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Iron Widow By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735269934
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Penguin Teen Canada - September 21st, 2021

"Intense, action-packed, and badass!  The plot twists had me literally gasping in excitement, and I love the protagonist Zetian's total ruthlessness in her quest for vengeance and power."  -Recommended by Molly


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A Thousand Steps Into Night By Traci Chee Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358469988
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Published: Clarion Books - March 1st, 2022

This Japanese-inspired buddy road-trip fantasy reads like a Studio Ghibli movie!  Spirited, colorful, heartwarming, adventurous, and equal parts vulnerable and fierce.  It's got plot twists and defys tropes and has the cutest bird-boy friend I've ever met.  -Molly


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Jelly By Clare Rees Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781419745577
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - March 1st, 2022

We don't usually associated fun with the appocalypse, but this book makes it work with it's sarcastic protagonist and wacky premise: what if you and a bunch of strangers got stuck on the back of a giant jelly fish? --Recommended by Molly


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Unseen Magic By Emily Lloyd-Jones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063057982
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Greenwillow Books - February 22nd, 2022

You will love Unseen Magic! It's a thrilling, magical mystery with serious wisdom for readers young and not so young. --Recommended by Jane


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Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle) By Tracy Deonn Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781534441613
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 1st, 2022

This book is Black Girl Magic gate-crashing into Arthurian legend in the most spectacular way. --Recommended by Molly


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The Beatryce Prophecy By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536213614
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Candlewick - September 28th, 2021

"A wonderous tale of Beatryce (the only girl who can read & write- who, they say, will unseat a king!) and her beloved goat...  I love this story!"  Recommended by Alena


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Vespertine By Margaret Rogerson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534477117
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 5th, 2021

This book made me squee and laugh and cry and feel all the feels and it's going to be a trilogy and I love it so much, omg, please read it! --Recommended by Molly


A Song of Wraiths and Ruin By Roseanne A. Brown Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062891501
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Balzer + Bray - April 27th, 2021

First in a fantasy duology inspired by West African mythology. The two protagonists are richly drawn, complex characters trapped in a desperate struggle for freedom where there are no good choices and someone always gets hurt, but you can't help rooting for them anyway. The sequal "A Psalm of Storms and SIlence" was even better than the first. --Recommended by Molly


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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) By Suzanne Collins Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781338635171
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 19th, 2020

A return to the thrills, the excitement, the anticipation... A return to the games.  I'm on the edge of my seat! Recommended by Rob


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On The Horizon By Lois Lowry, Kenard Pak (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lois Lowry, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358129400
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Published: Clarion Books - April 7th, 2020

These are poems about history and heroism, love and loss, humanity, and war. These are the lives of sailors at Pearl Harbor and civilians at Hiroshima during the events that changed the world. Beautifully Heartbreaking and Amazing Uplifting. Recommended by Rob


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The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle By Christina Uss Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780823445738
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - April 7th, 2020

This book promises to give you one heck of a good ride (and a fun read too.) Recommended by Jeanette


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The Shadow Arts By Damien Love Cover Image
$19.79
ISBN: 9780451478610
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

When a dear friend is in trouble, Alex's grandfather knows exactly who to ask for help. The two travel the world together fighting evil robots and shadowy super-villains and learning along the way that grandfathers and grandsons make the best heroic teams. A perfect book for curious children with thirst for adventure! Recommended by Rob


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Nocturna By Maya Motayne Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062842749
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Balzer + Bray - March 3rd, 2020

Take one foul-mouthed girl with her thieving ways and one reluctant prince with his magical incantations -- mix them with disasters -- and you have a recipe for a book you'll quickly devour. Recommended by Jeanette


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The Cold Is in Her Bones By Peternelle van Arsdale Cover Image
$13.19
ISBN: 9781481488457
Availability: Special order - we'll let you know how long!
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - January 21st, 2020

This sharp, feminist fantasy novel follows Milla as she struggles with the limitations of her family and her yearnings to see more of the world. But there are dark demons out there and when they steal away her only friend, Milla's fears and desires are put to the test. I was swept away by this marvelous story of conformity, sisterhood, betrayal and forgiveness. Recommended by Molly


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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone By Jaclyn Moriarty Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338255867
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2019

Magic!  Pirates!  Dragons!  Afternoon tea!  This is my favorite new adventure story.  Great for fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter. Recommended by Molly


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White Bird: A Wonder Story (A Graphic Novel) By R. J. Palacio Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780525645535
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

White Bird is beautifully written and beautifully illustrated and profoundly moving. A story of courage and kindness that reaches across time to remind us that even one person can make a difference. A story that has touched me like no other. Vive l'humanite! Recommended by Jane


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Dear Sweet Pea By Julie Murphy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062473073
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 1st, 2019

Sweet Pea is the best! Julie Murphy is a jolly, wise, loving master storyteller. Her characters are some of my best friends. Enjoy!  (Great book to read as a family, too.) Recommended by Alena


