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Each year, every bookseller who works at Boswell compiles a list of their top 5 books of the year. These are not easy choices. Some of us spend days, weeks, and even in some cases months agonizing over our choices, rating and ranking every book we've read. And we read a lot! But somehow each of us manages to decide - often with no small amout of cajoling from our buyer Jason - and choose the 5 books that we think are the best of the year. And so, here is the complete list of our absolute favorite books of 2020.

 

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The Knockout Queen: A novel Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9780525656784
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Published: Knopf - April 28th, 2020

Top 5: Chris & Ogi


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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

Top 5: Kira & Rachel


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Oona Out of Order: A Novel Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9781250236609
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 25th, 2020

Top 5: Jenny & Kay


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Hench: A Novel Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

Top 5: Jen & Margaret


Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

Top 5: Madi & Parker


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Broken People Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9781335013934
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Published: Hanover Square Press - June 9th, 2020

Top 5: Chris


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Cool for America: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374108168
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 7th, 2020

Top 5: Chris


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Homeland Elegies: A Novel Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780316496421
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 15th, 2020

Top 5: Chris


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Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Essays Cover Image
$20.76
ISBN: 9781324006459
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 2nd, 2020

Top 5: Chris


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The King at the Edge of the World: A Novel Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780812995480
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Published: Random House - February 11th, 2020

Top 5: Conrad


Tyll: A Novel Cover Image
By Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin (Translated by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524747466
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Published: Pantheon - February 11th, 2020

Top 5: Conrad


Utopia Avenue: A Novel Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780812997439
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Published: Random House - July 14th, 2020

Top 5: Conrad


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We're Not Here to Entertain: Punk Rock, Ronald Reagan, and the Real Culture War of 1980s America Cover Image
$22.36
ISBN: 9780190908232
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 6th, 2020

Top 5: Conard


The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781501194108
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Published: Scribner - April 14th, 2020

Top 5: Conrad


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The Color of Air: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062976192
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Published: HarperVia - July 7th, 2020

Top 5: Jane


A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984820150
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 21st, 2020

Top 5: Jane


The Lost and Found Bookshop: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062914095
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Published: William Morrow - July 7th, 2020

Top 5: Jane


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The Second Home: A Novel Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9781250239341
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 2nd, 2020

Top 5: Jane


The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9780062968500
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Published: HarperOne - September 8th, 2020

Top 5: Jane


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Before the Coffee Gets Cold Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781335430991
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

Top 5: Jason


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The Only Good Indians Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9781982136451
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 14th, 2020

Top 5: Jason


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The Relentless Moon: A Lady Astronaut Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250236968
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Published: Tor Books - July 14th, 2020

Top 5: Jason


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Tender Is the Flesh Cover Image
By Agustina Bazterrica, Sarah Moses (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982150921
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Published: Scribner - August 4th, 2020

Top 5: Jason


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We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence Cover Image
$23.20
ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

Top 5: Jason


Afterlife Cover Image
$20.76
ISBN: 9781643750255
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 7th, 2020

Top 5: Jen


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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

Top 5: Jen


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The Eighth Detective: A Novel Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9781250755933
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - August 4th, 2020

Top 5: Jen


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The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250217288
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Published: Tor Books - March 17th, 2020

Top 5: Jen


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Legendborn Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781534441606
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 15th, 2020

Top 5: Jenny


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Today Tonight Tomorrow Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781534440241
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Published: Simon Pulse - July 28th, 2020

Top 5: Jenny


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9780765387561
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

Top 5: Jenny


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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780593128480
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Published: Del Rey - September 29th, 2020

Top 5: Jenny


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Florida Man: A Novel Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780593133316
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Published: Random House - July 28th, 2020

Top 5: Kay


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Highfire: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062938558
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 28th, 2020

Top 5: Kay


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Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9780062667632
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

Top 5: Kay


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The Reign of Wolf 21: The Saga of Yellowstone's Legendary Druid Pack Cover Image
By Rick McIntyre, Marc Bekoff (Foreword by)
$21.56
ISBN: 9781771645249
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Published: Greystone Books - September 29th, 2020

Top 5: Kay


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Anxious People: A Novel Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781501160837
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Published: Atria Books - September 8th, 2020

