Maggie

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Maggie is our 'big kid' staffer!  She's very passionate about her new fiction, ya and dystopian book finds.  Just ask...

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If I Stay (Paperback)

$10.99
ISBN-13: 9780142415436
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Speak, 4/2010

I originally picked up this book because it’s be made into a movie and, of course, the book is always better. If I Stay is about Mia, a cellist who will soon be on her way to Julliard. Until, that it, one snowy day in Oregon when she and her family get into a horrific car accident. Both of her parents die, and Mia is left in-between the world of the living and that of the dead. It’s up to her to decide – does she pass on to the next world to join her parents and baby brother, or does she fight to stay alive?


Sinner (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780545654579
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Scholastic Press, 7/2014
Whenever Maggie Stiefvater comes out with a new book, I get my hands on it as soon as humanly possible. Her previous stand-alone novel, The Scorpio Races, is a permanent staff pick of mine.

Sinner is a follow-up to her bestselling series about werewolves. Has-been rock star Cole St. Clair has recently moved to Los Angeles to film a reality TV show. It just so happens to also be the city where his old flame resides. Cole struggles to balance being on camera 24/7, his pursuits of Isabel's affection, recording a new album, and the ever-present urge to turn into a wolf. 

This is not a book about werewolves. It's a book about relationships, the dangers of addiction, and the power music has to heal us.

Hush, Hush (Paperback)

$11.99
ISBN-13: 9781416989424
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9/2010

Nora lives in a refurbished farmhouse with her mom. She lives a seemingly normal high school life, until she’s stuck with the creepy kid Patch as a lab partner. He drives her insane, and science soon becomes her most dreaded subject because it means she has to put up with him for an entire hour. However, as Nora begins to learn more and more about Patch, her feelings about him change. Patch is a fallen angel – he was put on this earth to protect her. The closer they get, the more danger Nora seems to be in. Can he really do what he was sent here to do, or will he fail to keep Nora safe?


$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780385536493
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Doubleday, 2/2014

I remember learning all about the historical city of Lowell, Massachusetts, in my high school history classes. Francis Cabot Lowell, the city's founder, traveled to Europe in the early 1800s to memorize the blueprint for a cotton mill, and returned to the US to build one from scratch. The city of Lowell is touted as being the first opportunity for women to escape from the family farm and make their own income. The Daring Ladies of Lowell tells the fictional story of one such mill girl.

 

Alice finally has a chance at independence. She recently got a job as a mill girl, and moves to Lowell to begin her new life. She soon becomes best of friends with Lovey, a spirited girl whose antics have earned her a less-than-desirable reputation in town. When mill owner's son Samuel Fiske comes to check on things at the mill, Alice catches his eye, and a whirlwind romance begins. However, it is cut short when Lovey gets murdered, and the town becomes caught up in turmoil and scandal. Alice has to choose between her loyalties to Samuel and the mill girls, and both options have severe consequences.

Shotgun Lovesongs (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9781250039811
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Thomas Dunne Books, 3/2014

What first drew me to Shotgun Lovesongs was the fact that one of its main characters was based on Bon Iver front man Justin Vernon (a childhood friend of author Nickolas Butler). However, I soon got sucked into the story because of the beautiful writing and the author's gift of describing Midwestern small-town life to a T. 

Four close-knit high school friends reconvene many years later in their hometown of Little Wing, Wisconsin, to attend a wedding. Kip, the groom, is a hotshot business executive in Chicago, Lee is an indie musician who made it big, Ronny is a bronco rider who is left slightly brain damaged by a rodeo accident, and Henry is a dairy farmer who never left Little Wing. This is definitely a must read for this summer.

Nickolas Butler is going to be at the store for an event this summer - lucky us! 
Click here for your ticket.

Bellman & Black (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781476711997
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Atria Books, 6/2014

Setterfield's debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, is one of my all-time favorites. I couldn't wait to read her follow-up, Bellman and Black, and it did not disappoint!

 

William Bellman, in a lapse of boyhood judgment, kills a crow with his slingshot. At the moment, he can only think about how his peers will look up to his mastering of the ultimate 13-year-old weapon, but the consequences of such an act will follow him until the day he dies. Dark, twisted, and mysterious, Bellman and Black will be a title that I recommend for years.

The Scar Boys (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781606844397
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: EgmontUSA, 2/2014
Harry was struck by lightning as a kid - sort of. The aftermath left him with scars all over his body and incredibly low self-esteem. Things seem hopeless for Harry, until he meets Johnny. Charismatic, popular, and natural born-leader, Johnny takes Harry under his wing and declares him his best friend. The boys survive middle school and high school together, and in an effort to prevent their friendship from falling apart once they go away to college, Harry suggests that the rag-tag band he created with Johnny tour the country during their last summer together. Written as a college admissions essay, this novel was unique and heart-warming. Perfect for music lovers and all those who ever wanted to be in a band.

A Small Place (Paperback)

$13.00
ISBN-13: 9780374527075
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 4/2000
Usually, assigned readings for school are simply things you read and try your best to understand – rarely are they books you sincerely enjoy and even rarer do you recommend them to other people.

