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Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399589454
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Published: Random House - June 26th, 2018

AVAIL. 6/26/18

Glasgow, 1908: A wealthy elderly woman is brutally murdered. The police ignore a wealthy, well-connected suspect to charge a convenient one – Oscar Slater, a German Jewish cardsharp. A transatlantic manhunt ensues, followed by prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, a conviction, and a death sentence. Slater persuades an inmate being released to sneak out a tiny note (hidden between the man’s denture and his gum) begging Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to help overturn the conviction. Conan Doyle does, using techniques he created for his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, and succeeds. Sounds like wild historical fiction, but it’s all true! Fox, an award-winning New York Times journalist and meticulous researcher, weaves the threads of class, forensic science, perjury, anti-Semitism, and tender familial love into a cord that pulls the reader in more tightly with every turn of the page.

- Banna


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Ghost Boys Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316262286
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

AVAIL. 4/17/18

With exceptional candor and compassion Rhodes addresses the events surrounding the shooting of Jerome, an unarmed, 12-year-old black boy, by a white police officer. Among the things make this book a stunning and essential read: the back stories that provide a visceral understanding of the characters and events, and Rhodes’s decision to let the ghost of Emmett Till accompany Jerome’s ghost as he observes the aftermath of the shooting among his family and friends. Jerome is visible only to the police officer’s anguished daughter as she struggles to understand her father’s action. Emmett Till’s story provides both a necessary history lesson and a context for current events. This is truly a must-read for every student, teacher, and parent.

- Banna


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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781408870556
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Published: Bloomsbury Circus - November 7th, 2017

The provocative title pulled me in, the eye-opening content kept me there. Fortunately, Eddo-Lodge’s thoughtful essays belie the title: she’s talking to all of us about race, and it behooves us to listen. Racial issues in history and right up to  today in Britain have significant (and often dispiriting) differences from and similarities to their American counterparts. For instance, Britain had a 271-year history of slavery but, because the plantations were in the Caribbean and not on British soil, "most British people saw the money without the blood." This book is an essential contribution to the ongoing conversation about race.

- Banna


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Audacity Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147512499
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Published: Speak - January 5th, 2016

YOUNG ADULT

Free-verse historical fiction? I wasn't so sure. And then I got swept into this magnificent telling of the bravery, grit, and indomitability of real-life Clara Lemlich, an unstoppable force in the fight for workers' rights in the early 20th century. The obstacles she overcame would have discouraged  anyone else: strenuous family objections, being fired and blacklisted by many employers, rampant sexism, and horrific beatings, all of which she endured to be a relentless warrior on behalf of sweatshop workers. An afterword gives us more of her inspiring story through the real-life voices of her children and grandchildren. Magnificent!

- Banna


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Just Like Jackie Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062652911
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2018

MIDDLE GRADE

A magnificent debut novel! Robinson has a lot going for her: in-depth knowledge of auto mechanics, baseball, and maple sugaring; a wonderful grandpa (her only family), a strong sense of social justice, and a loving heart. But this biracial fifth-grader's explosive temper keeps getting her into trouble, and Grandpa is repeatedly summoned to school. His increasing dementia scares her: she fears she'll be taken away from him if others see how fragile he's become. Furthermore, he's always refused to tell her anything about her deceased mother, and she's afraid he'll lose those memories before he can share them. Brilliant book with indelible, complex characters.

- Banna


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Ban This Book Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765385567
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Published: Starscape Books - August 29th, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE

Amy Anne, a go-along-get-along fourth grader, would definitely raise a few eyebrows if she spoke aloud all the thoughts she shares with us. Outwardly she takes the path of least resistance both at home, where her rambunctious twin sisters and overextended parents seem to consume all the oxygen, and at school, where a librarian appreciates and abets her book passion. A line is crossed when a parent has Amy Anne’s favorite book, and then some more, removed from the shelves. Amy Anne and a small group of friends create the Banned Books Locker Library, giving other students access to these wonderful books, which leads to her suspension . . . and to very creative activism she didn’t know she had in her. A terrific book for enthusiastic readers, and a great blueprint for kids who want to effect change. Another big plus: Amy Anne’s family is black.

