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$18.99
ISBN: 9781984815590
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - July 20th, 2021

This book will steal your heart like you stole that glittery nail polish at Target when you were 15. It’s full of witty comebacks, clever grifts, and scoundrels who are hot and secretly have big hearts. Come for the crime, stay for the dysfunctional found-family antics that'll melt your heart like expired nail polish.

P.S. Suggested theme song = Superbeast by Rob Zombie


Review by Anje

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780593305829
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Published: Delacorte Press - August 3rd, 2021

Dark academia and murder and witches, oh my! Felicity Morrow feels ready to return to school after a tragic accident, but when she finds herself tangled up with the elusive teen prodigy Ellis Haley, Felicity will have to face the darkest parts of herself before moving on. Between the atmospheric setting and gorgeous writing, I couldn't put this book down. Part fantasy, part thriller, A Lesson in Vengeance is guaranteed to lure you in and keep you entranced.


Review by Caroline

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781984815590
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - July 20th, 2021

This gender-bent Beauty and the Beast retelling with Ella Enchanted (the movie) vibes was an absolute treat. It genuinely made me laugh out loud with all its smart quips and the adorable romance made me swoon, repeatedly. The two main characters have chemistry that leaps off the page and there's a lovable diverse friend group that you won't want to part with. Get ready for balls, masquerades, and posh garden parties as well as enchanted forests, silly princes, and a support group for those who've been cursed. Also Tevin is a total dreamboat and I love him. That is all. 


Review by Nicole

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781728229423
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - June 1st, 2021

A compelling and engaging debut novel from local author Rachel Griffin. The blend of witch magic, weather, and climate change makes for a fresh and nuanced low fantasy. The tender romance between Clara and Sang made my heart ache.

The buzz you've been hearing? Earned.


Review by Danielle

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250253002
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Published: Wednesday Books - April 27th, 2021

Irreverent and rip-off-the-bandaid honest, this book is the coming-of-age story of the moment. It's uncomfortable, messy and everything a book about two teenagers falling in love for the first time should be. And it's all that while being a beautifully singular reminder of how letting people into your life can heal you, break you, but also reveal you. This book made me frustrated, swoony, nostalgic, reflective—I'll have Gracie Welles in my head for a lifetime.


Review by Claire

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780062882769
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 5th, 2020

Camino lives in the Dominican Republic with dreams of going to med school in the States. She misses her father, who works hard in NYC and only visits during summer break. 
 
In New York, Yahaira struggles after finding out something about her father. They used to bond over her chess prowess, but now she can barely look at him.
 
Everything changes one day in June, when a plane headed to the DR from NYC crashes into the Atlantic, and both girls are forced to reckon with family secrets that will bind them together forever.
 
Acavedo has created a wonderful story written in verse. The chapters flow effortlessly from one girl's perspective to the other, drawing the reader into their distinct worlds and circumstances as they navigate the waters of grief and shock, and what it means to be family.


Review by Maggie

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781682632857
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2021

This story has all the makings of a classic folktale: fierce friendships, non-stop action, and short, cliff-hanger chapters to keep you right on the edge of your seat!  Chaya is a thief with a heart for justice and she's on the run from the king. She's not only trying to avoid capture, but to survive the unknown jungle alongside her two unlikely companions. It's a story that feels timeless and fresh all at once. And whether it's your next read or your next read-aloud, lower elementary readers are in for a treat!


Review by Claire

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$12.99
ISBN: 9781534439917
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 13th, 2021

Control. College. Coach.

Three words define playing for the Wildcats, West Essex high school's celebrated varsity field hockey team. Over the next 48 hours, this group of newly-minted varsity girls will learn the limits of their friendship, perseverance, and dedication to a game that appears simply competitive. 

The story seems pretty at first: a group of girls bonding as a varsity squad the night before their first scrimmage. Yet, like all that's compelling in life, the truth reveals itself when you look close and dig deep. We are the Wildcats is a tightly wound narrative that ratchets higher and higher until the inevitable break.

 


Review by Danielle

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781624148019
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Published: Page Street Kids - January 7th, 2020

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!!


Review by Rosa

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815712
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

A dystopian YA novel that tackles immigration and what it means to seek refuge in a country that does not want you. Very original storytelling that left my heart racing till the very end. 


Review by Rosa

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