PW Grab a Galley @ BookExpo Giveaway

PW has a long-standing BookExpo tradition of bringing you some of the hottest titles hitting the shelves in the season ahead, and nothing can get us to break with that tradition. In fact, this year we'll be launching the biggest and you might say best galley giveaway to date with over 80 phenomenal titles. This extensive collection spans every age and category from a sweet picture book written about the daddy-daughter bond by the daddy-daughter duo, Actor Jeff Bridges and Isabelle Bridges Boesch to a pair of hilarious and heartfelt memoirs penned by a couple of the funniest comedians working today. Of course, the list wouldn't be complete without some best-selling authors and serious looks at some of the challenges facing Americans today such as racial inequality, transgender issues and neurodiversity.

Browse through the collection, complete the form below to be entered to win and stock up on all the titles everyone will be talking about! Fulfillment varies between print and digital copies according to sponsor and supply is limited so act fast.


Fiction

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The Chanel Sisters
By Judithe Little
Graydon House

Antoinette and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel know they’re destined for something better. Abandoned by their family, they’ve grown up under the guidance of nuns preparing them for simple lives as the wives of tradesmen or shopkeepers. When they’re finally of age, the sisters set out to prove themselves worthy to a society that has never accepted them.

A sweeping story of women challenging social conventions, of the longing for love and recognition, of survival, loss, and triumph, The Chanel Sisters explores the genesis of what we know today as the ubiquitous brand, the enduring illusion, Chanel, and the unforgettable sisters behind it.

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A Choir of Crows
By Candace Robb
Crème de la Crime
Severn House Publishers

December, 1374. With the great and the good about to descend on York for the enthronement of Alexander Neville as the new archbishop, the city authorities are in a state of high alert. When two bodies are discovered in the grounds of York Minster, Owen Archer, captain of the city bailiffs, is summoned to investigate. Before he can make headway, a third body is fished out of the river – and Owen finds himself with three mysterious deaths to solve before the all-powerful Neville family arrives in York.

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The Devil and the Dark Water
By Stuart Turton
Landmark

Samuel Pipps is the greatest detective of his day…but now he's a prisoner, accused of unknown crimes by one of the world's most powerful men. Along with his faithful sidekick, Arent Hayes, they're sailing back to Amsterdam, where he'll stand trial. But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage.
Still shackled in his cell, Pipps sends Hayes to solve a mystery that connects every passenger on board. But when Hayes goes missing, Pipps is faced with the most dangerous puzzle of his career…All the while, voices whisper to him in the dark. But are those whispers clues? Or the devil himself…

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Escape To Exile (Stonecroft Saga: Book One)
By B.N. Rundell
Wolfpack Publishing

Author of the best-selling Buckskin Chronicles series takes us on an epic journey in the new Stonecroft Saga
It started as a brother defending the honor of his only sister, but it led to a bloody duel and a young man of a prominent family lying dead in the dirt…
Gabriel Stonecroft along with his life-long friend, Ezra at his side journey to the far wilderness of the west. The journey is fraught with danger, excitement, and adventure as they face bounty hunters, renegade Shawnee and Delaware Indians, and river pirates.

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The Finder
By Will Ferguson
Simon & Schuster Canada

From Will Ferguson, the Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author, comes The Finder, a spellbinding literary thriller about precious objects lost and found. Embark on a scavenger hunt across continents, from the seas of southern Japan, to the arid Australian Outback, to the bucolic expanse of New Zealand. The Finder is a beguiling and wildly original tale about the people, places, and things that are lost and found in our world.

Website

The High-Rise Diver
By Julia von Lucadou
World Editions

For readers of The Handmaid's Tale, The Circle, and Brave New World comes a chilling and distressingly plausible dystopia, which creates a world in which performance is everything. Riva is a disaffected ‘high-rise diver,' a top athlete and media star, who has broken her contract. Cameras are everywhere in her world, but she doesn't know her every move is being watched by Hitomi, the psychologist tasked with reining Riva back in. The two never meet, but Riva's failure to achieve becomes Hitomi's downfall as she spirals out of control and plummets from loyal state worker into obsession and breakdown.

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The Hollow Ones
By Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
Grand Central Publishing

From the authors who brought you The Strain Trilogy comes a strange, terrifying, and darkly wondrous world of suspense, mystery, and literary horror. The Hollow Ones is a chilling, spell-binding tale, a hauntingly original new fable from Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro and bestselling author Chuck Hogan featuring their most fascinating character yet.

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Homeland Elegies
By Ayad Akhtar
Little, Brown

Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Disgraced, returns with a deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams. Homeland Elegies tells an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home. "An unflinchingly honest self-portrait . . . passionate, disturbing, unputdownable," raves Salman Rushdie, and Jennifer Egan calls Homeland Elegies a "flashing, kinetic coil of a story."

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The House on Widows Hill
By Simon R. Green
Severn House Publishers

Set high on Widows Hill, Harrow House has remained empty for years. Now, along with a celebrity psychic, professional ghost-hunter, local historian and a newspaper reporter, Ishmael Jones is spending a night there to investigate the rumours of strange lights, mysterious voices and unexplained disappearances.

What really happened at Harrow House all those years ago? Each member of 'Team Ghost' has their own theory. But when one of the group suddenly drops dead for no apparent reason, Ishmael knows that if he can find out how and why the victim died, he'll have the key to solving the mystery.

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Impersonation
By Heidi Pitlor
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Acclaimed writer Heidi Pitlor tells a timely, bitingly funny, and insightful story of ambition, motherhood, and class.

Allie Lang is a professional ghostwriter and a perpetually broke single mother to a young boy. Lana Breban is a high-profile lawyer, economist, and advocate for women's rights with designs on elected office. She also has a son. Lana and her staff have decided she needs help softening her image in the eyes of the public and that a memoir about her life as a mother will help. Together they make the perfect feminist mother.

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The Invention of Sound
By Chuck Palahniuk
Grand Central Publishing

Chuck Palahniuk returns in classic tradition with a chilling tale of a father in search of his daughter, a young woman perfecting a dark art, and the most dangerous secret Hollywood has ever kept.

Gates Foster lost his daughter seventeen years ago. Sound engineer Mitzi harbors a secret that may help him solve the case. It's Mitzi's job to create the dubbed screams used in horror films and action movies and she's the best at what she does.

Soon Foster and Mitzi find themselves on a collision course that threatens to expose the violence hidden beneath Hollywood's glamorous façade. A grim and disturbing reflection on the commodification of suffering and the dangerous power of art.

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Leave The World Behind
By Rumaan Alam
Ecco

A magnetic novel about the complexities of parenthood, race, and class, and how our closest bonds are reshaped in moments of crisis. Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City and quality time with their teenage children. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older couple—it's their house, and they've arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa?

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The Lost Apothecary
By Sarah Penner
Park Row Books

In this addictive and spectacularly imagined debut, a female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them—setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course. The Lost Apothecaryis a subversive and intoxicating exploration of women rebelling against a man's world, the destructive force of revenge, and the remarkable ways that women can save each other despite the barrier of time.

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Make Them Cry
By Smith Henderson and Jon Marc Smith
Ecco

For fans of The Border and Jason Bourne, an explosive thriller about Diane Harbaugh, a DEA agent sucked into a dangerous turf war on the U.S.-Mexico border. As Diane begins to unravel layers of deceptions, grifts, and schemes dating back to the beginnings of the Afghanistan war, her findings put her at the center of an international manhunt with world-changing consequences—and the only way out is for her to do the one thing she promised herself she'd never do.

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Mamelukes
By Jerry Pournelle
Baen Books

The final novel by legendary author Jerry Pournelle with a contribution from David Weber.

No rest for the weary.

After volunteering to fight Cubans in Angola, Rick Galloway never expected to be cut adrift by the CIA and shanghaied by a flying saucer landing him on the planet Tran, raising drugs for an alien cartel. He survived mutinies and civil wars, on a world where "climate change" went unchecked for 600 years, knowing his alien "employers" will probably nuke his people back into the Stone Age when they're done. Now, New Starmen have arrived on Tran, with dangerous gifts and weapons. And everyone expects Rick to fix it.

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Obsidian Detective
By Michael Anderle
LMBPN

On the fringes of human space, a murder will light a fuse that sends two people on a collision course. She is from the powerful, the elite. He is with the military. She lives on Earth, where peace among the population is a given. He is on the fringe of society where authority is how much firepower you wield.

When the two rebels' worlds collide on a planetary level, both want the truth – but is revealing the truth good for society?

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The Sea Gate
By Jane Johnson
Simon & Schuster Canada

One house, two inhabitants a generation apart, a lifetime of secrets... The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson weaves the past and present in this heady tale about a broken family and a mysterious house set during the Second World War in Cornwall, England. "A swift-moving, evocative tale full of hidden bones, lost love, long-buried secrets, and even a foul-mouthed parrot" raves Kristin Harmel, #1 bestselling author of The Winemaker's Wife. The fall's most anticipated historical fiction!

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Village of the Lost Girls
By Agustin Martinez
Mobius

A breath-taking missing persons thriller set under the menacing peaks of the Pyrenees.

Five years after their disappearance, the small village of Monteperdido still mourns the loss of Ana and Lucia, two eleven-year-old girls who left school one afternoon and were never seen again. Now, Ana turns up, alive and traumatized, unable to remember details that may help save her friend.

The case reopens and Sara Campos, the lead investigator brought in from Madrid, is determined to unravel Ana's memory in time to save Lucia before it's too late. Chilling, multilayered, and intense until the very last page.

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Will Destroy the Galaxy for Cash
By Yahtzee Croshaw
Dark Horse Books

The follow up to Will Save the Galaxy for Food is the latest hilarious science fiction tale by Yahtzee Croshaw (Mogworld, Jam, Differently Morphous)!

With the age of heroic star pilots and galactic villains completely killed by quantum teleportation, the ex-star pilot currently named Dashford Pierce is struggling to find his identity in a changing universe. Before long, he's surrounded by peril, and forced to partner with the very same supervillains he'd spent his heroic career thwarting. What could go wrong? If you need to ask--you don't know Dashford Pierce.

