Staff Picks by Isabel

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Isabel is our storytime queen, sign artist, and talented window dresser! Check out the books she loves below. 

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The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

Oh, boy... I'm getting emotional as I write this because... I love this book... SO. MUCH. I LOVE this book with alll my heart... OH MY GOSH heart.

In The Song of Achilles, we get to see a retelling of the Trojan War from the perspective of young prince Patroclus, but what unfolds is a love story between Patroclus and the legendary Achilles that will sweep you away, steal your heart, and make you ache witht he best pain imaginable.

I literally re-read this book every fre months. IF you want a hauntingly beautiful book that will fill you with joy and heartach and last you a lifetime, this is it. I owe Madeline Miller my life. - Isabel


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Captain Starfish Cover Image
By Davina Bell, Allison Colpoys (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419728372
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 20th, 2018

A story about one child's struggle with anxiety... relatable, even as an adult! A must-read! heart - Isabel 


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Illegal Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781492665823
Availability: Backordered
Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - August 7th, 2018

Illegal is a poignantly moving story with a rich cast of characters, deeply relevant storylines, and rich with the deepest human kindness and endurance. Not without touches of levity and joy, but emotionally impactful where its important, we follow a young boy on his search for his brother, trying desperately to keep his family together when it seems the world is set on tearing him and his siblings apart in the search for a better life. Heartbreaking and hopeful, this story about the journey of an illegal immigrant hits fast and hard, with severe social importance at this time in our world. - Isabel


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Carry On (Simon Snow Series #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250135025
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wednesday Books - May 9th, 2017

God, I LOOOOVE this book!!!! Rainbow Rowell never disappoints. Plot-wise, this book is fresh and new and always surprising. Similar to Harry Potter, the characters in this book attend a school for magical learning, but instead, the magical system is all based around words, phrases, adn the power of language. a completely fresh and fascinating type of magic, one that us book lovers can all appreciate, huh? But the BEST part of this book is the romance, one that ignites the book and the heart of the reader, both. (I was, if we're being hones here, shrieking in joy a LOT while reading this book.) So. GOOD!!! - Isabel


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Queen of the Sea Cover Image
By Dylan Meconis, Dylan Meconis (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781536204988
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Walker Books US - June 25th, 2019

What a truly magnificent work of graphic novel artistry. The Sea Queen uses the graphic novel medium superbly, reminding me just how powerful this mode of story telling is. The acutely rich historical details in this book truly make it a feast to behold. I was taken in from the very start!!


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Spinning Cover Image
By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626729407
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 12th, 2017

Wow.... What an incredible book. Tillie Walden's work is always a deeply visceral ezperience; it seeps into your soul and never leaves you. This book haunted me for weeks after I read it (in a good way, of course). Potently poignant, vividly beautiful, and quietly impactful in the loudest way Spinning is truly a masterpiece of graphic novel storytelling. I will ALWAYS jump on board any story that Tillie has to tell!! - reviewed by Isabel


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