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Kids Spring Reading, 2019

Some of the best picture books, middle grade, and YA of the season, as recommended by Bookshop Santa Cruz staff.

Olympians: Hephaistos: God of Fire by George O'Connor

I’ve been reading the Olympians series since its inception nearly a decade ago and continue to love it! If you’re a fan (or know a fan) of Rick Riordan’s books, graphic novels, and/or Greek mythology, this series—each focusing on a god living on Mount Olympus—is for you (them). This latest installment about gifted metalsmith Hephaistos is a reflection on learning to see your own worth, even when those around you don’t. - Stephanie

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ISBN: 9781626725287
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Published: First Second - January 29th, 2019

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

“Pretty as a picture and brimming with spite” describes Grishna Zoya, my new personal icon. This newest addition to the Grishaverse fits right in with the world we already know, yet is accessible to newcomers. Both Nina and Zoya were my favorite characters with complex personalities and zero time for foolishness. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781250142283
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Published: Imprint - January 29th, 2019

Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi

These 17 stories, written by contemporary black authors, demonstrate how diverse the teenage black experience can be: a Trinidadian immigrant's guardian angels (her cousins) save her from falling for the wrong guy; a humorous Jason Reynolds story follows four Brooklyn boys walking home after a swim, fantasizing about sandwiches from their neighborhood bodega; a high schooler keeping her application to a historic black college hidden from her father. Both black and non-black readers will benefit from the insights these well-crafted stories provide. - Noreen

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Bri wants nothing more than to be a rapper, but finds herself in the spotlight after a violent confrontation with her school’s security guards. In the aftermath, she finds herself and her actions misinterpreted at every turn. But Bri must figure out who she actually is before she can finally get her “come up.” I found this amazing follow-up to The Hate U Give endlessly compelling. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780062498564
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 5th, 2019

Once and Future by Cori McCarthy & Amy Rose Capetta

This "queer King Arthur in space" doesn’t disappoint. For the first time in 41 cycles of Arthurs, Merlin finds his Arthur is a girl, Ari. An evil corporation called Amazon—sorry, Mercer—walled off her homeworld and Ari alone escaped. A decade later, she accidentally crashes on Earth and discovers a mysterious sword stuck in a tree, kickstarting the biggest Arthur quest yet. I loved this fresh, engaging update to the Arthur legend and its beautiful blend of science fiction and fantasy. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780316449274
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Published: jimmy patterson - March 26th, 2019

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

In this follow-up to Acevedo’s National Book Award and Printz Medal winning debut, Emoni (like Xiomara in The Poet X) is first-gen American (she’s Afro-Boricua). Emoni is also a teen mom (which Acevedo chooses not to portray as a burden, while also being honest about the challenges it presents) and a gifted chef. Her struggles honing her culinary gift and learning to define life on her own terms make this is a flavorful and compelling read. - Stephanie

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ISBN: 9780062662835
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Published: HarperTeen - May 7th, 2019

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