- BANNA


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Feathers Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142415504
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Published: Speak - January 7th, 2010

MIDDLE GRADE

It’s 1971, and the arrival of a new student – the only white kid in the sixth grade – leads Frannie to examine many things she’s assumed or ignored. The boy is gentle and self-contained, with hair that curls to the middle of his back; his classmates promptly dub him Jesus Boy. Suddenly race, class, religion, and prejudice are front and center, and Frannie must decide how she feels and what she’ll do. Her close-knit family, which includes a deaf older brother, takes her seriously and supports her journey of discovery. Emily Dickinson’s “’Hope’ is the thing with feathers” illuminates Frannie’s quest in deeply moving ways. What a thoughtful, respectful book to put in the hands of middle-grade kids!

- BANNA


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Meet Me at the Museum Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781250295163
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 7th, 2018

AVAIL. 8/7/18

A middle-aged English farm wife impulsively writes to a Danish archaeologist. As schoolgirls, she and her best friend were fascinated by a lecture he gave and resolved to visit his museum. Following her friend’s death, her grief leads her to contemplate visiting the museum alone. The lecturer, too, has died, but when her letter is answered by the museum’s curator, a beautiful, philosophical, tender correspondence ensues. Their increasingly personal letters share thoughts, hopes, regrets, and fears at this time in their lives when they have “More behind us than ahead of us. Paths chosen that define us. Enough time left to change.” The two gradually become part of each other’s lives. This transporting debut novel reminds me of all I felt when I first read 84,Charing Cross Road and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – it’s that good.

- Banna


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The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250124715
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 27th, 2018

Imagine spending 30 years on death row for a crime you didn’t commit. You can’t possibly. But Ray Hinton lived it and tells his story in such detail – with letters and documents that illuminate the painful, tortuous path of his case – and so compellingly that you’re with him every step of the way. If you’ve read Bryan Stevenson’s amazing Just Mercy (and if you haven’t, please do so at once!) you know how flawed the American criminal justice system is for defendants who are poor, persons of color, and/or children. The Equal Justice Initiative (founded by Stevenson) worked on this case for 16 years. Hinton’s story could be agonizing, but it’s not: his faith, the love of his mother and his best friend, his boundless optimism and imagination, and his efforts to improve conditions for other death row inmates (including the creation of a book club!) make this an inspiring tale of justice finally attained.

- Banna


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The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501175121
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Published: Touchstone Books - March 6th, 2018

This debut novel is a literary surprise ball: clues and treasures pop out as you read, delightful, troubling, intriguing, and/or puzzling by turns. Hazel, the owner of a failing bookstore, has just lost her grandfather, a brilliant, widely respected mathematician. As her eccentric extended family gathers for the funeral, she receives a letter – filled with baffling instructions and puzzles – that Isaac mailed just before his death, which may or may not have been a suicide. Why did he choose her to confide in? Who stood to gain from his death? Was there indeed a last, spectacular equation? What and where is it? It’s rare for a book to be simultaneously character-driven and plot-driven, both clever and emotionally intense. Somehow, against all odds, Jacobs pulls it off.

- Banna


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Uncommon Type: Some Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101946152
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 17th, 2017

Tom Hanks, a writer? And a really good writer at that? Who knew?!  Here’s a fascinating collection of stories, widely varied in tone and content. His writing voice has the pin-point specificity of the many roles he’s capable of playing. Each of the stories has a typewriter in it, sometimes playing a major role, sometimes just a cameo. Did you know that Hanks is massively well-versed in typewriter history and mechanics and is, in fact, an avid collector? If you’re already a Hanks fan (is there anyone who isn’t?) you’ll be even more of one when you’ve read these terrific stories.

- Banna


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The First Rule of Punk Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780425290408
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE

Oh, how I love this book! Malú is a bright, creative protagonist, who writes, draws, and assembles her own “zines” (included) that weave together her love of punk music, her efforts to make sense of her mixed heritage, and her burgeoning activism. Her mother, a college professor, wants Malu to be an ideal Mexican-American señorita; her Caucasian father runs a funky indie record store a thousand miles away and encourages her love of all things punk. Malú, a flawed but admirable 12-year-old, is terrific company; readers will cheer her on as she navigates a multitude of conflicting external and internal messages.

- Banna


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Wishtree Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE

Before I started the book I feared it might be a bit too sweet for me: the narrator is a 216-year-old oak tree on whom the townsfolk annually hang their wishes, and most of the characters are talking animals. “Uh, really?” I thought skeptically. Boy, was I wrong. The story’s center is an anonymous, hateful act against a Muslim immigrant family. This book is both entertaining and a deeply moving story of humans and animals coming together to demonstrate kindness and protection. How lovely for kids to chuckle, have tears in their eyes, and see cooperation and compassion triumph – all in one story!

