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“OCDaniel” by Wesley King

Joan read OCDaniel and this is what she thought… Daniel is a typical eighth-grader. He’s desperate to fit in, to make his father proud, and hide the fact that he thinks he might be crazy. He’s pretty busy with school and football (and Zaps and Routines), but then he gets a mysterious note that changes everything. […]

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Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

“The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.” If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for this book for 16 years! Susanna Clarke’s first novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, is a delicate masterpiece of storytelling magic, and is a book I revisit every year so my bar was set high for her […]

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Maids by Katie Skelly

On the first page of Maids, a graphic novel by Katie Skelly, a young woman picks a human eyeball off the floor and cautiously pokes at it with her index finger. As she is about to prod the pupil of the disembodied ocular sphere, Skelly shifts the frame to show the same young woman ringing […]

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Crowded v. 1: Soft Apocalypse

In the not so distant future, there’s an app for everything, including assassination. Charlie Ellison discovers she’s the newest target on Reapr with a million dollars on her head. She then makes use of a bodyguard for hire app (naturally) called Dfend where she hires Vita, the lowest rated bodyguard available. She may be the […]

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Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Lillian is in her late twenties. She works at a grocery store and lives in her mother’s attic. She is unhappy, but has no inclination toward change. That is, until she receives a letter from her childhood best friend, Madison. Now married to a state senator who has his eyes on the presidency, Madison needs […]

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“Ways to Make Sunshine” by Renée Watson

Joan read Ways to Make Sunshine and this is what she thought… African American fourth grader Ryan Hart is self-assured in her life and her name, which means King even though she’s a girl. That is until constant changes (like her dad’s new job, moving to a new house, and all the demands of being in fourth […]

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“Pizza Girl” by Jean Kyoung Frazier

The titular pizza girl of Jean Kyoung Frazier’s debut novel is eighteen, pregnant, and lives at home with her mother and boyfriend. She works as a delivery driver for a local greasy pizza joint. One day, a woman named Jenny calls in an order for a cheese pizza and pickles. Something in Jenny’s voice intrigues […]

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Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

At Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane McKeen is training to become an Attendant. When she graduates, she will become someone who serves the upper class with proper etiquette, but also with the skills to take down the dead who have risen on the battlefields of the Civil War. But soon more problems […]

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“The Inquisitor’s Tale Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog” By Adam Gidwitz, Illustrated By Hatem Aly

Colleen read The Inquisitor’s Tale and this is what she thought… When Jeanne, a peasant girl with visions, William, an immensely strong oblate (monk-in-training), Jacob, a young Jewish boy with healing power, and a baby-rescuing greyhound set out on a journey together, their experiences are nothing short of legendary! This tale is described from many […]

Staff Picks Teens

“An Abundance of Katherines” By John Green

Rachel read An Abundance of Katherines and this is what she thought… Colin has been dumped 19 times, all by girls named Katherine. Heartbroken after breakup number 19, Colin and his best friend take a road-trip and end up in Gutshot, Tennessee where they meet a girl named Lindsey. Colin and Lindsey work together to come […]