Staff Recommendations - Kids' Titles

Zero Fade (Paperback)

$12.00
ISBN-13: 9780988480438
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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing, 9/2013

"Seventh grade is the worst: Kevin has a wack haircut, a bully problem, and--according to the girl he likes--that mushy tushy. Chris L. Terry's debut coming-of-age novel, Zero Fade, is half "Boondocks" and half "Friday." Nothing is off-limits and everything is smart-mouthed in this young adult novel that takes on race, class, age, gender, and sexuality from the perspectives of a of two generations of Black men in a working-class family in the early 1990's. You'll feel every angsty growing pain and cheer for the tiny triumphs that feel like huge hurdles to a young man figuring out who he is in a world gone crazy."

--Mel


Steelheart (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780385743563
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Published: Delacorte Press, 9/2013

"Never before has the post-apocalyptic struggle for human survival been so riveting or uplifting. Sanderson has unparalleled gifts of fantastic world-building and the creation of complex, believable characters. He brings these gifts to Newcago, the setting of his new novel Steelheart, where the sun never rises and the super-human Steelheart holds the entire city of humans and super-humans hostage. All over the post-Calamity world, humans bow to Epics, allowing them to pillage, kill, and destroy at their leisure...until The Reckoners decide to take the power back. Can six humans defeat a hundred invincible villains? Is there any good left in the hearts of super-humans? Follow 18-year-old David through the steel catacombs of Newcago and into the fray as The Reckoners tip the scales in an anti-Epic battle for the fate of humanity. Sparks, Steelheart is a fun read!"

--Mel


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780544087088
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Published: Harcourt Children's Books, 9/2013

"10-year-old Birdie McAdam is an orphan who escapes the slums of Victorian London by apprenticing herself to the local Go-Devil Man, Alfred Bunce, the man in charge of exterminating bogles (scary monsters that live in dark places and eat children). Her job is to fearlessly turn her back to the bogle's lair and sing it out into the open so Alfred can kill it with the legendary Finn MacCool's spear. Alfred's lost only one apprentice over the years, and Birdie is a complete professional. But when a nosy socialite, a wicked thief, and a desperate necromancer get involved, sassy Birdie's nerve is shaken and her job is on the line. Birdie must fight for her right to bogle! This flawed and lovable cast of characters will make you tear through the pages of this unique, creepy tale of a plucky young heroine who knows exactly who she is and what she wants to do with her life."

--Mel


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062104892
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Published: HarperCollins, 5/2013

"In this book, you will find a completely original idea, several layers of meaning, and a few meta moments. Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil is a splendid tale of friendship and growth between two girls who are trying to figure out who they are while stuck in the clutch of a school divided in which labels are necessary for survival. Sophie and Agatha demonstrate the value of friendship, regardless of social expectations. This entertaining novel takes the young adult fantasy genre to new places with strong female protagonists, and will give Harry Potter fans something new to look forward to."

--Mel


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062104922
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Published: HarperCollins, 4/2014

"Just when they thought it was safe to live out their happily ever after, best friends Agatha and Sophie get sucked back into the magical world where the vanquished Evil Headmaster of the School for Good and Evil has been replaced by Dean Evelyn Sader in the brand new School for Girls and Boys. The princes live in squalor as refugees cast out of the castle, the male students and professors have turned Evil Hall into Lord of the Flies, the female students are training for war and learning how to rescue themselves, and the Storian has gone missing. Agatha and Sophie must find the Storian and rewrite their ending to undo the chaos one little wish has caused--a wish that threatens to divide boys from girls forever. Will Agatha and Sophie's friendship survive this dangerous new world where the lines between good and evil, boys and girls is hopelessly blurred? How will they choose between their friendship and the wish for happily ever after? This middle-grade fantasy takes the wonder of Chainani's The School for Good and Evil to new heights."

