Jessica's Picks!

 
 
 
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Q: How would you describe yourself as a reader? 
A:I love sharing books with folks, building a community of engaged thinkers and readers. As a reader I enjoy any kind of genre fiction (fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery, historical), as well as nature writing, history, and anthropology -- for all ages! I am a chronic re-reader and you can often catch me listening to the audiobook of titles I’ve enjoyed in the past. I love to curl up with a hot cocoa, a fuzzy blanket, and my dog to melt into the pages of a good book.

 

 

 

 

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Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) By Ilona Andrews Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780441014897
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Published: Ace - March 27th, 2007

Technology once won out over magic, but magic bites back! Following a cataclysm that has re-awoken magic, and brought cryptids and magical creatures out of the shadows, Kate Daniels is just trying to stay alive as a mercenary. In seeking to find the murderer of her former mentor, she must team up with the king of beasts - who has some other ideas about their partnership.


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The Hazel Wood: A Novel By Melissa Albert Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250147936
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 26th, 2019

Alice Proserpine has spent her 17 years crisscrossing the map on the run from Bad Luck. When it finally catches her it spirits away her mother, Ella. Alice, aided by Ellory Finch, a schoolmate who may not have the best motives, is left to follow wisps and feathers of memory back to The Hazel Wood and the home of her grandmother Althea, a glittering recluse, and author of cult classic The Hinterlands- which may be more real than it's pages make it seem. This tale is glitteringly exquisite. The language is rare and sparkling, full of poetry-- like reading a memory I already possess -- feeling sounds, tastes, and textures with each word, at once disorienting and brutally familiar. Alice is fearsome, with the same qualities she so admires in the misty photographs of her grandmother - all worldly charm, cigarettes, and statement jewelry - without all the noise. She is beautiful metaphor for the uncanniness of teenage-hood. Her quest will pull you in, familiar but never predictable. Once you've begun you won't be able to stop. This tale will pull you in, eat you up - but who knows if you'll make it out again. So good I had to dog ear, underline and otherwise deface for my future return visits to The Hinterlands. I have shamelessly become one of the dreaded fanatics that both Ella and Alice hate. This book has serious "crossover" potential, and its many layers make it wholly re-readable.


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Ink Girls By Marieke Nijkamp, Sylvia Bi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marieke Nijkamp, Sylvia Bi (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063027107
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Published: Greenwillow Books - November 21st, 2023

This graphic novel is so full of big-hearted gumption! I loved rag-tag (plus a princess) group of girls working hard to combat censorship and inequity. I also appreciated the depiction of fighting with words, and ideals rather than physical violence. Also a great tool to introduce discussion around current events surrounding censorship and book banning. A must for every banned books display.


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The Artivist By Nikkolas Smith Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593619650
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Published: Kokila - September 5th, 2023

A poignant reminder to cultivate the voices of children, and listen when they speak. I wish I had this book when I was 6 so that I could've been bolder at 13 and not shed as many tears at 30.


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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) By Tamora Pierce Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781665937412
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2023

Alanna has a dream. Her perseverance, ingenuity, and integrity made her a hero. Alanna is an icon, one of the OG "girls who DO things" and the blueprint for many fantasy heroes. The world of Tortall continues to delight and amaze me almost 20 years later, and I'm so excited for this reprint to bring Alanna's adventures, and the world of Tortall, to new audiences. Don't stop with the Lionness, the story continues with Daine, Kel, Bekka, Numair, and Aly.


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The Nighthouse Keeper (Blight Harbor) By Lora Senf Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665934633
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2023

This is the portal fantasy (? or horror?) for all you spooky fae cryptid kids (and adults). Evie and the denizens of Blight Harbor are on the trail of missing ghosts. It's just poor luck that Evie has to open another creepy door (or three) to help her friends. Perfect for the cozy/soft goth in you. I only had to check my heart rate twice, so it's not too scary, with strong Ghibli vibes. And if you didn't read THE CLACKITY it's not a problem, except that you'll want to make sure it's on hand once you finish NIGHTHOUSE KEEPER because it's just as good! I read it in just one sitting!


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The Twist-a-Roo By Kathleen Doherty, Kristyna Litten (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kathleen Doherty, Kristyna Litten (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781682634974
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Published: Peachtree - November 7th, 2023

With onomatopoeic charm, and whimsical illustrations I would happily spend the winter with Badger and their Twist-a-roo.


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Dragon's First Taco (from the creators of Dragons Love Tacos) By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593533178
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Published: Dial Books - September 26th, 2023

This tiny blue dragon has my heart forever and I would die for them and their exploration of tacos. I always thought Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel couldn't be topped, and I'm so delighted to be proven wrong - but also get that one too.


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The Secret Society of Aunts & Uncles By Jake Gyllenhaal, Greta Caruso, Dan Santat (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250776990
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 5th, 2023

Madcap is right! Explore the wider world of trusted adults in a kid's life. Santat's goofy illustrations enliven this magical adventure through the education of one hapless uncle. I loved this first course in Auntieology, a truly sacred craft and eagerly await advanced studies in the subject.