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Off with Their Heads by Zoe Hana Mikuta

Zoe Hana Mikuta (Gearbreakers series) is back with a Sapphic Korean-inspired fantasy set in a world reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. With alternating points of views, this novel pulls you down the rabbit hole, piecing together a story of survival, love, and the lengths one will go after the deepest betrayal. Reading this felt like a fever dream through a dizzying and inventive world that was easy to get lost in. Tread slowly and delicately. —Andrea

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ISBN: 9781368099066
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Published: Disney Hyperion - April 23rd, 2024

The Perfect Place Written by Matt de la Peña

One day when returning home, Lucas begins to notice all the things that appear broken or wrong with his neighborhood. So when he stumbles upon a glowing archway leading into the perfect place, he takes the plunge. Matt de la Peña’s calm and rhythmic storytelling pairs perfectly with Paola Escobar’s gorgeous and captivating illustrations. A wonderful read before bed or to share with those who need a reminder of the beauty of our perfectly imperfect world. —Andrea

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By Matt de la Peña, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593325636
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2024

A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal

Spindrift is a teahouse for the high elite by day and an illegal bloodhouse by night, serving the population of vampires of White Roaring. After being threatened with closure, Spindrift's owner Arthie is offered a chance to save her establishment, but it requires a risky heist. Hafsah Faizal’s writing is deeply enjoyable and quickly draws you into this dark and sultry world. A Tempest of Tea proves to be a great first installment of this new duology.


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ISBN: 9780374389406
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 20th, 2024

Rouge by Mona Awad

After the death of her mother, Belle finds herself lured into a dark secret her mother Noelle held. Belle has always been obsessed with keeping her skin beautiful and young, constantly going into digressions about her extensive beauty routine. When a stranger appears with information about her mother, Belle gets sucked into the world of a strange, exclusive spa that figured in Noelle’s death. Mona Awad’s dark humor and poignant writing shines through in this, and as a big fan of Bunny, I was enthralled until the last word.  


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ISBN: 9781982169695
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - September 12th, 2023

Latin American Artists: From 1785 to Now by the Editors of Phaidon

Phaidon’s Latin American Artists: From 1785 to Now displays on large pages more than 300 modern and contemporary artists, showcasing the breadth of work across Latin America. Covering this time period of rapid changing art movements, the vast diversity among styles is truly fascinating to page through. This extensive and craftily curated collection is a wonderful gift for art lovers. 


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ISBN: 9781838666606
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 4th, 2023

Latinísimo: Home Recipes from the Twenty-One Countries of Latin America by Sandra A. Gutierrez

In this encyclopedic collection of recipes from all over Latin America, we are shown some of the vast array this cuisine has to offer. Broken down into categories that cover essential dishes as well as recipes that are as detailed as they are accessible. From recipes all centered around corn, to meat, to tortilla dishes, to various caldos and salsas, Latinísimo has it all and I can’t wait to cook from it all year long! Spanish version also available. 


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ISBN: 9780525659259
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Published: Knopf - October 3rd, 2023

Cuatro ojos Escrito por Rex Ogle, Ilustrado por Dave Valeza

Rex está emocionado por un nuevo año, nueva escuela, y nueva versión de sí mismo, pero la escuela intermedia no parece ser lo mejor. Después de darse cuenta de que su visión no está igual de clara que antes, Rex comienza a usar gafas–¡no cualquier par de gafas pero las más feas! En esta novela gráfica, Rex supera a sus enemigos y pelea para superar el sexto grado. ¡Lleno de tanto humor y un gran corazón!


Four Eyes:A Graphic Novel
Rex was excited for a new year, new school, new version of himself, but middle school quickly takes a turn for the worse.

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By Rex Ogle, Dave Valeza (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338575132
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Published: Scholastic en español - September 5th, 2023

Bean the Stretchy Dragon by Ari Stocrate

Bean is a silly little stretchy dragon living his best life. As he explores the forest outside his home, we are introduced to an array of creatures that also inhabit this fascinating world. It wouldn’t be a Bean story without the grumpy Sally, a witch also residing in this land. Ari Stocrate’s Sally and Bean jump from the page to deliver a fun, whimsical adventure for early readers to enjoy!


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ISBN: 9781524881016
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 19th, 2023

Atana and the Firebird by Vivian Zhou

Atana has never left her island, as the world isn’t safe for merfolk like her. But after Ren, a firebird, flies over her home, the two embark on a journey to explore Earth together. Arriving on another island ruled by a powerful Witch Queen, Atana and Ren uncover more about their pasts and fight to keep each other safe. As the first part of duology, this graphic novel is terrific for fans of Studio Ghibli movies and Avatar: The Last Airbender


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By Vivian Zhou, Vivian Zhou (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063075917
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Published: HarperAlley - November 7th, 2023

The Hills of Estrella Roja by Ashley Robin Franklin

After Kat, a paranormal podcaster, receives an anonymous tip about the mysterious town of Estrella Roja, a whirlwind of eerie events take place. Kat meets Mari, a fellow traveler in town for her abuela’s funeral, and the two uncover the secrets that lie in the town’s hills. The trifecta of cryptids, queer representation, and Mexican lore make this graphic novel a must read for the fall season.—Andrea

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ISBN: 9780358567028
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Published: Clarion Books - August 29th, 2023


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