- Banna


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Eternal Life Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393608533
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 23rd, 2018

Why would a physically and psychologically healthy woman want to die? Because she can’t. There’s an arresting premise: eternal life as a curse. Rachel traded the possibility of her own death 2,000 years ago to save the life of her first child. Over the course of two millennia she’s been through dozens of marriages and given birth to hundreds of children. Through it all she’s had an on-again, off-again intense and infuriating relationship with her first great love, the father of her first child. This is a novel like no other: its countless twists and turns can be startling, heart-wrenching, hilarious, philosophical, uplifting, disturbing, or thought provoking –  sometimes several at once. Book clubs will have a field day discussing this one!

- Banna


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The Stars Beneath Our Feet Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524701246
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT

This debut novel couldn’t be timelier or more powerful. Lolly is mourning the loss of his older brother to gun violence while trying to deal with his parents’ divorce, his too-often absent father, and his mother’s new partner, Yvonne. Mr. Ali, a counselor at his Harlem  after-school program, and Lolly’s close friend Vega help him navigate, but it’s Yvonne’s gift of Legos, retrieved from her job as a toy store security guard, that frees him to explore his creative impulses and work through his grief and confusion. The book, its narrator, and the neighborhood will stay in your heart long after the last page.

- Banna


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Refugee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

In different eras and places, three children face death and seek refuge. Josef and his family are Jews in 1938 Germany, trying to escape the looming Holocaust. In 1994, Isabel, her parents, and two neighbors are desperate to flee Cuba’s destitution and political oppression. In the third story, set in 2015, Mahmoud and his family frantically try to get from Syria to Germany. There are similarities (each family initially leaves by boat, each grapples with conspicuousness and invisibility) and differences. Each of the dramatically crafted, interwoven stories gives the others context. An extraordinary, and extraordinarily timely, book.

- Banna


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What the Night Sings Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781524700386
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 20th, 2018

YOUNG ADULT

Gerta survived the Holocaust, just barely. But now what? She’s 17. Her parents are dead. She suspects her stepmother was responsible for her and her father’s arrest. Her father’s viola enabled her to survive, but the vocal career for which she trained seems unattainable. She lives in Bergen-Belsen, once a concentration camp and now a camp for displaced persons; her prospects are few and grim. Perhaps Palestine – if she can get there? If she remains in Europe, where? How will she live? The lives of survivors in the aftermath of the Holocaust are rarely examined, even more rarely in such depth and with such compassion. And never before, to my knowledge, so generously and beautifully illustrated.

- Banna


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Saving Marty Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399539077
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Published: Dial Books - September 19th, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE

Not since Wilbur and Fern has there been such an engaging, endearing pig-and-child pair. Lorenzo has raised Marty from his piglet days – raised him as a dog, which Marty seems to believe himself to be. But as the pig tips the scales at 350 pounds, Lorenzo’s mother becomes increasingly insistent that he must go. Lorenzo’s best friend, Paloma, a Korean-American girl who has an extraordinary musical gift, and his grandfather help him arrive at a rousingly satisfying conclusion, creating impressive definitions of heroism along the way.

- Banna


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Beyond the Bright Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101994856
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE

Crow’s life is a good one. She lives on an island off Massachusetts with Osh, a painter, who adores her, and is tutored by their neighbor, Miss Maggie. Their lives are pleasant, predictable, and self-sufficient. But there’s a missing piece: Crow has no idea where she came from. Osh found her, just hours old, in a boat that washed ashore twelve years ago. The mainlanders she comes in contact with seem especially wary of her. Is it because she’s black, or something more? Bit by bit she pulls together fragments of her history in a fascinating, suspenseful, and hugely satisfying story.

- Banna


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The Trick Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501155826
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Published: Atria Books - September 19th, 2017

Perhaps the most impressive trick in this debut novel is the combination of magic, humor, and the Holocaust in one first-rate book. Alternating chapters unfold the lives of Max, born in Los Angeles in the early 21st century, and Moshe, born in Prague in the early 20th. Max believes that the only thing that can save his parents’ marriage is the “eternal love spell” cast by a cheesy performer called “The Great Zabbatini,” and he’ll stop at nothing to make it happen. Meandering paths and bizarre coincidences abound, but they magically come together to make a remarkably touching and utterly believable book.

