Morrigan Crow has survived her first year in the Wundrous Society, along with her friends — but her challenges are just beginning. She'll have to master the power she possesses, or there's a chance she could be consumed by it completely. But her studies are interrupted when a mysterious disease called the Hollowpox starts to spread, turning Wunimals into mindless — and dangerous — Unnimals. Morrigan may be the only one who can find a cure... but is the chance she'll succeed worth the danger to both herself and the city of Nevermoor? The thrilling third book in the Nevermoor series raises the stakes once again for Morrigan and her friends.
Olive is ready for a new adventure in sixth grade, which includes a field trip to the big city! But then she discovers that some of her peers can't afford the $30 field trip fee, which means they'll miss out — and that doesn't seem fair. At first, she tries a petition and a peaceful protest, but that doesn't get enough attention. A student council election is coming up, and that might give her a bigger platform to make changes... but her friends Trent and Sawyer are already running. Can Olive address these big issues without upsetting her friends? Kayla Miller, the author-illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Click and Camp, has created an inspiring graphic novel that reminds young readers about the power of political action — and that every change starts with one person.
When Alice Paul and Lucy Burns met in a London jail after being arrested in UK suffrage protests, the two American women knew they wanted to reinvigorate the American suffrage battle! The pair organized the DC Women’s March of 1913, a stunning and attention-grabbing parade right before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, and that was just the beginning of their protests. Author Susan Campbell Bartoletti tells the story of the final push towards the 19th Amendment with verve, including archival images, sidebars, and other fascinating details, while illustrator Ziyue Chen captures the feeling of the early 20th century. Filled with captivating storytelling, photos, and artwork, this fascinating book, published for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, is the perfect introduction to the Suffrage Movement for young readers!
11-year-old Diana is the only child on the island of Themyscira. She's surrounded by adults who are the best at what they do, and nobody has time to play with her — especially not her mother, the queen, who is constantly busy with affairs of state. So Diana decides to try making a playmate out of clay, and awakens Mona. At first, Mona seems to be everything she wanted... but soon the friendship goes sour. "Don't be a wimp," Mona tells Diana when she hesitates at one of Mona's plans. "Aren't Amazons supposed to be brave?" This clever story about Diana before she was Wonder Woman incorporates real-life friendship dilemmas into its superpowered story, which is sure to speak to young readers.
The Great Depression has cost Ellie's family almost everything, and their plan to start over in the forests near Echo Mountain turns tragic when her father has a tree-felling accident that leaves him in a coma. Ellie doesn't fear the woods — even though her mother blames Ellie for the accident — and she finds freedom as she takes over many of his chores. When she learns about elderly Cate, a healer that most of the community call "the hag," Ellie wonders if she might be able to help. It turns out that Ellie can help Cate too... and in the process will discover her own healing gifts. Atmospheric and timeless, this book is a powerful story of finding your own path and the ways that compassion can heal a community.
In August 1920, women's right to vote is at a tipping point. Suffragists have been fighting for the vote for over 70 years, and one more state needs to ratify the 19th Amendment for it to finally be enshrined in the Constitution. Tennessee is about to make their decision, but the road isn't easy. Many people oppose the amendment, including the "Antis": women who don't want women to be able to vote and racists who oppose the fact that its passage would give black women the right to vote. As suffragist leaders Carrie Catt, Sue White, and Alice Paul agitate for the amendment's ratification, they face blackmail, betrayal, and more. Elaine Weiss told this nail-biting story for adults in The Woman's Hour; now, this young readers edition, which includes an 8-page photo insert, will teach kids about the power of activism, the importance of equal rights, and just how close the passage of the 19th Amendment really was.
12-year-old Lou's mother is sure she's going to be a singing star, even though Lou hates performing — loud noises and high fives physically hurt. But if Lou won't sing, she and her mom will be stuck in poverty, skipping meals and living in their truck. When an accident results in child services getting involved, Lou finds herself living with her Aunt Ginger and Uncle Dan in Nashville. They offer her stability, while a school counselor tests her for sensory processing disorder and helps her understand that SPD doesn't make her "weak" or weird, just different. And when a new friend encourages her to join a theater club, Lou will finally discover her own voice — something that will help both her and her mom. Jamie Sumner, acclaimed author of Roll with It, has created a moving story about invisible disability, family, and the power of being yourself.
Maureen and Francine are twin sisters, but they're also best friends — or they were until this year. Just before 6th grade, Francine decided to start going by Fran, started dressing differently, and even picked different activities from Maureen. Hurt and confused, Maureen pushes back by running against Fran for student council, kicking off a campaign that includes nasty slander, poster defacement, and an awful lot of family tension. It's not long before Maureen wonders if sisters really are forever, or if they're done for good. Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright team up to create a funny and heartfelt graphic novel about sisterhood, identity, and the rapidly shifting emotional world of tweens.
Tilly and Oskar are still determined to save the British Underlibrary with the help of the bookwanderers known as the Archivists... if they can find them. But when a man comes into Pages & Co. for a book — but completely forgets what book he wants — they realize that something else strange is going on. And the nefarious Underwoods, who currently control the Underlibrary, are still trying to get their hands on Tilly. In their search for answers, the two friends travel to America where they hope to bookwander inside the Library of Congress, but with more stories disappearing by the day, and some books trying to drag Tilly inside, will they be able to find their answers? The third magical adventure in the Pages & Co. series is the most exciting yet!
12-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle is a wickedly smart twelve-year-old with a passion for justice and a Highly Unconventional obsession with criminal science — one that is very much not proper in a Victorian Young Lady of Quality. When her next-door neighbor, a wealthy and eccentric connoisseur of rare flowers, dies mysterious, Myrtle decides this is the chance to prove herself and sets off with her governess, Miss Ada Judson, at her side. Her mission is to prove it was murder and find the killer! Witty, clever, and full of twists and turns, this delightful series opener introduces a clever and determined new detective! Myrtle's adventures continue in the sequel How to Get Away With Myrtle.
Natalie and Lily have always been best friends — but that all changes at the start of middle school. Now Lily wants to hang out with the cool girl, reinforcing Natalie's feeling that she's not "enough" at anything. But as she struggles to win back her friend, she also makes a few new friends — friends who appreciate Natalie just as she is, and identify talents she never thought of as special. Maybe what she really needs it to realize that she's enough as she is. This heartfelt graphic novel, told through the pages of Nat's sketchbook, is a charming exploration of friendship and identity through the eyes of a girl's growing confidence in herself. Nat's story continues in the sequel, Forget Me Nat.
11-year-old Yumi would be a terrific stand-up comedian... if she had a stage to perform on, and the courage to do it. Instead, she stands out at school, where kids tease her for smelling like her parents' Korean restaurant, and she's a disappointment compared to her over-achieving, med-school-student sister. Her parents enroll her in hagwon — Korean summer school — in hopes that she'll win a scholarship to private school. Instead, she stumbles across a comedy camp... and accidentally takes the place of a girl who was registered for it. But keeping the deception going is a lot of work, and Yumi realizes she may have to admit what happened... even if it means disappointing literally everyone. This laugh-out-loud story about a girl struggling to find her place in both her culture and her family will delight middle grade readers.
June Del Toro has faced monsters, zombies, and worse in the past, but it was easier when her friends Jack, Quint, and Dirk were by her side. Now, with a villain who has suddenly re-emerged — along with an army of the undead — June suddenly finds herself miles from the others in a mysterious town completely unlike Wakefield. Her survival and action skills help get her through, and she even befriends a few unlikely allies, including a baby Wrecker and an owlish creature who thinks he's an expert on humans. But can she make it home with the critical information she's learned in time to save the world? Fans of the best selling The Last Kids on Earth series will love seeing June break out on her very own adventure!
10-year-old Della knows that two things will never change: her own big mouth, and the protection of her 16-year-old sister Suki. Suki took care of her when her mother was jailed, and when her mother's boyfriend started sexually abusing Della, it was Suki who helped her escape. Now they're staying with a foster mother, Francine, and Della is starting to feel safe — but Suki has her sights set on obtaining independence, and custody of Della, at age 18. When Suki learns that won't be possible, her mental health begins to unravel, and Della realizes that it's time for her to use her "big mouth" to break the stigma about childhood sexual abuse and make people take notice. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, the Newbery Honor-winning author of The War That Saved My Life, tells Della's story with humor, poignancy, and power.
When Bea was 8, her divorcing parents gave her a green notebook with "The List of Things That Will Not Change": a guide to help her get through the changes, one that started with the truth that Mom and Dad will always love her and one another. Now 12, Bea is excited for her Dad to marry his boyfriend, which means a new family, including a sister she's never met. But Jesse's daughter Sonia has mixed feelings about the wedding, and Bea is dealing with lots of other challenges, including a painful case of eczema, growing awareness of homophobia, and the self-consciousness of being a tween. Fortunately, no matter what changes, the first item on her list will always stay the same! This heartfelt story by Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me features an authentic tween voice that will win over every reader.
What does it take to change the world? It takes determination, drive... and curiosity! In this exciting anthology from author Martha Freeman and Google Doodler Katy Wu, kids will meet twenty different female scientists from past and present. Each capsule biography explores the backgrounds and life experiences of these diverse women, and highlights how their curiosity drove their work. From a cure for malaria to a map of the ocean floor, from better zoos to a better understanding of our DNA, this book shows how these women have changed the world — and inspires young readers to imagine how they can change it, too!
Carpenter Katie Hughes was often the only woman on a construction site, and she knew that teaching girls to use tools would help. Her non-profit, Girls Build, invites girls ages 8 to 14 to develop confidence and construction skills — and now her first book encourages girls everywhere to do the same! Inside you'll find photos of 45 builder girls, each accompanied by information about her favorite build, her top tips for new builders, and more. Then, check out the how-to guide full of techniques and safety tips for common tools, and use your new skills to create thirteen do-it-yourself projects from picture frames to playhouses. This empowering guide is sure to help a new generation of girls discover they can build anything!
14-year-old Daisy's family is feeling the effects of World War I, even in her small Minnesota town. They're worried about her sister Elsie's fiance, who has just deployed to fight, and about their livelihood after her father's newspaper was shut down for criticizing U.S. participation in the war. They've heard stories about the Spanish Flu, a severe illness that's spreading rapidly and seems to be hardest on the young and healthy. When the pandemic arrives, will Daisy be able to protect the people she loves from the illness? This book from the Girls Survive series puts a personal face on the stories of the 1918 flu pandemic, and includes back matter including nonfiction support material and a glossary.
12-year-old Sara Martinez ended up in juvenile detention after she hacked the New York City foster care system to prove her foster parents were breaking the law. She's expecting a grim stretch with no computer access when she gets approached by a mysterious man who calls himself Mother and recruits her for an all-kid spy agency. Before she's even gotten to know her new team, Sara is on her way to Paris where the billionaire sponsor of a youth environmental summit is getting death threats. This thrilling series opener, perfect for fans of Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls, is full of excitement, espionage, and friends becoming family.
Meet an alphabet of women artists in this inspiring book of twenty-six capsule biographies! Within its pages, you'll meet painters, sculptors, photographers, and more. The letters don't refer women's names, but to short phrases that summarize her iconic work: "D is for Dots" for Yayoi Kusama, "S is for Spider" for Louise Bourgeois. An additional paragraph provides a few more details about each artist's life, work, and influence. With a diverse selection of women both past and present, this book, perfect for fans of Rad American Women A-Z, is sure to pique an interest in these creative women.
Get a new perspective on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s journey from the Big Woods to her happy golden years with this companion to the classic Little House series! In this helpful guide, author Annette Whipple gets kids thinking about how the stories portray the Ingalls and Wilder families, as well as what life on the frontier was actually like. Chapter-by-chapter story guides, "Fact or Fiction" sidebars, and archival photographs help kids explore the difference between Wilder's stories and the actual history, while 75 "Live Like Laura" activities get kids making crafts, recipes, and more. This thoughtful and thought-provoking book is a must-have addition to kids' exploration of these books.
12-year-old orphan Zita believes she's destined for life as a housemaid — so she's shocked when an animated scarecrow appears to tell her that she is heir to a mysterious castle and the powerful witchcraft of the Brydgeborn family. At Castle Blackbird, Zita gets instruction in magic from a guardian, Mrs. Cantanker, and bonds with Minnifer and Bram, two other orphans who tend to the castle and grounds. But all is not as it seems: the Brydgeborns were victims of foul play, and their magic is key in a battle between the living and the dead. Zita needs to figure out who she can trust — and whether she can save the family she's always wanted. Suspenseful and magical, with a vibrant and witchy world, this compelling novel is perfect for fans of Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces and Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle.
Third-grader Meena is an exuberant, creative, color-loving kid.... but recently, she's been feeling a little more blah. Her best friend since kindergarten, Sofía, has stopped playing with her, and she doesn't know why. Worse, she's noticing weird things happening: stretches of time she can't remember, jerky arms, and more. When Meena has a seizure, it means hospitalization, medical tests, and a diagnosis of epilepsy. As she grapples with managing her condition, Meena becomes even more determined to find a way to bring the color back into her life. That means figuring out what's going on with Sofía — and understanding her own part in what happened. This charming illustrated chapter book, perfect for fans of Ramona Quimby, explores friendship, personal secrets, and the ups and downs of life. Meena's adventures continue in Never Fear, Meena's Here.
Young Suraya is a lonely child, ignored by other kids in her area and held at a distance by her mother. When her grandmother, the village witch, leaves Suraya a pelesit ghost-familiar, Pink seems like the friend she always wanted. But Pink turns out to have a dark side, and even after Suraya orders Pink not to hurt people, he still lashes out at the bullies who taunt her. Worse, when she starts forming a friendship with another child, Jing Wei, Pink starts becoming jealous and possessive. And Pink is not the only dangerous spirit that lives in Suraya's village... This complex and haunting story, inspired by a Malaysian folk tale, deftly explores jealousy and friendship.
11-year-old Serena's best friend JC outshines everybody — but she's been okay with being in her shadow. Except when JC gets back from the hospital after a kidney transplant, Serena has a cold and has to keep away... and by the time she's back, her classmate Leilani has stepped in. Now Serena feels lonely and uncertain of her place, focusing on perfecting her vlogs and wishing that real life had a pause button so she could edit (or even delete) conversations. But as she practices, Serena starts to discover she has her own talents... and learns that making a friendship work takes patience, communication, and understanding yourself. Kids will fall in love with Serena and her developing voice in this heartwarming, funny, and nuanced novel.
