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Alison CORTNEY
As a child, Cortney spent every day with her nose stuck in a book to the neglect of her chores, a habit that persists to this day. When she can be persuaded away from her books (usually with promises of chocolate), you can find her working on her novel, watching period dramas, listening to KPop, or arranging flowers. Her reading kryptonites include fairy tale retellings, Austen interpretations, YA fantasy, historical romance, and contemporary romcoms. Come find her if you ever want to chat about Downton Abbey, cheer on the Sun Devils, debate the merits of Matilda's book and movie versions, or reminisce about the magnificence of Mariah Carey's Daydream album.
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Evergreen By Matthew Cordell Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250317179
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 7th, 2023


Written in short chapters, this warm, woodland adventure picture book is perfect for storytime or youngsters practicing reading on their own. When her mother bids her to take soup to the ailing Granny Oak, Evergreen, a fearful and anxious squirrel, must find her courage to go on the long journey. Matthew Cordell subverts typical villainous animal types and readers will be cheering Evergreen on as she meets friends and foes and tries to keep her mother's soup safe. A charming and gently encouraging read.


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When PB Met J By Katelyn Aronson, Sarah Rebar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Katelyn Aronson, Sarah Rebar (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593327395
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - January 17th, 2023


Star-crossed love has never been so sweet (or salty) in this deliciously hilarious take on "the best friendship since sliced bread." The Fridgers and the Cupboard Crew are at odds (think Jets vs Sharks), each group thinking they're better than the other. But Peanut Butter is curious about the Fridgers, and Jelly thinks the Cupboard Crew can't possibly be as bad as they're made out to be. Eventually they both journey to meet in the middle and discover life on the other side of the kitchen. You will delight in the smorgasbord of cheesy food puns!


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Death by Bubble Tea (L.A. Night Market #1) By Jennifer J. Chow Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593336533
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Published: Berkley - July 5th, 2022

I was happy to see this author come out with a new cozy mystery series, this time set at an LA night market. Yale Yee is disgruntled at being forced to play tour guide to her influencer cousin Celine from Hong Kong. When Yale’s father asks them to run a stall at the local night market, the cousins make delicious treats and bubble teas - until Yale finds one of their customers dead. Teaming up to clear their names as suspects in the murder investigation, the long-estranged cousins find themselves becoming friends once more in this diverting story.


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Mary Had a Little Plan By Tammi Sauer, Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781454933038
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Published: Union Square Kids - September 6th, 2022

A dirty, junk-filled abandoned lot in her neighborhood becomes so much more when fashionista Mary sees it and gets the idea to give it a glamorous makeover. Calling upon her friends for backup, Mary immediately sets out to clean up the lot and get donations of flowers and other supplies. Their teamwork results in a beautiful community space, complete with garden beds and a little free library. Mary’s exuberance and care will inspire young readers to see what changes they can bring to their own neighborhoods in this cheerful rhyming picture book.


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Rise Up with a Song: The True Story of Ethel Smyth, Suffragette Composer By Diane Worthey, Helena Pérez García (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781638191315
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Published: Bushel & Peck Books - November 22nd, 2022

This picture book shines a spotlight on a little-known figure in Britain’s suffragette movement: composer Ethel Smyth. Helena Perez Garcia’s vibrantly colored illustrations draw the eye as we follow Ethel’s story. Ethel was disobedient growing up, refusing to conform to society’s strict expectations for women, and her unyielding determination to be true to herself and defy limitations led her to study music against her father’s initial disapproval and join the suffrage movement. Eventually she composed “March of the Women,” a song that crossed both social and physical barriers as it spread to other countries. An inspiring book perfect for Women’s History Month.


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Powwow Day By Traci Sorell, Madelyn Goodnight (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Madelyn Goodnight (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781580899482
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Published: Charlesbridge - February 8th, 2022

Award-winning author Traci Sorell pens a fascinating Own Voices look at powwows through the perspective of River, a young girl recovering from illness. Usually one to joyfully participate in the dancing and jingle dress competition, this time River can only sit on the sidelines and sadly watch the festivities. Slowly River starts to feel the drum’s heartbeat once more and excitedly looks forward to the next powwow, where she’ll be able to dance and honor the Creator again. Madelyn Goodnight’s beautiful, eye-catching illustrations breathe life into River’s poignant story.


