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M.F.K. By Nilah Magruder  Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781683830047
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Insight Comics - September 26th, 2017

Kickbutt protagonist Abbie has superpowers that get her in trouble wherever she goes, but she's trying to return her mother's ashes to her homeland. Magruder's art style shifts seamlessly from lush and expansive to quirky and expressive as she respectively focuses on world- and character-building. For fans of Marjorie Liu, Faith Erin Hicks, and those who wish Cece Bell's El Deafo was set in a dystopian desert wasteland. 



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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781572842243
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Agate Bolden - October 10th, 2017

Dedicated lovingly and joyfully to the art of the haircut, Crown celebrates the confidence and cool a fresh cut can lend to a kid's spirit. James's impressionist illustrations ooze with spunk and swoop with sureness, inspiring an infectious self-confidence. For best results, share aloud with reinvigorated aplomb!



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American Street By Ibi Zoboi Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062473059
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 1st, 2018

Fabiola arrives in Detroit after her mother is detained on entry to the U.S. from Haiti. Fabiola knows that her new home with her aunt and teenage cousins will always feel empty without her mother, so she resolves to do everything in her power to get her mother released - even if that means confronting harsh truths about her Americanized aunt and cousins. Equal parts heart-wrenching and - warming, Zoboi's expertly woven novel will touch readers' souls and embolden their spirits. 



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The Totally Secret Secret (Ballet Cat #1) By Bob Shea, Bob Shea (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bob Shea, Bob Shea (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781484713785
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2015

Ballet Cat and Sparkles are best friends. Ballet Cat loves ballet, A LOT. Sparkles? Not so much. Ballet Cat notices Sparkles is unhappy and asks what's wrong. That's when Sparkles tells Ballet Cat a very SECRET secret. Which shocks Ballet Cat. But Ballet Cat has a secret too...

If you like Elephant and Piggie, you'll be fast friends with Ballet Cat and Sparkles in no time. 



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Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399257742
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

An inclusive and affirming snapshot of city life, this picture book follows CJ and his grandmother as they depart church and take a bus ride to the very last stop on Market Street. CJ wishes they could take a car home, but his grandmother shows him the beauty that exists all around him in the city, especially on the city bus. Christian Robinson's illustrations are timeless and full of compassion that CJ learns along the way. A gorgeous read. 



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The Pink Umbrella By Amelie Callot, Geneviève Godbout (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amelie Callot, Geneviève Godbout (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781101919231
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Tundra Books - January 2nd, 2018

Do you love:

  • cafés with adorable proprietors
  • community-building fit to rival Stars Hollow's (sans Taylor)
  • spunky rainwear worn to combat seasonal affective disorder
  • frustratingly alluring colored pencil and pastel illustrations
  • any or all of the above?

Then this rom-com of a picturebook is for you!!



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Truly Devious: A Mystery By Maureen Johnson Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062338068
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - December 4th, 2018

The first in a trilogy of mysteries featuring Stevie Bell, the crime fanatic and new student at a quirky, yet prestigious New England boarding school. Without telling you everything that is on the inside flap, let me just say this book is dark, gripping, funny - and will leave you howling for the next one. I loved it.


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The Lotterys Plus One By Emma Donoghue, Caroline Hadilaksono (Illustrator) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545925846
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 31st, 2018

Think Cheaper by the Dozen but WAY BETTER. When you have a big family, it's easy for things to lapse into pandemonium, but the Lotterys manage that delicate balance between chaos and calm with skillful co-parenting, mindful communication, and lots of affection. A loving, inclusive snapshot of a non-traditional family for fans of The Penderwicks, Clementine, and Ivy + Bean. 



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Meet Cute By Jennifer L. Armentrout, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Julie Murphy, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781328604286
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Published: Clarion Books - May 21st, 2019

This short story collection celebrates the chance encounters and first connections that teens invariably make in their romantic lives. The stories are diverse in genre and perspective, and flutter with balanced doses of hope and heartbreak. Read somewhere cozy with a cup of something warm and sweet. 



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The Wild Robot By Peter Brown Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316382007
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

This is not your average robot book. This robot book is also about: animals, what it means to be human, the environment, community-building, creating a family, and—most importantly—finding a home. Brown intersperses his text with his signature graphic illustrations, and his short chapters pack powerful punches while lending themselves well to reading aloud. Readers young and old will find themselves desperate for more robot Roz when this book ends. 



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