Staff Picks

Staff Pick Badge
I Am Every Good Thing Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525518778
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

I am
a nonstop ball of energy.
Powerful and full of light.
I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.


Staff Pick Badge
Mr. Nogginbody and the Childish Child Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324004639
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Norton Young Readers - August 25th, 2020

Grownupish grownup . . .

What in the world does that mean?!


Staff Pick Badge
Scared of the Dark? It's Really Scared of You Cover Image
By Peter Vegas, Benjamin Chaud (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452180694
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - August 18th, 2020

Scared of the Dark? It's Really Scared of You is a picture book that playfully unpacks a common childhood fear.

You may be afraid of the dark . . . but did you know that the dark is actually afraid of YOU? It's true!


Staff Pick Badge
I Talk Like a River Cover Image
By Jordan Scott, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823445592
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Neal Porter Books - September 1st, 2020

What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to? Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to get the words flowing.

I wake up each morning with the sounds of words all around me.

And I can't say them all . . .


Staff Pick Badge
A Whale of the Wild Cover Image
By Rosanne Parry, Lindsay Moore (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062995926
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 1st, 2020


Staff Pick Badge
Flamer Cover Image
By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250756145
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks - September 1st, 2020

Award-winning author and artist Mike Curato draws on his own experiences in Flamer, his debut graphic novel, telling a difficult story with humor, compassion, and love.

"This book will save lives." —Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of National Book Award Finalist Hey, Kiddo


Staff Pick Badge
Ikenga Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593113523
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

Nnedi Okorafor's acclaimed first novel for middle grade readers introduces a boy who can access super powers with the help of the magical Ikenga.


Staff Pick Badge
The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781547604531
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury YA - September 8th, 2020

The stunning memoir of a Muslim teen struggling to survive in the midst of the Bosnian genocide--and the stray cat who protected her family through it all.


Staff Pick Badge
Fable: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250254368
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wednesday Books - September 1st, 2020

Filled with all of the action, emotion, and lyrical writing that brought readers to Sky in the Deep, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Fable, the first book in this new captivating duology.


Staff Pick Badge
Charming as a Verb Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062824141
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 13th, 2020

From the award-winning author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager comes a whip-smart and layered romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han. 


Staff Pick Badge
Grown Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062840356
Availability: Backordered
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 15th, 2020

Grown exposes the underbelly of a tough conversation, providing a searing examination of misogynoir, rape culture, and the vulnerability of young black girls. Groundbreaking, heart-wrenching, and essential reading for all in the #MeToo era.” —Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles 


Staff Pick Badge
Punching the Air Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062996480
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

Instant New York Times bestseller! From award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds, Walter Dean Myers, and Elizabeth Acevedo. 

The story that I thought

was my life


Staff Pick Badge
Anxious People: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501160837
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - September 8th, 2020

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

A People Book of the Week, Book of the Month Club selection, #1 Indie Next Pick, and Best of Fall in Good Housekeeping, PopSugar, The Washington Post, New York Post, Shondaland, CNN, and more!

[A] quirky, big-hearted novel… Wry, wise, and often laugh-ou


Staff Pick Badge
The Big Door Prize Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735218482
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 8th, 2020

The New York Times bestselling author of My Sunshine Away returns with another instant Southern classic: a gripping and heartfelt novel about a mysterious machine that upends a small Louisiana town, asking us all to wonder if who we truly are is who we truly could be.


Staff Pick Badge
The Erratics: A Memoir Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525658610
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - August 25th, 2020

"...a searing, brilliantly-written memoir about a destructive and cunning mother; reads like a novel..." --Margaret Atwood via Twitter

In this award-winning memoir, two sisters reckon with the decline and death of their outlandishly tyrannical mother and with the care of their psychologically terrorized father, all relayed with dark humor and brutal honesty.


Staff Pick Badge
A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984825780
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - September 8th, 2020

An urgent call to free those buried alive by America’s legal system, and an inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanity—from a gifted young lawyer and important new voice in the movement to transform the system.