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Chapter 2 is Missing!
by Josh Lieb

An inventive picture book that’s missing chapter two. Join the narrator as he searches high and low, interviews suspects, and enlists the help of a detective. Wonderful illustrations to accompany a madcap story about stories.

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The Host

You just saw Parasite, now see Oscar winner Bong Joon-ho’s breakout with Western audiences with this monster movie that upends expectations just as much as Parasite.

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Pilu of the Woods
by Mai K. Nguyen

Willow is having a hard time at home & school and occasionally lets her emotions get the better of her. She hikes in the woods to calm down, meets a lost tree spirit and helps her return home. The journey is spiritual and physical with both girls challenging and supporting each other on her way home.

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Devolution
by Max Brooks

Similar in approach to World War Z, Brooks chronicles a Sasquatch massacre immediately following the eruption of Mt. Rainier. He weaves the story together using excerpts from a journal found after the attack and interviews with zoologists, Forest Service officials & relatives who are still trying to adjust to the existence of those creatures.

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Under The Skin

Scarlett Johansson is a long way from The Avengers in one of the most ominous, hallucinatory sci-fi films ever made. “Visionary” gets thrown around too much but director Jonathan Glazer qualifies.

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Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
by Jessica Kim

Amanda says,

Yumi Chung is leading a double life. After being mistaken for another camper at a comedy camp led by her all-time favorite comedian, Yumi spends her days running from test-prep tutoring class to comedy club all the while keeping the two lives as separate as can be. But as secrets about her perfect older sister emerge and her parents Korean BBQ restaurant starts to struggle, Yumi realizes that revealing the truth about her double life may be the best solution of all.

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Hard Eight

The acclaimed director of There Will Be Blood & Phantom Thread debuted with this Vegas & Reno-set character study of Sydney (Philip Baker Hall), a old school casino dweller who mysteriously takes a lost soul (John C. Reilly) under his wing. With early parts for Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson & Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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The City We Became
by N. K. Jemisin

The City We Became is fantastic speculative fiction that is believable, immersive and intriguing, like her other books. I rarely guess where she’s headed, immediately wonder what the next book will be like, and enjoy every second of it.

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One to Watch
by Kate Stayman-London

Amanda says,

After body-positive fashion blogger Bea’s scathing review of the latest episode of Main Squeeze – an obvious play on The Bachelor – goes viral, the positive response leads to an invite for Bea herself to be the newest leading lady on the show. Is this what Bea really wants? Can she subvert the standards on a show she already knows is manufactured drama? She wouldn’t really fall in love with one of these men, would she? A fun, refreshing read during a time when we all really need a happy ending.

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Ways to Make Sunshine
by Renée Watson

Lindsay says,

For fans of lovable meddling kids like Ramona Quimby or Clementine, Ryan Hart is sure to win you over. Her family is moving and her dad has a new job, and they’re all having some trouble adjusting to their new life. But Ryan is determined to make her family smile, even if she goes about things in a way that causes trouble. This middle-grade read is charming, funny, and honest in its look at a middle-class family enduring change together.

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