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5.3.18 Newsletter

In this Newsletter

Kids' and Young Adult Staff Suggestions
Adult Staff Suggestions
Perfect Gifts for Mom!

A Note from Jamie, RJ Julia's Kids' Book Buyer:

A mother and her teenager sharing a book is one of the best kept secrets to good parenting!

What these moms know is that it’s a great way to hear your teen’s insight and perspective from the safe distance of a character in a book. Or sometimes you can just share a laugh! Whether conversation is inspired by Hamilton or Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, there’s plenty to talk about.

If your child is still young enough to sit on Mom’s lap, choose from an old favorite or browse a few of our new favorites!

Mommies Are Amazing Cover Image

Ages 0 - 3

Mommies Are Amazing

by Meredith Costain, illustrated by Polona Lovsin

Sweet words about moms are paired with beautifully illustrated, playful kittens. Mommies are amazing!

- Jamie

I Have a Little Seedling (New Books for Newborns) Cover Image

Ages 0 - 3

I Have a Little Seedling 

by Cari Meister, illustrated by Jenni Desmond

Perfect for new moms! Watch how, with care and love, a tree and a child grow throughout the years. 

- Lindsay

Hello Lighthouse Cover Image

Ages 3 - 6

Hello Lighthouse 

by Sophie Blackall

My favorite picture book of the year explores the age-old profession of a lighthouse keeper through gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful story. 

- Lindsay

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Ages 3 - 6

Grains of Sand 

by Sibylle Delacroix

Are you heartbroken when you must leave the beach? This young girl is... until she decides to take a bit of the beach home! 

Read the rest of Lindsay's review.

A Prickly Problem: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet Cover Image

Ages 6 - 8

A Prickly Problem: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet 

by Jacqueline Kelly

Calpurnia knows that even some dogs can be the dumbest ever. Why else would a dog pounce on a porcupine? This is a good book for people who might want to be an animal doctor! 

Read the rest of this review by Zoe H., age 8.

Lulu Is Getting a Sister: (who Wants Her? Who Needs Her?) Cover Image

Ages 6 - 8

Lulu is Getting a Sister 

by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

A hilarious tale about expecting a sibling! Great for those new to the concept of having a brother or sister; they can relate to Lulu and her journey to becoming a big sister!

- Lindsay

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Ages 8 - 12

You Go First 

by Erin Entrada Kelly

Newbury Medal winner Erin Entrada Kelly brings another realistic fiction novel to middle grade! Two kids separated by land find themselves to have quite a lot in common after an online scrabble game brings them together.

- Lindsay

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Ages 8 - 12

The Doughnut Fix 

by Jessie Janowitz

The sign said, "Yes, We Do Have Chocolate Cream Doughnuts," but the sign was wrong. A delicious tale that will leave you wanting more, just as soon as you get back from the closest bakery. 

Read Laura's review.

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Ages 12+

Love and War: An Alex & Eliza Story 

by Melissa de la Cruz

Fans of Hamilton rejoice! Continue the epic tale of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler in this sequel to Alex and Eliza: A Love Story. A terrific book for fans of historical fiction!

- Lindsay

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Ages 12+

Leah on the Offbeat 

by Becky Albertalli 

Raised by a single mom, Leah has always gone to the beat of her own drum. A fantastic book told from a unique perspective in the world of Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda.

- Jamie

A Note from Andrew, RJ Julia's Adult Book Buyer:

Of all the “days” of the year, Mother’s Day might be the most legitimate celebration. 

The patience, creativity, stamina, and heart it takes to be a mother are qualities often taken for granted all but one day a year in May. Attention all sons, daughters, spouses, and grandchildren: make this a good Mother’s Day for the best lady in your life. 

We cannot express enough appreciation and love to the women who have shaped us, but one of these special books might at least help demonstrate your gratitude.

The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables: The Enchanting Island That Inspired L. M. Montgomery Cover Image

The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables 

by Catherine Reid

I really like this exploration of the history, geography, and flora of Prince Edward Island, home of Anne with an “e” Shirley. Beautifully presented photography brings the ever-popular story to life.

- Andrew

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by Michelle Dean

Sharp is an introduction to ten brilliant, feisty New York writers, including Dorothy Parker, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, and Nora Ephron. These women changed America in an uphill battle against establishment condescension.

- Andrew

Laduree Tea Time: The Art of Making Tea

by Marie Simon, photographs by Marie-Pierre Morel, illustrations by Helene Leduff

Stunningly presented in a gift box with tissue paper, this gorgeous book guides you through recipes, teas, and history fit for the queen in your life. A padded binding, gilt edges, and sumptuous photography make this a beautiful masterpiece.

- Andrew

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The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen

Start with a 700 year old castle in Ireland, then throw in an Irish legend, mysterious deaths, and a little romance for good measure. Dark, gothic, and entertaining to the end, I couldn’t stop until the mystery had been solved. 

Read Gail's review.

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Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Who wanted Alice Russell to die? Frankly, everyone; but who actually killed her on that corporate wilderness retreat? Jane Harper follows up her brilliant debut, The Dry, with this plot-twisting novel. 

Read Sharon's review.

At first glance, Thinking of You and Happy Day are cute little books of flower paintings, with a symbolic description of each bloom. When you look inside, however, you realize that the flowers “pop-out” and this little gift book becomes a bouquet in and of itself! - Andrew

Celebrate Mom! 

Send a special message with perfectly sized pouches proclaiming, "You Are Amazing" or "Hello Beautiful!" Colorful purses and gorgeous water bottles, sparkly bracelets and delicious gourmet chocolates... we have an incredible selection for Mom. You are sure to find the perfect gift at RJ Julia Booksellers!
And don't forget a card!

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