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It's every kid's dream to be accepted to Hogwarts, but when Brooklyn high school student finds himself accepted to a college of magic, he discovers a darker, more complicated world than he expected. Definitely not for kids but great for young adults who are ready for a not-so-rosy picture of the magical world.
This sale is for the audiobook. Ender Wiggin was outsmarting the government trying to manipulate him — and finding the consequences of doing so awfully hard to live with — long before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute. This sci-fi series starts out strong with the story of a military genius bred and born to save humanity.
For me, this cookbook is worth it for the drop meatball recipe alone, but Mark Bittman includes a ton of quicker-and-easier variations on everything from speedy homemade wonton soup to addictively yummy rosemary popcorn.
Suzanne never misses an opportunity to rave about this one: "This zombie-apocalypse novel takes on deeply human themes while still being scary and action-packed and gory (as one expects when you’ve got zombies around). And I can’t really tell you much more than that, because part of the fun going in is not knowing exactly what’s happening."
One of our must-read books for fall, this story about racism and belonging in the 21st century United States is compelling reading: "Teenage Justyce starts a journal writing to Martin Luther King, Jr., after a false arrest has him questioning racism and resistance in his world. When his worst fears are realized in a police shooting, Justyce has to confront the darkest parts of himself and the world he lives in. (High school)"
From our Immigration Stories reading list (Winter 2017): "Esperanza is used to life on her family’s Mexican ranch, where she’s adored and treated like a princess. So when she and her mother are forced to move to California to do farm work during the Great Depression, she’s unprepared for the dramatic changes in her life and status in this riches-to-rags story."
In the third installment of the story of sentient, ever-changing Castle Glower, Princess Celie, her pet griffin, her friends, and her siblings get transported to a strange land that may hold clues to the secrets of the castle's past. The problem: No one's sure how to get back home to their own world.
From our essential immigration reading list (winter 2017): "What is it like to be from a different country than your parents? That’s one of the central questions of Amy Tan’s luminous novel about mothers and daughters, as she explores the lives of four Chinese women who come to the United States in the 1940s and their American-born daughters.
A sophisticated, surprising fantasy that's feminist and inclusive in really interesting ways. From our review (in the spring 2016 issue): "Spectacular world-building lights up this fantasy about a world where humans and intelligent dragons live in an uneasy truce."
We were completely fascinated by this book. Shelf Awareness says "How We Got to Now... offers a fascinating glimpse at how a handful of basic inventions — such as the measurement of time, reliable methods of sanitation, the benefits of competent refrigeration, glassmaking and the faithful reproduction of sound — have evolved, often in surprising ways." I think this could be the spine for a great history class.
Podcast fans know that I have an undying fondness for this mostly forgotten YA novel from the 1960s. Yes, it's got decidedly old-fashioned moments, both delightful (the hair salon!) and not-so-delightful (let's stop blaming girls for wanting to kiss people, okay?), but the spine of the story — about a girl who's never fit in anywhere finding a place where she belongs as she discovers who she really is — will never stop being relevant.
Abandoned as a child, Taylor grew up to become the leader of her boarding school, a position that requires her to defend the school's honor against Townies and Cadets. These war games are part of the school's history, but as Taylor tries to figure out the secrets of her own past, she discovers that her life, these games, and an accident 20 years ago may be linked in ways she never could have imagined.