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A Mighty Girl's 2019 Books of the Year

1–100 of 117 items
  1. A Kind of Paradise

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $14.99
  2. A Place To Belong

    Illustrator: Julia Kuo

    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.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $8.89
  3. A Slip Of A Girl

    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.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $12.76
  4. A Story About Cancer (With A Happy Ending)

    Illustrator: Marianne Ferrer

    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.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $10.59
  5. All the Greys on Greene Street

    Author: Laura Tucker

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $11.68
  6. All the Impossible Things

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $12.99
  7. August Isle

    Author: Ali Standish

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $7.69
  8. Because Of The Rabbit

    Author: Cynthia Lord

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $12.79
  9. Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice

    Author: Debbie Levy
    Illustrator: Whitney Gardner

    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!

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $9.69
  10. Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen

    Author: Niki Lenz

    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.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $9.99
  11. Best Friends

    Author: Shannon Hale
    Illustrator: LeUyen Pham

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $5.79
  12. Beverly, Right Here

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $8.49
  13. Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America

    Illustrator: Bijou Karman

    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.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $13.99
  14. Boss the Bestseller List Like J. K. Rowling

    Author: Caroline Moss
    Illustrator: Sinem Erkas

    Learn about how best-selling author J. K. Rowling created the world of Harry Potter in this exciting book from the Work It, Girl series! Rowling dreamed of being a writer, and she knew she had a hit story — if she could find someone who wanted to publish it. In this book, kids will follow Rowling through ten chapters about her life, each of which ends with a lesson that they can apply to their own lives! Gorgeous 3-D cut paper artwork and inspiring quotes will encourage kids to dive in to this biography.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $6.69
  15. Broken Strings

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $16.99
  16. Calling All Witches! The Girls Who Left Their Mark on the Wizarding World

    Illustrator: Violet Tobacco

    From Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood, to Minerva McGonagall and Tonks, there are plenty of inspiring women who made their mark in the history of the Wizarding World! This full-color guidebook celebrates all the female characters of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises, complete with fun facts, photographs of iconic movie moments, and more. There are even specific tributes to girls who ruled on the Quidditch pitch, women who ran Hogwarts, and even the Wizarding World's dastardly female villains. It's the perfect handbook for anyone who's dreamed of getting their Hogwarts letter!

    Ages: 8 and up
    Price: $10.39
  17. Camp

    Author/Illustrator: Kayla Miller

    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.

    Ages: 8 - 11
    Price: $7.99
  18. Cape: The League of Secret Heroes

    Author: Kate Hannigan
    Illustrator: Patrick Spaziante

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $11.69
  19. Captain Rosalie

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $10.99
  20. Caterpillar Summer

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $8.49
  21. Dear Sweet Pea

    Author: Julie Murphy

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $8.49
  22. Don't Tell The Nazis

    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.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $17.99
  23. Dragon Pearl

    Author: Yoon Ha Lee

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $8.49
  24. Dream Within A Dream

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $9.86
  25. Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer

    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.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $13.43
  26. Duel at Araluen (Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger)

    Author: John Flanagan

    The Red Fox Clan are continuing to harry King Duncan and Princess Cassandra, who are trapped in Castle Araluen — and the courageous knight, Sir Horace, and the Ranger Commandant, Gilan, can't make it to their aid. The only one who can save them all is Maddie, the princess — and apprentice to Will Treaty, the greatest Ranger of them all. Maddie will draw on the help of old friends to free the warriors and rangers from the hill fort so they can travel to Araluen, but time is ticking and it's only a matter of time before the Red Fox Clan break through... This thrilling third installment in the Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger series sees Maddie come into her own and prove that she can be the one to save the day.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $12.79
  27. Ember and the Ice Dragons

    12-year-old Ember St. George was born a dragon, but when a magician found her next to her fire-dragon parents, slain for their scales, he transformed her into a human girl to protect her. Unfortunately, her draconic gifts are still present — including an uncontrolled ability to create fire. After an accident, Ember decides to live with her Aunt Myra at a research station in Antarctica, where she even makes a few friends. But when she discovers that there is an annual hunt for ice dragons, can she sabotage the hunt — without her true identity being discovered? This original, rich fantasy is sure to delight middle grade readers who will cheer Ember on.

