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New Review! - The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin

 

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Teen Advisory Board Member Tiffany Reviews The Girls of No Return

The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin

 by Erin Saldin

Erin Saldin's The Girls of No Return is a lacerating young adult debut about girls, knives, and redemption. The Alice Marshall School, set within a glorious 2-million acre wilderness area, is a place where teenage girls are sent to escape their histories and themselves. Lida Wallace has tried to negate herself in every way possible. At Alice Marshall, she meets Elsa Boone, Jules, and Gia Longchamps, whose glamour entrances the entire camp. As the girls prepare for a wilderness trek, Lida is both thrilled and terrified to be chosen as Gia's friend. Everyone has their secrets – the “Things” they try to protect; and when those come out, the knives do as well.

Featuring heavy themes like toxic relationships and not knowing where one belongs, The Girls of No Return beautifully examines the complex aspects that make up a person’s identity.  I absolutely adored the way Saldin takes us through Laia’s journey of navigating her way through Alice Marshall School and finding herself, both through the inspirational support the school offers and the complex friendship dynamics she has with Gia and Boone.  And it really is complex-Saldin tackles the struggles of being stuck between feuding friends, a longing to please the popular girl, and the obligation one feels to someone who reaches out to them. The reader is also taken on an intense ride, feeling Laia’s roller coaster of emotions and sensing tension as it rises from beneath the surface.  Through it all, the line between love and hate, between friends and enemies, is captivatingly blurred.

The Girls of No Return is perfect for readers looking for a story about finding oneself.

 

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Books Inc. Beach Blanket Book Bingo!
For Grades K - 8

What better way to pass the summer days than with great books?! Pick up a Beach Blanket Book Bingo card for your grade level at your local Books Inc. and join the fun!

Simply fill 5 spaces in a row (horizontally, diagonally, or vertically) with the title of the books you’ve read, visit your local Books Inc. to get your bingo card spaces stamped, and earn a $5 Books Inc. Gift Card.

Or . . . Are you feeling ambitious? Go for a blackout and get EVERY square on your bingo card stamped to earn a $10 Books Inc. Gift Card + a swag bag filled with Advanced Reader Copies of books that haven’t hit the shelves yet!

More ways to earn a stamp: If any of the suggested titles on the front of this book bingo card are a part of a series, ANY of the titles from the series also count for a spot on your bingo card!

Beach Blanket Book Bingo runs May 15 to July 31 and is for grades K through 8. Stop by your local Books Inc. to pick up your Beach Blanket Book Bingo Card. Or Download your grade level here!

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The Un-Friendship Bracelet (Craftily Ever After #1) Cover Image
By Martha Maker, Xindi Yan (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781534409071
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Published: Little Simon - March 27th, 2018

What Is Inside THIS Box? (Monkey and Cake) Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Olivier Tallec (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338143867
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Published: Orchard Books - February 26th, 2019

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Published: Dragonfly Books - December 11th, 2018

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By Kara West, Leeza Hernandez (Illustrator)
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Published: Little Simon - December 18th, 2018

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By Sarah Fabiny, Who HQ, Ted Hammond (Illustrator)
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

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Published: Penguin Books - January 22nd, 2019

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From Emmy Award-winning actor Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver comes a new out-of-this-world middle-grade series

Alien Superstar by Henry Winkler and & Lin Oliver!

No one is shocked by the six-eyed alien strolling around the Universal back lot. The tourists just think he's part of the show. It doesn't take long for Buddy to land a role on a popular TV show, playing (of course) an alien. He becomes an overnight heartthrob and is suddenly faced with legions of adoring fans, rides in glamorous limos, and appearances at "all-the-shrimp-you-can-eat" red carpet parties. But can Buddy maintain his secret identity while in the spotlight?

Alien Superstar is available for preorder now! 

Find more Heny Winkler titles online or at your local Books Inc.!

 

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Published: Amulet Books - October 2019

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Published: Penguin Workshop - February 6th, 2014

New From Sleeping Bear Press

A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy

by FRANK MURPHY

There's more to being a boy than sports, feats of daring, and keeping a stiff upper lip. A Boy Like You encourages every boy to embrace all the things that make him unique, to be brave and ask for help, to tell his own story and listen to the stories of those around him. In an age when boys are expected to fit into a particular mold, this book celebrates all the wonderful ways to be a boy.

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Publisher's Weekly - A Boy Like You

Reviewed on 1 July 2019

Excerpt: The story is directed squarely at boys, but Harren’s illustrations show representations of all kinds of kids and families. Being a boy can mean many things, Murphy suggests, but being “a smart boy, a brave boy, a kind boy” are the first important steps toward manhood.

 

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Contributors

Author: Frank Murphy

A graduate of Rutgers University, Frank is currently a second grade teacher in the Council Rock School District in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Frank lives in Holland, Pennsylvania, and has two sons, Griffin and Chase.

Illustrator: Kayla Harren

Kayla Harren is the author and illustrator of Mary Had a Little Lizard, and the illustrator of a number of other projects, including Hannah's Tall Order. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

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Order your copy of A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy & Kayla Herren now! 

