Ever since Coyote Sunrise's mother and sisters were killed in a car accident, she and her father have been on the road in an old school bus; the only place they'll never go is their old hometown. But then she learns that a park in her old neighborhood is being destroyed — the park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a memory box. So Coyote decides to trick her father into driving 3,600 miles in four days... without him realizing the destination. Along the way, they'll meet new friends, each of whom help Coyote as she struggles to find a home and a happy ending. Action-packed and charming, this poignant story celebrates the power of reclaiming the past.
After a bad bout with stomach flu, Raina finds herself worrying that she'll throw up — and soon the worry extends to other things, including challenges at school and struggles with friends. As her stomach troubles get worse, she wonders whether there's something really wrong with her. Fortunately, her parents connect her with Lauren, a therapist who helps her figure out how to confront her fears and shows her how her mental health intertwines with her new diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This funny but deeply compassionate graphic memoir is a reminder to kids that counseling and therapy are a valuable tool when you need help — and that you can overcome your anxieties and fears.
Last summer, 13-year-old Leah's brother Sam drowned, and since then, she's felt like a ghost herself, imitating a normal life and lacking support from her parents. Now that it's summer again, all of Leah's friends are away and she has nothing to distract her from her grief. Then she meets 14-year-old Jasper, a gregarious and mysterious redhead who almost seems like she stepped out of a fairy tale, with her overgrown cottage and her chores like doing laundry in the creek. The friendship gives Leah solace, but Jasper is hiding her own painful past — and as both girls' truths come out, they have to figure out if they can save one another. This poignant novel tackles difficult issues with gentleness and grace, and recognizes the strength to be found in friendship.
12-year-old Clementine Morcerous is being groomed to take over for her father, the Dark Lord Elithor, and she's learning everything she needs to be a truly dastardly Evil Overlord (even if she admits to herself that she prefers the light to the dark.) But when her father is cursed by the Whittling Witch, Clementine finds herself unexpectedly having to take over rather early. As her father's magic beings to falter, she relies on new friends, including a bewitched sheep, a paper chicken, and a local boy who dreams of being a hero. The funny premise and clever wordplay draw kids in, while the surprisingly deep story explores community, forgiveness, and what happens when you defy familial expectations to follow your heart. Kids will love the unique characters of this story, and hope to return to Clementine's world soon.
For Josie O'Malley, a recent immigrant from Ireland, World War II Philadelphia is a grim place: her father is overseas fighting the Nazis, and the caped superheroes she loves have mysteriously disappeared. Eager to help the war effort, the mathematics whiz is quick to apply to a government call for puzzle-solving kids — except that an official tosses her test because she's a girl. But a top-secret organization has its eyes on Josie, and two other applicants, Japanese-American Akiko and African-American Mae. And when the three get together, they're shocked to discover they're transforming into the newest superheroes in town — with a critical mission to fulfill. Hidden Figures meets Wonder Woman in this exciting series opener inspired by comic books and the earliest computer programmers.
11-year-old Mimi feels like the least talented member of her big Indian-American family – but she's planning to change that by winning a local bakery's competition and becoming a celebrity chef, just like her idol. When Mimi meets a mysterious boy named Vik in the woods nearby – who helps her find ingredients you wouldn't expect in a forest in Massachusetts – she thinks it's the key to her success. But as her father and siblings start acting oddly, Mimi starts to wonder if the ingredients might be the cause... Fantasy and wonder draw readers in to this novel, but at its core is a timeless story of family, friendship, and finding your place in the world.
12-year-old Audra lives on a quiet family farm in 1893 Lithuania, but her world is turned upside down when occupying Russian Cossack soldiers burn her parents' home to the ground. Her parents send her to escape, carrying an important package: unbeknownst to her, they have been helping Lithuanian book smugglers keep their language and culture alive. Now, as a member of the resistance movement, Audra can help smuggle even more books, using her magician father's tricks as a means to distract those who would catch her and her friends. Still, she wonders if her work for the resistance might not just save her language; perhaps it can save her parents too. Jennifer A. Nielsen, author of A Night Divided and Resistance, creates a compelling story about a little-known time in history that reminds readers about the power of united resistance.
12-year-old Ellie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, but she's never considered that something that should define her life. She hates when people assume "the kid in the wheelchair" will be all inspirational sayings, or when her overprotective mother or hovering aide get in her way. Instead, she has plans to become a professional baker. But when Ellie and her mother move to help take care of her grandpa, who's suffering from dementia, Ellie finds herself facing existence as the new kid in school, with a wheelchair, who lives in a trailer park. Fortunately, a neighbor named Coralee and a classmate named Bert provide friendships and acceptance that help her prove she can make it in this new town. Author Jamie Sumner drew from her experiences with her son, who has cerebral palsy, to create this realistic portrayal that shows the challenges of life with a disability while also celebrating friendship, acceptance, and delicious baked goods.
Today Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a feminist icon — but how did she get there? In this graphic biography, Debbie Levy, author of the best-selling picture book I Dissent, highlights how Ginsburg evolved over time, from her shy childhood to a passionate advocate and activist to a celebrated Supreme Court Justice. Expressive illustrations from Whitney Gardner capture both Ginsburg's life and the world around her that helped shape her beliefs. Compelling and empowering, this graphic novel is a detailed introduction to the life of the inspiring RBG!
12-year-old Ollie is struggling to keep her mother's deep depressive episode a secret — even from adults who might support her, like her dad's business partner Apollo. Ollie's dad disappeared weeks ago, running away to France right after he and Apollo quarreled about a statue, so she's not sure Apollo can be trusted any more. With the help of her friends Richard and Alex, Ollie — a talented artist herself — hopes to solve the mystery by finding her father... before time runs out. Set in 1980s SoHo, this debut novel addresses issues about mental illness and the support friendship can give, while also providing a satisfying mystery for young readers.
13-year-old Genesis keeps a list of things she hates about herself — 96 things so far. And sometimes it seems like all of it starts with her dark skin, which makes even her own family call her "charcoal" and "eggplant." When her gambling-addicted father gets the family evicted again, Genesis and her mom have to move in with her grandmother, whose colorist attitudes hurt Genesis deeply enough that she's willing to try painful bleaches if only her skin will get lighter. But at her new school, Genesis' confidence gets bolstered by an encouraging teacher and some new friends. This heartbreaking novel ends with a hopeful reminder that loving yourself gives you the power to start a new story.
Olive is sure this will be the best summer ever — she and her friend Willow are heading to camp together! But while Olive makes friends fast, Willow struggles, and latches onto Olive for companionship. It's not long before Olive is fed up and they have a full-on fight. Summer camp was definitely not supposed to be the end of their friendship! Fortunately, a little time apart gives them the chance to find their own way — and their way back together. Tween readers will sympathize with both Olive and Willow during this graphic novel sequel to Click that celebrates how summer adventures can help you discover new strength.
