16-year-old Aza is trying to fill many roles: good daughter, good student, and most importantly right now, good friend. Her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, wants to investigate the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett -- and the $100,000 reward would go a long way towards Aza's college fees. But behind her facade, Aza is fighting anxiety and obsessive-compulsive thoughts that are creating a tightening spiral of stress and fear. In order to success, Aza may have to lean on friends both old and new -- and trust that they'll be there for her. This unflinching look at the realities of life with OCD is still hopeful: it reminds readers that, with love and support, everything is possible.
Iko is an android with a heart of gold, but she's facing a big problem: rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers are threatening the hard-won peace between Earth and Luna. Iko decides that she has to hunt down the wolf-hybrid's leader, but to do so, she'll end up working side-by-side with a royal guardsman -- and as their relationship grows, she'll start to question everything she thought she knew about who she really is. Marissa Meyer's first graphic novel continues the story of The Lunar Chronicles and fans will love seeing favorite characters like Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, and Winter make appearances in this thrilling tale.
When you educate a girl, you truly can change the world! Building on the documentary Girl Rising, author Tanya Lee Stone explores the barriers to education that keep 62 million girls out of school, including early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty. She also shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities for everyone. This powerful call to action will encourage readers of all ages to join the Girl Rising movement.
17-year-old Alosa is a swaggering captain of her own, mostly female, pirate crew, with the courage and cleverness to take on any pirate and a magical ability to subdue any man. But when her father charges her with fetching a map from another ship, she allows herself to be captured... only to find that she may have met her match: the first mate, Riden, who is more than able to hold his own in a game of wits. Their constant parry and riposte slowly develops into attraction, leaving the rivals feeling increasingly drawn to one another — but that leaves Alosa with a difficult decision to make. Full of adventure, humor, and romance, this book will leave teen readers eager for the swashbuckling sequel.
Julie dreamed of attending college with her best friend Lauren, but since she had to sacrifice college savings to save her family home, she finds herself working while Lauren makes plans to leave without her. Then the friends make an unusual discovery: a thrift store painting that glows in the dark, revealing a second image. Julie becomes obsessed with the painting -- and the artist, who only signed L.G. -- and she drags Lauren along seeking answers. Along the way, she'll learn about the Radium Girls, who used radioactive materials to paint the first glow in the dark paintings... and paid a terrible price. Told in alternating chapters of Julie's perspectives and letters from the Radium Girl artist, this is an engaging mystery based on a little-known and horrifying true piece of history.
Ellie Baum is enjoying a school trip to Berlin when she grabs a red balloon -- and gets transported back in time to East Berlin in 1988. There, she meets Kai and Mitzi, two teenage agents of an underground group that uses a combination of magic and science to can smuggle people past the Wall to safety... but even they don't understand how Ellie traveled through time. Ellie's arrival is just the first sign of a dark influence trying to use magic to change history -- but if Ellie helps stop it, she might give up her way home. Interspersed in Ellie's story is her Holocaust survivor grandfather's tale of escape from Chelmno; their stories will intersect in a startling way. This unique combination of historical fiction and magical realism brings together different facets of European history.
Girls growing up in today's world may feel overwhelmed: family, friends, school, changing bodies, changing relationships... what they need is advice on girling up! In this book, Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory and neuroscientist, provides a combination of scientific information, anecdotal experience, and supportive encouragement as girls navigate the transition to womanhood. Fun, accessible, and comprehensive, this book will encourage girl to recognize their own power and capability as they girl up.
When 14-year-old Dita is sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, she is selected for the propaganda 'family camp,' a front to convince the Red Cross that the camp is just for internment, not murder. After one of the prisoners sets up a secret school, he entrusts Dita with the job of block librarian, caring for eight precious books that have been smuggled past the guards. Her secret role as Librarian of Auschwitz gives Dita a sense of purpose -- and the courage and hope she needs to survive one of the darkest chapters of human history. Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this new book captures the incredible power of the human spirit to overcome hatred and violence.
When Grace, who was adopted at birth, places her own child for adoption after an unplanned pregnancy, she feels compelled to find out more about her biological family. She discovers two siblings: Joaquin, a nearly 18-year-old who has struggled through over a dozen failed foster care placements, and Maya, who was adopted as an infant by a wealthy family. The siblings bond surprisingly quickly over their similarities, but each is hiding secrets about their past. However, Grace has learned one important thing: there are many ways to be family. This funny and heartwrenching 2017 National Book Award winning title explores important questions about identity and family.
For hacker Emika Chen, the hit computer game Warcross is an opportunity: she works as a bounty hunter, catching those who bet illegally on the the results of the game. When she hacks into the first game of the International Warcross Championships for some quick cash, though, she accidentally plugs herself into the action. To her surprise, the game's reclusive creator approaches her with an offer: spy on the tournament from the inside to catch a security breach. But when her investigation comes across a sinister plot, there may be a lot more at stake than video game victory. This taut sci-fi thriller set in an exciting world explores what happens when the biggest gamble is choosing who to trust.
Steffi doesn't fit in anywhere in her small Swedish town, and suffers brutal bullying because of her Caribbean roots. Her escape has always been jazz music, so when she hears her favorite song through the window of a retirement home, she's drawn inside. There, she meets Alvar, who escapes through jazz too -- both now and during his teenage years in World War II. Alvar gives Steffi hope that she can achieve a life of happiness, and that it's worth reaching for that music education in Stockholm that she's been dreaming of. This story about an intergenerational friendship and the healing power of music will speak to many young adult readers.
Starr Carter feels trapped between two worlds: her poor and crime-ridden neighborhood on one hand, her wealthy prep school on the other. When Starr witnesses her friend Khalil's death at the hands of a police officer, things get even tougher. Khalil's death becomes a national headline, with some calling him a thug and others calling him an innocent. With both cops and drug lords exerting influence on her to tell the story as they want it told, Starr realizes that both her own life and the comparative peace of her community all depend on what she does or doesn't say. Powerful and poignant, this book tackles a teenage girl's struggles to understand why her society undervalues her life and the lives of those she loves.
