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 turns out that combining magic, chocolate, and dragons makes a recipe for a delicious story! The adventure continues in The Girl with the Dragon Heart and The Princess Who Flew With Dragons.
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. Hale's story continues in the other two books of the trilogy, Best Friends and Friends Forever.
Middle grade 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 U.S. Supreme Court, this book explores Ginsburg's influence on both the law and popular culture. Young readers will be fascinated to see how this one determined 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! For more volumes in the series, check out Power Play and Double Cross — or get all three in the Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls Complete Collection.
Pakistani American 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. Amina's story continues in the sequel, Amina's Song.
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 The Two Princesses of Bamarre provides middle grade readers with a powerful story about self-examination and redefining what it means to be strong.
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.
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.
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? This evocative and heart-wrenching story stars a truly determined heroine.
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. With never-before-seen photos, and a new update that includes details about her training regimen for the 2020 Olympic Games, this book will inspire young readers everywhere!
Throughout American history, there were bold, daring black women who broke all expectations and boundaries to make the world a better place! In this engaging picture 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 inspiring book, filled with stunning full-page illustrations of each of the featured women, reminds young readers that every great leader began as a little leader, taking their first steps towards something big. Fans of Harrison's work can check out the sequel, Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around The World, or the Leaders and Dreamers box set, which includes both books. Younger readers can also enjoy the board book Dream Big, Little One for ages 2 to 5.
At first, Lida believes that she and her family are safe from the Nazis since they aren't Jewish. However, the Ukrainian girl can't escape the horrors of World War II. Lida is rounded up with other youth and sent to a brutal labor camp where she and other children will be forced to make German bombs until they drop. There, Lida comes up with a daring plan: sabotage the bombs. Her friends are eager to join her secret resistance, but if their deception is discovered, they'll surely be executed. Nevertheless, the chance to do their own, small part to end the war is too important to waste. Based on the real-life experience of countless Ukrainian and other Central and Eastern European children who were among the estimated 3 to 5 million Ostarbeiters (or "Eastern workers") 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 back against Nazi oppression.
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 gentle depiction of a deep 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.) When the newfound friends discover a mystery at Stagecoach Pass, the real adventure can begin! This quirky story starring a delightfully funny main character is a reminder that others' reactions are often more problematic than the disability itself — and that nothing, not even "lack of armage," has to hold you back. Aven's story continues in the sequel, Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus.
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 to point out the folly of censorship. It turns out that when Amy Anne finds a cause that's important to her, she's ready to take on the world! 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.
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.
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. Avani's adventures continue in the sequel, Star Scouts: The League of Lasers.
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 female 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.
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 became 'dangerous' for the sake of peace. For a picture book about Addams' work at Hull House, check out The House That Jane Built for ages 5 to 9.
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.
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.
Every night, little lights appear in Sandy's bedroom, and she transforms them into companions to play with until she falls asleep. The next day, she's always captivated trying to draw her nighttime friends. One day, a girl with purple hair arrives at her school, and to Sandy's surprise, Morfie seems to know all about Sandy's lights. But when it turns out that Morfie intends to enter Sandy's night world and take it over, Sandy will have to muster all of her confidence and determination to fight off the invader. Exquisitely illustrated, this thoughtful graphic novel will prompt discussions about creativity, insecurity, and gaining control of your fears. Sandy's story continues in the sequel Hicotea.
Emmie is quiet, artistic, shy, and self-conscious — and feels practically invisible in the halls of her middle school. Katie, on the other hand, is outgoing, athletic, and confident. When the sappy love note Emmie wrote to a crush as a joke is made public by a bully, she's humiliated; but to Emmie's surprise, Katie comes to her defense. Soon Katie is urging Emmie to finally make her voice be heard — and a surprising twist reveals that the two girls have more in common than anyone imagined. This empowering graphic novel carries a powerful message about facing down embarrassment and standing up for yourself. You can find companion graphic novels featuring some of Emmie's friends and classmates in the best-selling Emmie and Friends series; the first two books from the series are collected in the Adventures in Middle School set.
Lailu Loganberry has spent years training to be an expert in monster cuisine — and now her dreams are coming true! Her mentor is opening a restaurant and Lailu will be the head chef. Everything seems perfect... until Lailu learns that her mentor borrowed money from a loan shark named Mr. Boss, and if the restaurant fails, she'll be trapped cooking for him for the rest of her life. To outsmart Mr. Boss, she'll have to avoid the king's assassin, the elf mafia, and Mr. Boss' henchmen — and work alongside her greatest rival. Kids will love the mix of humor, action, and fantasy in this delicious novel. Lailu's adventures continue in A Hint of Hydra.
