All Staff Picks

Port Side Pirates!
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This kit contains a book with great illustrations (and lots of fun facts about pirates and their ships) as well as a music CD that allows you to sing along to the pirates' rip-roaring tunes!
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
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A.J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. In the end it turns out better. (Some language)
Children Make Terrible Pets
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For the kids who wish they’d been raised by wolves, this is the story of Lucy the bear finding a new pet in the forest! It’s a great story, with plenty of humor for us big kids, along with fantastic illustrations.
Mario Party 8
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This video game plays like a board game, with mini games at the end of each round! A great game for younger kids. This can be played with up to four players at a time.
Prisoner of Night and Fog
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A very gripping historical fiction that takes place in 1930's Munich. The focus is on a Gretchen Muller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her uncle Dolf.
The Golden Compass
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This book has a unique and remarkable premise, as well as engaging writing. Add the fact that it is read by a full cast, which includes the author on the narrator’s part, and this becomes perhaps my favorite book to listen to. And I've done so more than once!
Kabuki: The Alchemy
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This (the seventh collection in the series) is a great 'jumping in' point for new readers. Kabuki, a former Japanese operative, had put down the sword and taken up the pen. The art is breathtaking - even if you don't want to read the story, look through this for the amazing artwork's sake!
She Is Not Invisible.
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A story that gives you a different view of the blind. When thrust into New York's underworld, blind teenager Laureth must use her remarkable skills at recognizing patterns, events, and numbers to save her father in a world without light.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
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Steve Carell and Keira Knightley star as two people, barely more than strangers, who embark on a delightfully crazy journey before the world comes to an end.
The Returned
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Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age, they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep--eight years old.
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In a highly organized and calculating Hell, senior devil Screwtape writes letters of advice to his nephew Wormwood, a demon tempter. Through their correspondence, Screwtape advises his nephew in the art of capturing a human soul, not through some great and wicked act, but through the mundane and everyday little decisions of life. You will never view your day to day life the same again.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
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Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt put in wonderful performances. Even though this wasn’t publicized as a comedy, I couldn’t keep myself from laughing, and laughing often. This is one you won’t regret watching.
The Grudge Keeper
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No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.
The Children of Hurin
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Children of Hurin is Tolkien's heart wrenching tragedy about two siblings on whom a irrevocable curse is placed. Separated at childhood and unable to outrun their doom, they grow up separated, enduring war, loss, and death, finally becoming the puppets of the cruel dragon Glaurung, as he manipulates their lives together in a terrible bond that will crush their hearts and ultimately take their lives.
Cupid
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With a dash of personal flair from author Julius Lester, this book is more than just the story of Psyche and Cupid. It entertains while dishing out hard-learned lessons about love. Especially good as an audio book!
Girl in Reverse
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A lovely story about a young girl learning about her past and her present.
You Will Be My Friend
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Another hilarious adventure with Lucy the bear. As Lucy tries to make friends with her fellow animals, her well-intentioned efforts meet with less success than she’d hoped.
Little Dorrit
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When Arthur Clennam returns home from living abroad, he is surprised to find young seamstress Amy Dorrit as the object of his mother's charity. His investigation of her family's connection with the house of Clennam carries him through a dark and deadly web of people, secrets, and lies that will change Amy's life (and his) forever.

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