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $16.99
  28. Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince

    Author: Liz Kessler
    Illustrator: Erin Farley

    After a not-so-relaxing vacation, half-mermaid Emily Windsnap is looking forward to a quiet journey home on a cruise ship… until the ship is overtaken by a pirate king and his crew! The pirates kidnap her boyfriend Aaron, hoping to force him to lead them to the legendary Trident’s Treasure. To get Aaron back, Emily strikes a bargain with the pirate king’s younger son, Sam, to get to the Trident’s Treasure first. It’s a dangerous move, since pirates hate mermaids, but Emily is sure she can maintain her disguise. When she starts to bond with Sam's crew, though, her voyage gets a lot more complicated! The eighth volume in the Emily Windsnap series is full of swashbuckling adventure!


    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $8.79
  29. Emmy in the Key of Code

    Author: Aimee Lucido

    12-year-old Emmy feels like she doesn't fit in with her musician parents — while she loves music, she's no gifted performer. And thanks to a move to a new school, she doesn't feel like she fits in there, either. When she joins the computer club, though, she discovers she's a natural at coding, and she even makes a friend, Abigail. But things feel like they're falling apart when their computer teacher tells them she's seriously ill, and Abigail turns out to be keeping a secret. Fortunately, Emmy realizes that, just like in an orchestra, you need all sorts of notes to make the world beautiful. Written in a combination of verse and Javascript, this innovative novel is a celebration of finding your fit in unexpected places, and it's sure to pique an interest in coding among young readers.

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $8.49
  30. Eventown

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $12.89
  31. Extraordinary Birds

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $8.49
  32. Focused

    Author: Alyson Gerber

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $10.59
  33. Genesis Begins Again

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $17.99
  34. Girl with Brush and Canvas: Georgia O'Keeffe, American Artist

    Author: Carolyn Meyer

    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.

    Ages: 11 and up
    Price: $11.79
  35. Give and Take

    Author: Elly Swartz

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $11.89
  36. Guts

    Author/Illustrator: Raina Telgemeier

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $7.89
  37. Heroism Begins With Her: Inspiring Stories of Bold, Brave, and Gutsy Women in the U.S. Military

    Illustrator: Julia Kuo

    From the first days of American history, women have served in the United States military — but too often, their contributions were minimized or overlooked. As Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers, they had to disguise themselves as men to fight, and even in the 20th century, they were often sidelined, even as they fought to break down barriers and prove they belonged alongside their male counterparts. In this beautifully illustrated book, author Winnifred Conkling introduces readers to courageous women past and present — from Harriet Tubman to Tammy Duckworth — who proudly joined the defense of their nation.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $17.49
  38. How High The Moon

    Author: Karyn Parsons

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $11.22
  39. I Can Make This Promise

    Author: Christine Day

    12-year-old Edie knows that her mother was Native American and that she was adopted by a white couple, but she knows nothing about her heritage. Then she and her friends discover a box in the attic full of letters and pictures from Edith Graham, a Suquamish and Duwamish aspiring actor from the 1970s — a woman who looks a lot like Edie. Edie feels like her parents have been lying to her, and as she struggles to learn more about her identity she also learns harsh truths about how Native Americans have been treated, including the misrepresentation of Native Americans in film and family separations. Meanwhile, her friendships are straining under the changes of adolescence, too. Debut author Christine Day, who is Upper Skagit, drew on her mother's history as a Native American adoptee to create this enlightening and powerful novel that explores discrimination, adoption, and cultural identity.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $11.39
  40. Jaclyn Hyde

    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.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $16.89
  41. Jane Austen For Kids

    Her Life, Writings, and World, with 21 Activities

    Jane Austen wrote novels over two hundred years ago, but her characters and themes are familiar even today! It's no wonder that she remains one of the most beloved authors of English literature. In this book from the engaging For Kids non-fiction series, kids will learn about her life, her bold decision to write and publish her work, and the time in which she lived. Clever hands-on activities, from playing with puns to learning an English country dance to navigating with a sextant, will absorb young readers in Austen's world, providing a unique look at a woman from a time when most women lived behind-the-scenes lives.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $10.99
  42. Just Jaime

