Nebulous November Staff Picks

Nestle Up In a Nest of New Novels with these November Staff Picks from Off The Beaten Path.
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Seven Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781459746398
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Published: Dundurn Group - September 29th, 2020

Sharifa travels back to her homeland of India with her husband, hoping to save her marriage and to reconnect with relatives while she pursues researching her great-great-grandfather. What awaits her is more than she could have imagined! Sharifa comes face-to-face with traditional Indian customs, which still linger in the modern world. The novel takes an in-depth look into the age-old Indian tradition of Khatna (female genital mutilation) and the mental and family consequences it has today. 
One of the most compelling aspects of this story is the women’s roles. They are the heroes, the victims, and the enforcers of this tradition, which is still happening in some communities today!
-Virgie
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Invisible Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982137335
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Published: Atria Books - October 13th, 2020

Lisa Jewell never disappoints, and as prolific as she is, that is really a statement. As the queen of psychological thrillers, she really digs deep in this new novel. Take a disenfranchised beautiful 17-year-old girl that goes missing, a 33-year-old virgin man who dabbles in incel groups,  a wife and mother of 2 who suspects her husband is cheating, a series of sexual assaults, and see what happens. The way all these people and their secrets collide is thrilling.  Yet another page-turner!
-Kim B.

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The Cold Millions: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062868084
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Published: Harper - October 27th, 2020

The Cold Millions takes place in early 20th Century America, a particular moment in history where people suffered the inequalities of a system that produced paupers at one extreme and multimillionaires at the other. Does this sound familiar? This story parallels our current condition in America; passionate protestors fighting for their own civil rights, only to be intimidated and arrested, a broken corrupt legal system, and a deep chasm between the “haves” and “have nots.” This story, told through passionate characters, is a powerful echo of our America today!
-Virgie

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In a Holidaze Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982123949
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Published: Gallery Books - October 6th, 2020

For fans of second chance love stories!

This is the perfect cozy read for any season!  Fans of Christina Lauren will love this new addition to their library and newbies will be introduced to an absolutely terrific storyteller!

In this twist on the classic groundhog day tale, Mae wakes up on the last morning of her annual family Christmas trip, one hangover, and a couple of bad decisions worse for the wear.  On the drive out she begs the universe for guidance, only to get caught up in an auto accident and wake up on the plane back on the first day of her vacation!  Cue the theatrics and confusion and the attempts to find out how to stop the cycle and get on with her life.  Nevermind that Mae hates her job and has been feeling unmoored for forever.  Nevermind that she has been in love with her friend Andrew for years, and decides this is the perfect opportunity to go for it. After all, what does she have to lose when tomorrow she’ll wake up and no one will remember a thing? Throw in adorable holiday scavenger hunts, snow sculpture contests, snowball fights, and one oddly romantic wardrobe, and Christina Lauren has certainly provided the perfect tale for the most wonderful time of the year.
-Jenna
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Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781534437678
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 13th, 2020

The solstice is approaching, the storm is coming, and a plan that’s been in the works for decades is coming to fruition. Black Sun follows a woman trying and failing to find her way in a world without her community; a man who shifts between hero and villain depending on whose light he’s in; a woman who loves a religion that refuses to love her back; and a man navigating complex political situation after his mother’s murder.
This is a triumph of fantasy, a multitude of stories woven together with Roanhorse’s nimble storytelling. The audiobook’s narrators bring this book to a delightful light, I really enjoyed the listening experience. 
-Izzy

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The Girl in the Mirror: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063030145
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

This psychological thriller revolves around a set of mirror twins. A real phenomena that I just learned about in this novel. Sailing adventures and intrigue in the Seychelles and Thailand. Can one twin step into another twin's life undetected? What are the consequences? Don’t want to give too much away but this Australian author takes you on a true adventure with lots of psychological twists and turns!