Top 5: Kira


Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls: A Memoir of Women, Addiction, and Love Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525576679
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Published: Crown - April 21st, 2020

Top 5: Kira


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Pizza Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$19.96
ISBN: 9780385545723
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Published: Doubleday - June 9th, 2020

Top 5: Kira


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The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History’s Most Notorious Serial Killers Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9781328566317
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 7th, 2020

Top 5: Madi


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Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America's Most Dangerous Amusement Park Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143134510
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 30th, 2020

Top 5: Madi


Just Us: An American Conversation Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781644450215
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 8th, 2020

Top 5: Madi


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Save Yourself Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781455591435
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 24th, 2020

Top 5: Madi


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Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

Top 5: Margaret


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We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9781524748098
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Published: Pantheon - March 3rd, 2020

Top 5: Margaret


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The Lost Book of Adana Moreau Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9781335010124
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Published: Hanover Square Press - February 4th, 2020

Top 5: Margaret


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He Must Like You Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781984835710
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - July 14th, 2020

Top 5: Margaret


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Axiom's End: A Novel (Noumena #1) Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9781250256737
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 21st, 2020

Top 5: Ogi


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A Burning: A novel Cover Image
$20.76
ISBN: 9780525658696
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Published: Knopf - June 2nd, 2020

Top 5: Ogi


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Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984826787
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Published: Del Rey - June 16th, 2020

Top 5: Ogi


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The Shadows: A Novel Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9781250318039
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Published: Celadon Books - July 7th, 2020

Top 5: Ogi


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Bonds of Brass: Book One of The Bloodright Trilogy Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593128916
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Published: Del Rey - January 12th, 2021

Top 5: Parker


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The Montague Twins: The Witch's Hand Cover Image
By Nathan Page, Drew Shannon (Illustrator)
$14.39
ISBN: 9780525646778
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 14th, 2020

Top 5: Parker


Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
$22.39
ISBN: 9780062942852
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

Top 5: Parker


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Tweet Cute: A Novel Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781250237323
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Published: Wednesday Books - January 21st, 2020

Top 5: Parker


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Omni Vol. 1: The Doctor Is In Cover Image
By Devin Grayson, Alitha E. Martinez (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781643376196
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Published: H1 - September 1st, 2020

Top 5: Rachel


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Dress Coded Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781984816436
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2020

Top 5: Rachel


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Providence Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780593085172
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 31st, 2020

Top 5: Rachel


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Shorefall: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781524760380
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Published: Del Rey - April 21st, 2020

Top 5: Rachel


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Prairie Lotus Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9781328781505
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Published: Clarion Books - March 3rd, 2020

Top 5: Tim


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Dear Justyce Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781984829665
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

Top 5: Tim


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Overground Railroad: The Green Book & Roots of Black Travel in America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781419738173
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 7th, 2020

Top 5: Tim


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Crooked Hallelujah Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9780802149121
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Published: Grove Press - July 14th, 2020

Top 5: Tim


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Naturalist: A Graphic Adaptation Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781610919586
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Published: Island Press - November 10th, 2020

Top 5: Tim


Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982134488
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 8th, 2020

Top 5: Rose


Untamed Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781984801258
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Published: The Dial Press - March 10th, 2020

Top 5: Rose


The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781601090560
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Published: Mandala Publishing - January 19th, 2010

Top 5: Rose


Growing Old: Notes on Aging with Something like Grace Cover Image
$20.79
ISBN: 9780062956439
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Published: HarperOne - April 28th, 2020

Top 5: Rose


Blossoms and Bones: Drawing a Life Back Together Cover Image
$23.19
ISBN: 9780062986382
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Published: HarperOne - March 3rd, 2020

Top 5: Rose


Agent Lion Cover Image
By Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illustrator), David Soman
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062869173
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Published: HarperCollins - February 4th, 2020

Top 5: Barb


Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera Cover Image
By Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823442850
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Published: Neal Porter Books - February 4th, 2020

Top 5: Barb


Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524766719
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

Top 5: Barb


Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Top 5: Barb


On the Horizon Cover Image
By Lois Lowry, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358129400
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

Top 5: Barb