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NEWS OF THE WORLD is a lyrical work of historical fiction coming soon from William Morrow. Click to hear a special message for librarians from author Paulette Jiles.

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This week's Unshelved Book Club features books about a woman who packs her bags and follows the paths of her favorite writers, yarn projects that require no knitting or crocheting skills, post-Gorbachev Russian oligarchs, a Jesuit priest helping give former L.A. gang members a second chance, and a gay, bullied high school student who achieves a startling transformation.

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Bera The One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard
First Second, 2016. 9781626721067. 128 pages.

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The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries by Jessa Crispin
The University of Chicago Press, 2015. 9780226278452. 248 pages.

Link to this review by jordan tagged biographyliterary

When writer and Bookslut founder Jessa Crispin finds herself increasingly dissatisfied with her tidy Chicago life -- to the point of considering suicide -- she packs her bags and moves to Berlin. Following the paths of her favorite writers, she spends years traveling Europe seeking clarity on everything from her string of failed relationships to the little-known histories of literature's greatest women.

Why I picked it up: I checked out a pile of books from this Huffington Post list on impulse; this was the shortest of the lot.

Why I finished it: "Mopey artist goes to Europe to find herself" is a well-worn cliche, but Crispin pulls it off with panache, alternating between historical accounts of famous and not-so-famous writers and her personal travels. Meanwhile, her dry, self-deprecating humor keeps the book from becoming too hokey or sweet even when she is at her most introspective.

It’s perfect for: Jess, who once lent me Mastering the Art of French Eating, which similarly blurs the lines between travelogue and history, and who will appreciate Crispin's feminist snark.


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Knitless: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects by Laura McFadden
Running Press, 2015. 9780762456642. 160 pages.

Link to this review by sarahhunt tagged nonfiction

Need to use up some yarn? Want to create something cool? Make hip jewelry, art, and even furniture without needing any knitting or crochet skills.

Why I picked it up: I was looking for low-skill, low-frustration yarn-based maker projects for teens and tweens.

Why I finished it: Not only did I find some great future library maker programs, I found a lot of jewelry I would actually wear: yarn-wrapped chunky bead necklaces, an ombre tassel necklace, and a bold button cocktail ring. I liked that they used the beauty of yarn colors along with great texture contrasts. The paracord rug with its concentric circles in contrasting colors has me eying the perfect spot in my bathroom.

It’s perfect for: Anne, who watches Design on a Dime with me. There are tons of great and cheap ways to remake a chair or table that could really tie a room together.


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Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs: A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder by Ben Mezrich
Atria Books, 2016. 9781476771908. 288 pages.

Link to this review by emilyreads tagged history

In the post-Gorbachev era in Russia, power was bought and sold, mostly by a handful of businessmen known as the oligarchs, who had free rein to mold the new capitalism as they saw fit, to enrich both themselves and their inner circles. The chief actor here was Boris Berezovsky, a former mathematician who made a few shrewd economic decisions and aligned himself with Boris Yeltsin. Berezovsky and his protégé, Roman Abramovich, soon controlled unimaginable wealth and considerable power. But Berezovsky’s influence faded once Vladimir Putin, a heretofore unknown former KGB official, was tapped to succeed Yeltsin. Berezovsky thought Putin was insignificant and malleable. He was wrong.

Why I picked it up: I saw it at a booth at ALA last summer and thought, “Hey, the new Ben Mezrich! This should be cool.” Mezrich wrote Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires (which became the movie The Social Network).

Why I finished it: The sheer extravagance and flaunting of wealth by Berezovsky and his ilk was downright nauseating. Private jets and helicopters, dozens of personal security guards, a couple yachts, and a mansion in the South of France -- what was it all for? By the end, though, Berezovsky felt more pathetic than appalling, and I wondered how he’d meet his demise: was he still powerful enough to be a threat that must be contained?

Readalikes: Honestly, this reminded me of Goodfellas -- a bunch of otherwise unremarkable men, given a taste of money and power, who rapidly lose control and end up digging their own graves. While the spectre of Putin gives the story a sinister undertone, the rise of the oligarchs felt mostly like a pissing contest with no winners.


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Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle
Highbridge, 2011. 9781611744347.

Link to this review by dawnrutherford tagged audiobooknonfiction

Shortly after becoming ordained as a Jesuit priest, Father Gregory Boyle was sent to one of the roughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles to work with the poor. At the urging of his church ladies, he focused on those in greatest need: gang members wanting a second chance. They wanted opportunities to be employed in honest jobs, so he helped create Homeboy Industries. Since 1988 it has grown from a catering business to include a print shop, a cafe, and an employment center. It even has its own line of merchandise. Father Boyle and Homeboy Industries have given thousands of former gang members a chance to build their resumes and move on to steady, full-time careers. 

