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Paradise Sands: A Story of Enchantment By Levi Pinfold

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Kristin R.
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By Levi Pinfold, Levi Pinfold (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781536212822
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Published: Candlewick Studio - November 8th, 2022

Four children are traversing a dusty, ominous landscape to pick up their mother from the hospital. During a stop to gather flowers, the brothers are lured into a mysterious palatial building, leaving their sister to rescue them, but at a cost. Pinfold's stunning artwork is worthy of attention from readers of all ages, and barely needs the words to tell the tale. Truly haunting!
 


The Weight of Blood By Tiffany D. Jackson

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Kristin R.
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ISBN: 9780063029149
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 6th, 2022

Tiffany Jackson may have taken the movie "Carrie" as her jumping off point, but this is no play-by-play imitation. Her love of the original comes through in matching the misery of being an outcast in high school, the immediate horror of the abusive parent, and the insidious horror of trying to survive institutionalized racism. This is one heck of a good read that will have you investing in one character after another, despite knowing few will survive.
 


M is for Monster by Talia Dutton

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Violet
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ISBN: 9781419751974
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - Surely - June 28th, 2022

What's not to love about a Frankenstein retelling and all the tough questions this sort of narrative loves to grapple with? When Doctor Frances Ai brings her sister back to life, M realizes certain aspects of her former life no longer interest her. This is a story of familial expectations and acceptance of situation(s) beyond our control--of growing out of one's interests, and the exploration of identity and personal motivations/gains. 


Kings of B'More by R. Eric Thomas

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Kristin R.
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ISBN: 9780593326183
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Published: Kokila - May 31st, 2022

If the last time you watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off made you cringe a bit, this is the perfect antidote. The dual perspective is well done, and the summertime vibes are DELIGHTFUL. Kings of B'More is both an ode to Linus & Harrison's friendship, and a rom-com where the wildest plans somehow come together in an epic manner.
 


Magical Boy

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Nicole
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$15.99
ISBN: 9781338775525
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Published: Graphix - February 1st, 2022

Wow, wow, WOW!! I cannot praise this enough! The Kao takes everything you love about the "Magical Girl" trope from franchises like Sailor Moon or Madoka Magica and uses it as a tool to explore gender & identity. Having a trans man as the “Magical Boy” was such a fresh, natural twist to the classic formula. I had such a blast reading this!


The Overstory by Richard Powers

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Caroline
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ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Powers' prose will bring you a great appreciation for one of Earth's most wonderous creations: trees. This book begins as a collection of short stories that gradually weave together into one elaborate tale. Reading The Overstory is like encountering individual trees on a stroll and slowly finding yourself enveloped in a rich forest. A must read for lovers of breath taking writing and breath-making trees.


I Hope This Finds You Well by Kate Baer

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Caroline
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ISBN: 9780063137998
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 9th, 2021

Kate Baer is one of my favorite poets alive today. Her work is always beautiful and empowering and this collection fits right in. The contrast between Baer’s unsolicited messages and her clipped blackout poetry is stark and masterfully clever. A succinct exercise in perspective taking and carving your truth from the words of others.


The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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Caroline
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ISBN: 9780307387899
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2007

A haunting book, not because of it's post-apocalyptic setting, but because it is a masterful story of a father’s enduring love for his son. The heartbeat of McCarthy’s clipped prose will keep your eyes on the page from the first to last letter, and then through several rereads.


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