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Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson

When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world.

Mrs Moreau's Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names, by Stephen Moss
Stephen Moss

What do birds' names mean? Where did they come from? And who originally created them? Many of our most familiar birds are named after people or places, sometimes after their sound or appearance, or perhaps after their quirky little habits. But sometimes a little more detective work is required to find the deeper meanings and stories behind the names. Mrs Moreau's Warbler is a journey through time, from when humans and birds first shared the world, up to the present day, as we find ourselves struggling to coexist sustainably with our feathered friends.

Split tooth, by Tanya Tagaq
Tanya Tagaq

From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who has dazzled and enthralled the world with music it had never heard before, Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains. Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget.

Pure Land, by Annette McGivney
Annette McGivney

Tomomi Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the rugged wilderness of the American West, was killed on her birthday May 8, 2006. She was stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of Grand Canyon. Her killer was an 18-year old Havasupai youth named Randy Redtail Wescogame who had a history of robbing tourists and was addicted to meth. It was the most brutal murder ever recorded in Grand Canyon's history.

The echo maker, by Richard Powers
Richard Powers

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter has a near-fatal accident. His older sister, Karin returns to nurse him back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a coma, he believes that Karin is really an impostor. She contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber who recognizes the condition as a rare case of Capgras syndrome – the delusion that people in one's life are doubles or imposters – and eagerly investigates. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, by Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston

Presents a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God that illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery, as it tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade – abducted from Africa on the last 'Black Cargo' ship to arrive in the United States.

Entropy, by Aaron Costain
Aaron Costain

Follow a golem with a surprisingly modern sensibility and an even more modern sense of style in this graphic novel.

The White Darkness, by David Grann
David Grann

Henry Worsley spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death, and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history.  In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. This is a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.

Bird Box, by Josh Malerman
Josh Malerman

A brilliantly imaginative debut that captures an apocalyptic near-future world, where a mother and her two small children must make their way down a river, blindfolded. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them – but is it man, animal, or monster?

Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded, by Jason Heller
Jason Heller

Looks at developments in science fiction and pop music in the 1970s, delving into the ways that the work of many influential performers of the time was heavily informed by science fiction and space exploration.

Normal People, by Sally Rooney
Sally Rooney

The feverishly anticipated second novel from the young author of 2017's most acclaimed debut Conversations with Friends. Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel.

Chasing the Story God, by Mike McCardell
Mike McCardell

Over the years Mike McCardell has earned the loyalty of hundreds of thousands of fans from his 'feel-good' stories from the BCTV news. In this, his first book, he presents an intriguing and often hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the world of TV journalism – and a glimpse into the mind and heart of the man who does the feel-good features.

Falling Man, by Don DeLillio
Don DeLillo

Escaping from the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks, Keith Neudecker makes his way to the uptown apartment where his ex-wife and young son are living and considers how the day's events have irrevocably changed his perception of the world.

Reader Come Home, by Maryanne Wolf
Maryanne Wolf

A decade ago, Wolf’s Proust and the Squid revealed what we know about how the brain learns to read and how reading changes the way we think and feel. Since then, the ways we process written language have changed dramatically with many concerned about both their own changes and that of children. New research on the reading brain chronicles these changes in the brains of children and adults as they learn to read while immersed in a digitally dominated medium. Drawing deeply on this research, this book comprises a series of letters Wolf writes to us to describe her concerns and her hopes about what is happening to the reading brain as it unavoidably changes to adapt to digital mediums.

Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire

Children have always disappeared from Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children under the right conditions. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost.

Journal Me Organized, by Rebecca Spooner
Rebecca Spooner

Whether organizing the laundry room, planning meals, or saving for a dream vacation, Rebecca Spooner's creative ideas and easy-to-follow instructions will bring your journal pages to life. Bonus items include black-and-white lettering to trace or copy and versatile templates to jumpstart your creative planning.

Surviving the city, by Tasha Spillett
Tasha Spillett

This graphic novel debut tells a story about womanhood, friendship, resilience, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan's Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape. However, when Dez's grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can't stay with her anymore and with the threat of a group home looming, Dez can't bring herself to go home and disappears. Colonialism and the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People are explored in the beautiful illustrations.

A quick & easy guide to they/them pronouns, by Archie Bongiovanni
Archie Bongiovanni

A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns. Two longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world.

On a sunbeam, by Tillie Walden
Tillie Walden

In two interwoven timelines, a ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together; and two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love, only to learn the pain of loss.

Anne Frank's diary : the graphic adaptation, by Folman, Ari
Ari Folman

The only graphic biography of Anne Frank's diary that has been authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation and that uses text from the diary – it will introduce a new generation of young readers to this classic of Holocaust literature.

Golden Kamuy, by Satoru Noda
Satoru Noda

A historical fiction graphic novel series, set in the period directly after the Russo-Japanese war, spanning Hokkaido and Russia. An ex-soldier and an Ainu girl team up to hunt for a legendary cache of gold. Recommended for folks interested in military history, wild westerns, non-North-American indigenous culture, wilderness survival, and (oddly) famous movie parodies. Warnings for gore.

Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, by Barbara Matilsky
Barbara C. Matilsky

Highlights sixty artists who celebrate biodiversity's beauty, interpret natural and human-induced extinctions, and focus on endangered species from diverse ecosystems. It includes the work of artists who spotlight human actions threatening biodiversity alongside art projects that revitalize habitats and reconnect people to the natural world. Surveys a wide range of approaches and media used by artists spanning the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. 

Shaun Tan

Cicada is overworked, under appreciated, and generally discriminated against – but after seventeen years he gets to return to the forest, and laugh at the humans.

Fix a car, by Chris Schweizer
Chris Schweizer

Before you get behind the wheel, learn what's going on underneath the hood. Follow along as Ms. Gritt covers all the basics of preventative maintenance and roadside repairs. Colourful diagrams illustrate the inner workings of complex parts and systems. With Maker Comics: Fix a Car! you can keep your automobile in tip-top shape!

 An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green
Hank Green

In this much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green – co-creator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow – spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined. Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, this book grapples with big themes, including how the social internet is changing fame, rhetoric, and radicalization; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye.