Zazu's Past Picks 2


If it's got spaceships, dragons, wormhole generators, wands, or any kind of flyingI'm on it! I love sci-fi and fantasy (for any age), but I'll read anything, particularly the satirical, unconventional, bold, thought-provoking, historically accurate, geek-related, or tech-oriented.

Zazu's Staff Picks:

(See my recent Staff Picks here.)


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Waking Gods: Book 2 of the Themis Files Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101886724
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Published: Del Rey Books - April 4th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Waking Gods

Comments:
How to have a great life, a bookseller's guide:
Step 1: Read Sleeping Giants.
Step 2: Read Waking Gods.
Step 3: Haunt your local bookstore until Book 3 comes out in this INSANELY GOOD series.


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This Book Will Not Be Fun Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399550614
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: This Book Will Not Be Fun

Comments:
This book will NOT be fun. Trust me, it won't. Nothing can make fun happen here. Not weird creatures, not colorful dance parties--NOTHING! Well... except for maybe... YOU!

Reminds me of the silly ways a loved one can get you to stop being grumpy! Also great for kids who might think they prefer safe & quiet to trying something new. (AND for the kids who get a kick out of storming up fun!)

A great read-together book.


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Everybunny Dance! Cover Image
By Ellie Sandall, Ellie Sandall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481498227
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - January 17th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Everybunny Dance!

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Everybunny dance! What else can everybunny do?? I love the puniness of the wording and the hilariously adorable illustrations. This cute book will get everyone having fun in no time!


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The Wanderers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399574634
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 14th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title:The Wanderers

Comments:
THIS is the book for YOU. I don't know who you are or what you normally like, but I know you want to read this book. If this isn't one of those universally-loved books, I'll eat my tea kettle.

So much more than simply a good story, The Wanderers collects diverse characters with unique perspectives to dive into an intimate story about their journey. Beautifully written and wondrously engaging, you'll begin to question what's really going on based on what the characters are thinking, feeling, and even hiding.

Once you sink into this book, you won't want to leave its inviting pages. A MUST-READ!


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The Song Rising Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781632866240
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - March 7th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: The Song Rising

Comments:

To Do List:
1. Read "The Bone Season"
2. Read "The Mime Order"
3. Read "The Song Rising"

Result:
1. Curse the Book Gods there aren't more out yet.
2. Think about nothing else but this thrilling, fascinating series for all eternity.


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Orphan Island Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062443410
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 30th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Orphan Island

Comments:
Snyder has managed to not only shape a stunning story, but also open her readers' minds to the truths of every childhood. As we follow Jinny's progression from stubborn certsainty to uneasy uncertainty, we find ourselves asking the inevitable questions that come with growing up: why does change happen? Is change good or bad? Did I cause it? Can I undo it? Can I ignore it? Does change affect everyone the same way? What comes next? Is it okay to not know? Is it okay to not be okay?

Terrifically gripping. Fascinating. Simple and wise. Perfect!


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You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250119889
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 7th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: You Are Here

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Fans of Jenny Lawson's hilariously, poignantly brilliant "Furiously Happy", rejoice!

Fans of beautiful visuals, coloring, and art, rejoice!

This book is a delightful mash-up of funny, helpful, and pretty!

Wise sayings, witty musings, flowing lines... get introspective, clear your head, and have a chuckle. The perfect rainy-day book!


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Gilded Cage Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780425284179
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Published: Del Rey Books - July 25th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Gilded Cage

Comments:
A fascinating blend of New York Times bestselling series "Red Rising" AND "Queen of the Tearling," this book manages to be both an in-put-downable, breathless, exciting story of revolution and resistance, AND a quiet, thoughtful meditaqtion on the effects of power, wealth, and all of the difficult moral problems that arise when attempting to fight oppression.
Honestly, this book could have been 300 pages longer and it still would have felt action-packed and thought provoking. 
Great fun! Stay tuned for the sequel!


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Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780062457516
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 18th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Buffering

Comments:
This book was SO much more than I expected!
Highly accessible and readable, this is a modern memoir at its best.
Heart-wrenching and jaw-dropping as it was, I couldn't stop reading at just 1 chapter and found myself staying up late into the night with Hannah's stories echoing in my mind and heart.
Hannah has bared her soul with us to help us all feel a little less alone - and it works!
Prepare to empathize like you've never before - To smile and cry and furrow your brows. HER story may not be YOUR story - but the meaning you derive from it will live with you forever.


