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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

I read this book every summer—I just can't let it go. With a downed sibling, an epistolary romance, and a damaged friendship at its core, Words in Deep Blue remains powerful enough to make me cry every single time, and to bring me out of grief with hope. My perfect, poignant comfort read about a little bookshop by the sea. — Yves

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$11.99
ISBN: 9781101937679
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Published: Ember - May 29th, 2018

Miss Major Speaks by Miss Major Griffin-Gracy & Toshio Meronek

A delightful little book featuring one simple, extended interview with the legend herself. Miss Major’s perspective as a veteran of the original Stonewall riots and as a Black trans elder is vital to any activist, would-be world-changer, or member of the LGBTQ+ community; her thoughts cover every topic from modern Pride parades to the bathroom debates to the question of how to really change the world for the gurls on the streets. Inspiring, hilarious, and ultimately totally perspective changing.  —YVES

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781839763342
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Published: Verso - May 16th, 2023

The World and Everything in It by Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes’s classic, vibrant illustrations perfectly complement his comforting message: There are so many things in this world of ours, and they are all so wonderful. Small children will enjoy pointing out all the big and little things Henkes cleverly collages together in the last pages of this book. Adults will be happily reminded of all the beautiful things we so easily take for granted.  —YVES

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063245648
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 28th, 2023

We Do What We Do in the Dark by Michelle Hart

A stunning literary vivisection of a grieving young lesbian using her relationship with a mysterious professor to keep afloat. Michelle Hart’s incendiary debut reveals in total clarity the infinite dimensions of one girl’s life, before and after the relationship at its dark heart, and tangles with everything from daughterhood to sexuality. A glittering, underrated must-read.  

—Yves

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780593329689
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2023

Big Tree by Brian Selznick

Selznick’s latest offering has been 5 years in the making, and the results do not disappoint. His classic, meticulously detailed art style takes a fresh new narrative direction as he explores life from the perspectives of two seedlings, Merwin and Louise, during the Cretaceous era. Their journey of survival, family, and love is well researched, vibrantly engaging, and a catalyst for both laughter and tears in any reader with a beating heart (or emerging roots).  —YVES

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By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
$32.99
ISBN: 9781338180633
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 4th, 2023

You Are Here: Connecting Flights by Ellen Oh

I had a wonderful time following all the threads in this one! You Are Here brings together twelve authors to write twelve stories about twelve Asian-American kids in an airport, each with their own perspective on what's going down. With stories about speaking out and standing up for both yourself and others in the face of both unintentional and malevolent racism, this book will leave you feeling both warmed and inspired.

—Yves

 

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780063239081
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Published: Allida - March 7th, 2023

White Cat, Black Dog: Stories by Kelly Link

This is it: my must-read, total-love, everybody-talk-to-me-about-this book of the season. Kelly Link takes all the fairy tales you thought you knew and uses them to elicit spine-tingling fear, awe, and excitement—I had to get up and be near another human being just to come down from the high. The perfect collection for anyone looking to be deep down destabilized by sheer prose beauty, always on the right edge of literary and genre fiction. —Yves

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By Kelly Link, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593449950
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Published: Random House - March 28th, 2023

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The world's most beautiful graphic novel about the world's most relatable need: belonging. Shaun Tan's classic work follows an immigrant in a new country, unlike any the reader will ever have seen before, as he learns its inscrutable language and confusing rules in order to navigate the workforce and feed his family back home. My go-to for a feel good, gorgeously illustrated, and deeply human book where any reader can find their home. -Yves

 

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By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9780439895293
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2007

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

What does it mean to grow up when you'll never get old? Black continues the literary traditions of Dracula and Interview With the Vampire by adapting vampire symbolism to the modern day and a young adult audience in this delicate, elegant text, with beautiful prose and a sly nod towards our often ridiculous, often dangerous obsession with sexy vampires... and, don't worry, a beautiful and dangerous vampire boy to boot.-Yves

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780316213097
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 2014

Kaleidoscope by Brian Selznick

As poignant and vital as The Little Prince comes this slim novel from beloved children's author Brian Selznick. Kaleidoscope, true to its title, gives us a look through a million lenses at two boys, their love, and their loss of each other. It's been a long time since I've felt this insistent: this book should be read and loved by everyone.-Yves

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ISBN: 9781338777246
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 21st, 2021

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