Kari J.'s picks

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Four Treasures of the Sky: A Novel By Jenny Tinghui Zhang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250811806
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 4th, 2023

A stunning debut!  Four Treasures of the Sky is pointed, heartbreaking, and breathtakingly beautiful.  Indisputably a masterpiece, and I am already looking forward to whatever journey Zhang wants to take us on next.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea (Cerulean Chronicles #1) By TJ Klune Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

If you’ve ever felt trapped and wondered if you can choose your life. If you’ve ever found a family and wanted nothing more than to protect it. If you ever thought that, hey, the anti-christ can’t help who his parents are, maybe we should cut him some slack.

If you ever wished you were surrounded by love somewhere with bluer skies, this one’s for you.

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The Paper Bag Princess 40th Anniversary Edition By Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illustrator), Chelsea Clinton (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illustrator), Chelsea Clinton (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781773213439
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Published: Annick Press - February 4th, 2020

I don't remember how old I was when I first read this book, but I still have a copy and tend to buy one for most of the kids I know.  It's the original girl power book, I credit it for the start of my "independent woman" streak.  Princess Elizabeth saves the day and learns that looking like a princess isn't all that matters.

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The Two Princesses of Bamarre By Gail Carson Levine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780064409667
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Published: HarperCollins - April 24th, 2012

Princess Meryl wants to slay dragons and find adventure, but when she falls ill, it's up to her shy, fearful sister Addie to go on a quest to find the cure.  Finding courage in her love for her sister, Addie sets out to solve an ancient riddle and end the disease.  I love this book because it shows that hope is a choice and bravery doesn't always look the way you expect it to.

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The Truth About Forever By Sarah Dessen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142406250
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Published: Speak - April 6th, 2006

I'm not exaggerating when I say this book saved my life.  Still reeling from the loss of her father, Macy does everything she can to be "perfect" as a way of controlling what can't be controlled.  When she accidentally falls in with Wish Catering, she finds that chaos can be freeing and perfection is overrated.  Featuring the girl you wish was your best friend and a truly sa-woon-worthy boy, this book is full of joy and hope and, of course, Truth.

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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel By Casey McQuiston Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

For a long time, I thought I didn't like romance novels, but it turns out I just hadn't been reading the right ones. Steeped in queer history, this book is the perfect amount of escapism from the current political climate, plus a reminder that being true to yourself can change the world. That makes it sound serious, but really it's just a lot of fun with characters you're going to love.

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Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency By Olivia Laing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393867398
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2021

A collection on the importance and power of art during tumultuous times, it is both inspiring and comforting. Compiling pieces from the past five years and reflections on those before us, it asks the immortal questions of why we create and why those creations matter.