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Presents Through the Window: A Taro Gomi Christmas Book Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781452151380
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 20th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Presents Through the Window

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Santa delivers the perfect gift for each individual he sees through their windows-- but is what you see through the window the whole story?

A fun and funny story with clever illustrations and cut-outs pairs the holiday theme with a message oin perspective!

So perfect!

(Plus, a non-white Santa? Yes, please!)


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Heartless Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250044655
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 8th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Heartless

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An incredibly well-done portrayal of how the maniacal head-chopping Queen of Hearts came to be. When you begin reading this, it seems wholly impossible that the hopeful, optimistic, kind baker you're introduced to will one day become that cold-hearted living terror. The story ensues, filled with silly adventure, a true mystery, delectable food, maddeningly clever Alice in Wonderland references, a love interest to rival all loves, and so much more, slowly but surely shaping her. This is not only an exciting page-turner, it is eye-opening: Who could you become depending on the circumstances? Are there really bad versus good or sane versus crazy people? Or do all the little things that happen to fall one way or another accumulate to bring out those attributes? To leave us... heartless?


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The Sun Is Also a Star Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553496680
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 1st, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: The Sun is Also a Star

Comments:

Holy SMOKES, is this a good book!
From the author of Everything, Everything, comes a new book that takes place all in one day. Over its course, two teens, against all odds, get to know each other.
This is an incredibly compelling story, sparking curiosity and empathy alike, and digging into the true nature of identity, history, perspective, and connection.
Every teen (and adult!) should try this page-turner!!


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Viscera Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781940456683
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Published: Talos - October 4th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Viscera

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An incredible new novel from the same bottomlessly creative mind as Dead Boys (local author and Berkshires' beloved DJ BFG), comes a story so weird yet so compelling, so wild yet so heartfelt, so different yet so relatable, that your heart and mind will feel wrenched in directions you never even knew existed--GOOD directions!
I am so glad this story is finally being told, in all its fantastic, gory, poignant details.
Read it!


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Letters of Note: Volume 2: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience Cover Image
By Shaun Usher (Compiled by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781452153834
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 11th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu

Title: Letters of Note, Volume 2

Comments:
This is really extraordinarily delightful!
Keep this book on your coffee table and entertain and learn from.
These letters, memos, and notes would never be seen otherwise--and they're always hilarious or remarkable! It's like going through the attic of an incredibly worldly and well-connected grandmother!
Some personal favorites: Ursula K. LeGuin's fabulously worded refusal to blurb a book (page 146), Hunter S. Thompson's foul-mouthed rejection of Anthony Burgess's 50,000 word novella (page 188), and the indescribable anti-social memorandum found on page 86 which describes all of us, some of the time.


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Scythe Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Scythe

Comments:
I woke up one night at 2 am and, unable to fall back asleep, picked up this book thinking it would aid in that endeavor. That was simultaneously one of the worst and best decisions I've made in years--I didn't go to sleep until 7 in the morning because the book turned out to be so good!!! Neal Shusterman does what he does best, and what makes him one of my all-time favorite authors: delivers an irresistibly engaging page-turner of a story which simultaneously discusses serious, meaningful, thought-provoking subjects. The fun and dark balance each other to such perfection that people of any age could read his work and get different things out of it. In Scythe, Shusterman tackles the meaning of life and death when neither exist naturally any longer, and, of course, which shusterman it's not just about the superficial problem-- the main characters adventures make them have to think about human nature, good and evil, power, corruption, human rights, and more. Un-freaking-believable how amazing this was. Is. Forever will be. Read it!!


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Ghosts Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545540629
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Published: Graphix - September 13th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Ghosts

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From the bestselling and beloved author of Smile, Sisters, and Drama (and adaptations of The Babysitters Club!), comes her best graphic novel yet--and one suitable for practically any age!

Featuring a Mexican-American family and a disabled child, this story teaches diversity through its fascinating plot--a family move and a new holiday and place to celebrate (or to be scared of??).

The TRUTH with which issues are handled makes this story resonate with all children (and adults!)--but enjoy a FUN and entertaining ride, too!

PERFECTION!


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This Is My Book! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101937907
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: This is My Book!

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This is a GREAT interactive, funny, fun read-a-loud, story-time book! An excellent gift, this book is sure to entertain all kids and their adults!


