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Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Enter the dreamy forest of the Urwald, where the orphaned Jinx is snatched up by a secretive wizard. For what purpose? Uncertain who to trust, Jinx sets out to uncover the secrets of his new master as well as the strange and persistent callings of the Urwald forest. Sage Blackwood evokes the mysterious and unsettling terrain of Grimm’s fairy tales through which the soft-hearted Jinx stumbles until he learns that in the midst of perilous danger that he can trust his own powers. A mesmerizing fantasy, told with droll humor and packed with witches who travel in butter churns, botched curses, and cranky, if lovable, friendships. Grades 4–7.

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Published: HarperCollins - January 8th, 2013

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Park is the skinny, half-Korean kid with good taste in music and a propensity to keep to himself. Eleanor is a train wreck with bright red hair, a big body that (some people think) is asking to be teased, and bad juju at home. She’s the new girl at Park’s high school, and it’s not likely that they will ever talk, let alone exchange a Watchmen comic (Park’s) or listen to the same song on one set of headphones (the Smiths). But sometimes what ought to happen does happen, and Park and Eleanor become Eleanor & Park, a love story that flies off the page, with characters so bright with possibility, they become more real than real life. Our favorite book of the year. Grades 8 & up. Don’t miss Rowell’s other excellent and utterly different young adult book, Fangirl, also published this year.

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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

Rarely does a book unnerve me in the way that Heart of Darkness once did, with its siren song of savagery coiled in each of our hearts. The People in the Trees does just that. Set in the 1950s, a lost tribe is discovered, the secret of immortality beckons, and one Dr. Norton Perina (future Nobel Laureate) will travel too far from the safety of the known to ever come home again unchanged. A brilliant and totally unsettling debut.

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ISBN: 9780385536776
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 13th, 2013

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Marlee only speaks to a tiny handful of people. She’s terrified of giving a presentation in class, of standing up to her bullying best friend, and of talking to strangers. But she’s also terrified of being voiceless in a family pulling itself apart. When a new girl moves to town, Marlee takes a chance and speaks to her. What unfolds is a friendship that challenges the social fabric of the town of Little Rock in the year 1958, just after the Little Rock Nine have desegregated the schools. Against this tumultuous backdrop, Marlee discovers that finding her voice will mean speaking up about what she knows is right. Grades 5–8.“This is my absolute favorite book of the year.” —Eileen

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Published: Puffin Books - January 10th, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“It’s not a cancer book, because cancer books suck,” says Hazel, the singular voice of John Green’s newest and greatest young adult novel. The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, true, but it’s more than a love story. It’s a book that will shake you to the foundations and you will like it. The characters settle in on your living room couch, playing bloodthirsty videogames, arguing over literature, asking you why and what for is this life given or taken away, and you will be glad you opened this impossible genius of a book and will never entirely shut it again—I promise you. Grades 9–12.
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

In this enthralling new world where dragons and humans coexist under an uneasy truce, Seraphina is an oddity: a talented girl musician with a cranky, elusive mentor—an orphan who doesn’t know her parentage—and the carrier of a secret that lies literally embedded in her skin. When the crown prince is killed, Seraphina is pulled into the treacherous hunt for the true murderer and into the chaos that ensues when two vastly different intelligent beings question each other’s right to exist. The best fantasy debut of the year. Grades 8–12.
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ISBN: 9780375866562
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2012

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Marlee only speaks to a tiny handful of people. She’s terrified of giving a presentation in class, of standing up to her bullying best friend, or talking to a stranger. But she’s also terrified of being voiceless in a family pulling itself apart. When a new girl moves to town, Marlee takes a chance and speaks to her. What unfolds is a friendship that challenges the social fabric of the town of Little Rock in the year 1958, just after the Little Rock Nine have desegregated the schools. Against this tumultuous backdrop, Marlee discovers that finding her voice will mean speaking up for what she knows is right. Grades 5–8.
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2012

Ocean Sunlight

Not being science-y at heart, I love books the bridge the gap between poetry and fact. Molly Bang’s Ocean Sunlight has done just that in this lovingly scripted exposition of the sun, the sea, the algae, and us. In the voice of the sun, Bang spins a simple elegant tale of sunlight’s role in the food chain. Perfect for 4- to 6-year-olds, I also keep one on the shelf for myself when I want to be filled with wonder. Grades K–3.
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Published: The Blue Sky Press - May 1st, 2012

One Cool Friend

Well-bred young man Elliot brings home a penguin from the aquarium under the nose of his absent-minded father. While waiting for their imminent discovery, the two unlikely friends engage in all kinds of icy escapades. Delightful just for its elegant illustrations, this wry book offers up a surprising and immensely satisfying twist. If David Small had not already generated more than one Caldecott, this would likely be the next winner. Preschool–Grade 3.
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By Toni Buzzeo, David Small (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780803734135
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Published: Dial Books - January 10th, 2012

Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee

Nearly identical littermates Boot and Shoe take two divergent adventures after chasing the same pesky squirrel. Just when it seems they will never find each other again, they reunite under their favorite tree: …“even in the worst of times a dog still needs to pee.” An understated text, perfect comic timing, and a visual triumph of fluid motion, precise lines, and emotional expression combine to create a charming ode to friendship. Preschool–Grade 2.
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By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 2nd, 2012

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