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Tori smiling at the camera while holding a mug, with a fluffy gray and tan cat sitting in their lap.Tori loves a lot of things and at the top of the list is enjoying a sweet picture book alongside an equally sweet latte. Tori also loves making (and wearing) goofy hats while skipping around the bookstore. Tori is pictured here with their perfect and adorable cat Maple!

Tori's favorite books include:

  • Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography by Audre Lorde
  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • Little Witch Hazel by Pheobe Wahl
  • Sweety by Andrea Zuill


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Julián Is a Mermaid By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763690458
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

Winner of a 2019 Stonewall Book Award

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.

Poison for Breakfast By Lemony Snicket Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324090625
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Liveright - August 31st, 2021

Washington Post Bestseller

A new stand-alone adventure—appropriate for all ages—by Lemony Snicket, one of the twenty-first century’s most beloved authors.

In the years since this publishing house was founded, we have worked with an array of wondrous authors who have brought illuminating clarity to our bewildering world. Now, instead, we bring you Lemony Snicket.

Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481438261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

“An intense snapshot of the chain reaction caused by pulling a trigger.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Astonishing.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A tour de force.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A Newbery Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
A Printz Honor Book


Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography By Audre Lorde Cover Image
ISBN: 9780895941220
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Crossing Press - January 1st, 1982

Zami: A Carriacou name for women who work together as friends and lovers

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525562047
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

The instant New York Times Bestseller • Nominated for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction

“A lyrical work of self-discovery that’s shockingly intimate and insistently universal…Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

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Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest By Phoebe Wahl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735264892
Availability: Usually Ships from Wholesaler in 1-5 Days
Published: Tundra Books - September 21st, 2021

An earthy and beautiful collection of four stories that celebrate the seasons, nature, and life, from award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl.

Little Witch Hazel is a tiny witch who lives in the forest, helping creatures big and small. She's a midwife, an intrepid explorer, a hard worker and a kind friend.

Sweety By Andrea Zuill Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525580003
Availability: Unavailable to Order
Published: Schwartz & Wade - March 26th, 2019

An Indie Next List Top 10 Pick!

From the author of WOLF CAMP comes the story of a charming, mushroom-loving, headgear-wearing, totally awkward naked mole rat who is looking for like-minded peeps.