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The Opposite of Fate Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781328518439
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - February 18th, 2020

Mallie has it all, or at least she has all she needs. A supportive brother, a boyfriend she loves, a chosen family and a larger than life glow that everyone around her basks in. But then IT happens. One night while she is waiting to give her brother a ride home Mallie is attacked, raped, and suffers a terrible head injury. Mallie is deep in a coma she may never wake from when her family discovers that her rapist has left her pregnant. What follows is a terrible decision that tears her family apart and divides the town. Mallie wakes to a world gone mad and the aching knowledge that she will never be the same. This story is beautifully rendered and asks hard questions about choice, right and wrong, and the power of  forgiveness. Mallie’s story is not about fate. It is about what happens when a person refuses to give up.

-Chrissy


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Stepping Stones (Peapod Farm #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984896841
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Published: Random House Graphic - May 5th, 2020

This is a wonderful timeless tale of two families mixing and melding, and the struggles that children in blended families often face. When Jen’s mother separates from her father Jen finds herself in a whirlwind that takes her from her father and the city she loves to a country home with a brand new way of life. Jen struggles to find her place in her new home, doesn’t like her mother’s new boyfriend Walter and is convinced she will never make friends with Walter’s children. But as the summer ambles along Jen discovers a love for the animals that surround her, an appreciation for the farm her mother starts, and maybe, just maybe, forms a bond with her new sisters that will help her discover her voice, her place and a new sense of self.

-Chrissy


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Where the World Ends Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250225498
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Published: Flatiron Books - December 3rd, 2019

Loosely based on a true story three men and nine children set off across the channel to a stac, an almost barren island, for three weeks to harvest birds, collect eggs and feathers for their village; an occurrence that happens every spring and is a rite of passage for the young boys that live on St. Kirta. Their fellow villager drops them off and plans to be back in a few weeks to pick them up. But the boat never returns. Abandoned by their village, the “fowlers” are forced to try and survive on an island bereft of fresh water, trees, or any real food source save what they can catch with their own hands. What follows is an amazing story of human ingenuity and strength. This is an emotional powerhouse of a book and speaks to the soul of what drives every one of us.

-Chrissy


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Birdie and Me Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399186776
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - February 18th, 2020

 

On Wolf Days Jack and her brother Birdie go on adventures with their mother to find new and exciting things in the world. When their mother dies in a car accident, Jack and Birdie find themselves living with an uncle they barely know. Uncle Carl takes care of them as best he can with Honey Buns and frozen pizza and quesadillas from Rosie’s food truck. After they miss too many days of school, the administration decides it's best they live with their Uncle Patrick. Uncle Patrick is solemn and quiet and doesn’t appreciate Birdie’s penchant for purple and sparkles or striped leggings. Jack struggles to make friends, struggles to protect Birdie from the kids at school, and struggles to make sense of her Uncle Patrick. It will take time and mistakes, a little bit of heartbreak and a healthy dose of hope but together Carl and Rosie, Patrick, Birdie and Jack learn to create a new definition of family. 

-Chrissy


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A Good Man: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143134985
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Published: Penguin Books - January 14th, 2020

This story is horrifying and deeply disturbing. I found myself wishing I had never picked it up and yet incapable of walking away from it. Katz does a wonderful job of allowing Thomas to tell his own story with simplicity and grace. With every shared memory, Thomas paints an idyllic scene of a good man, a beautiful family, a life well lived. He cares for his wife Miriam, his daughter Ava, his twin sisters and his mother. He works hard to protect them from the harsh reality of the world, and all he is asking for is to be treated with the respect he deserves. But can the reader trust Thomas? The tension builds throughout the novel and by the end of the book the reader will find themselves dreading the truth and wishing that Thomas was at least an honest man.

-Chrissy


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Birthday: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250129833
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 21st, 2019

Morgan and Eric have been friends since they were kids, best friends in fact. When Morgan’s mom dies Eric is the only person who can console him. When Eric’s parents start to fight more often, the arguments growing louder and more frequent, Morgan keeps him sane. But as the two boys meander their way towards high school Morgan quits the football team and Eric can tell that Morgan isn’t telling him everything.  How can he? How can Morgan explain - to Eric of all people - that Morgan isn’t sure he wants to be…a he? This is a wonderful story of a young person finding the courage to transition from male to female and the amazing and supportive love between two friends who are perhaps more than friends.

-Chrissy


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Pretty Things: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525479123
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Published: Random House - April 21st, 2020

In Brown’s new novel protagonist Nina Ross has made a career out of finding rich people on social media and slowly but surely conning them; stealing their money, their antique furniture, their expensive clothes. All this she does to help her mother who is dying of cancer and can’t afford the medical treatments she needs. When the police come snooping Nina decides to skip town with her friend Lachlan and try her largest con yet; the target - the sister of her childhood ex-boyfriend. But what starts as a simple operation to gain access to the family safe quickly goes awry. Suddenly Nina finds herself in jail, double-crossed by Lachlan and forced to enlist help from the very woman she was trying to rob. This fast-paced novel kept me guessing until the very end. 

