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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 Almost Impossible Thing

The Almost Impossible Thing | December 19, 2017

“Once upon a time there was a dream, a dream that tried to take shape.” In The Almost Impossible Thing, debut artist Basak Agaoglu beautifully illustrates how dreams or ideas come to be.  In this book, a bunny represents the dream attempting …

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Gem and Dixie

Gem and Dixie | November 3, 2017

I came to this novel by chance, when the audio version happened to be available in my library catalog and I needed a good weekend read. Honestly, I was going in blind—I knew the cover was striking, but I hadn’t …

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Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King | October 11, 2017

I am a HUGE Ben Hatke fan—HUGE!  When I learned there would be a sequel to Mighty Jack, I preordered it immediately.  I read Mighty Jack and the Goblin King as soon as it arrived and in one gulp.  In …

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give | October 2, 2017

It’s been almost seven months since The Hate U Give came out, and it’s been at the top of the New York Times bestseller list ever since. If the impressive reviews, the runaway success, and the extensive marketing campaign haven’t already convinced you to …

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Once and for All

Once and for All | September 14, 2017

Anyone who knows me knows that I am the ultimate Sarah Dessen fan, and obviously I had been anxiously awaiting her next book after 2015’s SAINT ANYTHING (one of my personal favorites). This year, I decided to do something I’ve …

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Patina | September 11, 2017

Like many readers eager to see themselves reflected in stories, I have devoured Jason Reynolds’s books. He subtly, effortlessly weaves into his stories social obstacles that black folks face, but there are reminders of the beauty in the world and …

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Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes | September 1, 2017

I first came across this picture book as a potential comparative title for a forthcoming nonfiction work on our list. Endpapers depicting the cellular components of microbes set the tone for a wonderfully textured, beautiful, informative read. The text opens …

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NORTH OF HAPPY | August 25, 2017

This book was recommended to me because of my love for YA romances and everything that has ever aired on the Food Network, and OH MAN was this the perfect book for me. This is Adi Alsaid’s third contemporary YA …

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Ash Princess

Ash Princess | August 21, 2017

As a fantasy fan, I was very excited to get my hands on an ARC of Ash Princess, the first in a fantasy trilogy from debut author Laura Sebastian. Theo was only six years old when her country was taken …

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Kristy’s Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club #1)

Kristy’s Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club #1) | August 9, 2017

There’s something about the classics, isn’t there? After reading a new graphic novel about the Baby-Sitter’s Club, I decided to go back and read the originals. I started with “Kristy’s Great Idea.” (Where else?) I have to say, it holds …

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