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Kids Fall Reading, 2019

Some of the best picture books, middle grade, and YA of the season, as recommended by Bookshop Santa Cruz staff. You can see our recommendations from the season for adults here.


Mighty Jack and Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke

It’s the crossover everyone’s been waiting for: Zita the Spacegirl & Mighty Jack get an adventure together! When an army of creatures bent on destruction attempt to portal to Earth, it’s up to the dynamic duo and their friends to save the day in this out-of-this world adventure. A great place for new readers to jump in, this story’s sure to please long-time devotees of Zita and Jack, and is a perfect choice for fans of Amulet and Cleopatra in Space. - Stephanie

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ISBN: 9781250191731
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - September 3rd, 2019

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

War Girls hits the ground running and doesn’t stop until the last page. Full of heart-pounding action and terrible, beautiful technology, Onyebuchi’s created an incredible future Nigeria that jumps off the page. The sister-bond between Onyii and Ify is a bright spark of love and hope in this unflinching look at the toll war takes on children and teens. Give this to fans of post-apocalyptic dystopias and Black Panther—these genius warriors with enormous hearts are prime candidates for the Dora Milaje. - J Gallo

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ISBN: 9780451481672
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Razorbill - October 15th, 2019

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Move over Holden Caulfield, Juliet is here! Rivera sums up the awkward feeling of being caught between worlds and of trying to figure out what you believe. We follow Juliet on a journey of learning: through the LGBTQIA+ community, the Puerto Rican radicals before her, about her own family, her hero (they’re never who they seem), and most importantly, herself. This book is perfect for teens who have been waiting to see themselves reflected in the books they read. - MJ

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ISBN: 9780593108178
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Dial Books - September 17th, 2019

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

After getting caught with her secret girlfriend, Audre is sent away from her home in Trinidad to live with her father in the U.S. There, she meets Mabel, and neither girl’s life is ever the same again. In lyrical prose that tumbles and flows with ease, Stars draws you into the girls’ intimate world. A love story brimming with emotion, tragedy, and hope. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9780525555483
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

The (Other) F Word by Angie Manfredi

We have to talk about the F word. No, not that one: “fat”. Media and even our beloved books send a clear message: fat people are not welcome. Their lack of representation in the aforementioned mediums is hurtful and causes many people to doubt their own worth. This lovely collection of essays by some of the most celebrated YA authors wants to remind you this invisibility is bullsh*t. The road to self love is long, but this book helps immensely. - Ivy

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By Angie Manfredi (Editor)
ISBN: 9781419737503
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 24th, 2019

The Women Who Caught the Babies written by Eloise Greenfield, illus. by Daniel Minter

From Africa to America, in slavery and in freedom, midwives have been helping babies into the world with gentle hands. Photographs and heartbreakingly beautiful paintings illustrate stories of African American midwives told in both the prose of history and the poetry of individual births. This is a book for readers of any age who want to learn about what midwives do, and how the knowledge of African American midwives has been handed down and still benefits modern babies. - Cat

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By Eloise Greenfield, Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780997772074
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alazar Press - September 1st, 2019


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