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Dogtown, by Katherine Applegate

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Melanie
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Dogtown (A Dogtown Book #1) By Katherine Applegate, Gennifer Choldenko, Wallace West (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250811622
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Published: Square Fish - September 3rd, 2024

A wholesome story of an unlikely friendship between real dog Chance, robot dog Metal Head, and Mouse (a mouse!). Perfect for dog lovers.  ~Melanie


OKSI, by Mari Ohokoivu

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Melanie
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Oksi By Mari Ahokoivu, Silja-Maaria Aronpuro (Translated by) Cover Image
By Mari Ahokoivu, Silja-Maaria Aronpuro (Translated by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646141128
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Published: Levine Querido - October 26th, 2021

Fan of graphic novels? Folklore? Add Oksi to your collection!

Hauntingly beautiful. Compelling. Even if, like me, you are not too familiar with Finnish mythology. I enjoyed all 391 pages in one sitting, but found myself pausing enough to really appreciate the visuals and themes. A truly immersive reading experience.


Barb The Last Berzerker, by Dan and Jason

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Melanie
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Barb the Last Berzerker By Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson, Dan & Jason, Dan Abdo (Illustrator), Jason Patterson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson, Dan & Jason, Dan Abdo (Illustrator), Jason Patterson (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781534485716
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

Oh no! The Berzerkers - or Zerks, legendary warriors who fight on the side of humans in the war against monsters - are trapped by the evil WitchHead. Barb was always told she's too small or too young to help. But now she's their only hope! Follow Barb's awesome adventures. Along the way, she not surprisingly fights monsters. She surprisingly saves and befriends monsters, too. The characters are zany and impossible not to like. (I dare you not to fall in love with Porkchop the Yeti.) The artwork is bold and powerful - simple and scribbly AND detailed and nuanced. The thematic elements hold positive messages. And Barb is one fierce, brave, kind, compassionate, vulnerable, smart heroine. No wonder an eclectic bunch of new friends joins her to save them all. Pure entertainment!


Barb and the Ghost Blade (Barb the Last Berzerker #2) By Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson, Dan & Jason, Dan Abdo (Illustrator), Jason Patterson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson, Dan & Jason, Dan Abdo (Illustrator), Jason Patterson (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781534485747
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

Barb and the Battle for Bailiwick (Barb the Last Berzerker #3) By Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson, Dan & Jason, Dan Abdo (Illustrator), Jason Patterson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson, Dan & Jason, Dan Abdo (Illustrator), Jason Patterson (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781665914451
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2023

Garlic & the Vampire by Bree Paulson

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Melanie
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Garlic and the Vampire By Bree Paulsen, Bree Paulsen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bree Paulsen, Bree Paulsen (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062995087
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 28th, 2021

Short and sweet, but packed with good stuff -- folklore, friendship, endearing characters, adventure and triumph, and delightful graphics.