    Author/Illustrator: Terri Libenson

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $11.69
  43. Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $11.72
  44. Keeper of the Lost Cities: Legacy

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $13.59
  45. Lalani of the Distant Sea

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $11.85
  46. Leading the Way: Women In Power

    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.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $12.49
  47. Lety Out Loud

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $11.72
  48. Little Apocalypse

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $11.99
  49. Lizzie Flying Solo

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $12.79
  50. Lizzy Legend

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $10.99
  51. Max Einstein: Rebels with a Cause

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $7.49
  52. Maybe He Just Likes You

    Author: Barbara Dee

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $16.19
  53. Midsummer's Mayhem

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $12.71
  54. Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl

    Author/Illustrator: Ben Hatke

    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.

    Ages: 7 - 12
    Price: $7.49
  55. Mighty Moe: The True Story of a Thirteen-Year-Old Women's Running Revolutionary

    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.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $14.61
  56. Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus

    Author: Dusti Bowling

    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."

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $8.47
  57. Mostly the Honest Truth

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $10.87
  58. My Fate According To The Butterfly

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $12.79
  59. My Jasper June

    Author: Laurel Snyder

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $8.49
  60. Orange for the Sunsets

    Author: Tina Athaide

    Asha and Yesofu are best friends despite their differences: girl and boy, Indian and African. But their friendship is tested with Idi Amin's 1972 declaration that Indians have 90 days to leave Uganda. Asha wants to cling to the world she knows, but Yesofu, whose mother is a servant in Asha's home, starts to question if Amin's decision is the right step for a better future: "Don’t [my family] deserve more than being your slaves — don’t I?" he asks Asha. As soldiers line the streets and violence begins to rise, the two friends face difficult questions about nationalism, injustice, and friendship. Told in chapters that alternate between Asha and Yesofu, this heartwrenching yet ultimately hopeful book is all too timely.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $11.69
  61. Other Words For Home

    Author: Jasmine Warga

    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.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $10.99
  62. Out of Place

    Illustrator: Merrilee Liddiard

    12-year-old Cove has never been off the island of Martha's Vineyard, and her mother insists they'll never leave. But when her best friend Nina moves to New York City, Cove becomes the target of her school's bullies, leaving her feeling more isolated than ever before. When a new possible friend shows her a kids-only reality TV show for would-be designers, Cove figures that's her ticket to getting to New York. But when her desperation leads to bad decisions, Cove will have to figure out how to make up for her mistakes — and maybe how to make her own place, wherever she is. This gentle coming-of-age story explores loneliness, bullying, and the power of finding your voice.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $15.29
  63. Pages and Co.: The Bookwanderers

    Author: Anna James
    Illustrator: Paola Escobar

    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.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $13.97
  64. Pilu of the Woods

    Author/Illustrator: Mai K. Nguyen

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $15.86
  65. Planet Earth Is Blue

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $12.87
  66. Professor Renoir's Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights

    Author: Randall Platt

    Babe Killingsworth looked ordinary as an infant, but in 1896, at the age of 14, she's 6' 9" tall. The her greedy and cold Pa, that makes her perfect to sell to a carnival for some quick cash. In Professor Renoir's Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights, Babe finds kinship with her fellow "freaks" and with the animals in the show. And when the spoiled and beautiful, but only 30 inch tall, Carlotta joins the show, both of them will learn how to collaborate when it's necessary to save others who are vulnerable. This unflinching look at the realities of traveling freak shows and animal exhibits also captures the power of accepting yourself for who you are.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $13.15
  67. Queen of the Sea

    Author/Illustrator: Dylan Meconis

    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.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $14.39
  68. Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $11.49
  69. Revenge of the Red Club

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $12.39
  70. Right As Rain

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $10.29
  71. Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou

    Illustrator: Tonya Engel

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $20.95
  72. Riverbound

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $11.72
  73. Roll With It

    Author: Jamie Sumner

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $13.43
  74. Ruby in the Sky

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $7.19
  75. Running Wild

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $16.99
  76. Serafina and the Seven Stars

    Author: Robert Beatty

    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!

