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Sonia grew up begging her parents to grab her a book at Kepler's every Sunday morning. Now, she is thrilled to tell people that she has impressed her past self by being the one behind the counter. When she's not in the store, you can find her at school (go Bears!), captivated by literary fiction, watching reality TV, or writing for the M-A Chronicle.

Favorite Genres: 
Children's Lit
Science Fiction
Young Adult
Book Recommendations: 
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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524798642
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

Written as if you are reading the script of a documentary, Daisy Jones & The Six is my favorite book of the spring! Reid sets the stage perfectly in the 70s for you to watch Daisy's band on the rise and their mysterious fall. This is a great (fictional) read if you love music! ~Sonia

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Nothing to See Here: A Read with Jenna Pick By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062913494
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

Nothing to See Here helps readers work through the common moral dilemma- what do you do if your friend from high school calls out of the blue to ask if you can take care of her new kids that light on fire? Lillian takes the challenge head-on in this sweet and imaginative story.  ~Sonia

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People from My Neighborhood: Stories By Hiromi Kawakami, Ted Goossen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hiromi Kawakami, Ted Goossen (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781593767112
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Soft Skull - November 30th, 2021

I picked this up almost by accident while looking for books to read over the summer, and was happily surprised to find a delightful world written through short stories! Kawakami blends small-town drama perfectly with otherworldly powers, and I loved learning more about the residents of this unusual neighborhood with each page.  ~Sonia

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Cat's Cradle: A Novel By Kurt Vonnegut Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385333481
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

This is certainly a strange book, but I have to say - I read it once when I was thirteen and then again last month - and it just gets more fascinating as I get older. The mysterious Bokonon religion leads John on a great adventure with his surprising karass (group of spiritually connected people). This is creative and different from anything I have ever read! --Sonia

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525522133
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

I went into this with the expectation that it would be darkly funny and compelling, and I was not disappointed! I loved being drawn into the main character's intriguing mind as she tries to isolate herself from the world for a year using pills prescribed by her under-qualified therapist. --Sonia

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The Phantom Tollbooth By Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780394820378
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Yearling - October 12th, 1988

 I don't care how old I get, I will always have time for my thousandth re-read of The Phantom Tollbooth. Clever Milo always gets me out of a reading slump and his adventures will put you in touch with your adventurous inner child! --Sonia

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Looking for Alaska By John Green Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142402511
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2006

Looking for Alaska made me cry, and that's a RARE privilege for a book to earn. Big shoutout to Alaska and Miles for making me want to read for "10 more minutes" about 40 times. --Sonia

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel By Gail Honeyman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735220690
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

This is one of the most unique books I have read in a long time. Eleanor has such a fresh and different voice, and she really changed my outlook on my own life. Absolutely a wonderful read, and if you don't like it I will be shocked (because my mom and I both liked it.) --Sonia

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The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries) By Sandra Cisneros Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679734772
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 1991

House on Mango Street is beautiful in every way. I was touched by the images and emotions each short story stirred up in me, and wanted more as soon as I finished the last page. --Sonia

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The Martian Chronicles By Ray Bradbury Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451678192
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 17th, 2012

The Martian Chronicles are guaranteed to have you thinking about the stories Bradbury has spun at least 3 years later (trust me, I know from personal experience). His version of Mars is spooky, fascinating, and each word will draw you further in. --Sonia

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A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #1) By Madeleine L'Engle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312367541
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2007

This is another superhero against my book slump villains! When I remember Meg Murry, Charles Wallace, and their adventures into strange worlds, I immediately want to drop whatever I'm doing and crack open another book. This is a classic and a necessity to have on your shelf! --Sonia

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669270
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2015

In middle school, my brother read Stephen Pastis like a lullaby to my whole family every night, causing my dad to laugh to the point of tears at (no joke) almost every page. The legend of Timmy Failure has never left my mind, and this is a perfect pick for anyone looking for a fun read. --Sonia