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Unearthed By Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner Cover Image
$9.99
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ISBN: 9781484799833
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 4th, 2018

A sci-fi bender that details what would happen if Lara Croft and Indiana Jones reluctantly teamed up to decode an ancient alien message in an ancient alien temple. 

Read while waiting for OBSIDIO, the final book in the Third Place bookseller-beloved Illuminae trilogy.



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In Other Lands By Sarah Rees Brennan, Carolyn Nowak (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sarah Rees Brennan, Carolyn Nowak (Illustrator)
$19.95
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ISBN: 9781618731203
Published: Big Mouth House - August 15th, 2017

Elliott is pretty sure magic land is awful: everyone appreciates sword fighting more than a witty comeback; his teachers at the Border School refuse to let him sensibly use a pencil instead of a quill; and even though elves, dwarves, mermaids, and harpies are real, they seem hellbent on fighting endless wars with each other. But it's better than home in the real world. And he has two best friends (if his constant rage and sarcasm don't drive them away): a warrior elf maiden, and a shy jock with a big secret. This is a smart, sweet, hilarious book that truly made me laugh out loud.


Review by Christina

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Berserker By Emmy Laybourne Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250180766
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Square Fish - October 16th, 2018

This violent, glorious book is about a 16 year old female Berserker who has to flee Norway in 1883 for the American West in order to evade the strictures of the law long enough to seek guidance from a long lost uncle who just may be able to help her contain her instinct to mercilessly slaughter anyone who threatens her family.

Berserker combines all the best parts of Norse mythology, historical fiction, and a solid Western. Think Vikings meets True Grit.


Review by Anje

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Jane, Unlimited By Kristin Cashore Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147513106
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Speak - July 10th, 2018

The author of the wonderful Graceling trilogy has written a charming standalone mystery with 5 different outcomes - all based on a single choice. ROMANCE! INTRIGUE! ESPIONAGE! ART THEFT! UMBRELLAS! Suspend your disbelief and go with Jane to Tu Reveins. You won't regret it. 


Review by Kitri

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Spill Zone Book 1 By Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250158727
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: First Second - July 10th, 2018

After a weird incident 3 years ago, Poughkeepsie has never been the same. Meat puppets populate the buildings, animals went wonky, and tornados of everyday objects hang in suspended motion. Despite the danger, Addison braves the quarantined zone to capture photos of these sci-fi wonders to sell on the black market. When a patron comes to her with a dangerous proposal to retrieve something from the zone, Addison must decide if a cool $1 mil is worth gambling with the zone's unearthly phenomena. SO GOOD.



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Dear Martin By Nic Stone Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101939529
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Ember - September 4th, 2018

Don't be fooled by this novel's lack of length - it packs a serious punch. Stone tackles heavy and important topics - police brutality and racial profiling - in a nuanced and innovative way. The main character Justyce writes letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to process the racial tensions at his prep school and his (and our) society at large. A timely and honest book with unmistakable voice and heart. 



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The Reader By Traci Chee Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780147518057
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Speak - September 5th, 2017

Can you imagine not knowing what a book is or looks like but somehow still understanding how powerful an object it is? Enter Sefia, whose father entrusted her with such a rectangular object before he was murdered. Then, her aunt gets kidnapped and Sefia begins to unlock the mysteries and magic of reading this book, which might be the only way to save her aunt and uncover the details behind her father's death. This self-reflexive read will leave you enthralled. 



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Ladycastle By Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A. Woods (Illustrator), Rebecca Farrow (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A. Woods (Illustrator), Rebecca Farrow (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781684150328
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: BOOM! Studios - October 24th, 2017

Ladycastle is part comic, part musical (!?), part genderbent Knight's Tale, and all awesome. Frankly, it's also suitable for most ages, and it has less to do with physical combat and more to do with changing the status quo according to the strengths (and there are many: blacksmithing, etiquette- and chivalry-teaching, horiticulturing, practicing medicine, and library-keeping) of the individuals in this excellent series. Please read now. 



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A Line in the Dark By Malinda Lo Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9780735227422
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

Jess and Angie are best friends, so when Angie comes out and starts dating Margot, a rich girl from a different high school, Jess tries to be supportive. Jess has secretly loved Angie for a long time - and she doesn't plan on losing their relationship to the shark-infested waters of Angie's new, cliquish social circle so easily. But then a girl goes missing after a wild house party, with Jess and Angie right in the middle of it. And both of them are lying. Spooky, contemporary queer YA packed with morally complex female characters!


Review by Christina

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Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481438254
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 24th, 2017

After Will's brother Shawn was shot and killed, Will knows that the rules of his neighborhood dictate that he must exact revenge on his brother's murderer. As Will takes the elevator down to complete his deadly task, a victim of gun violence from his past boards the elevator at each floor. Reynolds, who might be YA literature's modern-day Shakespeare, crafts a masterful verse novel that readers will read quickly but ponder deeply, especially after the powerful final line. 



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