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $8.49
  77. Shine!

    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.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $12.51
  78. Shouting at the Rain

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $9.32
  79. Someplace to Call Home

    Author: Sandra Dallas

    12-year-old Hallie's family has dwindled to herself and her two brothers, 16-year-old Tom, and 6-year-old Benny, who has Down Syndrome; everyone else has died or left. Their family of three is facing life in rural America in 1933, where the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression have left thousands of people struggling for the necessities of life. A farming family, the Carsons, takes the children in after their car breaks down beyond repair, but will the rest of the community ever welcome them in? Middle grade readers will devour this absorbing story about the search for a better life — and recognize parallels to today's issues.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $12.22
  80. Song For A Whale

    Author: Lynne Kelly

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $9.98
  81. Spark

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $9.19
  82. Stand On The Sky

    Author: Erin Bow

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $12.99
  83. Stargazing

    Author/Illustrator: Jen Wang

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $6.49
  84. Stay

    Author: Bobbie Pyron

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $16.21
  85. Suffragette: The Battle For Equality

    Author/Illustrator: David Roberts

    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.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $20.35
  86. Sunny Rolls The Dice

    Illustrator: Matthew Holm

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $9.69
  87. Sweeping Up The Heart

    Author: Kevin Henkes

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $11.41
  88. The 12th Candle

    Author: Kim Tomsic

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $12.99
  89. The Baby-Sitters Club: Boy-Crazy Stacey

    Author: Ann M. Martin
    Illustrator: Gale Galligan

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $6.99
  90. The Bridge Home

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $12.89
  91. The Dark Lord Clementine

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $13.49
  92. The Friendship War

    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.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $19.99
  93. The Griffins of Castle Cary

    Meg, Will, and Ariel Griffin are visiting their eccentric aunt for the summer — and Meg and Will are secretly hoping that Aunt Effie will distract their much younger sister so they can adventure on their own. But as soon as they arrive, mysterious things start happening, which seem to be connected to the purported haunting of the nearby ruined Castle Cary. And when a ghost from the castle sets her sights on keeping Ariel as her best friend forever, Meg and Will decide to team up to solve the mystery and save their sister. Realistic sibling dynamics layered with a suitably spooky ghost story and a ticking clock of a deadline make this a thrilling sibling story that middle grade readers will love.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $11.59
  94. The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter

    Author: Diane Magras

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $10.99
  95. The Jumbie God's Revenge

    Ever since Corinne discovered she was half-Jumbie — one of the spirits that live around her Caribbean island home — she's been determined to defend her friends from other jumbies. But when a series of out-of-season hurricanes wreak havoc on her village, she realizes that this isn't the work of a mere Jumbie, but of the angry god, Huracan. If Corinne is going to save the island, she'll have to work with both friend and foe to find out how to appease the furious god. An exciting story in a unique Caribbean setting, rich with mythology and folklore, will delight middle grade readers in this third book of the Jumbies series.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $8.69
  96. The Library of Ever

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $10.74
  97. The Light in the Lake

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 13
    Price: $12.87
  98. The Line Tender

    Author: Kate Allen

    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.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price: $11.69
  99. The Little Grey Girl

    After the events of Begone the Raggedy Witches, Mup's family has defeated the old queen and moved into the Glittering Land. But taking over a kingdom formerly ruled by a tyrannical queen is not as easy as you might think. Even though Mup's mam tries to introduce an equitable structure to the world, her subjects don't trust her — and when a ghost girl starts unleashing both physical and emotional storms on the castle, Mup will have to figure out how to honor the kingdom's previous pain while still moving forward to a hopeful future. Complex and thrilling, this second volume in The Wild Magic trilogy will leave readers eager for more.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $7.69
  100. The Lost Girl

    Author: Anne Ursu

    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.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $10.29
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