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When You Reach Me
When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
Staff Pick
My first thought when I closed the covers of this book was, Wow. My second thought was, I want to read this again. My third thought was, How can I possibly describe this book to anyone else? When You Reach Me is like one of those great books/movies... (read more)

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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #01)
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #01)
by Rick Riordan
Staff Pick
Devastated by the end of the Percy Jackson series? Cry no more! Fans can return to Camp Half-Blood in this brand-new series featuring the next generation of kids who are half human, half Greek god. Will Percy Jackson make an appearance? Find out!... (read more)

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
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Once I started this book, I couldn't stop reading. Not only is this young adult book funny and touching — it feels so real. Anyone of any age who has struggled to know themselves and has fought for happiness will find resonance in the words and... (read more)

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The Arrival
The Arrival
by Shaun Tan
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Shaun Tan, one of my favorite children's book illustrators, draws upon hundreds of years worth of immigrant stories to tell this single but universal tale: one of alienation, magic, and bravely bearing the wonderful and frightening strangeness of a new... (read more)

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I Am the Messenger
I Am the Messenger
by Markus Zusak
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I've got to hand it to Australian author Markus Zusak: this book single-handedly made me want to be a better person. As a lifelong reader, I feel a book like this, one that can really change people, comes around so rarely that Zusak must be recognized as... (read more)

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Mommy, Mama, and Me
Mommy, Mama, and Me
by Leslea Newman
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Mommy, Mama, and Me and Daddy, Papa, and Me are two super-cute new board books that show a day in the life of two toddlers and their loving parents. From the first cup of juice in the morning to the final kiss goodnight, these board books — the first... (read more)

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Shiver
Shiver
by Maggie Stiefvater
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I know there's a ton of competition for the next big book to read after the Twilight saga, and I can guarantee one book that will fill the void: Shiver. Atmospheric, looming with danger, and positively brimming with that impossible romance — I couldn't... (read more)

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Paper Towns
Paper Towns
by John Green
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Part road trip novel and part mystery, Paper Towns is about an ordinary boy and the enigmatic girl next door, who charmingly sprinkle clues for him using Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. John Green doesn’t gloss over anything in the young adult... (read more)

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Around the World with Mouk: A Trail of Adventure
Around the World with Mouk: A Trail of Adventure
by Marc Boutavant
Staff Pick
Dare I say that Marc Boutavant is the next Richard Scarry? With endless details, splashes of foreign words, a level of cuteness unrivalled in modern picture books, Around the World with Mouk manages to be both retro-style and way ahead of its time. Bonus:... (read more)

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Thirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
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A fellow teen's suicide is certain to rock a school...but imagine the destruction that follows when the dead girl's classmates discover her tape recordings are being delivered one by one to each person she felt had a hand in her decision. If you're... (read more)

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Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading
Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading
by Lawrence Goldston and Nancy Goldstone
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The Goldstones, who have been running parent-child book groups for six years, deliver a fabulous and entertaining book on how to read children's books with children, using examples from a range of reading levels (from second grade, like Charlotte's Web... (read more)

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Chains
Chains
by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Laurie Halse Anderson, who wrote one of my favorite young adult books, Speak, and won a gazillion awards for it, pushes the entire genre to another level (again) with this Revolutionary War-era novel. You could read tons of long-winded reviews of this... (read more)

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Zombies vs. Unicorns
Zombies vs. Unicorns
by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
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It's the hottest debate du jour: which are better, zombies or unicorns? Some of the hippest young-adult authors weigh in on the issue in this too-cool-for-school anthology.... (read more)

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Tales from Outer Suburbia
Tales from Outer Suburbia
by Shaun Tan
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This set of illustrated short stories by staff favorite Shaun Tan offers a fabulous showcase of his range as an artist. Many of his stories are open-ended, which immediately drew a comparison in my mind to The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van... (read more)

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An Abundance of Katherines
An Abundance of Katherines
by John Green
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From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars  Michael L. Printz Honor Book Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist Katherine V thought boys were gross Katherine X just wanted to be friends Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail K-19... (read more)

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All Kinds of Families!
All Kinds of Families!
by Mary Ann Hoberman
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If there was ever a book that I wanted everyone in the whole wide world to read, this would be it. With its retro '70s illustrations and Japanese cuteness, I could look at the pictures for hours. And there's so much to look at, I'm usually just... (read more)

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The Dumpster Diver
The Dumpster Diver
by Janet S. Wong
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Behold: the exciting adventures of The Dumpster Diver. Steve and his friends turn other men's junk into their own treasure through creative, if slightly perilous, means. These kids are so hip and trendy, they probably don't even know it — their... (read more)

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The Liberation of Gabriel King
The Liberation of Gabriel King
by K L Going
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When Gabe decides there's no way he can survive fifth grade, his best friend Frita makes him a deal: if they spend the summer facing their fears together, then Gabe must promise to return to school in the fall. And so they face up to the things that... (read more)

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All the Wrong People Have Self-Esteem: An Inappropriate Book for Young Ladies Or, Frankly Anybody Else
All the Wrong People Have Self-Esteem: An Inappropriate Book for Young Ladies Or, Frankly Anybody Else
by Laurie Rosenwald
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One of us on the kids' team describes this book as the anti-Seventeen magazine, and she's right: it's formatted as a magazine, but brutally challenges prevailing wisdom that teens are so often force-fed like, "you have to love yourself before anyone can... (read more)

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Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel
by Cynthia Rylant and Jen Corace
Staff Pick
Cynthia Rylant's adaptation is characteristically and wonderfully simple; Jen Corace's illustrations are the appropriate mix of old-fashioned, sweet, and creepy. (Nobody has pupils! It's freaky!) Hansel and Gretel is a classic Grimm (and grim) fairy tale... (read more)

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