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Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Club: Roll Call by Molly Knox Ostertag

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By Molly Knox Ostertag, Xanthe Bouma (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780063039247
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Published: HarperAlley - November 29th, 2022

This captures the essence of growing up, making friends, and surviving middle school but told through a Dungeons & Dragons club. I love that this book focuses on the most important parts of any successful campaign: having fun with your friends. Great for nerds and fantasy lovers, young and old.


Kaguya-sama: Love Is War (vol. 1) by Aka Akasaka

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$9.99
ISBN: 9781974700301
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - March 6th, 2018

This might be the funniest romcom I’ve read or watched in years. Two tsundere teenagers engage in a battle of wits to see who can make the other confess first, but slowly influence each other to be better people and learn what it means to truly love someone. Full of loveable characters and fantastic character development, you don’t want to miss this one. Check out the anime adaptation on Funimation!


Hello, Melancholic! (vol. 1) by Yayoi Ohsawa

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ISBN: 9781648278853
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Published: Seven Seas - February 1st, 2022

Looking to scratch that “band romance” itch? This will certainly do it! Asano Minato is socially awkward on a catastrophic scale, but her worries around making friends and playing music in front of others is relatable, even if you’ve never picked up an instrument before. A sweet ‘girl love’ slice-of-life romance!


Ascendance of a Bookworm (Part 1 Volume 1) by Miya Kazuki, Suzuka (Illustrator), Quof (Translator)

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Ascendance of a Bookworm (Manga) Part 1 Volume 1 By Miya Kazuki, Suzuka (Illustrator), Quof (Translator) Cover Image
By Miya Kazuki, Suzuka (Illustrator), Quof (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781718372504
Published: J-Novel Club - September 1st, 2020

After an unfortunate book-related incident, Urano finds herself reincarnated into the body of five-year-old Myne. Desperate to achieve her dreams of becoming a librarian in a fantasy world where books are a rarity, she decides she’ll just have to make the books herself. This series is light and fun with a healthy dose of high fantasy. An adorable isekai light-novel/manga series made for bibliophiles of all kinds! Recommended Age: 12+


Let There Be Light by Liana Finck

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ISBN: 9781984801531
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Published: Random House - April 12th, 2022

This is a hilarious yet respectful retelling of the Book of Genesis sprinkled with a self-aware sense of humor that is enhanced tenfold by the sketchy, cartoon-like artwork. If you know the stories, you’ll appreciate the twists and occasional jabs she makes to each story. If you’re new to these biblical tales, the tales of a moody god looking after her wayward creations is still a fun read worth checking out.


Bloom by Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau (Illustrator)

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By Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781626726413
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Published: First Second - January 29th, 2019

This is as much a summer romance as it is a heartfelt coming-of-age story. Ari is torn between his passion for music and starting a band and familial duty of supporting the family bakery. Throw a sudden cute new baker into the mix and you get an endearing tale about discovering your passions, building healthy relationships (and tossing out the toxic ones), and realizing that the things you truly need were in front of you the whole time.


Blackwater by Jeannette Arroyo, Ren Graham

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ISBN: 9781250777058
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks - July 19th, 2022

When Tony becomes friends with “weird kid” Eli, a lonely boy with an autoimmune disorder who can see ghosts, he finds himself plunged into a secret hiding just beyond the tree line of his backwater town – as if he doesn't have enough to worry about while maintaining his social status at school, his absent parents, and budding romance with Eli. This is perfect for fans of Teen Wolf.


Ellen Outside the Lines by A. J. Sass

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ISBN: 9780759556270
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 22nd, 2022

I love Ellen and her friends to pieces. It's hard to explain all the reasons why this book resonated with me so strongly. Maybe it's the unflinchingly honest way Sass tackles hard topics like feeling pushed to be someone you’re not, questioning yourself (and your friendships), and coming to terms with change. A beautifully queer and neurodivergent coming-of-age with all the sorrows and joys of growing up.


The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

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ISBN: 9780375822742
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Published: Yearling - May 25th, 2004

This is one of my favorite childhood books! After being forced underground, humanity finds itself running on borrowed time. Follow Dune and Lina, two unlikely friends, as they dig into the mysteries surrounding their home and their forgotten history – secrets that others would rather stay forgotten. Full of fun suspense and adventure!


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