Staff Pick

In keeping with the current cultural moment, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank is an adventure story involving pre-teens that is heavily coated in nostalgia and homages to various films and genres, from The Goonies to Reservoir Dogs to Ocean's Eleven. This story of four 11-year-olds who conceive of a bank robbery after getting mixed up with a group of criminals is fast and funny, with excellent writing and artwork. While not exactly what you'd call "feel-good" - there are some surprisingly dark turns in this comic - it's fun, compelling, and guaranteed to keep the reader hooked until the last panel.

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ISBN: 9781628751888
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Published: Black Mask Comics - November 21st, 2017

Staff Pick

Tom Hazard was born with a condition that makes him age so slowly that, at age 437, he appears to be in his 40s. When attempting to start over as a history teacher in London, his past catches up with him in unexpected ways. At once epic and intimate, How to Stop Time effortlessly jumps between centuries and continents without ever losing its heart. A profound, exciting, and beautiful piece of speculative fiction that is guaranteed to entrance readers, regardless of age. 

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ISBN: 9780525522874
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - February 6th, 2018

Staff Pick

Set in Boston in the early '90s, Sam Graham-Felsen's debut novel excels as both an eminently relatable and emotional coming-of-age story and as a love letter to a time and a place. The book centers around the friendship between two sixth graders - Green, who is white, and Marlon, who is black - both geeky outcasts in their inner-city middle school. What follows is a deft exploration of race, class, and privilege that crackles with all the excitement and heartbreak one feels at that age. Put down that Sega controller, because Green is the bomb.

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ISBN: 9780399591143
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House - January 2nd, 2018