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The Bone Houses By Emily Lloyd-Jones Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316418416
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2019

This is the most original, mythical-magical, undead story I have ever read. I mean, there's a dead goat -- and you'regoing to fall in love with her. The feisty, axe-swinging gravedigger's daughter found a place in my heart, too. Recommended by Alena 

Bone Houses is like Zombies in Tolkien-Land, except our hero is a fearless young woman who just wants to do her job, provide for her family, and protect her village. Her companion is a courageous young mapmaker with a mystery of his own. Mythical & thrilling with surprises that will make you gasp! This is a not a book to pick up if you plan on sleeping! Recommended by Jane


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Life: The First Four Billion Years: The Story of Life from the Big Bang to the Evolution of Humans By Martin Jenkins, Grahame Baker-Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
$30.79
ISBN: 9781536204209
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Published: Candlewick Studio - September 10th, 2019

Amazing art! An amazing trip through time! Jenkins and Baker-Smith will thrill and excite not just kids, but readers of all ages. Recommended by Rob


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Sorcery of Thorns By Margaret Rogerson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481497619
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 4th, 2019

Fantasy, mystery, romance, and horror blend together perfectly in this atmospheric adventure. If you've ever wished you could visit Hogwarts Library (and its restricted section!) this is the book for you. Recommended by Molly


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Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful By Arwen Elys Dayton Cover Image
$12.09
ISBN: 9780525580980
Availability: Special order - we'll let you know how long!
Published: Ember - December 3rd, 2019

This set of interconnected short stories ask the question "What makes us human?" and explores how far we can push our boundaries before we become something else entirely. Recommended by Molly


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The Creature of the Pines (The Unicorn Rescue Society #1) By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780735231726
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Published: Puffin Books - August 6th, 2019

Two new friends, an eccentric teacher, and a mysterious creature in the woods -- what's not to like? A fun fast-paced, smart and humorous read, great for anyone who likes nature, adventure, magical creatures, and secret societies. Recommended by Molly


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A Whisper of Horses By Zillah Bethell Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250093967
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Published: Square Fish - July 3rd, 2018

In a future without horses or blue skies, a girl named Serendipity and a boy named Tab escape from their walled city. In a world where storytellers lead rebellions, Serendipity adventures toward her dream of seeing the last horses and finds freedom. Skin-Tingly written! (Check out the author bio -- what a life!) Recommended by Alena


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The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker By Matilda Woods, Anuska Allepuz (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matilda Woods, Anuska Allepuz (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780525515234
Availability: Special order - we'll let you know how long!
Published: Puffin Books - May 28th, 2019

This is a near-perfect, magical fable that should be a new classic. I loved it! Recommended by Christie.


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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe By Lauren James Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062660268
Availability: Special order - we'll let you know how long!
Published: HarperTeen - May 14th, 2019

This one is an anxious, fast-paced thriller about Romy, a teen surviving alone on a spaceship after a terrible accident kills the crew. When her long-distance therapist on Earth tells her that another is coming to join her, Romy is thrilled. But soon she starts receiving messages from an alarming new government on Earth, all of Romy's skills -- and fears -- will be put to the test! Recommended by Molly


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Puddin' (Dumplin' #2) By Julie Murphy Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062418395
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 7th, 2019

Julie Murphy is my hero!!! She writes books I love to read that are intelligent, fun, and and full of current issues for real people. Her books are uplifting without being stupid. Puddin' is her latest and it is FANTASTIC!!!  Recommended by Alena


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Endling #1: The Last By Katherine Applegate Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062335548
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: HarperCollins - March 5th, 2019

Byx is the best!!! She's a young dairne -- looks like a dog, but stands upright, talks, has opposable thumbs and knows if someone is lying. She's the last of her kind ... or perhaps not. Her quest is for all endangered species the ruling humans want to wipe out. I love this 1st book in a new series! Recommended by Alena


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What Makes Girls Sick and Tired By Lucile de Pesloüan, Geneviève Darling (Illustrator) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781772600964
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Second Story Press - March 4th, 2019

This book says it all! I only regret it wasn't available when I was a young adult. Recommended by Jeanette


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The Witch Boy: A Graphic Novel (The Witch Boy Trilogy #1) By Molly Knox Ostertag Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338089516
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

I loved this story! A magical family, new friendships, learning to be yourself, and a sneaky tricky dragon! Do yourself a favor: read it! Recommended by Molly


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Wishtree By Katherine Applegate Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250043221
Availability: On our shelves now!
Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

For everyone whoever loved a tree. Recommended by Alena.


CatStronauts: Mission Moon By Drew Brockington Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316307451
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 18th, 2017

CatStronauts, you are needed!


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Illusive By Emily Lloyd-Jones Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316254595
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 16th, 2015

All of us here at Gallery Bookshop love Illusive!! And (this is the best part), since it is the first of a series, there will be more to come. Lucky for us, we won't have to wait long for the sequel. You won't want to miss this series; perfect summer read, perfect in the fog by the fire read, perfect read!