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Five Feet Apart By Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry (With), Tobias Iaconis (With) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534437333
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 20th, 2018

Two teenagers with cystic fibrosis: they have a long list of DON'Ts but very few DOs. Stella sticks to her schedules and pins hope on a lung transplant. Will is ready to be 18, free of hospitals and his mother's race for a cure. An endearing and honest story of two teenagers learning there's more to living than simply surviving. 



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DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test: Book 1 By Hamish Steele Cover Image
$14.95
Unavailable at this time.
ISBN: 9781910620472
Published: Nobrow - August 7th, 2018

Joyful and weird, this graphic novel is a delight. DeadEndia's eclectic and unique characters include a loyal and lovable pug, supportive and idiosyncratic friends, and plenty of mischievous creatures from reimagined angelic and demonic planes. Fans of Steven Universe and general supernatural mayhem will enjoy rooting for Barney, Norma, and Pugsley and yearn for future volumes of this refreshingly forward thinking tome.



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Fence Vol. 1 By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With) Cover Image
By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781684151929
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: BOOM! Box - July 31st, 2018

Take:

  • Cutthroat competion
  • Heartthrob athletes in various states of (un)dress
  • Painfully well-executed cliffhangers
  • Rivalry rife with sexual tension

and you get this cheeky, enthralling, character-driven volume for those who wish the Rocky movies were a little gayer.



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For Every One By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481486255
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019

My new go-to graduation gift recommendation! With sincerity and honesty, Reynolds tells readers that the journey to personal achievement and success is not easy, fixed, or clear and that even passion and perseverance can't cure insecurity. But his refrain, his offering his encouragement is: JUMP ANYWAY. 

Just the right amount of corny and wise, Reynolds' message resonates with those moving on to a new chapter in their lives. 



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What Does Consent Really Mean? By Wallis, Pete Wallis, Joseph Wilkins Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781848193307
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - November 21st, 2017

A comprehensive starter about consent - which should always be an enthusiastic YES. This graphic novel features a group of teens discussing what they think consent means after learning a classmate was a victim of sexual assault. They ultimately affirm that all relationships should make both participants feel confident, healthy, and fulfilled. A must-read. For everyone. Full stop. 



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#Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women By Charleyboy (Editor), Leatherdale (Editor) Cover Image
By Charleyboy (Editor), Leatherdale (Editor)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781554519576
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Annick Press - September 12th, 2017

An incredible collection of words, art, photos, and expressions of Indigenous women by Indigenous women. This volume celebrates and amplifies the voices of these women and girls, who are so often silenced by white folks, by governments, by institutions, by men. 

Open this book and listen with open ears and open hearts. 



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Dread Nation By Justina Ireland Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062570611
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019

The alternate-history zombie novel you never thought you'd need; think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets the Walking Dead set in an America where the Civil War only ended because Confederate and Union soldiers rose from the battlefield. In zombie-hunter protagonist Jane, readers will find a modern hero: scrappy, snarky, clever, motivated, and oh-so skilled with a sickle. You'll want to follow her into battle—and don't worry you will. Dynamic, exhilarating, and inventive!



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The Astonishing Color of After By Emily X.R. Pan Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780316464017
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

After her mother's suicide, Leigh and her father struggle through their now-greyscale world. When a great red bird deposits a box of family mementos on her porch, Leigh knows undoubtedly that this bird is her mother. She journeys to Taiwan and dives headfirst into the trauma of her family's past, but the weight of old grief and of new memories compounds. A moving portrait of finding oneself again after tremendous loss. 



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The Belles By Dhonielle Clayton Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781484732519
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Disney Hyperion - February 5th, 2019

In a world where people pay to receive body mod services from the Belles—artisans of Beauty who use this arcana in their blood to transform the naturally greyscale populace into beatific glamazons in full color—everything is a mask, and polite society the most so. Come for the decadent descriptions of food and luxury fashion, stay for the diabolical players in this high-stakes game of political intrigue. Deceptively dark, this novel is a reminder that beauty most often wears a face of lies. 



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Blood Water Paint By Joy McCullough Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780735232136
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

This verse novel will slice you up. Visceral, raw, and unique, this is the story of Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the first professional woman painters (active in the 16th century) and one of the first women in documented history to bring her sexual assailant to court and WIN. A book about the process of art, healing from trauma, and growing up in a world that unrelentingly asserts that you're not good enough, even as it uses you up. 



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