Diana is eager to prove herself to her warrior sisters, but when she breaks Amazon law to rescue a mere mortal, her judgement is called into question. Alia Keralis, it turns out, is a Warbringer: directly descended from Helen of Troy and therefore destined to cause conflict and misery. But Diana isn't willing to leave Alia to her fate, and together the young women will have to face both mortal and divine enemies if they are going to save both the human world and the Amazons themselves. This coming of age novel, set before the events of the Wonder Woman movie, will whet young readers' appetites for more of Diana's adventures.
In Julia's family, Olga was the dutiful daughter who planned to stay home with her Mexican parents rather than going away to college. That left Julia free to fulfill her own dreams... until Olga was killed in an accident. Now, Julia is the one who has to hold the family together, and her mother is too busy lamenting Julia's failings to realize Julia's grieving too. Then Julia discovers that Olga had her own secrets, and becomes determined to learn more about the sister she now wishes she had known better. This gritty story about a girl facing grief, poverty, and the weight of family expectations is both poignant and funny in turns.
Nix is finally at the helm of her father's time traveling ship, and now she can sail boldly into the future... until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. Who else could that mean but Kash, the charming thief who is much more than her best friend? Frantic to find a way to change fate, she meets with another Navigator who claims to be able to teach her how to manipulate time. But while she's learning, she and her crew must stay in a mythical utopia where everything is constantly changing — including her relationship with Kash. This sequel to The Girl From Everywhere weaves together fantasy, history, and romance for a fascinating read.
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last Black Witch, but unlike her ancestor, she has no mystical power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else. When she has the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary at Verpax University, which admits all manner of people, including many of sworn enemies of the Gardnerians, she quickly learns how difficult it is to escape her family's legacy. As Elloren seeks out other outcasts for company, which forces her to confront the stereotypes and xenophobia she's been taught, she begins to realize that there may be good reasons for their opposition to her government. This complex, rich fantasy conveys powerful messages about prejudice and extremism.
For Emilie, life is about being safe: since her father died of cancer and she was diagnosed with epilepsy, she's been happy to stay homeschooled, with no one but her seizure alert dog for company. When her mother decides it's time for Emilie to attend public school, she can't help but worry what will happen if she has a seizure at school. And when the inevitable happens, Emilie is forced to make a decision: give up on her life, figuratively or literally — or see just what the big world has to offer. This powerful title about overcoming fears and finding friendship and love also recognizes the challenges of life with an invisible disability.
18-year-old Eliza Mirk is the intelligent but shy and friendless kid at her high school. But online, she's LadyConstellation, the creator of popular webcomic Monstrous Sea, with literal millions of fans. So Eliza can't imagine real life being anywhere near as fun as the online world -- until she meets Wallace Warland, a new transfer student, and decides to give it a try. But when Eliza's identity is revealed, everything -- including her mental health -- might fall apart. This novel explores the life of a creative girl whose depression, anxiety, and imposter syndrome intersect with the challenges of internet fame... but help her find her voice.
Tea is from a family of witches, but even they are shocked when she accidentally raises her brother from the dead. Her unusual gifts mean that Tea is a bone witch, and her community now shies away from her... but an older bone witch takes Tea under her wing. However, Tea now faces a difficult choice: she is destined to become one of the Dark asha, elemental magicians who keep the demonic daeva at bay, but if she does, she'll slowly lose herself, one battle at a time. Or is there another path that Tea could seek? This first book of a new series features lush, imaginative world-building and a tense cliffhanger that will leave teen readers eager for the next volume.
In the summer of 1955, all Rose Lee Carter can think about is finally getting to move North to join her parents. Staying with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man's plantation is boring -- until a teenager named Emmett Till gets lynched one town over. Supposedly, he whistled at a white woman, but surely that's no excuse for murder, Rose thinks. But when Till's murderers are acquitted, Rose decides it's time for a change for the South... and she wants to be a part of it. If you liked this book, you can also order the sequel, A Sky Full of Stars, which releases January 2, 2018.
Few things are known for certain about Edmonia Lewis, whose sculptures of historical figures captivated the world. The daughter of an Ojibwe woman and an African-Haitian man, Lewis had the had the rare opportunity to study at Oberlin, but was forced to leave after being accused of poisoning and theft. She eventually moved to Italy, where her career finally took off. In this novel in verse, author Jeannine Atkins creates a fictionalized story of Lewis' life that fills in the spaces between events of historical record, imagining the emotional life of an artist whose determination to create beauty required her to force her way through many obstacles.
Valka is determined to help the World War II effort in her home country of Russia, and she knows that her piloting skills are up to the challenge. So when an all-female aviation unit is created, she's quick to sign up. As Valka faces the realities of combat, though, she starts to see how much the war is destroying -- including its effects on her childhood friend, who is fighting for his life on the front lines. Valka will decide how much she's willing to risk for the country she once called home. Based on the history of the Soviet Night Witch women pilots, this thrilling historical novel is a real page-turner. For another novel about these daring women, check out Night Witches: A Novel of World War II.
Kat and Meg are an unlikely duo: Kat's anxiety drives her into isolation, where she finds safety in her favorite computer game, while Meg hates being alone but struggles to control her ADHD enough to avoid pushing people away. When they're paired for a science project, though, they discover an unexpected commonality: a love of online gaming star LumberLegs and his video channel. It's going to be tough, but if they stick together, they just might build a friendship that both of them desperately want. Heartfelt and quirky, this book celebrates the joy of finding the friend you never knew you needed.
At the end of the last school year, Maddy survived a gang rape -- raped by three boys from her school, while one other held her down and another kept a lookout. She's kept the assault quiet, out of a combination of shame and fear. But now her English class is writing a collaborative story... and one of the boys who raped her is in the class. Maddy begins to realize that this might be her opportunity to reclaim her voice and take back her life. Harrowing, hopeful, and realistic, this story about a survivor who rediscovers her power is a testament to the human ability to heal.
Fabiola Toussaint and her mother went to America in search of une belle vie -- a good life. But when Fabiola's mother is detained by immigration, life seems anything but. Now she has to navigate life with her cousins, a new school, and even a romance... alone. Then she gets a dangerous but potentially life-altering offer: if Fabiola provides evidence against her cousin's drug-dealing boyfriend, the police will try to help her mother stay in the US. As she does so, though, she learns painful truths about her family. What will Fabiola sacrifice to win the American dream? Author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experiences as a Haitian immigrant to create this heartwrenching and hopeful book, full of magical realism and tough questions.