Jeannine Atkins, author of Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science, returns with this companion book in verse about seven women who used math to change the world! With evocative poems, Atkins captures the stories of Caroline Herschel, Florence Nightingale, Hertha Marks Ayrton, Marie Tharp, Edna Lee Paisano, Katherine Johnson, and Vera Rubin. These women fought stereotypes and prejudices and proved they were up to the task! This compelling book celebrating women in math is sure to inspire a new generation of math-loving girls.
April was abandoned as an infant, but her mother left a note, promising she'd return, and a mysterious key. The key, it turns out, bears the crest of the Winterborne family, so April sneaks into their newly opened museum exhibit to see what she might be able to open — with disastrous results. Next thing she knows, she and four other foster children have been selected to live in Winterborne House, which is being converted into a group home. But strange things are happening in the house, and as the children learn stories about a missing heir, a mysterious phantom, and a fiendish plan, they start to wonder if they are capable enough to avoid losing the first place that's felt like home. Ally Carter's middle grade debut is an entertaining mystery packed with action, adventure, and found family.
Mia Tang's family is finally on the "good roller coaster": they own the Calivista Motel, Mia has a best friend, Lupe, to help her run the front desk, and she's even been working on her writing. But sixth grade proves challenging for Mia, especially when her teacher isn't crazy about her work, and there's a new law coming up in California's 1994 election that would bar undocumented immigrants — like the people Mia knows and loves at the motel — from accessing schooling and medical care. As the racism around her grows more and more overt (and violent,) Mia turns her passion for writing to the task of changing opinions. This sequel to the award-winning Front Desk is funny, heartfelt, and timely.
Kate T. Parker, the photographer behind Strong Is The New Pretty, creates another inspiring photo book, this one drawing from the lessons you can learn while kicking a soccer ball! Parker's photos capture players from ages 3 to 63, from brand new kickers to some of women's soccer's top athletes. Each picture includes a quotation that captures the spirit, drive, and determination of these dauntless players. Packed with confident, resilient, and proud girls and women, this book will encourage and empower both children and adults!
Della Dupree feels pressured to match up to her famous namesake, the legendary founder of witchcraft school Ruthersfield Academy — and her magic doesn't seem up to the task. When she accidentally chants information about the founding of the school by an open closet of time travel amulets, she ends up swept back in time to 1223. Now, Della will have to muster enough self-confidence to use her spells to get her back home — which might help her believe she deserves her name. This delightful story, set in the world of The Power of Poppy Pendle, will speak to any kid with big shoes to fill! For other books set in this magical world, which are interrelated but can be read as stand-alone novels, check out our Poppy Pendle Collection.
As a 6-year-old child, Ruby Bridges became a symbol of courage and equality when she desegregated an all-white elementary school in New Orleans, escorted past a screaming mob by federal marshals. Now, she calls the next generation of young activists to step up for what's right! In this beautiful gift book, Bridges uses her own story to show young readers how even the youngest of us can work for change. With historical photographs, jacket art using Norman Rockwell's painting The Problem We All Live With, and more, this is an empowering and powerful call to action for both children and adults.
12-year-old Eva Evergreen is getting desperate: she only has until her birthday to earn the rank of Novice Witch, or she'll lose her magic forever — but she struggles to cast simple spells and falls asleep if she overdoes it. With a month to go, she travels to the seaside town of Auteri, where the major allows her to stay if she can protect them from the Culling, a destructive magical storm. It's not long before she's come up with a clever idea to win over the town: a "semi-magical fixes" repair shop that allows her to combine the magic she has with some technological know-how. But with the Culling drawing nearer, will Eva's pinch of magic be enough? This charming and creative fantasy celebrates ingenuity and persistence, perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service and Aru Shah and the End of Time.
In the early 20th century, the young women who got jobs painting watch and gauge dials with glowing radium paint were considered lucky; they were well-paid, and surrounded by dust that would supposedly make them healthy — and literally made them glow. But the corporations didn't tell them about the dangers of radium exposure. When they started to get sick, the women tried to seek justice, only to be slandered by company management who claimed that they were dying of syphilis and other diseases. With their days numbered, the Radium Girls knew they had to win their case — not for themselves, but to protect generations of workers after them. This young reader adaptation of the best-selling adult book The Radium Girls tells the story of these courageous women and their groundbreaking battle for workers' rights to safety.
For decades during the early space race, NASA knew the "right" sort of person to be an astronaut — and they were all men. Talented women were denied the chance to try, even when they proved they were just as qualified. Then Valentina Tereshkova of the USSR became the first woman in space, and suddenly, NASA wanted to catch up. Group 9, NASA's first mixed gender class, still had to fight stereotypes, but they proved that women also deserved to fly. The author / illustrator pair behind Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas tells this captivating story in the voice of former astronaut Mary Cleave, creating an inspiring graphic novel that reminds readers that progress is fastest when we include everyone.
American biologist Rachel Carson helped spark the modern environmental movement with her compelling writing about ecological damage — particularly her famous book Silent Spring. Now, budding ecologists can learn about Carson and her work in this biography from the For Kids series! Kids will read about Carson's life, then explore 21 hands-on activities, from collecting a seed bank to modeling bioaccumulation to building a worm farm. This inspiring book is sure to give kids new appreciation for the delicate balance of our planet's ecosystems.
In the magical world of Irpa, Bea lives a happy life with her grandfather, Alfirid the Pig Wizard — until the day she goes out to gather herbs and meets Cadwallader, a member of an ancient race called the Galdurians long thought to be extinct. Cad thinks that the Pig Wizard can help him find his missing people, but when Bea leads him home, Alfirid is gone, leaving behind only the Jar of Endless Flame and a mysterious note. Now Bea and Cad must journey across Irpa to find him, finding both marvels and dangers along the way — and their friendship may be the only thing keeping the light in their world. This stunning graphic novel, first in the Lightfall series, introduces a charming pair of friends and a wondrous world that readers will be eager to explore further.
12-year-old Claire is logical and scientific, and has no interest in her father's ghost-themed Chicago bus tours. Except when she rides along on the tour one night, she sees a mysterious dark-eyed boy... who disappears when the tour is over. Then she starts seeing him everywhere she goes, along with the number 396, and hearing strange scratching noises and voices in the dark. To find out what the dark-eyed boy wants, she'll have to recruit her older brother and two friends – and dive deep into the personal cost associated with a historic disaster. Atmospheric and intriguing, this suspenseful novel blends the supernatural with real-life Chicago history to create a spine-tingling ghost story perfect for fans of Goosebumps and Small Spaces.
With anti-Semitism on the rise in her home country of Poland, Esther's father fled to Cuba in hopes of finding a new place to live for the family — and 11-year-old Esther is the first to join him. To console her sister (and herself), Esther promises to write letters about everything that happens until they meet again. Her new Cuban community is welcoming (although she discovers that Nazism has spread even there), and Esther is discovering that she has unexpected talents — ones which may help the family reunite even faster... before it's too late. Based on award-winning author Ruth Behar's family history, this historical fiction novel explores timely issues, as well as the timeless power of humanity to thrive despite any challenge.
12-year-old Cassie's mother was adventurous, vibrant, and full of energy... before her early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis. Now, she's unpredictable and almost childlike, and she sometimes even forgets Cassie's name. The strain of her mother's illness has taken the joy out of Cassie's life, and left a rift between her and her best friend, Bailey. But when it becomes obvious that her mother isn't going to get better, Cassie reaches out to Bailey to help with one more adventure: fulfilling her mother's dream of swimming with dolphins before she moves to a care facility. This poignant story from the author of Extraordinary Birds explores how Cassie deals with her mother's degenerative condition — and provides a reminder that there is joy to be found, even in the toughest times.