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The World Doesn't Work That Way, but it Could: Stories
By Yxta Maya Murray
University of Nevada Press

Fueled by the heat of the current political moment, Murray's short stories speak of the struggles of many Americans within our fractured country. Here, ordinary people negotiate tentative paths through wildfire, mass shootings, bureaucratic incompetence, and heedless government policies with vicious impacts on the innocent and helpless. The stories explore not only our distressing human capacity for moral numbness in the face of evil, but also reveal our surprising stores of compassion and forgiveness. Brilliantly conceived and beautifully written, Murray's stories are troubling yet irresistible mirrors of our time.

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Comrade Koba
By Robert Littell
The Overlook Press

After the sudden death of his nuclear physicist father and the arrest of his mother during the Stalinist purge of Jewish doctors, young Leon Rozental is hiding from the NKVD in the secret rooms of the House on the Embankment. One day after following a passageway, Leon meets Koba, a high-ranking Soviet officer with troubling insight into the thoughts and machinations of Comrade Stalin. Through encounters between a naive boy and a paranoid tyrant, Robert Littell creates in The House on the Embankment a nuanced portrayal of the Soviet dictator, showing his human side and his simultaneous total disregard for and ignorance of the suffering he inflicted on the Russian people.

Website

Destroyer of Worlds
By Larry Correia
Baen Books

Military epic fantasy – the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior – continues.

From New York Times best-selling author and Monster Hunter Series creator Larry Correia comes the third volume of the highly acclaimed Saga of the Forgotten Warrior series. In a world of intrigue, suspense, corruption and rebellion Ashok Vadal is now known as a traitor. He and the Sons of the Black Sword are being hunted, but Vidal will not wait meekly. If it’s a war the Capitol wants, Vadal will be all too willing to give it to them. The Great Extermination Begins.

Website
The Chanel Sisters
By Judithe Little
Graydon House

Antoinette and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel know they’re destined for something better. Abandoned by their family, they’ve grown up under the guidance of nuns preparing them for simple lives as the wives of tradesmen or shopkeepers. When they’re finally of age, the sisters set out to prove themselves worthy to a society that has never accepted them.

A sweeping story of women challenging social conventions, of the longing for love and recognition, of survival, loss, and triumph, The Chanel Sisters explores the genesis of what we know today as the ubiquitous brand, the enduring illusion, Chanel, and the unforgettable sisters behind it.

Website

A Choir of Crows
By Candace Robb
Crème de la Crime
Severn House Publishers

December, 1374. With the great and the good about to descend on York for the enthronement of Alexander Neville as the new archbishop, the city authorities are in a state of high alert. When two bodies are discovered in the grounds of York Minster, Owen Archer, captain of the city bailiffs, is summoned to investigate. Before he can make headway, a third body is fished out of the river – and Owen finds himself with three mysterious deaths to solve before the all-powerful Neville family arrives in York.

Website

The Devil and the Dark Water
By Stuart Turton
Landmark

Samuel Pipps is the greatest detective of his day…but now he's a prisoner, accused of unknown crimes by one of the world's most powerful men. Along with his faithful sidekick, Arent Hayes, they're sailing back to Amsterdam, where he'll stand trial. But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage.
Still shackled in his cell, Pipps sends Hayes to solve a mystery that connects every passenger on board. But when Hayes goes missing, Pipps is faced with the most dangerous puzzle of his career…All the while, voices whisper to him in the dark. But are those whispers clues? Or the devil himself…

Website

Escape To Exile (Stonecroft Saga: Book One)
By B.N. Rundell
Wolfpack Publishing

Author of the best-selling Buckskin Chronicles series takes us on an epic journey in the new Stonecroft Saga
It started as a brother defending the honor of his only sister, but it led to a bloody duel and a young man of a prominent family lying dead in the dirt…
Gabriel Stonecroft along with his life-long friend, Ezra at his side journey to the far wilderness of the west. The journey is fraught with danger, excitement, and adventure as they face bounty hunters, renegade Shawnee and Delaware Indians, and river pirates.

Website

The Finder
By Will Ferguson
Simon & Schuster Canada

From Will Ferguson, the Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author, comes The Finder, a spellbinding literary thriller about precious objects lost and found. Embark on a scavenger hunt across continents, from the seas of southern Japan, to the arid Australian Outback, to the bucolic expanse of New Zealand. The Finder is a beguiling and wildly original tale about the people, places, and things that are lost and found in our world.

Website

The High-Rise Diver
By Julia von Lucadou
World Editions

For readers of The Handmaid's Tale, The Circle, and Brave New World comes a chilling and distressingly plausible dystopia, which creates a world in which performance is everything. Riva is a disaffected ‘high-rise diver,' a top athlete and media star, who has broken her contract. Cameras are everywhere in her world, but she doesn't know her every move is being watched by Hitomi, the psychologist tasked with reining Riva back in. The two never meet, but Riva's failure to achieve becomes Hitomi's downfall as she spirals out of control and plummets from loyal state worker into obsession and breakdown.

Website

The Hollow Ones
By Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
Grand Central Publishing

From the authors who brought you The Strain Trilogy comes a strange, terrifying, and darkly wondrous world of suspense, mystery, and literary horror. The Hollow Ones is a chilling, spell-binding tale, a hauntingly original new fable from Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro and bestselling author Chuck Hogan featuring their most fascinating character yet.

Website

Homeland Elegies
By Ayad Akhtar
Little, Brown

Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Disgraced, returns with a deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams. Homeland Elegies tells an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home. "An unflinchingly honest self-portrait . . . passionate, disturbing, unputdownable," raves Salman Rushdie, and Jennifer Egan calls Homeland Elegies a "flashing, kinetic coil of a story."

Website

The House on Widows Hill
By Simon R. Green
Severn House Publishers

Set high on Widows Hill, Harrow House has remained empty for years. Now, along with a celebrity psychic, professional ghost-hunter, local historian and a newspaper reporter, Ishmael Jones is spending a night there to investigate the rumours of strange lights, mysterious voices and unexplained disappearances.

What really happened at Harrow House all those years ago? Each member of 'Team Ghost' has their own theory. But when one of the group suddenly drops dead for no apparent reason, Ishmael knows that if he can find out how and why the victim died, he'll have the key to solving the mystery.

Website

Impersonation
By Heidi Pitlor
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Acclaimed writer Heidi Pitlor tells a timely, bitingly funny, and insightful story of ambition, motherhood, and class.

Allie Lang is a professional ghostwriter and a perpetually broke single mother to a young boy. Lana Breban is a high-profile lawyer, economist, and advocate for women's rights with designs on elected office. She also has a son. Lana and her staff have decided she needs help softening her image in the eyes of the public and that a memoir about her life as a mother will help. Together they make the perfect feminist mother.

Website

The Invention of Sound
By Chuck Palahniuk
Grand Central Publishing

Chuck Palahniuk returns in classic tradition with a chilling tale of a father in search of his daughter, a young woman perfecting a dark art, and the most dangerous secret Hollywood has ever kept.

Gates Foster lost his daughter seventeen years ago. Sound engineer Mitzi harbors a secret that may help him solve the case. It's Mitzi's job to create the dubbed screams used in horror films and action movies and she's the best at what she does.

Soon Foster and Mitzi find themselves on a collision course that threatens to expose the violence hidden beneath Hollywood's glamorous façade. A grim and disturbing reflection on the commodification of suffering and the dangerous power of art.

Website

Leave The World Behind
By Rumaan Alam
Ecco

A magnetic novel about the complexities of parenthood, race, and class, and how our closest bonds are reshaped in moments of crisis. Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City and quality time with their teenage children. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older couple—it's their house, and they've arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa?

Website

The Lost Apothecary
By Sarah Penner
Park Row Books

In this addictive and spectacularly imagined debut, a female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them—setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course. The Lost Apothecaryis a subversive and intoxicating exploration of women rebelling against a man's world, the destructive force of revenge, and the remarkable ways that women can save each other despite the barrier of time.

Website

Make Them Cry
By Smith Henderson and Jon Marc Smith
Ecco

For fans of The Border and Jason Bourne, an explosive thriller about Diane Harbaugh, a DEA agent sucked into a dangerous turf war on the U.S.-Mexico border. As Diane begins to unravel layers of deceptions, grifts, and schemes dating back to the beginnings of the Afghanistan war, her findings put her at the center of an international manhunt with world-changing consequences—and the only way out is for her to do the one thing she promised herself she'd never do.

Website

Mamelukes
By Jerry Pournelle
Baen Books

The final novel by legendary author Jerry Pournelle with a contribution from David Weber.

No rest for the weary.

After volunteering to fight Cubans in Angola, Rick Galloway never expected to be cut adrift by the CIA and shanghaied by a flying saucer landing him on the planet Tran, raising drugs for an alien cartel. He survived mutinies and civil wars, on a world where "climate change" went unchecked for 600 years, knowing his alien "employers" will probably nuke his people back into the Stone Age when they're done. Now, New Starmen have arrived on Tran, with dangerous gifts and weapons. And everyone expects Rick to fix it.

Website

Obsidian Detective
By Michael Anderle
LMBPN

On the fringes of human space, a murder will light a fuse that sends two people on a collision course. She is from the powerful, the elite. He is with the military. She lives on Earth, where peace among the population is a given. He is on the fringe of society where authority is how much firepower you wield.

When the two rebels' worlds collide on a planetary level, both want the truth – but is revealing the truth good for society?

Website

The Sea Gate
By Jane Johnson
Simon & Schuster Canada

One house, two inhabitants a generation apart, a lifetime of secrets... The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson weaves the past and present in this heady tale about a broken family and a mysterious house set during the Second World War in Cornwall, England. "A swift-moving, evocative tale full of hidden bones, lost love, long-buried secrets, and even a foul-mouthed parrot" raves Kristin Harmel, #1 bestselling author of The Winemaker's Wife. The fall's most anticipated historical fiction!

Website

Village of the Lost Girls
By Agustin Martinez
Mobius

A breath-taking missing persons thriller set under the menacing peaks of the Pyrenees.

Five years after their disappearance, the small village of Monteperdido still mourns the loss of Ana and Lucia, two eleven-year-old girls who left school one afternoon and were never seen again. Now, Ana turns up, alive and traumatized, unable to remember details that may help save her friend.

The case reopens and Sara Campos, the lead investigator brought in from Madrid, is determined to unravel Ana's memory in time to save Lucia before it's too late. Chilling, multilayered, and intense until the very last page.