New Review! - A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos

 

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Teen Advisory Board Member Evgenia Reviews A Winter's Promise

A Winter's Promise: Book One of the Mirror Visitor Quartet by Christelle Dabos

by Christelle Dabos

On the Ark of Anima, some objects can have a life of their own. Ophelia knows this better than anyone, considering that she deals with old artifacts daily at the family museum that she manages. Her skills as a reader, gleaning the past of an object through touch, make her perfect for the job. Still, the looming shadow of suitors and marriage remains, hanging over her. Finally, after ages of refusing her family’s attempts at marrying her off, she finds herself engaged to the mysterious, frigid, and rude Mr. Thorn, and spirited away to his distant home at the Pole. There, she finds herself in a nest of vipers, threatened by cutthroat nobles and ruthless in-laws, with Thorn himself offering little comfort or familiarity. And, of course, there’s still the question of why he chose to marry her, of all of the suitable young women on Anima.

I was enveloped by the beautiful worldbuilding and I found myself extremely invested in the lives of the characters. I adored the elegant, old-fashioned style of writing and felt that it was a perfect fit to the tone of the book. Each chapter built more and more of this fantastical world and its colorful characters. This book is filled to the brim with spellbinding images: people stepping through mirrors, scarves with lives of their own, and gigantic arks soaring in the sky. The world created by Dabos is immersive and wondrous, an interesting mix of magic and some elements of steampunk.

This book would be good for fans of “pseudo-Victorian” fantasy who love a long, winding tale of court intrigue and an extremely slow-burning romance.

 

A Winter's Promise is in stores now! 

Love A Winter's Promise? You're in luck! The second in the series: This Missing of Clairdelune is also available. 

Monthly Bookseller Feature: In July, Andrea Loves....

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff is a new YA Sci-Fi adventure and is set in the year 2380, where the graduating class of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. The golden boy Tyler Jones gets stuck with a group of discipline cases and psychopaths that shouldn’t be in the same room together. In it is a diplomat, a sociopathic scientist, a tech whiz, a warrior with anger issues, a tomboy pilot (who’s totally not in love with anyone, especially Ty), and the mystery girl (cough, cough her name is the title) Ty has just rescued from space who has been cryogenically frozen for two centuries. And who could also set off a war a million years in the making. Meaning Ty’s group of dregs could be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

This is a hilarious, heart-wrenching adventure in space filled with angsty characters who are flawed yet lovable in every way, as well as incredibly lifelike; making readers want to protect them at all costs. Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff do a wonderful job of breaking your heart and making you laugh at the same time while anxiously waiting for the continuation in this whole new universe with this ragtag group of misfits.

About Andrea:

Andrea is a native of Daly City and has been a book lover all her life.  Young Adult is her favorite genre right now.  She is currently the children’s specialist at Compass Books Terminal 3 and attends San Francisco State University.

Random House Helps Us Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing!

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, Random House wants to inspire our kids to LOOK UP! with their new picture book Rocket Says Look Up! by Nathan Bryon.

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They've also put together a list of other titles focusing on space, space exploration, and the people who dared to dream us there.

Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil DeGrasse Tyson by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer Endurance: Young Reader's Edition by Scott Kelly
Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup Space: Planets, Moons, Stars and More!  (Step into Reading) by Joe Rhatigan
My Little Golden Book About the First Moon Landing by Chip Lovitt Lucy and the Rocket Dog by Will Buckingham
Astronaut Handbook by Megahan McCarthy Totally True Adventures: Apollo 13 by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Once Upon a Star: A Poetic Journey Through Space by James Carter and Mar Hernandez Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins

Find all these books at your local Books Inc. or at Booksinc.net now! Telescopes not included. 

New Review! - The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

 

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Teen Advisory Board Member Evgenia Reviews The Princess and the Fangirl

There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

by Ashley Poston

Imogen, a die-hard fan of a major science fiction franchise, Starfield, has been campaigning to try to prevent the death of her favorite character in the series, Princess Amara. Through the internet, she has garnered lots of support and is hopeful that maybe the princess will be saved after all. Jessica, the actress playing Amara, cannot wait to leave behind the franchise and move on to more serious roles. Her hatred of Starfield is no secret and she will soon be moving onto Oscar-worthy roles, that is, as long as she doesn’t have to sign her contract again. When someone begins leaking pages from the Starfield script, Jessica and Imogen work together, using their similarity to switch places. Imogen must field panels, meet fans, deal with Jessica’s annoyingly attractive assistant, and most importantly, try not to reveal her true identity. On the other side of the convention, Jessica must try to track down whoever is leaking that script while still trying to hide herself from Imogen’s family and trying to deal with developing feelings for Imogen’s friend, Harper.

With a large convention as the setting, and fandom references galore, this book is a fairy tale transposed into a modern geek’s fantasy. Romance and fluff are in abundance, making this book a quick, happy, pleasant read. Unlike many romance books, however, one of the main romantic plots contains lesbian representation. Every aspect of the book is tinged with pop-culture references and just over all geekiness. Poston has created a book that stays mostly true to the major theme, fandom.

A lighthearted, fandom-filled twist on a familiar tale, this book will delight geeks and romance fans alike.

 

The Princess and the Fangirl is in stores now! 

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