Jen's Staff Recommendations

Welcome to Jen's recommendations! Check out what Jen has been reading below.

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A Rover's Story Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063113923
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 4th, 2022

I absolutely adored everything about this book! Resilience is a Mars rover who is learning code and preparing for the day NASA will send him to Mars. As Resilience (Res for short) learns his code for the mission, he starts to learn human emotions from the hazmats creating him. Yet the other rover in the lab is not experiencing the same thing - could something be wrong with Res? The day for launch fast approaches, and Res is determined to show he is worthy. A Rover’s Story is a tale of heart and bravery, compassion, and wisdom. Resilience is sure to become a beloved character for all.


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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593355336
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Published: Del Rey - July 19th, 2022

Silvia Garcia-Moreno does it again! This time we're transported to 19th century Mexico, in the lush Yucatan peninsula. You feel the suffocating heat of the land, the burn of the alcohol, the desire of a getaway, and the chill on the back of your neck that something is not right. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau is the captivating historical fiction read that you need this summer!


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High Times in the Low Parliament Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250823021
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Published: Tordotcom - August 9th, 2022

High Times in the Low Parliament is an entertaining lesbian, stoner, buddy romp with political intrigue and angry fairies. War may be inevitable, but so are mushrooms!


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The Door of No Return Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316441865
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2022

The Door of No Return is one of the most poignant books I've ever read! Told in verse and set in 1800's Africa, this emotional story follows Kofi, a young boy who loves and is loved, who will endure unimaginable heartbreak and faces an unknowable future. Kwame Alexander has delivered what is sure to be a modern-day classic!


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Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250786173
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 4th, 2022

The Acevedos are a complex family just like any other; secrets, rivalries, loss, love, and healing are at the heart of this novel. Olga Dies Dreaming is a stirring family saga that kept me invested in the characters until the very last page!


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The Five Wounds: A Novel Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324020219
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 25th, 2022

A poignant novel set in New Mexico, The Five Wounds follows the lives of the Padilla family: 33 yr. old Amadeo, his pregnant 15 yr. old daughter, Angel, the family matriarch Yolanda, and Tio Tive, who has initiated Amadeo into the hermandad and casted him to portray Jesus in their reenactment of the crucifixion. Jobless, living with his mother, and estranged from his teenage daughter, Amadeo searches for purpose and perhaps redemption. His daughter Angel has shown up unannounced and eight months pregnant, and Yolanda returns home with a life-altering secret. Amadeo and Angel’s fragile relationship starts to mend as they navigate through daily life and welcome the newest member into the family. Kirstin Valdez Quade tells a captivating story about family, loss, redemption and the power of faith. I could not put this book down! You will laugh, cry, get angry, and want to hug these characters. Masterful storytelling!   


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Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love Cover Image
By Kim Fay
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593419335
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 8th, 2022

Love & Saffron is a delicious novel that warms the heart and feeds your soul. Told in epistolary form, we see how the bonds of friendship grow over time and recipes. Settle in and read this in one sitting; be warned - you should have your favorite snacks on hand!


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The Aquanaut: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545497619
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Published: Graphix - March 1st, 2022

Dan Santat has done it again! Another delightfully illustrated book with a moving story told in graphic novel form. Sophia's father, a brilliant marine biologist, was lost at sea during a research project. His research was saved, and Sophia is now in the care of her uncle who is continuing her father's project. While her uncle is hard at work, Sophia roams around Aqualand, a Sea World-esque park that may not be all it seems to be. Soon, Sophia comes across a most unusual creature - the aquanaut, which turns out to be a rag tag crew of underwater creatures are manning the aquanaut suit! It's a race against time for Sophia and her new friends to save the captive sea creatures in Aqualand.


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By Leo Timmers, Leo Timmers (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781776574346
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Published: Gecko Press - March 1st, 2022

Elephants are my favorite animal, so naturally I had to read Elephant Island, and I'm so glad I did! Arnold is a sea-faring elephant who has always considered the sea his friend. One day Arnold's boat sinks during a storm. Ever resourceful, Arnold manages to make due and make friends on his tiny island. Charming illustrations and a creative way to find the silver lining make Elephant Island a wonderful picture book addition to your library.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316310628
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - March 15th, 2022

My new favorite Owl! Knight Owl is a delightful picture book about a brave owl who wants to become a Knight. His first task is to guard the castle from dragons! Is Owl clever enough to outsmart the dragons? Can he be brave enough to face them alone? Superb illustrations from the author as well as a story that is sure to be a bedtime favorite!


