15-year-old Xiomara Batista feels voiceless in her largely Dominican community in Harlem: since she developed curves, she's relied on her fierce exterior and a willingness to throw a punch to keep herself safe. But she pours all of her frustration and insecurity — as well as her conflicts with her strict, religious mother — onto the pages of a notebook. When Xiomara is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, however, she's faced with a choice: leave her poems unspoken or raise her voice, no matter what people think. This powerful novel in verse, winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, offers a thoughtful look at identity, family, and the power of words through the eyes of a teen girl.
In 1942 Nazi-occupied Poland, Jewish teenager Chaya Lindner is determined to fight the evil destroying her life... even in the face of overwhelming odds. She escapes the Kraków Ghetto where her family is imprisoned and joins the Jewish resistance as a courier. She learns about a planned uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto to fight Nazis' efforts to transport the remaining survivors of the ghetto to death camps. Like her fellow resisters, Chaya knows that there is no possibility that they will 'win' this fight, but they hope to save as many lives as possible, and to live — or die — on their own terms. This powerful historical fiction novel by the author of A Night Divided about the largest single revolt by Jews during WWII explores the Holocaust from the rarely-discussed perspective of Jewish resistance fighters through the story of one heroic young woman.
With her father, the local moneylender, unable to collect his debts, Miryem and her parents are left on the edge of poverty — until she takes matters into her own hands. She soon develops a reputation for turning silver into gold, but an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk, the grim fey who appear more ice than flesh. He gives Miryem an impossible challenge, one that quickly entangles a local peasant girl and the unhappy young woman set to marry the tsar. The unlikely allies will have to find the power to change their fates if they hope to save their world and their own lives. This brilliant feminist reimagining of Rumpelstiltskin, by the author of the best-selling Uprooted, masterfully explores prejudice, love, and sacrifice through the stories of three courageous young women.
When Zélie Adebola was a child, her home of Orïsha was full of magic... until a ruthless king ordered the maji killed, including Zélie's mother, a Reaper who summoned souls. Now, with the help of a rogue princess, Zélie has the chance to bring magic back to Orïsha and rebel against the brutal monarchy. But as she discovers feeling for an enemy and struggles to control her own powers, Zélie will have to learn to embrace who she is — and prepare herself to fight injustice, whatever the cost. This stunning series opener features compelling characters and world-altering choices in a setting inspired by West African mythology. Zélie's story continues in the sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance.
When 12-year-old Artemisia Gentileschi's mother died, she could choose a life as a nun in a convent or one grinding pigment for her father's paint. The choice was simple: art called to her, and by the time she was 17 in 1610, she was one of the most talented painters in Rome. What art couldn't do, though, was protect her from the man who raped her and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her when she tried to seek justice. This powerful novel in verse recounts the story of extraordinary Baroque artist and feminist icon Artemisia Gentileschi who broke new ground for women both in art history and the courtroom as she fought against the stifling oppression of her time.
Spensa dreams of being a pilot, one of the heroes of the decades-long fight that the humans are losing — but her pilot father was killed years ago as he deserted his team, and his act of cowardice has left Spensa tarred with his disgrace. Still, she hopes to prove herself as a cadet in the Defiant Defense Force by excelling in the dangerous — sometimes fatal — training. And when she discovers a long-abandoned starfighter in a cave, she may get to do more than fly: she may be the key to winning the war. This trilogy opener is full of adventure and daring, with hints that not everything is as it seems in the fight for humanity.
When Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in response to a dare, it wasn't just a challenge: it was a chance to express to all of the grief and pain she had survived in her young life. Only nineteen years old, Shelley had already been disowned by her family, caused a scandal by living with a married man, and lost her newborn daughter. Her "ghost story" not only won her dare, but the passion behind her words created a classic work of literature that is still devoured by readers two centuries later. In this gorgeous novel in verse, accompanied by hundreds of stunning black-and-white watercolor illustrations, author / illustrator Lita Judge has created a haunting depiction of the pregnant runaway teenager whose Gothic horror novel sparked the imagination of millions.
When American women won the right to vote in 1920, it was the culmination of a nearly eighty-year fight! In this mesmerizing book, author Winifred Conkling crafts a unique history of the Women's Suffrage Movement that explores the broader progress of the movement, as well as its often powerful and sometimes rocky relationship with the temperance and abolitionist movements. From early activists like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth; to the first female candidate for president, Victoria Woodhull; to later activists like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns who succeeded in successfully pushing the amendment through at great personal cost, Votes for Women! tells their stories and explores their legacies in a riveting and unflinching fashion.
Elloren Gardner and her friends at the University were only seeking to right a few wrongs; the last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest. Determined to keep her friends safe and fight back against the regime's growing oppression, Elloren finds it increasingly difficult to believe that she didn't inherit any of her grandmother's — the notorious Black Witch — power, as she's always been told. She's also finding it harder to deny her growing feelings for fellow resistance member Yvan Guriel, even though a relationship between a Gardnerian and a Kelt is unimaginable in such troubled times. This thrilling and thoughtful sequel to The Black Witch ups the stakes for Elloren and those she loves as dark forces are on the rise and the fight for the future becomes all too real.
For decades, Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl has inspired the world with its humanity and optimism in the face of the horrors of World War II. Now, this graphic novel adaptation, authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, provides a fresh look at this enduring classic. Extensive quotations directly from the definitive edition of The Diary are accented by stunning illustrations which add a sense of immediacy and intimacy to this story, which is as relevant today as when it was written.
When Sadie was 6, her drug-addicted single mother gave birth to Mattie — so Sadie basically raised her. When their mother disappeared, Sadie kept caring for her... until Mattie was found dead at 13. Heartbroken and furious, especially once the police investigation gets botched, Sadie sets off on a road trip to find her sister's killer — and make him pay. Then she too disappears. Months later, West McCray, a radio personality, overhears Sadie's story and becomes obsessed with finding her. Readers will be riveted as Sadie's first-person account alternates with McCray's investigation, revealing the ugly truths of Sadie's quest for vengeance.
No matter how much people say to speak up, Melinda knows that's a lie: no one wants to hear her story. She called the cops on an end-of-summer party right before she started high school, and now nobody wants anything to do with her. Her art teacher, though, seems to realize Melinda is hurting, and as she works on an art project, Melinda is finally able to face the truth: she was raped by an upperclassman at that party, one who still attends her school. And as she rediscovers her voice, Melinda also rediscovers her own power. This adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson's modern classic Speak is just as gripping as when the story was first published.
Both past and present, if you're a girl who dares to go against the world, you have to be a little brazen! Celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of 33 women from a variety of social, ethnic, cultural, and historical backgrounds, always with a sense of wit and humor that will draw readers into their stories and leave them eager to learn more. Sometimes infuriating but always inspiring, the stories of the obstacles these women overcame will inspire the next generation to become a little brazen themselves.
As a child, Melba Pattillo Beals saw Klansmen hang a man from the rafters during a prayer meeting; as a teen, she was almost raped when she was unknowingly taken to a KKK meeting. And throughout, she asked tough questions: why should she have to drink from a separate fountain, or live her life feeling unsafe? The adults in her life wanted her to keep quiet out of fear, but she refused: she knew there was a future where she could live free — and as one of the Little Rock Nine, she made her mark on history. This powerful memoir captures the courage and determination of Beals and the other child activists like her who pushed for change.
Tess is the black sheep of her family, always speaking out of turn and getting into trouble. When she drunkenly punches her new brother-in-law at her twin Jeanne's wedding, her parents decide that's the last straw and plan to send her to a nunnery. Instead, she cuts her hair, disguises herself as a boy, and hits the road. She's not sure where she's going yet, just that the road will give her answers — answers about who she is, why she is the way she is, and where she belongs. This fantasy adventure set in the world of Seraphina and Shadow Scale also explores how girls are taught to blame themselves even when others are at fault — and the power of journeys to reveal truths to those who walk them.
A year after 9/11, Shirin is fed up with the stereotypes she faces everywhere she goes, simply for being a Muslim girl who wears the hijab. She hides her anger with indifference, pretending not to care about the opinions of her peers while burning off her fury with music and breakdancing. But when she meets Ocean James in her biology class, she is shocked to discover he genuinely wants to get to know her... and she might like him too. But if being a Muslim girl by itself earned glares, being a Muslim girl with a white boy brings even more open hostility. Shirin will have to decide if the possibility of a romance is worth the risk of dropping her guard. This powerful novel explores fear, first love, and the devastating impact of prejudice.
14-year-old Gerta Richter was a talented singer with a promising future — until June 1944, when Nazi soldiers burst into her home and she found out that her Papa had spent years concealing their Jewish heritage. She survived to liberation, but her father didn't... and without her music, and unsure of her place in the world, Gerta's not sure she'll find a way to move on. In a displaced persons camp, though, she meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor. As she grows closer to Lev, Gerta begins to accept her new Jewish identity, and even sees the possibility of music entering her life again. This powerful novel, with haunting spot images and larger illustrations that capture the deep emotion of the text, explores the challenges that faced survivors of the Holocaust, who had to try to rebuild lives that could never be the same.
When Leigh Chen Sanders' mother died, Leigh is convinced that she turned into a bird — and she's determined to find it, and not to think about how she kissed her best friend (and longtime crush) Axel on the same day her mother completed suicide. As she tries to process her grief, Leigh travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. In her search for the bird, she seeks out places that were important to her mother, and uncovers family secrets, while also expressing herself through art. Part reality, part magic, this novel about recovery from grief and finding yourself is luminous and evocative.
When Mackenzi Lee started a weekly Twitter series featuring women of the past, she started spreading the word about Bygone Badass Broads! In this collection, Lee tells the stories of 52 of these remarkable (and often forgotten) women, who dared to break convention and traditional gender roles. Lee's witty and conversational storytelling style makes this book a joy to read, while the bold and compelling illustrations entice readers to flip the page for just one more story.
With her dreams of studying at the university and becoming a teacher within reach, a teenage girl in Nigeria has a promising future ahead of her – until the day that Boko Haram terrorists descend on her village, killing her family and kidnapping her. Along with the other young women, the unnamed narrator is taken into the forest where she is forcibly married, subjected to serial rape, and forced to watch her best friend slowly accept their captors' radical beliefs. Despite it all, the young woman holds onto hope, determined to fight for a future of her own making. This harrowing yet empowering story is based on the true story of the 276 Chibok girls whose kidnapping spurred an international movement to "Bring Back Our Girls" in 2014.
Long ago, the world was shattered into floating islands called Arks. On one of them, Ophelia lives happily as a museum curator, a position that well suits her gift to read the past of objects by touch. Her other ability, traveling through mirrors, is an afterthought as far as she's concerned. Then she's ordered to marry Thorn, an influential member of a distant clan from the Pole, a cold and icy ark. Ophelia doesn't know why her family — or Thorn's — would want this marriage, but she's determined to find out.. if she can survive her dangerous new home. An inventive world and a sophisticated plot will leave readers eager for the second volume of this series.
Zuri Benitez's pride in her Afro-Latino roots and her wild but happy family is coming face to face with the gentrification of her Brooklyn neighborhood and the wealthy Darcy family's two teenage sons, Ainsley and Darius. Even though she rolls her eyes when her older sister develops a crush on Ainsley, she slowly starts finding an unexpected connection with Darius. But with college applications upcoming and another possible love interest close at hand, will Zuri find her place in the neighborhood's new normal? This remixed take on Pride and Prejudice by the author of the critically acclaimed American Street tackles tough social issues while paying loving tribute to this classic novel.
