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A Particular Madness

by Catherine Thureson

Sheldon Russell’s heartbreaking historical novel "A Particular Madness" is set in midcentury rural Oklahoma. Jacob is the second child in a poor farming family. Much of his childhood is spent in isolation. He has little interest in, or... Read More

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This Is Not Your Country

by Kristen Rabe

The poignant, masterful short stories in Amin Ahmad’s "This Is Not Your Country" describe the experiences of Indian immigrants struggling to find meaning and fulfillment in America. These powerful stories capture both the hard-won... Read More

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Justice at Sea

by Jeremiah Rood

Christian Klaver’s delightful fantasy novel "Justice at Sea" blends faerie magic with historical elements to spectacular effect. Justice, of the House of Thorns, is bound to the powerful faerie court through blood and tradition. She... Read More

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Word Travelers

by Aimee Jodoin

Raj Haldar and Neha Rawat’s Word Travelers and the Missing Mexican Molé is an exciting middle grade mystery. After trick-or-treating on Halloween, best friends MJ and Eddie see a candy bar in their haul whose label is misspelled. This... Read More

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Wild

by Michelle Anne Schingler

A boy and his grandfather are tasked with caring for a cat. While the boy is excited for their day together, the cat—an impassive smudge of gray who glides from page to page—resists his initial offers of food and play. Cats will be... Read More

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Benji's Doll

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Available in both Spanish and English versions, this updated take on a story of a boy who desperately wants a doll of his own eschews gendered judgments (Benji’s friends exhibit none) in favor of championing gentle play and making... Read More

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