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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442472433
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

The future is now. Inequality and suffering have been eliminated, and death is a fairy tale most can only imagine. But with the reward of immortality also comes the necessity of population control, and so the Scythes exist to glean a small portion of the population without bias or malice. But after hundreds of years a dark disease has infiltrated the Scythedom, and apprentices Citra and Rowan must fight the corruption or risk being swallowed by it. A fresh and fascinating perspective on utopia mixed with the human condition. 


Review by Ashley

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Jane, Unlimited Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780803741492
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Kathy Dawson Books - September 19th, 2017

The author of the wonderful Graceling trilogy has written a charming standalone mystery with 5 different outcomes - all based on a single choice. ROMANCE! INTRIGUE! ESPIONAGE! ART THEFT! UMBRELLAS! Suspend your disbelief and go with Jane to Tu Reveins. You won't regret it. 


Review by Kitri

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The Darkest Part of the Forest Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316213080
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2016

We meet brother and sister, Ben and Hazel, at a typical high school party. Atypical is the glass coffin in the middle of the party which holds a sleeping prince with pointed ears and horns. He's never woken until one night, he does, and adventure, struggle, and the fight against the Darkest Part of the forest begins. This is a book you will never want to end, and Hazel is a protagonist you'll never want to leave. 


Review by Jaimie

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316213097
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 2014

If you thought you were sick of vampire novels, you'll have to reevaluate. Black has created a truly delicious and original world of vampires with a heroine who is loyal, brave, and all-around fierce! Characters are individual and complex, and the themes range everywhere from morality to personal responsibility to mortality. 


Review by Jaimie

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Spill Zone Book 1 Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781596439368
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: First Second - May 2nd, 2017

After a weird incident 3 years ago, Poughkeepsie has never been the same. Meat puppets populate the buildings, animals went wonky, and tornados of everyday objects hang in suspended motion. Despite the danger, Addison braves the quarantined zone to capture photos of these sci-fi wonders to sell on the black market. When a patron comes to her with a dangerous proposal to retrieve something from the zone, Addison must decide if a cool $1 mil is worth gambling with the zone's unearthly phenomena. SO GOOD.


Review by Niki

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Dear Martin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101939499
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

Don't be fooled by this novel's lack of length - it packs a serious punch. Stone tackles heavy and important topics - police brutality and racial profiling - in a nuanced and innovative way. The main character Justyce writes letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to process the racial tensions at his prep school and his (and our) society at large. A timely and honest book with unmistakable voice and heart. 


Review by Niki

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The Reader Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147518057
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Speak - September 5th, 2017

Can you imagine not knowing what a book is or looks like but somehow still understanding how powerful an object it is? Enter Sefia, whose father entrusted her with such a rectangular object before he was murdered. Then, her aunt gets kidnapped and Sefia begins to unlock the mysteries and magic of reading this book, which might be the only way to save her aunt and uncover the details behind her father's death. This self-reflexive read will leave you enthralled. 


Review by Niki

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Ladycastle Cover Image
By Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A. Woods (Illustrator), Rebecca Farrow (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781684150328
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: BOOM! Studios - October 24th, 2017

Ladycastle is part comic, part musical (!?), part genderbent Knight's Tale, and all awesome. Frankly, it's also suitable for most ages, and it has less to do with physical combat and more to do with changing the status quo according to the strengths (and there are many: blacksmithing, etiquette- and chivalry-teaching, horiticulturing, practicing medicine, and library-keeping) of the individuals in this excellent series. Please read now. 


Review by Niki

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A Line in the Dark Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735227422
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

Jess and Angie are best friends, so when Angie comes out and starts dating Margot, a rich girl from a different high school, Jess tries to be supportive. Jess has secretly loved Angie for a long time - and she doesn't plan on losing their relationship to the shark-infested waters of Angie's new, cliquish social circle so easily. But then a girl goes missing after a wild house party, with Jess and Angie right in the middle of it. And both of them are lying. Spooky, contemporary queer YA packed with morally complex female characters!


Review by Christina

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Long Way Down Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481438254
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 24th, 2017

After Will's brother Shawn was shot and killed, Will knows that the rules of his neighborhood dictate that he must exact revenge on his brother's murderer. As Will takes the elevator down to complete his deadly task, a victim of gun violence from his past boards the elevator at each floor. Reynolds, who might be YA literature's modern-day Shakespeare, crafts a masterful verse novel that readers will read quickly but ponder deeply, especially after the powerful final line. 


Review by Niki

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