Website

Will Destroy the Galaxy for Cash
By Yahtzee Croshaw
Dark Horse Books

The follow up to Will Save the Galaxy for Food is the latest hilarious science fiction tale by Yahtzee Croshaw (Mogworld, Jam, Differently Morphous)!

With the age of heroic star pilots and galactic villains completely killed by quantum teleportation, the ex-star pilot currently named Dashford Pierce is struggling to find his identity in a changing universe. Before long, he's surrounded by peril, and forced to partner with the very same supervillains he'd spent his heroic career thwarting. What could go wrong? If you need to ask--you don't know Dashford Pierce.

Website
The World Doesn't Work That Way, but it Could: Stories
By Yxta Maya Murray
University of Nevada Press

Fueled by the heat of the current political moment, Murray's short stories speak of the struggles of many Americans within our fractured country. Here, ordinary people negotiate tentative paths through wildfire, mass shootings, bureaucratic incompetence, and heedless government policies with vicious impacts on the innocent and helpless. The stories explore not only our distressing human capacity for moral numbness in the face of evil, but also reveal our surprising stores of compassion and forgiveness. Brilliantly conceived and beautifully written, Murray's stories are troubling yet irresistible mirrors of our time.

Website

Comrade Koba
By Robert Littell
The Overlook Press

After the sudden death of his nuclear physicist father and the arrest of his mother during the Stalinist purge of Jewish doctors, young Leon Rozental is hiding from the NKVD in the secret rooms of the House on the Embankment. One day after following a passageway, Leon meets Koba, a high-ranking Soviet officer with troubling insight into the thoughts and machinations of Comrade Stalin. Through encounters between a naive boy and a paranoid tyrant, Robert Littell creates in The House on the Embankment a nuanced portrayal of the Soviet dictator, showing his human side and his simultaneous total disregard for and ignorance of the suffering he inflicted on the Russian people.

Website

Destroyer of Worlds
By Larry Correia
Baen Books

Military epic fantasy – the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior – continues.

From New York Times best-selling author and Monster Hunter Series creator Larry Correia comes the third volume of the highly acclaimed Saga of the Forgotten Warrior series. In a world of intrigue, suspense, corruption and rebellion Ashok Vadal is now known as a traitor. He and the Sons of the Black Sword are being hunted, but Vidal will not wait meekly. If it’s a war the Capitol wants, Vadal will be all too willing to give it to them. The Great Extermination Begins.

Website

Nonfiction & Memoir

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A Better Man
By Michael Ian Black
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

A poignant look at boyhood and a radical plea for rethinking masculinity, in the form of a heartfelt letter from comedian, actor, and father Michael Ian Black to his teenage son before he leaves for college.

Part memoir, part advice book, A Better Man explores the damage and rising violence caused by the expectations placed on boys to "man up." Honest, funny, and hopeful, Black skillfully navigates the complex gender issues of our time and delivers a poignant answer to an urgent question: How can we be, and raise, better men?

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Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work
By Tania Israel
LifeTools

This practical, politically neutral book offers concrete skills for holding meaningful conversations that cut across today's intense political divide, showing readers how to connect to the people in their lives.

Chapters show readers how to develop and use the scientifically-proven skills that are the foundation of constructive conversation, including strategies for effective listening, managing emotions, and understanding someone else's perspective, as well as finding common ground, avoiding self-righteousness, and telling your own story. Throughout, conversation prompts, practical exercises, case examples, and self-quizzes help readers visualize and practice starting, sustaining, and ending challenging conversations.

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Debt and Entanglements Between the Wars
Edited by Era Dabla-Norris
IMF Publications

World War I created a set of forces that affected the political arrangements and economies of all the countries involved. The large debt burdens and reparation payments that emerged in the interwar years amid economic and financial turmoil, framed numerous political questions. This compelling book shows how the lack of effective collaboration and resolution mechanisms hurt the global economy, with disastrous consequences. The book includes contributions by George Hall, Thomas J. Sargent, Martin Ellison, Andrew Scott, and Harold James.

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Decoding the World: A Road Map for the Questioner
By Po Bronson with Arvind Gupta
Twelve

Decoding the World is a buddy adventure about the quest to live meaningfully in a world with such uncertainty.

It starts with Po Bronson coming to IndieBio. Arvind Gupta created IndieBio as a laboratory for early biotech startups trying to solve major world problems. Glaciers melting. Dying bees. Infertility. Cancer. Ocean plastic. Pandemics.

Arvind is the fearless one, Po the studious detective, and as they travel around the world, finding scientists to join their cause, the authors bring their first-hand experience to the great mysteries that haunt our future. After looking through their lens, you'll never see the world the same.

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The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream
By Thom Hartmann
Berrett-Koehler Publishers

The monopolistic power of companies like Walmart, Amazon, Facebook, and Google distorts and corrupts the American economy—but Thom Hartmann, America's #1 progressive radio host, shows we've broken the control of behemoths like these before, and we can do it again. Hartmann explores how the intentions of the Founders of our country were thwarted and describes commonsense, historically rooted measures we can take—such as revitalizing antitrust regulation, taxing great wealth, and getting money out of politics—to wrest control of our country from the monopolists.

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Little Miss Little Compton: A Memoir
By Arden Myrin
Running Press

"There is no one more talented than Arden -- her writing cuts me right to my core and makes me laugh the very next second." – Amy Schumer

Comedian and actress Arden Myrin delivers a hilarious and heartfelt memoir about navigating adulthood and her rise on the comedy scene despite an unconventional upbringing, all while using her trademark self-deprecating humor. Zach Galifianakis praises "Arden Myrin is one of the funniest people I know. Smart and charming and small. If you know how to read, read this book. If you don't know how to read, then you should have stopped trying a few sentences ago.

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Memorial Drive
By Natasha Trethewey
Ecco

An exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former step-father, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy. With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother's life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience.

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More Alike Than Different: My Life With Down Syndrome
By David Egan
Prometheus Books

In this inspiring memoir, David Egan gives us a window into a life spent pushing boundaries. With a family undaunted by his diagnosis of Down syndrome, Egan has learned to become a powerful advocate for all people with disabilities through positions at prestigious companies, on Capitol Hill, on the boards of influential advocacy organizations and a global role with the Special Olympics. This hopeful memoir will encourage everyone to make the most of their lives.
"David Egan has knocked it out of the park. His writing is witty, poignant and authentic. His message that all of us can contribute to society and have a fulfilling life, is a powerful one." –John C. McGinley, Global Down Syndrome Foundation Board member

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The Myth of the American Dream
By D. L. Mayfield
IVP

Affluence, autonomy, safety, and power—the central values of the American dream. But are they compatible with Jesus' command to love our neighbor as ourselves? In essays grouped around these four values, D. L. Mayfield asks us to pay attention to the ways they shape our own choices, and the ways those choices affect our neighbors.

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Once A Girl, Always A Boy
By Jo Ivester
She Writes Press

Jeremy Ivester is transgender. Thirty years ago, his parents welcomed him into the world as what they thought was their daughter. As a child, he preferred the toys our society views as masculine. He kept his hair short and wore boys' clothing. In his mid-twenties, he had his breasts removed and began taking hormones to lower his voice. He announced his new name and pronouns. Once a Girl, Always a Boy presents Jeremy's journey from childhood through coming out as transgender. It is not only Jeremy's story, but also that of his family, told from multiple perspectives.

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Sex and the City of God
By Carolyn Weber
IVP
After studying at Oxford University and finding God, Carolyn Weber grappled with a new invitation: to think bigger about love. Through Weber's personal story of courtship, marriage, and parenthood, as well as spiritual, theological, and literary reflection, this memoir explores what life looks like when we choose to love God first.

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Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream
By Mychal Denzel Smith
Bold Type Books

A New York Times-bestselling author delivers a brave interrogation of the myths of American exceptionalism, racial equality, and the promise that hard work and determination will carry us to freedom. Stakes is High confronts the shortcomings of these stories and calls on us to live up to the principles we profess but fail to realize. It is the book we need to guide us past crisis mode and through an uncertain future.

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Touching the Jaguar: Transforming Fear into Action to Change Your Life and the World
By John Perkins
Berrett-Koehler Publishers

When New York Times bestselling author John Perkins was a young Peace Corps volunteer, his life was saved by an Amazonian shaman who taught him to "touch the jaguar"—to transform his fears into positive action. He went on to become an "economic hit man" (EHM), convincing developing countries to build huge infrastructure projects that put them perpetually in debt to the World Bank and other US-controlled institutions. For the first time, Perkins details how his experiences in the Amazon converted him from an EHM to a crusader for transforming our failing Death Economy that destroys its own resources and nature itself into a flourishing Life Economy that renews itself.

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The Unanswered Letter
By Faris Cassell
Regnery

"You are surely informed about the situation of all Jews in Central Europe... help us to follow our children. It is our last and only hope."

That was the desperate plea of Alfred Berger, mailed in a letter to an American stranger during the Holocaust. Fifty years later, the letter improbably found itself in the hands of journalist Faris Cassell, who wouldn't rest until she discovered the story's ending.

Cassell's research took her across the world, uncovering an extraordinary story of heart-wrenching loss and unforgettable love.

Was Alfred's desperate plea answered? Did he—and his family—survive?

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We Keep the Dead Close
By Becky Cooper
Grand Central Publishing

For readers gripped by In Cold Blood and I'll Be Gone in the Dark, We Keep the Dead Close is both a haunting true crime narrative of an unsolved 1969 murder at a prestigious institution and a lyrical memoir of obsession and love for a girl who dreamt of rising among men.

