Julie Jarema

Julie is a bookseller and Avid’s book subscriptions manager. She started working at Avid in March 2018 after working in children’s publishing. She enjoys stories for all ages, so she tends to read a lot of children’s books. When she is not hiding in the bookshelves, she is daydreaming, doodling, and falling off of her unicycle. 

My Staff Picks: 
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The Principles of Uncertainty Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143116462
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Published: Penguin Books - October 27th, 2009

The ambiguity of life can cause you to spin into existential despair. But fear not--we have Maira Kalman's gorgeous book, The Principles of Uncertainty to infuse whimsy and absurdity into those things that make life heavy. Full of her wondrous paintings and handwriting, this book is an absolute delight!


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Pretty Monsters Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142416723
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Published: Speak - June 10th, 2010

Kelly Link is one of my favorites!! She’s a writer of the absurd who stretches language and situations to make you realize you’ve been looking at everything wrong the whole time. These short stories feature wizards in treehouses, enchanted bags, and more. Be prepared for things to get weird in the best way.


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13 Little Blue Envelopes Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062439109
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Published: HarperTeen - May 3rd, 2016

I love Maureen Johnson! Pick up this book if you want to be whisked off on a whirlwind European adventure with a scavenger hunt structure. It's basically a modern wanderluster's fairytale.


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Paper Towns Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142414934
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Published: Speak - September 22nd, 2009

Pretty sure you've heard of this one already, but it ranks high on my list of John Green books. If you love scavenger hunts, poetry and literature, complex and believable YA characters, a bit of suspense, and heartfelt writing, read this one and DFTBA!


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We Are Okay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525425892
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

A story about friendship and family; grief and loneliness; different kinds of love; and the purpose of fiction. The story revolves around Marin and her best friend from home, Mabel, who has flown from CA to Marin’s dorm in Upstate NY in an attempt to convince her to come home for the holidays. It’s a quietly devastating story with incredible writing and emotion that sneaks up on you.


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This One Summer Cover Image
By Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Mariko Tamaki
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596437746
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Published: First Second - May 6th, 2014

This poignant story paints those subtle shifts from childhood to adulthood for Rose as she spends time at a lakehouse with her parents, who are going through a rough patch, and her younger friend Windy, who suddenly seems immature. It's a quiet story, full of melancholy and growing pains, but still so lovely and achingly honest.


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I Want My Hat Back Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2011

Have you seen his hat? I'm sure somebunny has...With deadpan humor, this book will make you laugh in alarm.