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Saturnalia

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Stephanie Feldman’s novel "Saturnalia" is a twisted, ethereal dispatch from a climate change point of no return. Nina was born in a row house in Philadelphia, in a time of submerged coastal cities and tornadoes tearing through towns.... Read More

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When You Open a Book

by Danielle Ballantyne

Two children dine with mermaids, swashbuckle with pirates, and ride on the shoulders of a giant in this beautiful tale about the transportive power of reading. The dreamlike illustrations use a broad palette of bright colors and wispy... Read More

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The Clown Said No

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Now with stunning new illustrations, this classic picture book centers on a circus clown who’s tired of being “the funniest.” He learns a word that everyone should be brave enough to wield: “no.” And once he lets his “no”... Read More

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In the Neighborhood

by Danielle Ballantyne

A neighborhood full of anthropomorphized animals (and one ogre) lives in a tenuous sort of harmony: they all mutually ignore one another. But when Mrs. Paquita, a literal night owl, loses her internet connection, her neighbor, a... Read More

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Wizard & Co.

by Danielle Ballantyne

A brother and sister who are staying with their grandmother find a magical note in an old piggy bank, leading them to an enchanted store filled with mystical wonders and delights. Whimsical illustrations depict the wares and themes of... Read More

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River Woman, River Demon

by Catherine Thureson

In Jennifer Givhan’s riveting novel "River Woman, River Demon", a bruja fights to discover the truth about the woman whom her husband found murdered behind their home. Eva is haunted. When she was fourteen, her best friend drowned... Read More

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The Mexican Vegetarian Cookbook

by Rachel Jagareski

"The Mexican Vegetarian Cookbook" is a dazzling, rich text that highlights the skill of maestras throughout Mexico’s diverse regions, relating how vegetables and herbs are the foundation of disparate dishes in the national cuisine. The... Read More

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The Orchard

by John M. Murray

An unassuming fruit orchard holds the promise of a peaceful future for a hardworking Amish family in Beverly Lewis’s novel "The Orchard". Ellie values her faith and her family, but tending to a generations-old peach and apple orchard... Read More

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