Emmie & Friends — and this time, it's Brianna's turn in the spotlight... whether she wants it or not. Bri's not sure why she agreed to a bat mitzvah, which involves giving a speech (gulp), plus learning a new language, and, of course, organizing a party while still staying on top of all the drama at both school and home. In alternating past and present chapters, this graphic novel follows Brianna to the big day as she discovers that, with friendship and a little confidence, it's amazing what you can do! Kids who loved the other Emmie graphic novels, as well as fans of Raina Telgemeier and Jennifer L. Holm, will love this heartwarming and realistic story of middle school struggles and triumphs.
Mary Anne is ready for a new school year — even if she's not quite sure what to expect from eighth grade. She's particularly startled to meet Logan Bruno, a new kid in town who Mary Anne can't stop thinking about... and who might be interested in joining the Baby-Sitters Club. The pair hit it off, but Mary Anne's not sure how their friendship will evolve, and the other baby-sitters aren't sure he's the right fit for the club. Fortunately, as Mary Anne builds confidence, she starts to realize that she's ready to handle her increasingly complicated life and feelings! The eighth graphic novel in The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel series will speak to young readers navigating the changes of middle school!
14-year-old Hanna stands out in Dakota Territory in 1880: the half-Asian girl draws stares and prejudice wherever she goes. When she and her widowed father settle in LaForge, Hanna hopes to attend school before becoming a full-time dressmaker working in her father's dry goods shop. As she sets about to realize her dreams of getting an education and making at least one friend, Hanna draws on memories of her half-Chinese, half-Korean mother's quiet strength to persevere through the challenges she encounters. Narrated by Hanna, Prairie Lotus has poignant moments yet sparkles with humor, introducing a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with readers, especially Laura Ingalls Wilder fans.
11-year-old Tally is autistic, and she embraces that as part of her identity... but that doesn't mean it can't complicate things. Like when she's starting sixth grade, in classes without her best friends, and wearing new, uncomfortable uniforms that drive her crazy. Her best friend, Layla, is the only one at Kingswood Academy who knows about her autism, but the more Tally tries to hide it, the more it seems to show — and the more people flag her as "weird." Tally starts to wonder if fitting in is all its cracked up to be — and debates whether speaking up about who she really is might be the right decision. Inspired by 11-year-old coauthor Libby Scott's own experiences living with autism, this charming and honest story of living authentically will also build empathy for autistic kids.
Seventh-grader Mia is recovering from a broken arm after falling off a balance beam — and hiding a secret that might be enough to make her want to give up her dream of competitive gymnastics. Her former entomologist grandmother had a mild stroke a few months ago, so her family is spending the summer in Vermont helping her with her cricket farm. But everything seems to be going wrong, and Gram is sure someone is sabotaging her. Mia makes a few new friends who help her investigate the farm's problems — and admit the truth about a gymnastics coach's unwanted and inappropriate touches and texts. Best-selling author Kate Messner weaves #MeToo themes into an empowering story about friendship, courage, and finding your voice.
Sasha is horrified on her second day at Hazelton High School when Christine, Abby, and Brit pull her aside to tell her that her period has leaked, and quickly whisk her into a bathroom to help... only to discover that the tampon machine is, once again, empty. Abby is particularly furious, but when she approaches the male principal about the issue, she's told it's "her little problem." Now the group of four friends are determined to make a change — but that's challenging while also dealing with all the usual craziness of high school. And when Abby decides to start a one-woman period power campaign, even their friendships are tested. Funny, realistic, and empowering, this graphic novel celebrates the power of friendship, the importance of women's health issues, and the change that comes when girls raise their voices.
When Temple Grandin was a child, she was obviously different from other kids: she didn't speak until she was four, she couldn't show affection, and she frequently melted down when she was overwhelmed by noise, light, or touch. Thanks to her supportive mother, though, Temple realized that she just needed the right environment to unlock her potential. She turned her understanding of animals and her incredible visual mind into a career in animal science. And when she was diagnosed with autism in her 40s, she became an advocate for people around the world whose brains are different, not less! In this inspiring biography from the illustrated middle grade Who Was...? biography series is perfect for both autistic and neurotypical kids to learn more about this pioneering scientist.
12-year-old Zinnia is keeping a huge secret: after a car accident, her older brother Gabriel was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is currently recovering in a treatment center. Her mom says his illness is "private," but that means Zinny has no support: she is pushing away her friends, avoiding conversation at the school guidance counselor's Lunch Club, and worrying about how she can pursue her own dreams — like the chance for a dream marine biology camp — without leaving her family in the lurch? Barbara Dee, the acclaimed author of Maybe He Just Likes You, skillfully crafts a story of a family in crisis, including Zinny's growing realization that her brother's condition wasn't as sudden onset as it seemed, while also capturing the power of destigmatizing mental illness and of forming friendships that can sustain you.
Between the rapid body changes of puberty, and the pressure from outside influences, it's perhaps not a surprise that so many girls feel dissatisfied with their bodies — but they don't have to be! In this guide from body image expert and psychology professor Dr. Charlotte Markey, girls will get helpful information about how their bodies and minds work, why media can distort how we perceive ourselves, how to build healthy habits, and what other real-life girls have done to handle their own body image challenges. Packed with useful tips, interesting stories, and colorful illustrations, this accessible guide will help girls feel comfortable and confident in their own skin!
Zima the wolf knows that humans, and especially witches, are dangerous creatures, but when her younger sibling is injured, Baba Yaga may be the only one who can help. It turns out that Baba Yaga needs Zima's keen nose, and in exchange for the healing, she switches bodies with Zima. Now, Zima must pretend to be Baba Yaga — and when her path collides with a village girl named Nadya whose chosen older sister is engaged to the intimidating Tsar Aleksander, it starts her on a quest to unite the wolves, witches, and villages against a common enemy that could destroy them all. Full of magic and wonder, and inspired by Russian folk stories, this evocative fairy tale is perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Pax.
Abby Shepherd just turned 13... and discovered she's a witch. She's not quite sure how to manage her powers, and worse, her best friend Robby is suddenly keeping secrets from her. When a stranger named Miss Winters arrives in town and offers to teach Abby — and a few other young witches in town — it seems like the perfect opportunity. But when Robby reveals that he's trying to solve the mystery of what happened to his mother, and Abby helps him investigate, she starts wondering if Miss Winters is as trustworthy as she thinks. Atmospheric, just-spooky-enough, and magical, this story celebrates true friendship and standing up for what's right.
Samantha and David have been friends and Little League teammates for years, but recently David has realized he has a crush on Sammie — only he's not sure how to tell her. When a new boy named Luke hangs out with them, David envies how easily Luke flirts with Sammie, while Sammie doesn't understand why David can't see how uncomfortable she is. And when David badly violates Sammie's boundaries, it feels like it might be the end of their friendship — unless he can figure out a way to make things right. Told in dual perspectives, this important book will generate conversations about rape culture, consent, and positive relationships.
When Beate Sirota Gordon was 5 years old, her family left Europe to avoid rising anti-Semitism — and ended up in Japan. Gordon grew up immersed in her new country, learning its language fluently. But that didn't mean she loved everything about its culture, particularly not the way it treated girls and women. During World War II, she went to college in California, and learned more about American battles for women's rights, and when she was selected for a job as a translator for the delegation helping draft Japan's post-war constitution — at the age of only 22 — she made the bold choice to ensure that women's suffrage and equality were enshrined within it. This vibrant, detailed picture book biography celebrates Gordon's story, nearly forgotten because so much of her work was classified, and how women can support one another in their fight for rights.
