Children & Teens Books of the Week

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Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1) Cover Image
By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781643750057
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

Skunk and Badger (Algonquin, $18.95) could not be more different. Badger loves rocks, tools and solitude whereas Skunk loves breakfast for dinner, conversation and the company of chickens. When the two are brought together as roommates misunderstandings abound. Amy Timberlake’s take on the classic odd couple story is laugh out loud funny, endearing and quirky in the best sort of way. John Klassen’s black and white illustrations are sprinkled within the story and add to the warmth of the book. Ages 8-12. Heidi Ashton Yoon

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The Girl and the Ghost Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062940957
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Published: HarperCollins - August 4th, 2020

Suraya doesn’t really have close human friends, but that’s okay; she’ll always have Pink, her pelesit. A spirit protector who never leaves her side, he makes sure she’s never lonely. All seems well until Suraya is bullied at her new school—and Pink’s dark side shows as he enacts swift revenge. As Pink’s rage and possessiveness threaten to overcome them both, The Girl and the Ghost (Harper, $16.99) must seek the light in an increasingly dark world. Told in alternating perspectives, Hanna Alkaf’s emotionally resonant, gorgeously complex Malaysian folktale adaptation raises crucial questions about friendship, vulnerability, and the true meaning of loyalty. Ages 9-12. Elli Bloomberg

YA Pick
The Insomniacs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250257352
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 1st, 2020

There’s something weird going on in the abandoned house next door. Ever since a diving accident left her with a severe concussion and a disturbing blank spot in her memory, Ingrid has not been able to sleep. Neither, it turns out, has Van—her longtime crush and across-the-street neighbor. As they spend night after warm night exploring their tony Austin subdivision, The Insomniacs (Flatiron, $18.99) start piecing together their own fractured pasts as they are drawn into a dark neighborhood mystery. Marit Weisenberg’s taut, sexy thriller will keep readers up at night. Ages 14 and up. Elli Bloomberg