Summer Picks 2017

Friendly Faces in the Yard: Baby's First Soft Book Cover Image
By Surya Sajnani, Surya Sajnani (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781609929145
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Published: QEB Publishing - April 15th, 2016

Start family reading habits as soon as possible with these adorable soft books. 


The Babies and Doggies Book Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544444775
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 3rd, 2015

Who can resist cute doggies and babies? Not babies! They love this book!


Tap the Magic Tree Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062274465
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Published: Greenwillow Books - June 7th, 2016

Tap, clap, jiggle, and wiggle the tree to watch the seasons magically unfold in this delightful interactive board book for toddlers. 


Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544357693
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 12th, 2016

Based on a true story, Maybe Something Beautiful is a gentle reminder that we all need to look beyond the ordinary and envision something beautiful---something beautiful that inspires us and connects us to the community around us. 


Riptide Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781567925975
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - May 23rd, 2017

This touching picture book tells the story of Riptide, a heroic dog on Nauset Beach. Happy to see this book back in print!


The Seashore Book Cover Image
By Charlotte Zolotow, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580897877
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - May 16th, 2017

The illustrations in this book are so vibrant they appear to be portals to the beach itself. A perfect read for beachgoers of all ages. 


The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763694517
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 21st, 2017

This fun series follows the adventures of prim Princess Magnolia and her monster-fighting alter-ego, The Princess in Black. Great for the independent reader, or as a read aloud. 


Lola Levine Is Not Mean! Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780316258333
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 5th, 2016

Lola is spunky, opinionated, fierce, and smart: a great combo for any young reader. 


101 Things to Do Outside: Loads of Fantastically Fun Reasons to Get Up, Get Out, and Get Active! Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781633220805
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Published: Walter Foster Jr - March 1st, 2016

Challenge each other to see who completes the most activities. Bonus points if the whole family participates!


Phoebe and Her Unicorn (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781449446208
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 2nd, 2014

A fun graphic novel that is perfect for anyone who enjoys dry humor and sarcasm. Phoebe and Marigold are a dynamic duo that teach their readers about maturity and bypassing the "Shield of Boringness." 


Dog Man Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780545581608
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Published: Graphix - August 30th, 2016

This quirky story follows Dogman who sniffs out crime and defies the odds. His adventures are widely popular, as is he. His episodes are full of entertainment and fun!


Bow Wow: A Bowser and Birdie Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338091342
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 30th, 2017

Third in a mystery series for middle-schoolers. Start with the first book to learn about Bowser & Birdie's history. 


Beyond the Bright Sea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101994856
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

Set in 1925 on Cuttyhunk and Penikese Islands, Beyond the Bright Sea is packed with adventures and found families. 


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The Great Greene Heist Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545525534
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 28th, 2015

Oceans Eleven for the middle school set. A personal favorite!


Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781607749769
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 26th, 2016

This informative book not only illuminates the success of female mathematicians, chemists, suffragists (and more!), but also empowers readers to defy boundaries and shoot for the stars.


In Real Life Cover Image
By Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436589
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Published: First Second - October 14th, 2014

In Real Life opens up the online world of video games. Its eye-opening story of young Chinese workers translates to the real world problems of modern society. For a deeper dive into these issues, check out For the Win also by Doctorow.


Piecing Me Together Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681191058
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 14th, 2017

I loved all the characters and the realistically complex connections and relationships among them. 


Once and for All Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780425290330
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

The characters are beautifully complex and layered. Reading this one felt like having an exquisite dessert!


When Dimple Met Rishi Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481478687
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 30th, 2017

An adorable account of two people who were supposed to meet, not because their parents arranged it, which they did, but because they have so much to learn from each other. 


The Living Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385741217
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Published: Ember - January 6th, 2015

Natural disasters, biohazards, corporate malfeasance, social justice commentary, romance, The Living has it all. 


Bull Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544610606
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 28th, 2017

An entirely refreshing twist on the indelicate undercurrents of Greek Mythology, Bull will inspire today's readers to rediscover the classics. 


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

The most powerful book you'll read all year. Perfect for teens and parents, because it will inspire much-needed conversations. 


Lilac Girls Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101883082
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 28th, 2017

The Lilac Girls is a WW2 story with a twist and tells the story of three women with three totally different experiences brought together by fate. 


Homegoing Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Following multiple generations of two African half-sisters, Yaa Gyasi documents the tragic legacy of slavery both in the United States and Africa, from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Epic in scope, but personal and painful in its narrative. 


Before the Fall Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455561797
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 6th, 2017

A plane heading from Martha's Vineyard to New York mysteriously crashes 16 minutes after takeoff. There are two survivors: a 4-year-old boy and a last-minute middle-aged male passenger, who has saved the young boy. At first showered with accolades, Scott, the passenger, is ultimately a suspect. The search for the cause of the crash heads down many blind alleys, with tantalizing twists and turns along the way. 


The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101875681
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

The year is 1986 and 20-year-old Christopher Knight walks into a Maine forest and disappears; soon local legends of a mysterious hermit arise as homes are burglarized and supplies vanish. How did Knight survive outdoors in the hard Maine climate for 27 years without being detected?


The Atomic Weight of Love Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616206901
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 7th, 2017

We meet Meridian Wallace as a young studious girl, heading for college. A friendship with a professor leads to love, marriage, and Los Alamos. Meridian eventually gives up pursuing a doctoral degree to be a "good wife," a conflict that is the basis for the tension in the novel. However, love unexpectedly finds Meridian, and the reader is aligned with her in her attempts to find happiness and fulfillment. 


Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307948786
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Published: Anchor Books - May 30th, 2017

Winston Churchill left for the Boer War in 1899, was captured, imprisoned, and escaped. Candace Millard deftly chronicles his incredible journey from enemy territory that helped form the statesman and hero of the British Empire he eventually became. 


The Nix Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101970348
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Samuel Andresen-Anderson, struggling to write his second book, struggling with the community college classes he teachers, and a secret gamer by night, is called to defend his mother who has committed a political act that galvanizes both sides of a politically divided electorate. Samuel's voice is not the only one heard in this novel that has been called Dickensian. 


The Woman in Cabin 10 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501132957
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 11th, 2017

What appears to be a plum assignment for travel writer Lo Blacklock---a free trip on a luxury liner's maiden voyage---becomes dangerous to Lo, who is convinced the woman in the cabin adjoining hers has been thrown overboard. All passengers appear to be accounted for, it is only Lo who sees the darkness in every corner of the ship. For readers who enjoyed Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood, this mystery will not disappoint!


Magpie Murders Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062645227
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

Horowitz's newest novel is my favorite murder-mystery of all time. The captivating narrative makes it easy to get lost within the pages. You'll think you have everything figured out. You don't. Genius. 


Underground Airlines Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316261241
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 5th, 2016

In Ben Winter's most recent novel, the Civil War never occurredand slavery still prevails in "The Hard Four," four southern states. It is perfect for lovers of both mystery and historical fiction, and is a staff favorite!


Cooking with Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fi Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781612121581
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Published: Storey Publishing - May 6th, 2014

Whether it's a bonfire on the beach or a full blown pizza oven, this cookbook holds the secrets of the most fundamental form of cooking: cooking with fire.