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We Were Liars Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780385741279
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Published: Ember - May 29th, 2018

Two words to describe my reaction to this amazing book: mind. blown.



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Darius the Great Is Not Okay Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525552970
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Published: Penguin Books - August 20th, 2019

A beautifully written story about family, friendship, Iran, tea, and depression. I cannot recommend it highly enough.



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Big Little Lies Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425274866
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Published: Berkley - August 11th, 2015

Having trouble focusing enough to read during the pandemic? Me, too. This book has exactly what you need to keep your attention and give you a welcome distraction: murder (?), mystery, true emotional depth, and small town drama set against the Australian coastline. (cw: domestic violence.)



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Wink Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984815149
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Published: Dial Books - March 31st, 2020

Middle school is hard enough, but then Ross' eye just had to get cancer. What gives?! He gets by with his friend, Abby; Frank, his radiation tech; a surprising new hobby, and a good sense of humor. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will surely appreciate his journal entries scattered throughout the book. Author Rob Harrell is a cancer survivor himself, and gives Ross the depth and humor only a fellow survivor could.



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Show Me a Sign Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338255812
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

Did you know that until the mid-1800s there were communities in New England where sign language was the dominant language, and that many of the residents were Deaf? Show Me a Sign follows young Mary as she finds out what happens when outsiders think they know what's best for people. LeZotte, who is Deaf, does a great job bringing post-Revolutionary War Martha's Vineyard to life, and beautifully weaves local sign language, ASL grammar, and "standard" grammar together in this unique work of historical fiction.



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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

A really important book that sheds light on the truly immeasurable ways one Black woman's body has contributed to the advancement of science and medicine, and has undoubtedly saved millions of lives - all without her knowledge or consent. 



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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

I love this book! It is perfect and wonderful for a time when things seem to be falling apart. It has the quick sarcastic wit of The West Wing, the romantic charm of Prince Harry fan fic, and a whole lot of gay. What more could you want??



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When Stars Are Scattered Cover Image
By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525553908
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Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2020

This children's grahpic memoir about Mohamed's childhood growing up in a refugee camp is great for readers of all ages. While I'm certain it doesn't cover the true depth of life as a displaced refugee, it paints a picture that is honest about global and personal injustices, and is hopeful without being "so inspirational."



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$7.99
ISBN: 9781338129311
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019

A beautifully written book about a child living on the US Virgin Islands struggling with loneliness. Why did her mother leave? Will she ever have a friend? Calendar does an amazing job transporting us into Caroline's world, both real and spiritual. Definitely a cathartic, yet hopeful, read.