Marielle's Picks

Marielle had been a customer of Towne Book Center for as long as she can remember before joining our team of booksellers in the summer of 2019. She loves manga and middle grade novels and always has a great recommendation to offer on both counts. As Mary is out for awhile, Marielle has taken over some back room responsibilities at the store and is responsible for reaching out to all the authors we've had for our summer virtual events series! Check out some of her favorite middle grade and manga recommendations below, and stop by the store some time to say hi!

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It Ends in Fire Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781368057950
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Jimmy Patterson - July 6th, 2021

A dark fantasy combined with a steamy romance, IT ENDS IN FIRE is truly epic. Alka is strong and edgy and tortured and raw and just so totally awesome you can't help but fall in love with her. You will be lured deeper and deeper into this amazing fantasy world with each expertly crafted word, and your heart will ache and warm in equal measure. You'll never want this story to end!


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The City Beautiful Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335402509
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Published: Inkyard Press - October 5th, 2021

This story drew me in from line one! Every page had me salivating for more and I was so sad when it was over because I couldn't get lost in the tale anymore. Historical fiction with a touch of fantasy and myth, a dark murder mystery combined with a haunting and at times horrifying ghost story, with a sizzlingly sweet romance as the cherry on top, THE CITY BEAUTIFUL is an unforgettable tale!


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The Smashed Man of Dread End Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062990525
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Published: HarperCollins - August 17th, 2021

A true horror story for a middle grade audience THE SMASHED MAN OF DREAD END will have you shaking so bad you won't want to turn the next page, and be completely unable to stop yourself from reading on. With the vibe of a classic horror movie, thrills, suspense, and terror leak off these pages seeping irrevocably into your bones. This is a story you'll want to read with the lights on, and one you'll never want to put down.


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The Ghoul Next Door Cover Image
By Cullen Bunn, Cat Farris (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062896094
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperAlley - July 13th, 2021

Spooky and funny with just enough scares to force you to keep reading, THE GHOUL NEXT DOOR is absolutely wonderful. Grey is an awesome protagonist and his relationship with Lavinia is so adorable you'll fall instantly in love with both of them. Through all the chills and thrills, at its core this is a story about the strong bonds of friendship transcending differences, and finding the courage to fight for the people you love. An eerie and beautiful tale.


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The Halloween Moon Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063020979
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Published: Quill Tree Books - July 27th, 2021

This book is awesome! It's spooky and creepy and takes place on Halloween (a.k.a. the best day of the year!) what more could you ask for? The writing is crisp and snarky and sarcastic and hilarious, and makes you feel like you're watching one of those classic Halloween Disney Channel original movies unfold. The characters are fantastic and the plot draws you in. THE HALLOWEEN MOON is a story you'll never want to end!


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Ghost Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063044609
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - August 10th, 2021

This story is just awesome! Zee is my favorite type of protagonist: sassy, sarcastic, awkward, and she can talk to ghosts. Full of lore, urban legend, and horror, GHOST GIRL is a ghost story wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in a thrilling adventure. But at its core this is a story of family, friendship, and coming-of-age in your own way to find exactly who you are, who you want to be, and where you belong.


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Long Lost Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062691750
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 18th, 2021

An eerily, creepy mystery wrapped up in a ghost story and the power of books, LONG LOST takes hold of your heart and never lets go. The sumptuous details lure you in until you feel you are right next to Fiona in that magical library, and the interweaving of Fiona's story and the story she is reading makes the whole ride even more thrilling as the secrets of this small town are unraveled. With a mystery that keeps you guessing, this tale will hold you in suspense until the very last page.


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Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593206973
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - July 6th, 2021

INKHEART meets CHALKZONE meets KIRANMALA AND THE WORLD BEYOND in this high action adventure story. The elements of magic and mythology are wonderfully done and expertly plotted to make you keep reading, but at the core of this story is one girl's coming-of-age story as she deals with crippling anxiety and finding the courage to save those she loves. To sum it up, KIKI KALILIRA BREAKS A KINGDOM is fantastic!


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The Verdigris Pawn Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062908056
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Published: HarperCollins - July 13th, 2021

A wonderful story set in an expertly crafted fantastical setting THE VERDIGRIS PAWN is a true delight to read. With elements of both modern and classic quests and characters that you'll want to follow anywhere, this is a story that pulls you in and won't let go. Adventure and friendship combine to create an absolute joy of a book!


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A Discovery of Dragons Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338714449
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Published: Chicken House - July 6th, 2021

This book is an absolute epic adventure. Pulling from historical facts from the real voyage of the HMS Beagle, Lindsay Galvin brings to life the actual story of Charles Darwin's cabin boy and assistant on these pages. Simon is brave and selfless even when it's difficult to be either and you will cheer for him at every turn. Combining fantasy, history, and environmental issues, A DISCOVERY OF DRAGONS is a can't miss read!