When Jude was seven, her parents were murdered and she and her sisters were taken to the High Court of Faerie. Now, ten years later, Jude is determined to earn a place at the court by becoming a knight. However, many fae hate humans like her — particularly Prince Cardan, the High King's wickedest son. But as palace intrigues mount and civil war threatens, Jude must make a risky alliance to keep her sisters safe... and perhaps, save the High Court and all of Faerie. Dark and absorbing, with a world of playfully blood-thirsty fey antagonists, this series opener stars a determined and truly dangerous heroine.
Years ago, 17-year-old Alice's grandmother wrote Tales from the Hinterland, a short set of dark, feminist fairy tales, and then retreated to her estate, the Hazel Wood. Alice has never met her grandmother, though; she and her mother have spent most of her life on the road, avoiding the bad luck that seems to follow them everywhere. But when Alice's grandmother dies, and her mother is stolen away by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, Alice needs help her classmate Ellery, a Hinterland superfan, if she's going to go to the rescue — and figure out where her own bad luck began. A ferocious heroine facing an eerie and dangerous world makes this a thrilling story of exploitation, liberation, and love.
Millie Michalchuk is sick of going to "fat camp" — she's happy in her own skin and would rather go to a broadcast journalism program and figure out how to get Malik, her crush, to notice her. Then her aunt and uncle's gym is vandalized — and the culprit is Callie Reyes, a dance team member who seems to have it all but struggles with her biracial identity and "friends" who abandon her at the first bump. When Callie is ordered to work with Millie at the gym, Millie's optimistic attitude (and genuine friendship) might be just what Callie needs. This companion to the best-selling Dumplin' celebrates positive female friendships and loving yourself as you are.
World history includes thousands of legendary goddesses who represented the feminine divine! In this lushly illustrated book by Ann Shen, the author and artist who created Bad Girls Throughout History, teens and adults will learn about 50 of these powerful and empowering deities, including Aphrodite, the Greek goddess whose love overcame mortality; Mazu, the Chinese deity who safely guides travelers home; and Lakshmi, the Hindu provider of fortune and prosperity. Vibrant watercolor artwork and compelling capsule descriptions make this an intriguing and fascinating book for exploring the often-ignored female side of mythology.
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s haunting portrait of race and class, hypocrisy and heroism set in the Deep South of the 1930s, remains of the most beloved and important novels of all time. The story of Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama has now been vividly reborn in this beautifully crafted graphic novel. This timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humor, unwavering honesty, and a tender, nostalgic beauty — its lifetime admirers and new readers alike will be touched by this stunning visual edition.
Ellingham Academy is famous for recruiting the greatest minds — and for the mysterious kidnapping of the founder's wife and daughter shortly after it opened, with a note signed by the pseudonym "Truly, Devious." True-crime fan Stevie Bell is just starting at the academy and she's determined to crack the case. But when Truly Devious returns to the school, and a student ends up dead, Stevie will have to overcome her anxiety and depression to find the culprit... before Truly Devious strikes again. Suspenseful and atmospheric, this series opener will leave young adult readers eager to return to the Academy in the second book, The Vanishing Stair.
Frey has never existed apart from her twin sister, Rafi: her only job is to be Rafi's body double, ready to fight, kill, or die for Rafi when necessary. But when her father sends Frey in place of Rafi as collateral for a critical deal, she suddenly faces two challenges: pretending to be her charming sister and facing the realities of her hometown of Shreve, where her oppressive father tracks citizens electronically. When she starts to grow close to Col, the son of a rival leader, Frey faces the choice to become her own person — and stand up against everything that her father represents. Action-packed and full of intriguing questions about individual freedom, this series opener by the author of the best-selling Uglies series is an explosive read.
Over the course of the two decades of fighting in Vietnam, women played their own roles: as medics, journalists, resisters, and more. In this book from the Women of Action series, author Kathryn J. Atwood dives into the complex political history of the Vietnam War, and explores the lives of fourteen women whose lives were changed by this conflict. With suspenseful profiles and in-depth historical information, it's a detailed and engaging look at the often unexpected roles that women played, both during the Vietnam War and in the years afterward.
Maya is trying to figure out the right time to tell her parents she's been accepted into a prestigious film school — and that she's more interested in dating a longtime (white) classmate than the Muslim boys her parents deem suitable. Then a young man — one who reportedly shares Maya's last name — commits an act of terror, and suddenly the anti-Muslim backlash seems to change everything. Maya must grapple with her Indian Muslim identity and the dreams she feels slipping away. This book explores fear, bigotry, and the experiences of second-generation immigrants with gentleness and heart.
Women have always made history — but history hasn't always shared their stories. In this exciting title, Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, along with Ebony Adams, Ph.D., reclaim 25 stories of remarkable women through the ages. Political leaders, warriors, artists, scientists, and heroes, these women defied convention, lived authentically, and changed the world — and few people know their names. With its bold design, including full-color illustrations of each woman, this is a standout capsule history for teens or adults who want to fill in the gaps in the history they've been taught.
Peggy Schuyler is used to being overshadowed by her two older sisters, brilliant Angelica and kind and beautiful Eliza. Even when George Washington's aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, contacts her, it's just to find out how to woo Eliza. But Peggy and Alexander become fast friends, and as her father and Alexander take on important roles in the Revolutionary War, she decides she can't sit on the sidelines. Soon, she's helping her father gather intelligence — and when British Loyalists storm the Schuyler home, it will take all of Peggy's courage and cleverness to win the day. Inspired by the musical Hamilton and backed up by in-depth research, Elliott has crafted a thrilling new historical novel that highlights a daring, brave, and loyal young woman and her world-changing friendship.
In Sempera, time is currency — and taxes allow the rich, like the Gerlings, to cut short the poor's lives to lengthen their own. Jules Ember and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings' estate, until they fled ten years ago... but now her father is dying, and the only way to save him is to earn him more time. When she returns to Everless, though, Jules finds she still has feelings for Roan Gerling — and still fears his brother, Liam. She also discovers a shocking secret, one that she must get to Sempera's queen... at any cost. This complex story full of palace intrigue and self-discovery elegantly displays the dark cracks underneath Everless' beauty — ones which the daring Jules must break wide open.
One month ago, the reverend and his son performed a "deliverance" on Clare, pulling the demon out of her. Except what nobody seems to understand is that Clare loved the demon she knew as Her: She comforted Clare and made her brave. So when Clare finds three clues She left behind — Be nice to him; June 20; Remember the stories — she teams up with the reverend's son, determined to find Her. Their investigation leads to something sinister about their village, and the reclusive One Wish Man. Just how much will Clare give up to get Her back? This horror novel that hinges on free will and sacrifice is both creepy and compelling.
As a freshman at a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, Chessy Prout was sexually assaulted as part of a ritualized game of conquest — and when she reported the assault and took her attacker to court, her school community turned on her. She was guaranteed anonymity if she chose, but instead she revealed her identity, challenging those who blame faceless victims to confront their prejudice, and demanding that institutions stop turning a blind eye to rape culture under their roof. This empowering story of survival turned into advocacy is a painful but critical read.
When 12-year-old Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning at age eight, she developed genius math skills and has been homeschooled ever since. Now she's ready to head off to college, but before she does, her grandma insists on a different sort of test: middle school. Her tasks: attend for 1 year, make 1 friend, join 1 activity, and read 1 book (not another math textbook!). In this smart, funny, and heartfelt novel, author Stacy McAnulty cleverly helps readers see the world through Lucy's point of view – both her gift for numbers and her struggles with OCD, which can lead to spiraling digits of pi taking over her brain. This outstanding story is an uplifting celebration of friendship, self acceptance, and, of course, math!
11-year-old Nan Sparrow is a 'climbing boy,' an orphan owned by a chimney sweep to do the dirty, dangerous work of cleaning flues in Victorian London. But, Nan isn't a boy and she's quite possibly the best chimney climber who ever lived, beating the odds again and again... until the day she's trapped in a chimney fire. When she wakes up safe in an attic, she discovers that she was saved by a mysterious creature — a golem — made from ash and coal. Together, the two outcasts will need to evade Nan's abusive boss and figure out how to create a better life in a world that's quick to label differences as monstrous. Told by master storyteller Jonathan Auxier, this powerful and heartwarming tale explores the search for home and family, in whatever form they take.
Willa's Faeran clan once acted as stewards of the Great Smoky Mountains, but their numbers are declining, and under their current leader, the padaran, their old ways of foraging and caretaking are forbidden. Instead, he directs children like Willa to steal from human homesteaders, who she has been taught to despise. But when she is wounded breaking into a cabin one night, she's shocked when a human man tries to help her. And, when she discovers the padaran imprisoning human children, she begins to question everything about her society and its leader. Willa will have to stand up to evil around her with compassion and strength if she is going to save her people. This powerful story from the author of the best-selling Serafina series is full of magic, adventure, and hope.
Leonora's mother, aunt, and older sisters run the best bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, and Leonora wants to help prepare for Dia de los Muertos — but once again, they tell her she's too young. One day, when Leo sneaks down to the bakery, she learns why: they are all brujas, witches of Mexican ancestry, and they bake a little delicious magic into every bite! Leo's sure she's old enough to learn magic too, so when her best friend has a problem, she decides to dig into the family recipe book. But Leo doesn't read Spanish, so deciphering the recipes isn't easy... and when things go awry, Leo learns that her family will support her but she has to fix her own mistakes! This charming story effortlessly weaves together Mexican, Texan, and American cultures and adds a dash of mystery and magic to delightful effect. Leonora and her family return in the sequel, A Sprinkle of Spirits.
Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa have devoted their lives to mercy killing; as the Boneless Mercies, they seek out the old and the sick and give them a peaceful end. But when a Mercy dies, her name passes into obscurity; they're no heroes whose songs will be sung for generations. Then Frey hears about the Blue Vee Beast, a monster that's terrorizing a nearby jarldom. If the Mercies defeat it, they'll not only have enough money to live happily to the end of their days: they'll also go down in history. Loosely inspired by Beowulf, this evocative story explores sisterhood, claiming agency, and the power of writing your own legend.
Petty criminal Zara robbed the wrong person, and suddenly a jail cell sounds better than the alternative. But instead of a stint in prison, Zara finds herself recruited by the Honors, a team of humans selected by the sentient alien ships called the Leviathan. To her surprise, when she boards Nadim, the ship she's assigned, she finds herself communicating with it easily — and even feeling at home. But she can't shake the feeling that the Leviathan — even Nadim — are hiding something, and that the Honors aren't everything they seem... This intriguing series opener which encourages readers to question what they know includes a contemplative look at the meaning of love.
For years, 12-year-old Drest has trained as a warrior, but has been protected by her father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her five loving brothers, the mainstay of his early 13th century Scottish warband. But when her father and brothers are captured by invading knights — and scheduled to be executed in five days — Drest comes up with a daring rescue plan: travel to Faintree Castle and trade an injured knight for their freedom. On the dangerous journey, she meets allies and enemies alike, and starts to hear stories about her father and brothers that contradict her image of them as just and moral warriors. Drest will have to race against time through a world she's never navigated alone if she's going to learn the truth about her family and save the day. This fast-paced and riveting adventure story explores the complexity of morality, friendship, and family loyalty. Drest's adventures continue in the sequel, The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter.