Why I picked it up: One of the women in my Foodie Book Group suggested we read it. I was skeptical that it fit our guidelines, but she pointed out one of the businesses was a bakery, so I agreed that was enough for us. (I once got the group to read Life of Pi, because they wanted a pie potluck. We are pretty flexible on the food factor.)

Why I finished it: Father Boyle's message of big-hearted, open-minded compassion is truly impressive. He sees each person as a worthy individual deserving of love and opportunity. It’s inspiring. And he has a wonderful ability to help people find a way to do better. When parishioners were complaining about the smell of the homeless, undocumented workers who had been sleeping in their church, Father Boyle convinced them that it was the smell of the church's commitment to making a difference. But his work is filled with heartbreak. At the time he wrote the book, he had held burial ceremonies for over 175 men. Many of them had left gang life and were doing their best to move on, but couldn’t escape the violence of their neighborhoods. His stories often go from joy to sorrow so rapidly, I often found myself weeping. He perseveres, knowing his efforts make things better bit by bit.

It’s perfect for: My father, who recently retired and is considering ways to spend his time that will make a difference. He would love Father Boyle's message that to change the world you don't need policies, you just need to stand with the poor and suffering.


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Big Kids by Michael DeForge
Drawn & Quarterly, 2016. 9781770462243. 120 pages.

Link to this review by geneambaum tagged coming of agegraphic novel

A young, gay high school student is enduring violence not only from school bullies and his cop uncle, but also at the hands of his boyfriend, Jared. April, a quiet college student, rents a room in his house. She comforts him, especially after Jared dumps him for another boy. He gets drunk and falls asleep watching TV in his basement. When he wakes up, everything looks different. April explains later: he’s a tree. It happens to most people at a certain age, and he’s seeing the world through new eyes.

Why I picked it up: I’m a fan of DeForge’s work, and I prefer his longer stories like Kid Mafia and Ant Colony to his shorter work. 

Why I finished it: The transformation when the young man wakes up in the basement is startling. From a realistic, recognizable world, the story shifts into a world of gangly, bulb-headed creatures with exposed, flower-like lungs (or are those shirts?). Those who haven’t transformed, like his dad and Jared, are twigs. And the new perceptions are about more than just people: one of my favorite images is a song that gets stuck in the boy’s head, which appears as a multi-legged creature that sits on his shoulder, spitting in his ear. 

DeForge’s stories run the gamut from recognizable to totally surreal, but this is the first I remember that combines both. It’s up there with Ant Colony as one of his best graphic novels.

Readalikes: DeForge uses a small, nine-panel grid of equal-sized panels on most of the pages, giving the book a deadpan sensibility that really works in contrast to the fantastic vision of the world through tree eyes. Norway’s Jason uses a deadpan style that’s equally effective. If you’ve never read one of his books, start with the short stories in Low Moon or one of his book-length graphic novels, Werewolves of Montpellier or The Last Musketeer

http://www.unshelved.com/2016-7-28/News_of_the_WorldNews of the World2016-07-28T00:00:00+00:002016-07-28T00:00:00+00:00
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News of the World, which will be released this fall by William Morrow (an imprint of this week's sponsor, HarperCollins), has already received several starred reviews and the adoration of numerous readers. "Beautiful," "lyrical," and "exquisite," are common descriptors for this compelling work of historical fiction. And equally delightful is the book's author, Paulette Jiles, who recorded a special message for librarians. Click through to view it and to learn more about News of the World.

http://www.unshelved.com/2016-7-28Unshelved on Thursday, July 28, 20162016-07-28T00:00:00+00:002016-07-28T00:00:00+00:00
NEWS OF THE WORLD is a lyrical work of historical fiction coming soon from William Morrow. Click to hear a special message for librarians from author Paulette Jiles.

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Join the Library Love Fest team at HarperCollins for a glass of rosé as they share their favorite must-read new titles. Their Under the Radar, Over the Moon video series celebrates remarkable debut and midlist titles that may not be on your radar yet, but deserve your attention. Libations in hand, Virginia, Amanda, and Chris invite you to their beachside tiki hut for a healthy dose of silliness and a peek at the titles that are making them swoon. Watch the new episode now!

http://www.unshelved.com/2016-7-27Unshelved on Wednesday, July 27, 20162016-07-27T00:00:00+00:002016-07-27T00:00:00+00:00
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NEWS OF THE WORLD is a lyrical work of historical fiction coming soon from William Morrow. Click to hear a special message for librarians from author Paulette Jiles.

