Harper Collins

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter narrates, speaking in an authentic and moving way about the difficulty in reconciling what she knows to be true about herself, her loving family, and her friends with the way others view them. “Wake up wake up,” said the poet Rumi. That’s what this book does for its readers. Ages 14 and up. - Ga

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The Hate U Give Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

Born in the U.S., having lived her 17 years in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola Toussaint finds herself with her manman’s sister’s family in Detroit at the ironic intersection of American Street and Joy Road. This chilling, evocative, achingly tender, remarkable debut by Zoboi is my favorite YA novel this year. For young adults and adults. - Ga

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American Street Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062473042
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 14th, 2017

Travelling by train, Rydr is 12 when she leaves Palm Springs and 13 before she reaches Chicago. Her unemotional narration grows on us. This journey gives Rydr, a damaged child, what she never had—a community, stretching from the overworked Amtrak employee whose charge she is, to the snack bar attendant who allows her to steal food. There’s also the boy who acquaints her with Ginsberg and gives her his cherished signed copy of Howl (and her first kiss), and the writer she helps with crosswords who recognizes—in the child’s generosity, intelligence, and fierce determination—another writer. When she leaves the train, we believe, without knowing how, that Rydr will be okay. Grades 6 and up. - Ga

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Train I Ride Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062455734
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Published: HarperCollins - January 24th, 2017

Unforgettable characters, plot twists that will make your head spin, a world rendered in elegant detail—you will fall in love with every page of these stories. Megan Whalen Turner writes vivid, immersive, heartbreaking fantasy that will leave you desperate to return to Attolia again and again.  —Leigh Bardugo, author of the Six of Crows duology

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Thick as Thieves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062568243
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 16th, 2017

Perfect pacing again (Mr. Henkes) as an unlikely friendship cracks into the open in this amusing-for-preschoolers (and amusing for the adults who read to them) picture book. A surprisingly moving journey in a seemingly simple story. And funny. Did I mention that? Ages 3–6. - Ga

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Egg Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062408723
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 3rd, 2017

Read this aloud as if you’re King Arthur or Lancelot preparing to battle for the good of all. A zany, perfectly illustrated origin story of the game rock paper scissors. If only all war games were this one. Ages 4–8. - Ga

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The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062438898
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 4th, 2017

As I perused the pages—which are packed with pictures, slayer vocabulary, and tons of Buffy trivia—I was transported back to the summer I spent binge-watching Buffy in my bedroom. Even if you think you already know everything there is to know about the Buffyverse, this tome, a true treasure for any Buffy fan, will put your knowledge to the test. - Jade

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to the Buffyverse Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780062659668
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Published: Harper Design - October 3rd, 2017

Legendary comedian and activist Dick Gregory gives a crash course in the people and events of U.S. history that we didn’t learn, or didn’t learn enough of—specifically, the black parts. Interwoven throughout are his own theories on unilluminated history, as well as continual calls to black Americans to stand up and take possession of their history and themselves. No matter your background, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book, learn something, and pay tribute to this late, great American. - Jocelyn

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Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062448699
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Published: Amistad Press - September 5th, 2017

The first thing you’ll notice is the writing—Amy Tan’s gorgeous prose. The second will be the almost casual references to her incredible family history and personal tragedy. You’ll be drawn in by the insight of one of our greatest living writers. Orbiting an emotional core, this collage of poetic thoughts and essays on art and language are intermingled with chapters of Tan’s heart-breaking real-life stories, creating a unique memoir that I can’t stop thinking about. - Jocelyn

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Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062319296
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Published: Ecco Press - October 17th, 2017

Not for the squeamish, this historical look at female serial killers removes the rose-colored glasses often applied when studying the “fairer” sex. Showing how these murderesses used polite society’s biases to their homicidal favor, Tori Tefler creates colorful yet compassionate retellings of fourteen of history’s most cunning killers. Perfect for My Favorite Murder podcast fans. - Kelly

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Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062433732
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 10th, 2017

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