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Cleonardo, the Little Inventor Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780439357647
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - August 30th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu

Title: Cleonardo, the Little Inventor

Comments:

Perhaps most well-known (and loved!) for being the original Harry Potter illustrator, Mary Grandpre has now put her considerable talents into her own work--and does a magnificent job!
A young girl and her father work on inventions in their own separate way to try to gain each other's approval--but it turns out the work better together!
Filled with many wonderful messages and lessons for children and adults alike, yet ultimately a beautiful and fun story for all!


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They All Saw a Cat Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452150130
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 30th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: They All Saw a Cat

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We all see the cat... but are we all seeing the same cat? An incredibly simple yet powerful book on perspective. This lesson can apply to pretty much everything in life and it also doubles as teaching tool for animal vocabulary! The change in color tone also makes for a fascinating experience and even discussion for those learning about colors. A book so good that it's hard to believe it hadn't already existed before! A must-have for any new child's library.


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The Snurtch Cover Image
By Sean Ferrell, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481456562
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: The Snurtch

Comments:

I have a Snurtch. We all have Snurtches, but some of us have bigger ones than others. This is a wonderful tale that will help children who may have ADHD or other behavioral issues see that they are not alone with their problems, that they're not inferior, and maybe even help them learn to cope with them. This is not an instructional book, however, and that's to it's benefit--every child will enjoy following along with this fun and silly story and be entertained as well as learn from it-- what more could you want from a great picture book? Highly recommend.


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Revival Volume 1: You're Among Friends Cover Image
By Tim Seeley, Mike Norton (Artist), Mark Englert (Artist)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781607066590
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Published: Image Comics - December 25th, 2012

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Revival

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This is the most engaging comic I've ever read.

Characters, setting, plot, pacing, premise, illustration, story, style, tone, voice... all SPOT ON to creat a suck-you-in page-turner that will nonetheless have you thoughtfully lingering over every page and panel as you attempt to unravel the mysteries that thread through every character's stories.

Noir at it's best!

Read it!


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Romeo And/Or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101983300
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Romeo and/or Juliet

Comments:

If you're looking for a fun and funny adventure, you're looking at it!

This book is great for those who loved the vChoose Your Own Adventure books when they were kids (I know I did!).

Ryan North, author of witty and beloved Dinosaur Comics, lets you "play" through this book as either Romeo or Juliet, making your own decision and, ultimately, story! Chock full of smat Shakespearean references, this is a way more fun alternative to No Fear Shakespeare and lots of amazing cartoonists chipped in to illustrate each unique ending!

The only book you can read 46012475909287476 times!!!

Perfect casual vacation read!


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Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine Cover Image
By Laurie Wallmark, April Chu (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781939547200
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Published: Creston Books - October 13th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

Comments:

Ada wrote the first computer program, AGES before computing even became a thing. To make her story even more remarkable, you'll learn that she was a teen, she had spent years crippled, and she was a woman in the early 1800s-- all things conspiring against her. But she was smart, eternally curious, had an encouraging parent, and never gave up. I can't think of a better role model for girls today!

This book is beautifully illustrated and written in a way that will engage and inspire kids of many ages.


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Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781607069454
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Published: Image Comics - April 8th, 2014

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Rat Queens

Comments:

Rated M.

This is awesome! Wiebe & Upchurch did EVERYTHING right:

1. Characters: These are some well-rounded characters. They're seriously bad-ass women, but each realistic, unique, fully realized and the very opposite of the tired one-dimensional "strong female protagonists" we're all sick of. These ladies are legit, with compelling back stories, and personalities that make you want to keep finding out more!

2. Plot: A great mystery and adventure all wrapped up in one.

3. Style & Tone: This is what makes this graphic novel series really fully unique. It's funny, it's crazy, it's weird, it's mysterious. The D&D satire is SPOT ON (but still fun even if you're not familiar with RPG).

4. Illustrations: Damn. Beautiful in every frame, masterfully manipulates the eye to go just where they want it to, but the illustrator's talent really shines through when you get sucked into staring at an incredibly expressive portrait of a character's face. Amazing.

Bonus: The leading ladies are sexy, but in a way that clearly shows that they own their bodies and clothing and make their wardrobe choices of their own volition, rather than the illustrator putting them into whatever the male gaze would prefer. They're also shaped both realistically and in varied ways. Both very uncommon these days in comics. Well done, guys.


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Sleeping Giants Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101886717
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Published: Del Rey Books - January 24th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title:Sleeping Giants

Comments:
This is exactly what I want from a book. If I had to sum up all the things I find coolest and most fascinating and thought-provoking, I would just hand over this book and beg you to be careful with my soul.

