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Brandi BRANDI
Brandi, when not escaping the pesky paparazzi, enjoys reading and buying books for the Children's and Young Adult sections. When she's not reading picture books and middle grade or YA fantasy, she likes humorous fiction and the occasional memoir. She is an advocate for cats and giraffes, enjoys swing dancing and anything that lets her hone her inner child. She especially loves matching young readers with books they will love.
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Gustavo, the Shy Ghost Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536211146
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Published: Candlewick - July 14th, 2020

Everyone needs a book that makes them say "aww". Gustavo will charm his way into your heart with the music of his sweet story. People will love the bright colors of Flavia Z. Drago's illustrations, perfect for Day of the Dead celebrations, or anytime of the year. Plus, kids will enjoy the search and find element as they look for Gustavo on every page. (Try it. He's not always easy to find!)


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Pick Your Own Path on the Oregon Trail: A Tabbed Expedition with More Than 50 Story Possibilities Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780358141242
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2020


This is so much fun! I loved playing this game in school when I was a kid. The artwork is very reminiscent of the actual game, and the path tabs are a fun alternative to the choose your own adventure style. The colors are bright and inviting. I'm excited to see the full version in July.


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The Great Pet Heist Cover Image
By Emily Ecton, David Mottram (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534455368
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2020

I'm only a couple chapters in, but I'm already loving this book. I've laughed heartily several times so far and anticipate more hilarity to ensue. I can't wait to finish it. Very reminiscent of Flawed Dogs by Berkley Breathed.


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Unstoppable: (Family Read-Aloud book, Silly Book About Cooperation) Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Laura Park (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452165042
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 5th, 2020

This is laugh out loud funny! All children need this book.


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What Sound Is Morning? Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781452179933
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 12th, 2020

I was literally thinking this exact question on my way into work this morning. What Sound is Morning is a lovely book to wake up to. You really can feel the sun rising with the beautiful color scheme and gentle text. It makes me want to yawn and stretch. If you are a coffee person, brew yourself a cup and sit down to enjoy this early morning story. This is perfect for fans of books like Blue on Blue by Dianne White in that it really takes you to the moment the book features.


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The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541213
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019


I have been excited for the release of The Starless Sea before I even knew it was a possibility. If you've read The Night Circus you already know what an amazingly talented author Erin Morgenstern is. She has the ability to take you away into another space through the use of words. The Starless Sea is just as enchanting as The Night Circus, but in new and astounding ways. I'm not sure there is an accurate word to describe the way her books make me feel when I read them, but I do know that when I read them it's an all encompassing experience. The Starless Sea will entice you with stories within stories; twists, turns and surprising reveals. Zachary Ezra Rawlins loves philosophy and books. One day he finds a book that will change his life forever. It shows him that sometimes you have to have faith in the most incomprehensible things.


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Child of the Universe Cover Image
By Ray Jayawardhana, Raul Colón (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524717544
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Make Me a World - March 17th, 2020

This book is too gorgeous for words! I absolutely love it. The illustrations are works of art and the text is a perfect balance. A stunning book for bedtime with a special nod to Carl Sagan fans. We are all made of star stuff.


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Llama Destroys the World (A Llama Book #1) Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Heather Fox (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250303172
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 7th, 2019

Llama is right. Tuesdays are for dancing! And no, you absolutely can't dance without your dancing pants. No matter how tight they are. No matter how tight they are, and how risky this might be for the end of the world. Kids and adults will delight in this hilarious story.


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What Does An Anteater Eat? Cover Image
By Ross Collins, Ross Collins (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536205916
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Published: Nosy Crow - July 9th, 2019

This book is hilarious! It is impossible to read even half the book without needing tissues to wipe away the laughter tears. Kids will go bananas for this one.


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The Night Bear Cover Image
By Ana De Moraes, Thiago de Moraes (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781541555099
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Andersen Press - March 5th, 2019

What a sweet approach to helping kids brave the night.


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Princess Scallywag and the Brave, Brave Knight Cover Image
By Mark Sperring, Claire Powell (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780008325978
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperCollins Children's Books - August 6th, 2019


Princess Scallywag and the Brave, Brave Knight is an absolute delight from start to finish. Great illustrations, perfect font use, and, most of all, it's a wonderfully, fun story for everyone. Fans of the Paper Bag Princess will fall in love with Princess Scallywag too.


