Maggie M.'s Picks

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The Grace Year: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250145444
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Published: Wednesday Books - October 8th, 2019

Young Adult Fiction

An exciting mix of horror, survival, romance, and friendship, this book is a roller coaster from start to finish. I could not put it down. Kim Liggett has truly outdone herself. With a strong female lead and suspenseful plot, this young adult dystopian novel is a great read for any Hunger Games or Handmaid's Tale lover out there.


InvestiGators Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250219954
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Published: First Second - February 25th, 2020

Middle Grade Graphic Novel

"John Patrick Green's goofy graphic novel series follows the super spy alligator duo the InvestiGators as they travel through the sewers and fight the forces of evil."


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$7.99
ISBN: 9780316262262
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Young Adult Fiction

A short and powerful read about a twelve-year old boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As a ghost, twelve-year old Jerome watches on as his death tears apart his family and community. This book beautifully weaves historical and socio-political issues of race and police brutality in America and is an appropriate story for readers of all ages. Books like this one make change happen and spark important thought and action among young people.


Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

Middle Grade / Young Adult Fiction

Yet another book by Jason Reynolds that I absolutely adore. This story follows various students on their way home from school; ten different tales for each block walked. While overall lighthearted and consumable, this book also deals with difficult topics, such as divorce, bullying, and death. Any reader can find at least one character to relate to, demonstrating the ways in which we are all dynamic and complex individuals that happen to share, at the very least, a walk home.


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Maybe Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Gabriella Barouch (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781946873750
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - September 15th, 2019

Children's Picture Book

With absolutely stunning illustrations, this whimsical picture book takes readers on a journey through all of the endless possibilities life has in store for us. It is a gentle reminder that everyone has potential for greatness.


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When Stars Are Scattered Cover Image
By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525553908
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Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2020

Middle Grade Graphic Novel

A beautifully illustrated graphic novel about a boy and his brother living in a refugee camp.


Trust Exercise: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250231260
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Fiction

"As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults."


Crocodiles Need Kisses Too Cover Image
By Rebecca Colby, Penelope Dullaghan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451480071
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

Children's Picture Book

A sweet reminder that we all - even those with toothy grins and scary scales - need love, affection, and affirmation.


Illegal Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781492665823
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - August 7th, 2018

Middle Grade Graphic Novel

A heartbreaking, gripping, powerfully emotional middle-grade graphic novel.


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By Suzanne Lang, Max Lang (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553537864
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 15th, 2018

Children's Picture Book

It's okay to be grumpy, it's okay to be upset, it's okay to want some time alone. Another hilariously adorable book by Suzanne Lang. This time, one that explores all of our not-so-desirable (but all too real) emotions that we face on a daily basis.


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Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

Fiction

"A story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both."


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A Good Neighborhood: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250237279
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 10th, 2020

Fiction

"Told from multiple points of view, A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today―What does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don't see eye to eye?―as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending star-crossed love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful."


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