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ISBN-13: 9780062313768
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Published: Ecco Press, 9/2014

Richard Blanco's memoir Prince of Los Cocuyos surprised me with how much I loved it.  Full of humor and genuine heartfelt moments, Blanco describes his childhood growing up in a first-generation household.  I think the best message the book gives is how to overcome misunderstanding.  Definitely one of the best books I read this year. -Shane's February Staff Pick, 2015

ISBN-13: 9780544228047
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Published: Houghton Mifflin, 9/2014
There are so many important things about this book.  Racism, hazing, sexual identity, family relationships.  You will want to pass this on to your friends so that you can have someone to talk to.  I think the third and fourth chapters contain some of the most personal and significant moments in the book.  The power of Blow's writing and how raw his story is will make you open your eyes to the world of deep South post-Segregation lives.  Fire Shut Up In My Bones has a place in history. -Shane's January Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9781938073885
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Published: McSweeney's Books, 10/2014
You will want to become a stage actor and perform all of these wonderful short gems to all of your friends.  They, of course, will need to buy tickets to your performance and bring at least a dozen roses to throw at your feet when they finally stop crying from all the laughing they have done.  They will praise you and your comic genius.  You will then have to come clean and tell them that you did not write this.  Bob Odenkirk did.  They will still thank you.  But they will never trust you again. -Shane's Holiday Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780763662295
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Published: Candlewick, 10/2014
Jon Klassen & Mac Barnett are geniuses.  This is a wonderful story that is sure to get a good giggle out of any kid (and plenty of parents too).  The illustrations are beautiful.  If you haven't picked up I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat, and Battle Bunny please do.  You will love all of these books!  Your kids will thank you. -Shane's December Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9781608198061
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Published: Bloomsbury USA, 5/2014
Stunning, moving, & beautiful.  I could not put this down.  I took it everywhere for two days, popping it out every opportunity I had.  Maybe not the best idea since I ended up crying in my car in a parking lot.  So crying happened. -Shane's November Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780803736856
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Published: Dial, 11/2014
The thrilling conclusion of the Elemental Series by Antony John is the perfect way to wrap things up.  I am recommending that you read this entire series (if you haven't already).  Antony is a local author that we LOVE.  Pirates, supernatural powers, plague, and love.  It is a wonderful book.  The author said he wrote the book for the 14 year old version of himself, but I feel like it reaches out to the inner-teen in everyone. -Shane's November Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780062362247
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Published: HarperAudio, 6/2014
Super creepy!  Wonderful!  Neil Gaiman reads the story with the Fourplay String Quartet accompanying him.  Even if you are not a fan of audiobooks, you should love this as much as I did.  Did I mention that it is Neil Gaiman?  And that he is a genius?-Shane's Halloween Pick, 2014

Rooms (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062223197
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Published: Ecco Press, 9/2014
Shane's Halloween Staff Pick, 2014

The Black Hour (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781616148850
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Published: Seventh Street Books, 7/2014
This book grabs you from the very first page and never lets go.  Lori Rader-Day has written an incredible debut mystery!  Rarely have I read a first chapter so perfectly written.  This is the first book from Seventh Street Books to get reviewed in the New York Times.  The reviewer said that this book breathes new life into the whodunnit genre.  And I agree.  If you want to read a great mystery, pick this one up! -Shane's October Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9781940442020
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Published: Walrus Publishing, Inc., 5/2014
After I finish almost every story, I say "That one is my favorite".  It just keeps happening.  The stories are all amazing.  I am saying this as someone who claims to not like science fiction or fantasy.  These stories are all so accessible that any lover of short stories will love this collection.  This book is such a jewel.-Shane's September Staff Pick, 2014

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