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Who's Reading What on Wednesdays?

Each week, Early Career Committee members are asked to recommend a book published by a house other than their own. Here are their (anonymous) picks...
The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood | May 23, 2018

Do you want to be captivated by a world, confused by a past, and engulfed in beautiful writing?  Do you want to stop reading a book and think “WHOA! What just happened? That was INSANE!!!?”  If you answered yes to …

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The Place Between Breaths

The Place Between Breaths | May 16, 2018

Printz winning author An Na has crafted a thrilling, brave new novel, giving us insights into the mind of someone struggling with mental illness in THE PLACE BETWEEN BREATHS. Grace King’s mother left when she was five, but that hasn’t …

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Now | May 2, 2018

The simple yet bold cover of Now drew me in, and I’m so glad it did. Antoinette Portis illustrates the important message of “living in the moment” through her words and art. A young girl feels a strong breeze as …

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Release | April 25, 2018

Part romantic coming of age, part tortured family drama, and part magical realism, Patrick Ness’s Release is an enveloping read that delivers on many fronts. The story follows Adam, a high school junior in a small town along the Pacific …

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Aftercare Instructions

Aftercare Instructions | April 11, 2018

In the 17 years she has been alive, Genesis has not had it easy. Her life was derailed when her father, who was an actor and playwright, died of a heroin overdose and her mother has been unable to pull …

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The Wild Robot Escapes

The Wild Robot Escapes | March 28, 2018

The Wild Robot is one of my top ten favorite books of all time, so I was a bit timid going into book 2.  While I knew I would enjoy The Wild Robot Escapes, I didn’t think it could possibly …

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Undead Girl Gang

Undead Girl Gang | March 15, 2018

I was lucky to snag an advance copy of this book (read: shamelessly begged a friend at Penguin for it), which comes out in May. Any novel that’s compared to Veronica Mars and The Craft is pretty much guaranteed to …

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The Book of Mistakes

The Book of Mistakes | March 7, 2018

Intrigued by the title, The Book of Mistakes, I picked up this book and was struck by the simply put yet profound message that success can come from making mistakes. Corinna Luyken illustrates an artist, drawing a girl, who makes …

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Littler Women: A Modern Retelling

Littler Women: A Modern Retelling | February 21, 2018

My mom and I have always loved Little Women. She tried so hard when I was young to share her favorites from her own childhood—namely, Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prairie—but I never took to any of them …

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The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker | February 7, 2018

If you want to read a book that will stay with you forever, read Jen Wang’s The Prince and the Dressmaker.  This graphic novel is nothing short of masterful.  I smiled from the first page to the last and often …

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