This terrifyingly timely story has everything  from run-ins with North Korea and Russia, mysterious government machinations, private corporate ruthlessness, ethically questionable medical advancement, and, perhaps most importantly, the militarization of new and little-understood technology.

As the plot unravels its excellently executed mystery and draws out the true selves of the incredibly compelling characters, you'll be nodding at every seemingly small, rational, understandable step taken until you put the book down then suddenly stand back in horror wondering how you got to this point. Are we humans doomed to create our own destruction— even when we seek to create or discover something wonderful, will we inevitably use it to decimate?

This unique, original, smart, and thrilling tale will leave you questioning your very own morals... and waiting with bated breath for book 2!


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The Bear and the Piano Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544674547
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Published: Clarion Books - April 5th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: The Bear and the Piano

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Breath-taking illustrations, great message, sweet and relatable story, expressive main character, fun and heartwarming... this book is beautiful in every sense of the word! A perfect read for every kind of family and for every youngster to enjoy with their elders. 


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All the Birds in the Sky Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765379955
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Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: All the Birds in the Sky

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Kelly Link meets Erin Morgenstern (beloved and acclaimed writer of The Night Circus) in this wacky and bizarre, yet heart-wrenchingly realistic; poetic and haunting, yet modern and edgy book.

Patricia is woodsy, spiritual, witchy--Laurence is the biggest tech geek ever. In the timely setting of ecological disaster and extreme technological reliance, will it be their similarities or differences that dictate how their relationship--and the world they so greatly affect-- evolves?

This is an incredible story with layers upon layers of hidden truths, funny lines, and irreplaceable characters. So original! A MUST-READ!


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Bloom Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, David Small (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442406209
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Published: Atheneum Books - February 9th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Bloom

Comments:

Don't you love it when a story continually pleasantly surprises you? And with a picture book... that's no easy feat!

This story will encourage young ones not only to not be afraid to get their hands dirty, but that they can create the extraordinary- however ordinary they may feel.

Beautiful and fun illustrations work to perfection with this story... that doesn't end where you think it will! Huzzah for Bloom AND Geneveive!


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Worm Loves Worm Cover Image
By J. J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062386335
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - January 5th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Worm Loves Worm

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And I love this wonderful worm wedding! In an age with higher awareness for the harm that traditional gender roles can cause, it's so refreshing to see this story where there is no bride or groom-- there's just love! 


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Gooseberry Park Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Arthur Howard (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780152061593
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Published: Harcourt Paperbacks - August 1st, 2007

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Gooseberry Park

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I read this book many times over the course of my childhood and it's stayed with me as a lovely, warm memory my whole life. These characters are my friends and this park is my home!
Unfortunately, I'd forgotten the title of this book and was unable to find it for many years. So imagine my delight when I pulled it out of a box of books I was receiving her at The Bookloft!
I am so happy to have finally found this cherished story again-- and be able to pass it on to a new generation who I'm sure will love it as much as I did.


This Is Where It Ends Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492622468
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - January 5th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: This is Where It Ends

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This is a hell of a book.
When I first picked it up and realized what it was about, I got very concerned-- how could you pull of a novel of a school shooting without coming across as voyeuristic and insensitive? Well, read this book and you'll have your answer.
I can't possibly adequately explain just how well done everything is in this book-- story, characters... just everything! No matter what kinds of books you normally read... this timely tale truly is a must-read. 
Marieke Nijkamp, my hat off to you. And thank you.


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Passenger Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781484732793
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - December 6th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Passenger

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I loved this book so much that I threw it across the room when it was over -- why did it have to end?!?!?! (SO EXCITED FOR A SEQUEL!!!)
This is a perfect amalgamation of everything that makes a book so readable (incredible mystery & intrigue, thrilling adventure, extremely well executed love story, very engaging and realistic characters you'll quickly get attached to) AND everything that makes a book worthy of being read (smart and thought-provoking commentary on issues like race and gender).
So open this book if you're ready for the ride of a lifetime across the globe-- and through time!

A particular treat for curious minds intrigued by what life may have been like in different time periods in our history and in different places around the world.


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Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir Cover Image
By Maggie Thrash, Maggie Thrash (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780763673826
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 8th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Honor Girl

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I wish there were more books like this! That told this kind of excrutiatingly lovely HONEST story.

Fans of Raina Telgemeier, Ann M. Martin, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Sarah Dessen...

Fans of true stories told well, engaging you with pictures, words, and sentiments...

Fans of discovering new perspectives while simultaneously enjoying seeing your own experiences too...

...this one's for all of you!

Thank you, Maggie Thrash, for wonderful book.


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Last Night's Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors Cover Image
By Kate Gavino, Kate Gavino (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127314
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Published: Penguin Books - October 27th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Last Night's Reading

Comments:

Gavino's quotable drawings have always caught my eye when I've seen them floating around the internet. Now seeing the best of the best organized, collected, and further illustrated and explained in this adorable little book just makes me want to cuddle it! This is the perfect gift for lovers of the written word, with humor and insight into the process of reading, writing, and living from your favorite authors, authors you've never heard of, and those fated dozens who you've always *meant* to check out.
Inspirational, funny, sweet, and wise, this little book will be something for bibliophiles to return to again and again, for a smile and good, ponderous thought. 


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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780544668256
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 24th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Thing Explainer

Comments:

Ever wonder how the internet works... or what would happen if you pressed THAT button... or why they put those stupidly tiny screws in things....?

BUT maybe you were too lazy to look it up because, let's face it, seriously researching random things is boring and hard.

Well this is the book for YOU! (For EVERYONE!)

So interesting, fascinating AND HILARIOUS, adorable AND totally approachable AND beautiful.

GREAT GIFT.

(Don't miss the awesome poster included in the back of the book for you to take out and hang up!)


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Interstellar Cinderella Cover Image
By Deborah Underwood, Meg Hunt (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452125329
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 5th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Interstellar Cinderella

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This story nixes everything you ever thought was questionable about the Cinderella tale (getting married after 1 date? Seriously?), and inserts everything you ever wanted and didn't even know you wanted (Being a genius mechanic who uses her own wits to save the prince? Yes, please.), and of course, still keeps everything you really loved about the old tale, just with a great new twist (ah, what a beautiful, dazzling ball!)

GREAT JOB, INTERSTELLAR CINDERELLA!


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Night Watch Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062307408
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Published: Harper - July 29th, 2014

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Night Watch (and ALL Discworld books!)

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This is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE novels (which is part of one of my all time favorite series: Discworld, that has no set order by the way so begin anywhere!)
This is the height of satifical fantasy. Terry Pratchett became famous and beloved for imparting wise and worthy social commentary via spot-on, laugh-out-loud humor, unique and personable characters, and plots with great mysteries. His tone is NEVER pedantic or grim. Every human living in modern day society will finding themselves grinning, nodding, laughing, and falling in love with the contents of Pratchett's work.
Seriously-- give it a shot!!!

If you want to know more about this particular novel, here goes:
Vimes, night watch copper  in the quintessential CITY, Ankh-Morpork (and my favorite character), goes on his best adventure. Get ready for time travel, revolt and rebellion, ethical quandaries on police authority and brutality (something that will make an especially interesting read in these times), roof-top chases, mysteries within mysteries, and a fantastic wink and a nod to Les Miserables.
How many times have I read this book? I've lost count... but it's definitely time for another re-read. Oh Joy!

PS- the audiobook narrators (there have been 2 for all the different books) are excellent, and I highly recommend listening to these for audiophiles!


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His Majesty's Dragon Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345481283
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Published: Del Rey Books - March 28th, 2006

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: His Majesty's Dragon

Comments:

This was both the sweetest and most hardcore fantasy book I've ever read. It's war time, and duty, no matter how brutal the consequences, comes first. But it's also British society, with propriety, proper breakfasts, and casual scholarship that prompts wonderful thoughts and conversations about sense of self.

Temeraire and his captain occupy a special place in my heart- a place never before granted to a dragon and a military officer. I am absolutely thrilled that this is a whole series, and I expect Novik's follow-ups to be just as enchanting and engaging!

PS- I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the fantastic Simon Vance, and HIGHLY recommend audiobook fans to seek it out! The voices for the two main characters are sublime.


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Chocolate: The Consuming Passion Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780761185635
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Published: Workman Publishing - October 6th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Chocolate

Comments:

Do yourself a favor and ick this book up to read a few pages (see if you can even stop at just a few!)

I wasn't sure what to expect from this beloved children's author writing what looks like a humor book on chocolate- which doesn't sound terribly original an idea does it?

Well this book is AWESOME! LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY, the text and illustrations work together to perfection.

AND this book actually does contain an insane amount of factual info on, well, chocolate!

The PERFECT gift for ALL chocolate-lovers EVER.

ALMOST as scrumptious as chocolate. But not really. But almost!


