Kari's Picks

After a fateful trip to Vermont, inspired by a comic book, Kari decided to leave the west coast and make this state her home. One can most often find Kari reading at least six books at a time with a good mix of genres in hand. Her favorites tend to feature at least one element of magic, and she loves a good graphic novel. Give her a fresh storyline with a strong female lead and she's happy. Throw in some stunning illustrations and she's over the moon.

Authors of Note (According to Kari): Catherynne Valente, Karen Russell, Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link.
Pictorial-Authors of Note: Faith Erin Hicks, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Gail Simone, Fabio Moon& Gabriel Ba.

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Kari
Counting by 7s Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803738553
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Published: Dial Books - August 29th, 2013

Willow Chase, a 12-year-old socially awkward "genius," exudes humor and wisdom, despite her tragic circumstances. Get ready for a few tears with your fits of laughter - this book is moving.


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Peanut Cover Image
By Ayun Halliday, Paul Hoppe (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780375865909
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - December 26th, 2012

Ever considered making up a story to seem more interesting and make new friends? Sadie does just that. A new school means a new beginning, and Sadie wants to find her new friends quickly. Will faking a life-threatening allergy help her, or hurt her? A challenging read.


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Firecracker: First Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595143709
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Published: Razorbill - May 16th, 2013

Astrid Krieger is used to being feared. She's rich, brutally honest, and an accomplished delinquent who's just managed to get herself kicked out of school. Astrid's mde it through a lot of trouble, but can she survive public school? Hilarious!


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Z gives voice to a much unknown and misunderstood literary figure.
While Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lead a very public life in many ways,
Zelda was often forced to operate in a lifestyle that would make any
modern woman squirm with discontent, if not cry out with a vengeance.
Fowler breathes life into a voice who very much deserved to be heard
in her own time and now. Any lover of the art, literature, and culture
of the Jazz Age will not be disappointed with this read.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Cover Image
$46.39
ISBN: 9781250028655
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 26th, 2013

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Beth

Failure sometimes is an option, especially if you're Timmy Failure,
the delightfully oblivious 11-year old CEO of the best detective agency
in the entire nation. Or what would be the best detective agency, if
only his mom and Total, his polar bear assistant, would get on board.
Thwarted at every turn by the Weevil Bun, head of the rival CCIA, and
his unhelpful best friend Rollo, can Total Failure,
Inc. achieve world domination? Mistakes Were Made is a laugh-out-loud
introduction to this middle-grade series sure to appeal Wimpy Kid fans.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Cover Image
By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763660505
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 26th, 2013

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Beautiful inspiration for taking repurposing and sustainable living to the next level. Palmisano is a local author who gives more than thirty Vermont building and design businesses a shout-out for their skills.
Salvage Secrets: Transforming Reclaimed Materials Into Design Concepts Cover Image
By Joanne Palmisano, Susan Teare (Photographer)
$46.34
ISBN: 9780393733396
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2011

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A father lovingly writes his last words of advice to a young son he deeply regrets not knowing as an old man. As these things often go, the father gets side-tracked in his writing and gives us glimpses of his life in Gilead. Robinson's way with words is often pure beauty. Sometimes sad, but a joy to read.
Gilead Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312424404
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Published: Picador USA - January 10th, 2006

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Beautifully illustrated and well researched. An enlightening history of this scientific couple. Added bonus: the cover glows in the dark!
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780061351327
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Published: It Books - December 21st, 2010

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A man who writes obituaries for a living is forced to face the moment of his own death every day of his life. While this graphic novel alternates between both humorous and sad moments, it always manages to showcase the beauty this team of Brazilian brothers is known for.
Daytripper Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781401229696
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Published: Vertigo - February 8th, 2011

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Hope Larson’s graphic adaptation of this classic children’s book makes this science fiction story relevant and accessible to a whole new generation. With the arrival of a storm and three mysterious ladies, Meg is taken on a journey across the universe. Her mission: to save her father from the Dark Thing that is taking over other worlds. At times scary, and at others enlightening, this classic will be at home on every young reader’s shelf.
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9780374386153
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 2nd, 2012

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