All Staff Picks

Baseball Pals
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This is a story about Jimmy Todd who is the captain of the baseball team. He’s a good player and can’t seem to figure out how to make everyone happy at the same time on his team. What he learns, and how he solves this dilemma makes for a teeth gnashing read as you see what he doesn’t.
Audubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier
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The amazing life story of John James Audubon. Well-written and with many fascinating illustrations, this book is a great read for any child.
Les Miserables in Concert
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This wonderful concert version of Les Miserables was filmed to commemorate the award-winning musical’s tenth anniversary. Its stellar cast is comprised of the stars from many of the worldwide productions.
Boston Jane: An Adventure
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An amusing tale of a very prim, properly trained young lady – Miss Jane Peck, to you – who leaves her comfortable home to go west at age 16 to marry the one she has fallen in love with. She meets with a very different lifestyle and discovers that all Indians are not savages. An enjoyable read that rolls your imagination right along with the adventure.
Pluto, Vol. 1
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Few mangas weave such a complex or layered story as Pluto. In the future, a mysterious force is destroying the most powerful androids in the world, and everyone is a suspect... As a mystery and as a science fiction manga, it stands high in both categories. Recommend the whole series!
Theories of Everything
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Oddball offerings from New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast.
Hark!: A Vagrant
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Witty and absolutely hilarious comics about historical figures from a Canadian History major. What better thing to come out of a degree than an award-winning comic?
Hellsing, Vol. 1
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This manga series mixes vampires with World War II, in what (after a few volumes) soon becomes one of the most visceral, intense fantasy-historical-horror mangas you will ever read. Recommend the whole series!
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax
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Mrs. Pollifax is proud to be from Brunswick, New Jersey. She is enchanting – captivating even the bad guys. She is a widow with grown children. She is dependable, but Mrs. Pollifax is bored with her predictable life. So, she travels to the CIA headquarters to apply to be a spy. Of course she is turned down flat, but due to some confusion, she gets sent on an assignment as a CIA agent anyway, and proves to be quite capable and feisty. A wonderful series that never gets dull.
Yotsuba&!, Vol. 1
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Yotsuba is a little girl who makes fast friends and goes on all sorts of childlike-wonder-fueled adventures. The sense of whimsy/cuteness in this series is almost overpowering.
Bakuman, Vol. 1
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In this manga series, two middle school kids combine forces to create the most popular manga of all time. Things get unexpectedly interesting as they grow and face the drama and trials that come with entering the world of creating manga. Recommend the whole series!
MIss Julia Speaks Her Mind
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Miss Julia’s husband died and left her a wealthy widow. She is at first delighted by her newfound freedom, then jarred by reality when a young woman appears on her doorstep claiming that her son belongs to Miss Julia’s dead husband. This fact is out of the realm of reality, as Miss Julia and her husband are longtime church member and pillars of the community. Now, the neighbors want answers but Miss Julia wants some answers of her own when a murder remains unsolved and one disgraceful event follows another in this hilarious, charming quick read.
Temperance
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A surreal story that revolves around lost memories, a cloistered city, and a little wooden doll named “Temperance”, the weirdness of the art and the story is just enough to reel you in to reading all the way to the end.
The False Prince
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When a nobleman of the court discovers that the King and Queen are dead, he hides this fact from the people, and sets out to find a way to rule the kingdom himself. His plan is to find a child who would make a substitute for the prince who was lost at sea several years ago. He plans to train the child to be “Princely” and then present him to the court as the long lost prince, thereby ruling through the child. He gets 5 boys from various orphanages and proceeds with his plan. Things turn deadly and treacherous right from the start. I couldn’t put it down. Hey – Harry Potter was juv fic.
The Unwritten Vol. 1
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An engrossing entry into the emerging Literary Fantasy genre of graphic novels. The centerpiece of the series becomes a philosophy on the power that stories hold over the world, and how real humanity causes them to become.
Neuromancer
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"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." So begins Neuromancer, the genre-defining cyberpunk novel by William Gibson, winner of the "triple crown" of science fiction awards: the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award. In a dystopian future, former ace hacker Case hustles his way through the Sprawl until he is tapped for the Ultimate Heist.
Spellbound
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This documentary follows eight competitors in the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee. You’ll find yourself rooting for each one of these bright, engaging, hard-working kids.
The Sneetches and Other Stories
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Four wonderful stories from the quirky imagination of Dr. Seuss. Learn with The Sneetches about stars and whether you should have them or not upon thars. The Zax are both so stubborn, neither will budge as long as they live. Mrs. McCave learns quickly that you can have Too Many Daves, but it's much too late to change their names. And in What Was I Scared Of?, a young man meets a pair of pale green pants with nobody inside them.

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