Malú is struggling with the aftermath of her parents' divorce: she misses her laid-back, artsy, white father, and feels pressured by her academic mother, who she calls "SuperMexican." And on the first day at her new school, the school's queen bee calls Malú a "coconut": brown on the outside, white on the inside. But when Malú gets a band started with some fellow misfits, she'll do anything to keep it together — even if it means standing up to the world! This exploration of friendship, identity, and the joy of rocking out to your own beat is sure to inspire your Mighty Girl to stand up for what she believes in.
Ruthie is building confidence after immigrating from Castro's Cuba to New York City: she's learning English and she's become the neighborhood's hopscotch queen. Then a car accident leaves her in a body cast, restricted to bed for a year. Ruthie's world has shrunk, but the time gives her the opportunity to consider many things, from her feelings about the boys whose car hit her to the kindness of those around her to her own budding joy in writing and art. Inspired by her real-life experience in the 1960s — both immigrating and suffering injuries that required a long recovery — this book is inspiring, vulnerable, and real.
Morrigan Crow knows she's cursed: she was born on the unluckiest day, she gets blamed for every misfortune, and everyone reminds her that she's doomed to die on midnight of her next birthday. Then a mysterious man named Jupiter North appears and whisks her away to a magical city called Nevermoor. But her residence isn't permanent: Morrigan is Jupiter's selection to compete for a place in the Wundrous Society... and if she fails, she'll have to face her deadly fate. Exciting, whimsical, and colorful, this book will be a favorite with readers who love fantasy and adventure; Morrigan's adventures continue in Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow and Hollowpox: the Hunt for Morrigan Crow.
Mary Anning was only 12 when she made a discovery that would change her life and our understanding of the world: the world's first Icthyosaurus skeleton! The talented young fossil hunter was prompted by necessity as well as curiosity: her family was poor, and when her father was injured and later died, her fossils were a key source of income. However, her remarkable finds changed the course of scientific history, and Charles Darwin even cited some of them in On the Origin of Species! This fictionalized telling of Anning's childhood will fascinate middle graders who dream of their own groundbreaking finds.
Sunny from Sunny Side Up is back! Now that summer's over, she's started middle school, and while she tells Gramps she's doing fine... that's not quite true. Middle school is confusing, and so is home, where she misses her brother Dale when he's away at boarding school... and then misses him more when he's back but different. Fortunately, with her best friend and a new neighbor by her side, she'll manage to maintain her sunny side up attitude! Fans of Sunny will be delighted to see her return in this graphic novel sequel; her story continues in the rest of the Sunny series.
In Josie Shilling's house, there's never enough room, attention, or time for everyone... and she feels like she's the one who always gets left out. That's extra hard when the young gymnast is worrying about whether she's getting too tall for her favorite sport -- and whether her parents can afford the fee. So when her brother brings home a rescued piglet named Hamlet from a nearby farm, Josie delights at feeling a special connection with him. But if there's no room for the kids in the Shilling home, there's definitely no room for Hamlet — and who ever heard of a pig in the city? Josie decides she'll have to find Hamlet a forever home... and along the way, she might find she's not as alone as she thinks.
Sophie's upper-middle-class African-American family is facing changing times in 1965: her older sister Lily is leaving for college, her parents are always fighting, and their new housekeeper, Mrs. Baylor, dislikes her for no clear reason. When Mrs. Baylor's son, Nathan, starts doing odd jobs for the family, he and Lily hit it off -- but Sophie's mother disapproves. Then Nathan is unfairly arrested during the Watts riots that set Los Angeles ablaze for six days, and Sophie starts to realize that the world is far more complex than she'd ever understood. This compelling historical fiction novel explores difficult issues with a careful hand, all through the eyes of one girl.
Cleo is struggling after the death of her friend on a dangerous mission. Back at Yasiro Academy, she trains relentlessly, believing that it was her lack of skill that tipped the balance. Then she learns about a star called the Golden Lion. Turned into a weapon, it could destroy everyone she cares about -- so she sets off alone to the ice planet Cada'duun. She will find the Golden Lion, but she'll also find a new enemy set on eliminating both it... and her. This thrilling new Cleopatra in Space adventure will be a hit with Cleo's fans.
Best-selling author / illustrator George O'Connor continues his graphic novel series The Olympians with this book celebrating the goddess of the hunt! Destined to be alone, Artemis' power lies in her skill at hunting and her deadly bow. She protects the innocent and cares for women and young girls, providing comfort in their times of need -- including childbirth -- but continuing to live the life she chooses, wild and free. Fans of this title will want to check out Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory and Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess.
