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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, September 24 Edition

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Suncatcher by Jose Pimienta 
Random House Graphic / Penguin Random House
Publication Date: May 19, 2020 
ISBN: 9780593124826 

Beatriz has always loved music and starts a band when she is in high school. Her connection to music comes from her grandfather who died eight years earlier. She discovers that her grandfather’s soul is trapped in his old guitar and he can only be freed if she plays the perfect song—a song of his that he never wrote down. Beatriz is consumed by music in an effort to free her grandfather and sacrifices friendships, the band, and her own wellbeing in the process. 

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 23 Edition

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Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran; narrated by Phuc Tran
Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: April 21, 2020
ISBN: 978-1250194718  

Tran often felt like an outsider as the only Asian student in his school growing up in Carlisle, PA. Tran’s memoir spans from his early childhood coming to the U.S. as a refugee from Vietnam in 1975 after the fall of Saigon through his highschool graduation, where he finds his “wolf-pack” of punk skaters in middle school, and shows that no one is just “one thing.” Each chapter is told through the lens of a “classic” title from his must-read list like Crime and Punishment and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and shows what that book meant to him, and how it framed his life.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, September 22 Edition

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Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Brown
Bloomsbury YA / Bloomsbury
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
ISBN: 978-1547603879

It’s been 200 years since Cinderella met Prince Charming, but for the young women of Mersailles, life is no fairy tale. Teen girls are required to attend an Annual Ball, and those not selected for marriage are “forfeit,” never to be seen again. Rejected by her childhood love, Erin, Sophia escapes the Ball and searches for a way to end the King’s toxic patriarchal rule forever.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 18 Edition

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Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
ISBN:  978-0062840356

Enchanted feels as if she is in a dream when music star Korey Fields mentors her singing career, but the dream quickly turns into an obsessive, violent nightmare. This book addresses the pattern of grown men abusing their power and being excused for their misogynistic behaviors, while young girls are blamed.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, September 17 Edition

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The Way of the Househusband, vol. 1-4 by Kousuke Oono
VIZ Media
Publication Date: September 17, 2019; January 21, 2020; May 19, 2020; September 15, 2020
ISBN: 9781974709403, 9781974710447, 9781974713462, 9781974717675

The Way of the Househusband is a slice-of-life, slapstick-comedy manga that follows a former yakuza enforcer as he lives a normal life as a househusband. Tatsu, who was once known as “the Immortal Dragon,” is still an intense and intimidating figure, but he has focused his fervor on mastering the tasks of domestic life. He creates elaborate and adorable bento box lunches for his wife, participates in the activities of the neighborhood ladies’ association, and astounds his former yakuza associates and enemies with his new skills when he encounters them. Each new volume has laugh-out-loud moments and new twists so you never feel like you are just reading the same thing over and over.

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 16 Edition

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Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon; narrated by Rebekkah Ross
Simon & Schuster Audio
Release date: July 28, 2020
ISBN: 9781797111735

Rowan wants to be valedictorian, she wants to win Howl, and she wants to write romance novels. All that stands in her way is her nemesis, Neil.  She can beat him for valedictorian, she can beat him at Howl, and hopefully get the confidence to share her novel with the world.  Her last day of high school is full of anticipation, fear, and maybe a little dread, but if everything goes her way, Rowan just might win at high school after all. 

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, September 15 Edition

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You Should See Me in a Crown by  Leah Johnson
Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: June 2, 2020
ISBN: 9781338503265

Liz is an awkward senior in high school who gets good grades, plays in the school band and has a small group of friends, but she has always felt different. Liz is poor, Black, queer, has anxiety, and is far from being part of the in-crowd. She dreams of going to college, but when money she was counting on falls through she must step far outside of her comfort zone in order to win a scholarship by running for Prom queen. And in this small town, Prom is serious business. She is thrust into the spotlight, has to spend time with an old frenemy, and falls for the competition.  

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 11 Edition

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Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Bloomsbury YA
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
ISBN: 978-1547603879

Two hundred years after Cinderella gets her “happily ever after,” not much has changed in Sophia’s village. Every eligible maiden is required to attend an annual ball, after which they are either chosen by a suitor or never seen again. Headstrong Sophia would much prefer to marry her childhood friend Erin, but either way she has no intention of marrying the first man who claims her. While fleeing the ball, she discovers Cinderella’s last remaining descendant, Constance, and together they devise a plan to tear down the carefully built patriarchy that imprisons them.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, September 10 Edition

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Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf
Abrams ComicArts / Abrams Books
Publication Date: September 4, 2020
ISBN: 9781419734847

A few days prior to the shooting of unarmed college students who were protesting the Vietnam War, 10-year-old Derf Backderf saw the Ohio National Guard arrive in his nearby town. On May 4, 1970, students were murdered and wounded by the same National Guard troop that had been sent in by the governor to squash a trucker strike. These four days in May are masterfully brought to graphic life through Derf’s words and illustrations. Like in his books My Friend Dahmer and Trashed, Derf’s ability to investigate and bring forward untold and forgotten stories as part of the bigger, more knowable truth is a testament to his ability as a writer and an illustrator.

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 9 Edition

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A Werewolf in Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig; narrated by Ramon de Ocampo
Scholastic Audio
Publication Date: April 8, 2020
ISBN: 9781338605396

Someone is killing the citizens of Riverdale in a bloody, brutal fashion.  After a particularly brutal murder, Jughead Jones wakes up and finds evidence that he is the murderer. He has been bitten and turned into a werewolf.  Now Jughead must try to keep his secret from all of his friends, including werewolf hunter Betty Cooper, while struggling to keep his dark side under control.

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