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The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

Octopuses are so cool, right? They can lie in wait for prey, camouflaged against the grains of the ocean floor or the craggy rock amid the coral! I was already on board the octopus train when I opened this book one rainy afternoon and found my interest forever expanded. The Soul of an Octopus's wonderful achievement will be making you understand and care for octopuses on an individual level. I didn't expect this book to feel so personal, to me, the author, and the octopus. - Tori

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The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness By Sy Montgomery Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781451697728
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 5th, 2016

Rough Beauty by Karen Auvinen

This is a beautiful story of a woman trying to find her own with powerful prose and captivating descriptions of nature. Auvienen’s metaphorical writing is surprisingly accessible while painting a vivid picture of her process of self-discovery through a Thoreau-esque four years in the woods with just her dog. As a dog mom, I relate to their heartfelt relationship. - R.H.

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Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living By Karen Auvinen Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501152290
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Published: Scribner - June 4th, 2019

Fly! by Mark Teague

This book is laugh-out-loud funny! Mama Bird thinks it’s time for Baby Bird to fly. So she attempts a coercive strategy to get her baby out of their apparently too comfy nest, but Baby Bird has other ideas, as readers will see in the pair’s comical illustrated speech-bubble dialogue. When Baby Bird’s brattiness lands it on the ground, the hilarity soars—as does Mama Bird’s frustration with Baby Bird’s antics. Sure to elicit laughs from adult and child readers alike. - Stephanie

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Fly! By Mark Teague, Mark Teague (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mark Teague, Mark Teague (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534451285
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 17th, 2019

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao written by Kat Zhang

Amy has stolen my heart, with her fierce determination to conquer…bao. I so identify with her quest to master snack time and her refusal to give up on a family tradition. The art is wonderful and this heartwarming story of creative problem solving in the face of challenges is sure to delight. I especially loved that Zhang included a recipe so that we can enjoy bao with our own families.

—Jax

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Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao By Kat Zhang, Charlene Chua (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kat Zhang, Charlene Chua (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534411333
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds

In 10 blocks, very different kids find themselves connected in strange and interesting ways. Dogs are avoided, comedy is tested, lists are made, and new love blossoms. Jason Reynolds’s way with words is enviable. Each kid is real and raw, dealing with issues most adults assume children can’t possibly have a grasp of. I took my time and savored every moment with this slim novel. Trust me, you will, too. - Ivy

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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner

Moth Hush loves fun witchy stuff. So she’s delighted to discover she’s a real-life witch from a line of powerful witches. But being a witch isn’t all fun and games. The historical bits add gravitas to this tale, making it one full of humor (Mr. Laszlo, Moth’s familiar, is one quippy cat) and heart. Fans of Raina Telgemeier and Victoria Jameison are sure to love this story about families, identity, and finding a place where you belong. - Stephanie

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The Okay Witch By Emma Steinkellner, Emma Steinkellner (Illustrator) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534431454
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Published: Aladdin - September 3rd, 2019

Sulwe written by Lupita Nyong'o, illus. by Vashti Harrison

Sulwe, like too many real children, cannot see her own beauty, outside or in. A myth about the sisters Night and Day helps her see her true self, “Dark and beautiful, bright and strong.” Vashti Harrison’s gorgeous art brings life this all-too-real story by Lupita Nyong’o that will lift your heart. It’s perfect for any child who needs help seeing themselves, to be reminded that not all beauty is the same, or who dreams of stories the stars might tell. - Jocelyn

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By Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534425361
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

Alternating between four different perspectives, The Dearly Beloved delves into the lives of two ministers and their wives, each with different views on religion, family, and purpose. I love a book like this; one that shows the way we are all interpreting (and misinterpreting) our interactions with one another. Though I sometimes wished Wall had just stuck with her delightfully complicated female protagonists, I was fully carried away by this engaging novel. With so many themes to interpret and explore, The Dearly Beloved is the perfect book club pick. - Emma

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The Dearly Beloved: A Novel By Cara Wall Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982104528
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - August 13th, 2019

Automatic Eve by Rokuro Inui

This is the first story to surprise me with a twist in a very long time; the writing is visceral and merciless. It follows multiple storylines, and every character feels fleshed out and real. It’s definitely sci-fi, with a Japanese steampunk-esque twist. You will be confronted with the age-old question: What does it mean to be truly human? And honestly, I don’t think my answer would have been the same before I read it. - MJ

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Automatic Eve By Rokuro Inui, Matt Treyvaud (Translated by) Cover Image
By Rokuro Inui, Matt Treyvaud (Translated by)
$16.99
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ISBN: 9781974708079
Published: Haikasoru - August 20th, 2019

Gods of the Upper Air by Charles King

A fascinating look at the female anthropologists who revolutionized the way our society perceives gender, race, and sexuality and their transgressive ringleader; Franz Boas. Though many of their methods are now outdated, they paved the way for future generations and their research has had a lasting impact on western culture. You don’t need to know anything about anthropology to enjoy this book, and I think that its content is particularly relevant in our current cultural climate, where people are being divided and persecuted due to the fictional construct of race. - Jade

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Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century By Charles King Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385542197
Published: Doubleday - August 6th, 2019

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