The first time that Billie Holiday performed "Strange Fruit," the audience was silent — but the song would help pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement. This picture book for older readers explores a protest song against lynching, sung by a complex artist — and along the way teaches young readers the power of the arts to transform the world around us. Author Gary Golio describes Holiday's own experiences with discrimination, as well as Jewish songwriter Abel Meeropol's motivations for writing the song. Powerful and poignant, this thoughtful book provides a unique look at an influential artist and an unforgettable song.
Princess Anya has a remarkable gift: she break any curse with a kiss (and a little magic). But when her evil stepmother's new husband decides to take over the kingdom, Anya has to make a run for it to escape death and get supplies for more Transmogrification Reversal Lip Balm to un-transform her older sister's latest love. With the help of her talking dog and the transformed prince, Anya sets out to restore her kingdom... but doing so brings her face to face with her own princess privilege. If she can learn from the experience, though, she may yet win the day! This twisted fairy tale with no romance plot is full of adventure, humor, and delightful characters that tweens will love.
In 1941, Hedy's Hungarian Jewish family faces tough decisions: Hitler's armies are beginning to round up Jews across Europe, but the family's circumstances don't allow them all to travel together. At 16, Hedy must travel across Europe by train — alone — in hopes of reaching a port where she can board a ship to America. Along the way she dreams of happy reunions and fears that, instead, she'll find herself alone forever. This thoughtful picture book from the Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books series includes a note at the end that follows Hedy's story after she arrives in America, capturing the aftermath and epilogue of her refugee experience.
Everything seems to be going against Karma: her best friend has found a blonder best friend; her beloved dadima has passed away; her father has become the new stay-at-home parent while her mother spends most of her time at work; and perhaps worst of all, she's spotted seventeen hairs sprouting on her upper lip. As her classmate's taunts about her mustache grow, Karma wonders if someone like her — half White and half Indian, half Methodist and half Sikh — belongs anywhere. In the tradition of Judy Blume, this charming novel tackles topics such as body hair, self-image, and bullying as one girl learns how to define her own destiny.
Auma's love of running might be the ticket to a better future: the young Kenyan track star hopes her athletic skill can help earn her a scholarship to attend high school and maybe even university. But there is a strange new sickness called AIDS in her country... and when her father gets sick, Auma has a difficult choice to make. If she leaves home, her struggling family will lose her help — but if she stays, she can never become a doctor, something that might allow her to help people around the world. Author Eucabeth Odhiambo draws on her experiences at the beginning of Kenya's AIDS crisis to create this story about the power of education. For another book that tackles the African AIDS pandemic, check out The Heaven Shop for ages 10 to 14.
Dawn Schafer is the newest member of the Baby-Sitters Club -- and she's dealing with three little but very big problems! The three Barrett kids are out of control, their house is a mess, and Mrs. Barrett constantly breaks her promises. On top of that, Dawn is missing California, and she can't seem to get along with Kristy. Maybe joining the Baby-Sitters Club was a mistake... or maybe, if she sticks with it, she'll discover it was right all along. This is the fifth book in the series of graphic novel adaptations of Ann M. Martin's popular series; the first four are available in this box set.
Devin is excited to be back with the Kicks for another soccer season, but things are different now that they've pulled off some big wins. The pressure is on, expectations are high, and some of Devin's teammates are worried that they'll fall flat. Fortunately, the hard work these teammates and friends have put in building up their confidence will stand them in good stead as they get ready to play their best! Fans of the Kicks can collect the rest of the series in this box set which includes the six previous books.
Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert are as different as they could be: Chrissie is an all-American girl who plays with careful poise, while Martina is from communist Czechoslovakia and lets her emotions drive her to greater heights. The two things they share in common are a love of tennis and a determination to be the best in the game. It was inevitable that they would be rivals on the court, but what surprised everyone was that they became friends off of it! In this conversational dual biography of two tennis greats, kids learn how the greatest rivals in the history of sports formed a friendship that broke all the rules.
Mira is a mermaid, and she lives in a boardwalk aquarium owned by "King Neptune," the man she believes rescued her. But when she meets an ordinary girl, lonely Mira develops an unexpected friendship -- one that makes her question everything that she knows. Is King Neptune really the rescuer she believes him to be -- and even if he is, why does he treat her so poorly? And why should she stay in an aquarium when she dreams of freedom? Author Donna Jo Napoli and author / illustrator David Weisner team up to create a magical and thought-provoking story about freedom, independence, and friendship.
As the Nazi regime rose — and people began to suspect its aims — one program, the Kindertransport, brought 10,000 children into the United Kingdom for safety. Lisa Jura was a 14-year-old musical prodigy whose parents were offered the chance to send one of their three children; they chose her. In a home for refugee children she yearned for her family, but her music offered hope to both her and many around her in the midst of the war. This young readers adaptation of the biography for teens and adults, The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival, captures both the pain caused by the war and the power of music to lift everyone up.
