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Little Shrew By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781525313035
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Published: Kids Can Press - June 4th, 2024

Little Shrew lives a simple life filled with routine. He has an enviable ability to stop and enjoy the small things. As you get snippets of Little Shrews life you are reminded of the beauty of tiny pleasures. As with all books I love, it ended with a happy tear.


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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: Reese's Book Club (A Novel) By Gail Honeyman Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735220690
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018


Eleanor Oliphant is one of my all-time favorite characters.She is unapologetically her own person. She is quirky, follows a strict routine and does not pick up on social cues. As the book progresses, you find out more about what led Eleanor to this isolated and regimented life. For me personally, seeing how Eleanor sees the world helped to better understand a loved one in my life. This book is my equivalent to comfort food and I come back to it time and time again.


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In the Night Garden By Carin Berger Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823449866
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Published: Neal Porter Books - July 4th, 2023

I was first drawn in by the beautifully unique collage illustrations. Each image is filled with enchanting details. The rhythmic, whimsical text will slowly lull the reader (and/or listener) into sleep with the soothing sounds of the night garden. A perfect bedtime story that will encourage sweet, imaginative dreams. 


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Luigi, the Spider Who Wanted to Be a Kitten By Michelle Knudsen, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michelle Knudsen, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536219111
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Published: Candlewick - March 5th, 2024

 

A story of mistaken identity that turns into a story of self-love and acceptance for who you truly are! 

 


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Unlikely Animals: A Novel By Annie Hartnett Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593160244
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 28th, 2023

The novel begins with Emma Starling returning to her small hometown in New England after several years' absence. Her homecoming is marred by her father’s failing health, her own reasons for returning, a missing childhood friend and the town’s opioid crisis. As the story progresses, you learn more about the Starlings, the unique town of Everton and its vast array of residents (including many ghosts). For those, like myself, that love a quirky, heartwarming, multilayered tale, Unlikely Animals is a must read!  

 


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The Lost Library By Rebecca Stead, Wendy Mass Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250838810
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 29th, 2023

What starts out as the simple act of getting a few books from a new Little Free Library quickly becomes a mystery that 5th grade Evan has to solve. With unexpected twists, I could not put this charming book down. Plus one of the main characters is a cat! 

 


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Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick By Shelby Van Pelt Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780063204157
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

As a lover of character driven fiction, this book gave me more than I could ask for. The story focuses on Tova, a woman in her 70’s who cleans the town’s aquarium at night. She feels all alone, but as the story progresses you see (even if she can’t see it yet) she is not as alone as she thinks. This story is touching, hopeful and full of unlikely friendships.


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I Am Stuck By Julia Mills, Julia Mills (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julia Mills, Julia Mills (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780358695332
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Published: Clarion Books - September 26th, 2023

Sometimes instead of being told what works best for others, we just need someone to be there with us when we are stuck. Someone to wallow with and someone to laugh with. This funny and touching picture book is like a big hug to anyone who sometimes feels alone.


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Nothing to See Here: A Read with Jenna Pick By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062913494
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Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

This book made me laugh out loud. Several times. It is a story of two old friends, Lillian and Madison. Though their lives have gone in very different directions, Madison calls Lillian when she needs help with her incredibly unique stepchildren. Throughout the story, Lillian has to overcome her own self-doubts in order to be a stable force in the children’s lives. This novel is a satisfying combination of humor, charm, heartbreak and absurdity. 

 


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Mercy Watson Is Missing!: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Seven (Tales from Mercy Watson's Deckawoo Drive #7) By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536210231
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Published: Candlewick - December 5th, 2023

All the residents of Deckawoo Drive have come together to solve a mystery: Where has Mercy Watson gone? They use clues and the help of friends new and old to search for their favorite porcine wonder. Will they find her near toast? Will they find her near butter? All I know is that I am sad to say goodbye to Mercy and everyone who loves her (maybe even Eugenia too). A comical and highly entertaining ending to this much beloved series!


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Go as a River By Shelley Read Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781954118232
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - February 28th, 2023

A beautiful story of love, loss, strength and the invisible connection to our parents and heritage that endure despite every reason to not. I read this in two days and was captivated by the detailed storytelling and Victoria’s willingness to never give up.


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Love That Dog: A Novel By Sharon Creech Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780064409599
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Published: HarperCollins - April 8th, 2008

Love That Dog is a story of a boy named Jack who does not like poetry. As he writes to his teacher in his poetry journal about his dislike and inability to write poetry, both Jack and the reader fall more in love with poetry. Jack uses poetry to express a recent event in his life and it helps him to process it in his own way. I love the style in which it is written and as the story builds, I always end up in a puddle of tears. It is a charming and touching story that is a wonderful way to introduce poetry to a young reader. 


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Mindful Mr. Sloth By Katy Hudson, Katy Hudson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Katy Hudson, Katy Hudson (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781684465996
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Published: Capstone Editions - August 1st, 2022

Mr. Sloth and Sasha go at two different speeds. Sasha does everything quickly and Mr. Sloth takes his time. Initially Sasha insists on doing everything at her speed, but eventually she sees the beauty in slowing down to take in life’s little pleasures. With adorable illustrations, this book is a sweet reminder to readers young and old to slow down and enjoy the moment. 


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The Hunter: A Novel By Tana French Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593493434
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Published: Viking - March 5th, 2024

I have read almost all of Tana French’s books and this might by my favorite. I read the first book in the series, The Searcher, and fell in love with Cal Hooper and the makeshift family he created in his new Irish village home. The Hunter is slow paced and dialog heavy with tension and suspense building as you read (think The Banshees of Inisherin). I highly recommend the audiobook version on Libro.fm. You can hear all the different accents and still support Carmichael’s!


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Miss Rumphius By Barbara Cooney Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780140505399
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Published: Puffin Books - November 6th, 1985

Miss Rumphius is the story of a woman who is looking for a way to make the world more beautiful. Not only does she find a way to leave her mark and inspire others, the book itself is a beautiful addition to anyone’s picture book collection.


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Tress of the Emerald Sea: A Cosmere Novel (Secret Projects) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250899668
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Published: Tor Books - April 2nd, 2024

Tress, a window washer living on an isolated island, embarks on an unexpected journey encountering new friends and merciless enemies. Among them is a talking rat, a cursed narrator and a bunch of Dougs (there are always Dougs). Throughout her quest to rescue a loved one, Tress starts to discover she is more daring and quick-witted than she ever realized. This was my introduction to Brandon Sanderson’s fictional Cosmere universe and I can’t wait to read more!


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You'll Always Be My Chickadee By Kate Hosford, Sarah Gonzales (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate Hosford, Sarah Gonzales (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781797214375
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 30th, 2024

I call my daughter chickadee so I was instantly drawn in by the title. This picture book celebrates the never-ending love between a caregiver and a child and the beauty of nature with warm, welcoming illustrations.


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The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics) By Ellen Raskin Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142401200
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Published: Puffin Books - April 12th, 2004

Sam Westing has died. Instead of traditional will, he has created a game to see who will inherit his fortune and Paper Products empire. Led by the tenacious Turtle, the residents of Sunset Towers work together (and against each other) to win the game.  Who will be the first to solve the clues to win The Westing Game. Will it be you?


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