Children & Young Adults
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The Name of this Book Is Secret
The Secret Series
Pseudonymous Bosch
This is the story about a secret. but it also contains a secret story. When adventurous detectives, Cass, an ever-vigilant survivalist, and Max-Ernest, a boy driven by logic, discover the Symphony of Smells, a box filled with smelly vials of colorful...
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Un Lun Dun
China Miéville
One of the most inventive books for younger readers I've ever read, cramming a trilogy's worth into a single volume. An exhilarating adventure set in the London under London and just bursting with steampunk-esque craziness. (For ages 8 and up) —Recommended by Jeff, City Lights Books
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The Witches
Roald Dahl
Meet a hero, a wise old grandmother, and the most gruesome, grotesque gang of witches...
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Matilda
Roald Dahl
For most kids, "The Trunchbull" is pure terror, but for Matilda, she's a sitting duck.
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George's Marvelous Medicine
Roald Dahl
George’s grouchy grandma needs a taste of her own medicine, and George knows just the right ingredients to put into...
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Fantastic Mr. Fox
Roald Dahl
Mr. Fox is surrounded, and he’s going to have to come up with a truly fantastic plan to dig himself out of trouble this...
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The BFG
Roald Dahl
Luckily for Sophie, the BFG is nothing like his neighbors, whose favorite pastime is guzzling little...
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This is San Francisco
Miroslav Sasek
Let the rumbling cable car tell you the story! And what a story: From the crookedest street in the world to the Peking ducks in Chinatown, San Francisco is easily one of the world's most enchanting cities.
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The Golden Compass
His Dark Materials, Book 1
Philip Pullman
Some books improve with age--the age of the reader, that is. Such is certainly the case with Philip Pullman's heroic, at times heart-wrenching novel, The Golden Compass, a story ostensibly for children but one perhaps even better appreciated by...
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The Cable Car and the Dragon
Herb Caen
This is the rollicking tale of the adventures of Charlie, the youngest cable car. Only sixty years old, he is tired of the same old rut. One night as he's puffing himself up Nob Hill, he hears a lot of excitement down below: Chinese New year!...
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The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster
Recommended by Tân, City Lights Books. This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's...
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Harold and the Purple Crayon
50th Anniversary Edition
Crockett Johnson
One evening Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. But there wasn't any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, he had brought his purple crayon. So he drew a moon. He also needed something to walk on. So...

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