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What to Say Next (YA)

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by Julie Buxbaum After her father’s tragic death in a car accident that still haunts her, Kit needs space. She finds refuge at the lunch table of David Drucker, a quiet outsider with Asperger’s (although he’ll be the first to tell you that’s not an actual disorder anymore). An unlikely friendship forms, which opens both […]

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Ink, Iron, and Glass (YA)

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by Gwendolyn Clare In this steampunk alternate history where scriptology—creating alternate worlds with words—is an actual science, Elsa comes from her scribed homeworld of Veldana to Earth to try to find and rescue her abducted mother. She learns a lot about Earth, friendship, and her own abilities along the way. This book made me want […]

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The Story of Mankind (YA)

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by Hendrik Willem van Loon I am trying to read, or at least attempt, all of the Newbery Award winners from 1922 to the present, and this is the very first. It tells the history of the world from the beginning of time through the present day. Because the scope is so broad, some people […]

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Rebel of the Sands (YA)

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by Alwyn Hamilton Middle East meets Wild West in this magical gunslinging adventure. All Amani has ever wanted is to get out of her nowhere town of Dustwalk. But when she finally escapes with a mysterious stranger, she’s in for surprise after surprise—about her companion, her country, and even herself. Fast-paced, smart-mouthed, and full of […]