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Worm Loves Worm By J. J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator) Cover Image
By J. J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062386335
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 5th, 2016

Worm loves Worm, and they want to get married. Thing is, all of their friends have ideas about what Worm and Worm need to get married. Worm and Worm want to appease their friends but they don't really care if they wear rings, bow ties, veils. Worm and Worm want to get married because they love each other. This beautifully straightforward picture book celebrates love above all else, and it demonstrates how easy it is to rewrite "how it's always been done."



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The Dam Keeper, Book 1 By Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781626724266
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - September 26th, 2017

Pig has been a diligent and devoted protector of Sunrise Valley ever since his father, the Dam Builder, walked into the deadly fog. Pig keeps the Dam safe and secure so the fog doesn't roll in and destroy the entire town. But the fog keeps getting stronger and, one day, breaks off a piece of the dam—with Pig, Hippo, and Fox inside. The animated feel (both creators worked for Pixar) will leave readers breathless and eagerly awaiting the second installment!



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The Tea Party in the Woods By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781771381079
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Kids Can Press - August 1st, 2015

This Little Red Riding Hood-inspired tale is like a cup of hot tea on a cold night! Kikko sets out to her grandmother's house when her father forgets the pie to bring. Kikko discovers him entering an unfamiliar and grand house, and upon peeking inside, she sees all the animals of the forest are having a tea party! Miyakoshi's textured black and white charcoal illustrations bring an extra woodsiness and warmth to the story. Perfect for animal-lovers, tea-party enjoyers, and forest explorers! 



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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: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
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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Rhymoceros (A Grammar Zoo Book) By Janik Coat Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419715143
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Abrams Appleseed - March 3rd, 2015

A stellar concept book for little ones, Rhymoceros introduces rhymes in a cheeky and easy-to-decode format. By adding variations to the same basic animal shape (one rhino encounters a "shower" while another holds a "flower"), Coat maintains a balance between predictable and new clues that help kids visually grasp the rhyming pair. And even though big for a board book, Rhymoceros still fits well in little hands and laps!



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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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The Nameless City By Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (Contributions by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626721562
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - April 5th, 2016

This graphic novel from the excellent Faith Erin Hicks has everything you want from an adventure story: lots of high-octane action, embroiled conflict, political intrigue, and a compelling cast of diverse characters. Despite the tensions between the Dao conquerers currently occupying the City and the city natives, an unlikely friendship develops between Kaidu, a Dao soldier-in-training and Rat, an intellectually and physically agile city inhabitant. Together they begin to uncover the City's vast secrets!



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In the Distance By Hernan Diaz Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781566894883
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

A  young Swedish boy comes to the U.S. in the 1840s only to be immediately separated from his older brother. While becoming a man, he travels alone across the lawless American west, reputation growing as an outlaw legend known only as "The Hawk." Part coming-of-age tale, part survivalist story, you have never read a western frontier novel like this. Truly one of the best books of the year.
 


Review by Kalani

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Today By Julie Morstad Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781927018682
Published: Simply Read Books - November 18th, 2016

Embrace the quiet joys in making daily decisions with this expansive and jubilant picture book. Morstad uses direct questions to encourage readers to interact with pages full of illustrated options. An interactive, affirming ode to the small decisions that children face on a daily basis, Today celebrates the little ways that kids can assert their power and spirit.



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