-Kim B

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ISBN: 9780062973528
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 11th, 2020

How do you remember your childhood and the family you grew up in? How do your childhood experiences influence the adult you become? This is the raw, painful, yet brave story of the Eberhardt’s, a family of 8 growing up in the late 40’s. The family dynamics are impacted by Randall, the 3rd child of 6, who is severely autistic. The family constantly lies in wait for the “tic-toc” of Randall’s impulsive behavior, not knowing when he will become disruptive or violent. As you follow the Eberhardt’s from childhood to adulthood, it becomes evident that the versions of family stories, polished and embellished, change with time. I found myself reflecting on the snapshots of my own life as I read this powerful story. It’s worth the read!
-Virgie
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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593128480
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Published: Del Rey - September 29th, 2020

El is just trying to survive in a school that’s literally trying to kill its students. The Shcolomance is the only institution where the young and magically gifted can learn magic and maybe survive. El is plenty powerful, but she refuses to use her power due to its mortality rate. Orion Lake is powerful and flashy about it, saving everyone who needs it. But Lake’s savior act is making the school hungry. 
A Deadly Education is snarky, suspenseful, and exactly what I’ve been craving. Novik’s storytelling and sense of humor make this a perfect fantasy thriller to escape into. 
-Izzy 
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The Return Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538728574
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 29th, 2020

Nicholas Sparks has presented another feel-good, romantic novel to his readers, where you don’t have to “think” as much as “feel.” Navy doctor Trevor Benson’s life and future blew up when he was hit by a mortar blast in Afghanistan. Suffering from physical wounds as well as PTSD, he recuperates at his Grandfather’s house, which he recently inherited. That is where he encounters two mysterious women, who become a part of his healing, and he a part of their healing. The story incorporates modern-day problems like PTSD, guilt, and loyalty within marriage. If you want an easy read on a snowy day, this book is for you!
-Virgie
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316422048
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Published: Redhook - October 13th, 2020

If you like this you will like this: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The Once and Future Witches imagines a history where magic is acknowledged as a reality and yet repressed, pushed down and hidden and made to be smaller than it is, much like the women of New Salem who are determined to secure votes for women. The Eastwood sisters - Juniper, Beatrice, and Agnes - were once separated by a cruel and abusive father, but have unexpectedly reunited in New Salem, just as whispers of powerful magic swirls through the streets. Beatrice pretends to be only interested in her books and library work; Agnes has been burned once, and refuses to allow herself to be burned again; but Juniper, the youngest, has embraced magic and the Old Ways with a fervent passion - a passion she is determined to use in service of the suffragist movement. Smart, imaginative, and brimming with powerful women of all stripes. 
-Megan

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Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062942852
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

 When a film crew decides to film the book adaption of the tragic events that happened at a girls school over a century ago on location at said school, spookiness ensues. Heavy on female voices this book is full of humor, scares and all the familiar horror film tropes. There is a book within a book within a book which is super entertaining. spooky villainous yellow jackets. scandalous love affairs and again, humor! All I can say is the book is a whole lot of fun!

-Kim B.

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Sleep Donation (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525566083
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Published: Vintage - September 29th, 2020

Sleep Donation is the latest weird and wonderful tale from Karen Russell, the author of Swamplandia! and Orange World.  This story is all about a plague of insomnia that ravages the world, and the people tangled up in the process of ‘sleep donation’ (much like blood donation) who keep those afflicted healthy.  Follow a donation worker, a mother whose baby is the first universal donor, and a whole group of workers who realized they’ve been distributing nightmare infected sleep.  Follow the story through its twisting and turning morality, and decide for yourself what you think is right. 

This is a perfect book for fans of psychological thrillers and traditional mystery fans alike!  I found it fascinating and disturbing in equal measure.
-Jenna
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On a Sunbeam Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250178138
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Published: First Second - October 2nd, 2018

This story spans across a universe and time, following one woman’s quest to find her love. It is an artistic marvel. On A Sunbeam’s story, characters, and artwork coalesce to create an unforgettable graphic novel. I had to take a break from reading to sit with this story and let it marinate.