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Witch Hunt: A Traveler's Guide to the Power and Persecution of the Witch
By Kristen J. Sollée
Weiser Books

Traveling through cities and sites across Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Kristen J. Sollée—a second-generation witch herself—explores the witch as a figure of female power and persecution. Between the 15th-17th centuries, a confluence of political, economic, and religious factors inspired witch hysteria to ignite across Europe, and, later, parts of America. At the heart of the witch hunts was often dangerous misconceptions about femininity and female sexuality, and women were disproportionately punished as a result. Witch Hunt isn't only an exploration of the horrors of history, but also uncovers how the archetype of the witch has been rehabilitated.
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Rita Blitt: Around and Round
Mulvane Art Museum
Tra Publishing

This beautiful art book presents the joyful and kinetic work of acclaimed contemporary American artist Rita Blitt. The book features a thoughtful selection of approximately 150 pieces spanning 60 years. Blitt's work—paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, and more—celebrates her love of nature, dance, and music, and is noteworthy for its ability to visually communicate the energy of movement and sound. The full-color images of Blitt's work throughout the book are complemented with insightful essays by scholars and colleagues that provide context and interpretation.
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Good Blood
By Julian Guthrie
Abrams Press


In Good Blood, bestselling writer Julian Guthrie tells the gripping tale of the race to cure a horrible affliction known as Rh disease that stalked families and caused a mother's immune system to attack her own unborn child. The story is anchored by two very different men on two continents: Dr. John Gorman in New York, who would land on a brilliant yet contrarian idea, and the unassuming Australian, James Harrison, whose almost magical blood—and his unyielding devotion to donating it—would save millions of lives. Good Blood is a tale of discovery and invention, the progress and pitfalls of medicine, and the everyday heroics that fundamentally changed the health of women and babies.

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A Better Man
By Michael Ian Black
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

A poignant look at boyhood and a radical plea for rethinking masculinity, in the form of a heartfelt letter from comedian, actor, and father Michael Ian Black to his teenage son before he leaves for college.

Part memoir, part advice book, A Better Man explores the damage and rising violence caused by the expectations placed on boys to "man up." Honest, funny, and hopeful, Black skillfully navigates the complex gender issues of our time and delivers a poignant answer to an urgent question: How can we be, and raise, better men?

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Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work
By Tania Israel
LifeTools

This practical, politically neutral book offers concrete skills for holding meaningful conversations that cut across today's intense political divide, showing readers how to connect to the people in their lives.

Chapters show readers how to develop and use the scientifically-proven skills that are the foundation of constructive conversation, including strategies for effective listening, managing emotions, and understanding someone else's perspective, as well as finding common ground, avoiding self-righteousness, and telling your own story. Throughout, conversation prompts, practical exercises, case examples, and self-quizzes help readers visualize and practice starting, sustaining, and ending challenging conversations.

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Debt and Entanglements Between the Wars
Edited by Era Dabla-Norris
IMF Publications

World War I created a set of forces that affected the political arrangements and economies of all the countries involved. The large debt burdens and reparation payments that emerged in the interwar years amid economic and financial turmoil, framed numerous political questions. This compelling book shows how the lack of effective collaboration and resolution mechanisms hurt the global economy, with disastrous consequences. The book includes contributions by George Hall, Thomas J. Sargent, Martin Ellison, Andrew Scott, and Harold James.

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Decoding the World: A Road Map for the Questioner
By Po Bronson with Arvind Gupta
Twelve

Decoding the World is a buddy adventure about the quest to live meaningfully in a world with such uncertainty.

It starts with Po Bronson coming to IndieBio. Arvind Gupta created IndieBio as a laboratory for early biotech startups trying to solve major world problems. Glaciers melting. Dying bees. Infertility. Cancer. Ocean plastic. Pandemics.

Arvind is the fearless one, Po the studious detective, and as they travel around the world, finding scientists to join their cause, the authors bring their first-hand experience to the great mysteries that haunt our future. After looking through their lens, you'll never see the world the same.

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The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream
By Thom Hartmann
Berrett-Koehler Publishers

The monopolistic power of companies like Walmart, Amazon, Facebook, and Google distorts and corrupts the American economy—but Thom Hartmann, America's #1 progressive radio host, shows we've broken the control of behemoths like these before, and we can do it again. Hartmann explores how the intentions of the Founders of our country were thwarted and describes commonsense, historically rooted measures we can take—such as revitalizing antitrust regulation, taxing great wealth, and getting money out of politics—to wrest control of our country from the monopolists.

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Little Miss Little Compton: A Memoir
By Arden Myrin
Running Press

"There is no one more talented than Arden -- her writing cuts me right to my core and makes me laugh the very next second." – Amy Schumer

Comedian and actress Arden Myrin delivers a hilarious and heartfelt memoir about navigating adulthood and her rise on the comedy scene despite an unconventional upbringing, all while using her trademark self-deprecating humor. Zach Galifianakis praises "Arden Myrin is one of the funniest people I know. Smart and charming and small. If you know how to read, read this book. If you don't know how to read, then you should have stopped trying a few sentences ago.

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Memorial Drive
By Natasha Trethewey
Ecco

An exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former step-father, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy. With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother's life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience.

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More Alike Than Different: My Life With Down Syndrome
By David Egan
Prometheus Books

In this inspiring memoir, David Egan gives us a window into a life spent pushing boundaries. With a family undaunted by his diagnosis of Down syndrome, Egan has learned to become a powerful advocate for all people with disabilities through positions at prestigious companies, on Capitol Hill, on the boards of influential advocacy organizations and a global role with the Special Olympics. This hopeful memoir will encourage everyone to make the most of their lives.
"David Egan has knocked it out of the park. His writing is witty, poignant and authentic. His message that all of us can contribute to society and have a fulfilling life, is a powerful one." –John C. McGinley, Global Down Syndrome Foundation Board member

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The Myth of the American Dream
By D. L. Mayfield
IVP

Affluence, autonomy, safety, and power—the central values of the American dream. But are they compatible with Jesus' command to love our neighbor as ourselves? In essays grouped around these four values, D. L. Mayfield asks us to pay attention to the ways they shape our own choices, and the ways those choices affect our neighbors.

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Once A Girl, Always A Boy
By Jo Ivester
She Writes Press

Jeremy Ivester is transgender. Thirty years ago, his parents welcomed him into the world as what they thought was their daughter. As a child, he preferred the toys our society views as masculine. He kept his hair short and wore boys' clothing. In his mid-twenties, he had his breasts removed and began taking hormones to lower his voice. He announced his new name and pronouns. Once a Girl, Always a Boy presents Jeremy's journey from childhood through coming out as transgender. It is not only Jeremy's story, but also that of his family, told from multiple perspectives.

Website

Sex and the City of God
By Carolyn Weber
IVP
After studying at Oxford University and finding God, Carolyn Weber grappled with a new invitation: to think bigger about love. Through Weber's personal story of courtship, marriage, and parenthood, as well as spiritual, theological, and literary reflection, this memoir explores what life looks like when we choose to love God first.

Website

Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream
By Mychal Denzel Smith
Bold Type Books

A New York Times-bestselling author delivers a brave interrogation of the myths of American exceptionalism, racial equality, and the promise that hard work and determination will carry us to freedom. Stakes is High confronts the shortcomings of these stories and calls on us to live up to the principles we profess but fail to realize. It is the book we need to guide us past crisis mode and through an uncertain future.

Website

Touching the Jaguar: Transforming Fear into Action to Change Your Life and the World
By John Perkins
Berrett-Koehler Publishers

When New York Times bestselling author John Perkins was a young Peace Corps volunteer, his life was saved by an Amazonian shaman who taught him to "touch the jaguar"—to transform his fears into positive action. He went on to become an "economic hit man" (EHM), convincing developing countries to build huge infrastructure projects that put them perpetually in debt to the World Bank and other US-controlled institutions. For the first time, Perkins details how his experiences in the Amazon converted him from an EHM to a crusader for transforming our failing Death Economy that destroys its own resources and nature itself into a flourishing Life Economy that renews itself.

Website

The Unanswered Letter
By Faris Cassell
Regnery

"You are surely informed about the situation of all Jews in Central Europe... help us to follow our children. It is our last and only hope."

That was the desperate plea of Alfred Berger, mailed in a letter to an American stranger during the Holocaust. Fifty years later, the letter improbably found itself in the hands of journalist Faris Cassell, who wouldn't rest until she discovered the story's ending.

Cassell's research took her across the world, uncovering an extraordinary story of heart-wrenching loss and unforgettable love.

Was Alfred's desperate plea answered? Did he—and his family—survive?

Website

We Keep the Dead Close
By Becky Cooper
Grand Central Publishing

For readers gripped by In Cold Blood and I'll Be Gone in the Dark, We Keep the Dead Close is both a haunting true crime narrative of an unsolved 1969 murder at a prestigious institution and a lyrical memoir of obsession and love for a girl who dreamt of rising among men.

Website

Witch Hunt: A Traveler's Guide to the Power and Persecution of the Witch
By Kristen J. Sollée
Weiser Books

Traveling through cities and sites across Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Kristen J. Sollée—a second-generation witch herself—explores the witch as a figure of female power and persecution. Between the 15th-17th centuries, a confluence of political, economic, and religious factors inspired witch hysteria to ignite across Europe, and, later, parts of America. At the heart of the witch hunts was often dangerous misconceptions about femininity and female sexuality, and women were disproportionately punished as a result. Witch Hunt isn't only an exploration of the horrors of history, but also uncovers how the archetype of the witch has been rehabilitated.
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Rita Blitt: Around and Round
Mulvane Art Museum
Tra Publishing

This beautiful art book presents the joyful and kinetic work of acclaimed contemporary American artist Rita Blitt. The book features a thoughtful selection of approximately 150 pieces spanning 60 years. Blitt's work—paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, and more—celebrates her love of nature, dance, and music, and is noteworthy for its ability to visually communicate the energy of movement and sound. The full-color images of Blitt's work throughout the book are complemented with insightful essays by scholars and colleagues that provide context and interpretation.
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Good Blood
By Julian Guthrie
Abrams Press


In Good Blood, bestselling writer Julian Guthrie tells the gripping tale of the race to cure a horrible affliction known as Rh disease that stalked families and caused a mother's immune system to attack her own unborn child. The story is anchored by two very different men on two continents: Dr. John Gorman in New York, who would land on a brilliant yet contrarian idea, and the unassuming Australian, James Harrison, whose almost magical blood—and his unyielding devotion to donating it—would save millions of lives. Good Blood is a tale of discovery and invention, the progress and pitfalls of medicine, and the everyday heroics that fundamentally changed the health of women and babies.

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Comics & Graphic Novels

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Invisible Differences: A Story of Asperger's, Adulting, and Living a Life in Full Color
By Julie Dachez; Illustrated by Mademoiselle Caroline
Oni Press

Marguerite's a shy twentysomething working hard to keep up appearances in her "normal" adult life. But something's been off for a while: everyday noise assaults her senses, constant coworker chatter works her nerves, and her clueless boyfriend makes her feel like she's imagining it all. After a failed road trip ends in disaster, Marguerite finally searches for answers: Why is she so sensitive to everything? Why can't she just make small talk? Why does she feel like she isn't enough? Then a miraculous thing happens: Marguerite is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and her life is profoundly changed – for the better.