When she was 14 years old, Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote in her journal, "I love books. I hope when I grow up to be able to have lots of them." Instead, she grew up to write them — including the beloved Anne of Green Gables series. However, she also struggled with anxiety and depression, a troubled married life, and more. In this biography for teens, Liz Rosenberg delves into Montgomery's unpublished personal journals to create a unique and moving portrait of this groundbreaking author and her writings which captivated the world.
It's easy to say that the 19th Amendment "gave" women the right to vote, but the truth is that women had to fight to win that right — for almost eighty years, with literal blood, sweat, and tears. In this exciting volume, author Susan Zimet captures just how complicated the quest for women's suffrage in the United States was, and paints vivid portraits of the women who endured mockery, arrest, and even torture to achieve it, in some cases knowing that the Amendment wouldn't pass in their lifetimes. With portraits, period cartoons, and other archival images, Zimet highlights just how controversial the notion of votes for women was. Tween and teen readers will be shocked to learn the details of this epic women's rights battle — and inspired to use their votes well in future!
Amal dreams of being a teacher, but as the oldest daughter in her Pakistani family, she has to stay home from school to care for her siblings. She plans to find other ways to continue her studies, but an accidental run-in with the son of the village's corrupt landlord turns her life upside down: she is forced into indentured servitude at his estate to pay off her family's debt. But Amal's ability to read provides her with a shocking — and dangerous — opportunity to expose the Khan family's corruption. This powerful novel with a courageous and intelligent main character is a celebration of education, resistance, and hope.
17-year-old orphan Alvie is autistic, and she's focused on her goal: convince a judge that she's emotionally, mentally, and financially ready for emancipation, before she ends up a ward of the state permanently. All she wants to do is make it to her 18th birthday without a mishap that could ruin everything. Then she meets Stanley, a boy with osteogenesis imperfecta, who tempts her to care about someone again. But can she really believe that Stanley will accept her as she is? A gentle romance that goes beyond stereotypes about autism and chronic illness, this book is a reminder that happiness — and love — are worth fighting for.
Five years after her first visit to her grandmother's house in Australia, Livy is back — and feels like there's something important she's forgotten about her last trip. What she forgot was Bob: a small, mysterious being dressed in a chicken suit. She promised to help find his family… and Bob remembers her promise, even if he doesn't remember his way home. Together, Livy and Bob will have to puzzle out the clues to where Bob comes from — and along the way, they'll learn truths about both love and the joys of childhood. Told in alternating chapters in Livy and Bob's perspectives, this irresistible story explores friendship, belonging, and the magic of storytelling.
Twelve-year-old Nisha is half-Muslim, half-Hindu, and in 1947, when Pakistan and India have just separated, she feels like she doesn't know where she belongs. After losing her mother as a baby, she's desperate to cling to the familiar. But when her father decides it's too dangerous to stay in Pakistan, Nisha and her family set out as refugees in search of a new home, first by train and then on foot. It's long and dangerous travel, but Nisha still believes that the future will be bright. In a series of letters to her mother, Nisha relates her journey and explores the search for home, identity, and hope.
In this quirky story, 12-year-old introvert Bicycle has been raised by Sister Wanda in the Mostly Silent Monastery since she was left there as a three-year-old. But Sister Wanda is worried that Bicycle doesn't have any friends, so she declares that she's going to sleepaway camp at the Friendship Factory (“Three Guaranteed Friendships or Your Money Back.”) Bicycle has other ideas, and sets off on her own bike for California, aiming to meet her hero, Polish cycling racer Zbig. Along the way, she encounters a good-natured ghost, a mysterious woman in black, and an unexpected number of new friends! Hilarious and charming, this adventure celebrates the call of the open road and the joy of friendship.
Fifteen-year-old Sarah-Mary Williams of Hannibal, Missouri lives in a world where Muslim-Americans are forced into detainment camps — something that seems like a perfectly sensible precaution, from what she reads in the news. Then she meets Sadaf, a Muslim fugitive fleeing to Canada, who upends Sarah-Mary's ideas of right and wrong. With her eyes newly opened to the injustice around her, Sarah-Mary decides to help Sadaf on her journey, but as the pair hitchhike north, can Sarah-Mary keep Sadaf safe... or will she discover that, in her America, anyone deemed suspicious becomes a target? This tense and powerful story of moral awakening has deep resonances with today's America.
When 14-year-old Ella is detained on her way home school and sent to a concentration camp, she discovers an opportunity for survival: the camp runs a sewing workshop where prisoners make high-fashion dresses for the wives of the Nazi elite. There, the work is less dangerous, and Ella can conceal the realities of the camp from herself... until she meets Rose. Rose is a political prisoner, and she has no illusions about the camp — or the Nazi Final Solution. As Rose opens Ella's eyes, and the last days of the war bring chaos to the camp, friendship may be the one thing that endures through it all. This poignant novel explores a little-known piece of Holocaust history through one girl's gripping story.
Teach kids about HerStory with this uplifting book that tells the story of 50 intrepid women, past and present, from around the world! Each spread tells stories of the woman's childhood, the obstacles they faced along the way, and the way they changed history. Rather than being divided by historical period, this book divides its subjects by the work they did, using the intriguing categories Believe and Lead, Imagine and Create, Help and Heal, Think and Solve, and Hope and Overcome. Vibrant illustrations and a diverse picture of the world make this the perfect introduction to women's history.
When Maria Merian began studying the world around her, bugs were considered to be "beasts of the devil." Everyone knew they spontaneously generated from mud; why would anyone want to study them? Merian's curiosity drove her to examine even these creatures, and through her notes and her art, she successfully documented something miraculous: the metamorphosis of the butterfly. This stunning biography, which is beautifully accented by full-color original artwork from Merian herself, provides an exciting look at one of the first female entomologists and her lifetime of exploration.
Many girls are consumed by self-doubt on the inside, especially during the tween and teen years — but if they can crack the confidence code, they can learn how to set worries aside and focus their energy on what's really important: confidently pursuing their dreams and embracing their authentic selves! In this book, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, the authors of the best-selling The Confidence Code for adult women, draw on the latest research to help tweens understand how to short-circuit the thoughts that drain your confidence and hold you back. Illustrations throughout help draw girls into the book, while lists, quizzes, and stories from real-life girls help readers understand how to embrace risk (and failure), overcome anxieties, and be happy in their own skins. Girls will also enjoy the companion journal which will help them put these skills into practice.
Shipwrecked on a remote, wild island in The Wild Robot, Robot Roz learned from the unwelcoming animal inhabitants and adapted to her surroundings — and then the humans came. In this book, Roz has been reprogrammed to follow the orders of humans, but desperately misses her animal friends and island home. Fortunately, she has a few human allies who may be able to help her get back home! Fans of this heartwarming and action-packed series will love this volume — or you can introduce a reader to the series with the Wild Robot gift set.
Merci is full of confidence and drive, but sixth grade will test even her. As a scholarship student at her Florida private school, she's always felt different from her peers, and this year, her required community service makes Merci the target of the school queen bee's jealousy. Meanwhile, her grandfather Lolo has been acting strangely, from forgetting things to getting angry over nothing, and no one will tell her what's going on. Fortunately, her take-charge personality helps her overcome all the bumps in the road! This Newbery Medal-winning coming-of-age tale stays light, while still tackling tough issues facing many middle-grade kids.
Inspired by Kate Parker's bestselling photo book Strong Is The New Pretty, this guided journal is designed to help tween girls discover and celebrate their independent, wild, silly, and mighty selves! Illustrated with photographs from the book, as well as 20 new ones, each page features an inspiring, interactive prompt that encourages girls to learn more about themselves through writing, doodling, and creative self-expression. As girls complete the fun prompts such as "Draw a picture of yourself as a superhero — what is your superpower?" and "Whom do you admire? Draw them here, and write your reasons why", the journal becomes a source of inspiration and motivation to be their most powerful selves.
Bookmobiles have brought libraries and literacy to thousands of rural residents — but did you know that the first Book Wagon was created by a woman? Mary Lemist Titcomb worked for the Washington County Free Library in Maryland, and knew that people who lived outside of town struggled to access the books she had to offer. So she started a horse-drawn Book Wagon that would go to them! The idea caught on, and by 1922 the idea of a mobile library was widespread. This biography recognizes the forward-thinking woman who knew that distance should be no obstacle to literacy.
10-year-old Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. For one, she lives in a motel, not a big house, and while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, Mia manages the front desk. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants — and if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. And third, she wants to be a writer, even though her mom thinks English being her second language means Mia should stick to math. With enough courage, determination, and kindness, however, Mia might be able to help out her family and the other immigrants and pursue her dreams. Based on author Kelly Yang's own experiences in the 1980s and 1990s, this engaging story offers young readers an eye-opening look at the immigrant experience and the power of one girl to make a difference.
In the midst of World War II, over ten thousand American women were secretly recruited as codebreakers while men were fighting in Europe and the Pacific. These women decoded critical information that saved countless lives — and even helped bring the war to an end. However, because their work was classified, nobody, not even their own families, knew how much they had contributed to their country. Liza Mundy conducted interviews with surviving code girls and pored through recently declassified information in order to create the best-selling adult title Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. This young readers edition brings this riveting story of courage, service, and scientific accomplishment to middle grade readers.
Morrigan Crow has successfully won a spot in the Wundrous Society — along with nine of her peers and former fellow competitors — but while their various knacks are considered assets, Morrigan is told that her power is dangerous and must be suppressed, and that all past Wundersmiths have been evil. Meanwhile, members of the Society are going missing, and someone is turning Morrigan's few friends against her — and Ezra Squall, the evillest man ever, is trying to lure he with promises of teaching her more about the Wunder. This immersive sequel to Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow explores privilege, prejudice, and otherness in a unique magical world.
12-year-old Candice is still reeling from her parents' divorce when she finds a letter in the attic of her grandmother Abigail's old house. The letter describes a mysterious treasure, and begs Abigail to find it. With the help of the quiet boy across the street, Candice decides to decipher the puzzle, and it leads them into some difficult territory, including ugly truths about the town's past and secrets about their own families. But it also leads them towards forgotten heroes and a love that defied its prejudiced world. Kids will thrill to each of Candice and Brandon's discoveries, and ponder how the weight of racism and prejudice resonates into the present, as they eagerly turn the pages of this mystery.
These girls made an impact on the world — and they did it before they turned 20! Rad Girls Can, the latest volume from the best-selling authors of Rad Women Worldwide and Rad American Women A-Z, introduces kids to girls past and present who made their mark. From famous names like Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank, and Joan of Arc, to lesser-known figures like Syrian refugee and Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini, anti-cyberbullying activist and app designer Trisha Prabhu, and more. As in the other books, each profile is compared with bold cut-paper artwork, and the book wraps up with a reminder that there's one more Rad Girl who can make a difference: you!
Fiona adores every bit of her psychologist father, from his driveway basketball games to his favorite songs and sayings. But when her father swerves to avoid hitting a child with his car, he dies instead — and suddenly Fiona, her mother, and her little brother Finn are at a loss, uncertain how to move forward in the face of such overwhelming grief. Fortunately, two unexpected friends offer help: Thomas, one of her father's patients, who calls for two minutes every day to share her father's sayings and insights, and Luke, a neighbor, who encourages Fiona and her brother to volunteer at an animal rescue shelter. With their help, and their father's wise words, Fiona and Finn will find a way forward. Quiet and emotionally powerful, this gentle story by this Newbery Award-winning author shows how hope can rekindle when given time and love.