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Forever Cousins By Laurel Goodluck, Jonathan Nelson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laurel Goodluck, Jonathan Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781623542924
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Published: Charlesbridge - October 4th, 2022

When Kara’s family moves from the city to the Rez, it’s difficult to say goodbye to her best friend and cousin Amanda. At first the separation is hard, but each girl starts to settle into her new school year and when they meet at a family reunion a year later, Amanda and Kara are delighted to find out it’s like no time at all has passed. An engaging story of enduring friendship and community, this heartfelt picture book also alludes to the impact of the 1950s Indian Relocation Act still felt today, a topic rarely covered in children’s literature.


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Stick and Stone Explore and More By Beth Ferry, Kristen Cella (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Beth Ferry, Kristen Cella (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780358549369
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Published: Clarion Books - June 7th, 2022

Best friends Stick and Stone from the bestselling picture books make their graphic novel debut in this humorous book that contains two stories. In the first, a young girl accidentally sweeps up Stick and Stone, along with a few of their other friends, on a scavenger hunt to find objects in the forest that start with each letter of the alphabet. The second story is centered around a day at the beach. Beginning readers will love this nature-themed friendship series.


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Sir Ladybug and the Bookworms By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780063069121
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 4th, 2022

Sir Ladybug has officially become my favorite graphic series. I love that the stories are engaging and the humor appeals to readers both young and young at heart alike. Our beloved hero, duke of the dandelion path and his friends, Pell the roly poly and Sterling the snail, embark on another fun adventure to help out those in need while traveling to the library to return a book before it becomes overdue. (the horror!) As a bookseller, the literary allusions sprinkled throughout this one were greatly appreciated <3


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The Tryout: A Graphic Novel By Christina Soontornvat, Joanna Cacao (Illustrator) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338741261
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Published: Graphix - September 6th, 2022

As a Chinese American who was the only Asian trying out for her middle school cheer squad, I read so much of myself in Christina Soontornvat's The Tryout. This autobiographical graphic novel deals with many relatable changes: from going to a new school to facing subtle racism to friendship woes to the mortifying ordeal of having to do a cheer audition in front of the entire seventh grade. Deftly woven into the narrative are Christina's emotions, hopes, and heartaches, and her encouraging message of trying your best and pursuing your goals will resonate with every reader, young and old alike.


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The Love Report By BeKa, Maya (Illustrator) Cover Image
By BeKa, Maya (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781662640414
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Published: Hippo Park - June 13th, 2023

Ah, young love! BFFs Grace and Lola don't understand love and why some of their classmates' relationships last a day while others seem to last forever (or, in other words, two weeks), so they decide to conduct an investigation and write a Love Report on their findings. Mixed into their confusion about the inexplicability of love is Grace's frustration and heartbreak over her parents' constant arguing and Lola's budding first relationship with a boy. By turns sweet and dramatic, this graphic novel encompasses all of the angst, warmth, and bewilderment of experiencing all types of love - romantic, familial, and companionable - as a middle grader.


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Astrid and Apollo and the Super Staycation By V. T. Bidania, Evelt Yanait (Illustrator) Cover Image
By V. T. Bidania, Evelt Yanait (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781666337419
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Published: Picture Window Books - August 1st, 2022

Siblings Astrid and Apollo are thrilled about their upcoming trip to Laos, since their parents have been recounting fond memories of their home country as the whole family gets ready to go. However, a bad storm cancels their flight. Can Astrid and Apollo bring their parents' memories of Laos to life at home instead? A warm family story about overcoming obstacles and caring for one another.


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Dog Watch By C. L. Reid, Elena Aiello (Illustrator) Cover Image
By C. L. Reid, Elena Aiello (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781666338782
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Published: Picture Window Books - August 1st, 2022

8-year-old Emma is excited to watch her neighbor's dog for the weekend, but she soon learns that caring for a dog is much more work than she expected. With some help from her brother Jaden, Emma perseveres and has fun. I love how Emma never lets her deafness stop her in this easy-to-read early chapter series. Young readers can even learn some sign language with the ASL fingerspelling chart included in every book!


