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Allie ALLIE
Allie is a born and raised desert dweller who wishes she was somewhere on the coast. She is often found sipping a craft beer or copious amounts of espresso around town at some of her favorite local haunts. Mental health and spirituality are some of her favorite topics to engage with and read up on, but you’ll also find a plethora of dystopian Sci-fi and YA novels in stacks around her room. If you ever want to geek out about superheroes, sustainability, or need a local food rec, come find her!
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Answers in the Pages Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593484685
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2022


How do I nominate a book for best book of the year? I would like to give that honor to Answers in the Pages. Everyone should read this book. Have you been wondering how book bans work? Have you seen the news about banned books or have had books pulled from your school library and wondered "What the heck is this all about?" David Levithan lays out a story so applicable and timely, while also heartwarming. Don't be surprised if a book about book bans gets banned... read it before that happens and to find out how to fight bans.


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By Kenneth Kraegel, Kenneth Kraegel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536219418
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Published: Candlewick - October 11th, 2022


Has the world got you down? Have you fantasized about being a tiny creature who lives in a mushroom drinking tea? Do you want to be wrapped in a blankie ready for bed all cozy in your mushroom home? This is the book for you.


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$18.99
ISBN: 9781419756726
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - August 16th, 2022

Mental health is wildly important to discuss with kids from an early age. A Case of the Zaps allows the conversation about how anxiety feels and manifests to be honest, fun, and real. Worst case scenarios, fearing how a field trip can go wrong, talking with a therapist (Dr. Bleep Bloop!), and opening up to friends and family about your Zaps (anxiety) can all be found within. Pick this up to discuss with your child or to heal your inner child.


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Florida Woman Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335426895
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Published: Hanover Square Press - July 5th, 2022

Were you both wildly fascinated and deeply disturbed by Tiger King? Unable to stop watching as the story unveiled more disturbing horrors and more exotic characters? Have you ever wanted to join a hippie cult? This is the book for you! One woman pays her dues to society after an embarrassing "Florida Woman" felony headline at a monkey sanctuary in the Florida swamp-lands. But things aren't all as they appear...


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By Chad Otis, Chad Otis (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534487697
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 2nd, 2022

Have you ever been envious others? Have you ever wished you could have a skill someone else has? Have you ever doubted you are good enough? You're in good company with Little Ferry. A story for believing in yourself and finding your superpower just as you are.


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By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534483170
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2022

Everyone needs a pet cloud. The Fan Brothers have done it again, creating an absolutely beautiful book filled with heart. All about learning to let go, finding the good, and letting people be who they're going to be.


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Unclobber: Expanded Edition with Study Guide: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780664267469
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Published: Westminster John Knox Press - April 19th, 2022

Colby Martin takes a look at the "clobber passages" - the text within the bible that had been misused and mishandled in regards to homosexuality. Told through alternating chapters, this is one part Martin's lived experience in speaking out on behalf of the LGBTQ community and being fired from his pastoral position, and one half unpacking the history of verses and passages that have been weaponized and misinterpreted to alienate the LGBTQ community.


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By Trevor Bream, Cait May (Illustrator), Cait May
$12.99
ISBN: 9780063043534
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Published: HarperAlley - October 26th, 2021

For fans of X-Men, Teen Titans, Supernatural, and Witch Boy, Another Kind by Cait May and Trevor Bream is just what the doctor ordered. Follow a group of "irregularities" - kids who are not quite human, who must flee from a government facility and encounter dangerous people as they search for a place to be safe and free.


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National Parks Maps: Illustrated Maps of America's 62 National Parks Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781423653783
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Published: Gibbs Smith - March 2nd, 2021

Do you have an REI shopping, Chaco or Teva wearing, lover of the wilderness, National Parks pass having friend or loved one? Or are YOU that friend like I am? If you answered yes to any of the above, you need this book. Abby Leighton's art is BEAUTIFUL, the pages are informative, and you just might be inspired to plan your next National Parks trip! A great primer also for introducing children to National Parks and their history.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781534457034
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2021

A heartfelt and unique story, which seems to be the sweet spot for any story written by Jamie Sumner. Hugo is one of the most believable middle school aged characters I have read in awhile. This story I think is perfect for reluctant readers and for those who don’t fit the mold as they come into their own.


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By Hope Larson, Rebecca Mock (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780823450503
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - October 12th, 2021

Salt Magic threw me for a loop, that’s for sure. What starts off as post World War I historical fiction swiftly turns to historical fantasy as witches appear and curses are cast. The illustrations by Rebecca Mock brought this eerie and moving story to life as Hope Larson wove characters that are incredibly unique and wildly odd. Overall an adventurous and surprising graphic novel, and dare I say, brought the Hansel and Gretel-esque, Candyland meets Great Gatsby vibes I never thought to be looking for but I am now incredibly here for.


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The Stories Behind the Stories: The Remarkable True Tales Behind Your Favorite Kid's Books Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781638190417
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Published: Bushel & Peck Books - November 2nd, 2021

Every generation needs a beautiful collectable table book to gift and cherish. Stories Behind the Stories is that book for this generation. In a culture obsessed with eras long gone but also master short form storytellers and story consumers (thanks TikTok), Stories Behind Stories is a fascinating conglomeration of both. Bite size history of the stories every generation has had, with captivating illustrations, I can see this being bought and handed down for years to come.


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Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062869951
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Published: Heartdrum - February 8th, 2022

Ancestor Approved brings together the brilliant voices and stories from many different Native backgrounds. There is deep care, joy, and resilience to be found within the stories being shared. This collection is a beautiful celebration of Indigenous cultures, and they are woven and edited together seamlessly by Cynthia Leitich Smith.


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Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728234656
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

Stunning in every way, I was deeply moved by Petra’s strength and resilience. We get to look at breaking generational trauma, fighting for your family and your culture, and finding the strength to continue on into your own light. The Encanto of middle grade fiction.