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F. Paul Wilson’s Repair Man Jack: Scar-lip Redux
By F. Paul Wilson; Illustrated by Antonio (James Bond) Fuso
Dynamite Entertainment

An original graphic novel starring Repairman Jack – written by series Creator F. Paul Wilson and illustrated by Antonio (James Bond) Fuso.

Got a problem? He can fix it. He thought he’d seen the last of the Rakoshi, but one has survived. A particularly cunning and deadly Rakosh known to Jack as Scar-Lip. Now, Jack faces the fights of his life as he seeks to end the creature once and for all, before it ends him!

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Kill a Man
By Steve Orlando & Phillip Kennedy Johnson; Illustrated by Alec Morgan
Aftershock Comics

Queer male culture meets mixed martial arts in this brand new original graphic novel from writers Steve Orlando and Phillip Kennedy Johnson featuring art by Alec Morgan and lettering by Jim Campbell.

In the early days of Mixed Martial Arts, kickboxer icon DJ Bellyi slurs a queer opponent in the ring, and is beaten to death while his young son James watches in horror from the stands.

Sixteen years later, young James Bellyi has become an MMA star in his own right, with top-tier endorsements and an imminent title shot. But when James is outed as gay by an opponent in a press conference, he loses everything: his title shot, his fans, his team, even his family. To fight his way back, he turns to the only one left in the world willing to train him: Xavier Mayne, the man who killed his father.

Says Johnson: "We're living in an important and dynamic time in American History, when we have the power and responsibility to decide what kind of nation the United States is going to be going forward. Telling a story with such an unlikely crossover — male queer culture and MMA culture — is Steve's, Alec's and my way of making that decision for ourselves."

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Mister Invincible: Local Hero
By Pascal Jousselin
Magnetic Press

Winner of the BEST MIDDLE GRADE COMIC Award at the Bologna Children's Book Fair!

There's a new superhero in town -- Mr. Invincible! Sure, he wears a mask and cape and helps widows and orphans as any self-respecting hero would, but he also thwarts the mad scientists and bad guys with his amazing super-power that makes him the only true comic book hero: he can reach outside the comic strip panels to affect both space and time! By breaking the boundaries of 'comic book physics' he and his companions are able to do amazing things that are only possible thanks to the magic of comics! A wholly unique and creative twist on conventional comic-book reading experience, this wacky Middle Grade title will put your imagination to the test!

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Vampire State Building
By Ange-Renault & Charlie Adlard
Ablaze

The newest horror series from the artist of The Walking Dead! Get ready to be bitten from the first full color page....

Terry Fisher is a young soldier on the verge of being sent away for active military duty, and is going to meet his friends at the top of the Empire State Building for a farewell party. But suddenly a legion of vampires attacks the skyscraper and massacres its occupants. Hounded in the 102 floors that have become a deadly trap, Terry must take decisive action to save himself and his friends - and the city of New York - before the army of abominations, and the terrible vampire god within, walled in the building since its construction, spill into the city...

Collecting the hit 4 issue series into one handsome hard cover volume. Includes behind the scenes material, cover gallery, sketches, designs, and more!

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Invisible Differences: A Story of Asperger's, Adulting, and Living a Life in Full Color
By Julie Dachez; Illustrated by Mademoiselle Caroline
Oni Press

Marguerite's a shy twentysomething working hard to keep up appearances in her "normal" adult life. But something's been off for a while: everyday noise assaults her senses, constant coworker chatter works her nerves, and her clueless boyfriend makes her feel like she's imagining it all. After a failed road trip ends in disaster, Marguerite finally searches for answers: Why is she so sensitive to everything? Why can't she just make small talk? Why does she feel like she isn't enough? Then a miraculous thing happens: Marguerite is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and her life is profoundly changed – for the better.

Website

F. Paul Wilson’s Repair Man Jack: Scar-lip Redux
By F. Paul Wilson; Illustrated by Antonio (James Bond) Fuso
Dynamite Entertainment

An original graphic novel starring Repairman Jack – written by series Creator F. Paul Wilson and illustrated by Antonio (James Bond) Fuso.

Got a problem? He can fix it. He thought he’d seen the last of the Rakoshi, but one has survived. A particularly cunning and deadly Rakosh known to Jack as Scar-Lip. Now, Jack faces the fights of his life as he seeks to end the creature once and for all, before it ends him!

Website

Kill a Man
By Steve Orlando & Phillip Kennedy Johnson; Illustrated by Alec Morgan
Aftershock Comics

Queer male culture meets mixed martial arts in this brand new original graphic novel from writers Steve Orlando and Phillip Kennedy Johnson featuring art by Alec Morgan and lettering by Jim Campbell.

In the early days of Mixed Martial Arts, kickboxer icon DJ Bellyi slurs a queer opponent in the ring, and is beaten to death while his young son James watches in horror from the stands.

Sixteen years later, young James Bellyi has become an MMA star in his own right, with top-tier endorsements and an imminent title shot. But when James is outed as gay by an opponent in a press conference, he loses everything: his title shot, his fans, his team, even his family. To fight his way back, he turns to the only one left in the world willing to train him: Xavier Mayne, the man who killed his father.

Says Johnson: "We're living in an important and dynamic time in American History, when we have the power and responsibility to decide what kind of nation the United States is going to be going forward. Telling a story with such an unlikely crossover — male queer culture and MMA culture — is Steve's, Alec's and my way of making that decision for ourselves."

Website

Mister Invincible: Local Hero
By Pascal Jousselin
Magnetic Press

Winner of the BEST MIDDLE GRADE COMIC Award at the Bologna Children's Book Fair!

There's a new superhero in town -- Mr. Invincible! Sure, he wears a mask and cape and helps widows and orphans as any self-respecting hero would, but he also thwarts the mad scientists and bad guys with his amazing super-power that makes him the only true comic book hero: he can reach outside the comic strip panels to affect both space and time! By breaking the boundaries of 'comic book physics' he and his companions are able to do amazing things that are only possible thanks to the magic of comics! A wholly unique and creative twist on conventional comic-book reading experience, this wacky Middle Grade title will put your imagination to the test!

Website

Vampire State Building
By Ange-Renault & Charlie Adlard
Ablaze

The newest horror series from the artist of The Walking Dead! Get ready to be bitten from the first full color page....

Terry Fisher is a young soldier on the verge of being sent away for active military duty, and is going to meet his friends at the top of the Empire State Building for a farewell party. But suddenly a legion of vampires attacks the skyscraper and massacres its occupants. Hounded in the 102 floors that have become a deadly trap, Terry must take decisive action to save himself and his friends - and the city of New York - before the army of abominations, and the terrible vampire god within, walled in the building since its construction, spill into the city...

Collecting the hit 4 issue series into one handsome hard cover volume. Includes behind the scenes material, cover gallery, sketches, designs, and more!

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Children's & YA

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All Because You Matter
By Tami Charles; Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Scholastic

More crucial than ever is encouragement, hope, and inspiration to help parents and educators validate young children and remind them that they, too, matter. From powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier comes a necessary picture book. This poetic, lyrical text that is part love letter, part anthem reassures readers that their worth is never diminished, no matter the circumstance: through the joy and wonder of their first steps and first laughter, through the hardship of adolescent struggles and the pain and heartbreak of current events, they always have, and always will, matter.
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The Bitterwine Oath
By Hannah West
Holiday House

Every fifty years, twelve men are murdered in a small Texas town. Natalie is sure the rumors about her great-great-grandmother's cult of wronged women are gossip. But then Nat learns the sisterhood is real. Magical. And they want her to join.

The more Nat discovers about the Wardens, the more she wonders about the real culprits behind the ritualistic murders. Are the Wardens protecting San Solano from even darker forces? Can she figure out a way to break the cycle of evil?
"One of the best stories I've read all year." —Shea Ernshaw, NYT bestselling author of The Wicked Deep

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The Bridge
By Bill Konigsberg
Scholastic

Two teenagers, strangers to each other, have decided to jump from the same bridge at the same time. But what results is far from straightforward in this absorbing, honest lifesaver from acclaimed author Bill Konigsberg.

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The Canyon's Edge
By Dusti Bowling
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

One year after a random shooting changed their family forever, Nora and her father explore a canyon in the Arizona desert. Nora wants things to go back to normal, while her father keeps them isolated. But when they reach the bottom of the canyon, a flash flood rips across their path, sweeping away Nora's father and the supplies.

Suddenly, Nora is lost and alone, facing dehydration, scorpions, snakes, and, worst of all, the Beast who has terrorized her dreams. If Nora is going to save herself and her father, she must conquer her fears, defeat the Beast, and find the courage to live her new life.

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Cemetery Boys
By Aiden Thomas
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.

When Yadriel's traditional Latinx family won't accept his true gender, he decides to prove himself a real brujo by summoning a ghost—and accidentally summons resident bad boy, Julian. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants him to leave. Don't miss the dazzling paranormal debut from Aiden Thomas that Entertainment Weekly calls "groundbreaking" and Paste Magazine calls "wildly memorable."

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Child of Galaxies
By Blake Nuto; Illustrated by Charlotte Ager
Flying Eye Books

Your body was made from the stuff of the stars,
You're a child of galaxies dreaming.

Child of Galaxies is a thought-provoking and poignant picture book, celebrating the wonder, mystery, resilience and joy of what it means to be alive. Perfect for fans of Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers.

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Daddy Daughter Day
By Jeff Bridges & Isabelle Bridges Boesch; Illustrated by Jeff Bridges
Dark Horse Books

To filmgoers, Jeff Bridges is "the Dude," but to his family, he is "Dad." Jeff and his daughter have created a book to inspire fathers and daughters--and whole families--to find the joy and closeness in their relationships.

When Belle announces that it's "Daddy Daughter Day," it sparks a series of adventures that turn the house and backyard into a clay work shop, a beauty parlor, and even a circus, with Mom and brother Sammie getting involved!