-Izzy

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By Sean Murphy, Sean Murphy (Illustrator), Klaus Janson (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781779504487
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Published: DC Comics - September 15th, 2020

If you like this, you’ll like: White Knight by Sean Murphy

I couldn’t agree more that Sean Murphy was born to draw Batman. His aggressively dynamic and dark scrawling style captures the essence of Gotham and all of its gritty sporadic characters with ease. I enjoyed the radical plot twists of the White Knight and the continuation of its storyline in the Curse of the White Knight is everything you’d want in a sequel—Victorian-esque flashbacks, ancient rivalry, and mystical magic curses that explode across the page. A graphic novel should be a marriage of art and literature, engaging graphics paired with fluent dialogue that sweeps you away into a fantasy world of your choosing—Murphy is a very successful matchmaker when it comes to the dark DC story of Batman. Murder, madness, and mystery galore!

- Josie
 


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Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250296856
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Published: Metropolitan Books - November 10th, 2020

Somewhere in the Unknown World is a must-read.  Every story is from a person who has sought and gained refugee status in the United States, specifically Minnesota in this case.  There are stories here from people who have left Syria, Liberia, Bosnia, South Sudan and so so many more.  These voices tell their stories from a variety of ages, genders, and locations.  This book is a siren call to our humanity in a time when so many are in pain.  It speaks to the hurt and the loss that so many feel, but also presents hope and love to its reader.  The United States today accepts fewer refugees than it has at any time since the 1920’s, this is a call to change that.  A hope that we will get back to our roots of  "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
-Jenna 
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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143127741
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Published: Penguin Books - September 8th, 2015

If you like this you will like this: This is Your Brain on Birth Control by Sarah Hill

Have you ever wanted to know why the body reacts the way it does to trauma? Or how traumatic situations physically alter our brains? Van der Kolk’s book is practically the bible on this subject. He narrates his journey through the very infancy of psychology, when mentally ill people were generally confined to asylums in poor conditions, all the way through the advent of modern medicine like Prozac and therapy methods such as mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I found van der Kolk’s narration to be compelling and intriguing, not letting clinical terms get in the way of the core concepts. With everything that’s happened in 2020, we all ought to brush up on our knowledge of trauma.

- Megan

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The New Rules of Aging Well: A Simple Program for Immune Resilience, Strength, and Vitality Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781579659592
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Published: Artisan - October 27th, 2020

This era of Covid concerns make it even more important for aging people (me included) to become aware of simple things you can do to stay healthy and keep yourself going with vitality! Based on current research, Dr. Lipman provides simple and immediately actionable advice to make big changes in your health and immune system starting right NOW! Since ALL of us are aging, I recommend this book to everyone. 
-Virgie
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Here the Whole Time Cover Image
By Vitor Martins, Larissa Helena (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781338620825
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Published: Scholastic Press - November 10th, 2020

Filipe was looking forward to a school break filled with Netflix binging and free of other kids. His plans are put in jeopardy when he finds out Caio, his crush, will be spending the break sleeping at Filipe’s apartment. This brings up a whole host of anxieties and insecurities Filipe was hoping to avoid. As the days go by Filipe has to learn how to simply be with another person.
This is a deeply heartfelt book that chronicles one young man’s struggle with self-worth. I enjoyed the open, sometimes cringy, look into 2 weeks of Filipe’s life.
-Izzy


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Cut Off Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358006459
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - August 11th, 2020

Cut Off is an action packed survival story from the first page.  This is the ultimate survival game show, no one knows what mother nature will bring next.  Do you rely on someone else or do you go it alone?  I liked how the author would switch the stories from current events to the back story for all the characters and why they were on the show.
If you liked this you should read:
Chosen by Taran Matharu
Camp Valor by Scott McEwen
Hostile Territory by Paul Greci
-Chris


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Before the Ever After Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399545436
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

A beautiful and heartbreaking story told in verse that takes adolescent readers on a journey of how it feels to watch your world crumble! 
ZJ’s father is his personal hero but also a professional football star hero, who is experiencing degenerative symptoms of CTE, caused by repeated head injuries.
Told through the perspective of ZJ, readers experience what it is like for a child to see his father change, forget things, experience mood swings, and become unpredictable. This is not a subject matter that I expected to find in a children's book but I think it's an important one that can support children dealing with parents who suffer from mental disorders. It’s a perfect book for many ages.  
-Virgie 
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A Wolf Called Wander Cover Image
By Rosanne Parry, Mónica Armiño (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062895936
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 7th, 2019

This is the ultimate adventure book!!  I loved this book!!  The author does a wonderful job of bringing OR-7 (aka Journey) to readers in a way that makes animals easier to understand.  Her descriptions of his senses, hear/smell, and his wag.  The things that he has to learn as a pup really make this book about family and the circle of life.

