“Arabella of Mars” by David Levine

Arabella loves growing up wild on her family’s plantation on Mars, where she savors the freedom and wonder of the beautiful and stark landscape. So when her mother forces her to travel to Earth to learn to be a proper lady, Arabella is devastated.  When disaster strikes at home and she desperately needs to get […]

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“Blankets” by Craig Thompson

Blankets is an award winning graphic novel by Craig Thompson.  It chronicles his upbringing in a strict religious household and the isolation he felt both within his family and outside that household.  His first love and heartbreak accompany illustrations of the stark yet beautiful winter weather that surrounded him in Wisconsin.  I feel like anything […]

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

This award winning young adult novel by Benjamin Alire Saenz follows two teens, Aristotle and Dante, growing up in 1980s El Paso, Texas. They meet each other over summer break at the swimming pool where Dante offers to teach Ari how to swim, and friendship slowly blossoms. The two boys are pretty different from each […]

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“Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places” by Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey explores the haunted history of America in this brand new bestselling book! Dickey traces different avenues in American history and culture through the various “haunted” buildings and towns that encapsulate an aspect of American culture. The ghost story and haunted building is used as a mirror to reflect the triumphs, anxieties, hopes and […]

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“Cinnamon and Gunpowder” by Eli Brown

Renowned chef Owen Wedgwood is content with his boring life, focused solely on creating culinary masterpieces and complacent in his belief that he has the moral high ground in any situation. Then he is kidnapped by infamous pirate Mad Hannah Mabbot, and his safe little world is obliterated.  In an interesting twist on the story […]

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