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  • The Downstairs Girl

    Stacey Lee

    Paperback (Penguin Books, April 6, 2021)
    From the critically-acclaimed author of Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon and founding member of We Need Diverse Books comes a powerful novel about identity, betrayal, and the meaning of family. Now available in paperback!By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, "Dear Miss Sweetie." When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light. With prose that is witty, insightful, and at times heartbreaking, Stacey Lee masterfully crafts an extraordinary social drama set in the New South.
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  • House of Hollow

    Krystal M. Sutherland

    Hardcover (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, April 6, 2021)
    A dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night.Iris Hollow and her two older sisters are unquestionably strange. Ever since they disappeared on a suburban street in Scotland as children only to return a month a later with no memory of what happened to them, odd, eerie occurrences seem to follow in their wake. And they're changing. First, their dark hair turned white. Then, their blue eyes slowly turned black. They have insatiable appetites yet never gain weight. People find them disturbingly intoxicating, unbearably beautiful, and inexplicably dangerous.But now, ten years later, seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow is doing all she can to fit in and graduate high school on time--something her two famously glamourous globe-trotting older sisters, Grey and Vivi, never managed to do. But when Grey goes missing without a trace, leaving behind bizarre clues as to what might have happened, Iris and Vivi are left to trace her last few days. They aren't the only ones looking for her though. As they brush against the supernatural they realize that the story they've been told about their past is unraveling and the world that returned them seemingly unharmed ten years ago, might just be calling them home.
  • A Dream So Dark

    L.L. McKinney

    Paperback (Square Fish, April 13, 2021)
    "The fantasy series I've been waiting for my whole life."―Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Hate U GiveIn L.L. McKinney's A Dream So Dark, the thrilling sequel to A Blade So Black, Alice goes deeper into a dark version of Wonderland.Still reeling from her recent battle (and grounded until she graduates high school), Alice must cross the Veil to rescue her friends and stop the Black Knight once and for all. But the further she ventures into Wonderland, the more topsy-turvy everything becomes. It’s not until she’s at her wit's end that she realizes―Wonderland is trying to save her.There’s a new player on the board; someone capable of using Nightmare creatures to not only influence the living but raise the dead.Dreams have never been so dark in Wonderland, and if there is any hope, Alice must confront the worst in herself―and in the people she loves―and face the very nature of fear.An Imprint Book
  • House of Hollow

    Krystal M. Sutherland

    eBook (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, April 6, 2021)
    A dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night.Iris Hollow and her two older sisters are unquestionably strange. Ever since they disappeared on a suburban street in Scotland as children only to return a month a later with no memory of what happened to them, odd, eerie occurrences seem to follow in their wake. And they're changing. First, their dark hair turned white. Then, their blue eyes slowly turned black. They have insatiable appetites yet never gain weight. People find them disturbingly intoxicating, unbearably beautiful, and inexplicably dangerous.But now, ten years later, seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow is doing all she can to fit in and graduate high school on time--something her two famously glamourous globe-trotting older sisters, Grey and Vivi, never managed to do. But when Grey goes missing without a trace, leaving behind bizarre clues as to what might have happened, Iris and Vivi are left to trace her last few days. They aren't the only ones looking for her though. As they brush against the supernatural they realize that the story they've been told about their past is unraveling and the world that returned them seemingly unharmed ten years ago, might just be calling them home.
  • The Kids’ Book of Awesome Riddles: More than 150 brain teasers for kids and their families

    Amanda Learmonth

    Paperback (Buster Books, April 1, 2021)
    <p><b>Packed with over 150 cunning conundrums and perplexing puzzles, this fun and challenging riddle book is packed with difficult riddles, designed to test logic and lateral thinking.</b><br><br>This brain-bending collection of the trickiest riddles for clever kids is packed with hundreds of cunning conundrums and perplexing puzzles that will keep kids guessing. The riddles are accompanied with fun illustrations that add humour, but won't give the game away.<br><br>From quick, easy riddles to keep your brain ticking over, to longer riddles that involve some serious brainpower, <i>The Kids' Book of Awesome Riddles</i> has something for everyone to enjoy.<br><br>These riddles are the perfect activity for kids, parents, brothers, sisters, friends and family. For anyone that loves problem solving and testing their lateral and creative thinking skills, whether travelling, on holiday, at home or on the go, this book has it all.</p>
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  • Animal Farm