12-year-old Delsie has always been content living with her kindhearted Grammy in her Cape Cod home, but recently she's started wondering what it would be like to have a "normal" family. And, when Delsie's best seasonal friend, Brandy, returns to her cottage for the summer hanging out with a snobby new friend who scoffs at Delsie's immaturity, Delsie starts to feels like the world doesn't make sense anymore. So when she meets Ronan, a new neighbor who is known as a liar and a thief, she thinks he's just another storm on the horizon. After he stands up for her, however, Delsie discovers that Ronan is caring and courageous but, like her, is lonely and troubled by his own losses. This touching story by the author of Fish in a Tree features a resilient Mighty Girl who discovers that, with real friends and loving family by your side, you can stand strong through just about any weather.
Life has changed for Serafina, the now teenaged Guardian of Biltmore Estate. Braeden has left for boarding school, leaving her feeling more alone than ever, and she finds it hard to believe that Biltmore's seeming peace and tranquility is real. When Mr. Vanderbilt invites her to move upstairs, the kind gesture seems to start a nightmare, as mysterious and fantastical creatures begin attacking people on the estate — and seem to be targeting the Vanderbilt's baby daughter, Nell. But how can Serafina solve the mystery when she's can't trust herself — and without Braeden by her side? The fourth book in the best-selling Serafina series is the darkest, most exciting volume yet!
A a child in Stamps, Arkansas, Maya Angelou seemed ordinary — even though she faced brutal trauma that left her feeling like a caged bird. But Angelou's love of the written and spoken word helped her survive her emotional pain, triumphing over all the forces that could have ground the inspiration out of her. In this luminous picture book, lyrical text by Bethany Hegedus and metaphorical illustrations by Tonya Engel create a unique, vibrant portrait of one of the 20th century's most distinctive voices. This stunning picture book biography for tween readers, written for the 50th anniversary of the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is both comprehensive and emotionally moving.
Twins Iris and Lark are identical but not the same: Iris is the sensible, capable counterpart to her brilliant and dreamy sister, and has grown accustomed to protecting Lark after a series of illnesses. But in fifth grade, the twins suddenly find themselves not just in different classrooms, but in different after-school activities too. Suddenly, everything feels wrong — strange things are happening in the city, including items going missing. If the sisters are going to save one another — and everyone else — they may have to realize that being apart isn't the same as growing apart. An eerie mystery, deep symbolism, and a mysterious narrator combine in this powerful story about the struggles of growing up.
12-year-old Mina's home of Alorria enjoys beautiful weather, thanks to the storm beasts and their bonded human guardians, who ensure the climate stays warm and pleasant. Mina is eager to have a storm beast of her own, but everyone is shocked when she hatches a lightning beast: lightning guardians are normally "brash and loud and brave." Mina may be quiet, but she is brave, which she proves when she and Pixit, her lightning beast, discover that her country's weather comes at a terrible price. A unique fantasy setting and appealing dragon-like storm beasts will leave readers wishing they could leap into Mina's world. For another compelling middle grade fantasy from this author, check out The Stone Girl's Story for ages 9 to 13.
Now that Shannon is part of The Group, her school's in crowd, she's sure sixth grade will be perfect. Except being in The Group is more exhausting than fun: the rules about everything from what TV shows to watch to who's cool to talk to seem to shift as often as the weather. At the same time, she struggling with feelings of anxiety and occasional compulsive behavior that she doesn't know how to stop. Soon, Shannon starts to wonder whether these rules are a necessary part of her life — or if it's worth striking out on her own. In this follow-up to Real Friends, author Shannon Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham explore the challenges of middle school, including social struggles, first loves, and figuring out who you are.
In 1979, four years after Raymie, Louisiana, and Beverly became friends in Raymie Nightingale, now-14-year-old Beverly is running away for real. Buddy, the dog they rescued, has died, and Beverly is tired of dealing with her mother's drinking. With a single lie about her age, Beverly gets a job in a restaurant and a place to stay with the elderly Iola in exchange for driving her around. As she becomes closer to the people in her new community, Beverly slowly opens up — and learns how to come to terms with what she's lost and move towards the future. This final novel in Kate DiCamillo's sequence about the Three Rancheros is full of heart and hope.
Aven Green is off to high school, where she's expecting 3,000 new kids to stare at her missing arms. Her friend Connor has moved across town, where he goes to a different school, and Aven is missing his support. Worse, a cruel prank by a high school bully has left her insecure and struggling with depression. As she feels more self-conscious about "lack of armage," she can't help but wonder if people who do seem to like her — like her friend Zion's cute older brother — are only befriending her out of pity. Fortunately, the resilient girl is able to stay true to herself! This sequel to Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus takes a frank but funny look at first love, life with a visible disability, and "the sucktastic beast known as high school."
In 1964, Maureen Wilton's brother brought home a running race ribbon — and the 10-year-old girl decided she wanted one too. But people believed running was dangerous for women's health. Maureen was determined to prove them wrong, in 1967, the 13-year-old broke the women's world marathon record. She was dubbed "Mighty Moe" by the press, but her win kicked off a storm of public disapproval that made her quit running. However, her example proved that girls could run — and Mighty Moe herself finally found her way back to the sport decades later. This inspiring story of a running pioneer includes a foreword by Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially register for the Boston Marathon.
12-year-old Lizzie wants to be invisible, so that nobody finds out that they lost their house after her dad was arrested for embezzlement — or that she's living in a transitional housing shelter. But nearby Birchwood Stables opens Lizzie's eyes to possibility when she unexpectedly connects with a terrified pony named Fire. She starts working at the stable in exchange for lessons, slowly allowing herself to connect more with the people around her — and realizing that she has more strength and determination than she thought. This poignant novel reminds readers of the hidden struggles that exist in their community, but celebrates finding your place and making home wherever you are.
In 12-year-old Aisulu's Mongolian Kazakh community, roles for girls and boys are still sharply divided, but she chafes at the boundaries. When her brother Serik develops a limp that won't go away, her parents take him to a distant hospital, leaving Aisulu with her aunt and uncle — and secretly caring for an orphaned baby eagle, just like the traditional eagle hunters do. Her aunt says that 'there have been women with eagles since ancient days'; Aisulu isn't sure that her father will agree. But when Serik needs expensive treatment, Aisulu hopes that a win at the Eagle Festival will not only pay for his care, but also prove that she deserves to be an eagle hunter. Lyrical and ultimately hopeful, middle grade readers will soar along with Aisulu as she finds her place in her community.
Biruté Mary Galdikas was only 25 years old when she traveled to the rainforests of Borneo to study orangutans in the wild. Like her colleagues, Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, she faced skepticism about whether a woman could do the job — and her research prompted a fierce determination to protect these beautiful animals and their precious and ever-shrinking habitat. In this stunning book, award-winning author Anita Silvey introduces young readers to this little-known primatologist, and the remarkable primates that Galdikas has dedicated her life to understanding.