Bea is a Taiwanese-American budding poet whose writing is providing her small solace in a turbulent time: she's starting seventh grade with no friends thanks to an embarrassing moment at a party, and she's about to go from only child to big sister. She writes haikus in invisible ink and hides them in a secret spot... and then someone writes back. The identity of her secret friend takes a while to untangle, and in the meantime she starts connecting with other classmates, including Will, who's obsessed with the idea of walking a nearby labyrinth. Bea's past experience has taught her that being true to herself leads to loss, but this year, she might just learn how to claim an identity she's proud of.
12-year-old Maddie loves her quirky sense of humor (including the fake mustaches she slaps on at every opportunity) and her new lead role in the class play, even if they mean unwanted attention from a class bully. But when she develops unusual symptoms, she's diagnosed with a brain tumor and her world is flipped upside down. At first, Maddie wants to hide her illness, but as her surgery date approaches, her creativity, offbeat humor, and kind heart might make a difference for more people than she ever thought possible. Kids will love Maddie's big heart and even bigger imagination.
Katie and Ana are the kind of friends who share everything with each other... almost. Katie has always known she was adopted, but recently she's been wondering about her birth parents and her birthplace in Russia — and worries that admitting this might mess up the perfect family she has now. Meanwhile, Ana's family is falling apart after her father suddenly leaves. When Ana's Babushka arrives, she resents her imperious ways and unfamiliar foods — and Katie's quick connection with her. Misunderstandings start building, and soon the friendship between the girls becomes strained. Fortunately, before they lose each other, the realize the truth: friendship, just like family, is worth fighting for.
Sally Jones is an ape who can understand speech, write slowly, and even play chess, and she's dedicated to her friend and partner, the sailor Henry Koskela. But when a cargo transport goes bad and Alphonse Morro, the man who hired them, is missing and presumed dead, Koskela is accused of his murder. So Sally sets out on a years-long quest to prove his innocence and see him free. Sally is a compelling narrator and her adventures -- and the characters she meets -- will fascinate young readers.
Jane Deming is ready to turn her sturdy constitution and her determined mind to making a new life in Washington state: she, her step-mother, and her 2-year-old brother are taking part in a program to bring single girls and Civil War widows to the new city of Seattle. Jane is imagining an opportunity to break free of her responsibilities caring for her little brother and enjoy school and friends. However, Seattle turns out to be a foggy frontier town, much more rough and ready than Jane was expecting. Nevertheless, pragmatic Jane discovers that, with hard work and a little compromise, Seattle could be just what she needs.
Celie's family -- and her inimitable Castle Glower -- are ready for one more adventure! Lilah is getting married to a prince from a seafaring kingdom, so as an early wedding gift, Celia and her family travel there to build the happy couple a ship -- made from pieces of Castle Glower itself. But on its maiden voyage, the ship turns out to have a mind of its own. Celie and Lilah are excited at first -- perhaps they're going to the land where the unicorns once lived! -- but as they go longer and longer without seeing land, and their supplies run short, they'll have to decide whether they can trust this Ship like they trust their Castle. Fans of the Tuesdays at the Castle series will be delighted with this final adventure.
When Fidelia's marine biologist parents die in a storm — while piloting a submarine of Fidelia's invention — she's wracked with guilt. But she doesn't have long to dwell on it; within days she's kidnapped by a pirate named Merrick the Monstrous, who wants to use her inventive talents to claim a treasure at the bottom of the sea. But as she tries to complete her "Water-Eater" for Merrick she realizes that there's more to the pirate than she thought... and that he has a past with her aunt Julia. This swashbuckling tale with a creative mix of futuristic and historical elements incorporates a sensitive exploration of loss in its thrilling and funny adventure.
After years bouncing between foster homes, Flora and her brother Julian have been adopted by Emily. But Flora has a hard time believing in forever; she isn't ready to use the word mother, instead thinking of Emily as her Person, and every time something goes wrong — like when Julian hoards food or Flora struggles in fourth grade — she's afraid that they'll be sent to yet another home. So Emily decides to take the siblings on a quest to find their past... and hopefully reassure them that family really can be forever. Carter gently but honestly reveals the trauma that lingers in kids who have struggled in the foster care system, while still striking an optimistic tone that all children can eventually find their Person.
Korra and Asami return in this official continuation of The Legend of Korra! As they leave the Spirit World, excited to explore their new feelings for one another, Korra and Asami stumble into yet another problem. A developer is planning to turn the portal into an amusement park, but that could sever the connection between the worlds -- and at the same time, the triads are having an all-out war on Republic City's borders, right on top of hundreds of evacuees. Korra and Asami can help... but only if they improve their teamwork (both personally and professionally.) Fans of the Nickelodeon TV series will be thrilled with this graphic novel series!
