Kristin R.'s Picks

Kristin is an artist who lives in a house that is part library, part weird and eccentric art collection. She is an eclectic reader, often stealing her husband's current book (to the point where he's started leaving bookmarks in things he thinks she might enjoy!) Some of her favorite authors include Ursula K. LeGuin, Jonathan Stroud, Tamsyn Muir, Nicola Yoon and Kiese Laymon. When not at the bookshop, she is usually working on art or...you guessed it, reading. If you find yourself in our Burlington store, check out her mural, right above the children's section.

Where You See Yourself, by Claire Forrest

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781338813838
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 2nd, 2023

Part coming-of-age, part romance, part reality check! Where You See Yourself will get you thinking about accessibility, your own self-reliance, and taking a good hard look at what goals you are aiming for. Effie's journey to find the perfect college experience was really fulfilling. Grab this for a soon-to-be-graduate or yourself.


The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale, by Jon Klassen

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By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536223361
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Published: Candlewick - July 11th, 2023

All elements of The Skull are intentional and well-considered, from minimalist colors to clever design choices and deceptively simple conversations. Jon Klassen's brain has distilled an old Tyrolean fairy tale into a new tale of friendship between a young girl and an ancient skull.


Mexikid, by Pedro Martín

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By Pedro Martín, Pedro Martín (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593462294
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Published: Dial Books - August 1st, 2023

Mexikid is filled with Pedro's big, fun, energetic family -- an interesting contrast to his stoic (and, we learn, heroic!) abuelito that his parents have decided to bring home to California. Pedro's parents and older siblings were born in Mexico, while he and his younger siblings were born stateside. 1970s pop culture mixes with rural Mexican culture in this epic that a wide range of readers will enjoy.


Memory Piece, by Lisa Ko

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By Lisa Ko
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593542101
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 19th, 2024

Memory Piece's first hook for me was Giselle's interest in creating performance art. The purity of purpose that she sought, which we then see mirrored in the lives of Jackie and Ellen, kept me fascinated. How many of us have tried to remain true to a thing, to the detriment of other people in our lives, and are we ever fully aware of how our actions affect them? The friends' trio of perspectives is really handled beautifully, and creates a framework of hope against a very possible dystopian future.


Meet Me on Mercer Street, by Booki Vivat

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$12.99
ISBN: 9781338788686
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 2nd, 2024

Kacie's artistic eye means that she catches lots of the changes going in in her neighborhood. But she also misses some that are right underneath her nose. Her best friend Nisha is suddenly gone and Kacie is faced with what happens when gentrification starts to take hold. Her community is changing, but she finds a way to keep much of it alive. A hopeful read!


The Misfits #1: A Royal Conundrum, by Lisa Yee

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By Lisa Yee, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781984830296
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2024

The Misfits is a madcap adventure with heart. Precocious teens, stolen jewels, and an off-the-wall approach to schooling combine for a great tale. I'm looking forward to more in this series!


It's Boba Time for Pearl Li!, by Nicole Chen

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780063228627
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 5th, 2024

I think Pearl Li's story could inspire quite a few young makers. Nicole Chen integrates business basics into this tale in a very accessible way, showing how decisions and circumstance can lead to results both happy and not-so-happy. Populated with descriptions of the delicious boba tea and the adorable amigurumi that Pearl Li makes, I guarantee this is a great tale of friendship and enterprise.


The Good Little Mermaid's Guide to Bedtime, by Eija Sumner

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By Eija Sumner, Nici Gregory (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735267893
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Published: Tundra Books - March 5th, 2024

I hope all sorts of little merpeople are going to be inspired by this book, as it is hilariously delightful. Hilarious writing, paired with delightful illustrations by Nici Gregory... you will find yourself wanting to act out every page. Bedtime will be a blast!


The Jinn-Bot of Shantiport, by Samit Basu

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ISBN: 9781250827517
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Published: Tordotcom - October 3rd, 2023

This book encompasses a myriad of themes: adventure, unusual family dynamics, and long-term revenge being some of the top. Plus bots of mysterious origin! Shantiport sounds like a gentler version of what might exist in Blade Runner, and the hybrid bots will enhance that vibe for the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the threads that wove through this story.


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