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Gemina by Amie Kaufman - Book Review

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780553499155
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 18th, 2016

This much-anticipated sequel to Illuminae is sure to be one of the hottest YA titles this season. Again told via emails, chats and stunning graphics, Gemina introduces two characters who form an unlikely relationship as they, too, get caught up in the elaborate conspiracy that seeks to destroy humanity. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781481472678
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2016

Although Nemesis has been told that she doesn't "have humanity," she knows enough about being human to serve and protect. When her charge is arraigned, Nemesis goes in her place in order to keep her safe. Suspenseful, edgy, and original, this is the must-have YA fantasy of the year. ~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis - Book Review

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By Carson Ellis, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763665302
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Published: Candlewick - October 18th, 2016

Su! Su! Du Iz Tak? is an absolute joy! Bug language, bug details, and Alice in Wonderland charm establish this dazzling picture book as one of the most original children's works in recent years. Despite the fictitious language, kids will follow the story without a problem: adults, rather, might need to open their minds to embrace the language and culture of bugs. Highly recommended for ages 3-7, as well as for fans of B.J. Novak's Book With No Pictures. ~Aubrey Restifo


Penguin Problems

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By Jory John, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553513370
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

Penguin's existential crisis takes the form of endless complaints about everyday life in this hilarious book from Lane Smith and Jory John. Young children will recognize Penguin's incessant whining as familiar territory and will appreciate a wise walrus's perspective-lending monologue when delivered aloud by an engaging reader. Ages 4-8. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


We Found a Hat

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By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763656003
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Published: Candlewick - October 11th, 2016

Two turtles discover a stray hat: it looks great on both of them, but there is only one hat to go around. How will the turtles cope? This brilliantly illustrated book about compromise, fairness, and friendship completes Jon Klassen's Caldecott-winning series with simple humor and honesty. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

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ISBN: 9780062311566
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Published: Ecco - July 5th, 2016

I couldn't put this book down! Not only is dogsledding, Arctic-living, and fiercely independent Blair Braverman a total badass, but she's a wonderful writer, too. In Braverman's autobiography, she grapples with issues of self-preservation, heritage, and gender as she attempts to navigate a male-dominated society. As she confronts her personal trajectory head-on, she constructs a portrait of the relationship between notions of "patriarchy" and "feminism" that helps to situate her experiences and decisions in a fully-realized coming-of-age arc. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


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