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Angela recently retired from the City Schools of Decatur where she taught Pre-k for 30 years and is lovingly known as Ms. Gabriel. She loves helping parents and children find the perfect book. Angela is a co-owner of Charis and manages the consignments, sidelines and Agnes Scott College Store.

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Holiday Gift Guides: Angela's Gift Guide--Books to give to little ones!
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The Change: A Novel By Kirsten Miller Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063144040
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Published: William Morrow - May 3rd, 2022

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK 

Big Little Lies meets The Witches of Eastwick—a gloriously entertaining and knife-sharp revenge fantasy about three women whose midlife crisis brings unexpected new powers—putting them on a collision course with the evil that lurks in their wealthy beach town. 


The Once and Future Witches By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316422017
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Published: Redhook - September 28th, 2021

"A gorgeous and thrilling paean to the ferocious power of women. The characters live, bleed, and roar.


Girl, Forgotten: A Novel By Karin Slaughter Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062858115
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Published: William Morrow - August 23rd, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

“It’s Slaughter’s prodigious gifts of characterization that make her stand out among thriller writers.”   — Washington Post


The Lost Ticket By Freya Sampson Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593201411
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Published: Berkley - August 30th, 2022

One of Amazon’s Best Books of September!

Strangers on a London bus unite to help an elderly man find his missed love connection in the heartwarming new novel from the acclaimed author of The Last Chance Library.


The Vanishing Half: A Novel By Brit Bennett Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525536963
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 1st, 2022

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2020 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES * THE WASHINGTON POST * NPR * PEOPLE * TIME MAGAZINE* VANITY FAIR * GLAMOUR 


2021 WOMEN'S PRIZE FINALIST


False Witness: A Novel By Karin Slaughter Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062858962
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 19th, 2022

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"There's deception, sabotage, violence, family secrets . . . all the stuff you could want from a fictional page-turner."— theSkimm 


Dead Lez Walking By G. Benson Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9798452700609
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Published: Independently Published - August 9th, 2021

One hospital. One zombie virus. One desperate group. One way out.

A new virus has appeared, and all Taren can do is groan. Being a nurse in Accident and Emergency has its downsides, and dealing with the flood of people freaking out over symptoms they don't really have is definitely one of them.


Detransition, Baby: A Novel By Torrey Peters Cover Image
$18.00
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ISBN: 9780593133385
Published: One World - October 5th, 2021

NATIONAL BESTSELLER The lives of three women—transgender and cisgender—collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires in “one of the most celebrated novels of the year” (Time)

“Reading this novel is like holding a live wire in your hand.”—Vulture


The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525541622
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 25th, 2021

A Good Morning America Buzz Pick

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Electrifying." — O: The Oprah Magazine


Survivor Song: A Novel By Paul Tremblay Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062679178
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 6th, 2021

A propulsive and chillingly prescient novel of suspense and terror from the Bram Stoker award–winning author of The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts.

“Absolutely riveting.” — Stephen King


The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel By Paul Tremblay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062679116
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 2nd, 2019

Paul Tremblay’s terrifying twist to the home invasion novel—inspiration for the upcoming major motion picture from Universal Pictures

“Tremblay’s personal best. It’s that good.” — Stephen King


Nothing to See Here By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062913494
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Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

New York Times Bestseller  •  A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption By Bryan Stevenson Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.


The Turn of the Key By Ruth Ware Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501188787
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 12th, 2020

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“A superb suspense writer…Brava, Ruth Ware.


Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel By Celeste Ng Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

The #1 New York Times bestseller!

“Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel.” —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and A Slow Fire Burning


Cinderella Is Dead By Kalynn Bayron Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781547606641
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 29th, 2021

"Wholly original and captivating." - Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Girls team up to overthrow the kingdom in this unique and powerful retelling of Cinderella from a stunning new voice that's perfect for fans of Dhonielle Clayton and Melissa Albert.


The Cost of Knowing By Brittney Morris Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534445468
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 21st, 2022

Four starred reviews!

Dear Martin meets They Both Die at the End in this gripping, evocative novel about a Black teen who has the power to see into the future, whose life turns upside down when he foresees his younger brother’s imminent death, from the acclaimed author of SLAY.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best.


Impossible Moon By Breanna J. McDaniel, Tonya Engel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Breanna J. McDaniel, Tonya Engel (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534478978
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Published: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books f - June 14th, 2022

A young girl undertakes an impossible trip to the moon, makes friends with the stars, and brings back something priceless in this gentle and lyrically told picture book about family, history, and memory.

Grana used to tell the best stories, and Mable used to long to soar through the heavens. Nowadays, Grana mostly lies in bed and Mable stays close to home.


I Sang You Down from the Stars By Tasha Spillett-Sumner, Michaela Goade (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316493161
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

New York Times bestseller!

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book

This unique baby book sings with Native cultural detail, while striking a universal chord in its celebration of the blossoming of love that comes with expecting and welcoming a new baby--with art by New York Times bestselling illustrator and Caldecott Medalist Michaela


Dad By My Side By Soosh Cover Image
By Soosh
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780316438131
Published: LB Kids - May 5th, 2020

A heartwarming celebration of the special relationship between a father and daughter from Instagram sensation Soosh.

Whether they're playing make-believe, making you smile, or warding off monsters under the bed, dads are always there when you need them. Debut picture book artist Soosh celebrates fathers with a gorgeously illustrated and moving story about the parent-child bond.


