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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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The Vanishing Half: A Novel 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


Dead Lez Walking 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 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593133385
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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 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


Cinderella Is Dead Cover Image
$10.99
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ISBN: 9781547606641
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 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 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 Mabel used to long to soar through the heavens. Nowadays, Grana mostly lies in bed and Mabel stays close to home.


I Sang You Down from the Stars 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 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.


False Witness: A Novel 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 


Survivor Song: A Novel 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 Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062679116
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 2nd, 2019

Soon to be a major motion picture directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Knock at the Cabin

 “A tremendous book―thought-provoking and terrifying, with tension that winds up like a chain. The Cabin at the End of the World is Tremblay’s personal best. It’s that good.” — Stephen King


The Turn of the Key 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.


Nothing to See Here 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!


Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel 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


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption 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.


When We Are Kind Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781459825222
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 13th, 2020

Notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activities--and encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others."--Publishers Weekly


Your Name Is a Song 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) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)
$7.99
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ISBN: 9781452141213
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.


Just Add Glitter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481409674
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 9th, 2018

Is there really such a thing as too much bling?


Alma and How She Got Her Name 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 Wheels on the Tuk Tuk Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481448314
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Published: Beach Lane Books - January 12th, 2016

From the mother-son duo behind the New York Times bestselling A Bucket of Blessings comes a zany picture book about a wild ride on a tuk tuk taxi in India!

This picture book brings an international twist to the beloved nursery rhyme, The Wheels on the Bus, by bringing you aboard a busy three-wheeled taxi in India!


Hands Up! Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593326640
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Published: Puffin Books - December 15th, 2020

This triumphant picture book celebrates Black joy by reclaiming a charged phrase and showing readers how resistance can be part of their everyday lives.


This Is Our Baby, Born Today Cover Image
By Varsha Bajaj, Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781984814135
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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!