Clea wants to be focused, but her brain seems to get in the way. When the seventh-grader impulsively blurts out something that her best friend and chess teammate Red wanted kept a secret, it even affects their friendship. Her teachers and school counselor suggest that the cause might be ADHD, but Clea doesn't even want to think about it. However, when another chess teammate, Sanam, tells Clea about her own struggles with a learning disability, Clea begins to realize that just because a problem is "all in your head" doesn't mean that it's not real — and that it can't get better. Alyson Gerber, the author of Braced, draws on her own experiences with ADHD to create this novel about tackling problems head on.
Mighty Jack has battled dragons, ogres, and more in his role as Protector of Earth — but when the interplanetary hero Zita the Spacegirl shows up with word of an invasion of both giants and Screeds, the two heroes decide to work together to save the day. But when you're used to being in charge of the adventure, it's hard to join forces and work as a team! With the gate between worlds growing weaker by the minute, Zita the Spacegirl and Mighty Jack will have to figure out how to resolve their differences — and the loyalties of their respective sidekicks and allies — to tackle the true enemy. With colorful artwork seamlessly blending fantasy and science fiction worlds into one broader universe, this book will be a hit with fans of either (or both!) characters.
Middle school means big changes for Sunny — and her friendships. Her best friend Deb wants to talk about boys and being cool, while Sunny feels most comfortable in basement Dungeons and Dragons games with new friends. Except when Deb sneers that "we're too old to be playing games like that," Sunny questions everything she enjoys, and she even drops out of her D&D group and pushes herself to attend the spring dance. But as Sunny becomes more confident in herself, she realizes that being cool may not be as much fun as being herself. This sequel to the bestselling Sunny Side Up and Swing It, Sunny is funny and heartfelt as Sunny navigates the adventure of middle school.
When Mila wears a fuzzy green sweater to school one day, and suddenly, several boys insist on hugging her, even when she doesn't want to. Before long, there are smirks, comments about her body, and more unwanted touching that leaves Mila feeling confused, frustrated, and a little scared. But when she talks to her friends about it, one tells her that she's being immature for overreacting to the boys "just flirting" – after all, she says, maybe he just likes you. Fortunately, a few new friends and a confidence boost from karate classes help her figure out how to set boundaries, stand up for herself, and seek out the adult support she needs to put an end to the harassment. Timely and important, this empowering book draws a clear line between wanted, reciprocal flirtation and Mila's experience, and explores issues of sexual harassment in a manner relatable to middle grade readers.
When Patricia DiMarco — also known as Sweet Pea — learns her parents are divorcing in seventh grade, she also discovers they have an unconventional solution to custody: they'll live in two basically identical houses, two doors apart, and Sweet Pea will shuttle between them. The one house that separates them belongs to Miss Flora Mae, a local advice columnist. When Flora goes on a trip and asks Sweet Pea to forward letters for the column, she can't resist peeking at some... and answering some of those. This funny story full of accidental chaos and genuine characters by the author of Dumplin' and Puddin' will warm kids' hearts.
12-year-old Nova is dismissed by each new school; she's autistic and nonverbal, and no one but her sister, Bridget, has ever figured out how smart she really is. But after they ran from their last foster home, Bridget didn't come back, so now Nova is trying to manage alone. She's counting down to the January 1986 launch of the Challenger space shuttle because Bridget promised she'd watch it with her. However, her new foster parents see her potential and start advocating for her like nobody has in the past. And when tragedy happens on launch day, it's their love and support that will help her survive. This sensitive and touching story stars a funny, thoughtful, and whip-smart main character who will help neurotypical kids understand that you don't have to speak to have a voice.
Margaret is a young orphan who has lived surprisingly happily on her island home, even though most of the population is a convent of nuns. She has companionship from William, the son of Lady Cameron and an exile from Albion, and that's enough... at first. But when the deposed queen of Albion, Eleanor, is sent to Margaret's island — and William leaves — Margaret starts to ask difficult questions about the purpose of her home... and where she really came from. This fictionalized historical graphic novel by Dylan Meconis, loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary, is full of mystery and intrigue, all set on Margaret's vibrant and windswept home.
When 8th grader Shirli is cast in Fiddler on the Roof right after 9/11, she decides to look in her grandfather's attic for props and inspiration. She's surprised to find an old violin in the corner, even though Zayde seems to hate music — and when she shows it to him, she's shocked by his anger and pain. Still, she keeps trying to connect with Zayde, slowly unlocking family history: joining his family's klezmer band, being sent to Auschwitz, and then being forced to play music while fellow prisoners, including his family, were sent to the gas chambers. This novel, perfect for fans of The Devil's Arithmetic and Hana's Suitcase, is a powerful reminder of how close this history actually is — and how it still impacts our present.
12-year-old Addie's twin brother Amos fell through the ice in Maple Lake — and only she knows he was out there because he was looking for a mysterious creature he was sure lived in the lake. When the would-be aquatic biologist gets a Young Scientist position studying the lake for the summer, she begins to wonder if Amos was on to something, and enlists the lead researcher's son, Tai, to help her investigate. But her search also shows that Maple Lake is badly polluted, and contrary to the community's belief, the locals share a big part of the blame. Addie will have to balance her desire to stay connected to Amos' memory with what science tells her if she's going to save the lake they both loved. Gentle, complex, and touching, this novel explores science, magic, and hope.
It's the last day of seventh grade, and everything is about to change for best friends Jaime and Maya. Jaime has noticed the group poking fun at her and freezing her out ever since Celia took over — but she hasn't gotten up the courage to talk to Maya, her best friend since first grade, about it. Meanwhile, Celia's told Maya that she has to kick Jaime out of the group... for her sake, since she doesn't fit in. Over the course of one middle school day, Jaime and Maya will find their friendship tested in a shocking way — and figure out a way to move forward. This graphic novel by the author of Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy explore cliques, frenemies, and the importance of being true to yourself.
Birdie Bloom is an orphan in the fairy-tale kingdom of Wanderly,, where everyone is assigned a role. Birdie is a Tragical: doomed to an unhappy ending, and forced by law to sign oaths like, "When faced with a fatal threat, I will not fight back or retreat under any circumstances." Then she meets Agnes Prunella Crunch, a wicked witch who (of course) should be the last encounter a Tragical ever has. Instead, the pair form an unlikely friendship that might just change Birdie's story for good. In this whimsical and wondrous tale, the book itself narrates Birdie's funny and heartwarming story which turns fairy tale conventions upside down.
12-year-old Maggie has been struggling since the moment her grandmother no longer recognized her, and now that Nana has died, she feels compelled to collect things: sticks, candy wrappers, and more. Izzie, the baby her parents are fostering, heightens Maggie's anxiety even more; eventually she'll be adopted by another family, and Maggie can't bear to say another goodbye. When her boxes of stuff are discovered, her startling anger convinces her and her parents to seek expert help... and slowly, with the help of both a counselor and her family and friends, Maggie learns to let go. This poignant look at pediatric hoarding is also a reminder that, with a good support system, you can overcome your anxieties and thrive.
