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The Poet X By Elizabeth Acevedo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062662811
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

A bright, shining lighthouse of a book. At turns tender and ferocious, this is a book that you hand to those struggling to find and express their voice. Acevedo's debut verse novel powerfully asserts the humming, electric, life-altering potential of poetry and literature. 

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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) By Tomi Adeyemi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250170972
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

The best fantasy I have read in ages. Achingly masterful and brimming with complexly rendered main and secondary characters, Adeyemi's Orisha world will sweep you up in its embrace with one arm and brandish a knife at you with the other. Paced perfectly at un-put-downable, this is your 2018 must-read.

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If You Come Softly By Jacqueline Woodson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142415221
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - January 7th, 2010

This is one of my favorite "I-WANT-TO-CRY-FOREVER" books, and has some of the most finely wrought star-crossed lovers in YA. That is still the true today - 20 YEARS after it came out. An instant classic that still feels fresh - and certainly feels timely.

Review by Kitri

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Crawl Space By Jesse Jacobs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781927668412
Published: Koyama Press - May 16th, 2017

Psychadelic surrealism meets high school drama in this story of teenage friendship and paradise found and lost in a basement washing machine. Full of deadpan humour and delightfully weird visuals!

Review by Stephen

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Tomb Song: A Novel By Julián Herbert Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977993
Published: Graywolf Press - March 6th, 2018

I imagine the musical soundtrack of Tomb Song to be comprised of jazz. Full of energy and chaos, emotional highs and lows, and wild unpredictability, this is a coming-of-age "novel" like you've never read before. Respect must go to Christina MacSweeney (award winning translator of Valeria Luiselli) for translating a seemingly irreproducible piece of writing into English. I look forward to reading more Julian Herbert!

Review by Kalani

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Tess of the Road By Rachel Hartman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101931288
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 27th, 2018

A smoothie of Into the Wild and On the Road, blended with Grade A feminism and fantasy. Though the plot moves at a walking pace, Tess's character drives this book forward. As she follows the eponymous road on her indelible journey, she moves away from a past that shackles her and towards a future that welcomes her audacious spirit. And as Tess learns, sometimes you just have to walk it off and, while doing so, find that you've been moving forward all along. 

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The House of Broken Angels By Luis Alberto Urrea Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316154895
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Back Bay Books - March 5th, 2019

Focused on the intertwined lives of a Mexican-American family and the final birthday of their dying but defiant patriarch, Urrea's story of the Mexican diaspora is both heartbreaking and hopeful. 

Review by Sarah C.

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Oh Joy Sex Toy Vol. 1 By Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781620103623
Published: Limerence Press - October 1st, 2014

This is a fun, accessible, educational guide to sex toys. If the idea of walking into a sex shop with real people makes you curl up inside, let these adorable authors do it for you! It's like having a personal shopper for your sex toys! Don't be scared! 

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Brave Chef Brianna By Sam Sykes, Selina Espiritu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sam Sykes, Selina Espiritu (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781684150502
Published: KaBOOM! - December 12th, 2017

To inherit her father's massively successful culinary empire, Brianna must compete against her 15 brothers to run the best, most profitable restaurant. She sets up shop in the affordable and idiosyncratic Monster City, and, despite their strict dietary guidelines and Brianna's bouts of self-doubt and anxiety, her business booms. A competitor dislikes this newcomer, however, and Brianna must find a way to earn the respect of her community and her family without boiling over. Recipes included!!!

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Misfit City Vol. 1 By Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, Naomi Franquiz (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781684150274
Published: BOOM! Box - December 19th, 2017

This volume tracks a kickbutt girl squad as they hunt down treasure Goonies-style in a hazy, gray seaport town in Oregon.

C'mon - what more do you really need to crack this sucker open?

(vol 2 comes out in late May 2018!!!)