Illustrated by Jeff, and written by Jeff and his daughter Isabelle, this is a book for families to treasure all their lives!
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The End
By Mats Strandberg
Arctis

As a meteor races toward Earth, two teens search for the truth behind the murder of a friend, even as they face down their last days.

Probing the question How would you spend your last days if you knew exactly when they'd run out?, The End is a taut and riveting pre-apocalyptic thriller underpinned with sharp social commentary.

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Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch
By Julie Abe
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

If Eva Evergreen doesn't pass her test to become a Novice Witch before her thirteenth birthday, she'll lose her magic forever. With only a pinch of magic, her spells don't work the way they should.

When she lands in the town of Auteri, the townspeople expect a powerful witch, not a semi-magical girl. But Eva has a plan: open a magical repair shop to aid Auteri and prove she's worthy.

Her "semi-magical fixes" repair the lives of the townspeople in unimaginable ways. But when the biggest magical storm ever threatens the town she loves, will Eva's bit of magic be enough?

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The Every Body Book
By Rachel E. Simon; Illustrated by Noah Grigni
Jessica Kingsley

The ultimate sex, gender, and relationships education book for kids aged 8-12 that includes children and families of all gender identities, sexual orientations and family makeups.

This vibrant and beautifully illustrated book teaches children sex, gender and relationships education in a way that is inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Covering puberty, hormones, pregnancy, consent, sex, babies, relationships and families, it uses gender-neutral language throughout and celebrates diversity in all its forms, including race, ethnicity, faith, bodies, gender and sexuality. For use with children aged 8-12, it will help answer their questions and spark open discussion with parents, carers and teachers.

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Find Me! Adventures in the Forest: Play Along to Sharpen Your Vision and Mind
By Agnese Baruzzi
Happy Fox Books

Bernard the Wolf wears glasses, but he still can't see very well. Help him find his friend, Michael the Squirrel, as he plays hide-and-seek deep within the forest to sharpen Bernard's vision. Also included are additional activities to develop your own observation and critical thinking skills, from finding the odd one out in the group to spotting who has an upset stomach. You'll have hours of fun searching for over 100 hidden objects and animals!

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Historically Inaccurate
By Shay Bravo
Wattpad Books

After her mother's deportation last year, all Sol Gutierrez wants is for her life to go back to normal. Everything's changed—new apartment, new school, new family dynamic—and Sol desperately wants to fit in somewhere. But when a chance encounter irrevocably alters her life, Sol discovers that to be truly happy she first needs to be herself—even if that's the hardest thing she's ever had to do.

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The Inheritance Games
By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Avery Grambs fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. Except Avery has no idea why—or even who Tobias Hawthorne is.

To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into Hawthorne House, where every room showcases Tobias's love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately, it's also occupied by the family that he just dispossessed. Some think Avery is the billionaire's last puzzle to solve, while others think her a con-woman. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger everywhere, Avery must play the game herself just to survive.

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Instant Karma
By Marissa Meyer
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels has always looked down on the residents of her coastal town. So when she's suddenly gifted with the ability to cast both good and bad instant karma on those around her, she's giddily eager to use her new powers. Like on her cute, slacker lab partner, Quint Erickson. Nothing could go wrong—right? From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer comes a charming contemporary story about love, hate, and fate.

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Kind Of A Big Deal
By Shannon Hale
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Josie Pie was kind of a big deal. Until she dropped out of high school and her Broadway dreams fell flat. Now, Josie Pie needs the ultimate escape. But is being the star of the story the dream she always wanted? From bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a deliciously readable YA novel that will suck you in—literally.

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Let's Visit Transylvania!: The Adventures of Bella & Harry
By Lisa Manzione
Bella & Harry, LLC

Join sibling Chihuahuas, Bella and Harry, as they travel to Transylvania and learn about Vlad III Dracula, search for mythical vampires, visit beautiful castles and explore hidden passageways.

Come along as we explore this region in Romania and visit Peles Castle, Poenari Castle and Bran Castle. Along the way we'll learn about (and be on the lookout for) vampires. We'll also take a side trip to the "Bridge of Lies" and sample local cuisine.

The Bella & Harry series is an informative, interactive and exciting way to introduce children to travel, different countries, customs, history and landmarks. Ages 5-10.

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The Mirror, Book One: The Broken Wish
By Julie C. Dao
Disney Hyperion

The Mirror: Broken Wish marks the first book in an innovative four-book fairy-tale series written by Julie C. Dao, Dhonielle Clayton, Jennifer Cervantes, and L. L. McKinney, following one family over several generations, and the curse that plagues it.

Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau.

But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. As the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it's too late.

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More Than Just a Pretty Face
By Syed M. Masood
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Danyal Jilani doesn't lack confidence. He may not be the smartest guy, but he's funny, gorgeous, and will be a great chef one day. But he's bummed that his crush Kaval, and her family, don't consider him an ideal arranged marriage prospect.

When Danyal gets selected for a school-wide academic championship, he must show everyone he's smarter than they think. He recruits the brilliant, totally-uninterested-in-him Bisma to help, yet the more time Danyal spends with Bisma, learning from her, and cooking for her . . . the more he realizes happiness may be staring him right in his pretty face.

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The Night Before Christmas
By Clement C Moore; Illustrated by Kai Wuerbs
Arctis

This wonderful new edition of Clement C. Moore's classic "The Night Before Christmas" is a perfect holiday gift. Families who read the poem every year will now have a beautiful hardcover edition to treasure. Moore's poem, faithfully reproduced here, is accompanied by Kai Wuerbs's stunning illustrations.

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The Ninth Life
By Taylor B. Barton
Inkyard Press

At the end of Caesar's feline life, he makes a deal with the goddess Zosma to rejoin Ophelia, the girl he loves, for his ninth and final life.

However, waking in the body of seventeen-year-old Austin Price isn't what he anticipates. Neither is Austin's roommate, Cooper—a boy who moves him in unexpected ways. And coming face-to-face with a messy past he can't remember living makes being human even harder than he would have thought.

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The Scapegracers
By Hannah Abigail Clarke
Erewhon Books

Skulking near the bottom of West High's social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for bottles of Coke. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she's had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her forty dollars to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now—unbelievably—Sideways' best friends. Fall in love with the book Publishers Weekly called, "a powerful and passionate tale of female friendship and found family" in a starred review.

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The Silver Arrow
By Lev Grossman
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Kate and her brother Tom lead terribly boring lives. Even Kate's 11th birthday is shaping up to be mundane. That is, until mysterious Uncle Herbert surprises her with the most unexpected present ever: a real locomotive train called the Silver Arrow.

Their parents demand that they return the ridiculous gift but Kate and Tom, and the train, have a better idea: journey to distant lands along magical rail lines with an assortment of exotic animals who, it turns out, can talk. With their own resourcefulness, and the thrill of the unknown to guide them, Kate and Tom are on the adventure of a lifetime.

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Skunk & Badger
By Amy Timberlake; Illustration by Jon Klasson
Algonquin Young Readers

A fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship, from Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake with full-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.

No one wants a skunk. They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should not linger in Important Rock Rooms. Skunks should never, ever be allowed to move in. But Skunk is Badger's new roommate, and there is nothing Badger can do about it.

When Skunk plows into Badger's life, everything is upended. Tails are flipped. The wrong animal is sprayed. And why-oh-why are there so many chickens?

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Skyhunter
By Marie Lu
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu comes an immersive world where the only hope against overwhelming evil is a team of warriors willing to sacrifice everything to save what they love.

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death—transformation into mutant war beasts known as Ghosts. The Strikers, Mara's elite fighting force, are trained to stop these monsters. But as the number of Ghosts grows, defeat seems inevitable. Still, one Striker refuses to give up hope.

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Smash It!
By Francina Simone
Inkyard Press

Olivia "Liv" James is done with letting her insecurities get the best of her. So, she does what any self-respecting hot mess of a girl who wants to SMASH junior year does . . . she makes a F*ck-It list.

However, with change comes a lot of missteps, and being bold means following her heart. So, what happens when Liv's heart is interested in three different guys – and two of them are her best friends? In Liv's own words, "F*ck it. What's the worst that can happen?"

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Sugar in Milk
By Thrity Umrigar; Illustrated by Khoa Le
Running Press Kids

A timely and timeless picture book about immigration, refugees, acceptance, and tolerance from bestselling author, Thrity Umrigar.

A contemporary young girl recently emigrated from India to America feels she's not wanted -- and then remembers a story her mother told her. A group of Persians who were ousted from their country and who sailed to the Western shores of India in search of a new home. In a moving and accessible demonstration, the émigrés' wise leader reveals how assimilation, acceptance, and community spirit combined leads to a sweeter, richer life for all.

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Telephone Tales
By Gianni Rodari; Illustrated by Valerio Vidali
Enchanted Lion Books

Every night, wherever he is, Mr. Bianchi, who travels for work, calls his daughter from a payphone to tell her a bedtime story. Each can be no longer than the time a coin can buy.

Telephone Tales is a visual kaleidoscope of 70 stories full of humor and fantasy, animated by societal critique. As the the Hans Christian Andersen Award committee expressed it when extending the award to Gianni Rodari in 1970, "He wants to sharpen his young readers' vision.... He wants to open their eyes to true humanity, to tolerance and international understanding, to social justice and personal integrity." Rodari is held to be Italy's most important children's author. Gorgeously and ingeniously illustrated by Valerio Vidali, who grew up reading the stories.

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Three Keys
By Kelly Yang
Scholastic

Sixth grader Mia Tang returns to battle racism in this thrilling sequel to the Asian/Pacific American Award–winning Front Desk (2018). The storyline expertly weaves together the progress and setbacks Mia experiences as her family continues to work, seemingly endlessly on the edge of poverty. Don't miss this brave hero as she confronts anti-immigrant hatred in a timely historical novel.
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Traitor
By Amanda McCrina
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Betrayal is a matter of life or death. Soviet Red Army deserter Tolya Korolenko knows this better than anyone. Sent on the run with the war-scarred leader of Ukrainian freedom fighter squad, Tolya must decide who he can trust if he wants to survive. Amanda McCrina's novel is a tightly woven thrill ride exploring the terror of living in a world where loyalty comes second to self-preservation. Where will your loyalties lie?