The streets of Chennai are dangerous for children, but when life gets more dangerous at home, sisters Viji and Rukku become runaways. Fortunately, before long the girls find shelter under and abandoned bridges, as well as friendship, both from a puppy they name Kutti and from two runaway boys, Muthi and Arul. Muthi and Arul are so taken with Viji's storytelling that they agree to teach her and Rukku how to scavenge the garbage dump for items to sell. And when tragedy strikes, their new family will help Viji come to terms with her grief. Written in the form of a letter from Viji to Rukku, this vividly emotional book gently explores issues around poverty, caste, and child labor through the story of one girl.
When 12-year-old Sunny finally gets the heart transplant she needed, she has a "New Life Plan" that seems simple: do exciting, adventurous things; replace the old best friend who betrayed her with a friend she can trust; and finally kiss a boy. But when she meets Quinn Ríos Rivera and the pair become close, she starts to realize that maybe it's not a boy she wants to kiss after all. On top of that, her absent mother, Lena, wants to be part of her life again. Sunny wonders whether her feelings are her own, or whether it's possible her new heart brought the donor's emotions along with it. Gentle, funny, and heartfelt, this coming of age novel celebrates finding the courage to be yourself.
Introduce tweens and teens to Ada Byron Lovelace in this detailed portrait of the computing pioneer. Lovelace's mother kept her isolated, but hired the best tutors to instruct her talented daughter in a curriculum of math and science very different from the education of most girls of her day. When the 17-year-old Ada met Charles Babbage, their collaboration would hint at the computer age still 200 years in the future. Author Emily Arnold McCully dives deeply into Lovelace's complex and difficult life, and explores her lasting influence which is only now being properly recognized.
Cat is one of the only people who can keep her special-needs brother Chicken happy, and since her father passed away, she's become almost completely responsible for his care. But when a plan for a summer trip falls through, Cat and Chicken suddenly find themselves in the North Carolina home of their grandparents, Macon and Lily, who have been estranged from the family as long as Cat can remember. Cat's determined to protect Chicken, but as the summer goes on, she begins to realize just how overwhelmed she has been by caring for him — and that, if she starts to speak up, her whole family might be better off. Emotional and real, this touching debut novel is perfect for fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt or Ali Benjamin.
After her mother's death, Willow is struggling with her grief and anger — especially when her sister is busy acting like a parent, and her classmates laugh at her uncontrolled emotions. Then, she meets Pilu, a lost tree spirit who belongs in the magnolia grove that Willow's mom used to take her to. Willow offers to help Pilu, but on the journey, both physical and emotional storms will rage — and Willow will have to confront her feelings rather than forcing them under the surface. This emotionally rich graphic novel encourages reader to explore and express their emotions, and even includes blank journal pages in the back to help.
Georgia O'Keeffe knew she wanted to do more than paint pretty pictures: she wanted to be an artist. Sometimes, though, it seemed like there were obstacles at every turn: first an illness forced her to temporarily leave her studies in Chicago's Art Institute, and when she tried again, in New York at the Art Students League, she had to leave again when her family fell on hard times. So she found her own way to a career in art — and her unique viewpoint helped her change American art history. This revealing biographical novel about the mother of American modernism will fascinate fans of O'Keeffe's work.
Only Fallow has a powerful ability: the gift of seeing lies. The King insists on keeping her in Bellskeep palace to flush out traitors — but all Only wants to do is to go home. Then the King's counselor draws Only into a plan to dethrone the King and put his daughter on the throne in stead, promising that Only's help will be rewarded with freedom. The Princess also promises to free the Ordish indentured servants, like Only's friend, Lark. But truth is not as simple as Only thinks, and when she and Lark wind up trapped in the Princess' schemes, they will have to go on a quest for the real truth to save the kingdom. This thrilling conclusion to the Heartseeker duology is both imaginative and thought-provoking.
Ever since 11-year-old December's mother left her with nothing but a book called The Complete Guide to Birds Vol. 1, she's been convinced she is a bird herself: someday, her wings will unfold from the scar on her back, and she can leave the series of foster homes to find her place in the sky. Then she's placed with Eleanor, a patient and kind foster mother who volunteers at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Eleanor helps December imagine a different future — and helps her come to terms with the truth of her past she wishes she could fly away from. This hopeful story explores discovering where you belong, even when it's different from what you imagined.
Stacey and Mary Anne from The Baby-Sitters Club are taking on a big job: two weeks of babysitting at the beach for the Pike family! But when Stacey gets a crush on Scott, one of the lifeguards, things get tricky fast. Mary Anne is frustrated that Stacey is leaving her to do all the work, and worries that her friend is going to get her heart broken when she realizes that Scott just isn't interested. But Stacey is sure she's in love! The seventh book in the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel series, adapted by Gale Galligan, will ring true to many girls living through their own first crushes — or a friend's.
12-year-old Lalani's father died after being selected to attempt the journey to Mount Isa, “where all of life’s good fortunes were said to be”; ever since, she and her mother have been forced to live with her fearful uncle's family. But now Lalani's mother is sick, and Lalani's only hope to cure her is to sail off her isolated island and seek Mount Isa herself. Lalani clings to her optimism even though no one thinks a mere girl can succeed at the deadly quest — and her choice to defy "fate" and choose her own future may make all the difference. This vibrant fantasy novel, inspired by Filipino folklore, is a story full of wonder, friendship, and the power of self-reliance.
12-year-old Lulu is wrestling with how to manage her Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, which gives her almost perfect recall, without her parents' help. Her Gram is the only one who knows Lulu's secret, so when Gram's memory starts failing, Lulu is determined to solve the problem herself. Believing her memory loss might be due to trauma, Lulu and her friends start investigating Gram's life... only to discover that Gram has secrets they couldn't have imagined. And while Lulu's discoveries may not save Gram's memories, they might help the family come together again. Fans of Fish in a Tree and The Thing About Jellyfish will love this middle grade novel about memory, love, and the power of a person's stories.
12-year-old Lucy is an artist whose shark-loving marine biologist mother died five years ago. Her best friend, Fred, is a scientist... and possibly more than a friend. But this summer, memories of her mother resurface along with a Great White — and another tragedy. Wrestling with her grief, Lucy decides she needs to follow the sharks — with the help of her father and two neighbors — to understand both her past and her future. This gentle story about seeking connection as a way of overcoming grief also pays tribute to the wonders — and healing power — of nature.
Only one in four marriages survive a child's death, and 11-year-old Rain is determined to make her parents that one — especially since she believes that she's responsible for her brother Guthrie's death. When her mother, now manic, suggests a move to New York City, her depressed father won't comment, and Rain goes along, hoping that a fresh start will fix things. But in New York she feels more like an outsider than ever; her parents are fighting even more; and she doesn't know what to do. Fortunately, new friends on the track team help her find her way forward — both on the track and with her family. This deeply touching novel is honest about the complexity of grief, while still providing hope that recovery is possible.