--Mel


$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781616202514
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 8/2013

"Life-long best friends Sahar and Nasrin are deeply in love but no match for the government in Iran, which deems homosexuality a sin punishable by death. When Nasrin is arranged to marry a handsome, wealthy surgeon-in-training, Sahar must decide if she should abandon her love, her home, or her identity (in Iran, gender reassignment surgery is government-subsidized and socially acceptable). Sahar is torn between being honest about herself and doing what she can to save her relationship with Nasrin. Can she sacrifice her identity for the woman she loves? What if Nasrin rejects her proposal? What will Sahar's father and Nasrin's family think? You will be uncomfortably engaged and absolutely mad for the smart, gorgeous prose in Sara Farizan's lovely debut novel If You Could Be Mine: it will threaten to break your heart at the turn of every page."

--Mel


Fault Line (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442460720
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Published: Simon Pulse, 11/2013

"This is an important text for all kinds of readers, and I'm so very happy it exists. Narrated by the boyfriend of a teen rape victim, Fault Line brings to life the challenges one faces when they are caught between the desire to rescue and the need to empower someone who has been victimized. Readers experience the ripples of chaos that circle out from one person's tragic moment, shaking the lives of those they love, and how much of a struggle it is to be there for someone who needs to stumble their way through uncomfortable steps on the path to recovery. This debut novel by C. Desir is challenging, yet needed in an age in which someone in the U. S. is sexually assaulted every two minutes, 80% of rape victims are under the age of 30, and 97% of rapists never spend a day in jail."

--Mel


$22.99
ISBN-13: 9780763650797
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Published: Candlewick, 7/2013

"Inspired by Buster Keaton's summer holidays during his childhood. Told in graphic novel form with beautiful watercolor illustrations!!! This book is sweet & charming for people of all ages!"

--Jen


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763666484
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Published: Candlewick, 4/2014

"This picture book has it all. A boy and his dragon! Beautiful splashes of color among black and white pages! Hidden pictures! Counting different items on each page! Follow along and help find the lost dragon. Great fun for everyone! A book to be shared!"

--Jen


Ava and Pip (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781402288708
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 3/2014

"The Wren Family are word nerds! Ava loves to write & is far from shy. Her older sister loves to draw & is very quiet & shy. Read along in Ava's diary and find out how Ava plans to help her sister make new friends and learn some palindromes while you're at it!"

--Jen


A Snicker of Magic (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780545552707
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Published: Scholastic Press, 2/2014

"Felicity Pickle sees words and collects them in a blue notebook. Her family just moved to Midnight Gulch, a town that has a history with magic. As she gets to know people in town, Felicity realizes her family might have something to do with the disappearance of that magic. Can she figure out the mystery before her mom decides it's time to move again? This is a tremendous, spindiddly, fabulous tale of friendship and family for fans of Three Times Lucky."

--Hannah


Tap Tap Boom Boom (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763656966
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Published: Candlewick, 3/2014

" Get ready to move to the rhythm of the coming storm and all the sounds that it makes as you read Tap Tap Boom Boom. City dwellers run to escape from the rain, gather in dry places, and listen to the booms of thunder as they wait out the end of the storm together. When the storm clears, they go back outside and are greeted with a beautiful sky. This read-aloud is soundtacular!! "

--Hannah


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763666484
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Published: Candlewick, 4/2014

"Where is this kid's dragon? He goes all over the city looking for his dragon but it is SO good at hiding. It hides in the zoo, it hides in the park, and in the architecture. Children and adults will have fun looking for the dragon and counting different pieces of the city in these supercool illustrations. This is one of my favorite picture books of the spring!"

--Hannah


$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780316199988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

"Beekle waits in the land of imaginary friends to be picked by a friend in real land. After waiting for a really long time, he decides to do something no imaginary friend has ever done and go find his own friend. He ventures to the real world, but none of the children feel quite right. Luckily, his match finds Beekle at a playground and everything is perfect. I adore this fanciful, friendly tale!"

--Hannah


The Scar Boys (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781606844397
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Published: EgmontUSA, 2/2014

"Harry gets scarred by lightning at an early age. In middle school, he's bullied, lonely, and friendless, until a classmate, Johnny, befriends him. Johnny and Harry decide to start a punk rock band because why not? It's the eighties and punk is IN! Music gives Harry an outlet, an identity, and all of the teenage band drama anyone would expect. If you don't want to pick up an instrument and rock out at the end of this book, then you're not reading hard enough!"

--Hannah