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Carry on Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250135025
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 9th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Carry On

Comments:
This book has made it into the hallowed halls of my favorite books of ALL TIME- something that hasn't happened in many, many years (and I read A LOT).

I was grinning by page 14, laughing by page 34, gasping by page 48, and after that I stopped looking at the page numbers because I was flipping pages like a madwoman bent on death by paper cuts.

Rainbow Rowell (that genius of a woman behind the highly acclaimed and beloved bestsellers, Fangirl and Eleanor & Park) spins athrilling and sweet story perfectly balancing her usual unique yet realistic and relatable characters and funny and thrilling story line with an utterly supremely intelligent parody of Harry Potter tropes, references smartly placed where HP fans will laugh and slobber over them, yet non-HP fans won't even notice them. This is a book for one and all! Fantasy lovers and real-life book enthusiasts (and kids and teens and adults) will fall in love with... well, EVERYTHING about this story.

Unforgettable. Love, love, love. (Okay, now excuse me, I need to go reread it.)


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780544416864
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 6th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: The Whisper

Comments:

This is one of those books you'll open again and again to spend long minutes over each and every page, your imagination running wild and free as you discover new things in the illustrations and words and new way to think about and interpret them every time. A perfect, long treasure of a book that will entrance and inspire kids (and their adults!) PS- If you like this, also check out Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay.


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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250077004
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 22nd, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Furiously Happy

Comments:

WARNING
PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION
CONTENTS MAY WILL CAUSE SEVERE UNCONTROLLABLE LAUGHTER
IT IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED THAT YOU DO NOT HANDLE THIS DANGEROUS ITEM IN PUBLIC
...OR WHILE DRINKING HOT TEA
(YES, I LEARNED THAT THE HARD WAY)
(...SERIOUSLY, I HAVE NEVER LAUGHED SO MUCH WHILE READING A BOOK)
(EVER.)

SO, IN CONCLUSION, BUY THIS ITEM IMMEDIATELY
OR RISK DYING (OKAY, EVENTUALLY) BY MEANS MUCH LESS DESIRABLE THAN UNSTOPPABLE FITS OF THE GIGGLES
THE CHOICE IS YOURS

This is also a beautiful, heart-throbbingly good account of living with mental illnes—and not letting it get the better of you. If you've ever dealt with anxiety, depression, or anything else that most people can't see or understand, you will love hearing what Jenny has to say (and all about her wild experiences, honestly told). If, like me, it's all foreign to you, you'll be able to empathize wholeheartedly and I still recommend it highly for you, because, well, at the end of the day, we're all human and need to be given a helping hand (or raccoon paw) every once in a while. This book is that hand. You are not living your best possible life if you haven't read this book yet.


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Big Bot, Small Bot: A Book of Robot Opposites Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781576877500
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Published: POW! - June 9th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Big Bot Small Bot

Comments:
Best book of opposites I've seen in a long time. Creative & fun!

PS- Julia loves this one too!


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Bird Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781927018644
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Published: Simply Read Books - September 1st, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Bird

Comments:

Beautiful!

You'll want to take your time flipping through this wordless treasure packed with subtle meaning- again and again...

Let's help each other fly...


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Leo: A Ghost Story Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452131566
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 25th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Leo

Comments:

Not only is Mac Burnett very nice and cool (and often works with one of my favorites- Jon Klassen), but his stories are always fun and imaginative, subtly stating more than the obvious, giving kids that perfect blend of entertainment and education- and always with lovely illustrations to boot!
Meet Leo, the ghost, and I dare you NOT to become best friends with him! I love you Leo!


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Everything, Everything Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780553496673
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Published: Ember - March 7th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Everything, Everything

Comments:
Everything, Everything ...was everything! Everything you could want! It kept me up at night, turning page after wonderful page. I laughed, gasped, and held my breath as I read about these characters that absolutely caught my heart- and taught me something...

Risk what you know for what you feel and you may just find that the truth isn't quite what you thought...

A wonderful addition to the much loved ranks of John Green and Rainbow Rowell. Can't wait to read Yoon's next book!