11-year-old Elodee's family is reeling from a tragedy, so when her mom suggests they move to Eventown, it seems like the chance for a fresh start. In fact, it's even more than that: in preparation for moving in, each new arrival tells six critical stories at the Welcoming Center, which locks their memories away. But Elodee's storytelling is interrupted, leaving her with an awareness of what they've left behind — and a feeling of unease about the too-perfect town. What have they given up for "perfection," and is it a price Elodee would be willing to pay? This subtly eerie story about a family grieving a suicide asks whether giving up the painful parts of life would be worth it.
After the events of The Unicorn Quest, Claire and Sophie have decided to remain in Arden — since they may be the last descendants of the royal family, only they can awaken the unicorns. Or rather, only Claire can; Sophie does not have any gift for magic. Together, they travel to Stonehaven, a school where Claire can learn the magic of stone. But magic doesn't come easy to her, and meanwhile Sophie is uncovering dangerous secrets about the people they thought they could trust. The sisters, each battling their own insecurities, find their relationship growing tense as they wonder if they can prove Claire is the prophesied heir before it's too late. This exciting sequel, full of twists and turns, deepens the story as Claire and Sophie struggle to find their place in Arden.
Lyndie B. Hawkins loves researching history — and now she's turning her canny eye on her family. Specifically, she wants to know what happened to her father during the Vietnam War, and how it connects with why he sometimes disappears for days. But her grandmother, Lady, is determined to turn Lyndie into a proper Southern girl, which means keeping quiet about family secrets. When Lyndie meets D.B., a boy from the local juvenile detention center, she starts to realize that her grandmother's ideas of propriety may be stopping her father from getting the help he needs. Full of questions about loyalty, secrets, and hope, this heartfelt debut novel tackles a range of complex issues about PTSD, alcoholism, and suicide through the eyes of a main character with a fierce charm and a loving heart.
Caitlyn's new school is decidedly out of the ordinary, with live goats to tend and ancient Greek history in class. The other ten students in the seventh grade are the inaugural class, and they've been together since they started school. Except one of them, class clown Paulie Fink, mysteriously didn't return this year — and the class decides Caitlyn is the only person objective enough to select the new Paulie Fink. As Caitlyn learns more about Paulie — through the different perspectives of many people at the school — she also realizes surprising things about herself. Laugh-out-loud antics combine with real issues like bullying and the consolidation of rural schools in this charming novel by the author of The Thing About Jellyfish.
12-year-old Piper thinks some people are born to shine — and some people, like her, are not. So when her dad takes a new job at Chumley Prep, a private school where everyone else seems to be the best at something, science-loving Piper feels less important than ever. When the school holds a competition with the very vague criteria of "excel," Piper thinks she doesn't have a chance, especially when she runs late for class after stopping to help other students and school employees. Fortunately, the contest helps Piper realize that kindness is always worthwhile. This charming middle grade novel celebrates being yourself, finding where you fit, and recognizing that there are many ways to shine.
12-year-old Amelia's widowed father is once again keeping her at home for spring break, which promises to be a boring week until she goes to the local clay studio to pass some time and meets Casey, the owner's nephew. The pair bond over their creative imaginations and their difficult family lives. But when Casey claims he sees the spirit of Amelia's mother in a woman passing by the coffee shop, the pair set out to find her — and make discoveries about themselves that they could never have expected. Set in 1999, this novel explores the threshold of being almost thirteen, with a still-unknown life ahead.
Emma has been lonely homeschooling without her brother who is now attending high school, so she's decides to start 5th grade at Lakeview Elementary. The day before she starts, she helps her game warden father rescue a lost bunny trapped in a fence. Emma names the bunny Lapi, after her beloved French Canadian grandfather's stories, and Lapi helps her find common ground with her first friend, a misfit named Jack who speaks out of turn and adores animals. And when Emma wonders if her friendship with Jack could hold her back at school, Lapi will also remind her that staying true to yourself is the most important thing of all. This heartfelt novel encourages young readers to see the value in understanding other peoples' perspectives — especially when they're different.
11-year-old Kazu Jones is a would-be detective who's gotten herself in hot water a few times — with both her parents and the police — over false alarms. But there's a crew of dognappers in her neighborhood, and Kazu can't let justice go undone, so when she finds a lead, she recruits her own team, including her hacker best friend, her socially anxious dog Genki. Digging into the mystery draws the attention of the dognappers, though, and soon her beloved Genki could be the next dog to disappear! With its clever story full of fun twists and furry friends, this series opener is sure to please dog lovers and detective fans alike.
In the early years of aviation, people scoffed at women who wanted to fly — such a pursuit was too uncouth, too difficult, and too dangerous for them. A group of daring women were determined to prove them wrong! In 1929, pioneering women aviators like Amelia Earhart, Louise Thaden, Marvel Crosson, and Elinor Smith banded together for an Air Derby, a race across the U.S. for women flyers. In this taut and suspenseful narrative telling, National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin follows these women as they fight the perils of their sport, discrimination from media and the general public, and more to prove that women belong in the air.
Christine Hong is a dutiful Chinese-American daughter who accepts her parents' strict expectations without complaint... until Moon moves in next door. Moon doesn't attend Chinese language lessons; she's vegetarian; and she carries herself with a confidence that Christine both scorns and envies. Despite their differences the two become close friends, close enough that Moon tells Christine about her visions of celestial animals. But when those visions turn out to be from an earthy — and dangerous — cause, Christine needs to figure out how to be a good daughter and a good friend. Author/illustrator Jen Wang draws on her own childhood for this poignant and funny friendship story that will speak to anyone who's felt out of place.
Piper's life is turned upside down when her family moves into a shelter in a whole new city. She misses her house, her friends, and her privacy — and she hates being labeled the homeless girl at her new school. But the shelter also brings new friendships with other girls in the shelter's Firefly Girls troop and with a sweet street dog owned by an elderly homeless woman named Jewel, who refuses to move into the shelter because she can't bring her beloved Baby. After Jewel is hospitalized and Baby is sent to an animal shelter, Piper decides to rally her new Firefly friends and figure out a way to make sure that Jewel and Baby can stay together and move off the streets for good. Told in alternating perspectives, this heartfelt story explores the many faces of homelessness while speaking to the importance of hope, the power of story, and the true meaning of home.
Women may not have always been given a seat at the tables of power — so they, in the words of Shirley Chisholm, brought a folding chair! This inspiring volume pays tribute to women past and present who demanded their right to a voice in the political process, from suffragists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Ida B. Wells-Barnett, to early politicians like Victoria Woodhull, Bella Abzug, and Jeannette Rankin, to today's trailblazers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, and Tammy Duckworth. Fifty capsule biographies of American women in politics give young readers a sense of the scope of women's impact on the country, from Frances Perkin's labor protections to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's key legal arguments and decisions. It's an exciting book that's sure to inspire a new generation of girls and women determined to change the world.