12-year-old Libby has Turner Syndrome, a genetic condition that makes some things tough, but she's optimistic, talented at science, and crazy about her family — especially her big sister, Nonny. When Nonny gets pregnant, Libby is over the moon... but she worries about how her sister will manage finances, and whether the baby will be born healthy. So she bargains with fate: she'll enter the the Smithsonian Women in STEM contest with her project about astronomer Cecilia Payne, and she'll give Nonny the prize money. Debut author Sarah Allen, who has Turner Syndrome like her heroine, has created a heartwarming story about persistence, love, and finding yourself.
Jen's mother and her new boyfriend Walter are starting a farm in the country, which has yanked Jen away from the comforts and excitement of the city into the drudgery of chores and farmers markets. It's also given her two "sisters," Andy and Reese, that get on Jen's nerves — and leave her feeling uncertain about her place in the family, especially since Walter can't seem to see her as equal to them. Over time, though, Jen not only finds some common ground with her unwanted new step-siblings, but also begins to establish agency and ambitious of her own. Loosely based on author/illustrator Lucy Knisley's childhood, this authentic and relatable graphic novel is perfect for fans of Awkward and Be Prepared.
11-year-old Alex uses her Enchanted cards to make money in the markets of the city of Luma — but since Enchantment is illegal there, she knows there's a risk to using them. When her foster sister betrays her to the Sentinels, Alex has to make an escape... only to discover even more dangers outside the city. Deadly creatures called Hauntings hunt Enchanters and their children, and now they're hunting Alex. Her deck of cards is the only clue to her identity, and now she's determined to find out who she is — and stop the Twilight Hauntings forever. This rollicking fantasy series opener by the author of the Septimus Heap series features vivid worldbuilding, imaginative creatures, and an interweaving narrative in which Alex's personal mission might just save everyone.
Fans of Kiki's Delivery Service will be delighted to read this new translation of the book that inspired the Studio Ghibli film! Half-witch Kiki is ready to follow the witch tradition of choosing a new town to call home for one year after her thirteenth birthday. But the village of Koriko is not as welcoming as she might have hoped, and the villagers aren't so sure about her idea to use her witch's powers to help them. It takes some determination, but slowly, Kiki makes friends in her new home... and realizes that there's magic in every day, ordinary places, too. This brand new translation of the first book in the Kiki series will delight readers young and old!
12-year-old orphan Seren has just received word that her godfather, Captain Arthur Jones, will take her in, so she immediately starts imagining a happy life at his country estate. Instead, things go awry from the moment she sets foot in the train station, where a mysterious stranger gives her a package containing a mechanical crow. Then, she arrives at Plas-y-Fran to discover that Jones and his wife are away and their son, Tomos, has been missing for a year. Rumor has it that he's been taken by fairies... but if Seren could bring him home, maybe the happy family life she's been imagining could come true. With cantankerous Crow by her side, Seren sets of on a difficult and dangerous journey full of mystery and magic! Atmospheric and dark, this novel will delight readers eager for a taste of fantasy adventure.
In 1880s Amsterdam, the five babies who were left at the Little Tulip Orphanage as babies — Lotta, Egg, Fenna, Sem, and Milou — are considered "unadoptable" for their physical differences, but each of them has an unexpected talent, too. Then the sinister Meneer Rotman suddenly shows interest in the kids, setting off Milou's mysterious danger sense. She convinces her friends to make a run for it, hoping to find the family she's convinced she has. The kids use their gifts to keep themselves save, but Rotman is still on the hunt. Will they finally find the home and family they crave? This mysterious and fantastical story with a Gothic flair is a celebration of found families.
12-year-old Sora is familiar with the tight restrictions of life within North Korea, a Communist dictatorship, in 1950 — and with the equally harsh expectations on girls. Her mother makes it clear that her 8-year-old brother, Youngsoo, is far more important than Sora could ever be. When war breaks out, the family uses the chaos as an opportunity to escape to South Korea, over 300 miles away — but when Sora and Youngsoo are separated from their parents, she finds herself responsible for getting herself and her increasingly weak younger brother to safety. Loosely based on the experiences of the author's mother, this wartime survival story is a poignant look at a girl struggling within the shackles of an totalitarian state and a culture that makes her feel less worthy than a boy.
When the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explodes in 1986, fifth-grade school rivals Valentina and Oksana are thrown together when they're sent away to safety with Valentine's grandmother, Rita. As the girls wrestle with the grief over the deaths of their fathers, both plant workers, they slowly learn to trust — but they also discover that Rita is secretly practicing Judaism, a difficult fact to swallow for Oksana, who has been taught that all Jews are liars. Still, perhaps their friendship can win out over everything. Told in three perspectives — Oksana and Valentina in 1986, and Rita as the 12-year-old Rivka in 1941 — this poignant novel explores how friendship can defy hatred and prejudice.
Sixth-grader April feels out of place now that her former best friend has a cooler clique. To avoid her classmates, she volunteers as a "buddy bench monitor" for the fourth graders, partnered with Veena, a new student from India. She wonders about a boy named Joey who only seems to scratch in the dirt, but her concerns are dismissed by both her mother and the school counselor. April's not deterred, though, and when she talks to Joey about what he's doing, she discovers that he's creating detailed, elaborate "land art" made from found materials. The conversation leads to an unexpected friendship — and becomes an opening for other outcast kids to make their voices heard, too. Told in a unique combination of April's voice and Joey's pictures, this powerful novel celebrates friendship and understanding other points of view.
In some ways, Mary Murphy just wants to disappear: ever since her abusive father returned home from prison, her home has been filled with his yelling and violence. In other ways, she wishes she could be special, like her heroine, Joan of Arc. When she and class clown Kip Dwyer decide to save their physics grade by building a real submarine, Mary hopes that she can pilot it across the Chesapeake Bay — and escape. As she and Kip grow closer, and Mary's confidence grows, she might just realize she's worthy of love and kindness. Debut author Shannon Doleski depicts the realities of overcoming abuse in a realistic but empowering way in this stunning middle grade novel.
For years 11-year-old Sam and her older sister Caitlin have tiptoed around their abusive father, but when he breaks Caitlin's arm in one of his rages, Sam speaks up to authorities — only to find she and Caitlin are yanked away from everything they know to "visit" Aunt Vicky and her wife in rural Oregon. Sam wants to return home, so when Ashander, the trickster fox from Vicky's mysterious card game, "A Game of Fox & Squirrels," comes to life, he offers her the opportunity... if she proves her loyalty. But Ashander's demands keep escalating, and life with Vicky is stable and loving, so Sam starts to question what she really wants... This haunting and powerful novel, with its paired real-life and allegorical depictions of abuse and its aftermath, is ultimately a hopeful reminder that seeking help can lead to a better life.
When she was a toddler, a tornado swept Lexington Willow up and dropped her in the Nebraska zoo, where Nyah, a kindly elephant, kept her safe. When nobody was able to find her family, Lex ended up staying at the zoo, with Roger, her foster father, and her friend Fisher. But she also maintained a special connection with Nyah, and with the wind that whispers in her ear. Now at 12, a vision from Nyah sends Lex and Fisher into the woods, where they meet a misplaced spirit named Miss Amanda who's hunting for a misplaced treasure. With the help of the elephants and the wind, Lex will step outside the zoo to solve Miss Amanda's mystery — and maybe her own, too. Magical and mysterious, with a bittersweet ending, this engaging story explores destiny, identity, and home.
