Adam's Picks

Perhaps it all started when his parents took him at the ripe young age of three to the library. Adam could be found curled up on the floor with Tintin’s latest adventure. Not much has changed since then. Adam has studied literature for more than twelve years, both at home and abroad, specializing in medieval literature and the work of Chaucer. When not reading works from his favorite authors David Sedaris, David Levithan and Dave Eggers, (all named David, oddly enough) Adam enjoys poetry, political nonfiction and travel writing. When Adam cannot be found near a book, he may be teaching a lesson at Champlain Valley Union High School or perfecting his forehand on the Ultimate Frisbee field. Adam lives in Essex Junction with his partner Jen and their Hobbit-inspired feline companion Pippin.

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The Sandwich Thief Cover Image
By Andre Marois, Patrick Doyon (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781452146591
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - March 1st, 2016

The Sandwich Thief mixes a unique art style with the harrowing tale of one grade school-aged boy trying to find who stole his sandwich from his lunchbox. What follows is a tale of mystery that will captivate readers as much as making them laugh. Rarely are Middle Grade books as self-reflective and aware. Who knew a book so awesome could spring from a ham, cheddar and kale sandwich?


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Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501111198
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 6th, 2015

What happens when the author of The Time Traveler's Wife acts as editor for some of the best ghost stories ever written? Find out in Ghostly, edited by Audrey Niffenegger. Notable spooky contributors include Neil Gaiman, Edger Allen Poe and many more Gothic and modern authors. Perfect for binge reading four or five tales all at once or reading one at a time. Niffenegger's illustrations help set the mood for each tale.


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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307908278
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Published: Pantheon Books - April 21st, 2015

Wait for it: it's a fantastically illustrated, (mostly) accurate, historical graphic novel telling the story of the first computer that's laugh out loud funny. Must. Read.


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Supermutant Magic Academy Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770461987
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - April 28th, 2015

What's worse than being a supermutant at school? Being a TEEN supermutant at school. Laugh out loud comics that are smart, witty and filled with irony. Perfect for Hyperbole and a Half fans.


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Little Owl's Orange Scarf Cover Image
$8.11
ISBN: 9780553496734
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2015

Little Owl despises his long, itchy orange scarf. After it goes missing, Little Owl and his mother decide to make a new scarf together. This time the scarf is perfect. Wonderful illustrations and a grumpy, scarf-wearing Little Owl make this board book perfect for any little one. --Adam


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Coffee Gives Me Superpowers: An Illustrated Book about the Most Awesome Beverage on Earth Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781449460839
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - April 7th, 2015

Infographics + coffee = hilarious hyperknowledge of all things java. Wonderfully illustrated, quick with facts, wit and brimming (pun mostly intended) with reasons coffee gives us superpowers. --Adam


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Pool Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452142944
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 5th, 2015

What do you do when you don’t fit in with everyone on the surface? Dive below into a world of your own. Jihyeon Lee’s “Pool” is a wordless masterpiece.


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The Martian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

Andy Weir's debut novel is a story of survival, isolation and adventure. Set in the not-so-distant future, astronaut Mark Watney finds himself stranded on the surface of Mars with no way to contact Earth or let NASA know he's still alive. What follows is a thrilling tale of adventure and science fiction that is perfect for Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke or Into Thin Air readers.
--Adam


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The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596439375
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 11th, 2014

The only thing more cute than a kitten is a multitude of kittens. Luckily, Itty Bitty Kitty Committee has just that. What started as a blog detailing the rescuing of surrendered kittens, author Laurie Cinotto compiled a book of outrageously cute kittens, their stories, personalities and numerous tips to care and play with your own kitten. Itty Bitty Kitty Committee is a book that just makes me happy.

Great for: not-so-crazy cat people, children caring for her/his first kitten, animal rescuers.


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Tuesday Tucks Me in: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596438910
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 27th, 2014

Tuesday Tucks Me In is the story of returned war veteran, Luis Carlos Montalvan, and his service dog, Tuesday, going about their business on a typical day together. Page after page is filled with different ways Luis relies on Tuesday. While waiting for the subway, Tuesday stands vigilant guard for Luis who is reluctant to stand among the waiting crowd of people. Each page is touching and endearing.

A wonderful book for military service families, animal lovers, and those struggling with PTSD/anxiety.


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