    George Orwell, John Sutherland

    Paperback (Flame Tree 451, April 13, 2021)
    With a new introduction by Professor John Sutherland, this edition takes a fresh look at one of the great works of the twentieth century. Animal Farm is a moral animal fable written to highlight the weakness of humankind, and satirize the rule of Stalin, whose rise through revolution ended in totalitarianism. Peppered with slogans such as 'All Animals Are Equal', Orwell undermines the dark treachery of the pigs with a simple economy of style as, open-eyed and naive, the other animals allow themselves to be outmanoeuvred. By the end of the book the pigs are as corrupt and arrogant as the humans they replace.For many, the book was a wider allegory of human behaviour, a lament; but for others it was a call to action that foreshadowed the Cold War, where differing world views would attempt to adopt Orwell's great work for their own purpose. FLAME TREE 451: From mystery to crime, supernatural to horror and fantasy to science fiction, Flame Tree 451 offers a healthy diet of werewolves and mechanical men, blood-lusty vampires, dastardly villains, mad scientists, secret worlds, lost civilizations and escapist fantasies. Discover a storehouse of tales gathered specifically for the reader of the fantastic. Each book features a brand new biography and glossary of Literary, Gothic and Victorian terms.
  • The Patchwork Bike

    Maxine Beneba Clarke, Van Thanh Rudd

    Paperback (Candlewick, April 13, 2021)
    It has a bent bucket seat, bashed tin-can handlebars, and wood-cut wheels — and riding the patchwork bike that you and your crazy brothers made is the best fun in the whole village.When you live in a village at the edge of the no-go desert, you need to make your own fun. That's when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe Mum is still using it, maybe not) and a used flour sack. You can even make a license plate from bark if you want. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for whooping and laughing as you bumpetty bump over sand hills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home. A joyous story by multi-award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, beautifully illustrated by street artist Van Thanh Rudd.
  • Batman Adventures: Riddle Me This!

    Scott Peterson, Tim Levins

    Paperback (DC Comics, April 6, 2021)
    Riddler is at it again--and always with a twist! Follow some of his most riddling adventures with Batman!The Riddler is never easy to solve...and this time it's no different! Riddler continues to tease Batman's brain...and all of Gotham as he leaves his riddles behind...some of them even solving the crimes of other criminals!And when a copycat tries to steal the Riddler's style, who will find them first--Batman or the Riddler? Collects Batman: Gotham Adventures #11, #28, #56-57, and Batman Adventures #11.
  • The Ladybug Party

    Poppy Green, Jennifer A. Bell

    Hardcover (Little Simon, April 20, 2021)
    Sophie helps a ladybug with a surprise party in this seventeenth adorable book of The Adventures of Sophie Mouse series!Sophie meets a ladybug setting up for a surprise party in Silverlake Forest. Sophie offers to run some errands in town to help her new friend. But by the time Sophie gets to town, she’s forgotten what the ladybug said! Will Sophie’s friends be able to help her in time to pull off the big surprise? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Adventures of Sophie Mouse chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
  • The Prison Healer

    Lynette Noni

    language (HMH Books for Young Readers, April 13, 2021)
    Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer. When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals. Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order: “Don’t let her die. We are coming.” Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom. But no one has ever survived. With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun. From bestselling author Lynette Noni comes a dark, thrilling YA fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, and Sabaa Tahir.
  • The Three Little Superpigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    Claire Evans

    Paperback (Scholastic Press, April 20, 2021)
    Join the Three Little Superpigs on another adventure in Fairyland! Everyone thinks they know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but when the Three Little Superpigs are involved, nothing is as it seems!When the Three Bears come home from their walk, they discover an intruder in their home. Their porridge has been eaten, their chairs have been sat in, and oh no! The intruder is sleeping in Baby Bear's bed!Enter the Three Little Superpigs! They know just what to do to stop Goldilocks from continuing her scheme. But when they arrive, they realize the villain is not who they appear to be. The Three Little Superpigs will have to think on their feet to save the day.The hilarious story reimagines the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and continues the exciting Fairyland adventures of the Three Little Superpigs!
  • Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 7

    Tom Siddell

    Paperback (Archaia, April 6, 2021)
    The adventures of Antimony and her magical friends continue at the mysterious Gunnerkrigg Court boarding school.Magical forests, lost souls, robots, and enduring friendship manifest in Tom Siddell's acclaimed webcomic series, Gunnerkrigg Court, the hit scifi-fantasy series that i09 calls “ . . . an engrossing mystery and great playful fun.”