12-year-old Lydia is tired of the boys at her Catholic school trying to find ways to look up her skirt and her mother's boyfriend, Jeremy, makes excuses to touch her. She can't help but wonder if she's not normal, since other girls seem to enjoy the attention they get from boys and men. When her mother buys a fixer-upper in their neighborhood, Lydia is excited, especially since Mom hasn't told Jeremy about the house yet. When she finds a "spell book" in the house, Lydia thinks that might be the solution: a little magic to keep her safe. Instead, it's the support she gets from her cousin, Emma, and a rekindled friendship with former BFF Miriam that gives her the strength she needs to make her voice heard. Timely and poignant, this story explores issues of consent and sexual harassment, as well as the power of finding your voice with the help of caring friends.
It's the middle of World War II, and 11-year-old Maria's Ukrainian town is no longer safe since it's been occupied by the Nazis — not for her, and certainly not for her Jewish best friend, Nathan. So the pair register for jobs with the Reich Employment Office, where they're assigned to work on Austrian farms. They hope they can blend in with other foreign workers while also sending money home to their families. But their plan goes awry when the pair are separated. Now, Maria has to survive the harsh treatment directed at foreign farm workers — and the sharp eyes of the farmer's daughter, a member of the Hitler Youth — while also worrying about whether Nathan can maintain his false identity. This companion novel to Don't Tell The Nazis provides a glimpse at the real-life experiences of conscripted workers under the Nazi regime.
11-year-old Maddy's father died in an accident three years ago, and she's taken to soothing her anxiety with "safety checks" of her small town — so much so that the local police chief considers her a nuisance because of all the false alarms. When she spots a boy in her neighborhood that she's positive is actually Billy Holcomb, a boy who went missing last fall, she knows she'll need proof. Her single-minded determination to prove Eric is actually Billy helps her forget other worries, like her best friend growing up faster than she is, or her mom and new step-dad's thoughts of having a baby. But maybe, if Maddy persists, she'll realize she doesn't have to lose memories of her dad to accept a changing world. Kids will love Maddy, who's spunky and resilient despite her worries, and how she finds a way to manage her grief.
Alberta has always been the only black girl in town, so when the owners of the new B&B are also black — and they have a 12-year-old daughter, just like her — she's eager to make friends. Edie is very different than Alberta, but they pair still bond, especially when they find a box of journals from the 1950s in Edie's attic that hint at shocking past secrets. As they dive deeper in the journals, and Alberta's white friend Laramie starts becoming closer with the bully who has made racist jokes for years, Edie and Alberta learn truth about identity and family that hold true no matter what year you live in. YA author Brandy Colbert's middle grade debut is thoughtful and authentic, sure to prompt discussions among young readers.
When she was eight, Vivy Cohen met her idol, minor-league pitcher VJ Capello, who taught her how to throw a knuckleball. Three years later, VJ is in the Major Leagues and 11-year-old Vivy has perfected the pitch — well enough that a coach invites her to join a real baseball team. Vivy's overprotective mother is hesitant: Vivy would be the only girl, and the only autistic kid, on the team. Vivy does find herself face to face with a bully, and worse, with an injury that puts her back on the sidelines. But as she reconnects with VJ through a school letter-writing project, and forms a supportive friendship with her team's catcher, Alex, her passion for the game makes her determined to fight for her spot on the field. Told in a series of letters between Vivy and VJ, this empowering sports story full of exciting play-by-play descriptions celebrates a love of sport and the courage it takes to be yourself.
When 11-year-old Effie's mother dies, she finds herself on the doorstep of her elderly aunt Selimene and her partner, Carlota, acupuncturists and herbalists who serve their Brooklyn neighborhood. While the pair welcome Effie in, she can't help but feel like things will never be normal again... and it turns out that she's right. Just as she's settling into school and maybe even making friends, her favorite singer shows up at Selimene's door seeking magical help! It turns out that Selimene and Carlota are both witches — could Effie be one too? This delightful graphic novel combines real-world challenges with magical adventure that celebrates found family and the power of helping others.
12-year-old Maya loves comic books, particularly ones about the orishas, the West African gods from her Papa's stories. But when she starts seeings werehyenas stalking the streets of her Chicago neighborhood, and a man made of shadows in her dreams, she and her friends Frankie and Eli wonder if there's something supernatural going on. When Maya's father disappears, her mother reveals the truth: he is Elegguá, the most powerful of the West African orishas, and a guardian of the veil between worlds. Now Maya, with her half-orisha powers, will have to step in to stop the Lord of Shadows from destroying her world. Author Rena Barron combines both traditional West African and modern elements to create a thrilling fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of Aru Shah and The Serpent's Secret!
When the war ended three years ago, 10-year-old Glory Bea's father didn't come home. Mama and her grandparents say he died on Omaha Beach, but she believes he's still out there — and her matchmaker grandmother's success is proof that miracles can happen. When her father's soldier buddy comes to their home in Gladiola, Texas — and Mama starts paying more attention to him than Glory Bea likes — she becomes convinced that the Merci Train, which is full of thank you gifts from France, is also carrying Daddy. But sometimes, the miracle you want isn't the miracle you get... This touching and complex story of grief and love in the wake of war is perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Louisiana’s Way Home.
There are adventures to be had in the great outdoors — and girls deserve to be a part of them! Helen Skelton, athlete, adventurer, and British TV celebrity uses her own journeys — from an ultramarathon in Namibia to kayaking in the Amazon rainforest — to inspire girls to face their fears, challenge their limits, and try the daring feats they have always dreamed of! Skelton divides her book into sections to show girls that, wherever they live, there are adventures nearby, and breaks down the gear, preparation, and training they'll need to enjoy them, as well as top tips from her and other real-life wild girls. Encouraging and empowering, this dynamic book filled with full-color photos and fun artwork reminds girls that "adventures aren't just things that happen to other people; they are your stories in waiting."
After returning from the pirate life in Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince, nothing is going right. Emily's boyfriend Aaron is now an ex, and her human friend Mandy is avoiding her. So when she finds a magic stone, she wishes to see the future — and it's even worse! The stone lets her travel through time, so Emily figures she can fix it... but every time she tries, things turn out badly for either her human hometown of Brightport or her merfolk home of Shiprock. If she's going to fix things, she'll need help from her best friends Shona and Mandy. The ninth book of the Emily Windsnap series celebrates the powers of communities working in unity.
12-year-old Cordelia and her father protect the magical creatures of 19th century Boston, from dragons to zuppies (zombie puppies). But when her father and most of the monsters go missing, Cordelia has to set off in search of them. With her new friend Gregory by her side, she travels the monster-unfriendly world — and meets many dangerous people — in her quest to save her father... and realizes that "the monsters people name are not the real danger... it’s the monsters who name themselves that you really have to watch out for." Lauren Oliver's mix of whimsical fantasy and real-life parallels, accented by occasional illustrations from Ethan M. Aldridge, draws young readers into Cordelia's world and invites them to contemplate what makes a monster.
