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A figure skater for twelve years, Tillie Walden has been Spinning (First Second, $17.99) through life as she desperately tries to navigate the intensity of her training schedule while also living the life of a normal suburban teen. In a world where it’s so important to appear flawless, how can a person feel so uncomfortable in her own skin? In a sport where independence matters and it’s every girl for herself, how is a competitor supposed to build lasting relationships? A graphic memoir of friends, family, figure skating, and coming out, Walden’s tale of self-doubt becoming personal triumph is raw, gripping, and sure to spark emotion. Ages 14-18.

 

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By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626729407
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: First Second - September 12th, 2017

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Hyacinth has done her research and she’s sure that her facts are right: London was built long ago around a seemingly endless series of rivers. When she heads to the city to stay with her aunt, however, Hyacinth learns that maybe there’s more to the story than she realized. Her first clue is the water from the bathroom sink that has, apparently, come to life; then, there’s the mud monster that has kidnapped her mother. Aided by a magical umbrella and a wonderfully quirky cast of characters, Hyacinth embarks upon whirlwind of an adventure that takes her deep below the city streets. Jacob Sager Weinstein’s witty writing makes Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath (Random House, $16.99) a surprising read; you may just close the back cover with a newfound skepticism of everything you thought you knew. Ages 9-12.

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780399553172
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 23rd, 2017

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We all know that fairytale stepmothers are supposed to be evil, but what about step-stepfathers? Anya, the second princess of the kingdom of Trallonia, prefers to avoid her boy-crazy older sister Morven and instead spends her time in the castle library with Gottfried, a wizard-turned-librarian, and the royal dog, Ardent. Her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her stepmother’s new husband, Duke Rikard, casts a spell that turns Morven’s latest princely love interest into a frog. Anya, Gottfried, and Ardent reluctantly embark upon a quest to gather the ingredients for the magic lip balm needed to change the prince back to human form. Frogkisser! (Scholastic, $18.99), the newest work of beloved fantasy author Garth Nix, is a fractured fairytale sure to satisfy. Ages 11-13.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781338052084
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 28th, 2017

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