8th grader Riley Dunne is passionate about investigative reporting for her school newspaper, and about the Red Club, a girl-run puberty support group that keeps a locker with an emergency stash of pads, tampons, and spare sweatpants. Then the principal shuts down both the paper and the club, and cracks down on the girls' dress code. As the club protests by making maxi pad art and openly wearing now-banned leggings — joined by several boy allies — Riley decides to investigate the complaints behind the rule changes. This important novel tackles multiple issues, including period stigma and dress code double standards, while providing an empowering model of how tweens can raise their voices in protest.
Ffith-grader Bernice Buttman embraces the identity kids give her of the fat, stupid bully. But behind the brash and cruel exterior, Bernice is hurting: at home, her self-centered mother takes Bernice's lunch money for her own uses. Bernice sets her sights on becoming a Hollywood stuntwoman, and when her mother abandons her with her aunt, who's a nun, Bernice decides this is her chance to mend her ways. When she sees a chance to get money for a stunt camp — by running a fake fundraiser for her aunt's abbey — she'll have to decide who she really is. A hilarious narration builds empathy for Bernice, and kids will contemplate how difficult it can be to change when the odds seemed stacked against you — and how much a friend can help.
11-year-old Louisa is dismayed when her parents say that she'll be staying with her grandparents, Boots and Jake, on Deer Island: while her brother Theo adores it there, the aspiring writer would rather have adventures with her globetrotting parents. But this summer, Deer Island is different: Jake's eyesight is failing, which only strengthens her bond with him, and she meets George, an eloquent boy who makes her realize that sometimes, change is for the better. This gentle story about finding community — even if it means embracing the new and uncertain — will linger with young readers.
Middle schooler Sage Sassafras knows that she's preordained for trouble, cursed so that every time something goes right for her classmate, Priscilla Petty, it goes horribly wrong for Sage. When Sage's father goes to jail for robbing a bank, she's sure it's all the curse's fault — and Priscilla's. A magical candle offers her the chance to reverse the curse... but there are unexpected consequences. Now, Sage has to work with Priscilla to stop the wish, and in the process, she might realize that she has more agency in her life than she thinks. Funny and thoughtful, this novel reminds kids of the power of making your own path — and of acts of kindness.
13-year-old Min's family are fox spirits — but her mother insists that they conceal their abilities. So Min can't wait to follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and finally get away from home and her boring planet. But when Jun disappears, supposedly deserting his post to search for the legendary Dragon Pearl — a magical jewel that can terraform planets — Min will need all her fox magic to try to clear his name. As she impersonates a dead cadet, Min must look for her brother and avenge the cadet's death with the help of unexpected allies, including the dragon Haneul and the goblin Sujin, all while evading notice by the ship's captain. Part space opera, part Korean mythology, this unique and complex story will enthrall tween readers.
When Ruby's father dies, her mother moves them around, trying to find a fresh start... but their journey halts in Vermont, when she stands up to a bullying employer and ends up arrested for it. Ruby just wants to avoid everything and is waiting for the day that they pick up and move again. But when she reluctantly becomes friends with Syrian refugee Ahmad and the reclusive "Bird Lady" who lives near her house, she realizes she's about to be faced with a choice: stay silent, or speak up in defense of the people she loves. This story of the power of ordinary people to fight injustice stars a girl who has the courage of a hero, even if she doesn't think of herself that way.
In freeing her father, the Mad Wolf, and her brothers from Faintree Castle, daring and clever Drest also rescued Emerick, Lord Faintree, from his uncle's plot. But now, many knights believe that Emerick is actually dead, by her own hand, and there's a temptingly rich price upon her head. The Mad Wolf is determined to protect her, but Drest is no longer satisfied to be protected. Instead, she must draw on her newly discovered diplomatic abilities and her clever mind to figure out who she can trust and weave the alliances she needs to take on the illegitimate holder of Faintree Castle. This thrilling conclusion to the story that began in The Mad Wolf's Daughter will captivate middle grade readers.
12-year-old Ella struggles in her small South Carolina town in 1944: she's bullied for looking too white, and her mother is in Boston, hoping to become a jazz singer. She knows nothing about her father, and when her mother invites her to visit Boston for Christmas, Ella hopes that this may be the chance to learn more. Boston has its appeal — no segregated water fountains — but Ella spends many boring days in the apartment while her mother works as a shipfitter. And when she returns home, she learns that a shy schoolmate is being framed for murdering two white girls. Set in the tumultuous times of Jim Crow and World War II, and viewed through the eyes of a passionate and likeable main character, this bittersweet novel captures one girl's story at a time of painful injustice and change.
13-year-old Annabelle is a star swimmer, and when she's asked to join the high school swim team over the summer, she thinks it's the key to a positive start to high school — even if her mom does insist on tutoring for her struggling schoolwork as a condition. At practices, she proves her mettle and even attracts the interest of a high school boy. But in her desperation to fit in, she blows off her friends and her tutoring, and when an injury keeps her out of the pool, she loses the boy whose attention she craved and the one thing she felt like she was good at. This relatable story about the struggle for self-worth captures all the uncertainly of middle school.
NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson became a household name after the release of the book Hidden Figures — and then its movie adaptation — but now she gets to tell her story in her own words! Johnson describes her experiences as a mathematically gifted girl during a time in which both the color of her skin and her sex worked against her. Her father's advice that "you are no better than anyone else, and nobody else is better than you" served her well as she joined NASA in the early 1950s, and played critical roles in some of the agency's biggest projects, including the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Conversational and charming, this book will delight any reader who's ever wished they could meet Johnson face to face.
Art is powerful: it's not only beautiful to look at, but it also gives artists the chance to express themselves and challenge the way we think! In this exquisite volume, Rachel Ignotofsky, the author/illustrator behind the best-selling book Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World, celebrates 50 groundbreaking women artists from the 11th century to the modern day. Capsule biographies explore key aspects of each artist's life and work, while the vibrant illustrations encourage readers to flip through the book's pages for even more stories. Timelines and infographics about art add the perfect finishing touch to this celebration of creativity!
It's 1881, and Anna's Irish family is in dire straights: English aristocrats have been raising rents and seizing Irish properties, turning families out when the crops are poor. Her older siblings have emigrated, so when Anna's mother dies, she uses her last breath to beg her to care for her developmentally delayed sister Nuala — and to urge Anna to learn to read. And when an encounter with English bailiffs turns violent, Anna finds herself on the run with Nuala, desperate to save her family. This poignant novel in verse will introduce young readers to the aftermath of the Great Famine through the eyes of one determined girl.
Max Einstein spends her days teaching classes at a New York college and doing secret missions for a billionaire as part of the Change Makers Institute — not bad for a 12-year-old! But when a water crisis strikes in multiple places in the world, and Max and her friends are trying to solve the problem, she's dogged at every turn by agents of the greedy Corporation who are trying to kidnap her. Can she figure out a solution to keep the water clean? Or is her presence doing more damage to the Change Makers' cause than good? The second volume in the Max Einstein series is full of even more rollicking STEM adventure! For the first book in this series, check out Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment.