12-year-old Darleen Daring is a silent-movie star, filming exciting adventure movies while always promising her nervous Papa that she won't take too many chances. But when a fake-kidnapping publicity stunt turns real, and Darleen and orphan heiress Victorine Berryman are kidnapped for real, Darleen will have to put all of her talent to use helping them escape the villains, evade their plots, and along the way, prove that she's up for challenges she never thought possible. This rollicking historical adventure includes fascinating details about the silent movie era — including an appearance by pioneering filmmaker Alice Guy Blaché — and a delightful heroine who will encourage kids to stretch their own limits!
12-year-old Dominican-American Lucely is used to ghosts: all of her family's spirits live as fireflies in the willow tree behind her house. But when Lucely's single father realizes he might lose the house, and her grandmother's spirit gives her a dire warning and then falls dormant, Lucely decides she has to take the situation into her own hands. She and her friend Syd borrow a book of magic from Syd's grandmother Babette's occult store to revive Mamá — and accidentally release some very unfriendly spirits instead! To fix the haunting, Lucely and Syd will need help from Babette, her cat, and and Lucely's very opinionated ancestors! This sweetly spooky and action-packed novel, part Coco and part Ghostbusters, is a delightful middle grade ghost story.
When Aisholpan Nurgaiv won the Ölgii eagle festival in Mongolia, it was a testimony to her perseverance and drive: at only 13 years old, the girl had stepped into a tradition dominated by men and excelled. Her story, and the exquisite documentary The Eagle Huntress, stunned people around the world. Now, Aisholpan tells her own story with the help of best-selling author Liz Welch, describing how her father supported her as she captured and trained a golden eagle, overcame skepticism about a girl's participation in the sport, and proved her mettle with her winged companion by her side. This compelling story of empowerment and perseverance celebrates evolving traditions and the young people who make progress possible.
11-year-old Nellie Murrow was named after pioneering journalist Nellie Bly — but her former newspaper reporter parents are proof of how the news industry is changing. Now she and her mother have moved to small-town Maine, while her father has taken a marketing job in Asia. Nellie can't even explore to make friends: an outbreak of vandalism and attacks at the only park mean she can't even leave the front yard. Determined to get to the bottom of the story, Nellie recruits Min, her next door neighbor, and a few other kids to create Cub Report, the town's first independent newspaper. If it's going to succeed, Nellie will have to learn how they can all work together — and maybe even make friends along the way. This fast-paced middle grade series opener by award-winning author Beth Vrabel encourages kids to develop critical thinking and fact-checking skills through its clever mystery.
It's the 1930s, and Lucy has been living at the Home for Friendless Children for five years. After her beautiful singing voice got her singled out for special attention from a "university lady," she's been tormented into the silence of selective mutism. When she and three other orphans get the opportunity to escape, they find their way to a circus, where they can stay if they can secure an apprenticeship within a week. Lucy is captivated by the elephants, but if she can't speak, she can't work with them — and the stakes are getting higher, as the orphanage is hunting for her specifically. But someone else is also looking for Lucy if she can learn to raise her voice. Part adventure, part mystery, and inspired in part by the stories of real-life experimentation on children, this novel is still an uplifting and encouraging story about finding home.
When Roisin moves from Ireland to Massachusetts so her mother can take a job at MIT, she's thrilled until she becomes the target of Zara, the school bully, both in person and online. Then she meets a (virtual) friend: even though they've never met, Haley gets Roisin, and helps provide support... including a place to vent about Zara, and imagine what life would be like if Zara just went away. But when Zara has a mysterious accident, Roisin starts to worry: could Haley be behind it? And what will her messages look like when the police start investigating — will it look like she was in on the whole thing? This tense thriller with an unexpected twist ending takes on some of the biggest challenges facing tweens and teens today: bullying, technology, and how much can go wrong when the two combine.
Coo was abandoned as a baby, and has spent ten years being raised by her adoptive family: a flock of pigeons. She's quite happy among the birds... until Burr, the pigeon she loves the most, gets hurt by a hawk. Coo remembers that one human, a retired postal worker named Tully, has cared for injured birds before, and dares to trust her with Burr's life. In time, she even trusts Tully enough to start to exploring the human world. But when someone starts trying to hurt the pigeons she loves, Coo has to figure out how to save them — and whether she can belong in both the bird and human world. This complex and nuanced story about belonging, family, and home is perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo and Barbara O'Connor.
In this midst of the Space Race of the 1960s, America was on the hunt for people with the Right Stuff... or rather, for men. The top test pilots of NASA's Mercury 7 astronaut class passed grueling tests to prove their suitability for space, but at the same time, a secret group of thirteen women were taking the same tests. Their hope was to prove that women pilots were just as capable of contributing to America's space program. And then, when they took their fight for consideration all the way to Washington, they were ridiculed by politicians, the public, male pilots... and even one of their own. This stunning look at the story of the Mercury 13 captures the determination of these heroic women to fight the institutionalized sexism of their day.
12-yearr-old Cici is trying to get comfortable in her new Seattle home, but she misses so many things about Taiwan — especially her grandmother, A-má, who's about to celebrate her 70th birthday. When she learns that there's a cooking contest with a $1000 prize, it seems like the perfect opportunity: that much money would let her buy A-má a ticket to Seattle. But Cici only knows how to cook Taiwanese food, and her classmates' reaction to her lunchbox tells her THAT won't do. As she draws inspiration from Julia Child and wrestles with fitting in with friends while also staying true to herself, Cici may discover that differences can be something to savor! This delightful graphic novel speaks to common challenges about identity and finding your place in a new home.
Annie Lee has plenty to grieve: her father died 83 days ago, her mother is struggling to make ends meet, and a move to a new apartment meant losing her friends, too. Two people seem to offer hope for healing: a new friend, Mitch, and Ray, the elderly pianist who's teaching her to play in hopes that she can win the cash prize at an amateur piano competition. But it's hard for Annie Lee to let them in — what if she loses someone again? When Ray goes missing, though, Annie Lee will have to admit how much she needs both Mitch and Ray. Cindy Baldwin, the author of Where the Watermelons Grow, crafts a deep story about grief, evolving relationships, and the way community can help you survive your worst days.
Greta Thunberg and her classmates were all worried when they saw a video about climate change and its effects on the environment — but after the video was over, she couldn't stop thinking about it. She couldn't eat, she stopped doing the things she loved, and she even stopped speaking. But with the help of her parents, she realized that she could take action, and hopefully, change the world. She started with a solo strike every Friday on the steps of the Swedish parliament. Before long, she had sparked a movement around the world! This captivating illustrated biography from the Who Was...? biography series' new Who HQ NOW format will introduce young readers to the inspiring story of the schoolgirl who sparked a worldwide revolution.
11-year-old Anna's family live in Czechoslovakia, where the Communists saved the country from the Nazis at the end of World War II — but now they don't feel safe under the authoritarian regime. Her father had to flee the country to avoid arrest, and Anna, her mother, and her sister know they're in danger. So the family escapes, hoping to reunite with Papa even though they don't know where he is or have any way to contact him. As they hide from authorities and struggle to survive, the family realizes they'll have to put their trust in strangers, no matter the risk. Based on the author's family history, and including several anecdotes from the real-life Anna, this thrilling novel about escaping Czechoslovakia after the 1948 Communist takeover captures a riveting yet little-known part of history.
