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Liesl, Children's and Teen Buyer

Favorite Genres: Books about pandemics, mysteries set in England past and present or with intrepid teens in boarding schools, mysteries set in interesting locales, fantasy (but without Orcs- EW!), history (fiction and non), mythology re-told, teel lit but not the sad real life ones, middle grade fiction of all sorts, cookbooks and books about food, funny books, and kids picture books
Favorite Authors: Kate Atkinson, Elizabeth George, Anthony Horowitz, Minette Walters, Colin Cotterill, Mary Beard, Kelly Barnhill, William Ritter, Kevin Sands, Neil Schusterman, Tamora Pierce, Megan Whalen Turner, Jasper Fforde

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Jameela Green Ruins Everything Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780358621232
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Published: Harper - May 10th, 2022

This is the PERFECT summer read. Light, funny and absurd in a good way. Jameela makes a deal with God to help turn her into an NYT bestselling author, but things do not go as planned. Everything goes awry and Jameela ends up in a Middle Eastern terrorist compound. People say it's not the destination, but the journey that counts. But in this case it was both the journey and the destination that made it such a fun read.


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The Temps Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781684427611
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Published: Keylight Books - March 29th, 2022

The Temps is a fast-paced apocalyptic thriller. Our four protagonists find themselves at the forefront of creating a new office community when all of the "black badge" staff are killed in a cloud of poisonous gas. It explores corporate culture, the value of a liberal arts degree and life's many paths to what we call "success" Super fun and thought provoking.


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The Christie Affair: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250274618
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 1st, 2022

Using the mystery of Agatha Christie's famous 11 day disappearance the author explores the experiences of other women who faded away unnoticed.  Since no one actually knows what happened we are free to imagine that anything could have happened and de Gramont uses her time with us to envision something captivating while also providing a mystery worthy of Agatha herself.


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People from My Neighborhood: Stories Cover Image
By Hiromi Kawakami, Ted Goossen (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781593767112
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Published: Soft Skull - November 30th, 2021

In this slim and entertaining short story collection we get a surreal view of what is going on in a Japanese neighborhood. They feel like half heard stories with the rest made up of dreams. Was there a day with no gravity? Where do children come from? What ever happened to that kid who was up to no good? Each story is packed with oddness but is absolutely perfect in it's quintessential Japanese way. 


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She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor Duology #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250621818
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Published: Tor Books - June 28th, 2022

Taking on the Mulan legend, Shelly Parker-Chan gives the story more edge and a more feminist slant. Power, passion, violence and mythology wind throughout the story of one woman's embrace of her mandate. Set at the end of the Yuan dynasty, when politics and superstition walk side by side, Zhu uses both to her advantage to take her place as the first Ming emperor. The writing is both epic and intimate.


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$18.00
ISBN: 9781635579529
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - July 26th, 2022

The Kingdoms was a delightfully unexpected read. I was expecting a historical mystery, I wasn't expecting the history itself to be the mystery. We meet Joe, and he has no memories prior to waking up on the train. What follows is an atmospheric and complex novel of "what if'? As the pace quickens to the end, you realize the clues were there if you knew where to look.  We read it for our staff book group and had a very lively discussion!  


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The Wolves of Savernake (Domesday #1) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780749025441
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Published: Allison & Busby - October 22nd, 2020

I've just discovered this series and now I can't stop reading them (there are 10, YAY!) A delightful cross between The Canterbury Tales (sly, witty) and Law & Order (murder! courtroom drama!) Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret are land surveyors and census takers for the Domesday Book in England,1085. Normans, Saxons & the Church all vying for the same land? You can see where murder might come into play.


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The Constant Rabbit: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593296547
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Published: Penguin Books - September 28th, 2021

I'm always delighted when I read Jasper Fforde. His writing is playful, serious and agile. You never know what is coming until you finish the whole book, sit back and say "wait, did he just combine Dr. Seuss, Peter Rabbit, and interment camps? Yes, yes he did...Satire at it's best. I encourage you to sit back and enjoy the ride!


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The Mercies Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780316529235
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 23rd, 2021

It's 1617 and a sudden storm has killed all the men in a small fishing village above the Artic circle in Norway. The women must re-imagine themselves and survive in the harsh climate. The language of this book envelops you like a cloud as it builds to it's inexorable ending. The women are kind and cruel as they bring about a storm that they cannot stop. The Mercies brings a little remembered historical event out of the fog.