Billie, the daughter of a preacher and an artist, has always enjoyed bucking convention and refusing to be trapped in a box of who she "should" be. She and five friends — four boys and one girl — are nicknamed The Hexagon, and they're as close as they could be. But then Janie Lee admits to Billie that she's falling in love with Woods, and Billie has to admit that she feels the same...about both Woods and Janie Lee. Billie doesn't want their friendships to change, but she isn't sure she can keep these conflicting feelings a secret — or that she wants to. This spirited and fun exploration of teens discovering themselves celebrates the power of breaking social molds to be true to yourself.
Today, Diane Guerrero is the star of hit shows like Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, but at fourteen, she came home from school to discover that her parents had been deported while she was in class. Since she had been born in the US, Guerrero could stay — but to continue her education, she had to depend on the kindness of friends to help her build a life for herself. In this gripping and ultimately triumphant memoir, Guerrero offers a personal take on the struggles of the millions of undocumented immigrants and their citizen children.
In Sangui City, Kenya, Tina is a girl who doesn't exist. She and her mother fled Congo as refugees, but after her mother was shot to death in the study of one of the city's most respected businessmen -- who made his fortune through crime and corruption -- Tina went underground, working as a master thief for the Goondas gang and dreaming of her revenge. When she finally gets her chance for vengeance, though, old friendships give her doubts. Who really killed Tina's mother -- and why? Teens will devour this fast-paced and suspenseful thriller.
Ramona is supremely confident of three things: she's destined for bigger things than her trailer park home, she likes girls, and her family will always come first. But increasingly, she finds she's the only adult in her family, and now with her younger sister pregnant, she feels stuck. Then her childhood friend Freddie talks her into joining him for laps at the pool... and Ramona finds her feelings for Freddie evolving into something unexpected. It turns out that life, love, and relationships are a lot more fluid that Ramona ever expected. Full of heart and humanity, this book about self-discovery is sure to be a favorite with teens.
One morning, 18-year-old Victoria woke up to learn that her uncle had died -- and that meant she would be taking the throne of England. Advisors and family thought the young queen would be easily swayed; instead, she boldly forged ahead, ruling for 63 years and overseeing some of the most dramatic social and economic changes her country -- and empire -- had ever known. In this lively and exciting biography, author Catherine Reef captures a unique portrait of the passionate, determined, and indomitable Queen Victoria.
Aventurine the dragon is tired of being treated like she's a helpless fledgling, so she decides to sneak out of her home and prove her mettle with a hunt. It all goes awry, though, when Aventurine is lured by the delicious aroma of a cup of enchanted hot chocolate and gets transformed into a weak, vulnerable 12-year-old girl! The trade off is that she has a new passion — and the chance to learn to make the confection herself. But can Aventurine figure out the human world well enough to reconcile her human and dragon identities...and can a mere chocolate apprentice save the kingdom? It turn out that combining magic, chocolate, and dragons makes a recipe for a delicious story!
Some teens would be upset at an unexpected pregnancy, but not Mari: to her, this baby represents a family member who will always be there for her, a rare thing given that her mother abandoned her, her father's in jail, and her abuela can't stand her. But then she learns that her baby has a potentially fatal heart defect. With her friends, her sometimes-boyfriend, and a caring doctor, Mari has to navigate a very difficult decision... but this unborn baby may be the thing that heals her family. Written by a pediatric cardiologist and inspired by true events, this emotional novel will have teens asking what they would do.
Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends forever, but things start to change when Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the leader of the elementary school's popular clique known as The Group. To be in The Group, you have to do everything Jen says — even if that means bullying others. Shannon will need to decide whether being part of The Group is worth it... and figure out how to stand up for herself if it's not. This graphic novel memoir from beloved author Shannon Hale about navigating the challenges of friendship and discovering what it means to be a real friend will resonate with many young readers.
Younger fans of the indomitable Ruth Bader Ginsburg can now learn her story in this young readers edition of the best-selling Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg! From her convention-defying choice to continue law school even after marrying and having a family to her blistering dissents from the bench of the US Supreme Court, this book explores Ginsburg's influence on both the law and popular culture. Middle grade readers will be fascinated to see how this one woman has changed the face of their country over the course of her life.
When Abigail's attempt to escape from her terribly boring boarding school fails, she learns her school is more interesting than she thought! The school is actually a cover for an elite spy ring called The Center, and Abigail's mother, The Center's top agent, has gone missing in action. Abigail has to master her spy training fast, because even with the help of a former nemesis and a boy from her grade, she doesn't have much time to solve the mystery and save her mother. And answers may be closer than she thinks... Fast-paced and full of twists and turns, this will be a hit with young would-be spies!
Amina prefers to stay in the background, hanging out with her friend, Soojin. But with the start of middle school, things are changing fast: Soojin is hanging out with one of the "cool" girls, and is even talking about picking an "American" name, while Amina's uncle believes that her love of music is un-Islamic. Then, Amina's mosque is vandalized, leaving her heartbroken. She's never spoken out before, but when she finds the courage and support she needs to make her voice heard, maybe she can bring her whole community together. This book celebrates the complexity and joys to be found in multicultural communities, as well as the power of one person's voice to change those around her.
15-year-old Peregrine is proud of her people, the strong and courageous Latki, and she strives to be the best: she runs the fastest, fights the hardest, and always speaks her mind. And, like her beloved father, Lord Tove, she has nothing but disdain for the Bamarre who serve as the castle’s servants, a weak, cowardly people who are only fit to be ruled. But when the fairy Halina reveals a shocking truth — Perry isn't Latki-born, she is Bamarre — she is forced to flee when her father learns of her origins. As she confronts her deeply rooted prejudices, there is only one thing that Perry knows for sure: to free her newfound people from tyranny, she must find a way to heal her broken country. This prequel to Levine's much beloved novel The Two Princesses of Bamarre is thought-provoking fantasy at its finest.