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Love, Escargot By Dashka Slater, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374314262
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - November 8th, 2022

I was not expecting to fall in love with a snail, but Dashka Slater's wonderful Escargot series made it all too easy. Escargot is a fabulous, fierce, and friendly French snail, and each book is both interactive and heartwarming. In this newest adventure, Escargot brings readers along to a Snailentine's Day party, gently encouraging more reluctant attendees that it's okay to be nervous in new venues or while trying new activities, because that's how new friends are made. Note: reading this aloud in a faux French accent is not required, but I do highly recommend it for extra fun!


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A Lady for a Duke By Alexis Hall Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781538753750
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Published: Forever - May 24th, 2022

Alexis Hall has injected a breath of fresh air into the historical romance genre with this emotional, heart-wrenching, compassionate story. Presumed dead at Waterloo, Viola seized the opportunity to finally live as her true self. Years later and now living as a lady’s companion, she finds herself in close quarters with her former best friend, the Duke of Gracewood, who still deeply mourns the loss and is plagued by the horrors of war. This friends-to-lovers slow burn romance, full of ardent pining and thoughtful consideration of each character’s plight, is simply lovely.


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The Little Toymaker By Cat Min Cover Image
By Cat Min
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646141807
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Levine Querido - November 1st, 2022

Cat Min’s vibrant, dreamy illustrations are eye-catching and evocative, drawing you into this wonderful, tender story that will pluck at your heartstrings. The Little Toymaker makes magical toys, not for himself or for children, but for grandparents and older people to help them remember previously forgotten childhood joys. An ode to the magic of toys for both the young and young at heart.


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Sir Ladybug and the Queen Bee By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780063069091
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 28th, 2022

Sir Ladybug, Pell the roly poly herald, and Sterling the snail squire have my whole heart. I can't say enough good things about this delightful series; this second book is just as humorous and diverting as the first. The Queen Bee is the bully to end all buggy bullies, which our champion of truth and justice, Sir Ladybug, will not stand for, especially when her dastardly pranks target innocent bugs. Both parents reading aloud and children listening or reading independently alike will find something to enjoy in this early chapter graphic novel.


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Crumbs By Danie Stirling Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780358467793
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Published: Clarion Books - July 19th, 2022

I want to live in this charming, magical world, where your cell phone has its own friendly ghostly personality (instead of Siri), emotions can be baked into pastries or steeped into teas, and flying licenses are as common as driving ones. This sweet fantasy “first love” romance is absolutely adorable. I loved seeing Ray and Laurie fall in love as she develops her seer abilities and he pursues his dream of becoming a professional musician. Grab a nice, freshly baked Romance cookie, brew yourself a cup of Peace, and immerse yourself in this warm, endearing story.


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We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story By Simu Liu Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063046498
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Published: William Morrow - May 17th, 2022

Interspersed with Simu’s signature humor and peppered with both personal and international history, this memoir is full of family drama, career struggles, and a strong theme of following your dream. I was fascinated by Simu’s unconventional childhood, the ups and downs of his relationship with his parents, and his tumultuous journey to becoming an actor, from Kim’s Convenience to Shang-Chi. He speaks passionately about freeing himself from a soul-sucking job he hated (and how he hopes you can do the same) and using his platform to speak against xenophobia and Asian hate. I highly recommend it!


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Knight Owl (Caldecott Honor Book) (The Knight Owl Series #1) By Christopher Denise, Christopher Denise (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316310628
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - March 15th, 2022

Owl has always dreamed of becoming a knight, and he’s thrilled when his application to Knight School is accepted. Although it’s difficult (holding a sword without falling over, staying awake during the day’s classes, etc), Owl works hard and graduates with honor. When he’s put on Knight Night Watch, it isn’t long before his knightly skills are put to the test by a hungry dragon. This uplifting tale of bravery and perseverance absolutely charmed me. Owl’s courage vastly outweighs his tiny size and proves anything is possible if you believe in yourself.