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The Eighth Detective: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250798473
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Published: Picador - August 3rd, 2021

For an avid mystery reader, this book is deeply satisfying. Short stories are picked apart by a young editor and an older author, looking for a mathematical standard to the classic detective novel. Each story depicts a variation of victim, killer, and detective, and contain clues to another mystery. Puzzles within puzzles, and the final reveal...no spoilers from me, but it was unexpected in the best way! 


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Eight Perfect Murders: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062838193
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 26th, 2021

I love a good mystery, and this was a super fun read. I enjoyed all the references to other mysteries, and nods to booksellers everywhere. Since it was a quick read, it was perfect for a day on a plane or on a beach (or at home, if you happen to be stuck there.) Enjoy!


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The Gifted School: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525534976
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 30th, 2020

Bruce Holsinger must be a parent. It's the only way that can explain how accurately he captures how complicated it can be. Faced with a new Gifted School opening up (in a town that looks very much like Boulder) the parents vie for spots for their kids. Holsinger really digs down into the emotions and drives of these parents, with real care for his characters. It reads quickly, but will linger with you.


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Hollow Kingdom Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538745830
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 7th, 2020

Our hero, S.T, is on a quest to save his favorite things. There is a slight problem — he is a crow, and one of his favorite things is humans and they have all become zombies. S.T. is a delightful observer of the world that he lives in, has a fantastic grasp of the insult, and has a lot to learn about being a bird. I laughed out loud, I cried, and I developed a Cheeto™ habit.


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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525564201
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Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

My Sister, the Serial Killer is short, tense and wonderful. One sister is beautiful and deadly, the other plain and efficient. Oyinikan Braithwaite gives us a glimpse into how a society values beauty. The sisters seem like two halves of a whole, each supporting and providing something to the other. A lovely little short read that won't take up to much space in your bag, but will take up a big space in your mind. 


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316176668
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 23rd, 2019

Kate Atkinson is an amazing writer. I adore her handling of her characters, bringing the little nuances out so subtlety that when you put it down you have to step back to see the whole because you have been IN the story and WITH Juliet Armstrong so intimately.  I am always blown away, and this new book was no exception. 


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Magpie Murders: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062645234
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 27th, 2018

Anthony Horowitz takes the Agatha Christie-style mystery and doubles down in this ingenious novel. When an author of a popular detective series is found dead, his editor starts looking for clues and the missing pages of his latest book. Christie reverences abound and the whole set up is wonderfully clever and delightful. Great for fans of British mysteries, both modern and vintage.


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$6.98
ISBN: 9780399574641
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 2nd, 2018

Meg Howrey takes 3 astronauts, puts them in isolation and shows us remarkable observations into love and life in her new book, The Wanderers. Told from the view points of the astronauts and the people they leave behind, the reader is encouraged to look beyond roles we play and determine what is real and what is a façade. And in the end does it matter? I will be thinking about this book for a long time. 


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Twelfth Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316669313
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 17th, 2022

I really enjoyed this charming little mystery. Maren doesn't see herself as a theater camp type person. She's not an attention seeker like her sister and not artsy like her film obsessed non-binary bunk mate Theo. But she is good at noticing things and solving riddles, so when clues to a missing diamond ring start turning up, Maren and her friends are keen to solve it. Of course someone else is too! A fun summer read with history, mystery and discovery.


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780358469988
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Published: Clarion Books - March 1st, 2022

Tracy Chee's Japanese inspired fantasy is such a treat! It's got chatty spirits, tough girls and an evil vengeful spirit. Miuko doesn't want adventure, but she runs smack into a curse that is turning her into a blue demon whose touch is deadly. In order to break the curse she must go on a quest. Tracy Chee has a light and spritely writing style that ushers the reader to the very satisfying conclusion. Loved it!


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The Ogress and the Orphans Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781643750743
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 8th, 2022

Kelly Barnhill has an urgent and important story to tell you. It's about good neighbors, listening to each other, and not being swindled by shiny promises and hollow sentences. Looks can be deceiving and it's important to think about things, and share ideas and stories. All of Kelly's books have a strong element of the importance of stories as a way of holding a truth, and it's only by sharing all of the stories that you can find the truth. Magnificent as always.


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Vespertine Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534477117
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 5th, 2021

Margaret Rogerson has a great way of taking tropes and slanting them sideways for a whole new vibe. Smart, awkward Artimisa prefers the dead and as a novice nun it is her duty to perform the rites that keep the dead, well dead. Naturally, her destiny lies elsewhere, more out in the open, with live people. This is Rogerson's third stand alone book and I have deeply enjoyed each one for it's fresh take fantasy heroines.


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