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Darius the Great Is Not Okay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525552963
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Dial Books - August 28th, 2018

Wow. This book made me feel so many tender and intense emotions. Darius' journey to Iran to meet his dying grandfather becomes a beautiful exploration of friendship, family, depression, and discovery of one's place in a sea of self-doubt. This book will warm your heart, as well as break it, and you'll be so happy it did. 


Review by Ashley

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#MurderTrending Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368010023
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Freeform - August 7th, 2018

Dee Guerrera has been wrongfully convicted of her stepsister's murder and dumped on Alcatraz 2.0, the most popular prison on social media. She's innocent, but no one cares. They're here to see justice served--and in this world, there's an app for that. All Dee wants is stay alive long enough to figure out who really killed her stepsister, but she'll be lucky if she makes it through the week. Gruesome, funny, and fast-paced, readers will root for Dee while also enjoying the clever traps and elaborate deaths planned by the island's thematic serial killers. Will she survive Prince Slycer, who dresses his victims like Disney Princesses? What about the Gucci Hangman's fabulous and fashionable murder scenes? Part murder mystery, part biting satire, and all fun. --Lish


Review by Lish

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A Very Large Expanse of Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062866561
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: HarperCollins - October 16th, 2018

A raw, honest look at what it was like to be a Muslim-American teen in the year after 9/11. But this book is more than t hat. It's a love story that crosses racial lines and exposes the beauty and hardship in that. Plus, there's breakdancing. This book will teach you and also make you cry. Everyone should read it.


Review by Jaimie

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DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test (Book 1): Book 1 Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781910620472
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Nobrow - August 7th, 2018

Joyful and weird, this graphic novel is a delight. DeadEndia's eclectic and unique characters include a loyal and lovable pug, supportive and idiosyncratic friends, and plenty of mischievous creatures from reimagined angelic and demonic planes. Fans of Steven Universe and general supernatural mayhem will enjoy rooting for Barney, Norma, and Pugsley and yearn for future volumes of this refreshingly forward thinking tome.


Review by Niki

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Fence Vol. 1 Cover Image
By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781684151929
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: BOOM! Box - July 31st, 2018

Take:

  • Cutthroat competion
  • Heartthrob athletes in various states of (un)dress
  • Painfully well-executed cliffhangers
  • Rivalry rife with sexual tension

and you get this cheeky, enthralling, character-driven volume for those who wish the Rocky movies were a little gayer.


Review by Niki

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DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test (Book 1): Book 1 Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781910620472
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Nobrow - August 7th, 2018

I read Deadendia poolside in 95 degree weather. I couldn't tell you if I even broke a sweat because I was completely swept away from the first panel. Norma, Barney, and dog Pugsley work the haunted house at Dead End theme park. Is the house really haunted? No. It just happens to be a portal to all levels of demon and angel worlds. Deadendia is filled to the brim with loveable and diverse characters, adventure, humor and real heart. I finished it wanting more. The Scooby Doo kid in me will be rereading this one for years to come.


Review by Halley

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Bitterblue Cover Image
By Kristin Cashore, Ian Schoenherr (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142426012
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Published: Firebird - September 17th, 2013

Imagine a country after the gaslighting tyrant has been removed. Are citizens healed overnight? How does the new head of state work toward building a healthy country? How does a young girl find her balance when her father was the tyrant, and killed her mother. These are the questions Lady Queen Bitterblue must face as the new Queen of Monsea, with help from her extraordinary group of friends. (And here I was thinking I was taking a break from serious content by picking up a young adult novel...) Enjoy!


Review by Dana

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For Every One Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781481486248
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 10th, 2018

My new go-to graduation gift recommendation! With sincerity and honesty, Reynolds tells readers that the journey to personal achievement and success is not easy, fixed, or clear and that even passion and perseverance can't cure insecurity. But his refrain, his offering his encouragement is: JUMP ANYWAY. 

Just the right amount of corny and wise, Reynolds' message resonates with those moving on to a new chapter in their lives. 


Review by Niki

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What Does Consent Really Mean? Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781848193307
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Singing Dragon - November 21st, 2017

A comprehensive starter about consent - which should always be an enthusiastic YES. This graphic novel features a group of teens discussing what they think consent means after learning a classmate was a victim of sexual assault. They ultimately affirm that all relationships should make both participants feel confident, healthy, and fulfilled. A must-read. For everyone. Full stop. 


Review by Niki

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#notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women Cover Image
By Charleyboy (Editor), Leatherdale (Editor)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781554519576
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Published: Annick Press - September 12th, 2017

An incredible collection of words, art, photos, and expressions of Indigenous women by Indigenous women. This volume celebrates and amplifies the voices of these women and girls, who are so often silenced by white folks, by governments, by institutions, by men. 

Open this book and listen with open ears and open hearts. 


Review by Niki

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