Animals Brag about Their Bottoms By Maki Sato, Brian Bergstrom (Translator) Cover Image
By Maki Sato, Brian Bergstrom (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771647106
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Published: Greystone Kids - September 29th, 2020

For fans of Taro Gomi's Everyone Poops and Matthew Van Fleet's Tails, this cheeky, whimsical picture book for ages 3-7 inspires self-love and body positivity, plus a whole lot of laughter and fun


Your Name Is a Song By Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Luisa Uribe (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781943147724
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Published: Innovation Press - July 7th, 2020

Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl's mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city.


Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors (A Muslim Book Of Concepts) By Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781452141213
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 3rd, 2015

With breathtaking illustrations and informative text, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns magnificently captures the world of Islam, celebrating its beauty and traditions for even the youngest readers. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, this entrancing volume is equally at home in the classroom as it is being read to a child on a parent's lap.


Rooftop Garden By Danna Smith, Pati Aguilera (Illustrator), Holly Turton (Performed by) Cover Image
By Danna Smith, Pati Aguilera (Illustrator), Holly Turton (Performed by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781646864959
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Published: Barefoot Books - April 12th, 2022

A group of city friends work diligently together to grow herbs and vegetables in a rooftop garden. Set to a foot-tappin' original tune, this rhythmic, rhyming story will have kids singing enthusiastically about the six stages of plant growth. The story concludes with a summer harvest and feast that celebrates the gardeners' commitment. Includes singalong audio and video animation.


Alma and How She Got Her Name By Juana Martinez-Neal, Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763693558
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Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2018

A 2019 Caldecott Honor Book

What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.


The Happiest Tree: A Story of Growing Up By Hyeon-Ju Lee, Hyeon-Ju Lee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hyeon-Ju Lee, Hyeon-Ju Lee (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250835093
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Published: Square Fish - July 5th, 2022

Author/artist Hyeon-Ju Lee's The Happiest Tree is a wonderfully emotional story of life and growing up that will pull at the heartstrings of readers.

Over the years, the gingko tree that resides outside an apartment building has seen many things.

When it was ten, sounds of the Rose piano class filled the ground floor and whistled through its young branches.


Celebrations By Brook Sitgraves Turner Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781734182484
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Published: Little Feminist Press - October 18th, 2022

No holiday is complete without CELEBRATIONS This unique board book helps families and educators discuss belief systems, ceremonies, and holidays to spread love and understanding for all faiths.

Complete with family discussion questions and a glossary detailing each celebration, faith, and practice. Created with 0-5-year-olds in mind.


This Is Our Baby, Born Today By Varsha Bajaj, Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Varsha Bajaj, Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
$7.99
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ISBN: 9781984814135
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 10th, 2019

A baby is born and the world rejoices!

With a loving mama, a trumpeting herd, curious cousins, and even some dancing peacocks heralding this little one’s arrival, it is apparent that the joy and wonder a new baby brings is shared by all!


Crack-Crack! Who Is That? By Tristan Mory (Created by) Cover Image
By Tristan Mory (Created by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9782408033583
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Published: Twirl - March 1st, 2022

Perfect for Easter and spring, this innovative board book has a satisfying handle to pull. Who will hatch from each egg? Pull on the handle to find out! Each adorable baby animal is revealed, accompanied by an enjoyable crack-crack-crack sound.
• Bright, adorable illustrations help engage young readers
• Pull up the built-in handle to reveal what's inside each egg


Peek-a-Mood By Giuliano Ferri Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781662650383
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Published: mineditionUS - February 9th, 2021

Guess how I'm feeling? A peekaboo book and a primer on empathy, PEEK-A-MOOD invites children to open the flaps and explore our many emotions.


Om Child: I Am Kind: Ahimsa, Compassion, and Community By Lisa Edwards, Sandhya Prabhat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lisa Edwards, Sandhya Prabhat (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780063068407
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Published: HarperFestival - August 31st, 2021

Yoga has many benefits as an ancient Indian mind-and-body practice, and it’s never too early to start your little one!


Beginning By Shelley Moore Thomas, Melissa Castrillon (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534494435
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 27th, 2022

In this magical and poetic picture book, a father and child see all the wonders and connections in nature and in life as they go about their day.

From a seed to a plant, from an egg to a chick, from a caterpillar to a butterfly, a child and father observe the cycles of nature and come to see that as each journey ends, new adventures begin.


When You Take a Step By Bethanie Deeney Murguia, Bethanie Deeney Murguia (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534473676
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 27th, 2022

Each step leads to a new discovery in this evocative picture book about how mindfulness, peace, or change could be just around the corner.

To take a walk is to begin a journey. It can be an adventure or a chance to let your thoughts roam and be one with nature. It can be a time for daydreaming and pondering life’s many questions.


Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue By Paula Harrison, Jenny Lovlie (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Paula Harrison, Jenny Lovlie (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780062934710
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 10th, 2019

Girl by day. Cat by night. Ready for an adventure. Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue is the first book in a chapter book series about Kitty and her superhero adventures. 


Discover the first four tales of the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol series, now available in one spooky bind-up!

Meet Desmond Cole, a fearless eight-year-old who runs his own ghost patrol, looking for ghosts, monsters, and mischief-makers everywhere!