Holiday Gift Recommendations from the Staff of the Raven

Lily: I recommend A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo with Jill Tiwss. This is the most adorable book! It's short and simple enough to keep younger kids engaged, with valuable lessons about love, acceptance and encouragement for all. With sweet, colorful illustrations and a rabbit with a polka-dotted bowtie, this book is charming and important. Have a hoppy holiday season with Marlon and Wesley!

Sarah: I recommend Your Guide to the National Parks by Michael Joseph Oswald. Do you need a gift for your travel-inclined family or friends?  This guide to the national parks is incredible. It's my go-to book for park information. Each National Park is given generous coverage that rates hikes, views, "must-see" attractions and other activities. In my experience so far, the book is dead-accurate in its information and it offers honest, realistic advice about what one can accomplish during a park visit. I'm going to have to get another one soon as my copy is dog-eared and falling apart.  I love this book!

Mary: The second in an adventurous middle grade series by Kate Milford, Ghosts of Greenglass House features thirteen-year-old Milo and the mysterious inn which his adoptive parents own and operate.  During Milo’s winter break from school, guests new and old join forces in a quest to find a lost treasure.  Meanwhile, Milo tries to connect with his own identity and Chinese heritage and strengthen friendships along the way.  With thievery, art, and secrets to spare, Ghosts of Greenglass House is a magical sequel that is sure to please.  This book would be a great gift for middle readers who enjoy adventurous stories with lots twists and turns! 

Katie: The Name of the Wind was my bedtime book for many months. A fantastic, magical tale told in short chapters, this book is an addicting read. Patrick Rothfuss is a masterful storyteller, weaving together the rhythms of plot and voice as seamlessly as a song. This 10th anniversary addition is a satisfying volume, complete with a new afterward from the author and material detailing Kvothe's world, including explanations of the map, calendar, currencies, and languages deployed in the book. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, but also to readers who have never ventured into the genre - there's enough literary merit here to draw in just about anyone!

Kelly: Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter: If beavers won't save the world, they'll come pretty darn close. Read Eager, by environmental journalist and graduate of the Yale Forestry School, Ben Goldfarb to find out how. He traces the battles waged against these most enduring of the World's mammals and the beneficial changes they're already making in a recent human-assisted comeback, even combating climate change. If you don't already, you'll appreciate Lawrence's resident populations along the Kaw River and in the Wakarusa Wetlands even more after reading this charmer. 

Morgan: You might think that you know all you need to know about Frederick Douglass--he did, after all, document his own life in a series of famous autobiographies that you might have even read--so what can a new biography on Douglass offer? Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom is the most in-depth exploration of Douglass's life through access to some of the most exclusive, private Douglass archives in existence, particularly notable for its illumination of Douglass's final years. David W. Blight, a foremost scholar on American oratory, fleshes out a portrait of a man both inspirational and flawed, paying particular attention to new historical findings and Douglass's own journals. Blight's biography presents the most accurate, complex narrative of Douglass, one that both espouses Douglass's great genius but complicates our understanding of his politics through the challenges he faced in his own tumultuous personal life. Equally perfect for the history buff and those looking to learn something completely new, Blight's book is more historical narrative that your typical history book, making it one of the only nonfiction books out this year that I couldn't put down.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (Better Bundo Book, LGBT Children’s Book) Cover Image
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 18th, 2018

100% of Last Week Tonight's proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a children's picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.


Your Guide to the National Parks, 2nd Edition: The Complete Guide to All 59 National Parks Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781621280675
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Published: Stone Road Press - January 2017

"Your Guide to the National Parks"provides step-by-step itineraries, kid-friendly activities, and the most popular ranger programs to help plan your family vacation. Thousands of hotels, restaurants, and attractions beyond the parks and 11 suggested road trips make it the ultimate dashboard companion.


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Published: Clarion Books - October 3rd, 2017

Welcome to the irresistible world of Greenglass House, where thirteen-year-old Milo is spending the winter holidays stuck in a house full of strange guests who are not what they seem.


The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
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Published: DAW - April 2008

Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
 
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks


Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter Cover Image
$24.95
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - July 5th, 2018

WINNER of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

Washington Post "50 Notable Works of Nonfiction"

Science News "Favorite Science Books of 2018"

Booklist "Top Ten Science/Technology Book of 2018"


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ISBN: 9781416590316
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

A NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, and TIME TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR

The definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.

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