- Banna


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Seven Days of Us Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451488756
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Published: Berkley Books - October 17th, 2017

When it comes to family drama, the Birches win top honors. At Christmastime a young doctor returns from a stint in Liberia treating victims of an Ebola-like virus and must remain in quarantine for a week, which she’ll spend with her family: a newly engaged younger sister, an aloof, sardonic restaurant reviewer, and an intensely focused mom/homemaker. No one may enter or leave the house. Secrets and complications loom in the form of a heretofore unknown birth-son, a cancer diagnosis, a forbidden romance, violations of the quarantine, and more. The characters are flawed and immensely likeable; the writing, both wildly humorous and deeply moving, is so engaging that I actually gasped or cried out “No!” “Yay!” and “Stop!” at various points. You’ll be so immersed in this family that you may be tempted to neglect your own until you reach the final page.

- Banna


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George and Lizzie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501162893
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Published: Touchstone Books - September 5th, 2017

Petulant, querulous, delusional, and yet, somehow, lovable: that's our Lizzie. All her life she's been treated by her parents, experimental psychologists, primarily as a research subject. She's haunted by a dreadful adolescent misstep and by the memory of a boyfriend who disappeared. Enter George, the compassionate, affable product of a loving family. A mismatch? Perhaps, if you don't take into account persistence, goodness, a passion for football, and love. Pearl's debut novel is peopled not with characters but with living, breathing three-dimensional people who are about to become your best friends.

- Banna


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The War I Finally Won Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525429203
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Published: Dial Books - October 3rd, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE TO ADULT

It’s agony: you finish a book but you desperately need to know what happens next. Relief is at hand for readers of Bradley’s splendid, award-winning The War that Saved My Life. This sequel opens with 11-year-old Ada’s surgery for the clubfoot that severely limited her mobility and crippled her psyche. Evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, she and her brother were placed with Susan, a single woman. This newly created family now expands to encompass a young Jewish refugee from Germany, compelling the whole village to face their prejudices in the midst of continuing and increasing danger. Although this vivid depiction of World War II through the eyes of people far outside the spotlight is a sequel, it stands on its own just fine.

- Banna


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Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374305710
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - March 7th, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE TO ADULT

All Holocaust memoirs are important books, but this one is extraordinary. It’s beautifully, rivetingly written by a survivor and his daughter. Extensive research enabled Bornstein to fill in the blanks in his and his relatives’ memories; he was only four years old when his family was sent to Auschwitz. Although he tells his story in grim detail, this is ultimately a story of hope: many members of his family remarkably, improbably survived. It’s an excellent introduction or addition to any young (or not so young) person’s awareness of the Holocaust. Fewer and fewer survivors are left; there’s never been a more important time to learn this essential history.

- Banna


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Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812997316
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Published: Random House - July 11th, 2017

The child of Taiwanese immigrants, Kuo volunteered with Teach for America in Helena, AR, after college. On one level, this is a memoir of her time there. But this multilayered book delves deeply into issues of race, poverty, substandard education, and appalling criminal justice practices. At the book’s center, its beating heart, is Kuo’s relationship with one student. Kuo went to law school after leaving Helena; about to begin her law career, she learned that Patrick, who had begun to blossom in her class, was in jail, charged with murder. She returned to Helena and tutored him for seven months. Kuo’s book then adds yet another layer: a paean to the power of literature and the rewards of persistence.

- Banna


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The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616204167
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 9th, 2017

It’s Paula Poundstone, so yes, it’s laugh-out-loud funny on every page. But it’s a lot more: a fly-on-the-wall look at being the single parent of three kids, especially during the wonderful world of adolescence; tending a menagerie of sixteen cats and three ( maybe four?) dogs; and some actual insights into the various ways we pursue happiness (get fit! get organized! drive a Lamborghini!) and how they work out . . . or not. This book will give you bountiful balous of happiness, but you’ll have to read it to learn what that means.

- Banna


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The Lotterys Plus One Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545925815
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 28th, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE

Families don’t get much more diverse than the Lotterys (a winning ticket inspired their chosen name): two gay moms, two gay dads, and seven homeschooled  biological and adopted children, all eleven of them of varying races and ethnicities. This exuberant, loving family is so inclusive you’ll feel a part of it from page one. A huge challenge arrives when a scowling, disapproving  grandpa from the Yukon, whose dementia means he can no longer live alone, moves in. You’ll be rooting without reservation for this family that’s constantly redefined “normal.”