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Magical Boy Volume 1: A Graphic Novel By The Kao, The Kao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By The Kao, The Kao (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781338775525
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Published: Graphix - February 1st, 2022

This wonderfully queer take on the “magical girl” concept was refreshing, funny, and genuine. Max is a trans high schooler trying to feel comfortable in his own skin and figure out how to tell his parents; however, when his mom tells him he’s destined to fight evil to save the world, his life gets even more complicated. Throw in demonic bugs, a dark deity trying to claw its way into our world, and a horrifically girly outfit to go along with Max’s newfound powers, and you’ve got a hilarious adventure! Content warning: dead naming, homophobia, transphobia, misgendering.


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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781635574043
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

Maas’ adult debut has all the hallmarks of her other books - crackling romantic tension, explosive action, and fascinating world building, not to mention characters you’re rooting for and others you can’t stand - on an epic scale. After her best friend was brutally murdered by a demon, half-Fae Bryce shut out her remaining friends and family. When a spate of murders by the same demon starts up - even though the supposed killer is already behind bars - Bryce must work with an infuriatingly handsome fallen angel named Hunt to discover who’s pulling the strings. If that’s not enough to captivate you, the adorable concept of otter messengers will!


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The Final Girl Support Group By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593201237
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Published: Berkley - July 13th, 2021

As a scaredy cat whose last horror read was a Goosebumps book in 6th grade, this had me leaping out of my comfort zone straight onto a gory roller coaster ride, full of adrenaline, blood, and more twists than a corkscrew. In a universe where every horror franchise (Scream, Halloween, etc.) is actually real and final girls are celebrities, someone has started to kill off their select group. Lynette is determined to catch whoever’s behind this so she and her friends won’t ever be victims again. But just when she thinks she’s figured it out, she’s proven wrong - with grisly results.


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King of Battle and Blood (Adrian X Isolde) By Scarlett St. Clair Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728258416
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Published: Bloom Books - November 30th, 2021

Enemies-to-lovers stories are my kryptonite, and combined with an arranged marriage, there was no way I could resist Scarlett St Clair’s latest dark fantasy novel. The start of a new series, this vampire/mortal romance (or perhaps “hatemance” would be more accurate) grabbed me from the start. Princess Isolde would rather govern her own life than marry any man, but when her kingdom is threatened by the conquering vampire king Adrian, she willingly marries him to protect her people. Spicy and fast-paced with a heroine more likely to stab than kiss her new husband, I’m already impatiently waiting for book #2.


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Cat & Cat Adventures: The Quest for Snacks By Susie Yi, Susie Yi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Susie Yi, Susie Yi (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780063083806
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Published: HarperAlley - September 7th, 2021

Squash and Ginny aren’t regular cats: they’re magical cats with a very relatable quest - to eat as many snacks as possible! But when they run out of food, Ginny uses Squash’s magic wand to try to help get the ingredients for Squash’s never-ending snacks potion...except that she accidentally transports them to an island in the Mewmaid Ocean instead! Now they have to find the potion ingredients, fix their magic wand, AND somehow get back home. With some help from new friends, Squash and Ginny adventure to far-off lands as they complete their delicious quest. This adorable tale is full of heart, friendship, and (of course) snacks!


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Super Sleepover! (Simon and Chester Book #2) By Cale Atkinson Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780735267442
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Published: Tundra Books - October 12th, 2021

When Simon the ghost gets a notification that his haunting inspection is coming up, he panics - he’s failed all of his previous tests! His best friend Chester offers to help him train in haunting basics like light flickering, object flotation, and invisibility. At school Chester gets invited to a sleepover; however, he’s never been to one, and he’s worried about what to wear and say. Will shy Chester be able to go to the party with confidence and have fun? Is Simon about to fail yet another inspection? Find out in this funny, heartwarming book about friends helping each other, no matter what.


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Six Crimson Cranes By Elizabeth Lim Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593300916
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 6th, 2021

Shiori isn’t a proper princess: she hates sewing and other ladylike pursuits, she runs away from her betrothal ceremony to a barbarian lord, and worst of all she has magic, which is forbidden. After learning more about her abilities from a young dragon, Shiori’s growing powers make her a target. Shiori’s stepmother, also a sorceress, transforms Shiori’s brothers into cranes and curses Shiori - for every word she speaks, one of her brothers will die. To break the curse, Shiori will need all of her wits and cunning...but even that may not be enough. Set in a wondrous world and filled with action, emotion, and twists, this fantasy adventure will captivate you.