From 4th century Alexandria to China's Qing Dynasty to the modern day, women have defied convention and made their mark in the world of mathematics! In this full-color volume, Dr. Talithia Williams shares the stories of groundbreaking mathematicians, physicists, and computer scientists whose love of numbers have driven profound discoveries and phenomenal technological advances. For teens who have ever wondered just how far math can take you, this book provides the answer, along with plenty of inspiration from historical figures — and the women who are making history today.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is back! 14-year-old Doreen Green is finally settling in as her alter ego Squirrel Girl, but when a new mall is slated to open on the border of Shady Oaks and neighboring town Listless Pines, people — and even the trusty Squirrel Scouts — start acting strangely. With the two towns starting to launch into an all-out war, could Hydra be behind the trouble? And can Squirrel Girl save the day and rescue her rocky friendship with her Best Human Friend Forever, Ana Sofia? This novel is full of laugh-out-loud details (like Squirrel Girl's group texts with the Avengers!) and enough adventure and daring to delight young superhero fans.
Vera is desperate to fit in with her suburbian friends — but for a Russian immigrant with a single mother, that's not easy. The other girls in the neighborhood all go to summer camp, so when she finds out that her family's church will help pay for a Russian Orthodox camp, she convinces her mother to let her go. The reality of camp, though — complete with Russian history lessons, stinky outhouses, and peer drama — isn't quite what she imagined! Fortunately, with time, Vera achieves some real triumphs. Author / illustrator Vera Brosgol deftly combines emotional honesty and belly laughs in this autobiographical graphic novel.
People in the 18th century thought learning math could hurt a woman's health, so when Sophie Germain was a child, her parents even took away her candles at night so she couldn't see to study. However, she was determined to follow her dreams, and spent six years working to prove a math problem that male scholars had declared unsolvable. When she developed an equation that could predict patterns of vibrations — which laid the groundwork for much of modern architecture — she became the first woman to win a grand prize from France's Academy of Sciences. This exuberant picture book biography captures the triumphant life of a pioneering and under-recognized mathematician.
Before she was a lawyer, a judge, and the first Hispanic person appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor was a girl in a Bronx housing project, struggling with juvenile diabetes, poverty, and family troubles. But when she found a big dream to pursue, nothing would stand in her way! In this middle-grade adaptation of her bestselling adult memoir, My Beloved World, Sotomayor tells her story in a relatable, appealing way, encouraging young readers to "dream big dreams" — and fight for what they know is right.
Lou feels squashed and smothered in her grandmother's house, where she shares a room with her mom, so the woodshop-loving girl comes up with a solution: this summer, she's going to build a "tiny house,", which she can put on land she inherited from her dad when he died before she was born. But building a house is tricky (even when it's tiny) and worse, the land might have to be sold to pay off back taxes and fund a move. Fortunately, both Lou's devoted friends and her loving Filipino family are there to help her achieve her dream... even if it doesn't look quite like she imagined. Full of details about Filipino life and culture, this warm story celebrates the true meaning of home and family.
Girls are powerful — and when they work together, they can achieve almost anything. This book celebrates the power of female friendships in a variety of fields, from art to science to political activism and even to piracy! Author Sam Maggs' feisty and hilarious voice, as well as her clear love for the subject matter, makes this book a joy to read, and empowering illustrations from Jenn Woodall capture the ferocity, determination, and love of the BFFs in these tales. It's the perfect choice for any girl to share with her own girl squad!
Two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death as witches... and ever since then, the town of Sparrow has been cursed. Each summer, the sisters steal the bodies of three girls and lure boys into the harbor to drown them. 17-year-old Penny Talbot considers this just part of life in Sparrow until Bo Carter arrives. Bo doesn't understand the danger he's in, or why Penny seems so secretive... but he is hiding secrets as well. As Penny faces the choice to save Bo or herself, readers see flashbacks of the sisters' lives... and deaths. Teens will eagerly turn pages of this atmospheric and eerie read.
Four years ago, Della's mother was hospitalized for schizophrenia, and when she finds her mother digging black seeds out of a watermelon and talking to thin air, she's afraid it's happening again. Her father is already struggling to save the family farm in the midst of a drought, so Della takes on the job of caring for her mother, looking after her baby sister so Mama can rest. Then she hits on the idea of getting some of the Bee Lady's magic honey, which local residents swear can heal people in need. But instead, the Bee Lady helps Della see that she needs to accept her Mama as she is. Middle-grade readers will empathize with Della's desire to "fix" her Mama's brain, and the message about acceptance will stick with them long after this book is done.
In 1968, after two African American sanitation workers were killed by unsafe equipment, their colleagues throughout Memphis went on strike. Their two-month protest drew so much attention that Dr. Martin Luther King came to help... only to be assassinated in his hotel after giving his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" sermon. Through the eyes of a fictional girl (inspired by a real child's experience in the strike), author Alice Faye Duncan captures a key moment in both the labor and civil rights movements. Written in emotional free verse, this picture book for older readers provides an accessible introduction to a challenging and heartbreaking moment in American history.
Set in the world of the beloved Newbery Honor-winning Ella Enchanted, 15-year-old Evie is busy mastering the healing arts and has no plans to settle down anytime soon. So when her friend Wormy unexpectedly proposes to her, she gently turns him down – much to the chagrin of the meddling fairy Lucinda who overhears the proposal and decides to punish Evie for rejecting an "exemplary" suitor. She turns Evie into an orge, who are hated and feared by the local people, and gives her 62 days to accept another proposal or remain an ogre forever. Fortunately, Evie has her own ideas about how to break the curse and determine her own future.
Katy Gordon is the best pitcher in the neighborhood — everyone knows that. But that doesn't mean she can try out for Little League; as far as the rules are concerned in 1957, it's no girls allowed, period. So when Katy learns a bit about civil rights in school, she decides to prove that she's not the only girl who plays baseball, and discovers that "girl’s baseball had a lot of history, but not a lot of now." With a setting that explores the vast changes of the late 1950s — from the Civil Rights movement to Sputnik — and a determined heroine who won't let anyone tell her she can't play, this historical fiction novel is a home run.
Natalie's botanist mother is suffering from depression, so Natalie has to figure out how to fix it. Her solution? Enter an egg drop competition, win the prize money, and use it to take her mother to see the cobalt blue orchids that survive in nearly impossible conditions — and that her mother wrote about in her book How To Grow A Miracle. She's sure the sight of them will breathe some hope back into her mother's life. With the help of her friends, Twig and Dari, Natalie gets to work... but in the end, she'll learn that sometimes talking is the best way to grow the miracle you need. This book sensitively explores the impact of depression on both an individual and on the people who love them.
Across history, women in every field have dreamed big dreams — and turned them into reality! In this illustrated collection of capsule biographies, author / illustrator Vashti Harrison introduces kids to creators like painter Mary Blair, actor/inventory Hedy Lamar, environmental activist Wangari Maathai, physicist Chien-Shiung Wu, and many more. Each of them approached their field with creativity and vision, changing it forever. This follow-up to the best-selling Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History is an aspirational collection of great women from history. Both volumes are now available in a Leaders and Dreamers: Bold and Visionary Women Around the World Gift Set.
In the sixth volume in the graphic novel series, the club is facing its greatest challenge yet — Kristy's mom is getting married and fourteen kids are coming to town for the wedding. With her friends Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, and Mallory, Kristy is confident she can handle that and her role as bridesmaid. It's the biggest job the BSC has ever had, but they'll work together to make sure Kristy's big day is a success! Colorful artwork by Gale Galligan and a tight adaptation of Ann M. Martin's beloved novel will make this a hit with both new and old fans of the Baby-Sitters Club.
For the first time in history, students from Shin are being allowed to attend the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, home of wu liu, the art of martial arts figure skating — and Peasprout Chen and her brother Cricket are the lucky students! But not everyone agrees that they belong at the Academy, and Peasprout's pride often gets in the way of making friends and learning the skills she needs to make it at the academy. When the beautiful pearl buildings of the Academy are vandalized, Peasprout has to prove she's not the culprit and figure out who wants Shin and Pearl at war. With plenty of action — including stunning and cinematic descriptions of wu liu battles — this exciting fantasy story puts a new twist on martial arts stories. Peasprout returns in the second book, Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions.
When magical creatures need help, they come to Zoey, and in the sixth book starring this science-minded girl and her pet cat Sassafras, a towering unicorn shakes Zoey's house with its giant footsteps! Her new unicorn friend is hurting, and it's getting worse, so Zoey has to work fast to find a cure, using elements of the scientific method to examine the options. In this case, a little knowledge about bacteria — both good and bad — will help do the trick! Filled with whimsical illustrations, each of the books in the Zoey and Sassafras chapter book series — which are all now available in a wrapped set — combines science, mystery, and magic in a fun mix that make them favorites with early readers.
On the seemingly idyllic island of Sawkill Rock, people love to tell mysterious tales of a boogieman called the Collector — but Marion, Zoey, and Val are starting to wonder if the tale is more truth than fiction. For generations, girls have gone missing — their bodies never found — including Zoey's best friend and now Marion's sister. New arrival Marion, outcast Zoey, and queen bee Val are unlikely allies, but if they want to defeat the evil behind the Collector, they will have to work together... even when they're tempted to tear one another apart. A spine-tingling story about three teenage girls who discover their own strength and the power of women uniting for a common cause.
12-year-old Nora should be in the sixth grade, but since a fire killed her father and destroyed her home, she lives in Manila's North Cemetery, the Philippines' largest shantytown. When her mother goes missing, Nora is too embarrassed to call on family and friends for help, so she asks her best friend Jojo and his grandmother to help her look. In her search, Nora will find out just how dire her mother's gambling problem has become — but also how much hope and love surrounds her. Poignant and real, this novel includes details of Filipino culture that will draw readers in to Nora's story.
When Guinevere was four, her mother suffered a traumatic brain injury that left her with no memories after the age of 13, and Gwyn's father is obsessed with finding ways to help her — including moving the whole family to Crow, Iowa, where Vienna grew up. Gwyn isn't crazy about the move and struggles with her mixed feelings towards her mother. But the move provides a fresh start, a few new friends, and an intriguing mystery when a local man disappears. At turns heartfelt and laugh-out-loud funny, this layered story speaks about coming home and accepting family as they are.
Sanity and Tallulah live on Wilnick, a dilapidated space station at the end of the galaxy, and they're the best of friends. So close, in fact, that when Sanity uses her knack for science and her energy allowance to create an illegal (but adorable) three-headed kitten that she names Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds, she has to show Tallulah. Unfortunately, PSDW turns out to be full of trouble, and it doesn't take long for the kitten to escape and start causing all sorts of trouble for the space station. Sanity and Tallulah will have to save PSDW and their home — and they might discover some surprises on the way. Kids will adore this rollicking outer space graphic novel tale of friendship and adventure.
Nora has been looking forward to summer in Wolf Creek, and plans on lots of fun with her friends, Lizzie and Elidee. Instead, when two inmates break out of the maximum security prison — where Nora's father is a superintendent, and Elidee's brother is an inmate — the community changes fast. Nora considered Wolf Creek (and herself) to be welcoming, but as she watches the rampant suspicion in the wake of the breakout, including racism directed at Elidee, she realizes that neither she nor her town are as open-minded as she thinks. Told in a selection of documents that Nora collects for a time capsule project, this story invites readers to examine how prejudice, fear, and ignorance can take root, even close to home.
