Hana's Picks

Hana is a Bellingham native and spent her childhood in the Children's section of Village Books. She graduated WWU with a degree in Classical Studies, focused in particular on mythology, and will tell you without hesitation that Athena is the best of all the gods. She is a reader, a knitter, a candlemaker (ask about her candles in Paper Dreams), and loves everything to do with winter, Harry Potter, and Beauty and the Beast.

Hana is the store's Children's Book Buyer and loves nothing better than putting wonderful books into young hands. Her taste ranges but she has a special love for a good retelling and a well-built fantasy world. Such books are affectionately known as "Hana-bait".

Where the Red Fern Grows Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440412670
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling Books - September 17th, 1996

This is my favorite book in the entire world. Ask me about my traveling copy.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780590353427
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 7th, 1999

These are my other favorite books in the entire world. You can never go wrong with a trip to Hogwarts.


Wolf by Wolf: One Girl's Mission to Win a Race and Kill Hitler Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316405089
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

Ryan Graudin is a wonder of a storyteller. My favorite of all her stories, Wolf by Wolf is set in an alternate world where the Axis powers have won World War II and tells of Yael, a girl with a secret that may just be the key to bringing down Adolf Hitler.


Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316341677
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2018

Prepare your jaw to drop.


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Six of Crows Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

Prepare your jaw to drop. Again.


Furthermore Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781101994771
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Published: Puffin Books - November 14th, 2017

Referred to as a "love letter to my favorite books as a child" by the author herself, Furthermore reads as exactly that. It is nonstop gorgeous the entire way through.


The Color of Magic: A Novel of Discworld Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062225672
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - January 29th, 2013

Terry Pratchett's work is a treasure trove of humor. Pick up anything by him, but The Color of Magic marks the first foray into Discworld, a realm you will never want to leave once you begin.


The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780375823459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2002

His Dark Materials trilogy is so unique, so special, so above and beyond. It deserves to be on all the reading lists.


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I'll Give You the Sun Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142425763
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Speak - October 27th, 2015

Ask almost anyone on staff and they will tell you to READ THIS BOOK. Its gorgeousness knows no bounds.


The Glass Sentence (Mapmakers Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142423660
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Published: Puffin Books - June 16th, 2015

The Great Disruption, a natural disaster that split the land, made new borders and thrust each place into a different time period. How on earth does this work? S.E. Grove has all the answers.


Airborn Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780060531829
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Published: HarperCollins - May 24th, 2005

Kenneth Oppel has long been one of my favorite authors. Airborn is the beginning of a thrilling high seas adventure. In the sky.


Wild Bird Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101940440
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

Wren's journey of self-discovery is unflinchingly real, the kind of introspective brilliance only Van Draanen can bring to the table.


The Hobbit: The Enchanting Prelude to the Lord of the Rings (Pre-Lord of the Rings) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780345339683
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Published: Del Rey Books - July 12th, 1986

Because everyone has to read The Hobbit at least once.


Eragon: Inheritance, Book I (Inheritance Cycle #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780375826696
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2005

The beginning of the wondrous Inheritance CycleEragon tells of a farm boy with a great destiny, one which starts with the discovery of a rare dragon's egg.


An Unkindness of Magicians Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781481451192
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Published: Saga Press - September 26th, 2017

This dark fantasy is just spectacular; full of thrills, betrayals, and an intense edge-of-your-seat competition. So good!
 


Furyborn (Empirium Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781492656623
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - May 22nd, 2018

There are two queens, one of blood, one of sun, and they carry the fate of the world between them. To say anymore would be to do Furyborn an injustice.
 


Children of Blood and Bone (Children of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 6th, 2018

With its roots in Western African mythology, the world and magic system Adeyemi has built here will blow you away.
 


Some Kind of Happiness Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442466029
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

For anyone feeling, or having ever felt, as though they have lost their way. Finley's joys and struggles will resonate and stick with you. Stunning. 


Blood Water Paint Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735232112
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2018

Based on the true story of 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, this beautiful novel is vivid, heartwrenching, and undeniably gorgeous. Be sure to look up Artemisia's actual paintings while you read.


Circe (#1 New York Times Bestseller) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

 

For the expert on mythology and for the newcomer alike, Miller takes us on quite a ride, showing a side of the famous witch Circe we have never seen before.