However, A Small Place is an exception. Jamaica Kincaid grew up in Antigua, an island known only for its tourist attraction, but, in fact, holds much more. Kincaid discusses the pervasive problems her island has, as well as the distaste she has towards tourists, and the pride she holds toward her homeland. This book made me rethink how I travel and to look beneath the surface of the countries we often see as simply resorts. Enlightening!

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780143105985
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Penguin Classics, 12/2009
This past semester, the program I'm in at Michigan State University held a marathon read. Yep – we sat in a circle and read out loud to each other from cover to cover. The book this year was White Noise, and it was fantastic! We were frequently in hysterics and often had to pause to wipe tears of laughter from our eyes. White Noise overarchingly addresses the topic of death and its immanency, in the most light-hearted way possible.

Monument 14 (Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781250027382
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Square Fish, 5/2013
Another dystopian novel – surprise! However, this is something that hasn't been done before. On the bus on the way to school, a massive hailstorm strikes, forcing the children to take refuge in a local super mart. When dangerous chemicals are released into the air, they seal off all entrances and try to find a way to survive on their own. This was a fast paced and thrilling read perfect for those thirsty for the next big thing!

A Small Place (Paperback)

$13.00
ISBN-13: 9780374527075
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 4/2000
Usually, assigned readings for school are simply things you read and try your best to understand – rarely are they books you sincerely enjoy, and even rarer do you recommend them to people.

However, A Small Place is an exception. Jamaica Kincaid grew up in Antigua, an island known only for its tourist attraction, but in fact holds much more. Kincaid discusses the pervasive problems her island has, as well as the distaste she has toward tourists, and the pride she holds toward her homeland. This book made me rethink how I travel and to look beneath the surface of the countries we often see as simply resorts. Enlightening!

$5.99
ISBN-13: 9780375847325
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 3/2009
I was summoned back to my childhood with this one!  Although this is a new series and I never had the chance to read it when I was a horse crazy preteen, I read plenty of horse series.  The Horse Diaries - Elska is about an Icelandic pony's adventures through her life, everything from being born to being trained how to ride, sold away from her owner and saving a young girl from a river. It's such a feel good story and the perfect series to give to any horse crazy kid – and they're great because they all teach something about history, and they have an index and fun facts in the back to teach you even more!

Golden (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442452169
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 5/2013
Parker Frost is a descendant of Robert Frost – at least that's what her eccentric poet dad claims.  Parker is the good girl in school – valedictorian, does all of her homework, 8 hours of sleep every night, never, EVER, skips class – until she stumbles upon the journal of Julianna Farnetti. Julianna, along with her boyfriend Shane, drove off a bridge a few nights after they graduated from high school and were never seen again.  That was ten years ago, and the chance to learn about the mythical girl who died in 'star-crossed lover' fashion is too good for Parker to pass up.  And so begins a rebellious time, the last few months before graduation where Parker is willing to do whatever it takes (including skipping class – more than once!) to solve the mystery of Julianna Farnetti.  This was a fast-paced read, and I especially loved all the Robert Frost epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter. Fabulous!

The Age of Miracles (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780812982947
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1/2013
I've read just about every "dystopian-end of the world-apocalypse" book I could get my hands on, but this one is very different from all the rest.  The Age of Miracles is about Julia, an eleven-year-old growing up in California. One day, without anyone noticing, the Earth's axis tilts slightly and only a few days later do people start to realize that days are getting longer. There's a slew of environmental and climactic effects, as well as economic and political turmoil.  The most interesting aspect of this book, however, is the fact that the story is being told to you by an eleven-year-old, and it's fascinating to see how she reacts to a drastically changing world. This was a fabulous read!

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442449237
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 6/2013
I love reading all the new picture books that we get in the store – and I especially love when they make me laugh out loud! Cousin Irv From Mars was one of those books.  Teddy is horribly disappointed when his cousin Irv visits from Mars.  He spends too much time in the bathroom, eats everything in sight, and he snores.  Cousin Irv could not get on Teddy's nerves more, until, one day, Irv takes Teddy to school and starts vaporizing his schoolwork. Seriously, how cool is that?  This is a snarky, laugh out loud book that both kids and adults will love.

$29.98
ISBN-13: 9781619696990
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Little, Brown & Company, 4/2013
I've always loved Sedaris' laugh-out-loud essay memoirs, and I've heard such fabulous things about his audiobooks (which he reads himself), so I decided to give it a try!  His latest is filled with classic Sedaris wit and perfectly delivered one-liners.  The way in which he reads his book kept my mom and I laughing when very little could even coax a smile out of us. This is the perfect choice for a summer road trip!

The Dark (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780316187480
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2013
Lemony Snicket has produced yet another brilliant children's book in The Dark. Laszlo was, like many other children, afraid of the dark – especially the dark that lived in the basement. The one place that the dark never visits is Laszlo's room – until his night light burns out.  Instead of taking advantage of the situation and scaring Laszlo, the dark assists him in fixing his night light and removing the dark from his room.  This is a great book for any kid who is scared of the dark – no matter how old they are!