Sophie's world has tipped completely upside-down: her mother has been fired — and then broke up with Pratik, who Sophie loved; her teacher's project on risk-taking got her roped into trying a triathlon; and to top it off, now she's seeing bubbles over people's head that show what they're thinking. What seems like a useful ability is actually confusing; even simple thoughts could have any number of meanings. Realistic challenges with a tiny twist of fantasy make this a fascinating read for middle graders.
11-year-old Stella Rodriguez adores science — and finds it a useful escape from things she'd rather not think about, like the death of her father. When a lost black hole follows her home from a visit to NASA, she names him Larry (short for Singularity) and is delighted to discover he can make anything disappear... including Stinky Stu, the class hamster she is forced to take care of, or all the painful reminders of her dad. But when Larry swallows the family puppy, her little brother, and even Stella herself, Stella may have to confront the realities of her grief in order to find her way home. Middle grade readers will feel for Stella as she goes through this painful but ultimately empowering journey of self-discovery.
Cammie O'Reilly lives above the prison where her father works, and inside the prison of her grief and anger: her mother died protecting her when she was a baby. But in the summer of 1959, thirteen-year-old Cammie will meet a child killer, a shoplifter, and a reformed arsonist, each of whom will play a role in Cammie's coming of age... and one of whom will help free her from the depression and guilt that keeps her locked away. This powerful story of a struggling but compassionate girl desperately seeking meaning and redemption is a complex and fascinating read.
By the age of 2, Lena Horne was already a member of the NAACP, following her activist family. Inspired by her mother's dream, Lena became the first black actress to receive a studio contract. As her fame grew, she dared to decline the stereotypical roles that she was offered, and she refused to use segregated entrances. Her powerful voice became an rallying cry to many as she joined civil rights rallies and urged people to remember, "You have to be taught to be second class; you're not born that way." While written as a picture book, this biography of Horne's challenging themes and advanced vocabulary make it an intriguing and inspiring pick for older children.
Julia has always disliked being short for her age, so when a theater director casts her as a Munchkin in a production of The Wizard of Oz, her lack of acting experience isn't the only reason she resists! But then she meets Olive, one of the adults with dwarfism who's joining the cast of Munchkins, and begins to realize that being big or small isn't about your physical size. By the end of the summer, Julia is ready to stand out -- and take hold of every opportunity the director sends her way! Full of fun, fascinating characters, this book is a charming story of self-discovery.
On the Earth of the future, humans are on the run from an invading alien force that is sucking all the electrical devices they can find. Strata's family are digital rescuers, struggling to find and preserve whatever technology they can — the only link humanity may have to its past civilization. But when Strata and her brother get separated from the caravan, only a rare robot pony can help them escape the dual threats of outlaw humans and power-hungry aliens. Thrilling and inventive, with genuinely intimidating villains, this graphic novel will keep kids turning pages to the end.
Arianwyn has always dreamed of serving in the Civil Witchcraft Authority, but when she blows up the testing device at her official evaluation, she's given an assignment in the sleepy, tiny town of Lull, with a provisional designation of apprentice witch. It's a crushing blow, made even worse by her arch-rival Gimma's glee. But when Arianwyn arrives in Lull, she realizes that things aren't what they seem in the tiny town: strange sights in the woods, a creeping hex to tackle, and a mysterious magical visitor. As she slowly wins the townfolks' confidence — and builds her own — Arianwyn begins to realize that being an apprentice witch might not be the end of her career after all. Set in a cozy and old-fashioned world, this charming fantasy will be a perfect fit for middle-grade readers. Arianwyn's adventures continue in A Witch Alone and A Witch Come True.
Ever since her father died, Calliope June has faced rejection from peers every time her mother moves yet again; her Tourette's syndrome causes facial tics and noises that she can't control. In St. George, Utah, Calli finds friendship with her neighbor Jinsong, the student body president and a sports star. But will he be brave enough to make their friendship public when Calli fails to blend in? And what if Calli's mom decides to move again just as she's beginning to feel like her differences aren't the end of the world? Told in Calli and Jinsong's dual perspectives, in prose poetry and free verse, this touching story celebrates the power of acceptance and being true to who you are.
Stef wants to have a little bit of independence from her overprotective parents — especially if it means she can ride a school bus instead of getting picked up by Tia Perla, her family's taco truck. She's tired of being called "Taco Queen" and she dreams of being able to attend the Vivian Vega concert like her (former) friend Julia. But when her family's livelihood is threatened, Stef surprises herself by becoming Tia Perla's biggest advocate. In the end, Stef discovers her own identity: one that takes pride in her newfound love of art, her ability to help her community, and, yes, even in her parents and Tia Perla itself.
