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William Alexander, Ann Braden, Kekla Magoon, & Lindsey Stoddard

Join us for an all-star Children's Book Week panel featuring middle grade authors William Alexander, Ann Braden, Kekla Magoon, and Lindsey Stoddard. The panel will be moderated by Beth Shelley.


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By William Alexander, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481469180
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 7th, 2018

National Book Award winner William Alexander conjures up a spooky adventure full of excitement in this entertaining sequel to A Properly Unhaunted Place.

Rosa Ramona Diaz, the ghost appeasing assistant librarian, has unleashed all the ghosts who were previously shut out of the small town of Ingot. Now ghosts are everywhere, and the town’s living residents are either learning to cope or trying to do the one thing no one can successfully do—banish the ghosts.

At school, something supernatural is stealing kids’ voices and leaving them speechless. And it’s Rosa’s job to solve the mystery and set things right. Meanwhile her best friend Jasper is dealing with what remains of the Renaissance Festival, where ghosts from Ingot’s past are now battling it out with the ghosts of the Renaissance reenactors. And Rosa is experiencing a haunting of her own—could her father’s ghost have followed her here?

Somehow Rosa and Jasper are going to have to find a way to bring Ingot back to normal—in a world where the living are now residing side-by-side with the dearly departed.

The Benefits of Being an Octopus Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510737488
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Published: Sky Pony - September 4th, 2018

This relatable look at life in poverty for a kid today—and how hard it is to break out of the cycle—is perfect for fans of Joan Bauer and Cynthia Voigt.

An NPR Best Book of 2018!
Some people can do their homework. Some people get to have crushes on boys. Some people have other things they've got to do.

Seventh-grader Zoey has her hands full as she takes care of her much younger siblings after school every day while her mom works her shift at the pizza parlor. Not that her mom seems to appreciate it. At least there's Lenny, her mom's boyfriend—they all get to live in his nice, clean trailer.

At school, Zoey tries to stay under the radar. Her only friend Fuchsia has her own issues, and since they're in an entirely different world than the rich kids, it's best if no one notices them.

Zoey thinks how much easier everything would be if she were an octopus: eight arms to do eight things at once. Incredible camouflage ability and steady, unblinking vision. Powerful protective defenses.

Unfortunately, she's not totally invisible, and one of her teachers forces her to join the debate club. Even though Zoey resists participating, debate ultimately leads her to see things in a new way: her mom’s relationship with Lenny, Fuchsia's situation, and her own place in this town of people who think they're better than her. Can Zoey find the courage to speak up, even if it means risking the most stable home she's ever had?

This moving debut novel explores the cultural divides around class and the gun debate through the eyes of one girl, living on the edges of society, trying to find her way forward.

The Season of Styx Malone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524715953
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - October 16th, 2018


Meet Caleb and Bobby Gene, two brothers embarking on a madcap, heartwarming, one-thing-leads-to-another adventure, for fans of As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds, Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina, Front Desk by Kelly Yang, and One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. Friendships are forged, loyalties are tested…and miracles just might happen.

Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene are excited to have adventures in the woods behind their house. But Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town.

Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. Styx promises the brothers that together, the three of them can pull off the Great Escalator Trade—exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. Styx has secrets—secrets so big they could ruin everything.

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ISBN: 9780062652942
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Published: HarperCollins - February 12th, 2019

An extraordinary middle grade debut about an unforgettable heroine and her unconventional family. In the tradition of Lynda Mullaly Hunt, John David Anderson, Holly Goldberg Sloan, and Ann M. Martin, readers across generations will cheer and cry for Robbie Hart as she learns that family is family, no matter what it looks like.

For as long as Robinson Hart can remember, it’s just been her and Grandpa. Robbie knows they look like an odd pair, because her blond hair and pale skin don’t match his dark complexion—but those differences don’t mean anything to her. And though she wishes Grandpa would tell her more about the rest of her family, she’s learned over the years that he doesn’t like to talk about the past. But Grandpa’s memory is starting to get bad, and Robbie’s worried that soon he won’t remember their family—including her—at all. She’s sure that he would get better if she could stay out of trouble, but it’s hard to keep her fists to herself when bullies like Alex Carter make fun of her for not having a mom or for looking so different from Grandpa. It’s up to Robbie to learn how to deal with her anger and to keep her family together—no matter what.

Ann M. Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Rain Reign, called Just Like Jackie “a lovely story of acceptance—about what makes a family and how we make our own families, and about embracing our differences,” and Cammie McGovern, author of Just My Luck, deemed it “as close to perfect as a book for middle grade children can get!” Just Like Jackie deals with the multiracial family experience, bullying, and a beloved grandparent’s decline, with a striking and uplifting message of acceptance, forgiveness, and unconditional love.

Laurie Essig

Join Laurie Essig for a talk on her new book, Love, Inc.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  The notion of “happily ever after” has been ingrained in many of us since childhood—meet someone, date, have the big white wedding, and enjoy your well-deserved future. But why do we buy into this idea? Is love really all we need?

Love, Inc.: Dating Apps, the Big White Wedding, and Chasing the Happily Neverafter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520300491
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Published: University of California Press - February 12th, 2019

Phil's Top 10 (or 11) Books to Read Before You Die

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Pale Fire (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679723424
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 1989

Of Mice and Men Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140177398
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1993

Dubliners Cover Image
By James Joyce, Terence Brown (Introduction by), Terence Brown (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780140186475
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 1st, 1993

The World Doesn't End Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156983501
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Published: Mariner Books - March 14th, 1989

Collected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804170857
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Published: Knopf - March 1st, 2016

As I Lay Dying (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679732259
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 1991

The Road (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307387899
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2007

Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307387479
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Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2009

Last Evenings on Earth Cover Image
By Roberto Bolaño, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811216883
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Published: New Directions - April 30th, 2007

Arctic Dreams Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375727481
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Published: Vintage - October 2nd, 2001

Stardust Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062564344
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Published: William Morrow - September 27th, 2016

The Girl Before, by Rena Olson

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ISBN: 9781101982358
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 9th, 2016

What happens when everything you've ever known is taken away? When you can no longer undeniably trust those closest to you? When you are forced to question the essential essence of these relationships? Rena Olson tackles these questions in The Girl Before as Clara Lawson's life as a cog in sex-trafficking ring with a familial twist is disrupted. A great read for those who like flashback narratives and who are looking to ponder the nature of relationships and survival. 

Story Time with City Market

Enjoy your Saturday morning with City Market and Phoenix Books, and join us for a reading of the children’s book The Popcorn Book, by Tommy DePaola. After we read together, we will have a fun and delicious activity!

Tomie dePaola's The Popcorn Book (40th Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823439850
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Published: Holiday House - October 16th, 2018


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