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http://www.unshelved.com/2016-7-24Unshelved on Sunday, July 24, 20162016-07-24T00:00:00+00:002016-07-24T00:00:00+00:00
Steeplejack has earned three starred reviews! Set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world, A.J. Hartley's YA debut is packed with action and intrigue. Start reading now!

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Steeplejack has earned three starred reviews! Set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world, A.J. Hartley's YA debut is packed with action and intrigue. Start reading now!

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This week's Unshelved Book Club features books about the Norwegian soldiers who stopped the Nazis from developing an atomic bomb, a foodie bucket list, a popular high schooler whose autistic brother is about to start attending her school, a young woman seeking revenge with the help of the three fates, and a girl who wants to become a warrior and help her father defeat the dragon who took his arm and legs.

http://www.unshelved.com/2016-7-22Unshelved on Friday, July 22, 20162016-07-22T00:00:00+00:002016-07-22T00:00:00+00:00
Steeplejack has earned three starred reviews! Set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world, A.J. Hartley's YA debut is packed with action and intrigue. Start reading now!

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Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw
Razorbill, 2016. 9781595148353. 288 pages.

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Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb: Young Adult Edition by Neal Bascomb
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2016. 9780545732437. 320 pages.

Link to this review by flemtastic tagged history

Nazis took over Norway in 1940 without much of a fight, gaining a North Sea foothold and control of a remote industrial plant, Vemork, that was able to manufacture heavy water used in some nuclear reactors. Soon the plant was operating at capacity, sending barrels of heavy water to Berlin where scientists were feverishly trying to develop an atomic bomb. Word reached Churchill, and he tasked patriotic Norwegians in Britain to join the resistance by heading back to Norway and creating a base for operations against the plant. They prepared supplies and scouted the factory before the British sent in a force of demolitions engineers to destroy it, but things went poorly -- bad weather caused the engineers’ gliders to crash, and the survivors were captured. The second attempt, with the Germans on high alert, involved sending six more Norwegians to join the four already hiding in the freezing countryside. They planned to ski to the plant, destroy its production capabilities, and escape through the woods to Sweden. The chances of survival for the skiing commandos was less than fifty percent. And If they failed, there was a good chance that Nazi Germany would develop an atomic bomb before the Allies.

Why I picked it up: Neal Bascomb wrote The Nazi Hunters, one of the few nonfiction books I can give to kids that never fails to amaze them. When I tell them it is about Israeli secret agents kidnapping, drugging, and smuggling a Nazi officer out of Argentina, they are hooked.

Why I finished it: Churchill wanted to harass the Nazis with commando raids across Europe to keep the Germans off-balance. The Norwegian team that attacked Vemork was part of the British Special Operations Executive whose leaders called their unit the "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." Unbeknownst to the Allied troops, Hitler had ordered that all Allied commandos caught in Europe were to be executed, not captured. In fact, all survivors of the glider crashes were interrogated then summarily shot at point blank range. 

It’s perfect for: My student Trevor. He's reading all sorts of military books about famous battles along with technical specifications for military vehicles. This book would entrance him, especially the details about climbing the 600 foot cliffs to the Vemork plant bearing backpacks bulging with high explosives. 

The Monster War A League of Seven Novel by Alan Gratz
Tor Teen, 2016. 9780765338242.

The Monster War is the third book in the action-packed, steampunk League of Seven series by acclaimed author Alan Gratz.

Having discovered the monstrous secret of his origins, Archie Dent is no longer certain that he is worthy to be a member of the League of Seven. But with new enemies to face, he realizes that he may not have the luxury of questioning his destiny.

Wielding the Dragon Lantern, the maniacal Philomena Moffett has turned her back on the Septemberist Society, creating her own Shadow League and unleashing a monster army on the American continent. Archie and his friends must race to find the last two members of their league in time to thwart Moffett's plan and rescue humanity once more.

“This hybrid of steampunk and alternate American history features a hell-raising girl’s school, Atlantis, and three highly likable leads in a yarn rip-roaring from start to finish.” Booklist on A League of Seven (Book #1)

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1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life List by Mimi Sheraton
Workman, 2014. 9780761141686. 1008 pages.

Link to this review by dawnrutherford tagged cookbooknonfiction

Journalist and food critic Mimi Sheraton was inspired as a young girl by her parents (an adventurous home cook and a produce vendor) plus Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Travel.” She has spent her life pursuing new flavors and experiences, often writing articles on strange exotic foodstuffs to justify travel. This book is a savory reduction of her life's work.

