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Imagine a place where color is currency, up can also be down, and topsy-turvy adventure is almost required. This is a world known as Furthermore (Dutton, $17.99), and it’s where 12-year-old Alice must go if she wishes to find her missing father. With her sole companion, a young guide named Oliver with his own quirky secrets, it’ll take all her wits to return home to Ferenwood in one piece. Inspired by literary classics such as Alice in Wonderland, Tehereh Mafi has woven a new fairy tale that’s full of fast-paced fun and unexpected friendship. Ages 9-13.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994764
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016

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Miraji is an unforgiving place, where monsters roam the sands and djinn perform magic. Amani has survived thus far by the barrel of her gun: she’s a sharpshooter with perfect aim, and dreams of escaping the town of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, she finally sees a way out. It turns out, however, that meeting him is just the start of Amani’s adventure. The Middle East meets the Wild West in Alwyn Hamilton’s debut fantasy. With heart-stopping action, gorgeous world building, and characters as fiery as the desert setting, Rebel of the Sands (Viking, $18.99) makes for a wickedly fun read. Ages 12-15.

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ISBN: 9780451477538
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2016

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Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school and wants nothing more than to make friends and fit in. But she’s also keeping a secret, one that makes her afraid to get close to anyone: until three years ago, she used to be Andrew. Her plans to lie low are thwarted when she finds kindness in a group of girls— and when she meets a boy named Grant, their chemistry quickly blossoms into Amanda’s first love. Hesitant to tell them of her past, she eventually learns that sometimes, courage is the definition of being yourself. Alternating between the past and the present, Amanda’s honest narrative explains the pain and prejudice that transgendered people face. If I Was Your Girl (Flatiron, $17.99) by Meredith Russo is an important coming-of-age novel and a strong reminder that life can—and does—get better. Ages 14-18.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781250078407
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 3rd, 2016

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