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Warlight Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525521198
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 8th, 2018

The Heart's Invisible Furies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524760793
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Published: Hogarth Press - March 6th, 2018

My absolutely favorite new book!

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ISBN: 9780316262286
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

This is my pick to win the Newbery Award for 2018. It's an important book that should be read in schools everywhere.

After being shot by a white police officer who thought a toy gun was real, twelve year old Jerome's ghost observes his family and community in the aftermath of this tragedy.  Another ghost, a boy named Emmet Till, guides Jerome and helps him process what has happened. 

Connecting the deaths of these boys brings historical racism, concious and unconcious, to life in this heartbreaking story. 


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ISBN: 9780385755665
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 15th, 2018

The Penderwicks at Last, puts a perfect ending on a wonderful series. The girls come full circle, back to Arundel where it all began. Youngest sister, Lydia, is the focus this time. Her older sisters are all launched into their lives and she's fast on their heels. 
I'm sad it's over, yet glad to have known these funny, smart, interesting young women.
Please, Ms. Birdsall, write one more! 

The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476796093
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 3rd, 2018

May 6th, 1965 is still vivid in my memory.  While our apartment in Minneapolis didn't get hit, I remember huddling in the basement with our neighbors while my dad was outside watching the storm. Before the sirens went off, mom had said we could run and get ice cream at Sonny's but to get right home.  I swear I saw tumbleweeds rolling down Lyndale Avenue which was really weird. The sky was green, the air still.  Something big was coming.

I read with morbid fascination THE MAN WHO CAUGHT THE STORM and couldn't put it down. 

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ISBN: 9780525509127
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 10th, 2018

A really fun and interesting memoir about working in the White House during the Obama years.  Not so much a policy wonk read, more of a work hard, party hard, behind the scenes look at one young woman's incredible devotion to her job and the president she served.  Loved it!

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ISBN: 9780544876392
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 3rd, 2017

If you liked The Penderwicks or any old-fashioned family stories, you'll love The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street.

They live in a brownstone on a shady street in Harlem where everyone knows everyone.  When their mysterious landlord doesn't renew their lease the kids take it upon themselves to convince him why they should stay.  

Wonderful neighbors, a really smart bunny, clanking radiators and a REP, (Roof of Epic Proportions) are just a few of the things that make this book sing with warmth and charm.

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ISBN: 9780374303235
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 17th, 2017

Two high school students riding the same bus. One sets the other on fire.  

Both sides of the story are told.  

Explored in this book are gender, identity, morality, race, class, and most of all, forgiveness.

Should be required reading for high school students.

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ISBN: 9781476716732
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 2017


Anna Kerrigan lives with her mother, Agnes, an ex-Ziegfeld Follies dancer, her handicapped sister Lydia and her troubled father, Eddie, in an apartment in Brooklyn. It's the depression and Eddie is happy to be employed, even if what he does is mob-related. Anna often accompanies him on his "errands" and is torn between the freedom being with her father gives her and the safety of their apartment where Lydia is mostly confined.

Years later, during the war, Eddie has disappeared and Anna goes to work at the Brooklyn Naval Yard and becomes the first female diver so she can support her mother and sister.

One night, a chance meeting at a nightclub puts her in contact with someone who may know what happened to her father.

I was hoping this would be as good as her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, and it may, in fact, be better. 

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ISBN: 9780374304522
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 12th, 2017

A magical, middle-grade novel about a girl who wants to be a writer, a magical garden, a hermit, a missing airplane, UFO's, spies, secrets, families, and maybe even a mermaid. 

Who could pull this all together and tie it up with a bow? Polly Horvath!

Loved it! 

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ISBN: 9780545930802
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

Maggie Stiefvater has blown me away with this new novel filled with love and radio waves, owls and miracles. Her writing is so lyrical and magical that she had me turning down pages and reading passages aloud. Also, I want to go out at night with an AM radio and listen for magic!

All the Crooked Saints takes place in Bicho Raro, a tiny southern Colorado village in the early 1960's. A young man arrives, falls in love with the desert, and the desert falls in love with him. He is taken in by the Soria family, a family who perform miracles for pilgrims who come to the desert for help. Only he doesn't need a miracle, he needs a truck.  As he labors to pay for the truck he witnesses the struggles of the pilgrims and the darkness with which the Soria's are coping.

