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As a child, The Dot emerged from her public library blinking wide-eyed in wonderment and clutching piles of books to her chest. Even to this very day, she can often be found in this same pose, wandering the halls of the Hawthorne Powell's children's section.

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I'll Give You the Sun
I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson
Staff Pick
How did twins Jude and Noah lose the tight bond they once shared? Jude's story unfurls in the present while Noah narrates from the past, weaving a complicated story of art, family, and what it means to give up something you love.... (read more)

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The Bone Clocks Signed Edition
The Bone Clocks Signed Edition
by David Mitchell
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With the sweeping global vision and ability to sum up whole eras of time that he's become known for, along with a fascinating dose of fantasy, The Bone Clocks is David Mitchell's most enthralling and illuminating novel yet. Gorgeously written, bracingly... (read more)

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Used - Hardcover

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Wolf in White Van
Wolf in White Van
by John Darnielle
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It's hard to know what to expect when a songwriter tackles a full-length novel, but Darnielle has created a complex story that lives and breathes on its own merits, while still retaining the moments of razor-sharp intensity that give his lyrics their... (read more)

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Used - Hardcover

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The Doubt Factory
The Doubt Factory
by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Bacigalupi's counterculture take on the teen thriller turns what could be a by-the-book page-turner into a how-to for critical thinking and media literacy. A good stepping stone for teens who aren't quite ready for Cory Doctorow's Little Brother.... (read more)

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Wildwood Imperium: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book III
Wildwood Imperium: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book III
by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis
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Once more, we return with Prue and Curtis to the weirdly wonderful world of Wildwood. Between these pages awaits lost automaton princes, beret-wearing vegetarian revolutionaries, epic prophecy, and a struggle that threatens the very existence of the... (read more)

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Alif the Unseen
Alif the Unseen
by G. Willow Wilson
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Religion, metaphor, rebellion. The Quran and the Internet. Hackers, effrit, and sheikhs. Douglas Hofstadter shout-outs. Holy moly. Otherworldly elements swirl into the modern-day Middle East in this sandstorm of magic and mortals. The environments are... (read more)

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The Darkest Part of the Forest
The Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black
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Once upon a time, a brother and sister played at killing monsters with songs and swords. But times have changed, and in the tourist town of Fairfold — where fairies are big business — things are getting sinister. Holly Black brings her... (read more)

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Eleanor and Park
Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Staff Pick
This is the perfect teen romance. Set in 1986, the characters bond over mixtapes, comic books, and feeling like outsiders. Both sad and hopeful, this is my favorite book of the year. I've been recommending it to all of my YA-reading friends.... (read more)

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Grasshopper Jungle
Grasshopper Jungle
by Andrew Smith
Staff Pick
I've never seen so much weird and awesome packed into one YA book, or so many giant praying mantisesseses [sic]. Add a ribaldly wonderful narrator plus a story that holds its sucker punches until the perfect moment, and you've got that rare thing: a boy... (read more)

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Landline
Landline
by Rainbow Rowell
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If we could call into the past and speak to earlier loves, would we beg them to let us go or egg them on in their long-ago pursuit of our affections? Rowell's tale of a marriage in crisis is woven with this particular bit of magic, which forces us to... (read more)

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The Impossible Knife of Memory
The Impossible Knife of Memory
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Staff Pick
The cover art makes this look like a bleak book about survival. It is about survival, but The Impossible Knife of Memory is vivid, hopeful, and full of life. Anderson tackles tough subjects with her usual grace, avoiding the maudlin and cutting straight... (read more)

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Dreams of Gods and Monsters
by Laini Taylor
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The brutally epic finish to this visceral trilogy shimmers with momentary beauties. Hosts of angels reveal themselves to Earth, as rebel chimaera band together with Misbegotten in a final stand against the war tearing their world apart. All the while... (read more)

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The Islands of Chaldea
The Islands of Chaldea
by Diana Wynne Jones
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One generally fears for posthumously completed versions of an author's unfinished work, but fans should rest easy knowing that The Islands of Chaldea is a sweet middle-grade adventure that sparkles with trademark Diana Wynne Jonesian wit (not to mention... (read more)

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Alif the Unseen
Alif the Unseen
by G. Willow Wilson
Staff Pick
Religion, metaphor, rebellion. The Quran and the Internet. Hackers, effrit, and sheikhs. Douglas Hofstadter shout-outs. Holy moly. Otherworldly elements swirl into the modern-day Middle East in this sandstorm of magic and mortals. The environments are... (read more)

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(Don't You) Forget about Me
(Don't You) Forget about Me
by Kate Karyus Quinn
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This is the story of two sisters and the memories they tried to forget. This is the story of a town where magic ripples through everyday life in quiet eddies. This is the story of the dark price that everyone pays when wishes come true.... (read more)

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Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy #1)
Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy #1)
by Sally Green
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Nathan has always known that White witches are civilized and good, like his dead mother. Black witches? Murderous and evil, like his father. With two warring sides within him, Nathan finds himself imprisoned, tortured, and on the run in a darkly brutal... (read more)

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Atlantia
Atlantia
by Ally Condie
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Dive into Atlantia and discover an undersea future of sirens and science, where one family's secrets will either save the world or destroy it completely. Creative world-building and an immersive mythology make this a refreshing addition to a YA shelf... (read more)

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Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story
Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story
by Paul Shaw
Staff Pick
I think Paul Shaw is a genius, but perhaps you disagree. His website's marvelously pedantic Blue Pencil series can have a polarizing effect on readers, and I wouldn't blame those who are quickly overwhelmed with the point-by-point exploration of... (read more)

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Why We Broke Up
Why We Broke Up
by Daniel Handler
Staff Pick
Min narrates the rise and fall of her first great love with expressive flourishes and moments of raging melancholy as she takes inventory of the bits and pieces of their time together. Recognizable to anyone who's ever rummaged sadly through the... (read more)

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The Summer Prince
The Summer Prince
by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Staff Pick
In a futuristic Brazilian city where dancing and danger are often the same thing, a glowing protagonist is tangled up in art, rebellion, and charming young men with tragic fates. The near-instant total immersion of this book left me dazzled by Johnson's... (read more)

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