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If you like Troy Cummings' Notebook of Doom books, you'll love this new early chapter book series from David Bowles. Something is sinister in Gulf City, where cousins Malia, Ivan, and Dante are staying for the summer. On their way to the water park, a shortcut leads them to a street not recognized by any of their phones! Each character's skill set is put to good use to return to their aunt's house. A completion graphic at the end of each chapter provides a clear visual on a reader's progress through the book and offers encouraging remarks! 

Picked by Niki

I could not put this book down. Marisol's spirit visits her nephew Ramon in modern-day New Jersey and prompts him to unearth painful family history and discover what happened to her after she disappeared during the Cuban Revolution. This story is many things - funny, heart-warming, captivating - and it is one of the few books that can make me laugh and cry while reading the same page.

Picked by Kelly

If you have seen Paris is Burning or Netflix's Pose, you should read this book. This story is a fictionalized telling of the real House of Xtravaganza family members as they navigate 1980's New York, from walking in balls to walking the piers. Cassara shows us the dangers that can come with finding one's way in a bigoted society and shines a light on the strength, determination, and humor of these characters who ache to be seen.

Picked by Kelly

This is my favorite, favorite book. Murray spins a dazzling web between his rich array of characters, creating a mystery that is funny, weird, and heart-wrenching. Skippy may die in the prologue, but the novel backtracks to show how desperately full of life he was. Every time I revisit this book, I always hope that the act of my reading will save him ... but it never does.

 

Picked by Kelly

This is one of the best YA fantasy novels I ever read! It's got political intrigue, magic, romance and Bolivian folklore which makes this novel stand out from others. Fast paced and gorgeously written. Look out for the sequel too!!

Picked by Rosa

This uniquely written novel tells the story of the author's journey to write a novel that is due to her publisher. It takes place in a 2yr span leading up to the 2016 election and birth of her child. It's honest, raw and made me miss NYC terribly. 

Picked by Rosa

Nate Marshall gives so much of himself in these poems. Every line I read, I found myself taking a deep breath before continuing on to the next. So good!!

Picked by Rosa

One of the best books I read in 2020. This is a beautifully written novel about self-discovery, grief and loss.  How in spite of trauma, there is always hope. But more importantly, it's about community, and the strength one can find within it. 

Picked by Rosa

This book meets LOVECRAFT COUNTRY meets BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. You can read this in one sitting but fair warning, you will want more. 

Picked by Rosa