Imogene, AKA Impy, has grown up in the Renaissance Faire where her parents work. She wants to prove her bravery, so she chooses one of the most daunting quests she can imagine — she'll go to middle school after a life of being homeschooled! But it's hard to be a noble would-be knight when you're surrounded by a group of girls who seem nice (until they aren't), and when you're feeling newfound embarrassment about your family's "weird" life. And when Impy does something mean in an effort to fit in, she begins to wonder if she's got what it takes to be a knight — and how she can turn herself around and make things right. This funny and heartfelt graphic novel celebrates what it truly means to be brave.
11-year-old Ada's story of life in WWII England continues in the powerful and poignant sequel The War That Saved My Life. While Ada has found a home and safety from the bombs being dropped on London in the English countryside, life becomes more complicated when a teenage Jewish German refugee moves in. As Ada struggles to heal from her own trauma, she'll discover untapped wells of strength that, to her surprise, she can use to help others heal as well. Readers, young and old alike, will be moved by Ada's hopeful story of resilience and the love and strength that can come from a found family.
Just before her family moved, Rachel realized that her best friend Henry was the love of her life, so she left him a note in a book... and he never replied. Three years later, after her brother drowns, Rachel is reeling -- and decides to return to work at Howling Books, Henry's family's second-hand bookstore. As Rachel wrestles with guilt and grief, she's not really thinking about Henry... but as they work side by side, something unfolds between them that might just teach Rachel how to live again. Poignant and emotional, this is a sweet love story about second chances.
Makepeace's nightmares are a sign of an inheritance from the father she never knew: the ability to be possessed by ghosts. But when the Fellmottes claim her, they treat her as a servant, and Makepeace learns the horrible truth: if they use her as a vessel for the family's ghosts, her own consciousness may be destroyed. Makepeace has to fight the ghosts out of her mind and physically escape the Grizehayes estate, but with the Fellmottes pursuing her, there's danger at every turn. This dark historical fantasy, set during the early part of the English Civil War, will thrill at every turn.
With an absent father and a mother who struggles with substance abuse, 17-year-old Gem has long since taken over the role of caretaker for her sister, Dixie. But now that Dixie is an outgoing 14-year-old, she's pulled away from her anxious loner sister. When their manipulative father tries to get back in the picture, Gem uses it as an opportunity to go on a trip with Dixie, just the two of them -- but it doesn't bring the immediate reconnection that she'd hoped. In a series of essays, suggested by her supportive school psychologist, Gem explores her messy relationship with her sister and her growing realization that she can forge a different path for her future.
Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) to overcome her grief over the death of the love of her life; learning to fly freed her from that and from the stutter that had plagued her throughout her life. But after lifting off for a mission on October 26, 1944, the 32-year-old pilot disappeared; she remains the only WASP still missing. In this book from the Women of Action series, author Jim Ure draws on years of research to create a complex portrait of this daring woman and her tragic end.
Tillie Walden was a talented figure skater, and the rink provided an escape from day to day worries like school, bullies, and family. Every day was the same: practice in the early-morning dark, practice after school. Weekends were filled with competitions, which she regularly won. But as she grew older, discovered a love of art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, Tillie realized that skating was no longer a passion. Instead, it had become a millstone around her neck. This gripping graphic novel memoir about finding your voice -- and leaving behind a major part of your old life -- will speak to many teens.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Alice Paul reignited the Women's Suffrage Movement with dramatic new protests, finally bringing sufficient pressure on elected officials that the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920. Then, she set her sights on other laws that discriminated against women. Her proposed Equal Rights Amendment may not have been passed — yet — but her continued fight for equality for women has inspired the generations after her to take up the banner. This compelling biography provides an excellent introduction for tweens and teens to the life and work of one of the greatest champions of women's right in U.S. history.
Growing up in 1986 Newfoundland, Bun has a family -- but that doesn't mean she's cared for. Her mother, a compulsive hoarder, has denied Bun an education, love, and even conversation. One day, her mother breaks her silence and tells Bun to get out... and she takes that literally, hitchhiking to Saint John's. Fortunately, she meets Busker Boy, a Sheshatshiu Innu street performer, who takes in the vulnerable teen and introduces her to his roommates-turned-family, including Big Eyes, a lapsed Catholic; Chef, a talented culinary student; and Cher/Chris, a drag queen. Together, they'll show Bun what it means to have someone you can rely on. Author Heather Smith handles difficult issues with a careful, compassionate hand in this book about the family you make for yourself.
Crow grew up in an isolated village in the Elizabeth Islands of Massachusetts, but other than Osh, the man who raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbor, the villagers treat her with suspicion. She was found adrift in a boat when she was only a few hours old — and everyone knows the only place she could have come from is the nearby island of Penikese, a leper colony. Crow has always been curious about her history, but when a mysterious fire appears across the water, her curiosity becomes overwhelming. So she, Osh, and Miss Maggie set off on a journey that includes adventure, danger, a story about hidden gold, and an important question: what does it mean to be a family?
Zoey has made an amazing discovery: magical animals show up in her backyard when they need help — so it's up to her to help them feel better! This time, it's a sick baby dragon she names Marshmallow. With her beloved cat Sassafras, Zoey will use the scientific method to learn enough about her patient to treat him, including testing if Marshmallow is warm or cold blooded; herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore; and much more. This first book in a new early reader chapter book series is a fun blend of fantasy and real-world science. Fans of this book can follow Zoey's further adventures in the sequels Monsters and Mold, Merhorses and Bubbles, and Caterflies and Ice.
Laurie Hernandez took her first gymnastics class when she was six years old, and it quickly became obvious that she was a natural! In 2016, America thrilled to see her performances in both the team and individual beam competitions at the Rio Olympics. But you don't get to be a 16-year-old Olympic medalist without some bumps along the way, and in this memoir, Hernandez talks about Olympic dreams, family sacrifices, intense training, and the fear that she would lose it all when her progress stalled due to multiple injuries. This fascinating memoir includes never-before-seen photos and beautifully captures Hernandez's enthusiasm and joy in her sport.
Jade is a talented artist, and she's taken her mother's advice that she should take every opportunity to get out of her poor neighborhood. So far, that means a scholarship to a mostly-white private school. But along with the school come subtle slights, like a much-praised opportunity to join a mentorship program for "at risk" girls -- which really means black girls from "bad" neighborhoods. In poetic chapters, Jade asks herself complex questions about race, gender, and class... and decides to show her mentors and the world that there are many ways to make a difference. This book provides interesting ways to discuss the subtle assumptions we make, as well as showing the power of art.