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The Ghostly Tales of New England
By Carie Juettner
Arcadia Children's Books

Welcome to the spooky streets of New England, where ghosts lurk around every corner. Even the most unexpected places might be haunted by wandering phantoms.
Did you know that the ghost of a mad doctor haunts the White Mountains? Or that Salem, Massachusetts, has way more spirits than witches? Can you believe how many shipwrecks, hurricanes, and other disasters have littered the New England coast with tragic debris . . . and ghosts?
Pulled right from history, these ghostly tales will change the way you see New England, and have you sleeping with the light on!

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The Ghostly Tales of the Queen Mary
By Shelli Timmons
Arcadia Children's Books

Welcome to the spooky decks of the RMS Queen Mary, where ghosts lurk around every corner. Even the most unexpected places might be haunted by wandering phantoms.

Did you know that this glorious ship served in World War II, and that the ghost of Winston Churchill is still aboard? Or that several children haunt the pool each day? Can you believe that this floating hotel is one of the most haunted places in America?

Pulled right from history, these ghostly tales will change the way you see the RMS Queen Mary, and have you sleeping with the light on!

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The Ghostly Tales of Long Island
By Rachel Kempster Barry
Arcadia Children's Books

Welcome to the spooky streets of Long Island, New York, where ghosts lurk around every corner. Even the most unexpected places might be haunted by wandering phantoms.
Did you know that parts of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration are haunted? Or that dessert-loving ghosts linger in a Huntington bakery? Can you believe that a now-abandoned lighthouse in Kings Point has a murderous past?
Pulled right from history, these ghostly tales will change the way you see Long Island, and have you sleeping with the light on!

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Raybearer
By Jordan Ifueko
Amulet Books

"All Hail Raybearer . . . Fans of recent breakouts in the genre like Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir may just find their next obsession." – Entertainment Weekly
What if you were sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy? Tarisai has been cursed with a command she is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won't be someone's pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we're willing to go for the ones we love.

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The Stitchers
By Lorien Lawrence
Amulet Books

The start of a spine-tingling new horror series perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Goosebumps. "The chills come guaranteed." —Stephen King
Something strange is happening on Goodie Lane . . . Thirteen-year-old Quinn Parker knows there's something off about her neighbors. She calls them "the Oldies" because they've lived on Goodie Lane for as long as anyone can remember, but they never seem to age. Are they vampires? Or aliens? Or getting secret experimental surgeries? Quinn's determined to figure it out, even if uncovering the answers means facing sinister secrets and discovering just how terrifying the truth may be.

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Will the Wisp
By Jonathan Auxier; Illustrated by Olga Demidova
Amulet Books

A magical new fantasy chapter book series from New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller, Jonathan Auxier

Welcome to the Fabled Stables, a magical building filled with one-of-a-kind creatures . . . and Auggie. Auggie is the only human at the Stables, and he takes care of all the animals. The Fabled Stables have a mind of their own, and every so often, the building SHAKES and SHUDDERS, TWITCHES and SPUTTERS—it's making room for a new arrival! It's Auggie's job to venture out and rescue a new creature from mortal danger . . . before it's too late.

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Winter, White and Wicked
By Shannon Dittemore
Amulet Books

Mad Max: Fury Road meets Frozen in this striking and action-packed YA fantasy debut.
Twice-orphaned Sylvi has chipped out a niche for herself on Layce, an island cursed by eternal winter. She takes comfort in the solitude of the ice-trucking roads and the favor of Winter, a spirit who has protected her since childhood. When her best friend runs off with rebels, Sylvi will do whatever it takes to save her friend. But when the time comes, she'll have to choose: safety, anonymity, and the favor of Winter—or the future of the island that she calls home.

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All Because You Matter
By Tami Charles; Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Scholastic

More crucial than ever is encouragement, hope, and inspiration to help parents and educators validate young children and remind them that they, too, matter. From powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier comes a necessary picture book. This poetic, lyrical text that is part love letter, part anthem reassures readers that their worth is never diminished, no matter the circumstance: through the joy and wonder of their first steps and first laughter, through the hardship of adolescent struggles and the pain and heartbreak of current events, they always have, and always will, matter.
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The Bitterwine Oath
By Hannah West
Holiday House

Every fifty years, twelve men are murdered in a small Texas town. Natalie is sure the rumors about her great-great-grandmother's cult of wronged women are gossip. But then Nat learns the sisterhood is real. Magical. And they want her to join.

The more Nat discovers about the Wardens, the more she wonders about the real culprits behind the ritualistic murders. Are the Wardens protecting San Solano from even darker forces? Can she figure out a way to break the cycle of evil?
"One of the best stories I've read all year." —Shea Ernshaw, NYT bestselling author of The Wicked Deep

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The Bridge
By Bill Konigsberg
Scholastic

Two teenagers, strangers to each other, have decided to jump from the same bridge at the same time. But what results is far from straightforward in this absorbing, honest lifesaver from acclaimed author Bill Konigsberg.

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The Canyon's Edge
By Dusti Bowling
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

One year after a random shooting changed their family forever, Nora and her father explore a canyon in the Arizona desert. Nora wants things to go back to normal, while her father keeps them isolated. But when they reach the bottom of the canyon, a flash flood rips across their path, sweeping away Nora's father and the supplies.

Suddenly, Nora is lost and alone, facing dehydration, scorpions, snakes, and, worst of all, the Beast who has terrorized her dreams. If Nora is going to save herself and her father, she must conquer her fears, defeat the Beast, and find the courage to live her new life.

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Cemetery Boys
By Aiden Thomas
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.

When Yadriel's traditional Latinx family won't accept his true gender, he decides to prove himself a real brujo by summoning a ghost—and accidentally summons resident bad boy, Julian. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants him to leave. Don't miss the dazzling paranormal debut from Aiden Thomas that Entertainment Weekly calls "groundbreaking" and Paste Magazine calls "wildly memorable."

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Child of Galaxies
By Blake Nuto; Illustrated by Charlotte Ager
Flying Eye Books

Your body was made from the stuff of the stars,
You're a child of galaxies dreaming.

Child of Galaxies is a thought-provoking and poignant picture book, celebrating the wonder, mystery, resilience and joy of what it means to be alive. Perfect for fans of Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers.

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Daddy Daughter Day
By Jeff Bridges & Isabelle Bridges Boesch; Illustrated by Jeff Bridges
Dark Horse Books

To filmgoers, Jeff Bridges is "the Dude," but to his family, he is "Dad." Jeff and his daughter have created a book to inspire fathers and daughters--and whole families--to find the joy and closeness in their relationships.

When Belle announces that it's "Daddy Daughter Day," it sparks a series of adventures that turn the house and backyard into a clay work shop, a beauty parlor, and even a circus, with Mom and brother Sammie getting involved!

Illustrated by Jeff, and written by Jeff and his daughter Isabelle, this is a book for families to treasure all their lives!
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The End
By Mats Strandberg
Arctis

As a meteor races toward Earth, two teens search for the truth behind the murder of a friend, even as they face down their last days.

Probing the question How would you spend your last days if you knew exactly when they'd run out?, The End is a taut and riveting pre-apocalyptic thriller underpinned with sharp social commentary.

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Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch
By Julie Abe
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

If Eva Evergreen doesn't pass her test to become a Novice Witch before her thirteenth birthday, she'll lose her magic forever. With only a pinch of magic, her spells don't work the way they should.

When she lands in the town of Auteri, the townspeople expect a powerful witch, not a semi-magical girl. But Eva has a plan: open a magical repair shop to aid Auteri and prove she's worthy.

Her "semi-magical fixes" repair the lives of the townspeople in unimaginable ways. But when the biggest magical storm ever threatens the town she loves, will Eva's bit of magic be enough?

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The Every Body Book
By Rachel E. Simon; Illustrated by Noah Grigni
Jessica Kingsley

The ultimate sex, gender, and relationships education book for kids aged 8-12 that includes children and families of all gender identities, sexual orientations and family makeups.

This vibrant and beautifully illustrated book teaches children sex, gender and relationships education in a way that is inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Covering puberty, hormones, pregnancy, consent, sex, babies, relationships and families, it uses gender-neutral language throughout and celebrates diversity in all its forms, including race, ethnicity, faith, bodies, gender and sexuality. For use with children aged 8-12, it will help answer their questions and spark open discussion with parents, carers and teachers.

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Find Me! Adventures in the Forest: Play Along to Sharpen Your Vision and Mind
By Agnese Baruzzi
Happy Fox Books

Bernard the Wolf wears glasses, but he still can't see very well. Help him find his friend, Michael the Squirrel, as he plays hide-and-seek deep within the forest to sharpen Bernard's vision. Also included are additional activities to develop your own observation and critical thinking skills, from finding the odd one out in the group to spotting who has an upset stomach. You'll have hours of fun searching for over 100 hidden objects and animals!

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Historically Inaccurate
By Shay Bravo
Wattpad Books

After her mother's deportation last year, all Sol Gutierrez wants is for her life to go back to normal. Everything's changed—new apartment, new school, new family dynamic—and Sol desperately wants to fit in somewhere. But when a chance encounter irrevocably alters her life, Sol discovers that to be truly happy she first needs to be herself—even if that's the hardest thing she's ever had to do.

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The Inheritance Games
By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Avery Grambs fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. Except Avery has no idea why—or even who Tobias Hawthorne is.

To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into Hawthorne House, where every room showcases Tobias's love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately, it's also occupied by the family that he just dispossessed. Some think Avery is the billionaire's last puzzle to solve, while others think her a con-woman. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger everywhere, Avery must play the game herself just to survive.

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Instant Karma
By Marissa Meyer
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels has always looked down on the residents of her coastal town. So when she's suddenly gifted with the ability to cast both good and bad instant karma on those around her, she's giddily eager to use her new powers. Like on her cute, slacker lab partner, Quint Erickson. Nothing could go wrong—right? From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer comes a charming contemporary story about love, hate, and fate.

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Kind Of A Big Deal
By Shannon Hale
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Josie Pie was kind of a big deal. Until she dropped out of high school and her Broadway dreams fell flat. Now, Josie Pie needs the ultimate escape. But is being the star of the story the dream she always wanted? From bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a deliciously readable YA novel that will suck you in—literally.

