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Featured Review: Air Awakens


    A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...   The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.   Vhalla has always been taught to fear...
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Featured Review: Spin the Dawn


  Project Runway  meets  Mulan  in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars. Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming...
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Featured Review: My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant


  This honest, laugh-out-loud novel brimming with body positivity, bite-sized nuggets of feminism, and commentary on eating will have readers rooting for sixteen-year-old BB as she navigates her world while maintaining her plucky zest for life even in the most trying of times. I t's a food diary. I have to...
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Featured Review: Starlight Nights (Stacey Kade)

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About This Book: At twenty-three, Calista Beckett is trying to overcome her early fame and fortune. The former savior of the world on Starlight is now a freshman at college--miles away from L.A. and her former existence. She sees it as her start to a new life, a normal life, one where she...
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Featured Review: No Good Deed (Goldy Moldavsky)

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About This Book: He's not asking for much. All Gregor Maravilla wants to do is feed all of the starving children on the planet. So when he's selected to join Camp Save the World, a special summer program for teenage activists from all over the country to champion their cause, Gregor's...
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Featured Review: Together At Midnight (Jennifer Castle)

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About This Book: What does it really mean to be kind . . . and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do? High school senior Kendall, who just returned from a life-changing semester in Europe, and Max, who is drifting his way through a...
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Featured Review: Mean Girls (Micol Ostow)

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About This Book:    You know the story--or do you?  Cady Heron grew up homeschooled in Africa with scientist parents as her teachers, monkeys as her classmates and the African plains as her playground. But when her family moves to the suburbs of Illinois, she finds herself a stranger in a...
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Featured Review: Ryan Quinn and the Lion's Claw (Ryan Quinn #2) (Ron McGee)

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About This Book:  Ryan Quinn and the Lion’s Claw is the much-awaited sequel in the thrilling series about Ryan Quinn, a New York City teenager who would give James Bond and Jason Bourne a run for their money. Ryan Quinn has never been a normal kid, and after everything that happened...
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Featured Review: The Memory Trees (Kali Wallace)

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About This Book: The Memory Trees is a dark magical realism novel about a mysterious family legacy, a centuries-old feud, and a tragic loss that resurfaces when sixteen-year-old Sorrow returns to her mother’s family orchard for the summer. Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came...
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Featured Review: All Things New (Lauren Miller)

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About This Book: Jessa has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn't help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and visible scars, Jessa’s...
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