-Chrissy


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Saving Meghan: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250252838
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 4th, 2020

Becky Gerard knows her daughter Meghan is sick, even if no one else will believe her. The problem is that none of the medical tests the doctors and hospitals have done show anything abnormal. Becky feels like she is fighting a losing battle - against the doctors, against the specialists, against her own husband Carl. When doctors accuse Becky of Munchausen by proxy - poisoning her own daughter - Becky feels her world spinning out of control. Suddenly Carl is blaming her for their daughter’s mysterious illness, her marriage is falling apart, and the court awards temporary custody of Meghan to the psychiatric ward of White Hospital. Becky isn’t crazy but love can make a person do crazy things. Love leads her to kidnap her own daughter, to threaten the doctors, and to swear revenge on anyone who gets in her way. Will Becky’s love save Meghan? Or will her love turn toxic? This book is an absolute page-turner and kept me guessing until the very end. 

-Chrissy


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After the Flood: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062889362
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Published: William Morrow - September 3rd, 2019

When the oceans have risen and our cities are washed away what will be left? What will we hold dear? Myra and her daughter Pearl know all too well the dire reality climate change brings. In the aftermath of the 100 year flood people are carving out an existence on boats, on mountaintops, in small colonies bereft of hope and fighting disease and hunger. Suddenly a single seed can mean the difference between life and death. When Myra learns that her eldest daughter may still be alive and trapped on a breeding ship she will stop at nothing to save her. Enlisting the help of strangers they meets along the way Myra and Pearl embark on a journey that will test the very marrow of their strength and resilience. Is Myra willing to lose one daughter to save another? And is her stubbornness a form of courage or desperation? More importantly, will it spell the death of everyone they meet along the way?

-Chrissy


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The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250217288
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Published: Tor Books - March 17th, 2020

Linus Baker lives a boring life. As a case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth he goes to work every day, has memorized the code of conduct, and refuses to become emotionally involved in his work. His greatest comfort is to listen to records late at night in his living room accompanied by a cat who doesn’t really like him. All of this changes when Linus is hand selected to assess if six magical children on a remote island will destroy the world. These six children turn Linus’s drab world upside down. He sweats in the woods on ridiculous adventures, holds their hands as they cry, learns to laugh at himself and, more importantly, he learns how to love. If you’re searching for a novel to warm the cockles of your heart, look no further. Linus and his gang of magical children will not disappoint. I burst into laughter reading this book many times and was devastated when I turned the last page.

-Chrissy


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Ninth House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250313072
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 8th, 2019

Death is never straight forward. Alex Stern, cursed with the ability to see ghosts, knows this only too well. After somehow surviving a multiple homicide, she is hired to help monitor the occult activities of Yale’s most secret societies. Upon her arrival Alex’s predecessor vanishes, and Alex finds herself thrust into a murder investigation that just doesn’t make sense. Haunted by her own violent past Alex slowly realizes that at Yale nothing is what it seems, she has no idea who she can trust, and she is caught in a deadly game that she may not survive. Dark, magical, and compelling, Leigh Bardugo’s novel, The Ninth House, is everything you could ask a fantasy novel to be.  

-Chrissy


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ISBN: 9781368048088
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

I absolutely fell in love with this novel. Violet, the descendant of a lone shipwreck survivor, is filled with all of the angst, sarcasm, fear and confidence a 16 year old in NYC can possess. When her younger brother, Sam, tries to kill himself Violet is shipped off to Maine to spend the summer with her Uncle Toby. She arrives in Maine intent on disappearing but instead finds herself volunteering at an aquarium, slowly making friends with a local band of misfits and embarking on an impossible mission to find her grandmother’s shipwreck. Violet is a wonderful, flawed protagonist and her search to find the truth about her grandmother leads her to discover the ability to forgive her parents, her brother, and ultimately herself.

-Chrissy


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Unpregnant Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062876249
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Published: HarperTeen - September 10th, 2019

Teenagers are already dealing with so much. Family expectations, cultural expectations, peer pressure, SATs, hormones, and the ageless need for self exploration and discovery. Veronica is navigating all of these obstacles her senior year like a champ and may even be her class valedictorian. But one fateful morning her world comes crashing down and Veronica is left scrambling for something or someone to keep her afloat. Author, Jenni Hendriks, weaves a powerful story of a 17 yr old who must grapple with being pregnant and navigate the difficult reality of how one decides to be UNpregnant. This book is funny, serious, poignant and just GOOD. What a wonderful way to explore the political landscape we find ourselves in from a teenager's perspective.

-Chrissy


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