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A Mighty Girl's 2019 Books of the Year

101–117 of 117 items
  1. 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
  2. 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: $7.99
  3. 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: $7.99
  4. The Other Half of Happy

    Half Guatemalan, half American Quijana never really minded feeling more Anglo than Latinx until her Guatemalan cousins moved to town. Suddenly, her father is embarrassed that she doesn't speak Spanish or know much about her Guatemalan heritage. Quijana, on the other hand, is busy worrying about her Grandma, who's going through cancer treatment in Florida. When her parents announce the whole family will be traveling to Guatemala, Quijana plots to go to Florida instead — but maybe she needs this trip in order to figure out how all the pieces of her identity fit together. Lyrical and heartfelt, this poetic debut novel will speak to anyone who has felt like they live between the "categories" of our world.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price: $13.89
  5. 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: $11.39
  6. 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: $12.62
  7. 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: $11.39
  8. 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: $7.99
  9. 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: $6.99
  10. 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
  11. 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: $16.99
  12. 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: $7.99
  13. Duel at Araluen (Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger #3)

    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: $8.99
  14. 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: $7.99
  15. 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. Other books from the series introduce kids to Mae Jemison, Oprah Winfrey, and Michelle Obama.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $6.79
  16. 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: $9.99
  17. The Pumpkin War

    Madeline Island has a pumpkin race at the end of every summer, where people paddle hollowed-out pumpkins across the lake — and last year, it destroyed Billie and Sam's friendship. 12-year-old Billie still thinks that Sam crashed into her pumpkin on purpose, earning himself the win, so she's going to get revenge by growing the best pumpkin ever this year. Between that, the arrival of a new baby sibling, and the return of an estranged grandfather, Billie will face quite the summer — and discover that sometimes you have to examine your own part in relationships to understand others. It's a thoughtful look at friendships and family, with the fun of giant pumpkins along the way!

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price: $11.97
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