Why I picked it up: I've always been attracted to books that talk about things you should do before you die, but frequently find them depressing because unless you’re wealthy, it’s impossible to experience even a tenth of the adventures they contain. This is different, though, because Sheraton supplies recipes or mail order information for many.

Why I finished it: My best travel experiences have been when I've visited foreign countries in the company of someone who lived in them for some time. I'll never forget the schnitzel I had in Vienna, all the varieties of ramen I ate in Okinawa with my cousin, and the tasty conch in Belize. Every article in this book makes me feel much the same way, as though I am getting the scoop from someone in the know who wants to share her discoveries with me.

It’s perfect for: Anyone who has ever salivated over the all-too-brief food pages in a DK Eyewitness Travel Guide and wanted a whole book of those, but with history, context, and sometimes even literary references. It is also wonderful for revisiting personal travels, and for understanding how simple foods, such as grilled yakitori chicken in Japan, can taste so amazing.

Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Tor Teen, 2016. 9780765383426.

Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other: the powerful white Feldish, the native Mahweni—and Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty.

When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder—except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers. Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.

“A richly realized world, an intensely likable character, and a mystery to die for." — Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author

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How To Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo
Swoon Reads, 2015. 9781250063595. 240 pages.

Link to this review by diane tagged coming of age

Jordyn Michaelson has a pretty good life in her exclusive high school. She’s relatively popular, a starter on the field hockey team, and Alex, a star football player, has taken a liking to her. But she’s keeping a huge secret. The special school her autistic brother attended has closed, and until a suitable replacement is found, he has to attend Jordyn’s school. Fearing that she will lose the life she has built if everyone know she is related to the “weird” new kid, she refuses to acknowledge that she even knows him.

Why I picked it up: My school has a program for students with autism and other developmental challenges. I’m always looking for books that feature these students in a positive way.

Why I finished it: Cozzo didn’t shy away from Jordyn’s embarrassment over her brother. Her attempts to maintain a “normal” existence seemed authentic, and it was clear that she was struggling with a conflict of conscience. She loves her brother, but also resents the way his challenges dominate her family’s time and encroach on her own life. And the growing relationship between Jordyn and Alex was very sweet, which only made it hurt more when Jordyn’s secret comes out and Alex feels betrayed. The resolution brought me to tears.

Readalikes: Wonder by R. J. Palacio, another story about a young man with challenges, this time more physical than intellectual or developmental. Augie has a very visible deformity and has always attended a special school. When he decides to attend a regular school, he experiences a full range of reactions, from embarrassment to antagonism to empathy. Both books emphasize the need for tolerance, understanding, love, and respect.

Vicarious by Paula Stokes
Tor Teen, 2016. 9780765380944.

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they've escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose's ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won't rest until she finds her sister's killer. To find out what happened to Rose, she'll have to untangle what's real from what only seems real, risking her own life in the process.

"Stokes gives fans of suspense a story full of twists and turns…. The author admirably handles graphic and disturbing content in a subtle manner.” School Library Journal

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The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn
atheneum, 2015. 9781481435710. 256 pages.

Link to this review by wally tagged coming of agefantasy

Endymion, a revered hero, sought to marry Aglaia because of her beauty; when she rejected him, he killed everyone in her village and raped her. She somehow makes her way to an island where the three Fates live apart from mortals. The Fates put a spell on Aglaia to calm her, but she cannot remain with them. Chloe, the spinner and the youngest of the three, knows that Aglaia's destiny will destroy them all if she is not killed, but she cannot deny Aglaia’s desire for revenge.

Why I picked it up: It looked like an interesting take on Greek mythology’s Fates.

Why I finished it: I liked the slow pace of this novel and the thoughtfulness of the Fates. The first part of the book follows Chloe's narration of the lives of the Fates and their timeless task. Then Aglaia’s arrival brings the sisters face-to-face with mortality. Aglaia's realization that she is pregnant leads first Chloe, and then her sisters, to wrestle with whether or not to join the world of humans.

Readalikes: Ursula K. Le Guin's Annals of the Western Shore trilogy, particularly Voices. In it, Memer must deal with the fact that she is the daughter of a woman who was raped by one of the soldiers who have occupied her city for a generation. Memer is shunned by most of the people in her city because she’s a shameful reminder of the occupation.

Flying by Carrie Jones
Tor Teen, 2016. 9780765336576.

People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection. She's used to being coddled, and it's hard to imagine anything could ever happen in her small-town, normal life. As her mother's babying gets more stifling than ever, she's looking forward to cheering at the big game and getting out of the house for a while.

But that night, Mana's life goes haywire.

