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Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Lauren has "hyperempathy syndrome," rendering her incapable of witnessing pain. This is complicated by the fact that her world is nothing but pain: the novel is set against a dystopian backdrop in which water is reserved for the rich and suffering is rampant. To cope with her reality, Lauren is creating a new religion, wherein God is Change. - Holly

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ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

This is my quarter life crisis book. The Defining Decade is the book twenty something readers have been waiting for! When I first heard of this book from my college roommate, I was skeptical of the whole “self-help” buzz—what was this word of mouth book that would “change my life” and how I look at my twenties? But, this is it! Stop dating the wrong people, work hard to find your chosen family, stop defining yourself by friends’ social media, and think hard before moving in with someone. It's the not-so-secret book that will stick. It will shock you, inspire you, make you rave about this book to all of your friends, and redefine how you view your twenties. - Charlotte

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By Meg Jay
ISBN: 9781538754238
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Published: Twelve - March 16th, 2021

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

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This is an exceptional modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Julia Drake takes the classic story, makes it multigenerational, and resettles the characters in Maine, in this tale that at times is laugh-out-loud funny and at other times made me ugly cry. You’ll fall in love with the complex characters. The writing is lyrical and magical while managing to stay grounded. Great for teens and adults! — MJ

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ISBN: 9780759554993
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 15th, 2021

The Boy and the Sea Written by Camille Andros Illustrated by Amy Bates

The Boy and the Sea is a beautiful story of growth, depicted through stunning watercolor imagery. As someone who grew up by the sea, this story feels so close to home. It’s carefully orchestrated to use the ocean as both a setting and a metaphor. The spreads alternate in style but maintain repetition through words. This is a great read-aloud for younger children, a place for them to be able to talk about growing up. — Andrea

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By Camille Andros, Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419749407
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown

A young boy named Fred loves being naked while he romps around the house, but stumbling upon his parent’s closet inspires him to play dress-up. Peter Brown delivers this sweet and silly tale in a stylish palette dominated by olive green, neon pink, and eggplant purple. This is a perfect read-aloud for kids who love fashion, and it offers an affirmative take on makeup, style, and gender expression. — Molly

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ISBN: 9780316200646
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2021

Faraway Things Written by Dave Eggers

With his storytelling prowess, Dave Eggers creates an instant classic that also includes Kelly Murphy’s expressive and poignant nautical illustrations in watercolor, pencil, and ink. Lucian lives with his mother by the shore; after storms, he likes to search for washed-up treasure, or “faraway things.” This time he finds a cutlass, and while he falls in love with it, he learns how to let go for a brighter future. This story is whimsical and has something to please the entire family. — MJ

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By Dave Eggers, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316492195
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 8th, 2021

What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster

My heart is full to bursting with Naima Coster’s life-affirming novel. What’s Mine and Yours follows two families at the turn of the 21st century, connected by love and conflict through North Carolina’s policy of busing students to diversify schools. Each character is fully formed, complicated, beloved, and absolutely necessary to the thoughtful exploration of how we are bound together and also isolated, by the past, by race and class, by being imperfectly human. The reading experience is at once intimate and expansive. —Melinda

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Read more here.

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ISBN: 9781538702345
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

Homeland Elegies defies genres. Calling it a novel implies it’s not true, but I’ve never read anything more brutally honest, relevant, or personal. Akhtar may be known as an author and a playwright, but this book reads like an opera with recurring choruses, haunting variations on a theme, dramatic tension, characters that are larger than life, sex scenes, death scenes, and cliff hangers. And all along you know that you too play a part, because this is all actually happening right now on the world stage. This is not a novel about immigration and integration. This is an elegy, a poem of serious reflection, a lament, about home. — Jenny

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ISBN: 9780316496421
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 15th, 2020

Becoming Muhammad Ali Written by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander Illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

“Boxing was his way out and his way up.” This biographical novel focuses on the early years of the famous boxer Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali. The story is told in prose by Cassius’s “best friend” Lucky and supported by the boxer’s own voice in poetic form. Strong family values, Black pride, and the determination to never give up are all themes effectively displayed. Sensitive and fast-paced, this book is engaging for even the most reluctant reader. — Noreen

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ISBN: 9780316498166
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - October 5th, 2020

Sugar in Milk Written by Thrity Umrigar Illustrated by Khoa Le

A young immigrant girl arrives in the home of her aunt and uncle in the States, where everything she experiences, including the language, is unfamiliar. Bereft of her culture and homeland, the girl listens as her aunt recounts a Persian folktale about a king who felt he had no room for foreigners until one of them offered sugar for the king’s milk. The story changes the girl’s perspective as she realizes that kindness toward others changes everything. A beautiful book! — Noreen

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By Thrity Umrigar, Khoa Le (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780762495191
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Published: Running Press Kids - October 6th, 2020


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