When the Nazis push the occupying Soviet soldiers out of Krystia's Ukrainian village in 1941, the villagers rejoice; surely the Germans are here to help. They certainly don't think there are any implications to their friends' and neighbors' mix of Polish, Jewish, and Ukrainian backgrounds. But as the Nazis' intentions become horrifyingly clear — first when the Poles and Ukrainians are deemed fit only for work, and then with a mass shooting of 101 Jewish men — Krystia faces a terrible choice: will she protect her friends and neighbors however she can, even at risk of losing everything? Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, author of Making Bombs for Hitler and Stolen Girl, based this immediate and gripping story on the real experiences of a World War II survivor.
11-year-old Red's mysterious ability to roil up the wind when she's scared or angry is problem as she bounces from foster home to foster home. Her mother's pill addiction landed her in jail, but Red still deeply misses her. Her latest placement — with Jackson and Celine Groove, an older interracial couple who own a petting zoo of rescued animals — actually seems to provide a place she can settle in... and then her mother returns. Red has to decide if she should let herself get caught up in her mother's vortex again... or if she should hang onto the calm the Grooves offer. Red's windy powers add a touch of magic to this poignant story about a girl searching for where she belongs.
Iris was born deaf, but the 12-year-old tech whiz doesn't need hearing to repair machines — she can feel the vibrations from the computers and radios she works with. But as the only deaf person in her school, she's isolated from her peers, who either ignore her or, worse, make up "sign language" of their own. When Iris learns about Blue 55, a whale who sings at a frequency that's unintelligible to other whales, she becomes determined to use her electronics skills to "sing" back to him, letting him know that he's not alone. Written by a sign language interpreter and rich with authentic details about deaf culture and the struggles of families with both deaf and hearing members, this poignant story celebrates the power of communication, whatever form it takes.
After breaking her middle school's honor code, 13-year-old Jamie is assigned to volunteer at the local library 15 hours a week for community service all summer long. What's worse, everyone at her school knows what happened thanks to a social media post by Trina, her nemesis — and twin sister of her crush, Trey. As Jamie gets to know the library, though, she gains a new appreciation for the part it plays in supporting people in the community she normally wouldn't give a second glance. And when the library's funding is threatened, the whole community pulls together. Jamie's growing awareness of the library's power is heartfelt and real, encouraging readers to see it in a whole new way.
Grace has been used to being in her best friend Ellie's shadow, but when her grandfather's gift of 27 boxes of buttons from his old mill sets off a button fad at her school, she's startled — and a little pleased — to be in the spotlight for once. But while she's basking in the attention, Grace also discovers that button-mania comes with some complications, including trouble from teacher's and resentment from Ellie. When she asks Hank, a newly avid button collector, to help her end the fad, their blossoming friendship also makes her realize that Ellie isn't necessarily the most supportive friend. This funny and satisfying story reminds readers that friends and family are more satisfying than any collectible.
When violence erupts near 12-year-old Jude's Syrian home, her Baba and older brother refuse to leave. Her mother, though, believes that it's no longer safe for her, Jude, and the baby she's carrying to stay. Jude finds herself winging across the ocean to Cincinnati, where an aunt, uncle, and cousin she's never met live. But life in America is a big adjustment: her cousin isn't welcoming, nobody looks like her, and she misses everything she left behind. "It is strange to feel lucky for something that is making my heart feel so sad," she thinks. With time, though, Jude finds her place in her new country — and who she really is. This lyrical and hopeful novel in verse will give kids new perspective on the experience of refugees as they leave an old home to find a new one.
12-year-old Hanako and her family were imprisoned by her own country in World War II, just because of their Japanese heritage, and then coerced into relinquishing their citizenship, forcing them to move to Japan. But their new country is in desperate straights post-war, including the small village outside of Hiroshima where her grandparents live. Compassionate Hanako wants to help, but her family doesn't even enough for themselves. Still, her grandfather's explanation about kintsukuroi — fixing broken items with gold lacquer to make them stronger and more beautiful — gives her hope for a future where her family is the gold that mends the wounds. Hanako shines in this emotional story about the aftermath of World War II and the Japanese internment.
12-year-old Miranda doesn't understand why her mother has always been so distant, or why she's never gotten to visit August Isle, Florida, where her mother spend every summer as a girl. Then her mother's work takes her away for the whole summer, and Miranda finds herself staying in August Isle with "Aunt" Clare, an old friend of her mother's. She finds friendship there, but also mysteries and questions about her mother's past. As she tries to uncover these secrets, Miranda also discovers how to overcome her fears to be "Miranda — brave and bold." Whimsical characters and a powerful story about how emotional pain affects everyone in a family will draw young readers in to Miranda's life.
11-year-old Lenora is bored and frustrated, stuck at home while her parents travel around the world. Then she discovers a secret doorway that enters the ultimate library, one containing the whole universe's wisdom. Better yet, she's offered the chance to take the oath ("Do you swear to venture forth bravely and find the answer to any question, no matter the challenge?") and becomes the new Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian. As she seeks out information, she also has to dodge the mysterious Forces of Darkness, who are dedicated to suppressing intellectual freedom. Fortunately, the clever girl is up for the challenge! Part adventure across time and space, part tribute to the love of books, this middle grade novel will be an instant classic.
When Jo Ann Allen joined the Clinton 12 — twelve African-American students who integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee — things seemed easy at first... but as time went on, there was unrest, anger, and even violence. Clever and popular Jo Ann became the spokesperson for the group, always aware that she and her peers were fighting for a critical change to the nation's education system. In this novel in verse, she tells her story, reminding readers that court-ordered integration was a double-edged sword ("We’re in, yes./ But it’s more complicated than that") but conveys a message of hope in a future of true racial equality.
When adventurous 12-year-old Bett Devlin peeks at her single father's emails, she's horrified to discover that her father is in love — and that he and his new boyfriend are planning to send their daughters to sleepaway camp together, so they can "accidentally" meet one another. Avery Bloom is Bett's opposite, bookish and fearful, and the girls agree they'll NEVER become friends. Except while they're at camp, friendship blossoms anyway, and when it appears that their dads are going to part ways, the two girls are determined to find a way to be sisters after all. Told entirely in letters and emails, and written by two bestselling authors, this laugh-out-loud novel celebrates the many ways that people can become family.
11-year-old Tilly Pages' mother disappeared shortly after she was born, and she found solace in the thousands of books at her grandparents' bookshop, and her one friend, Oskar. But when some of the avid reader's favorite characters — including Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland — make an appearance, Tilly learns she can travel into any story she chooses. Tilly's bookwandering is more powerful than most, though, and when a creepy employee of the shop follows her into the books, she and Oskar must dig into the mystery... which might even reveal what really happened to Tilly's mother. This imaginative ode to the magic of books is sure to make young readers wish they could bookwander with Tilly.
