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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? (more…)

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. (more…)

Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery
by Kevin O’Malley

Staff says,

A great riff on earlier cinema serials like Buck Rogers, this book, other than being a adventure led by DINOSAURS who fly rockets INTO SPACE rendered in detailed illustrations, is a series of dramatic cliffhangers. (more…)

Trouble at Table 5: The Candy Caper
by Tom Watson

Melissa says,

Molly gets ideas stuck in her head sometimes. She noticed a jar of candy on the principal’s desk and just has to know how many are in there. She and her best friends, Simon and Rose, come up with a plan to figure out the exact number. They’ve never broken the rules before. (more…)

Young Adult

Scott says,

One of Charlize Theron’s most overlooked performances has her as a Gen-Xer wallowing in her supposed glorious days trying to get what she feels is owed. From the creators of Juno but a little more acerbic in its comedy – a female anti-hero with no socially redeeming arc or life lessons.

The Old Guard
by Greg Rucka
illustrated by Leandro Fernandez

Michael says,

This very pulpy and bloody book has some of that flavor of The Highlander as four immortals dealing with their endless lives when a new immortal emerges. They take their warrior experience and make the world a better place through combat and camaraderie, no matter the cost.

Lakewood
by Megan Giddings

Staff says,

When Lena receives an invitation to join a well-paying research study, she sees it as an opportunity to provide her mother with top tier health insurance and dig her family out of debt. As the study continues, Lena’s concept of reality starts to warp. (more…)

Kent State
by Deborah Wiles

Amanda says,

A number of perspectives – student, townie, member of the National Guard – explain the incidents on the campus of Kent State in May of 1970. The at-times sparse prose is presented in a manner that will appeal to middle grade students while providing a wealth of background information for those that may want to research further.

Looper

Michael says,

Now that everyone has agreed to disagree about Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, but everyone loves Knives Out, we need to look again at his back catalog of work. This unique take on time travel, more about character and their world than physics. (more…)

Gregor the Overlander
by Susanne Collins

Melissa says,

Gregor the Overlander is the first of five books in the Underland Chronicles, which Suzanne Collins wrote before The Hunger Games. (more…)