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1. Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan

This is sort of ... realistic fantasy for techy, book-loving nerds. I mean that in the best possible way: the overwhelming feeling I had reading this book was "these are my people!" even though I am not technically that techy of a person. The plot was almost secondary for me compared to the general feel and atmosphere of the book. (Also the writing is super top notch, and very clever.)

2. Tuesdays at the Castle, Jessica George

A lovely little fantasy about a trio of royal siblings and their enchanted castle; I personally would have enjoyed it more if it had been written for a little older audience (I often wished for more details/emotions being explored more fully) but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to its intended age group.

3. The Girl Is Murder, Kathryn Miller Haines

There aren't that many young adult period mysteries out there (What I Saw and How I Lied comes to mind). This is one; and it's quite good. It's set in the early 40s, so it has some great discussion about the war, but it also is just really a good old detective story.

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