One hundred years ago, women finally completed a decades-long fight for the right to vote in the UK and the US — and now, in this exquisitely illustrated book, acclaimed artist David Roberts teaches young people all the ins and outs, highs and lows, of the suffrage movement! Roberts introduces young readers to important suffrage figures on both sides of the Atlantic, including Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, as well as fascinating facts about the movement — like the martial art that became known as "suffrajitsu"! Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, this book provides a unique resources to introduce the nuances of the suffrage movement in a vibrant, appealing package.
Lizzy Trudeaux and her dad live under a mountain of debts and bills, but that can't stop her from being the best basketball player in middle school: as long as she has the community court and her beloved worn ball named Ginger, she can practice. Her biggest frustration is that she can't join the boys on her school team — co-ed teams are against the rules. When an unexpected phone call grants her the wish of sinking every shot she makes, Lizzy suddenly finds herself a viral sensation with a 10-day contract for the Philadelphia Bells. But when you can sink every basket without a thought, where's the joy in the game? This sports story full of girl power (with a little sprinkle of magic) celebrates a love of sport and the determination to keep playing.
11-year-old Jane is counting down: 12 days in temporary foster care while her beloved Pop goes back to rehab. She's arrived at her new foster home with a badly burned hand that she insists isn't her father's fault, and a few secrets. She's surprised to discover that she likes Three Boulders, the remote commune town where she's staying — but they have secrets too, and she's got her sights set on getting back to Pop, her "matching sock." As time goes on, though, the determined girl realizes that her family may be full of love, but that doesn't mean it's healthy. This sparkling novel features a determined main character that readers will root for as she learns that there are many meanings of family.
Every day, when 5-year-old Rosalie gets dropped off at school, she heads to the back of the classroom with her notebook: the teacher and other students think she's daydreaming, but really, she's on a secret mission. As readers follow her on her quest, they learn that her father is fighting in the trenches of World War I; sometimes Rosalie's mother reads his letters in the evenings. But when a letter arrives that her mother won't share, Rosalie is determined to finish her mission... to learn to read herself, so that she can find out the truth. Through author Timothée de Fombelle's thoughtful text and artist Isabelle Arsenault's exquisite illustrations, Rosalie introduces readers to the painful realities of war through her curious and hopeful eyes.
Jaclyn Hyde is smart, determined, and responsible... and almost, but not quite, perfect. She desperately wants to show her parents and the big sister she idolizes that she can do it all, so when she finds the last vial of a "perfection potion" in an abandoned lab, it seems like just what she needs. Except the potion actually unleashes Jackie, a monstrous version of Jaclyn who will break any rule and trample any person to be the best. With the help of her friends Fatima and Paige, Jaclyn has to figure out a way to defeat Jackie — even if that means admitting she's not so perfect after all. This hilarious adventure is surprisingly deep, with important messages about what it means to be your best self.
13-year-old Moth Hush has always wanted to be a witch — and when she accidentally silences two eighth-grade bullies on Halloween, she discovers that she already is. It turns out that Moth's mother, Calendula, fled to the realm of Hecate with her coven during a 17th century witch hunt, only to rebel later and choose to live in the real world. Calendula is slow to teach Moth more, and when she meets a talking black cat and falls through her mother's diary into Hecate, Moth won't just learn about magic: she'll also unravel complicated aspects of history, identity, and family. With the perfect balance of thoughtfulness and humor, this graphic novel is a charming tale of teen rebellion and family love.
10-year-old Filipina girl Sab has always believed her father's superstitious stories — so when she sees a black butterfly, she's sure that it means she's doomed. She desperately wants to celebrate her 11th (and last) birthday with her entire family, but her sister Ate Nadine stopped speaking to her father a year ago. Sab is determined to figure out why, and her investigation takes her and her friend Pepper on adventures across Manila — opening Sab's eyes to substance abuse and addiction, the war on drugs, the source of her sister's anger, and the importance of family. An immersive setting with plenty of details about contemporary Filipino life, this thoughtful middle grade novel will encourage kids to see the complexity in the people they think they understand.
Annalise was cursed at birth by the Fate Spinner, and she wears her curse as a black mark on her oversized left hand, which occasionally shoots fire. Her parents are loving, but others in her town are cruel and blame her for every misfortune, leaving her anxious and dependent on strategies like counting to calm herself. Finally, Annalise decides that she has to rid herself of the curse: no matter how anxious she feels, she'll have to enter the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams to defeat the Fate Spinner. Author K. A. Reynolds draws on her own experiences to capture the inner world of someone with anxiety and PTSD in this magical and empathetic examination of mental health, self-confidence, and the power of taking charge of your fate.
12-year-old Willa knows that she and her brothers have to escape their father. Five years ago, he took the family to the wilds of Alaska to live off the land and off the grid after Willa's mother died. But each year, they've struggled a little bit more to get enough to eat over the winter — and each year, her father has sunk deeper into alcoholism and abuse. When her father goes hunting by himself, Willa convinces her brothers to travel down the river to Fort Yukon to call their aunt for help. But the trip is dangerous, and their father is on their tail... This character-driven, suspenseful survival story showcases a determined Mighty Girl who believes in a better life.
When author India Desjardins met a 10-year-old with leukemia, the girl asked her to write a new story: a story about a girl with cancer that had a happy ending. The result is this unique picture book for tween and teen readers. In it, a 15-year-old, diagnosed with leukemia five years ago, waits to hear her prognosis. As she contemplates her journey, she dispels cancer myths and ponders how she is just a normal teenager: not "so strong," just a girl who wants to kiss her boyfriend some days, and to stop the pain however possible other days. With dreamlike illustrations and the promised happy ending, this book is an emotionally complex look at cancer diagnosis and treatment that incorporates today's statistics: 8 out of 10 children diagnosed with cancer are cured.
Lety is an immigrant from Mexico, and she's still improving her English. She loves volunteering at the local animal shelter, so when the shelter is looking for people to write profiles of the animals, Lety's excited to volunteer. But her classmate Hunter also wants the job, and proposes a secret competition: whoever's descriptions get more animals adopted fastest wins the job. Now Lety's worried about the shelter finding out, about her descriptions not being good enough, and about losing out on the chance to adopt Spike, her favorite dog. This story about finding your voice — even if you have to do it in a new language — will also give young readers new empathy for the immigrant experience in America.
Sophie Foster and her friends are determined to seek the truth after a lifetime of being told lies — but truth can be a dangerous thing. As they follow the clues to their missing memories and hidden secrets, they discover the conspiracy goes deeper than they expected. And as unexpected, sometimes unpleasant, realities are revealed, they wonder if they can trust anyone... even one another. This explosive eighth book of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series will leave fans breathless.
13-year-old Celia knows that monsters aren't real, but after an earthquake strands her parents out of town, she discovers she doesn't know as much as she thinks. She reaches out to other kids around her building, and discovers a group that calls themselves Hunters, who swear that children are turning into evil-spreading monsters — and that Celia might be the "doom girl" foretold by a prophecy. If she is at the center of this dangerous magic, she might be the only one who can save the city. Atmospheric and fast-paced, this supernatural adventure illuminates ordinary human concerns like loneliness and self-doubt.