With warmth and understanding and love, miracles happen in Bicho Raro.

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ISBN: 9781524732240
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 6th, 2018

Super creepy and scary!  Couldn't put it down.

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ISBN: 9780735211179
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 29th, 2017

This is a powerful, horrifying coming of age story about a girl who had to come of age way too young.

Turtle (Julia) is raised by her monster of a father outside Mendocino, CA. She's lean and mean and knows more about guns than most gun experts.  A quiet girl, with no friends, she spends alot of time in her own head trying to figure out the meaning of things. She has had to study her father and learn not to make him angry so she studies everyone else too, so she can protect her father and thus ensure her own survival.

Turtle spends the majority of her time outdoors. The beauty and rugged landscape she embraces, the ocean and tides, the insects and wildlife are her family as well. A family she can rely on and understand.

Beautifully descriptive, this is a survival story to match any I've ever read.

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ISBN: 9780440000785
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Published: Berkley Books - August 21st, 2018

Getting "VOXED" may be the new term for being silenced. In this frightening new novel women wear a special wristband (you can pick your color) that gives them a little reminder not to speak more than 100 words per day.  Disciplining your children? Comforting them when they have a bad dream? Making a phone call? All things of the past. Unless you've saved enough words.  Reading, driving, opening the mail, things we take for granted now are gone as well.  
This is a chilling reminder of how quickly women's rights can vanish and how hard it is to get them back. 

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ISBN: 9781632867056
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - May 8th, 2018

I loved this from the first sentence! 

Marcus is eleven when his mother dies and he's sent to live with his great-aunt Charlotte, a reclusive artist living on an island off the coast of South Carolina. They get along fine but Marcus spends most of his time alone, guarding the turtle nests and exploring the abandonded cottage at the end of the island. He's fascinated by the story of a boy and his parents who vanished during a hurricane while staying in this cottage. 

His aunt's haunted past, the haunted past of the cottage and Marcus's own loss all lead him on a journey of self-discovery.

This is a beautiful novel that I highly recommend

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ISBN: 9780735223349
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Published: Penguin Press - June 27th, 2017

Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight was one of the best memoirs I've ever read. Alexandra Fuller is a compelling storyteller. Her new novel, Quiet Until the Thaw, takes place on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. It's the story of two boys who take different paths in life. Again, her storytelling shines and makes this novel a really good read.

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ISBN: 9781101973486
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Published: Vintage - January 2nd, 2018

Imagine an elegant grandmother who can shoot like a sniper and stare down a psychopathic biker with her steely self-confidence. A woman who stands up for the underdog at all costs. That's Celine,a private investigator/artist who specializes in reuniting families. I'm making this sound cartoonish, and it's not. Celine is such a great character I hope the author writes more episodes in her most interesting life.  



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ISBN: 9781524731823
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 27th, 2017

Kooky with a big heart is how I think of this delightful novel. The Telemachus family is made up of psychics and con artists, some of them struggle with whether to use their powers for good or for cash. Then the mafia and the CIA come calling and chaos reigns except for the one person who saw it all coming......

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ISBN: 9780812985405
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Published: Random House Trade - February 6th, 2018

My favorite book of the new year, crazy good!! For a review far better than I could write, please look at Ann W.'s staff picks. She's written a concise description of this book which is very hard to describe. We are both excited to share this quirky, literary and we think, award winning novel with you all.

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ISBN: 9781101970904
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2018

What a great read! A coming of age story about a 13 year old boy who helps his father steal architectural antiques from buildings in New York City in 1974. Adventure, hijinks, young love and wonderful, wise writing had me turning down pages so I can go back and savor them again. Ultimately a love letter to New York City. I'll never visit there again without looking up.

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ISBN: 9780316308120
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 23rd, 2018

Two boys, brothers, flee Hungary in 1956 with their family, bound for Paris. Life is bewildering, terrifying, brutal and at times hilarious. Loved it!

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ISBN: 9781101940440
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

This is the story of a smart, troubled girl who needs a nudge in the right direction. Eight weeks in a desert wilderness camp should do the trick. No cooked food or companionship until you can make fire. Everything you need is in your pack. Chip on your shoulder so you don't ask for help? Figure it out. Eight weeks of tough love prove inspirational for this wild bird. Loved it!