"Nevertheless, she persisted" began as a rebuke, but it's become a celebration of the groundbreaking women who refused to take "no" for an answer! In Chelsea Clinton's captivating picture book, she celebrates thirteen American women whose determination and grit shaped their nation, paving the way for future generations to follow in their footsteps. Her capsule biographies are accented with vivid art from Alexandra Boiger, showing young readers that that no matter what obstacles may be in their paths, they shouldn't give up on their dreams. Persistence is power.
From the moment she saw a shark at the New York Aquarium, Eugenie Clark was fascinated, but the rest of the world thought that sharks were mindless eating machines — and that girls couldn't be scientists. Clark devoted her life to learning about sharks, and proved that sharks weren't as dangerous as people feared — they could even learn! She also built public support for the protection of her beloved sharks and the ocean in which they lived. This picture book biography of the "Shark Lady" is a celebration of the wonder of nature and of a daring woman who changed the way the world saw the ocean.
In the midst of World War II, over ten thousand women were recruited for an important but secret mission: being trained as codebreakers. In Washington, they learned to decipher messages that would shorten the war and save the lives of countless people. They also gained access to a new realm of career advancement that had previously been closed to women. But after the war, with their vow of secrecy still in place, their stories were nearly lost. Author Liza Mundy dug deep into newly released files and interviewed surviving "code girls" to create this fascinating history of the women whose work made a significant but hidden contribution to America's war effort.
In 2014, 21-year-old Nadia Murad's quiet life in a Yazidi village in Iraq ended when ISIS invaded, massacring most of her family and neighbors, and kidnapping women young enough to be used as sex slaves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced into the ISIS slave market. Following months of abuse, she escaped -- and went on to become one of most vocal advocates for the girls and women left in captivity. Named one of the world's most influential people of 2016 by Time, Nadia tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story in a powerful new memoir. This courageous young woman's story is a moving testament of the human will to survive and a call to action to end abuses towards women worldwide.
Throughout American history, there were bold, daring black women who broke all expectations and boundaries to make the world a better place! In this book, author/illustrator Vashti Harrison introduces young readers to forty trailblazing women, including abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash. This appealing book reminds young readers that every great leader began as a little leader, taking their first steps towards something big.
Korean-American Desi Lee is an overachiever in everything -- except for romance. But when she meets Luka, a transfer student she decides is too good to miss, she decides it's time to devote the same focus to flirting that she has to servicing a carburetor or becoming valedictorian. Her guide will be the Korean dramas that her widowed father watches obsessively; Desi even creates 24 "K Drama Steps to True Love." Real life isn't quite like a K drama -- but even Desi's missteps have a lot to teach her about love, identity, and acceptance. Funny and thoughtful, teens will love Desi and her determined approach to romance.
At first, Lida believes that she and her family are safe from the Nazi regime, since they aren't Jewish. However, the Ukrainian girl can't escape the horrors of World War II. Nazi soldiers separate Lida from her parents and sister, and she is sent to a work camp, where she and other Ukrainian children will be worked making munitions until they drop. Lida comes up with a daring plan: sabotage the bombs. She and the other children set to work, but they know if they are discovered, their deaths will come that much sooner... Based on the real-life experience of countless Ukrainian and other Central and Eastern European children who were used as slave labor in Nazi work camps, this historical fiction novel is not too graphic for younger readers, but still captures both the horrors of the camps and the courage of people like Lida who found ways to fight.
Alice hates her new home in Rainbow, Georgia, in the mid-1960s: it's too hot, too dry, and just plain doesn't feel like home. She's resentful when she's put in charge of walking her neighbor, Miss Millie's, dog, and frustrated when the dog won't walk without Miss Millie. But that means all three walk together, and soon, a surprise friendship begins to emerge -- and Alice starts to learn about her new town and about the painful effects segregation has had on Miss Millie's family. And with Miss Millie, Alice is finally able to open up as well. This celebration of friendship -- especially intergenerational friendship -- is tender and sweet.
Aven has long since gotten tired of questions about what "happened" to her arms, so she creates crazy stories instead of repeating over and over that she was born without them. When her family moves to Arizona to run a theme park called Stagecoach Pass, she steels herself for even more questions. Then she meets Connor, who also feels isolated by disability (in his case, Tourette's Syndrome.) And when the newfound friends discover a mystery at Stagecoach Pass, the real adventure can begin! This quirky adventure starring a delightfully funny main character is a reminder that nothing -- not even "lack of armage" -- has to hold you back.
Amy Anne considers herself shy, but when she learns that her favorite book in the whole world, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, has been banned from the library, she decides it's time to find her courage! So she recruits her friends to make their point: they start a secret banned books library in her locker and even make arguments why every single book in library should also be banned. Middle grade readers will laugh and cheer as they read this stirring defense against censorship.
After a quirky telling of the history of the Statue of Liberty, author Dave Eggers makes an observation: her right foot is coming off the podium as if she is in mid-stride. Why? Because, he suggests, Liberty is stepping out into the harbor to welcome immigrants to her shores -- after all, Liberty is an immigrant too! Her right foot reminds us that “Liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get or grant by standing around. These are things that require action. Courage. An unwillingness to rest." This profound and timely examination of the symbolism of Lady Liberty celebrates the diversity that makes American great.
When photographer Kate T. Parker snapped a photo of her daughter right before her first triathlon, she started a new project that would celebrate the diverse, authentic, wonderful girls all around the world! In this book, Parker collects 175 photographs that defy the restrictive notion of beauty that's often presented in the media. Instead, she captures girls being fearless, kind, wild, proud, silly, and so much more. Each full-page picture is accompanied with a short quote from the featured girl reflecting on her own strengths. This beautiful celebration of the power of girls is an inspiring book for girls and women of all ages.
Princess Cora is so tired of her princess lessons that she writes to her fairy godmother for help. Strangely, her fairy godmother responds by sending... a crocodile! But it turns out that the ill-behaved crocodile is exactly what Cora needs, because while the crocodile is dressed up in a mop wig and frilly dress — wreaking havoc in the castle — Cora gets to go on an exciting outdoor adventure: climbing trees, getting dirty, and having fun. This hilarious story will leave kids cheering at Cora's joy when she finally gets to enjoy a little freedom.