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You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir Cover Image
By Felicia Day, Joss Whedon (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476785660
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Published: Touchstone Books - April 19th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

Comments:

I didn't pick this book up thinking I'd Staff Pick it—but after devouring it all in one six hour sitting (and finding myself hugging the book to my chest like a little girl discovering a new best friend), I just had to, expecially because it's so readable, so accessible, that both those who are already fans of Felicia Day AND those who know nothing about her or her geeky, techie world will enjoy (and learn from!) her story.
In it, she chronicles her life, from her bizarre homeschooled education and detrimentally poor socialization to dealing with the issues of (to name just a few) identity, mental illness, creativity, procrastination, & self-esteem, that most young (and even not so young) adults must learn to navigate, for better or for worse. Thankfully, Felicia Day's story turns out to be the "for better" variety, and she tells that story with a great humor and earnestness that had me laughing out loud and relating (even though we had very different upbringings and personalities) every step of the way!


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Zeroes Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481443371
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 27th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Zeroes

Comments:

I WANT TO BE A ZERO TOOOOO!!

At first it was their joke, these kids with "powers"- things they could do, but couldn't explain, things that were a big deal... but not really in a good way. They're not superheroes, they're not bad guys or good guys, and the things they can do... do they cause more harm than good by using them? They're not heroes... they're just "zeroes".

At least, that what's they think- until one of their own lands in deep, deep trouble. Can they pool their resources to help each other- without hurting anyone else??

If you liked Steelheart, you'll love this (and vice versa). Thanks, Westerfeld for another awesome story with realistic characters, and a great touch of mystery... can't wait for their next adventure!!


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George Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545812573
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: George

Comments:
I love you, George! - I mean - MELISSA! Thank you for showing me how hard it is to try to be someone you're just not - and what I can do to help!
And thanks for giving me a fun, sweet, entertaining book to read, too - I didn't want to put it down! I hope everyone reads this book - no matter who you (really) are!


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780553418620
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Published: Broadway Books - March 15th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: The Library at Mount Char

Comments:

"It's about to be very dark you see."

Oh, was this good.

Picture the best kind of movie made by some awesome mix of Guillermo del Toro, Quentin Tarantino. and the Coen brothers, with their soul-gripping eerienes, dark humor, creative storytelling techniques, viscerally real (yet fantastically unique) characters, and mind-warping weirdness to get this absolutely deliciously subversive allegorical story in the thematic tradition of Neil Gaiman.

You'll be absorbed by characters fantastically both lovable and despicable as they unravel the ingeniously spun black threads of mystery that show us the macabre beauty lurking behind the truths of human nature.

A startlingly good debut novelI'll be waiting anxiously for his next unquestioningly superb book!


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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Between the World and Me

Comments:

It's not my words, my Dreamer-swathed words, my words glossy with layers of whitewash, that matter here. It is his words that matter. That matter so, so much.

So please read them. I know it's hard sometimes to pick up a nonfiction book, a hardcover book, a "literary" book, a book that you feel you "should" read. It's easier to grab the hottest new thriller, or the next in your current mystery series, or your favorite author's latest novel, I know. But not only do his words carry the shackled and shot weight of centuries and generations, but they are also richly, darkly, sublimely, entrancingly, just so, so good.

This is the book that matters, and this is the book that is good.

This book, then, is everything. Everything you need to read. Right now. Please, please, please.

Read this.


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$14.99
ISBN: 9780545565431
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Published: Graphix - August 25th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Space Dumplins

Comments:

As sweet, smart, and funny as Cakes in Space and Zita the Spacegirl, Space Dumplins will have you rooting for these lovable characters throughout their great adventure!
Learn to embrace differentness, in character and situation, and how to overcome obstacles and conflicts ethically, from new schools to fighting parents... to suffering space whales!


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Kristy's Great Idea: Full-Color Edition (the Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1) Cover Image
By Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545813877
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Published: Graphix - April 28th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels

Comments:

I love the BSC books with a passion that can never diminish, despite the passing years. These graphic novel adaptations by Raina Telgemieir (woderfully talented author and illustrator of the bestselling Smile) perfectly capture the oh so wonderful essence of BSC.

Great for lovers of AND newcomers to the series that every 9+ year old girl loves for showing real girls, in real (and widely varied) familial situations, with real (and again widely varied!) personalities and talents, doing real work, and having real fun together!


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The Invasion of the Tearling Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062290410
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 28th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1)

Comments:

I stayed up until 2am to finish this wonderful, addictive follow-up to The Queen of the Tearling. Johansen continues to intrigue and surprise as Kelsea's story begins to unfurl alongside a fascinating new character. As the past and the present interweave and even begin to merge (or collide??!), prepare to question everything you thought you knewabout the Crossing, the Tearling, about the nature of the magic itself, and even the true identities and alliances of your favorite characters, all back in full force, making this series the page-turner no one should miss!