It turns out, Mana's mom is actually an alien hunter, and now she's missing. Now a guy Mana has never met or heard of (and who seems way too young and way too arrogant to be hunting aliens), has shown up as her “partner”, ordering Mana to come with him. Alone, Mana will have to find a way to save her mother--and maybe the world--and hope she's up to the challenge.

“With nods to numerous science fiction and fantasy works, this series opener from Jones (the Need series) is complex and nuanced while maintaining a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek vibe.”Publishers Weekly

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Dragons Beware! by Rafael Rosado, Jorge Aguirre
First Second, 2015. 9781596438781. 160 pages.

Link to this review by geneambaum tagged coming of agefantasygraphic novel

Claudette wants her father, Augustine, to train her to be a warrior so they can defeat the dragon who took his arm and legs and retrieve his sword, Breaker. Her brother, Gaston, wants to be a sword maker, though he excels at cooking; he has vowed not to cook again until he makes his father proud. Their friend Marie is locked in the castle for princess training, and so she will stick around to meet the princes that have come to court her because of her valor.

The evil Grombach has escaped Calavera Island, and his gargoyle army is about to attack the city. The Marquis thinks there’s nothing to worry about, because the city’s walls protect its citizens. But Augustine knows he needs his sword to defeat Grombach again. After he leaves to get it back, Claudette, Gaston, and Marie soon follow. But before they can reach the dragon’s cave, they’re attacked by gargoyles. Luckily, Claudette’s wooden sword is magic.

Why I picked it up: I loved the previous graphic novel in the series, Giants Beware!

Why I finished it: It’s a lighthearted, entertaining, colorfully drawn book that manages to give equal time to characters who defy stereotypes without reading like a crappy after-school special. Giants make an appearance, the princes courting Marie endure entertainingly minor abuse at the hands of Grombach, and both diplomacy and cooking both have a role to play in the end. 

Readalikes: These graphic novels are up there with Bone and Amulet as one of the great, truly all-ages series that can be read and enjoyed by the whole family.

http://www.unshelved.com/2016-7-21Unshelved on Thursday, July 21, 20162016-07-21T00:00:00+00:002016-07-21T00:00:00+00:00
Steeplejack has earned three starred reviews! Set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world, A.J. Hartley's YA debut is packed with action and intrigue. Start reading now!

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Please welcome Tor as this week's sponsor. Released amidst a flurry of starred reviews, Steeplejack is an action-packed mystery, filled with social commentary and intrigue, set in a lush fantasy world that feels like Victorian-era South Africa. An excerpt is available on the Tor website where you can read it now, which I strongly suggest you do! And while you're there, spend a little time exploring the Tor blog and its exciting array of excerpts, sweepstakes, and articles.

http://www.unshelved.com/2016-7-20Unshelved on Wednesday, July 20, 20162016-07-20T00:00:00+00:002016-07-20T00:00:00+00:00
Steeplejack has earned three starred reviews! Set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world, A.J. Hartley's YA debut is packed with action and intrigue. Start reading now!

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Steeplejack has earned three starred reviews! Set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world, A.J. Hartley's YA debut is packed with action and intrigue. Start reading now!

Unshelved comic strip for 7/19/2016

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http://www.unshelved.com/2016-7-18Unshelved on Monday, July 18, 20162016-07-18T00:00:00+00:002016-07-18T00:00:00+00:00
Steeplejack has earned three starred reviews! Set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world, A.J. Hartley's YA debut is packed with action and intrigue. Start reading now!

Unshelved comic strip for 7/18/2016

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http://www.unshelved.com/2016-7-17Unshelved on Sunday, July 17, 20162016-07-17T00:00:00+00:002016-07-17T00:00:00+00:00
Discover DREAM JUMPER Book One: NIGHTMARE ESCAPE -- a new graphic novel from Greg Grunberg and Lucas Turnbloom. Read an excerpt now!

Unshelved comic strip for 7/17/2016

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This classic Unshelved strip originally appeared on February 27, 2005.

http://www.unshelved.com/2016-7-16Unshelved on Saturday, July 16, 20162016-07-16T00:00:00+00:002016-07-16T00:00:00+00:00
Discover DREAM JUMPER Book One: NIGHTMARE ESCAPE -- a new graphic novel from Greg Grunberg and Lucas Turnbloom. Read an excerpt now!

Unshelved comic strip for 7/16/2016

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This classic Unshelved strip originally appeared on February 20, 2005.

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This week's Unshelved Book Club features books about a Native American kid with a great life but an abnormal name, saving babies born with heart abnormalities, what happens to a family after an infant disappears, a massive cat lover looking for love in San Francisco, and astronauts who crash land on a very strange planet that may remind you of bad 80s cartoons.