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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!