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YOUNG ADULT Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean, Flatiron Books, 336 pages ($18.99) Ages 12 and up. ... British author Geraldine McCaughrean weaves a kind of magic in this haunting, unforgettable tale of survival based on an actual event "at the end of the world" – the St. Kilda archipelago, the remote westernmost islands of the Outer Hebrides off Scotla…

GRAPHIC NOVEL Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland; Algonquin Young Readers, 223 pages ($12.95) Ages 8 to 12. ... Cynthia Copeland's funny and charming graphic novel memoir, of her transformative seventh grade year, was inspired by her experience as a cub reporter for the local paper in her hometown of Litchfield, Conn., starting in seventh grade. Her wonderful illustratio…

CHILDREN'S Clean Getaway by Nic Stone; Crown Books for Young Readers, 223 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. (Jan. 7 publication) ... In her first novel for middle grade readers, Nic Stone offers a charming, poignant, often funny tale of a black boy and his white grandmother taking a road trip through civil rights history and uncovering some family secrets at the same t…

YOUNG ADULT The Color of the Sun by David Almond; Candlewick Press, 224 pages ($16.99) Ages 12 and up. ... All the promise and mystery of life reveals itself over the course of a single day, as a boy wanders the countryside around his small town in this beguiling, perfect gem of a tale from acclaimed British writer David Almond. A few weeks after his father's d…

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A slew of musician biographies and autobiographies saw release in the latter half of 2019, closing out a year that, earlier, found Buffalo’s own Ani DiFranco releasing one of the most astonishingly forthright entries in the history of the genre. While many of them boasted at least a bit of the tawdry, tell-all style that seems to be a prerequisite of getting such a book…

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It may sit just a sprig of mistletoe away on the calendar but Hanukkah has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas. Let me allow someone else to tell it: "Chanukah – also spelled Chanuka, Chanukkah, Chihuahua, Chardonnay, Hanukah, Hannukah, Hannah, Hannukah, Hanuka, Honeydew, Hanaka, Hanika and Khanukkah – is perhaps the most celebrated and best-known of Jewish holid…

We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett; Little, Brown, 387 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... Debut novelist Claire Eliza Bartlett offers compelling characters, harrowing action sequences and an intricately crafted alternate universe of a world at war in this thrilling, fiercely feminist fantasy inspired by the Night Witches, female Soviet fighter pilots who hara…

CHILDREN'S My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder; Walden Pond Press, 291 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This poignant novel, of overwhelming grief and the seemingly magical healing power of friendship, comes from the author of National Book Award nominee "Orphan Island." School is out, it's June in Atlanta and for the first time 13-year-old Leah is not going to sum…

CHILDREN'S Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Alex Nabaum; Caitlyn Dlouhy Book/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 189 pages ($17.99) Ages 10 to 14. ... The science of boogers – and being a friend. Stealing pocket change, for a higher purpose. Wiping out on a skateboard. Sticking up for a friend even when it costs you. Cracki…

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Critics have hailed Mexican-born author and New York resident Valeria Luiselli's "Lost Children Archive" for her inventive writing style, which includes poetic prose, sounds, Polaroids, documents and stream of consciousness writing. Luiselli's convention-defying writing isn't something she learned from creative writing classes. "I was never taught the discipline or t…

YOUNG ADULT Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby; Balzer + Bray, 358 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... This soaring, stunning novel – a finalist for the National Book Award –  takes its inspiration from Laura Ruby's mother-in-law's experience at the Guardian Angel Orphanage in Chicago during the 1930s and '40s. Ruby's mother-in-law – like the F…