All Staff Picks

The Scorpio Races
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Every November on the island of Thisbe, the bravest men pull water horses from the sea to compete in the bloody and dangerous Scorpio Races. The book is told from two perspectives: Sean Kendrick the returning champion, and Puck Connolly who is the first girl to ever compete, both of them hoping that they can manage to not only survive the races, but win.
Odd Thomas
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Odd Thomas is a young man who can see both the spirits of the dead, and bodachs, evil spirits whose presence foretell violence. Odd must find out why bodachs are gathering by the hundreds, what what their connection is to the creepy stranger town. With a likable hero, humor and suspense, Odd Thomas is Koontz at his very best.
Son Of Hamas
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Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of a founding member of Hamas. This compelling book recounts how Yousef came to reject terror and violence and instead worked as an undercover agent many years in an effort to stop it. His history and perspective from all sides of the conflict make him a unique voice in the discussion of the Middle East.
All These Things I've Done
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Set in a future where chocolate is an illegal substance, All These Things I've Done, tells the story of sixteen year old Anya Balanchine. She is the heir to an illegal chocolate empire, and the daughter of a former chocolate crime boss. Anya simply hopes to protect her family, and make it through high school, but the pressure of being a Balanchine may prove too much for her to handle.
Odd Thomas
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Odd Thomas is a young man who can see both the spirits of the dead, and bodachs, evil spirits whose presence foretell violence. Odd must find out why bodachs are gathering by the hundreds, what what their connection is to the creepy stranger town. With a likable hero, humor and suspense, Odd Thomas is Koontz at his very best.
Fly Fishing Made Easy
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Fly fishing is not easy. Packed with photos, illustrations and stories, this manual really delivers. I recommend it for new anglers learning the craft. (It’s also good for quick reference when you’re out in the field!)
Much Ado About Nothing
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This modern re-telling of a Shakespearean classic, told in the original dialogue of the Bard, Joss Whedon's version is a delightful take on an old favorite. Fans of Shakespeare and Whedon alike will be drawn to this witty love story, told in black and white, and filled with an excellent cast.
The Secret Keeper
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A captivating story of how one secret from WWII leads to more secrets, and affects many lives in this multi-generational story.
Learning To Fly
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A man meets a penguin who tells him that he was flying until some other birds told him he couldn't, and he crashed. The odd couple pair up to in an effort to return the penguin to the skies. Full of deadpan humor, quirky, and with a message that is sweet without being sugary. One of my all-time favorite picture books (and I love picture books).
Fullmetal Alchemist 1
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Follow the Elric brothers, top alchemists, as they negotiate they way through a tricky world. Trying to protect what is precious to them and serve their country is a fine line.
How Children Succeed
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How does your child cope with failure? Is their home life stressful? Listen to the surprising findings on factors outside of school that play a major part in a child's success in life.
The Story Of Spanish
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A fascinating study of the development and change in the Spanish language through the centuries.
The Things I Can Do
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A little boy celebrates his growing independence with his own book. The mixed media illustrations are joyfully messy and an absolutely perfect match to the black crayon text. This is a fun book to share with a little one discovering his/her own growing abilities.
W is for Wasted
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Kinsey always wanted a family. Her latest case brings her in touch with previously unknown cousins.
The Map Of Lost Memories
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Set in 1925 Cambodia, Irene Blum, a museum curator, searches for ancient Khmer scrolls. To her surprise, she finds more information about her own history.
The Gods of Guilt
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In this sequel to Lincoln Lawyer juries are called the gods of guilt. Defending an innocent man creates difficulties in court and in Mickey Haller’s personal life.
This Is Not My Hat
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In this Caldecott winner, we meet a little fish who has stolen a hat from a very big fish. Completely unrepentant, he is sure he will get away with the crime. And just in case, he heads to where the plants grow close together and he can hide. But the reader knows something the little fish doesn't. Darkly funny, this picture book may not be for everyone.
The Meanest Birthday Girl
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A little girl learns a lesson about selfishness when she receives a special gift from a friend. The book's stylish illustration embellishes the story.

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