- Chris

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Fart Monster and Me: The Crash Landing (Fart Monster and Me, #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780733338922
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Published: ABC Books - October 6th, 2020

“Whoever smelt it, dealt it.”
Ben Dugan is going outside, trying to stay out of trouble. However, he sees a butt-shaped hole in the ground near the shed. Something crash-landed in his yard! He reaches inside to help something get out, but can only get a hold of one finger. Well, you know where this is going; the fart monster lets one loose! Only the fart monster’s friends can see him. Join Ben as he helps the fart monster get home!

-Kim T

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Fart Monster and Me: The New School (Fart Monster and Me, #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780733338939
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Published: ABC Books - October 6th, 2020

“Whoever denied it, supplied it.”
Ben is about to attend Stone Beach Primary school, and hopes the smelliness doesn’t follow him there. Ben and the fart monster have some interesting adventures in Mr. Bendentoot’s class. At the end of the day, Ben’s dad picks them up and asks how the first day went.  Ben responds, “Oh, I blew them away, Dad.”

-Kim T

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Big Bear Hug (Life in the Wild) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781525303791
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Published: Kids Can Press - April 7th, 2020

This book is adorable and teaches a great lesson in taking the higher road. There is a big bear who loves to share his love through hugs. He hugs everything, even animals that bears tend to eat. One day a man looked at a giant tree for a long time, and the bear thought that the human loved trees too. He was wrong. The human wanted to chop the tree down! The bear wanted to eat him for hurting the tree, but made a better choice instead.
-Kim T. 


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Spork Cover Image
By Kyo Maclear, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781525304019
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Published: Kids Can Press - October 6th, 2020

This is a very unique way to talk about diversity and acceptance.  Spork has two different parents and doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the items on the table.  All he wants is friends.  When he does finally figure out how to fit in, he is the happiest little spork ever.   This book is full of fun illustrations and fun things to talk about on each page.

- Chris


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Time to Pee! Board Book Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368047661
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - March 10th, 2020

Sometimes potty training is difficult. Children are being asked to recognize the sensation or urge to urinate--sometimes before being able to verbally communicate what they’re feeling. This little book helps the child understand the sensation is nothing to fret about, and it goes through the steps including excusing oneself and washing hands! WASHING HANDS! What a novel idea!

-Kim T


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By Amy Novesky, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593116296
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2020

Every little girl needs this book on their shelf! Every grown woman with a taste for adventure needs this book on her shelf.  (Of course, as a woman motorcyclist myself I may be biased.)

My favorite children’s books are always the ones that leave the kids curious about the wider world.  Stories that inspire awe and wonder and provoke a taste for adventure.  This book will leave its reader, child or adult, thirsting for the open road and in awe of the world.  It is based on the real story of the first woman to ride alone the world alone, which is amazing.  Once you see the beautiful illustrations, you’ll understand that this is the perfect addition to any shelf.  

Books like this demand to be shared.  They prove that the world is far more beautiful than it is intimidating, and we are far more connected with each other than we are separate. 
-Jenna
 


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I'm Sticking with You Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250619235
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 5th, 2020

This is a sweet book about best friends Bear and Squirrel. They spend all their time together, and try being apart for a little, but realize they do best when they’re with each other. They show true friendship and loyalty by sticking by each other, even when things go awry. It’s a lovely show of sticking with each other through thick and thin.

-Kim T


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Pugtato Finds a Thing Cover Image
By Sophie Corrigan (Illustrator), Zondervan
$17.99
ISBN: 9780310767817
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Published: Zonderkidz - August 4th, 2020

Pugtato is an adorable hybrid of pug and potato. He finds this interesting, shiny thing in the ground while he’s planting seeds. He brings it about and asks his friends, who are coincidentally cute hybrids as well, what it might be. Come meet his friends as he tries to figure out what this thing may be!

-Kim T