Grace Hopper was a software tester, a creative inventor, and a top-notch mentor — but she was also a famous rule-breaker, risk-taker, and sometimes a real trouble-maker! In this riveting picture book biography of the woman nicknamed "Amazing Grace," author Laurie Wallmark captures the determination and cleverness of the woman who invented the COBOL computer language, allowing people to "talk" to computers with typed commands. Fun anecdotes — like the time she found a literal bug in the computer — provide a glimpse into the extraordinary life of this accomplished woman, who knew that quick thinking and insatiable curiosity were the key to pushing a (sometimes reluctant) world forward.
Third grade scientist and inventor extraordinaire Ada Lace is trying to solve the mystery of a missing dog! Ada thinks her homemade gadgets and her knack for scientific thinking will allow her to crack the case, while her neighbor Nina has has her own theory about the missing dog (involving alien abduction, of all things.) As Ada and Nina get closer to the solution, though, they'll also discover that opposites can make for the best of friends. This new series from Emily Calandrelli, host of Xploration Outer Space and MIT graduate, provides a scientifically-minded detective young readers will love. Fans of Ada can also check out the second volume of the series, Ada Lace Sees Red.
As a child, Malala Yousafzai dreamed of having a magic pencil -- the kind that could erase the smell of garbage or even let her sleep in an extra hour! But as she got older, she realized that there were bigger problems in the world than she saw before... and that there were more important things to wish for. Most importantly, she realized that her pencil could be magic: the power of her words could make her own dreams come true and help her fight for the millions of other children like her who desperately wished for an education. Yousafzai's first picture book is uplifting and inspiring, with vibrant illustrations from Kerascoët.
Priyanka Das is full of questions that her mother won't answer — about India, the homeland her mother abandoned, and about Pri's father, who she's never known. But when Pri stumbles across a pashmina in a forgotten suitcase, she discovers that it can transport her to a colorful, vivid world. Is this the real India, though, or just a product of her imagination -- and what is that shadow lurking in the background? When her mother surprises her with a trip to the actual India, Pri might just find the answers to some of her questions. This heartfelt graphic novel explores sensitive issues like generational and culture clash and the search for identity.
The Curies' discovery of radium was a scientific landmark, but it also became a marketing frenzy, with beauty products and medicines hawking its benefits. The women who worked in the radium-dial factories of World War I spent their days coated in the glimmering dust, and people thought they were lucky -- but then they started to get sick. As the factories denied the connection, and with the women demanding answers, one of the greatest battles for worker's rights of the 20th century would begin. Kate Moore tells the riveting story of how the "radium girls" fought for life-changing regulations and research into the effects of radiation that would save hundreds of thousands of lives, and highlights how their battle still influences our world today.
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: During this trial, you will learn about a little girl who had no clue just how important she would become." In this fascinating book, the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is told in the form of a trial, not unlike those that she argued as a lawyer -- and hears today as a judge. The narrator lays out "the facts of her case" -- sexism, anti-Semitism, discrimination against working mothers -- and highlights how the "notorious" Ginsburg became a symbol of justice in America. Unique, tongue-in-cheek, and full of heart, this book is a powerful testament to Ginsburg's lasting influence.
On January 21, 2017, millions of people gathered worldwide for the Women's March, one of the largest demonstrations in political history. Together they raised their voices in hope, protest, and solidarity. This inspiring collection features 500 of the most eloquent, provocative, uplifting, clever, and creative signs from marches across the United States and around the world. Each is a powerful reminder of why we march, and as with the new battle cry of "Nevertheless, she persisted," these messages continue to reverberate daily and fortify a movement that will not be silenced.
When Winnie's parents get divorced, they decide they'll split time with her perfectly evenly: she'll spent three days a week at each of their houses -- and the last day she'll spend in a treehouse right in the middle. Frustrated and resentful, Winnie finally has enough and barricades herself in the treehouse until her parents smarten up! Her friends agree to join her, and soon it's a kids versus parents all-out war with no one ready to make any compromises... but can Winnie keep everyone happy and stay true to herself in the midst of the chaos? With a zany scenario based on real-life challenges facing many kids, this book is sure to be a favorite.
Laylee is now Whichwood's only mordeshoor, using her magical skill to "wash and package the dead destined for the Otherwhere." The task is grueling and unappreciated, and she's slowly watching it sap away her energies, leaving her thin, silver-haired, and ill. Alice and Oliver come from Ferenwood to help the strange and sad girl, but Laylee is offended by their muddling attempts to help. But as Laylee becomes weaker, and the untended ghosts of Whichwood avenge her mistreatment, Alice will figure out that it's not as simple as "fixing" Laylee; what she needs is a friend. This companion to the best-selling Furthermore is rich, dark, and complex.
Everyone in her new school thinks Avani is weird, especially the girls in her Flower Scouts troop. Is it so strange to think scouting should be about fun and adventure, not about makeovers and boys, boys, boys? Then Avani is accidentally abducted by Mabel, an alien from across the galaxy. It turns out that Mabel is a Star Scout, and collecting alien specimens is just one of the activities on her troop’s list. If Avani can make it through Camp Andromeda — and prevent her dad from realizing she’s left the planet — she’ll prove that humans can hold their own in the Star Scouts and finally find a place to belong. Kids will devour this fun sci-fi romp full of teamwork, inventiveness, and laughs.
Hattie McFadden loves paddling her canoe out on the lake every morning, singing a song as she goes. One day, though, a huge mysterious beast emerges to listen to her song! Hattie looks into the creature's friendly, curious eyes and knows that this is no monster, even if the town is terrified. How can she make the frightened, hostile townspeople see that Hudson isn't scary or dangerous at all? Chris Van Dusen brings his colorful, perspective-bending artwork to this satisfying new story about acceptance, friendship, and sticking up for those who are different.