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Dragonboy By Fabio Napoleoni Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316462167
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

Dragonboy is a lovely story about a boy with a powerful imagination and a bunch of stuffed animal friends. Every day is a great day for exploring, Dragonboy says, and he and his friends set off on adventures near and far. The adorable illustrations will pull you in, but Dragonboy's empathy and huge heart will leave a lasting impression.


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Mister Fairy By Morgane de Cadier, Florian Pigé (Illustrator), Angus Yuen-Killick (Translator) Cover Image
By Morgane de Cadier, Florian Pigé (Illustrator), Angus Yuen-Killick (Translator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781636550008
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Published: Red Comet Press - September 7th, 2021

Mister Fairy has yet to find his special fairy talent, and he feels useless. Dejected, he leaves the forest for the concrete jungle, where everyone seems sad and unhappy. With a few waves of his wand, Mister Fairy's particular magic starts to put smiles on everyone's faces instead - especially his own. I was not expecting a story about a grumpy fairy to be so charming and heartwarming: simply delightful!


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Before We Sleep By Giorgio Volpe, Paolo Proietti (Illustrator), Angus Yuen-Killick (Translator) Cover Image
By Giorgio Volpe, Paolo Proietti (Illustrator), Angus Yuen-Killick (Translator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781636550046
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Published: Red Comet Press - September 7th, 2021

This sweet story explores the friendship between Little Red the fox and Hazel the dormouse. The two best friends love to play together, but as the season for Hazel's hibernation approaches, Little Red does everything to put off the encroaching separation. It isn't until Hazel reassures Little Red that spring will come without fail and they'll play together again that the fox is able to accept it and look forward to that time. A perfect story for tucking little ones into bed under cozy covers.


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Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales By Soman Chainani, Julia Iredale (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Soman Chainani, Julia Iredale (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062652638
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Published: HarperCollins - September 21st, 2021

These are definitely not your childhood fairy tales! Soman Chainani twists 12 commonplace fairy tales into inventive and unsettling stories, full of surprises and just as dark as the fables by the Brothers Grimm. In each enchanting tale, Chainani explores various perspectives of unexpected characters or refashions the familiar until it’s nearly unrecognizable. Modernized ideals run throughout the tales: girls fight and save themselves instead of waiting for a prince and love takes many forms, not just romantic or paternal. NOTE: Contains innuendo and blood/brutality, recommended for mature middle graders up to adult readers.


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Sir Ladybug By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780063069060
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - March 29th, 2022

Come one, come all for the most charming, adorable, and hilarious tale of Sir Ladybug, brave and stalwart knight, and his loyal friends as they quest to rescue a caterpillar from a terrible monster (AKA a hungry chickadee). Can Sir Ladybug, his herald Pell the roly-poly, and his squire Sterling the snail save the day and perhaps make some new friends along the way? Why, anything else would be nigh unthinkable! The first in a new graphic novel early chapter series, perfect for fans of NARWHAL AND JELLY and OWLY.


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Bombshell: A Hell's Belles Novel By Sarah MacLean Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780063056152
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Published: Avon - August 24th, 2021

Being widely known as an improper lady means Sesily Talbot’s able to do things doe-eyed debutantes can’t, like beguile gentlemen into dark gardens for tête-à-têtes. And if later that earl happens to return with his ungentlemanlike sins tattooed on his forehead...well, whoever would suspect “Sexily?” Together with her dearest friends, Sesily is set on righting wrongs and living life on her own terms (not the ton’s!), using scandal as a shield. All their plans would be flawlessly executed if there weren’t an infuriatingly handsome American poking his nose where it didn’t belong. Sarah MacLean proves, once more, why she’s the queen of historical romance.


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The Heart Principle By Helen Hoang Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451490841
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Published: Berkley - August 31st, 2021

This book broke my heart in the best way. Helen Hoang’s contemporary romances are full of heart, compassion, and neurodivergent heroes and heroines. Anna has always had to have things a certain way, but it isn’t until her therapist suggests she might be on the autism spectrum that everything suddenly makes sense. When she meets Quan, who’s struggling through his own emotional journey, love blooms unexpectedly, but a family tragedy puts their relationship to the test. A wonderful read both for fans who have been eagerly anticipating this one and those new to Hoang.