With girls surrounded by messages about love, sex, and romance, it's no wonder that their own feelings can be confusing sometimes! They may want to know if they're ready to date, or how to tell if someone likes them; they may have questions about crushes on girls, or even wonder if it's normal that they don't have a crush on anyone yet. This guide from the American Girl Library provides plenty of guidance! With quizzes, tips, and stories from real-life girls, this book provides age-appropriate advice on a variety of topics, from what activities are great for a first date to what to do if someone crosses your boundaries. Throughout, it reminds girls that the best relationship is one that lets you stay true to YOU.
In 1942, young Rachel Cohen is staying at the Sèvres Children's Home outside Paris, enjoying a newfound passion for photography and trying not to worry too much about the war. But when the Nazis invade, the Jewish girl must reinvent herself as the Catholic Catherine Colin and hide with the help of the French resistance. Still, she takes as many photographs as she can; as one of her teachers tells her, "We’ll need these testimonies." This spellbinding graphic novel, based on the real-life story of author Julia Billet's mother's war experience, captures the fear and trauma of World War II, but also hope, generosity, and sacrifice, as everyday heroes step forward to help people like Catherine survive.
13-year-old Lydia has spent the last seven years being homeschooled while she cared for her mother, whose heart was slowly failing... and now that it finally has, the grieving girl is moving in with her aunt Brat, her wife Eileen, and their elderly landlord Elloroy. That's hard enough, but when Brat and Eileen adopt an unruly rescue dog named Guffer right after she arrives, Lydia struggles even more to feel like she belongs. She takes solace in her "goddesses," paper collages of strong women that she and her mother used to make to "cope and to keep hope." As Lydia settles in, though, she starts to make a few friends — and starts to figure out the secret behind Guffer's mysterious past. This gentle story about grief, family, and finding a new home after loss will tug on your heartstrings.
Around the world, bold and daring women are doing their part to save our planet and protect the environment! In this book from the Fantastically Great Women series, best-selling author Kate Pankhurst — descendant of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst — introduces young readers to environmental activists like Edith Farkas, the Antarctic researcher who helped identify the hole in the Ozone Layer; Isatou Ceesay, who is educating and empowering women in the Gambia as they take wasteful plastic bags and turn them into upcycled products; and Anite Roddick, whose store The Body Shop was on the forefront of ethical consumerism. This lighthearted and appealing book is a tribute to thirteen women leading the charge in environmental activism.
13-year-old Victoria Blaisdell prefers to be called Tory, and chafes at the restrictions on a girl in 1848 Rhode Island. When her father decides to sail west to join the gold rush in California, she stows away on the ship — and to her surprise, discovers that she can find a bit of the freedom she craves in the rough town of San Francisco, dressing like a boy and working odd jobs. But when her younger brother, Jacob, is kidnapped, Tory will be put to the test, hunting through Rotten Row — an area of the bay full of abandoned ships — to find him and bring him home. Newbery Award-winner Avi brings the realities of the Gold Rush — poverty, danger, and crime — to life, all through the eyes of an indomitable heroine readers will love.
13-year-old Frankie is frustrated that things are so much harder for her than for her sister, Tess — she struggles with attention deficit, sensory sensitivities, and Asperger's Syndrome, and instead of friends, she has therapists. When a former friend, Colette, shows up at Frankie's door asking for the notebook they used for their game "dare-or-scare" Frankie doesn't think much of it — until Colette goes missing right after. But when Frankie realizes Colette left videos of new dares after she disappeared, she's determined to crack the case — and she needs Tess' help. As they work to solve the mystery, Frankie and Tess repair their relationship... and Frankie develops a new maturity and the realization that there is space for her to be herself. This authentic portrait of neurodivergent life celebrates sisterhood, friendship, and the power of forgiveness.
When Ida B. Wells was born in 1862, slavery was still legal; she was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation of 1865. But just because slavery had ended didn't mean things were fair. The intelligent girl saw injustice all around her, and she was determined to end it. As a journalist, she drew the world's attention to the horrors of lynching and other prejudices based on race and sex. As an activist, she helped cofound the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and she marched as a suffragist, too! This exciting book from the Who Was...? biography series introduces middle grade readers to Wells' life as a civil rights activist, anti-lynching campaigner, and pioneering journalist.
12-year-old Piper has heard rumors that her wealthy grandmother, Melena M. Mallory, is a witch — but when her father has to undergo chemotherapy, she has no choice but to spend summer vacation at the Mallory Estate. There, she's surprised to meet three other children — foster kids Julius, Kenji, and Camilla — and to discover that the rumors are true, and that the garden on the estate holds magical secrets... including, perhaps, something that could save her father. Piper will have to believe in her new friends, and in her own developing magical powers, if she's going to find the truth. This charming and magical middle-grade adventure is perfect for fans of Harry Potter and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
When we tell stories of explorers, they're often of men — but women often dared to break social conventions so they could adventure far from home! In this gorgeously illustrated atlas, tweens will learns about 18 women adventures past and present, from famous names like Amelia Earhart, Nellie Bly, and Junko Tabei, to less well-known travelers like Jeanne Baret, Osa Johnson, and Laura Dekker. It's a celebration of courage and curiosity, daring and dreams, that's sure to inspire young readers to imagine their own adventures!
Ruth survived the Holocaust as a hidden child, concealing herself behind a couch or in a trunk with a tiny hole for air, and now she and her parents are free... but the war still haunts her. As displaced peoples in a war-ravaged Europe, they struggle to survive until the paperwork comes allowing them to emigrate to America. When it finally arrives, Ruth starts a new life in Brooklyn, but she speaks little English and struggles with nightmares and flashbacks. And yet she continues to hope that America can become a home. This powerful novel about the aftermath of war and atrocity is a timely read, reminding young readers that the impact of these events — past and present — lingers with people long after the violence is over.
A young orca named Vega knows she will be the matriarch of the pod someday, hunting and navigating the Salish Sea with her brother, Deneb, supporting her. But Vega wonders if she's the right whale to lead — a question that becomes devastating when her much-anticipated younger sister is stillborn. Then, an earthquake and tsunami separate Vega and Deneb from the pod, and the ocean is unrecognizable with pieces of shattered boats everywhere. To save her brother and her surviving family, Vega will have to journey into the open water... and find her way back home again. Told in alternating perspectives by Vega and Deneb, this thrilling animal adventure, accented by black and white spot illustrations, incorporates lessons about sea life and environmental issues into its compelling story of family bonds.
Beloved author Lois Lowry grew up in Hawaii and Japan, witnessing the aftermath of two tragedies that changed the world: the attack on Pearl Harbor and the bombing of Hiroshima. In this stunning illustrated book of poetry, she reflects on the people whose lives were lost in these attacks, as well as those who survived, and how their world was changed. She explores these experiences with a clear eye and a sense of humanity and empathy that emphasizes why we must do everything we can to prevent such losses. With vivid illustrations by award-winning illustrator Kenard Pak, this powerful book will stick with readers and encourage them to work for peace.
The students in Molly's 8th grade class are furious when their class campout gets canceled after Olivia gets dress coded — but Molly is furious about the dress coding. She's seen for herself how two different students can wear the same outfit, but one gets coded and the other doesn't... or how Talia's Trinidadian hair is somehow "inappropriate"... or how a girl failed a math quiz because she was stopped by the principal. So Molly starts a podcast to talk about the issue. At first, she gets mocked for it, but slowly, more and more girls share their stories — and they're mad too. It's time to work together to tackle the dress code once and for all. This empowering story, told in a combination of podcast transcripts and letters and packed with real-life issues from dress coding to active shooter lockdowns to family stress, is a celebration of friendship, activism, and the power of one person to start a rebellion.