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Hotel for the Lost Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781481423014
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Published: Simon Pulse - October 4th, 2016

Those who know me, know that I do not usually go for the creepy, haunting books, but when Suzanne Young writes a book, I just can’t help but read it. So, I swallowed my trepidation and entered the world of Hotel for the Lost. As the book tagline says," Stay Tonight, Stay Forever." Well, I did. Once I opened the book, I couldn’t put it down and it has stayed with me long after I read the final page. Hotel for the Lost is delightfully spooky.


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$10.99
ISBN: 9781481404105
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 25th, 2017

A beautiful, honest and hilarious novel about growing through your grief. Quinn Roberts loses his sister when she dies in a car accident. Now his ambitions and purpose in life has come to a standstill. If not for his best friend, Geoff, he might never leave the house. When Geoff convinces Quinn to go to a college party with him, Quinn meets a hot guy who jump-starts his heart again and encourages him to start taking part in his own life. I can't imagine losing my sisters. But I know what it's like to lose a family member without warning. Tim Federle deftly navigates the frustration and hopelessness of never getting to say goodbye, of experiencing guilt despite the circumstances, and feeling so singular in your grief. However, through all this, he shows us that it's okay to remember the person you lost and still look forward to your own future, while sharing a laugh, or two, or three, with current and new loved ones along the way. Whether you've lost someone or not, this novel will make you laugh and encourage you to follow your dreams.


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Raymie Nightingale Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763681173
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Published: Candlewick - April 12th, 2016

Kate DiCamillo tugs at our heartstrings yet again with her newest novel about three young ladies bonding through personal tragedies. Raymie sets out to win her father's affection by competing in the Little Miss Central Florida contest. If she succeeds, she's convinced this will bring her father back home. Her competition includes Louisana Elefante and Beverly Tapinski, who have their own agendas for the competition. Through a good deed mishap, the girls band together to rescue a book and a cat, with unexpected results that ultimately solidify their friendship. You'll definitely need a tissue with this book. It's beautiful, heartbreaking and endearing.


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Look Cover Image
By Edouard Manceau (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781771471022
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Owlkids - March 17th, 2015

Anyone who loves Press Here will enjoy this book too. It's absolutely brilliant. I like that it encourages the kids to really look at the world around them. I used LOOK! around my apartment with my cats and was amazed at how the book applied in every situation. Kids will have fun using this book around the house, outside, and even on road trips!


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By Bethany Barton, Bethany Barton (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670016938
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2015

I think this book was written for me. I am pretty sure I have a mild to not so mild case of undiagnosed arachnophobia. I can't even look at a photo of a spider without cringing. But I safely read this entire book and can now say I actually like a spider book - book being the keyword here. This may not have cured my spider fears, but it certainly has given me some facts to appreciate about spiders. It's funny and informative and not at all scary. Finally, a book that will appeal to everyone, no matter their phobia level


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Denton Little's Deathdate (Denton Little Series #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553496994
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Published: Ember - February 7th, 2017

Imagine a world where you knew the exact date you would die. This is the reality in which 17 year old Denton finds himself. He doesn't know the time of his death, he just knows that he will not live to see 18. With death looming, Denton decides he can’t waste any more of his life by just being “normal”. Instead, he’s going to change the world with the time he has left and ends up learning that science can sometimes make mistakes too. What that means for Denton will change his world in a way he never expected. Speaking of the unexpected, this novel made me laugh more times than I can count. In this refreshing novel, Lance Rubin shows that it’s okay to also see humor in the things we fear.


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We All Looked Up Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481418782
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016

By the time your senior year rolls around, you are expected to make some pretty big decisions. Will you go to college? What do you want to do with the rest of your life? But that's not the only thing these four seniors have to put the pressure on. Now they have to contend with an asteroid, heading toward Earth. There is a 66% chance it will hit the Earth and obliterate any hope of a future, for anyone. Of course, there is a small chance it wont. Faced with this uncertainty, four seniors from different social backgrounds must decide who they want to be today, rather than tomorrow. However, amid this looming catastrophic event, there is hope. The hope of humanity; the hope of being true to yourself. From beginning to end I was captured by this amazing debut. Tommy Wallach's words are poetry in prose form. We All Looked Up left me feeling light, optimistic and thoughtful.