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The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith

The Witch Haven transplants us to NYC in 1911. After the mysterious death of her brother four months prior, Frances finds herself alone and struggling to get by. One late evening, she discovers she has developed powers (and their potential for deadly consequences); not long after, she is whisked away to learn how to control her newfound abilities. I was immediately absorbed into this story! —MJ

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ISBN: 9781534454385
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2021

The Chicken House by Doreen Cronin

Hardboiled dog detective J.J. and his chicken companions are back, this time in a leveled reader that provides an enticing gateway to the more complex J.J. Tully Mysteries and Chicken Squad chapter books that we have loved for years. One-part whodunnit, one-part Goldilocks, this simple story is propelled by Gilpin’s expressive illustrations, Cronin’s clever word choices, and Sugar’s skills as the bespectacled chicken ringleader. Where’d those chickens go this time? Cuddle up with this book and find out. —Michelle

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By Doreen Cronin, Stephen Gilpin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534487055
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Published: Simon Spotlight - August 31st, 2021

Jazz for Lunch Written by Jarrett Dapier

After an exciting and bit overwhelming visit to a jazz club, Auntie Nina comforts her nephew through cooking up a music-inspired lunch. In this funky and rhyme-filled debut, Jarret Dapier combines sounds, jazz icons, and colorful dishes to serve us a wonderfully jazzy feast. I loved how the words seem to roll together in a beat, making this book such an exciting read. For fans of Our Little Kitchen, music, and good picture books—look no further for a sure hit! —Andrea

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By Jarrett Dapier, Eugenia Mello (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534454088
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 7th, 2021

Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood by Dawn Turner

Dawn Turner, notable Chicago journalist, traces the memories of her childhood growing up in Bronzeville, a neighborhood founded with great hope during the Great Migration to ultimately decay under the weight of economic, social, and racial inequities. Turner delivers a powerful, introspective, and heartfelt account of the trajectory of young women who may have had each other but ultimately faced differing levels of support, opportunity, and redemption. —Casey

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ISBN: 9781982107703
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 7th, 2021

My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones never misses. My Heart is a Chainsaw is for those of us who have a life-long love for horror, putting us behind the wheel with protagonist Jade and her knowledge of all things chainsaw and jumpscare when blood splatter metaphorically (and physically) hits the fan. If you loved Mongrels or The Only Good Indians, please do yourself a favor and read this book! —MJ

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ISBN: 9781982137632
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson

This is an epic tale of family and community set in a small logging town in the Pacific Northwest. A midwife seeks explanations for why so many pregnancies are ending in grief. Her high climbing husband courts danger every day he works far above the ground. Their town is facing the end of logging as a generational way of life. Beautiful immersive writing brings you deep into the old-growth redwood forest. Damnation Spring is a remarkable debut novel. —Trey 

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ISBN: 9781982144401
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Published: Scribner - August 3rd, 2021

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

Upon receiving a letter in the mail, all descendants of Orquídea Montoya return to the magic-infused home in the illusive town of Four Rivers for what feels like the last time. With a diverse cast of characters, alternating perspectives, and vivid imagery, it’s easy to get lost between the pages. Zoraida Cordova artfully ties together family, legacy and the human desire to make a lasting mark on the world. —Andrea

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ISBN: 9781982102548
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

The End of Everything by Katie Mack

A book about the end of life, the universe, and everything? Right NOW? Pop-culture references and complex scientific concepts (made absolutely relatable and understandable!) aside, physicist Katie Mack is funny, educated, incredibly smart—and will make you feel the same. Mack’s passion will hook you through to the last (hilarious) footnote, leaving you exhilarated for what is still to be discovered (and following @AstroKatie on Twitter) before the end. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781982103552
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Published: Scribner - May 4th, 2021

Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng

Music is Momo's refuge, a gift that he hopes will shelter Junie through her childhood and an ocean of separation. It's a trans-Pacific love letter set amidst China's cultural revolution. Love exists in the unexpected everyday moments: music drifting from windows, flower bulbs, and hushed hellos. These small moments alter lives in profoundly meaningful ways. - Charlotte

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ISBN: 9781982129392
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 11th, 2021

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

Torn between following their passion for painting by working for the Razanei government and upholding their duty to their sister and the rebellion, Gyen Jebi becomes embroiled in the political and magical power of their art. As an artist myself, I found Gyen Jebi's passion and angst all too relatable! This fantastical steampunk world is wholly original with a slew of great characters. - Eli

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ISBN: 9781781087947
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Published: Solaris - October 15th, 2020


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