- Banna


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Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781558618879
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Published: Feminist Press - May 19th, 2015

On the eve of Zach's bar mitzvah, his parents, Holocaust survivors, make him promise he’ll one day marry a Jew and help replace the six million dead. He grows up and marries a Jew — who leaves him for another woman. He falls in love again, this time with Cleo, a brilliant black activist, daughter of a Baptist pastor, who, to his enormous discomfort, collects and displays racist memorabilia. An improbably couple, but a surprisingly good, challenging fit. What to do about his promise? His commitment to Judaism? His love for Cleo? This provocative book examines Zach’s and Cleo’s  conflicting commitments and agonizing choices from every angle.

- Banna


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The Hate U Give Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

YOUNG ADULT

It’s too awful; you have to look away. It’s too compelling; you have to look, to pay attention. That describes the shooting of unarmed people by police officers, and it most certainly describes Thomas’s debut novel. This book should be read by anyone who wants to understand the Black Lives Matter movement – and especially by anyone who doesn’t. Starr, our 16-year-old narrator, uneasily navigates two worlds, her mostly black and poor neighborhood and her mostly white private school. When her childhood best friend is shot and killed in her presence by a police officer, the tenuous balance she’s been able to achieve crumbles. Please, please read this excellent, important book.

- Banna


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Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250135995
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 17th, 2017

Listen up, white people. Despite undeniable progress, there’s still a lot of work to be done, work that has to be done by us. Dyson, a writer and a sociologist, is also an ordained Baptist minister and he incorporates elements of a worship service into this must-read book. He doesn’t finger-point or belittle us readers — in fact, he addresses us as “beloved” — but he presents historical and contemporary hard truths that we need to hear, accept, and act on. It’s too easy to react to some of these truths with indifference or defensiveness; we’ve been doing that far too long. Please, please suppress those instincts and read this necessary book with an open heart.

- Banna


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How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781610392839
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Published: PublicAffairs - April 9th, 2013

We’ve all been there, and we will be again: a friend, family member, friend’s spouse, child, or parent is seriously ill, injured, or dying. For most of us, what to say and do can be challenging; sometimes it’s paralyzing. Pogrebin, who dealt with her own cancer diagnosis at age 70, interviewed scads of patients, caregivers, friends, and family members to determine what truly helps and what doesn’t. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, but Pogrebin walks us through many scenarios that serve as models and cautionary tales. We all need this book.

- Banna


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Chester and Gus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062330680
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Published: HarperCollins - April 4th, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE

Chester knows what his purpose is: find his person, and be that person’s service dog. But when fear of loud noises derails his certification, he’s at sea . . . until Gus’s parents choose him to be a companion to their son, who has autism. It’s not what Chester had in mind, especially because Gus seems completely uninterested in him. A relationship slowly develops as boy and dog begin to communicate wordlessly. Love dogs? Fascinated by how kids who aren’t neurotypical navigate the world?  Just want a great story movingly told? This book’s for you.

- Banna


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Edgar and Lucy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250096982
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 7th, 2017

It hardly seems possible for one author to completely inhabit such wildly different characters: a loving but somewhat suffocating Italian grandmother; her mentally unstable son; his widow, burying her grief in promiscuity; her young grandson, whose appearance is as unsettling as his intelligence and sensitivity, and a predator trying to escape paralyzing remorse and guilt. Yet Lodato somehow manages to make them all both true to life and larger than life. The book will grab you right from the start and propel you, enthralled, through both joy and dread until the very last sentence . . . and far beyond.

- Banna


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The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385376556
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Published: Yearling Books - July 14th, 2015

MIDDLE GRADE

The Fletchers have a host of ordinary problems: Sam, the jock, might try out for the school play, but worries about teasing; Jax has a major assignment he’s unable to complete; Eli’s transferred to a school for gifted kids that turns out not to be what he expected; and Frog is starting kindergarten with his imaginary friend Flare, a cheetah. The boys and their problems are vividly, lovingly drawn. But here’s what’s different: this multi-racial, multi-cultural family with two dads celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Diwali. Let yourself be embraced by this very real, very contemporary family.

-Banna