Eleven-year-old Isabella is struggling with her identity, both as the child of divorced parents and as the child of a black, wealthy father and a white, waitress mother. Then both parents get engaged at the same time, leaving Isabella feeling ripped in two. What does it mean to be half white or half black? To belong to half mom and half dad? And if you're only seen as half of this and half of that, how can you ever feel whole? It seems like nothing can bring Isabella's family together again — until the worst happens. Sharon M. Draper, the author of Out of My Mind, tackles questions about identity, divorce, and belonging in this powerful book.
Orphan Anthea Cross-Thornley desperate for a home when she receives an invitation to safety from a long-lost uncle. To her horror, she discovers that her uncle breeds horses, which have been forbidden from her kingdom after they spread a plague centuries ago. Worse, Anthea finds she can sense the horses' thoughts and feelings, and while her uncle considers The Way a gift, it terrifies her. As Anthea learns more about her family and her country's history, though, she starts to question all the truths she thinks she knows... and when she learns that her mother is alive and threatens everything she holds dear, Anthea will have to choose which path to follow. This thought-provoking fantasy will delight young animal lovers and anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. Anthea's story continues in the second volume, The Queen's Secret.
Cricket's grandmother and father are dead, and her beloved mama has run off, leaving her in the "care" of a scheming aunt — so Cricket decides the best way to get her mama to come back is to find the secret room, painted by a mysterious artist, that she always told stories about. With a few handfuls of stolen snacks, she runs off into the Mississippi woods with the only clue she has: an old coin from a nearby ghost town. As she camps out in a tree house and forages for food, Cricket tries to figure out the puzzle, meets some new friends — and starts to come to terms with some hard truths about her family. A survival adventure, an art mystery, and an emotional story of searching for home come together beautifully in this debut novel.
Mei is seventeen and a freshman at MIT: skipping fourth grade was part of her parents' plan for her to become a doctor, marry a bright Taiwanese man, and have plenty of children. And she knows her parents have sacrificed to get her there, so she feels tremendously guilty that she hates medicine and that her current crush is definitely not Taiwanese. But when she reconnects with her estranged brother, who dated the wrong woman and ended up disowned, she realizes that an authentic life is worth pursuing. Both funny and touching, many kids will recognize themselves in Mei's desire to find her own way.
Meet 50 women who pushed the boundaries of human excellence in this inspiring book! From famous girls and women like Serena Williams, Elizabeth I, and Malala Yousafzai, to little known figures like Chien-Shiung Wu, Aud the Deep-Minded, and Ana Nzinga, these stories will fascinate kids (and adults) and encourage them to learn more about the women featured here — and the many other women of history! An epilogue urges girls who read the book to “take advantage of opportunities they are given and create opportunities that don’t yet exist” — just the right enticement to encourage a new generation of extraordinary girls.
When 11-year-old Ollie rescues a book that a strange woman is trying to destroy, she thinks it's just a creepy story about a sinister spirit that will grant your greatest wish for a price... until she goes on a school field trip and discovers the graves of the people in the story. When the school bus breaks down, the driver gives the students an eerie warning to flee, sending Ollie and her classmates Brian and Coco running into the woods nearby. If the book really is true, the "smiling man" is coming – and Ollie will need all her courage to save herself and her friends.
Only Fallow has a miraculous gift of seeing lies — but in exchange, telling them causes her terrible pain. While her family tries to keep her ability a secret, it's only a matter of time before the King hears word and forcibly brings her to the Bellskeep castle, where she is ordered to help the King identify his enemies. Her travels as the King's Mayquin, or truth seeker, show her how many traitors lurk around them... but also how much of the world lies beyond her family's doorstep. This memorable coming of age story follows Only as she gradually develops a new, more nuanced vision of her world — one that includes a realistic understanding of its injustices. Only's story concludes in Riverbound.
In Cecilia's world, souls of the dead go to the Land of Yesterday, and after a tragic accident, her little brother, Celadon, is one of them. Worse, her house's spirit, Widdendream — and Cecilia herself — believe Celadon's death is her fault. When Cecilia's mother decides to follow Celadon into Yesterday, Cecilia and her father resolve to rescue her, but Widdendream decides the quest should be Cecilia's alone. As she ventures into yesterday, Cecilia faces the most difficult journey of her life... one from which she may never return. This imaginative story in a compelling world full of metaphors for loss and grief is rich with gentle magic.
Seventh-grader Zoey often wishes she could be an octopus: eight arms would make it easier to take care of her younger siblings after school while her mom works, and camouflage would stop the sneers and bullying she deals with at school. The one bright spot, she thinks, is her mother's boyfriend and the clean trailer where he lets them live. But when one of Zoey's teachers forces her to join the debate club, Zoey starts seeing her world in a new way — and realizes she does have a lot to say. Issues of class and poverty will take on new immediacy for middle grade readers as they read about a kid just like them trying to make it through.
When the US Army Airforce faced a shortage of pilots in the middle of World War II, they called upon a determined group of women to help. The 1,100 women of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) were trained like military pilots, marching in review and wearing uniforms. They took on grunt work like testing repaired planes and ferrying planes from factories to bases, and even towing targets for live ammunition training. A number died in the line of duty, but because they were "only" civilians, they received no military benefits, not even for burials. In this inspiring book, author Patricia Pearson creates a lively account of the daring women whose love of flying and desire to serve their country drove them to soar and challenge the sexist attitudes of their time.
Katherine Johnson loved to count, and despite the prejudices against both women and African Americans, she was determined to find a way to make her love of math into a career. As one of NASA's "human computers," Johnson hand calculated elaborate equations... including the trajectories that helped launch the Apollo 13 mission to the moon. When disaster befell the Apollo 13 mission, it was Johnson's flight-path calculations that brought the astronauts safely home. This inspiring biography of the mathematician catapulted to fame by Hidden Figures celebrates a love of math and encourages kids to follow their passions. For another picture book about Johnson and her colleagues, check out Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race.
After making it through "Spy Training 101" at her boarding school / secret spy ring, Abby thinks she's ready for her first "official" Center mission. Then she finds herself trying to solve the kidnapping of the mastermind behind Monster Mayhem, the latest reality video game craze — which is part of a bigger scheme to take down the Center permanently. With her friends by her side, Abby sets off on a globe-trotting spy adventure full of twists and turns... where her unwillingness to plan and think things through gets her in one scrape after another. This highly anticipated follow-up to Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls features a fast-paced story and a wry and clever main character who learns what it takes to be part of a great team!
Before they were feminist icons... they were babies! In this clever lift-the-flap book, the littlest readers get to imagine what inspiring women like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, astronaut Mae Jemison, artist Frida Kahlo, and more were like as babies and toddlers. Clever cut-outs in each flap tie the adult woman to the baby girl — so even adults will love details like Ginsburg's dissenting collar becoming a baby's bib. With its empowering message that all babies can grow up to change the world, this board book is the perfect choice to raise daring feminists from day one! The fun continues with more role models in Baby Feminists Too.
When Louisiana Elefante is woken up in the middle of the night by her granny, who declares that the day of reckoning has come and packs them both in the car, she just plans to ride out this idea... like all of Granny's other ones. But then she ends up stranded in Richford, Georgia, away from her friends, while Granny recuperates from dental work. Louisiana starts making new friends, but she keeps hoping for home... and when Granny disappears, leaving a shocking letter behind, Louisiana will learn that discovering home — and who you are — isn't as simple as she thought. This touching coming of age story featuring a character from DiCamillo's Raymie Nightingale will linger with young readers long after it's done.
You don't have to be an adult to change the world — history is full of teenage girls who made their marks! In this visually compelling book, tweens and teens will learn about 30 women who accomplished great things before their 20th birthdays. From famous names like Joan of Arc, Sacagawea, and Mary Shelley to lesser-known figures like Sybil Ludington, Claudette Colvin, and Katie Stagliano, these stories are sure to inspire a new generation of fearless girls and women to find their own path.
Kiranmala's parents have always told her that she's a real Indian princess, and she's always rolled her eyes... until the morning of her twelfth birthday, when her parents disappear and a rakkhosh demon smashes into the kitchen of her New Jersey home! Then, two handsome princes show up at her door, insisting they are here to rescue her. As Kiran gets whisked away to a dimension of magic, wonder, and creatures she thought were Indian fairy tales, she'll have to learn fast to avoid the Serpent King and the Rakkhoshi Queen, find her parents, and save the world. Full of action, mythology, and magic, this book is a thrilling and fast-paced introduction to Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond; Kiran returns in the second book, Game of Stars.
Senior year is proving to be a struggle for Leah. She's a talented drummer and confident in herself, but too self-conscious to show off her drawings, and afraid to admit she's bisexual, despite her friend Simon being openly gay. And as the only child of a single mom, she doesn't have the privileges that many others do. With prom — and then college — approaching fast, her friend group is starting to fracture. And on top of it all, she's starting to have serious feelings for one of her friends... feelings she doesn't think will ever be reciprocated. One way or another, by the end of the year, life will never be the same. This sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda tells a story of big changes in Leah's vibrant, likeable voice.
It's 1941, and the tensions of World War II have already changed 11-year-old Gusta's life: her father, a foreign-born labor organizer, has been forced to flee, leaving Gusta to live at her grandmother's orphanage in Maine. The one precious possession she has is her father's old French horn — but how can she convince her grandmother to keep it when money is short? And with prejudice disguised as patriotism besetting her from every side, will she ever feel at home in Springdale? A vibrant setting, important issues about labor rights, and family stories of a magic wish combine to create a compelling story of a girl who stands up for what she believes is right.
A snow day teaches two sisters that they can each enjoy things their own way! When the snowflakes fall, these two very different sisters split up: one races outside, while the other settles in with hot cocoa and a book. Outdoors, there's snowballs to throw and animal tracks to follow, but indoors, there are crafts, baking, and pretend play. And just as the one sister gets cold, wet, and tired, the other decides to go out and explore, and each sister puts her own spin on the other sister's activities. The simple mirrored text is lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently — until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion.
I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai's memoir about risking her life for the right to go to school, has now been abridged and adapted for chapter book readers. Raised by a father from a poor background who dared to defy tradition by ensuring his daughter was educated, and an illiterate but determined mother, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believed in. When the Taliban started restricting girls' access to education in Pakistan, Malala's determination to go to school set her on a path that would make her an inspiration to the world. For more resources about this inspiring education advocate, visit our Malala Yousafzai Collection.
Girls and women fight for their goals every single day — so it's no wonder that women's history is full of radical women! In this inspiring volume, twelve young adult authors each tell the story of one young woman who fought society's expectations. They faced obstacles like immigration, racism, neurodivergence, and sexism, but the thing they had in common was a well of determination and courage that allowed them to keep fighting for their goals. This follow-up to A Tyranny of Petticoats is a unique look at how being true to yourself can be a radical choice.
Like many young girls of her time, Joan Procter hosted pretend tea parties... but unlike the other girls, she invited lizards, snakes, and other reptiles to her table! Joan loved all reptiles, and she became famous for carrying her favorite lizard everywhere she went, and even bringing a crocodile to school! When Joan grew up, she found her place: Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum, and the designer of the Reptile House at the London Zoo, where she once again hosted children's tea parties — this time with her pet komodo dragon! This lively biography of a groundbreaking, lizard-loving scientist is sure to delight young readers.