This book will completely disprove the myth that girls aren't funny! This anthology of hilarious tales from some of the best authors in children's literature will have girls holding their sides, roaring with laughter. How can you resist when Carmen Agra Deedy writes about her mom setting the bathtub on fire, or Rita Williams-Garcia shows two besties hatching a bird-brained scheme to get on to a TV talk show? Best of all, one section encourages to write their own side-splitting stories, with funny Mad Libs and advice from humorists like Adrianne Chalepah and Delaney Yeager.
In October 2016, seven-year-old Bana Alabed became the voice of millions of children when she took to Twitter to tell the world about the horrors of the Syrian civil war. She lost her best friend, her school, and her home, and her heartrending messages — including “I just want to live without fear” — captured the world's attention. Following her and her family's life in Syria and eventual escape to Turkey, this book alternates Bana's words with short chapters by her mother to create a reminder of the resiliency of the human spirit, the unconquerable courage of a child, and the abiding power of hope.
Ever since she met her novelist neighbor, Mrs. Flores, 10-year-old Cici has known that she wants to write books, too. So she figures the best way to become a great author is to watch people — especially adults — for their one special secret that tells you so much about who they are. Along the way, Cici will solve a couple of mysteries... but she'll also discover that you can get so busy tracking down a mystery that you forget to pay attention to your friends and family. This graphic novel, told in a combination of journal notes, scrapbook pieces, and doodles, provides just the right mix of mystery, adventure, and real-life challenges.
Olga is a scientifically-minded girl who loves animals, so when she discovers a new species, she's ecstatic! Olgamus ridiculus is an odd creature, but she's determined to figure out key details like what it eats, where it's from, and why its burp sounds like the word "rubber." With help from a local librarian and shopkeeper -- and an unexpected contribution from two neighborhood girls -- Olga will make observations and learn a lot... about more than her olgamus. Written in the form of Olga's observation notebook, this graphic-heavy novel will get budding scientists giggling. Fans of Olga will love the series, Olga: We're Out of Here!.
When Sunflower and her father are forced to move to the rural Chinese countryside, she wishes she could go and play with the children in the village on the other side of the river. When her father tragically drowns, Sunflower is taken in by the village's poorest family. There, she meets Bronze, the family's son who has been traumatized into silence by a terrible fire. The pair become inseparable, and their bond helps both of them learn the power of loyalty and love and the importance of a connected community. Newly translated from the original Mandarin, this Hans Christian Andersen Award-winning story is not to be missed.
Although Corinne saved her island from the evil jumbie Severine last year, things aren't back to normal: now that everyone knows she's half-jumbie, people don't trust her. And when children start to go missing, the suspicion gets worse. Corinne seeks out Mama D'Leau, the jumbie who rules the sea, to get the children back -- and prove her innocence. But there's a price for Mama D'Leau's help, which will send her and her friends Dru, Bouki, and Malik on a journey across the sea... This action-packed sequel to The Jumbies is the perfect mix of Caribbean and West African mythology and fairy tales.
Maddie's plans for the sixth-grade dance crumble when her crush, Avery, asks a different girl to dance... but things get worse when the lights suddenly go out. A tornado has crashed through their town, and both Maddie and Avery's houses have been destroyed. Their community rallies around them and a kind neighbor takes them in... which means Maddie and Avery will be living together all summer, seeing one another at their best and their worst. This coming-of-age novel that explores how relationships shift as kids enter middle school is both funny and sweet.
13-year-old Lora has made up her mind: she's going to join Castro's army of literacy teachers, no matter what her parents think. To her parents, the idea is crazy; Lora has never even been outside of Havana! But with backup from her abuela, Lora points out that her parents have always told her to share with those in need. Life as a brigadista is more difficult than Lora expected, especially with unrest and possibly even war on the horizon. Despite it all, Lora is determined to be part of something bigger than herself. Set in 1961, this story sheds light on a little-known aspect of Castro's Cuba, and includes an author's note about Cuban history.
For Derby's dad Garland, a life homeschooling while the family meanders the highways means freedom, but for Derby, it means loneliness, especially since she's still wrestling with the disappearance of her mother. Summers are her favorite time of year, when they settle in Ridge Creek, Virginia to sell food near the minor baseball team's stadium. This summer, things are different: her friendships are changing and the neighbors she loves are struggling... but it might also reveal both surprises, secrets, and the key to finding "home" for Derby. This charming story with an unforgettable main character celebrates the many ways we find our home and family.