She's been called one of the greatest American minds of all time, and when NASA first started using computers to calculate launch trajectories, they only trusted them after she double checked the math! Katherine Johnson broke both gender and racial boundaries when she started working for NASA in the 1950s as a human computer, performing the complex calculations necessary to launch rockets, satellites, and eventually, the Apollo 11 moon mission. Fans of the hit movie Hidden Figures will be excited to read their very own book about Johnson. Older readers can check out the Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition for ages 8 to 13.
Ivy's grandmother is a gifted healer for four-legged creatures, but a terrible gardener, and her neighbors in Broomsweep often grumble about her messy, ill-kept garden. Then a contest is announced: the tidiest town in the kingdom will win a special prize! Now, Broomsweep is determined to get Ivy's grandmother to clean up her act. But at the same time, there's a sudden rush of refugees to Grandmother's cottage: everything from pixies to griffins to a dragon with a cold! They're going to cause quite the uproar... but they might also provide help at a critical time. This magical and humorous tale celebrates individuality and compassion above all.
Fallon is the daughter of a Celtic king, but her father was killed years ago by Julius Caesar's armies. She's grown up eagerly waiting for her seventeenth birthday, when she can join her legendary sister Sorcha's warband. But before she can, Fallon is captured and sold to a training school for female gladiators — one owned by Caesar himself. If she can learn the skills she needs and overcome deadly rivalries, brutal fights both in and out of the arena, and her increasingly powerful feelings for a Roman soldier who should be her sworn enemy, the man who destroyed her family could be the key to saving her life. Full of stunning action scenes and fierce emotions, this historical fiction novel will captivate teen readers.
Coretta Scott King’s life was changed forever when she met and married Martin Luther King, Jr. – but her marriage to the famous civil rights leader was only part of her story. After Dr. King's death, the widow and single mother of four became one of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and worked tirelessly to found and develop The King Center as a citadel for world peace. She championed women's, workers’, and gay rights and was a powerful international voice for nonviolence, freedom, and human dignity. King's book is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an extraordinary black woman in twentieth-century America.
In this follow-up to her bestselling book Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, Rachel Ignotofsky shines a light on trailblazing athletes! From well-known figures like tennis player Billie Jean King and gymnast Simone Biles, to lesser-known champions like Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in a professional men's league, and skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee, these stories provide a unique look at groundbreaking women athletes of the past and present. Additional infographics cover fascinating details like a timeline of women's participation in sports, pay and media statistics for female athletes, and influential women's teams.
Serafina has awoken in the dark, wounded from battle, with no memory of what happened. When she fights her way back to the Biltmore Estates, her friends don't even seem to know she's there. If she is going to fulfill her destiny as Biltmore's protector, Serafina must figure out what happened to her and learn to harness her unexpected new powers... before the mysterious storms threaten to destroy everything that she loves. This third entry in the Serafina series is thrilling and action-packed. Fans of Serafina can get all three volumes in this new box set.
The Land of Unicorns is in big trouble: days of rain has sapped the unicorns' magic, which can only be replenished by the golden sun, magnificent rainbows, and the sparkle of believing. Fortunately, Uni has always, always, always believed that little girls are real. Maybe if she can finally meet that little girl she's been imagining, she won't just make a friend: she'll also save the day! This sequel to Uni the Unicorn will delight Uni's fans -- and you can even pick them up a Uni the Unicorn plush as their own special friend.
Margaret Hamilton loved numbers, and to her, the best part of math was when it could solve a problem in the real world! Her love of math introduced her to computers, and then to a job at NASA, where they were planning a mission to the moon -- and computers were going to be a part of it. Hamilton hand-wrote the code for the Apollo missions, and when a last-minute problem cropped up as Apollo 11 prepared for a lunar landing, it was Hamilton's forward-thinking code that saved the day! This lively look at a computer pioneer is a great way to show young readers that math really can take you to the stars.
Even as a child, Jane Addams' compassion drove her to help others. As an adult, she created Hull House, a settlement house in Chicago -- and for 25 years, she helped people from many countries learn to live and work together. When World War I broke out, it only made sense to her to work for peace on a global scale... but many considered her efforts tantamount to treason, and she was branded "the Most Dangerous Woman in America." This energetic picture book biography of the activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate provide an excellent introduction to the woman who was called dangerous for wanting peace.
Doctors told Temple Grandin's mother that she'd never speak, let alone have a productive life. But her mother refused to believe it: she saw potential in her observant and creative child. As Temple grew, she learned to articulate how her mind worked: her astounding visual memory allowed her to draw whole blueprints from just one tour through a facility, and her empathy with animals helped her design spaces that helped them stay calm. Today, she is a powerful voice in science, advocating for autistic people like herself. This picture book biography told in rhyming text is an inspiring introduction to an important figure in scientific history.
When Sacagawea left with Lewis and Clark on their mission to explore the West, nobody thought a woman — particularly a Native American woman — could contribute much. But as a translator, Sacagawea was able to help the expedition communicate with the tribes they met on their travels, and as a guide, she ensured they found their way. Her quick thinking even saved critical supplies that got washed off their canoes while the men on the expedition were busy panicking. This new entry in the Ordinary People Change the World biography series is an excellent way to introduce kids to this literal trailblazer.
Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë love their game Glass Town -- but their fantasy can't help them escape the harsh reality of Charlotte and Emily's upcoming departure for boarding school. Until, that is, the train whisks them all away to the real Glass Town. This Glass Town is more dangerous than the Brontës envisioned, and when Anne and Branwell are kidnapped, Charlotte and Emily must find a way to save their siblings -- and England. This new novel by Catherynne M. Valente, the author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, is a celebration of authorship, creativity, and sisterly love.
In the midst of World War II, over a million Soviet women stepped up to serve their country, but after the war, their contributions were deliberately pushed aside, since they didn't fit the narrative of what a proper Soviet woman ought to be. To capture their side of history, Nobel Prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich conducted dozens of interviews, speaking to women who had been nurses and doctors, pilots and tank drivers, and even snipers and machine-gunners on the front lines. This much-anticipated English translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is a heartfelt tribute to the strength and courage of women who were willing to give everything for their nation — including the truth of their part in the war.
