Staff Picks by Apollo

Apollo and Pippi having out together among the books

Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy, Book 1) By Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell (Translated by)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780439709101
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 1st, 2005

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Realm of the Blue Mist: A Graphic Novel (The Rema Chronicles #1) By Amy Kim Kibuishi Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338115130
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: Graphix - April 5th, 2022

This graphic novel has some serious Ghibli vibes, and in all the best ways. A young, truth-seeking girl trying to get back home, an honest and no-nonsense hero with a heart of gold, and ferocious but virtuous friends that would abandon their way of life to stand up to wickedness and corruption.
This is a beautifully drawn story, the colored panels paint the world in such soft shining beauty! Over all a very wonderful read!

(Graphic Novel, ages 10+) - Reviewed by Apollo


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The Aquanaut: A Graphic Novel By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545497619
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Graphix - March 1st, 2022

A really sweet story about some endangered sea critters learning to pilot an antique diving suit to find help on the surface. They make friends with an excitable little girl and her hard working uncle and attempt to save more than just themselves while they try their hardest to maintain a low profile on land.

Wonderfully illustrated with really great character designs!

(Graphic Novel, ages 8+) - Reviewed by Apollo


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Gallant By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062835772
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Greenwillow Books - March 1st, 2022

Even as I flipped through the very first pages of Gallant, I understood immediately why V.E. Schwab's work comes highly recommended. Through her beautiful storytelling she hits all the right notes of Gothic Horror and displays the decrepit and long-forgotten dead occupying the world of a mute and long-forgotten orphan.

Not only is the story captivating, but the style in which this novel is written and presented is artful. While Olivia is alone for much of her journey, Schwab includes the reader as a constant companion by sharing journal pages. We pour over her mother’s frantic words along with her, pondering her disappearance, the beautiful ink drawings, and the warning in the very last entry.

This is a must-read for any aspiring Horror fan; especially one fascinated by the mystery shrouding Death.

(Young Adult, Ages 14+) - Reviewed by Apollo


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The Last Unicorn By Peter S. Beagle, Patrick Rothfuss (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Peter S. Beagle, Patrick Rothfuss (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780451450524
Availability: Backordered - Subject to availability
Published: Ace - January 1st, 1991

A quintessential fantasy novel that truly feels like it is written from the heart. Truly breathtaking & magical not only in the adventure, but also in the prose. Anyone looking to dive deeper into "classic" 1960s fantasy should read this.

(YA Fantasy, ages 15+) - Reviewed by Apollo


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Akata Witch (The Nsibidi Scripts #1) By Nnedi Okorafor Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780142420911
Availability: Backordered - Subject to availability
Published: Speak - July 11th, 2017

Pick this book up if you have even a passing interest in witches, Nigeria, leopard-people, & magic. Nnedi Okorafor brilliantly depicts teenage self-discovery with a uniquely non-European lense & adds not a little, bbut a LOT of magic. Fitting in with physical differences is hard enough, but add a mogical society surrounding African Jujuism & pursuit of a serieal killer in the mix & you've got one heck of a complicated coming of age story. Seriously recommend.

(YA Fantasy, ages 12+) - Reviewed by Apollo


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The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063084087
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 10th, 2022

A delightfully hilarious graphic novel starring a princess, and nail-clipping robot, and a cat who team up to save the moon (and Earth) from evil space rats!

(Graphic Novel, ages 6+) - Reviewed by Apollo


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The Ogress and the Orphans By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781643750743
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 8th, 2022

What is goodness? Is goodness only for the good and wickedness for the wicked? If the good perform wicked acts, are they still good? What is a neighbor? Is a neighbor only those which dwell next door, across town, or just outside your front door? What is goodness, when not shared with a neighbor that needs it? 

(Fantasy, ages 8+) - Reviewed by Apollo