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Iron Widow By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735269934
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Published: Penguin Teen Canada - September 21st, 2021

Touted as “Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid’s Tale,” Zhao’s electrifying debut is full of female rage and brutal combat. Set in a futuristic Chinese city, humankind battles giant insectoid aliens with enormous machines called Chrysalises. Male yin and female yang power the Chrysalises, but female concubine-pilots usually die in battle, since their male counterparts drain their qi as they fight. Unwilling to accept this system, Zetian voluntarily enters service to kill the male pilot who murdered her sister. However, getting her revenge is just the start of the story. Absolutely unputdownable - read this and come yell about it with me!


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Cheshire Crossing: [A Graphic Novel] By Andy Weir, Sarah Andersen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andy Weir, Sarah Andersen (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780399582073
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ten Speed Graphic - July 9th, 2019

Andy Weir (The Martian) and Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles) team up for the zaniest, swashbuckling, multiverse mashup you’ve ever seen. Alice Liddell, Dorothy Gale, and Wendy Darling, now teenagers, meet at Cheshire Crossing boarding school. Not content to sit quietly, Alice steals Dorothy’s slippers and escapes to Oz, dragging Wendy with her in the process. Soon all three teens are jumping from world to world, inadvertently introducing the Wicked Witch to Captain Hook with disastrous results. They’ll have to band together to save all the worlds and get back home. This tale is irreverent, anachronistic, and loads of fun. Suggested ages 14 +


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Séance Tea Party: (A Graphic Novel) By Reimena Yee Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984894151
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Graphic - September 15th, 2020

When her friends’ interests start to differ from her own, 12-year-old Lola holds a seance tea party for her Halloween birthday party to have fun by herself. Alexa, the ghost haunting Lola’s house, shows up and reveals she was Lola’s childhood imaginary friend. Reunited, the friends head off for some Halloween fun. As time passes, each girl slowly realizes growing up is inevitable - but they won’t have to do it alone. Reimena Yee’s fun, bright, cartoonish art style breathes life into this touching story of deep friendship and the perpetual magic of childhood.


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Miles Morales: Shock Waves (Original Spider-Man Graphic Novel) By Justin A. Reynolds, Pablo Leon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Justin A. Reynolds, Pablo Leon (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338648034
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Published: Graphix - June 1st, 2021

After watching Into the Spider-Verse, I wanted more Miles Morales. Fortunately, Justin A Reynolds and illustrator Pablo Leon did, too, and their love for Miles has manifested in Shock Waves, a middle-grade adventure graphic novel. Leon’s illustrations are bright and fun, bringing Reynolds’ quick-paced tale of Miles juggling being a superhero, a son, and an artist, to life. When an earthquake hits his mother’s homeland of Puerto Rico, Miles quickly organizes a fundraiser to help. But after a new classmate’s father goes missing, Brooklyn’s own webslinger puts on his detective cap and discovers a sinister connection between the two events.


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The House in the Cerulean Sea (Cerulean Chronicles #1) By TJ Klune Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

This book was an absolute delight from beginning to end. Through the eyes of a lonely social worker, TJ Klune introduces readers to a magical, dreamy world. After being a case manager for magical children for almost 20 years, Linus has sunk fully into the drudgery of his job. It’s only after he’s assigned to investigate Marsyas Island Orphanage, its mysterious director, and the highly classified (read: dangerous) children living there, that Linus begins to wake up and realize that there may be more to life. Sweet, heartwarming, and utterly endearing.


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Tidesong By Wendy Xu, Wendy Xu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Wendy Xu, Wendy Xu (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780062955791
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Published: Quill Tree Books - November 16th, 2021

Though she tries, Sophie can't control her magic. She's sent to train with her great-aunt; instead of encouraging her, however, Auntie offers nothing but criticism, crushing Sophie's spirits. Determined to prove her capability, Sophie attempts a powerful spell and accidentally intertwines her magic with a young water dragon named Lir. Together, they’ll have to figure out how to get him home, but Sophie’s anxieties and fears that she’ll never be a good witch threaten to overwhelm her. Tidesong is a charming story about unlikely friendship and finding your own path, even when your biggest naysayer is yourself.