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Let's Visit Transylvania!: The Adventures of Bella & Harry
By Lisa Manzione
Bella & Harry, LLC

Join sibling Chihuahuas, Bella and Harry, as they travel to Transylvania and learn about Vlad III Dracula, search for mythical vampires, visit beautiful castles and explore hidden passageways.

Come along as we explore this region in Romania and visit Peles Castle, Poenari Castle and Bran Castle. Along the way we'll learn about (and be on the lookout for) vampires. We'll also take a side trip to the "Bridge of Lies" and sample local cuisine.

The Bella & Harry series is an informative, interactive and exciting way to introduce children to travel, different countries, customs, history and landmarks. Ages 5-10.

Website

The Mirror, Book One: The Broken Wish
By Julie C. Dao
Disney Hyperion

The Mirror: Broken Wish marks the first book in an innovative four-book fairy-tale series written by Julie C. Dao, Dhonielle Clayton, Jennifer Cervantes, and L. L. McKinney, following one family over several generations, and the curse that plagues it.

Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau.

But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. As the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it's too late.

Website
More Than Just a Pretty Face
By Syed M. Masood
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Danyal Jilani doesn't lack confidence. He may not be the smartest guy, but he's funny, gorgeous, and will be a great chef one day. But he's bummed that his crush Kaval, and her family, don't consider him an ideal arranged marriage prospect.

When Danyal gets selected for a school-wide academic championship, he must show everyone he's smarter than they think. He recruits the brilliant, totally-uninterested-in-him Bisma to help, yet the more time Danyal spends with Bisma, learning from her, and cooking for her . . . the more he realizes happiness may be staring him right in his pretty face.

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The Night Before Christmas
By Clement C Moore; Illustrated by Kai Wuerbs
Arctis

This wonderful new edition of Clement C. Moore's classic "The Night Before Christmas" is a perfect holiday gift. Families who read the poem every year will now have a beautiful hardcover edition to treasure. Moore's poem, faithfully reproduced here, is accompanied by Kai Wuerbs's stunning illustrations.

Website

The Ninth Life
By Taylor B. Barton
Inkyard Press

At the end of Caesar's feline life, he makes a deal with the goddess Zosma to rejoin Ophelia, the girl he loves, for his ninth and final life.

However, waking in the body of seventeen-year-old Austin Price isn't what he anticipates. Neither is Austin's roommate, Cooper—a boy who moves him in unexpected ways. And coming face-to-face with a messy past he can't remember living makes being human even harder than he would have thought.

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The Scapegracers
By Hannah Abigail Clarke
Erewhon Books

Skulking near the bottom of West High's social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for bottles of Coke. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she's had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her forty dollars to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now—unbelievably—Sideways' best friends. Fall in love with the book Publishers Weekly called, "a powerful and passionate tale of female friendship and found family" in a starred review.

Website

The Silver Arrow
By Lev Grossman
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Kate and her brother Tom lead terribly boring lives. Even Kate's 11th birthday is shaping up to be mundane. That is, until mysterious Uncle Herbert surprises her with the most unexpected present ever: a real locomotive train called the Silver Arrow.

Their parents demand that they return the ridiculous gift but Kate and Tom, and the train, have a better idea: journey to distant lands along magical rail lines with an assortment of exotic animals who, it turns out, can talk. With their own resourcefulness, and the thrill of the unknown to guide them, Kate and Tom are on the adventure of a lifetime.

Website

Skunk & Badger
By Amy Timberlake; Illustration by Jon Klasson
Algonquin Young Readers

A fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship, from Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake with full-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.

No one wants a skunk. They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should not linger in Important Rock Rooms. Skunks should never, ever be allowed to move in. But Skunk is Badger's new roommate, and there is nothing Badger can do about it.

When Skunk plows into Badger's life, everything is upended. Tails are flipped. The wrong animal is sprayed. And why-oh-why are there so many chickens?

Website

Skyhunter
By Marie Lu
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu comes an immersive world where the only hope against overwhelming evil is a team of warriors willing to sacrifice everything to save what they love.

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death—transformation into mutant war beasts known as Ghosts. The Strikers, Mara's elite fighting force, are trained to stop these monsters. But as the number of Ghosts grows, defeat seems inevitable. Still, one Striker refuses to give up hope.

Website

Smash It!
By Francina Simone
Inkyard Press

Olivia "Liv" James is done with letting her insecurities get the best of her. So, she does what any self-respecting hot mess of a girl who wants to SMASH junior year does . . . she makes a F*ck-It list.

However, with change comes a lot of missteps, and being bold means following her heart. So, what happens when Liv's heart is interested in three different guys – and two of them are her best friends? In Liv's own words, "F*ck it. What's the worst that can happen?"

Website

Sugar in Milk
By Thrity Umrigar; Illustrated by Khoa Le
Running Press Kids

A timely and timeless picture book about immigration, refugees, acceptance, and tolerance from bestselling author, Thrity Umrigar.

A contemporary young girl recently emigrated from India to America feels she's not wanted -- and then remembers a story her mother told her. A group of Persians who were ousted from their country and who sailed to the Western shores of India in search of a new home. In a moving and accessible demonstration, the émigrés' wise leader reveals how assimilation, acceptance, and community spirit combined leads to a sweeter, richer life for all.

Website

Telephone Tales
By Gianni Rodari; Illustrated by Valerio Vidali
Enchanted Lion Books

Every night, wherever he is, Mr. Bianchi, who travels for work, calls his daughter from a payphone to tell her a bedtime story. Each can be no longer than the time a coin can buy.

Telephone Tales is a visual kaleidoscope of 70 stories full of humor and fantasy, animated by societal critique. As the the Hans Christian Andersen Award committee expressed it when extending the award to Gianni Rodari in 1970, "He wants to sharpen his young readers' vision.... He wants to open their eyes to true humanity, to tolerance and international understanding, to social justice and personal integrity." Rodari is held to be Italy's most important children's author. Gorgeously and ingeniously illustrated by Valerio Vidali, who grew up reading the stories.

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Three Keys
By Kelly Yang
Scholastic

Sixth grader Mia Tang returns to battle racism in this thrilling sequel to the Asian/Pacific American Award–winning Front Desk (2018). The storyline expertly weaves together the progress and setbacks Mia experiences as her family continues to work, seemingly endlessly on the edge of poverty. Don't miss this brave hero as she confronts anti-immigrant hatred in a timely historical novel.
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Traitor
By Amanda McCrina
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Betrayal is a matter of life or death. Soviet Red Army deserter Tolya Korolenko knows this better than anyone. Sent on the run with the war-scarred leader of Ukrainian freedom fighter squad, Tolya must decide who he can trust if he wants to survive. Amanda McCrina's novel is a tightly woven thrill ride exploring the terror of living in a world where loyalty comes second to self-preservation. Where will your loyalties lie?

Website

The Ghostly Tales of New England
By Carie Juettner
Arcadia Children's Books

Welcome to the spooky streets of New England, where ghosts lurk around every corner. Even the most unexpected places might be haunted by wandering phantoms.
Did you know that the ghost of a mad doctor haunts the White Mountains? Or that Salem, Massachusetts, has way more spirits than witches? Can you believe how many shipwrecks, hurricanes, and other disasters have littered the New England coast with tragic debris . . . and ghosts?
Pulled right from history, these ghostly tales will change the way you see New England, and have you sleeping with the light on!

Website

The Ghostly Tales of the Queen Mary
By Shelli Timmons
Arcadia Children's Books

Welcome to the spooky decks of the RMS Queen Mary, where ghosts lurk around every corner. Even the most unexpected places might be haunted by wandering phantoms.

Did you know that this glorious ship served in World War II, and that the ghost of Winston Churchill is still aboard? Or that several children haunt the pool each day? Can you believe that this floating hotel is one of the most haunted places in America?

Pulled right from history, these ghostly tales will change the way you see the RMS Queen Mary, and have you sleeping with the light on!

Website

The Ghostly Tales of Long Island
By Rachel Kempster Barry
Arcadia Children's Books

Welcome to the spooky streets of Long Island, New York, where ghosts lurk around every corner. Even the most unexpected places might be haunted by wandering phantoms.
Did you know that parts of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration are haunted? Or that dessert-loving ghosts linger in a Huntington bakery? Can you believe that a now-abandoned lighthouse in Kings Point has a murderous past?
Pulled right from history, these ghostly tales will change the way you see Long Island, and have you sleeping with the light on!

Website

Raybearer
By Jordan Ifueko
Amulet Books

"All Hail Raybearer . . . Fans of recent breakouts in the genre like Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir may just find their next obsession." – Entertainment Weekly
What if you were sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy? Tarisai has been cursed with a command she is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won't be someone's pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we're willing to go for the ones we love.

Website

The Stitchers
By Lorien Lawrence
Amulet Books

The start of a spine-tingling new horror series perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Goosebumps. "The chills come guaranteed." —Stephen King
Something strange is happening on Goodie Lane . . . Thirteen-year-old Quinn Parker knows there's something off about her neighbors. She calls them "the Oldies" because they've lived on Goodie Lane for as long as anyone can remember, but they never seem to age. Are they vampires? Or aliens? Or getting secret experimental surgeries? Quinn's determined to figure it out, even if uncovering the answers means facing sinister secrets and discovering just how terrifying the truth may be.

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Will the Wisp
By Jonathan Auxier; Illustrated by Olga Demidova
Amulet Books

A magical new fantasy chapter book series from New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller, Jonathan Auxier

Welcome to the Fabled Stables, a magical building filled with one-of-a-kind creatures . . . and Auggie. Auggie is the only human at the Stables, and he takes care of all the animals. The Fabled Stables have a mind of their own, and every so often, the building SHAKES and SHUDDERS, TWITCHES and SPUTTERS—it's making room for a new arrival! It's Auggie's job to venture out and rescue a new creature from mortal danger . . . before it's too late.

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Winter, White and Wicked
By Shannon Dittemore
Amulet Books

Mad Max: Fury Road meets Frozen in this striking and action-packed YA fantasy debut.
Twice-orphaned Sylvi has chipped out a niche for herself on Layce, an island cursed by eternal winter. She takes comfort in the solitude of the ice-trucking roads and the favor of Winter, a spirit who has protected her since childhood. When her best friend runs off with rebels, Sylvi will do whatever it takes to save her friend. But when the time comes, she'll have to choose: safety, anonymity, and the favor of Winter—or the future of the island that she calls home.

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