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Words of Radiance: Book Two of the Stormlight Archive Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765365286
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Published: Tor Books - March 3rd, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2)

Comments:

It didn't take long for me to become a diehard Sanderson fan. And after reading  this second installment to his EPIC Stormlight Archive (read The Way of Kings first),  I can completely understand why he was the lucky author chosen to complete Robert Jordan's classic Wheel of Time series after his death.

Sanderson weaves and unravels mysteries like a pro, truths shifting like sand beneath your feet with every word uttered, eloquent and rivetting. His characters are so alive, so utterly human, that you can't peg anyone with the old fantasy stereotypes like villain or hero or (thank god) damsel in distress- they are all uniquely and simultaneously wonderful and terrible. And, somehow, this is a 1300 page page-turner. Seriously.

Trust me, pick up any one of this author's booksand you'll be hooked for life too.


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Fortune's Pawn Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316221115
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Published: Orbit - November 5th, 2013

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Fortune's Pawn (& the whole Paradox trology!!)

Comments:

I read this whole 3 book series in one breathless week. It's such a wonderful series; reminiscent of the TV show Firefly and the book series The Expanse by James S.A. Corey. Badass woman, badass love story, badass government/alien conspiracy mystery. Light & serious at the same time. Seriously, it's the perfect addicting page-turner you want to read. I'd also recommend jumping on it now rather than waiting for "next time" because it has very limited availability. Hopefully the publisher will choose to reprint, but if not... you're going to want to grab one of the last copies!!!!


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Uprooted Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey Books - March 1st, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Uprooted

Comments:
I'm a hardcore book lover—that much should be obvious. So usually, I argue that books are wonderful, flawless creatures that bring us nothing but good—joy in entertainment, excitement in adventure, and enlightenment in learning. But this book made me a terrible person—not because it didn't have all those things but rather because it possibly has too much of those things. It was so good I could do nothing until I'd finished it! I ignored loved ones and cancelled plans. I lived for two days in a beautiful valley under the shadow of a sinister and mysterious wood and became the closest of companions to the Russian folklore inspired—and inspiringly real yet badass—characters. I was caught up unfailingly with every plot twist and snatched ravenously at every new mystery perfectly unravelled, piece by tantalizing piece.

So, I (and the dozens of incredible authors giving the same testimonials on the back of the book) am giving you fair warning: This book is so good, it just might make you terrible. Because once you enter these woods... no one comes out unchanged.


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This Is Sadie Cover Image
By Sara O'Leary, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781770495326
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Published: Tundra Books (NY) - May 12th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: This is Sadie

Comments:

This is Sadie. I love Sadie. She is my new role model—a precious place occupied mostly by Madeline up until now. 
Beautiful illustrations, words, thoughts. And look at the inside (reverse side) of the dust jacket—a perfect poster for any kid's (or, let's face it—adult's) room.
Love, love, love how sweet, whimsical, and calming it feels though it's full of exciting, imaginative adventures!
Simply a treasure.


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Nimona Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062278227
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Published: Harper Teen - May 12th, 2015

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Nimona

Comments:

Nimona has surpassed any vague unfulfilled hopes I ever had for a cool yet relatable female supoerhero. Not that she's really a "superhero"- in fact, she's a "villain's" "sidekick" trying to take down the "hero" of a "benevolent kingdom".

Ahem.

Fall in love with Nimona as Stevenson makes you question everything you ever thought you knew about villains and heroes.

Subversive, funny, mysterious, gripping, beautiful, thought-provoking, and deeply satisfying... this is a MUST READ for EVERYONE!


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Cakes in Space Cover Image
By Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780385387934
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Published: Yearling Books - July 12th, 2016

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: Cakes in Space

Comments:
I picked this book up because the title made me laugh. By the time I had finished looking at the cover and reading the blurb I was in hysterics.
So I knew it'd be funny- likely a fun little romp- but what I didn't anticipate was how awesome the illustrations would be (perfectly and creatively interacting with the text) and how great the characters and their story would be.
Fun and funny, yes, but also sweet, brave, thought-provoking and SMART!
This is a great read-aloud or beginner book for all kids- AND their adults!


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A Walk in the Forest Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616895693
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - April 4th, 2017

Bookseller: Zazu
Title: A Walk in the Forest

Comments:
This book will make you want to set out into the forest! Burrow your toes in the dirt, breathe deeply the crisp air, see those bright, in-person colors. So simple, yet so evocative, this is a beautiful, beautiful book.