Delia Bean thinks the summer at her uncle's estate will be a bore until she discovers the Time Museum's summer internship program. It turns out that the Time Museum accepts interns as young as 12 — from every time period in history! Delia finds herself training alongside a girl from 23rd century Japan and boys from prehistory and the Roman era. But can these unexpected friendships survive both the intense competition and a mysterious threat to the Time Museum itself? This adventure-filled graphic novel is the beginning of a new series that will captivate tween readers.
It's 1919, and Henrietta's father is away, her mother is ill, and Nanny Jane is too busy to hear about what Henry sees in their new home, Hope House. So Henry explores on her own, and discovers all sorts of secrets and mysteries. That includes a caravan in the nearby wood, the home of a woman named Moth. When the doctor commits her mother to an insane asylum -- and suggests Henry may suffer the same mental illness -- she and Moth decide to set off on a rescue mission. But are Henry's stories and fairy-tales overwhelming her? Or will she and Moth manage to help one another move past their individual griefs and fears? Poignant and powerful, this book offers a complex tale to be read again and again.
When Miriam Makeba was rising to fame, South Africa was at the peak of apartheid, the brutal racial segregation system that held back so many people. She used her renown and her voice to bring the issue to the forefront at jazz clubs, at rallies, and even before the United Nations. In this defiant and inspiring biography, full of vibrant illustrations by Charly Palmer, author Kathryn Erskine uses call-and-response text to capture Makeba's fight for equality — and the power of voices that speak out against injustice.
11-year-old Fern loves nature, but has little time to enjoy it: her stepfather Toivo struggles to earn enough money for the family, so she's responsible for watching her two brothers and keeping the house. The old growth forest behind their home is Fern's refuge, so she's devastated when she hears that a fracking company wants to put a wastewater pond there. But for her poor community, it means chance to pull themselves out of poverty. So with her dead mother's recipe book, Fern sets out to show just what could be lost along with the forest. A touching and nuanced look at complex issues like environmentalism, poverty, mental illness, and more, this book will give middle grade readers plenty to think about.
After being abandoned by her mother and ignored by her scientist father, Elizabeth created an imaginary friend named Zenobia. But when Elizabeth's father moves them into his childhood home, her "friendship" with Zenobia becomes strained. Zenobia is convinced they'll find a ghost in the house, and forces Elizabeth to conduct seances and investigate the history of the house. And in their investigations, Elizabeth learns a family secret: her father's younger sister disappeared on these grounds years ago. What other things at Witheringe House aren't as they seem? With an eerie atmosphere and evocative language, author Aussie Miller crafts a story about finding friendship and the power of the imagination.
The world's greatest fourth-grade detective, Moxie McCoy, is on the hunt for the person who's kidnapped the school's beloved mascot... but without her best friend/crime-solving partner, who's moved away, things just don't feel right. So her interrogations now serve a double purpose: searching for clues, and interviewing for a new partner. Nobody quite seems to suit, and Moxie can't solve the case on her own. But when her quiet, tentative, boring little brother Milton proves he's an excellent listener, maybe the pair can form an unexpected alliance. Warm and funny, with clever "debrief" questions that encourage readers to examine Moxie's narrative, this will be a hit with mystery fans. The mystery-solving siblings return in The Real McCoys: Two's A Crowd.
Olivia has a plan to get her family out of Sunny Pines Trailer Park: fourteen sweepstakes entries a day. Of course, she also has to take care of the daily chores, stay home from school to watch her little sister Berkeley while her mother works, teach Berkeley (and herself) the skills they miss when they're not in daycare and school, and keep up with writing to her father — even if he's never written back. Olivia thinks of everything... except herself. What she hasn't realized yet is that there are a lot of people who want to look out for her too. Maybe the family you need sometimes is the family you never realized you had all around you.
Sussy and Guy have been best friends since kindergarten, and their newest adventure together is purchasing a leopard gecko: Matylda (with a "y" so the name is all her own.) They imagine Matylda as a warrior, and Guy has a special connection with her. But when Guy dies in an accident while protecting Sussy, she isolates herself in her room, and desperately tries to get Matylda, all she has left of Guy, to love her. Eventually, though, Sussy will have to confront her grief and find a way to live without Guy. This story sensitively explores survivor's guilt and finding ways to love after loss.
The summer her parents get divorced, Wren Jo Bird is sent to visit her grandparents -- before she can even tell her best friend Amber what happened. But when she gets home, even more has changed: Amber has become friends with an outspoken new friend, Marianna. And because Wren hasn't told Amber about the divorce, she can't tell her how much she needs a friend right now. As the year goes on, though, it turns out that the people in Wren's life, including her parents, Amber, and even Marianna, have a lot to offer as she recovers from these big changes. This warm story about a tween dealing with big changes highlights the value of relationships when you need a hand.