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$23.20
ISBN: 9780316392457
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 31st, 2022

David Sedaris offers a heartfelt and earnest new collection of essays that left me laughing one minute, agreeing with his astute observations and contemplative the next. If you have the chance, I recommend listening to the audiobook. It's like being at one of Sedaris's show, which is a completely unique experience.


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Barb and the Ghost Blade (Barb the Last Berzerker #2) Cover Image
By Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson, Dan & Jason, Dan Abdo (Illustrator), Jason Patterson (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781534485747
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

Our favorite Zerk is back! Barb and her friends are on a quest to save the world from the sinister Witch Head. To do that, Barb must enlist the Wise Wizards to join her. Finding a Wizard might be tricky, and Barb will need to go undercover in a monster city that doesn't take too kindly to humans - what could go wrong?  Barb and the Ghost Blade is full of humor, heart, and nonstop action! This is fast becoming my new favorite graphic novel series.


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Together We Burn Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250803351
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 31st, 2022

Imagine a medieval Spain with dragons instead of bulls and matadors. Isabel Ibanez vividly brings to life a world full of danger and intrigue; you can feel the heat of the dragons and the flair of flamenco on every page. Together We Burn is a great mix of fantasy, romance, and mystery. I felt transported to another land. 


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Leave It to Plum! Cover Image
By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063079168
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Published: Greenwillow Books - June 7th, 2022

Plum is the most cheerful peacock you'll ever meet! Along with his fellow peacocks, Plum is an ambassador for the Athensville Zoo. All day long, Plum roams the zoo freely gets to delight and entertain the guests. It's another bright sunny day at the zoo for Plum until a certain small creature, who would not make a very good pet, thank you very much, hatches a plan to get rid of the peacocks once and for all and become the new ambassador for Zoo. Matt Phelan brings to a life a new loveable character. Short chapters and delightful illustrations make this a perfect pick for early middle grade readers.


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The Lost Ryu Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646141326
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Published: Levine Querido - June 7th, 2022

Set 20 years after the bombs fell over Japan, Kohei, a young boy is determined to make his Ojiisan, his grandfather, happy again. With the help of new friends, he just may accomplish it. The Lost Ryu is a gentle novel in a world of dragons and loss, pain and healing, love and understanding. I was captivated by the story and rooting for Kohei the entire time.


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Catch that Dog! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338745955
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 28th, 2022

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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot #2) Cover Image
$17.59
ISBN: 9781250236234
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Published: Tordotcom - July 12th, 2022

Sibling Dex and Mosscap continue their soul-searching quest in A Prayer for the Crown-Shy. Like the first book, A Psalm for the Wild-Built, our beloved characters have unanswered questions. As they journey across Panga, Mosscap is ready to meet humans and find out what they need. There’s a profound calm in reading the Monk & Robot series. Full of humor and quiet thoughtfulness, Becky Chambers exquisitely delivers an elegant philosophical fantasy. 


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By Sophie Gilmore, Sophie Gilmore (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063025196
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 6th, 2022

Badger misses her friend Bear terribly. What do you do when your best friend lives all the way on the other side of the sea? If you’re Badger, you grumble to the sea that it is in the way. And when the sea finally agrees to let Badger cross, it is on three conditions. What starts out as a quest for Badger to see Bear ends up being something much more. The Sea in the Way is a delightful picture book with charming illustrations about friendships and new experiences. 


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Farmhouse Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316528948
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2022

Sophie Blackall pays tribute to a farmhouse and the lives lived inside. A thoughtful picture book about the lives of twelve children who grew up in a farmhouse over a hill, at the end of a road, by a glittering stream. A wistful and loving book to add to family story time.


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The Flamingo: A Graphic Novel Chapter Book Cover Image
By Guojing
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593127315
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Published: Random House Studio - September 20th, 2022

The Flamingo is a breathtaking graphic novel full of wonder and love. I was absolutely charmed by everything about this!  


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Legendary Creatures: Mythical  Beasts and Spirits from Around the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316331876
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - September 20th, 2022

Legendary Creatures is a first-rate collection of mythical beasts and folklore. Not only does it give the reader an enjoyable glimpse into the otherworldly, but Adam Auerbach also illustrated these astonishing creatures. A perfect jumping off point for any kid interested in learning more about mythology. 


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I Kissed Shara Wheeler: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250244451
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 3rd, 2022

If you’re looking for a great YA beach read, then look no further. Full of humor, heart and snark, I Kissed Shara Wheeler is the kind of fun, queer romcom you've been waiting for!