Third grade inventor extraordinaire Ada Lace is tinkering with fixing a ham radio that she just can't seem to fix when her best friend Nina hears something mysterious during a sleepover: a strange voice saying "Release the swarm!" Nina's sure she's heard real-life aliens, but skeptic Ada isn't so sure. But who said it — and how can Ada prove it? The third book in the Ada Lace early chapter book series highlights Ada's knack for solving mysteries with science and technology, but it may still leave young readers wondering what voices might be out among the stars...
Georgina's family is full of magic, but with her 18th birthday fast approaching, it seems she'll never develop a gift. But she has no time to worry about that this summer: a rare, 300-year-old bird, Annabella’s Woodpecker, brings tourists to the island every year... but this year, the bird is found dead, deliberately killed by something. Georgina swears to track down the killer, and soon gains the help of Prue, a visitor to the island. As her relationship with Prue blossoms, Georgina will learn about many forms of love, and learn harsh truths about people she believed she could trust. Full of wonder, complexity, and magical realism, this book will make teens wish they could dive into its world.
11-year-old Frankie's life is too complicated: her grandmother's hoarding is becoming more obvious, someone is spreading rumors that the family's B&B is haunted, and now she has a school assignment with a former best friend. She thinks that the solution is having a mom again, so she posts a dating profile for her Dad, but that just means one more secret to keep. And it seems like Dad and Gram have their own secrets they're keeping from her! Frankie's determined to navigate all of this on her own, but sometimes, even the smartest cookie needs a little help. Kids will empathize with Frankie as she finds her way in this funny and heartfelt story.
In time for the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduces young readers to the bold and brave women of the American Suffrage Movement in this inspiring picture book! It took seventy years of passion, perseverance, and protest before women won the right to vote, and the ten women featured here poured their hearts and souls into the fight. With a mix of both well-known names like Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, and Sojourner Truth and lesser known women such as Jovita Idár and Mary Church Terrell, Gillibrand tells the stories of these courageous women of the past with vigor — and encourages young readers to raise their own voices to build our future.
The eighth volume of Kazu Kibiushi's Amulet graphic novel series builds suspense as the series nears its end! Emily has lost control of her Amulet, and has been transformed into a fiery Phoenix and imprisoned in the Void. Her friends still believe that the real Emily is in there... somewhere. Meanwhile, her brother Navin continues to help the resistance, desperate to stop the Shadow forces that intend to drain Alledia of its resources. Emily will have to figure out how to escape the Voice's influence if she is going to free herself and save the world she loves. Vibrant artwork and imaginative worldbuilding make this a standout series; those who would like to catch up on its previous volumes can find the first eight books in this box set.
Eleanor Sue loves playing dress-up, so on Saturdays — thanks to an easy exit point through her bedroom window — she appears at the front door as all sorts of alter egos. Cranky neighbor Mrs. McMuffins, for example, is full of complaints which Eleanor Sue's mother listens to with a serious look. But as her costume changes get faster, there's plenty of chaos between window and door — and what will happen when Eleanor Sue's mother tries on a costume of her own? This whimsical celebration of imaginative play is sure to delight young masters of disguise.
Sam has grown up among elephants at a North American elephant sanctuary, so she's used to understanding how elephants think — and hearing about the sanctuary's financial woes. Then an anonymous sponsor donates a huge amount of money, in exchange for artificially inseminating Daisy Mae, one of Sam's favorite elephants. When Daisy Mae dies while giving birth, Sam raises her calf — and realizes that baby Woolly has actually been cloned from woolly mammoth DNA. But with the billionaire behind the project willing to do anything to protect his investment, can Sam protect both Woolly and the other elephants? Kids will be fascinated by Sam's work with the elephants and will eagerly flip pages to find out what happens to Woolly and her other elephant friends.
Kate could use a little magic: her depressed father left the family four months ago, her best friend suddenly isn't forever, and her beloved Grammy is suffering from dementia. On Grammy's good days, she tells Kate the three rules of everyday magic: believe, give, and trust. And Kate very much wants to believe, so she tries to apply the rules to bring her dad, her Grammy, and her friend back to her. Even if magic doesn't work the way she expects, it might just help her keep moving forward. This quiet and lyrical middle-grade coming-of-age novel for fans of The Same Stuff as Stars, which is punctuated by letters to her absent dad, will tug at readers' heartstrings.
In 2012, Lily waits with at a New York City nursing home with her French-born grandmother Collette as Hurricane Sandy approaches. When the National Guards show up to evacuate them, her grandmother gives her a Montblanc pen that she's hidden in her closet for years, telling her to keep it safe. After Lily loses the pen while helping other residents, she ends up searching the city trying to find it. Along the way, stumbles into the 1944 story of young Collette, a baker's daughter in occupied France who disguises herself as a boy and works for the Resistance. Part modern survival story, part historical spy thriller, this fast-paced story explores the importance of family and friends at the most difficult times.
Mayka's family are all made of stone, brought to life by magical stories etched into their bodies. But even stone doesn't last forever, and now the marks are wearing away — so Mayka must find someone who can recarve the marks. The world beyond her home is full of joys and terrors, as well as unexpected friends — and when Mayka discovers a plot that endangers all the stone creatures, the need for a stonemason and storyteller is even more urgent... and the savior she needs might be herself. This rich and vivid fantasy explores the power of stories to shape our lives, and our power to shape our own stories.
Nadia's perfect twelfth birthday is interrupted by shocking news marking the beginning of the Arab Spring — and the start of the civil war in Syria. In mere months, her home city becomes a war zone, and her family decides to flee... but before they can, Nadia is buried in the rubble after a bombing, and her family is forced to go without her. As Nadia attempts to follow them, she receives help from an elderly bookbinder and encounters others like her: people young and old who just want safety and peace. Author N. H. Senzi uses Nadia's memories to highlight both the normal lives that most Syrians lived before the war, but also hints at the dangers when your country is ruled by a dictator, creating a compelling look at the trauma facing Syrian refugees.
The Penderwicks return for one final adventure in this series closer! 11-year-old Lydia is excited to hear that she'll be going to Arundel estate this summer — for a very special wedding. But with the Penderwicks involved, there's sure to be a few mix-ups, a handful of MOPS (Meeting of Penderwick Siblings), a couple of adventures, and a batch of new friendships... plus some fond memories and perhaps even a budding romance. Fans of the Penderwicks will delight in this series finale that sends its characters "prancing, leaping, gamboling into the future." To catch up on the series, check out the Penderwicks box set which includes the first four books.
Mara has always had an especially close relationship with her twin brother Owen, the only person who helped her stop withdrawing after a traumatic experience. Then Hannah, her best friend — and Owen's girlfriend — accuses Owen of rape, and Mara's world is turned upside down. Mara refuses to dismiss Hannah's accusation the way so many others, including her fiercely feminist mother, do, but believing Hannah means accepting that the brother she loves has done something terrible. Powerful and timely questions about consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault take the fore in this novel; resources for survivors are included at the back.
In the early part of the 20th century, three fictional young women — Hazel in America, Marlene in the UK, and Lilya in Russia — dream of being able to fly but in order to win their place in the cockpit, they would have to fight sexism on the ground more fiercely than enemies in the sky! As the world slowly moves towards another great war, they go to pilot school (in some cases in secret) and prove their mettle, eventually flying for their countries during World War II. Author/illustrator Sally Deng crafts a powerful story about the experiences of trailblazing pilots around the world in this gorgeously illustrated book that celebrates the joy of flight and following your dreams.
In Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Vashti Harrison introduced school-aged kids to inspiring role models they probably won't meet in their history books. Now, in this detailed board book, she adapts 18 of her profiles for preschool readers! With simple text and her trademark illustrations that throw back to classic mid-century children's literature, she shows kids a variety of heroes and role models in every field — and inspires them to dream of how they themselves might change the world. Harrison is also the author of another board book, Think Big, Little One, which shares the story of women creators from around the world.
Ever since her parents were taken by the faeries of Elfenwald, Silke has been a refugee, dependent on her wits and her quick tongue. Both have been good enough to win her work as a master promoter for Drachenburg's chocolate makers, which is where she met her best friend, dragon-turned-girl Aventurine. Now, though, she has the chance of a lifetime: the Crown Princess herself wants Silke to spy on a delegation from Elfenwald — and in return, Silke will finally have a home. But when Silke realizes that Drachenburg is in danger, she may realize that she already has a home — and friends that she'll defend no matter what. This companion to the best-selling The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart and The Princess Who Flew With Dragons is full of magic, adventure, and chocolate!
"I look up to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Let me tell you why..." This detailed board book is a great way to introduce babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to a woman you admire! The book distills Ruth Bader Ginsburg's inspiring attributes into page spreads with vibrant illustrations that are appealing for babies and toddlers and text that's interesting enough for preschoolers. Each spread includes a quote from RBG herself! This book is from the I Look Up To... series that celebrates inspiring women; other volumes in the series feature Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai, Serena Williams, and Misty Copeland.
Women have been fighting for equality for centuries — and the fight goes on today. In this stunningly illustrated tribute to the rule breaking rebel women who fought for the right to vote, young readers will learn about the history of the women's movement around the world. From the moment New Zealand became the first nation that officially and explicitly granted women's suffrage, to the worldwide Women's Marches of January 2017, these women raised their voices and insisted on being heard.
Alyssa's California home has been dealing with the drought — which the news is still calling a "flow crisis" but locals are calling the Tap-Out — for some time. But one day, the taps run completely dry. Suddenly, Alyssa's neighborhood goes from a quiet suburb to a war zone as residents turn against one another, desperate for water. And when her parents don't return, Alyssa will have to make terrible choices if she and her little brother are going to survive. A harrowing story in an all-too-possible future, this title invites readers to imagine what they wouldn't do — and what they would — if their lives depended on it.
In this coming-of-age graphic novel from Hope Larson, 13-year-old Bina has one more summer before eighth grade, and it's going to be a tough one: her best friend Austin usually sets their course but he's away at soccer camp (and he hasn't been acting himself anyway.) Without Austin, Bina discovers a passion for the guitar and makes some new friends — including Austin's older sister, who loves music too. But when Austin comes home, Bina will need to find a way to establish her own identity but reconcile their differences so their friendship can survive. In a summer where Bina's mom observes she's "becoming more you every day," a lot can change, but that makes old friendships all the sweeter.
Lauren is proud of being a good sister to her autistic brother — until her parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school. Sierra has been thrust into the foster care system by her alcoholic mother's jail sentence, and finds herself living in Lauren's wealthy neighborhood. The pair become friends, and work together on Lauren's plan to raise money for autistic kids from low-income families — but when Lauren's obsession with her cause pushes her to make some big mistakes both girls will learn important lessons about caring for themselves and others. This novel, told in alternating perspectives and in both verse and prose, is a powerful examination of friendship, justice, and the complexity of human emotion.