Amelia Wishart's Christmas spirit gave Santa that extra touch of magical power he needed, making her the first child ever to get a Christmas present. But now, things are different. Amelia's mother is sick, she's been sent to a workhouse under the cruel Mr. Creeper, and after a year's diet of gruel, without a whiff of kindness, her hopes have faded away... causing magic levels at the North Pole to plummet. Santa — with the help of his reindeer, one curious cat, and Charles Dickens — has mere days to find Amelia and figure out how to make her believe again. Inventive, heartwarming, and fun, this Christmas story will delight middle grade readers and remind them of the transformative power of kindness.
This puberty book takes an unusual tone by using the voices of nine fictionalized girls to pass on accurate, girl-friendly information about growing up! The girls of Bunk 9 are ready to answer all your questions about puberty -- from what changes you'll notice in your body to how to manage mood swings to details about health and hygience that every girl should know. The accessible framework and friendly voices make this a book girls will be eager to read, and the information is all pediatrician-approved!
Tweens are often eager to get involved in all the fun of the digital world, from social media to texting to online gaming — and while there's plenty of fun to be had online, it's important for girls to know how to use their digital tools responsibility and how to keep themselves and their personal information safe. In this newly revised and updated book, girls learn how to deal with cyberbullying, safety tricks, and more so that they can effectively and safely use their cell phones, tablets, and computers to enjoy the best parts of our digital, connected world.
In this keepsake journal, grandmothers and granddaughters can share thoughts, experiences, and precious memories easily! Thoughtful guidelines and prompts encourage them to talk about everything from childhood experiences to favorite books, and even their hopes and dreams for the future. There's plenty of free space to personalize the journal, as well as pages for drawing pictures and for writing a collaborative story. Written by the creators of Just Between Us: Mother and Daughter, this journal will quickly become a beloved connection between the generations.
The non-profit Girls Who Code has taught over 40,000 girls to code — and now, you can learn too! This inspiring book is full of exciting illustrations and accessible explanations of coding principles. Real-life stories of girls and women in programming will show you the incredible range of careers and possibilities that coding provides, while information about the next steps you can take will get you ready to jump into your coding adventure! You can also check out The Friendship Code, the first book in a new fiction series by Girls Who Code for ages 8 to 12.
This is definitely not your mother's puberty book! HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom's mission is to create informed, empowered young women who are unafraid to ask questions and make the best choices for themselves and their bodies. In The Guide. Period, she's created a celebration of women's bodies and all the confusing, uncomfortable, silly, transformative, and powerful changes that occur during puberty. This full-color book features bright, diverse, approachable illustrations and infographics (on everything from how to insert a tampon to a timeline of body hair trends throughout history), doctor-vetted information, and personal testimonials from real girls and women.
If you've read The Care and Keeping of You, you already know a lot about caring for your body — but your mind and spirit need care too! In this new book from the American Girl Library, you'll learn important skills for long-term happiness: how to focus on what really matters to you, how to bounce back after a setback, how to find calm inside, and how to connect with the people you love. It also shows how you can make your happiness "contagious." Friendly, accessible advice and stories from real girls just like you remind young readers that happiness doesn't just happen; it's something you can learn.
14-year-old Doreen Green is facing a few more challenges than the typical teenager who’s just completed a cross-country move! Doreen has the powers of a squirrel but feels like a caged animal in her new home. After she stops a group of troublemakers in her neighborhood, Doreen decides to embrace her powers and become a full-fledged Super Hero. But when a real-life Super Villain appears, is the newly minted Squirrel Girl ready for the major leagues? This fun new novel, a prequel to the current Squirrel Girl comic line, features a hero with infectious optimism and enthusiasm, plus a blend of real-life teen problems and superhero challenges. Fans of this novel can check out the sequel 2 Fuzzy 2 Furious.
Mary Godwin and Lady Ada Byron are back with another mystery to solve in this series that reimagines the pair as best friends and detectives! Fossil-hunter Mary Anning is being blackmailed: her beloved dog has been kidnapped and the kidnappers are demanding that she certify fake dinosaur bones that are about to go up for auction. They're sure they can crack the case, but with only three days before the auction, they're going to have to work fast! The third volume in the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series will delight young mystery lovers — and introduce them to yet another fascinating historical figure.
When Maya Lin proposed an expanse of polished black granite for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- and her proposal won -- the public was shocked. Today, her once controversial monument is considered one of the most powerful memorials of modern times. 35 years later, however, few people know much about the quiet, reserved young woman who was just a college student when she entered the design competition. In this captivating biography, accompanied with detailed photos, author Susan Goldman Rubin explores how Lin's artistic eye, Chinese-American heritage, and unique use of space created one of the most famous pieces of civic architecture in the world.