Jenna and Barbara Bush were used to being in the public eye growing up in a political family — but when their own father became president, the scrutiny reached a whole new level. The sisters found their typical teenage mistakes making news across the country, saw pictures of themselves appear on tabloid covers, and had to go to college with Secret Service agents in tow. In their new memoir, the sisters share their story of what life was like before, during, and after the White House — and about what the bond of sisterhood has meant to both of their lives. Funny, poignant, and personal, this is an intimate look at the inside story of the former first daughters.
Amanda Lucidon spent four years as the photographer covering First Lady Michelle Obama, and in this new book, she shares 150 of her favorite photographs, along with reflections about what it was like to be so close to one of the most admired First Ladies in history. Lucidon follows Obama through her work to combat childhood obesity, promote girls' education, and support military families; watches her as she travels with her children; and observes the quiet moments between the First Lady and the President that most people never see. This vibrant book is a celebration of the values that made Michelle Obama an icon and a very personal peek at the behind-the-scenes life of the Obamas.
In the late 1930s, Suzanne Spaak, a child of Belgium's leading political family, discovered a new purpose: helping people escape from the Nazi regime. When Paris fell, she used her wealth and connections for the Resistance, arranging for thousands of children to be "kidnapped" out from under the Gestapo's nose. As liberating armies approached Paris, Spaak was caught in a Gestapo dragnet... and executed for her "crimes" against the Nazi regime, shortly before Paris was freed. This meticulously researched biography reads like a thriller, full of suspenseful twists — and starring a daring woman who gave her life to protect World War II Europe's most vulnerable people.
She began her life as Minty, a slave whose spirit would not be broken, despite the abuse heaped upon her. When she escaped to freedom, she called herself Harriet Tubman. And then when she returned, over and over, to help others through the Underground Railroad, she was called Moses -- because she was leading her people home. This evocative poetic telling of Tubman's life is accented with luminous illustrations for an unforgettable portrait. For more resources about this inspiring figure, visit our Harriet Tubman Collection.
Photographer Mihaela Noroc wants the world to reconsider how they define beauty. Over the course of her travels, she developed an online following for what she called an Atlas of Beauty: portraits of women within their communities that celebrate not traditional beauty, but the beauty that is within all of us. In the forests of the Amazon, streets of London, markets of India, and parks of Harlem, these colorful portraits provide a unique, intimate look at women around the world; now, this hardcover photo book encourages people to flip through her photographs and see the artistry of their everyday lives.
Fans of the Emmy-winning Netflix drama The Crown will love getting to dive deeper into the history of Queen Elizabeth II with this official companion! Elizabeth Mountbatten was crowned queen at 25; she was already a wife and mother and faced additional challenges, from the doubts of family members to the resentment of her husband. Nevertheless, resolute Elizabeth was determined to ensure that the crown -- and her country -- came out on top. Royal biographer Robert Lacey, the show's official consultant, adds historical detail to the show's depiction of the years 1947 to 1955, and includes both archival photographs and stills from the production.
A little girl becomes a hero to a vulnerable wolf cub in this touching wordless picture book. When a blizzard whips up on her way home from school, the girl is concentrating on getting home... until she spots the cub, who is far to little to survive alone. So, fearlessly, the girl takes the cub over streams and past other dangers to return it to its mother. And when it turns out that the long walk has left the girl in her own predicament, the wolf pack comes together to return the favor. Fascinating details in the expressive illustrations provide enticement to reread this charming story over and over.
Sue Ellen is a cow with a mind of her own who follows her own beat. She loves to sniff, lick, and taste the colorful bluebonnets. But Max the Longhorn cautions her: "The bluebonnets will not come back next year if you eat them." Sue Ellen can't resist, though, so she scarfs them all down... and sure enough, next spring, there are no bluebonnets to be found. Sue Ellen tries a number of unsuccessful attempts to regrow the bluebonnets and cover up her mistake, but in the end, she'll learn that when you make a mistake, the best thing to do is take responsibility... and fix it.
Only nine orphan children live on Jinny's island, and every year there is a Changing: a boat arrives with a new, young child, and the eldest gets taken away, never to be seen again. This year, the boat brought Ess, and took Deen, Jinny's best friend -- leaving her as the new elder. Jinny will fill her role by teaching Ess everything she needs to know to live on the island, but as the next Changing grows closer, Jinny starts wondering if she dares to defy the rules that she's never even questioned before. Haunting and mysterious, this book will raise interesting questions about holding on versus letting go.
Ever since she was born, Eli has been by Astrid's side. But Astrid is getting older -- and so is Eli. So Astrid decides that Eli should enjoy the years before he slows down and creates a bucket list for him: everything from visiting the movie theater to eating spaghetti and meatballs at a restaurant! What's revealed over their activities, though, is an important truth: what they do isn't as important as that they do it together. This tribute to the special relationship between a girl and her pet is full of heart.
Princess Magnolia and Princess Sneezewort have an awesome playdate planned — the perfect chance for Magnolia to take a break from her secret life as the monster-defeating Princess in Black! But then a shout comes from outside Sneezewort's castle: a monster is on the loose. Princess Magnolia makes her excuses and transforms into the Princess in Black, but when she gets outside, the only thing she sees is another mysterious masked avenger. Who is this unexpected hero? And was the cry of monster really a false alarm? This new title in The Princess in Black early chapter book series is an ode to friendship and a reminder that two heroes are better than one!
For many people, the iconic Little House on the Prairie series is pioneer life... but the true story of Laura Ingalls Wilder's life is more complex and fascinating than she let on in her books. Wilder's childhood was not an inspiring tale of the pioneering spirit: her family struggled with an inability to put down roots and frequently faced poverty. Even after she married, she faced great challenges — including losing everything during the Great Depression — before she wrote a rosy vision of homesteading in her 60s that suddenly brought her fame and fortune. This authoritative biography gets to the core of Wilder's real life story, and explores why America latched so strongly to her mythologized vision of her past.
One day, a lonely little girl dares to raise her voice. "La la la," she sings, and waits to hear a response... but there is only silence. So she decides to brave the wider world and skips out, pausing every so often to sing again: "la la la." As night falls, she even climbs as high as she can, singing out to the moon; still, nothing. Heartbroken, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be woken later by the most wonderful sound... "LA!" This nearly wordless picture book with exquisite art gently explores loneliness, connection, and hope; adults will find its message inspiring too.