Amanda Price loves bugs — but her fellow sixth-graders do not appreciate her interests. That stings the most because Amanda's ex-best friend Emily now thinks she's creepy and strange. Then invaders threaten the town — and abduct both Amanda and Emily's mothers — and Amanda discovers she's develop insect-like powers, including a pair of antennae and a sturdy exoskeleton! But if she's going to save the town (and her mom) she needs Emily's help. This funny and action-filled superhero story will keep kids eagerly turning pages, and even includes sidebars of bug facts. Fans of the series opener can check out the second volume, Bug Girl: Fury On The Dance Floor.
This gorgeously illustrated collected biography honors inspirational women who helped fuel some of the greatest achievements in space exploration from the nineteenth century to today! Galaxy Girls pays tribute to fifty pioneering women past and present, from mathematicians to engineers to test pilots to astronauts. Each capsule biography is paired with striking full-page original artwork from the students of the London College of Communication. Perfect for inspiring the space leaders of tomorrow, this stunning book gives this band of heroic sisters and their remarkable and often little known scientific achievements long overdue recognition.
12-year-old Trudy is not having a good 1966: her best friend has decided to become (of all things) a cheerleader, her Beatles fan club only consists of the least popular kids at school, and her father still barely pays attention to her. So Trudy sets on a plan that she's sure will win both popularity and her father's love: seeing the Beatles perform in Boston during their last world tour, and finally meeting Paul McCartney. She and her fellow fans set off (without parental permission) on an adventure they all hope will change their lives... Historical details will fascinate young readers, but the meat of this story is an exploration of coming of age and being yourself, no matter what time you live in.
As a child in a Mexican-American community, everyone expected that Sylvia Acevedo would grow up to marry and stay at home with her children — but Sylvia yearned for adventure. Then she joined the Brownies and her life was transformed. Through the Girl Scouts, she found peers who shared her love of science and role models that fostered her confidence and independence. Acevedo would become a rocket scientist for NASA — and today, she's the CEO of the Girl Scouts, helping other girls follow their dreams. This inspiring memoir is a celebration of resilience and a testament to the transformative impact of the Girl Scouts on many girls' lives.
Rosie Revere has a big new project: her beloved Aunt Rose and her friends, who all built airplanes during World War II, need something to help their friend June participate in an art contest, despite her arms being in casts from a motor-scooter accident. At first, Rosie thinks it will be easy — she's used to having to persist until she makes an invention work. But as things keep going wrong, she starts worrying that she won't find a solution in time. Fortunately, with help from her fellow Questioneers Iggy Peck and Ada Twist, Rosie is able to solve the problem just in time! Fans of Rosie will love this series opener for a new early chapter book series featuring her and her friends.
Women can save the world! This stunning volume introduces girls and women of all ages to some of Marvel Comics' most aspirational female characters. Fifty superheroes are divided into chapters based on their driving personality trait: Determined, Daring, Compassionate, and Curious. Each character is illustrated with stunning comic-book artwork and features a carefully curated biography that covers her most important accomplishments. From fan favorites like Gamora and Black Widow to modern, diverse heroes like America Chavez and Kamala Khan, this book will delight comic fans both new and old.
12-year-old Shayne is full of fond memories of summers with her grandparents in Maine. But this summer, her grandfather is gone; her BFF Poppy is more interested in boys than Shayne; and grandmother Bea, who's always been a collector, is now more of a hoarder, with the pile Shayne jokingly called "Junk Mountain" getting out of control. With the help of Linc, the eccentric Civil War-obsessed boy next door, Shayne will have to fight for the things that are most important to her — including her grandmother's happiness. It turns out that both growing up and growing old mean some of the same challenges, including being wiling to let go of the past. This sensitive story featuring a strong grandmother-granddaughter relationship is touching and relatable.
Kara Danvers has spent years trying to blend in and feel normal — despite her super-strength and her ability to fly. But when an earthquake hits her small town near her 16th birthday, she can't pretend any more. Her superpowers are kicking into high gear, and people she thought she could trust may have ulterior motives. Kara will have to choose between the world where she was born and the world she loves if she's going to save the day. This Supergirl graphic novel, featuring a spectacular partnership between writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Joëlle Jones, collects the limited series Supergirl: Being Super #1-4.
In the world of the Spire, a trip to the Continent to watch the violence of two nations perpetually at war is a thrilling gift; for 16-year-old apprentice cartographer Vaela Sun, it holds more appeal as a chance to perfect her maps of this icy country. But as she flies above the battle, Vaela is horrified by the realities of war — and when an accident leaves her stranded, she must survive the elements, then live with the Continent's residents — and face both her prejudices and her privilege head on. Readers will root for Vaela as she she seeks a way to her old home that could help her new one.
Do you think you know the story of Jane Eyre? Perhaps you only know part of it... Orphan Jane Eyre and her school friend, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, get drawn into a supernatural mystery in this version of the tale. Jane, it turns out, can see and even control ghosts, something that earns her a high paying job from the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits. But with a certain gentleman hiding secrets, and Gothic adventure all around, things get increasingly complicated... Wry and clever, this novel is part supernatural mystery and part romantic farce.
In the midst of World War II, German-American Margot and Japanese-American Haruko have been ripped from their homes and forced into a "family internment camp" based solely on where their parents used to live. The girls don't have much in common, but they are drawn to one another because of their family troubles: Haruko is afraid for her soldier brother and wonders what her father is hiding, while Margot is afraid her mother will lose her pregnancy and has to watch her rational father get courted by Nazis. But can they rely on their friendship, or is the camp truly full of spies? Author Monica Hesse drew on extensive research to create this nuanced and complex look at the impact of America's internment of its own citizens.
Every day, we use items and products invented by women — and yet few people could name one woman inventor. This book changes that! Author Catherine Thimmesh surveys a wide variety of inventions, from Stephanie Kwolek's Kevlar to Patsy O. Sherman's Scotchgard, that have changed the world, exploring how these women came up with their ideas and how they made them a reality. Engaging and inspiring, and updated in 2018 with even more stories of inventive women, this book celebrates female ingenuity and the women who refused to give up until their inventions became part of our everyday lives.
In the early days of the space program, segregation was still the law, and most people thought that girls didn't belong in science. But at NASA, female African-American mathematicians challenged both gender and racial barriers: these "human computers" calculated the launch trajectories for America's rockets and satellites, and eventually, even for the first crewed space flights. In this narrative nonfiction book, young readers learn about these dedicated women, and then get a look at how women working at NASA today feel about their place in the space agency.
Maggie and Abby are best friends... except after six weeks away at camp, all Abby wants to talk about is camp things. She even calls Maggie's awesome pillow fort a "cabin" — but at least she builds one too. Then, Maggie discovers that a spot in the back of her pillow fort leads straight to Abby's, and the girls learn that there is a massive network of linked pillow forts... and the kids who run it aren't happy that Maggie and Abby got in without authorization. They have only three days to prove they deserve access, or they'll lose their link forever! A fantastical adventure with deep themes of friendship and a cliffhanger ending will leave kids eager for the next volume.
In the early 1900s, Lizzie Magie wanted to highlight the financial inequality she saw around her by having players take the roles of landlords and tenants in a game. But when people played "The Landlord's Game," all they wanted to do was pretend to be wealthy landowners! Years later a salesman named Charles Darrow changed her game's rules, called it Monopoly, and sold it to Parker Brothers — who only discovered later that the game was already patented by Magie. In the end, they paid a mere $500 to Magie for her patent, and never credited her as the creator. The true story of Monopoly's history was unknown for decades, but now kids can learn about it in this picture book history and contemplate the question "So who wins in this story?" for themselves.
Sara Saedi was a 13-year-old straight-A student when her sister's desire to apply for an after-school job revealed a shocking secret: her parents admitted that neither girl was a legal resident of the United States. Sara was terrified of being deported, but she was also dealing with all of the typical fears and troubles of being a teenager. Americanized is both a story of getting a green card and a story of growing up; along the way, teens will gain a new appreciation for the challenges facing undocumented immigrants and the universality of adolescence.
13-year-old Nikola is a proud genius and "weirdo," and she's never really fit in at her small South Dakota school. But when her father is kidnapped by extraterrestrials, Nikola is taken to "the School," a giant institution that educates the smartest beings in the galaxy. Classes like Practical Quantum Mechanics aren't a problem for Nikola, but when the school's defenses are breached, Nikola fears it's the nefarious Old Ones who want to destroy the earth, and sets out to investigate. Along the way, though, she discovers unexpected abilities of her own — including the ability to make friends. Warm-hearted and funny, this sci-fi debut will have readers eager for more of Nikola's adventures.
When 11-year-old Wavie's mother dies, she is forced to leave the trailer park they called home and live with Aunt Samantha Rose in the poverty-mired Appalachian community of Conley Hollow. Once there, she discovers that Samantha Rose is cruel, verbally abusive, and only wants Wavie there so she can spend her social security checks. Wavie struggles with grief, but she takes comfort in sleeping in her mother's old bed, and even makes a few friends (although Samantha Rose calls them the "neighborhood-no-accounts.") But she hangs on to her mother's final words of wisdom: "You got as much right to a good life as anybody, so find it!" With its nuanced story about grief, poverty, and hanging on to hope, this book will linger with middle-grade readers.
Frances is a brilliant dressmaker whose life changes forever when she gets a very unusual commission: Prince Sebastian wants to hire her — to create gorgeous gowns for his alter ego, Lady Crystallia. Working for Crystallia means the chance to create the works of art she's always dreamed of, but a secret weapon has to stay secret, leaving Frances worried she'll never be known for her work. Meanwhile, Sebastian's parents have decided he has to marry, and he's worried what a potential bride with think about his time as Crystallia. How can these two friends find ways to be true to themselves, while also protecting the other? In this story about identity, art, and love that's both poignant and funny, Jen Wang creates a timeless fairy tale graphic novel that will speak to readers young and old.
The girl in this book loves to draw, paint, and write stories, but one day she wonders: what would happen if she had no pencil? Well, that's easy: she could fold paper to make origami. If the paper was gone... well, she could "chisel the table" or peel away paint on the wall to create a giant sun! In fact, she realizes, creativity and self-expression is something that's impossible to take away: as long as you have your imagination, your art can always fly free.
Before Misty Copeland became the first African American female Principal Dancer for the American Ballet Dancer, she was a girl just stepping up to the barre! In this book from American Girl's A Girl Named... series, kids will read about the defining moments of her childhood and adolescence. They'll also get to check out a timeline and other interesting facts, plus a profile of a girl today who's following in Copeland's footsteps. This appealing series, with its full-color illustrations, is an excellent choice for emerging readers to learn more about their heroes, including titles about Rosa Parks, Hillary Clinton, and Helen Keller.
Tiger and the Monster under her bed are best friends, so Monster would never scare Tiger — what kind of best friend does that? Since Monster has to scare somebody, Monster comes up with a clever solution and scares away all of Tiger's bad dreams. But then comes a nightmare that's so big, so mean, and so scary that even Monster can't fight it alone. Two best friends working together, though, will be just the trick! This delightful graphic novel for young readers celebrates unlikely friendships and the support they give when dealing with tough emotions.
"If I had a horse, I would bring him the biggest apple I could find. He might be shy. Like me. But if I stayed quiet, he would learn to be my friend.... If I had a horse, we would be brave together." In this inspiring picture book, a little girl's wistful longing for a horse becomes a metaphor for the traits it takes to make dreams come true. With her horse by her side, she could be brave, wild, disciplined, trusting... everything she needs to make her place in the world. Simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino create a vibrant, glowing world for this girl and her dream horse, full of freedom, joy, and the wind in their hair.
