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The Last Message Received edited by Emily Trunko

“Named one of the Top 10 Most Viral Blogs by Mashable, the Tumblr The Last Message Received–created by 16-year-old Emily Trunko–is now available as a gift book! What if a message someone sends you today is the last you’ll ever receive from them? Would you respond differently, or even at all, if you knew that the end of a friendship, a brutal breakup, or worse might be coming, and that this might be your only chance? The collection The Last Message Receivedincludes over a hundred final text messages, social media posts, emails, and more. Adapted from the popular Tumblr The Last Message Received–followed by more than 85,000 people and selected as a finalist for the Shorty Award–the Last Message Received book features sudden endings and the type of loss that will inspire readers to reflect on what’s essential in their own lives and the importance of celebrating the people they love every day. Includes exclusive content not available on Tumblr! Praise for the Tumblr The Last Message Received “The Last Message Received Tumblr will break your heart.”–Refinery 29 “Get some tissues. Scratch that. Get all the tissues.” –Cosmopolitan “It’s moving to see that other people have been through similar situations, and let’s face it, we’ve all received messages that we can’t stop thinking about.” –Teen Vogue”– Provided by publisher.

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Stonewall : Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum

A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, introducing teen readers to the decades-long struggle gay rights.

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Gender Failure by Rae Spoon & Ivan E. Coyote

Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon are accomplished, award-winning writers, musicians and performers; they are also both admitted “gender failures.” In their first collaborative book, a poignant collection of autobiographical essays, lyrics and images, Ivan and Rae explore and expose their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and how ultimately our expectations and assumptions around traditional gender roles fail us all.

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QUEER : A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

Though not a graphic novel, this high illustrated nonfiction book explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do. Barker and Scheele show how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged.  Each page focuses on a specific aspect of the subject.

 

 

 

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Drawn Away by Holly Bennett

One minute Jack’s in math class. The next, he’s on a dark, cobblestoned, empty street. Empty, that is, except for a skinny girl wrapped in a threadbare shawl. “Matches, mister?” she asks, and just like that, Jack’s life collides with one of Hans Christian Andersen’s grimmest tales. And just when he has almost convinced himself it was just a weird dream, it happens again.
Suddenly, Jack’s ideas about what is “real” or “possible” no longer apply. While he and his new girlfriend, Lucy, struggle to understand who or what the Match Girl is, they come to realize they must also find a way to keep Jack away from her. The Match Girl is not just a sad, lonely soul; she’s dangerous. And each time Jack is drawn into her gray, solitary world, she becomes stronger, more alive…and more attached to Jack.
She wants to keep Jack for her very own, even if that means he will die.

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Bull :  A Novel by David Elliott

SEE THE STORY OF THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR
IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT

Minos thought he could
Pull a fast one
On me,
Poseidon!
God of the Sea!
But I’m the last one
On whom you
Should try such a thing.
The nerve of that guy.
The balls. The audacity.
I AM THE OCEAN!
I got capacity!
Depths! Darkness! Delphic power!
So his sweet little plan
Went big-time sour
And his wife had a son
Born with horns and a muzzle
Who ended up
In an underground puzzle.
What is it with you mortals?
You just can’t seem to learn:
If you play with fire, babies,
You’re gonna get burned.

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology’s most infamous monsters.

Editorial Reviews

Review

★ “Razor-sharp rhyme schemes and sly, vicious humor make Bull a bawdy yet sophisticated romp, a literary feast fit for the gods.” – Shelf Awareness, starred review

★ “Elliott contemporizes the ancient story of blackmail, betrayal, and revenge with humor, poignancy, and profanity . . . . the personalities and voices Elliott brings to these mythical characters make this powerful and engrossing book a genre of its own.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “…Elliott’s clever verse version of the classical story of the Minotaur: its title, Bull, is topically and colloquially apt.” —Horn Book, starred review

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The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato

“Unforgettable and impossible to put down—this novel is heart-pounding suspense at its best. A stunning debut.” —Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless

The Hidden Memory of Objects is a highly original and beautifully written debut mystery novel with a speculative element, perfect for readers who loved Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.

Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, Megan now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew.

Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia—objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners—Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother’s charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance.

 

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Unforgettable and impossible to put down—this novel is heart-pounding suspense at its best. A stunning debut.” (Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless)

“The Hidden Memory of Objects is a tense and compelling mystery novel, but it’s also a heartfelt examination of the deeper mysteries of how we ever come to know each other and the transformative power of grief. A fascinating, thoroughly enjoyable read.” (Cynthia Hand, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Time We Say Goodbye)

“An electrifying debut, The Hidden Memory of Objects is both heart-stopping and heartbreaking. You’ll carry a piece of it with you forever.” (Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series)

“A thrilling mystery that thinks—about grief and love, about the people we are and the people we’re quietly becoming.” (Brittany Cavallaro, New York Times bestselling author of A Study in Charlotte and The Last of August)

“Debut novelist Amato adeptly mixes the paranormal and historical to build a page-turning mystery. Readers will gladly follow along as [Megan] inches closer to uncovering the secrets of the objects her brother held dear.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.
 
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way aroundand Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries–including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.

 

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Laini Taylor is so damn good and like no other.”―Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

* “Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “…Characters are carefully, exquisitely crafted, the writing is achingly lovely, and the world is utterly real…This is a thing to be savored.”―Booklist, starred review

* “[Strange the Dreamer] has all the rich, evocative imagery and complex world-building typical of Taylor’s best work. This outstanding fantasy is a must-purchase for all YA collections.”―School Library Journal, starred review

* “The luxurious prose and complex world building invites and rewards slow reading….Here readers will find characters to love and ones to hate and, ultimately, a world to be willingly lost in.”―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

* [Readers] will dive into Taylor’s gorgeous prose and brilliant imagery and relish this story about dreams, love, monsters, gods, ghosts, war, and alchemy. Told from alternating points of view, this is complex but satisfying, a story about cultures meeting and clashing.”―VOYA, starred review

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Show Your Work ! Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
by Austin Kleon

In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by “stealing” from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey―getting known.

Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery―let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.

In chapters such as You Don’t Have to Be a Genius; Share Something Small Every Day; and Stick Around, Kleon creates a user’s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity― what he calls the “ecology of talent.” From broader life lessons about work (you can’t find your voice if you don’t use it) to the etiquette of sharing―and the dangers of oversharing―to the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it’s an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.

Review

“[Show Your Work is] timeless; readers can return to it repeatedly throughout life and still glean useful ideas and tips… Anyone starting out (or starting over)…will find upbeat encouragement here.” Library Journal
“Some people are natural self-promoters. For others, it’s painfully difficult to put their work out there. In this creatively designed pocket-sized book, Kleon offers the latter group effective strategies that allow them to share their work without leaving their comfort zone…. Kleon’s advice is sassy and spot-on.”Publishers Weekly
“[The] subtitle could just as easily be, ‘How to Self-promote Without Being a Jerkface.’ It’s an incredibly useful and compulsively readable short book.”―Fast Company