style and story that will keep the kids wanting more. “Most of the great human themes, from storytelling itself through love, wisdom, and death, are covered in this dazzling collection of tales…A delight for all readers” says Library Journal. Ages 8+
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$21.00
ISBN: 9780394751887
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Published: Pantheon - August 12th, 1988

Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

Fifteen-year-old Jane Arrowood enjoyed a normal day at the beach with her mom when the unthinkable happened: She lost her arm to a shark attack, quickly becoming “that shark girl” to all her friends. When Jane takes her challenge head on, she learns not only how to be comfortable in her own skin but how to harness that strength to dominate in women’s surfing. “The drama of the shark attack will hook them, and Jane’s inner journey will hold them until the end,” says School Library Journal in a starred review. Grades 6–10
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$8.99
ISBN: 9780763646271
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Published: Candlewick - April 13th, 2010

Ball Don’t Lie by Matt De La Pena

Sticky is a foster kid who faces challenges throughout his life. He turns to basketball and the streets to find out who he is and where he belongs. Selected by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults, Matt De La Pena’s gritty, urban novel demonstrates the depth of character found in the passion for a sport. Booklist says, “Teens will be strongly affected by the unforgettable, distinctly male voice; the thrilling, unusually detailed basketball action; and the questions about race, love, self-worth, and what it means to build a life without advantages.” Grades 9–12
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$9.99
ISBN: 9780385734257
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Published: Ember - March 13th, 2007

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