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Amari & the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

The mysterious delivery of a suitcase triggered to open at midnight launches our hero Amari into Junior Agent try-outs at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, and us readers into an intricate all-new magical system. The racism and classism faced by Amari in middle school have parallels in this fantastical world created by #ownvoices debut author B. B. Alston, but Amari has been training for these challenges her whole life. Quick, read this first book in a new trilogy! A major motion picture is already in the works! -Michelle

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ISBN: 9780062975171
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 4th, 2022

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Here’s a book for readers who like historical fiction and encountering characters their age who make mistakes and learn from them. 13-year-old Arthur feels angry and expresses his rage by throwing a brick and injuring a “Junk Man”. Sentenced to work for the man he injured, Arthur wonders why he’s gathering light bulbs, aluminum, glass bottles, wood, mirrors and cardboard. Then he discovers the truth about friendship, humility and the transformative power of art. - Noreen

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780553497311
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Published: Yearling - October 4th, 2016

Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Edward Tulane is a self-centered china rabbit who becomes lost from the little girl who loves him. He unexpectedly journeys from situation to situation getting to know himself and people who teach him how to love. An old doll says, “If you have no intention of loving or being loved then the whole journey is pointless.” His transformation into a rabbit that appreciates love, loss and what’s important in life is a classic read-aloud. -Noreen

 

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane By Kate DiCamillo, Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780763680909
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Published: Candlewick - December 8th, 2015

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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$19.99
ISBN: 9781338777246
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 21st, 2021

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Dave McKean

Little Nobody, or "Bod" Owens, finds himself at a graveyard as a baby after his parents are killed by assassins... and there begins a childhood raised by ghosts, witches, and the mysterious Silas. Now he has to make a decision: will he stay in the world of the (un)dead or join his people among the living? A beautiful, insightful novel that never fails to make me cry. - Yves

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By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator), Margaret Atwood (Foreword by)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780060530945
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Published: HarperCollins - December 24th, 2018

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, Illustrated by Ana Juan

For fans of fairy tales and unwieldy narrators comes a whimsical fantasy which will thrill children and adults, alike. September is spirited away to the magical world of Fairyland, where she travels the world, befriends its creatures, and possibly even topples an unjust little-girl ruler... not to mention the contents of the title! This book can both stand alone beautifully or pull a reader into the entire five-book series for more! -Yves

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By Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250010193
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Published: Square Fish - May 8th, 2012

The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland has always been a favorite of mine. The Annotated Alice reveals how much more joy can be found in this classic story of a little girl who escapes the rules and regulations of Victorian childhood for the rules and regulations of Wonderland. It presents the original text alongside additional illustrations from varied artists, reader answers to Carroll's famous riddles, and a wealth of entertaining commentary based on the cultural references of the time. -Yves

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The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (The Annotated Books) By Lewis Carroll, Martin Gardner (Editor), John Tenniel (Illustrator), Mark Burstein (Editor) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Martin Gardner (Editor), John Tenniel (Illustrator), Mark Burstein (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780393245431
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 5th, 2015

Nikhil Out Loud by Maulik Pancholy

Nikhil is the main character on a wildly popular animated tv show, Raj Reddy, and just about every kid knows his voice, but thankfully not his face. Then his mother moves him from Los Angeles to Ohio, throwing his whole life off balance. He has to make new friends and find a way to stop hiding behind the microphone. Fans of Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year or LGBTQIA realistic fiction should pick this up! -Ivy

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ISBN: 9780063091924
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 11th, 2022

Mysteries of Trash and Treasure by Margaret Peterson Haddix

While spending his summer helping at his mom’s clutter removal business, Colin finds a box of letters forgotten in an attic, sparking a 50 year old mystery, and maybe a new friend in Nevaeh even if their families are rivals. This was such a delight! I loved how the mystery of the letters helped both Nevaeh and Colin discover themselves. Anyone who’s read The Parker Inheritance or loves history mysteries will enjoy this one. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780062838520
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 20th, 2022

Written by Katherine Applegate Illustrated by Charles Santoso

Written in verse and inspired by a true story—much like Katherine Applegate’s earlier The One and Only IvanOdder weaves together the science of sea otter life with the marine animal rehabilitation efforts of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This heartwarming tale will instill empathy and keep nature-loving readers engaged and inspired. Living so close to the aquarium, one can’t help but feel an instant connection to this story.

—KRISTINA

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Odder By Katherine Applegate, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250147424
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 20th, 2022

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