When women refuse to give up on their dreams, they become limitless! In this gorgeous volume, acclaimed artist Leah Tinari pays tribute to twenty-four extraordinary American women who changed our country's history and inspired her own artistic journey. From artists to athletes, teachers to politicians, activists to inventors, these women demonstrated courage, perseverance, and passion. Her powerful portraits, which include a few important facts about each women and span the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, are sure to spark an interest in learning more about these limitless women.
Samantha Spinner and her uncle Paul shared a love of strawberry waffles and puzzles — so when he goes missing, and her siblings get fantastic gifts while Samantha just gets a rusty red umbrella with a tag reading "Watch out for the RAIN," she knows it's more than it seems. As she and her brother Nipper investigate exactly what that umbrella means, they have no idea that they're getting mixed up in some important, dangerous, and definitely EXCITING plans! This series opener is a round-the-world adventure full of laughs and secret messages that middle grade readers will love; the series continues with Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs.
Aru Shah tells fibs to fit in with her jet-setting classmates, but it backfires when several of them show up at the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture and demand she prove her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed. Lighting the lamp releases the Sleeper, an ancient demon who wants to wake the God of Destruction. With her classmates and mother frozen in time, Aru will need to seek legendary heroes from the Mahabharata — and discover unexpected gifts of her own — but will it be enough to save the day? This exciting adventure rooted in Indian mythology is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan. Aru's adventures continue in the sequel, Aru Shah and the Song of Death.
11-year-old Donut's mother died in childbirth, and now her father has died too, leaving her in the care of Aunt Agnes. Agnes thinks Donut needs to come live with her in Boston, but Donut dreads leaving her Vermont village — where all her memories of Pops are. So the geography buff and amateur taxidermist hatches a plan: she'll run away to an abandoned cabin nearby. But nothing is working out as she planned, so how can Donut convince Aunt Agnes that she needs to be here, where she belongs? Vibrant language and an appealing 1927 Vermont setting draw readers in, but they'll fall in love with Donut and her resilience, too.
A dad can be many things — a teacher, a protector, a nurturer, a partner in adventures... or even all of the above, changing from moment to moment to suit what his little girl needs! Instagram artist Soosh went viral when she introduced her charming father-daughter pair, and now her debut picture book celebrates the many special roles that a father plays in a child's life. This charming picture book is the perfect way to celebrate a special dad!
Penelope Rex is startled to discover her classmates are all children, so she does what comes naturally... and eats them. Children are delicious, after all! Her teacher immediately gets her to spit them out, and tells her firmly that classmates are not snacks. But Penelope is always hungry, and no matter how hard she tries, she keeps forgetting the rule — until an unexpectedly voracious class pet teaches her what it feels like to be eaten! Beloved author/illustrator Ryan T. Higgins has created a laugh out loud story with a gentle message about the importance of treating others how you want to be treated.
As a 7-year-old during WWII, Raye Montague toured a captured German submarine and immediately set her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know that sexism and racism would challenge her dream every step of the way. Raye ended up working at the US Navy as a typist, studying engineering at night. One day, when all the engineers were sick with the flu, she astonished everyone by completing all of their work. She went on to become the first person to design a ship on a computer and the Navy's first female ship designer. This inspiring picture book from the Amazing Scientists series celebrates a pioneer who changed ship design forever.
Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was far more than the wife of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton! From her work building schools and orphanages to raising funds for the Washington Monument, Eliza — who outlived her husband by fifty years — was a determined and resilient force for change in her time. This well-researched picture book biography is framed as a letter from Eliza to her as-yet-unborn great-granddaughter, and accented with exquisite illustrations that mirror 18th century American paintings, elegantly illuminating the life and influence of this extraordinary woman.
9-year-old Astrid has free range to roam (and ski, and sing!) around her village of Glimmerdal, but she doesn't have kids her age who can be her friends. Instead, she has her 74-year-old godfather, Gunnvald, who makes her hot chocolate with real chocolate bars while she tells him stories of her escapades annoying the quiet-loving Mr. Hagen. But when a woman everyone else seems to know arrives in town — who turns out to be Gunnvald's estranged daughter — Astrid faces some new challenges... that might just make everything right. Fans of Pippi Longstocking and Anne Shirley will love this adventurous, warm, and funny story.
When Jane Goodall was a girl, her father gave her a toy chimpanzee who became her constant companion. Little did she know that her favorite stuffed animal would ignite a lifelong love of animals and a world-changing career! Jane would become famous for her pioneering research methods, her groundbreaking discoveries, and her work on conservation and animal rights. This uplifting new entry to the Little People, BIG DREAMS series will delight young animal lovers and encourage them to imagine their own inspiring futures. Other new additions to this empowering series include a picture book on L.M. Montgomery and boxed gift sets on Women in Science and Women in Art.
Olive and Hoot are the best of friends: Olive is a girl who likes her adventures in books, while Hoot is a stuffed animal who likes real-world excitement. And today, Hoot gets to choose the adventures, which leaves Olive uncertain if she's brave enough for the ideas Hoot comes up with — including flying a makeshift hot air balloon and rafting white-water rivers — but Hoot reminds her that he'll keep her safe. And when Hoot discovers that his adventures have left him a little the worse for wear, Olive realizes that she can "be brave enough for both of us." Kids will love this charming story of friendship and finding your courage.
In Pearl's world, mermaids care for the undersea realm, and all of the other mermaids tend something big: vast forests of kelp, endless beaches, or giant ocean creatures. So when it's Pearl's turn to get an assignment, she's heartbroken when her mother gives here a tiny grain of sand. Despite her dismay, she's determined to care for her little piece of sand — and soon she realizes that it glows... and grows! In fact, it's not long before Pearl's giant glowing sphere takes a special place, lighting up the night sky. A gentle tale of perseverance and patience, this story also reminds kids not to discount the smallest things, which might become the most important.
When Stella Ainsley quits an engineering job on one spaceship to become a governess on the Rochester, she leaps into a world where poverty seems a distant memory and there are more books than she could have ever dreamed of. She also finds an intriguing companion in Hugo, the nineteen-year-old captain. But when Stella discovers the Rochester is full of mysteries — including a rumored haunting, a conspiracy that could destroy the fleet, and unpredictable behavior from the captain — she'll have to decide whether to trust her head or her heart. This unique reinterpretation of Jane Eyre explores class and survival in a dystopian but recognizable future.
In the aftermath of the Warcross Championships, Emika Chen is furious and betrayed: Hideo Tanaka, the person she's always looked up to, has used his NeuroLink algorithm to take control of millions of users. Emika is determined to stop Hideo's plans, so she bands up with the Phoenix Riders... only to learn that there's a bounty on her head, and that Zero and his ruthless Blackcoats are the only protection she's got. But Zero has his secrets too, and Emika wonders if the ends justify the Blackcoats' means. Full of shocking twists and challenging, timely themes, this emotionally powerful sequel to Warcross is as addictive as Hideo's video games.
When Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden joined NASA, they were hired as "human computers" — their mathematical genius was put to use calculating launch trajectories for America's first trips to space. They overcame both racism and sexism, carved out careers in science, and participated in some of NASA's greatest triumphs. Fans of the Hidden Figures movie will be excited to share this picture book adaptation of the story of these groundbreaking women mathematicians with younger readers!
If you met young Jane Austen, you might have barely noticed her because she was so quiet and shy, but observant Jane noticed everything around her. She also loved to read, and soon, she was writing her own stories. She didn't want to write adventures and romances, like the popular books of the day; instead, she wrote realistic stories, about the people and society around her — and often using biting irony to critique attitudes towards women, marriage, and class. In this elegant picture book biography, kids get a fitting introduction to one of the great authors of English literature: an ordinary girl who created extraordinary books. For more books about this quietly extraordinary woman, visit our Jane Austen Collection.
In order to change the world, you need to shake things up! This volume pays tribute to fourteen young women who defied the status quo. Each woman is recognized with a poem by author Susan Hood and paired with artwork by a different noteworthy female artist. From artists like Frida Kahlo and Maya Lin to scientists Mary Anning and Mae Jemison, to activists Ruby Bridges and Malala Yousafzai, these women refused to let the world tell them who they should be. This inspiring volume includes a timeline and additional resources to learn even more about the brave women inside its covers.
When this race car driving princess makes a pit stop, her Fairy Godmother has bad news: she's in last pace with just one lap left to go. But this princess refuses to give up, and instead, she hits the gas! Kids will giggle as the announcer narrates her incredible drive past a selection of fairy tale favorites, and cheer when she wins the day — and sets off to tackle her next challenge. Vibrant illustrations full of action will delight young readers with a love of speed!
Jamila and Tai have been best friends as long as they can remember, hanging out together in their low-income housing project. But while Tai loves the energy of their neighborhood, Mila just wants out, and after she spends a summer with her aunt in the suburbs, she's more interested in dance auditions than spending time with her friend. Both girls are keeping secrets from one another, but they'll soon realizing that letting a friend in can be the first step in speaking up. A complicated friendship and real-life issues — including drug addiction, safety, and searching for your place in the world — make this a stand-out title for middle grad readers.
At Kielder Water, generations of families tended their farms by day, and made music by night. But times are changing: a new dam will fill the valley with water, and the residents have been moved to new homes. A girl and her father say goodbye to their abandoned village, and as they do, she picks up her fiddle and plays one last tune to the empty houses. Music will not be gone forever — in the future, people will play by the lake the dam forms — but it's the last time melody will sing through the village. Hauntingly told and gorgeously illustrated, this volume captures the complex emotions of the villagers while also celebrating the power of music to evoke emotion and memory.
In Mup's world, the raggedy witches are the enforcers for a tyrannical queen who has outlawed most magic — Mup's grandmother. And when her Aunty dies, the raggedy witches come for Mup's family and spirit away her father. Mup and her mother decide to leave the ordinary world and journey through the Witches Borough to rescue him... but it won't be easy. Everything is off-balance, and even Mam and Mup herself start to seem off-kilter. Even if Mup can retrieve her father, will she ever be the same? The first book of a trilogy about family and forbidden magic, this book takes fantasy tropes and gives them a new twist. Mup's story continues in The Little Grey Girl.
This vibrant picture book presents a colorful world of possibilities — from astronaut to zoologist and everything in between — for Mighty Girls with big dreams! Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a career, from veterinarian to judge to firefighter, and features a fun illustration of a woman at work and a one-line description about the impact she makes on the world ("A is for Astronaut. She blasts into outer space to explore new worlds.") This oversized board book featuring a diverse array of women will leave Mighty Girls dreaming of what their own futures will bring!
Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets is a Granter, one of the fairies whose job it is to grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans who wish upon a star, or a penny thrown into a fountain, or any of dozens of other ways to wish. But with magic at an all-time low, only a tiny percentage of wishes get granted — and that's risking the revelation of the Haven, the fairies' magical land. On the day that Ophelia gets her first wish-granting assignment, she's determined to change that... but she soon discovers that it's a lot harder to give someone what they want than she thought! Kids will fall in love with Ophelia and her hilarious and heartfelt quest to grant wishes everywhere.
Rachel always loved the rhythms of the natural world, and every spring, she listened to the world revive and renew. But then, as an adult, she started noticing that certain sounds were missing. Some animals were disappearing, thanks to overuse of pesticides, and she knew she had to raise her voice before nature fell silent forever. This appealing picture book biography