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A Mighty Girl's 2021 Books of the Year

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  1. Rescue

    Almost two years ago, Meg's father went to fight against the Nazis — and she hasn't seen him since. With the family farm now in Nazi-occupied territory, Meg has already been secretly helping the French Resistance, while also deciphering codes he left in a jar to entertain her while he's gone... a jar that's almost empty. Then Meg stumbles across an injured British spy who tells her that her father could be released from Nazi imprisonment — if she can guide a family of German refugees safely to Spain. To do so, she'll have to untangle the most complicated cipher yet — one that could reveal dangerous secrets that might risk both her mission and her life. Jennifer A. Nielsen, bestselling author of Resistance, has crafted a suspenseful story that will leave readers wondering who Meg can trust to the very end.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $15.99
    C$20.16
    N/A
    A$29.02
  2. Starfish

    Author: Lisa Fipps

    12-year-old Ellie has been bullied for her weight since she was five — both by her peers and by members of her own family, including her mother, who thinks criticizing Ellie's body will finally make her want to diet. She's set rules for herself: don't eat in public, don't move in ways that make you jiggle, and don't draw attention to yourself. But when a new neighbor, Catalina, moves in next door, she likes Ellie and doesn't even seem to notice her weight. With support from her father and from an insightful therapist who pushes Ellie to explore her feelings, she begins to realize that she could spread out like a starfish and claim her place — just the way she is. This poignant novel-in-verse is sure to start important conversations about body-shaming, self-confidence, and the power of loving yourself.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $13.26
    C$15.00
    £12.60
    A$31.61
  3. A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

    Author: T. Kingfisher

    14-year-old Mona is a wizard, but she's not the kind you're thinking of: unlike the powerful magic-users who protect the city, her powers only work on bread. So she lives a quiet life at her aunt's bakery, where she bakes delicious biscuits and makes gingerbread men dance to delight the customers. But when an assassin starts targeting wizards in Mona's city — and the City Inquisitor frames Mona for a murder as part of a plot to take over — she realizes that none of the 'real' wizards are coming to save everyone with their lightning and earthquakes. To save herself and everyone she loves, Mona will have to figure out how a bread wizard can be a hero. Winner of the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Young Adult Book, this quirky and funny fantasy, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, explores what happens when a girl who was never considered 'strong' — including by herself — becomes the one to save the day.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $14.95
    C$18.90
    £12.95
    A$24.15
  4. The Beatryce Prophecy

    Illustrator: Sophie Blackall

    When a girl named Beatryce shows up in a goat stall at the monastery of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing, Gentle Brother Edik quickly realizes the danger: thanks to a prophecy he himself wrote, the king is hunting for a girl just like her. After Edik nurses her back to health, it becomes clear that Beatryce is full of stories, both poignant and powerful. In addition to the monk and the goat, she befriends a former king and a local boy. She knows she has to face the king, but when she sets out to do so, it's with the confidence of someone who knows that there are many people who love her — people who will never let her lose her way. This magical adventure by bestselling author Kate DiCamillo, accented with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall, is a stunning story about finding the power of words and friendships.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $14.00
    C$25.73
    £12.84
    A$37.27
  5. The Secret Garden: A Graphic Novel

    10-year-old orphan Mary Lennox doesn't think much of Misselthwaite Manor, the estate on the Yorkshire Moors where she has to live under the guardianship of her Uncle Craven who she barely even sees. But as she explores the estate, she finds her body strengthened by time spent out in the fresh air... and her curiosity piqued by the mysteries of the manor, including a locked garden and crying she hears at night. With the help of a sickly cousin she didn't know she had, the maid's younger brother, and the guidance of a friendly robin, Mary will discover a love for growing things — and the power of human connection. Adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic The Secret Garden by the author of Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel, this gorgeous graphic novel is the perfect way to introduce a new generation to this much beloved charming tale.

    Ages: 7 - 12
    Price:
    $8.99
    C$15.83
    £7.99
    A$15.99
  6. The Light of Days Young Readers’ Edition

    The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

    Author: Judy Batalion

    When the Nazis invaded Poland, Jewish people did not simply capitulate: resistance groups rapidly appeared, many of them led by Jewish women and young girls. These "ghetto girls" served as fighters, spies, and saboteurs; they converted youth groups into resistance cells and built underground bunkers and supply lines in the Jewish ghettos. At the center of this powerful young reader's adaptation of The Light of Days is 18-year-old Renia Kukielka, who worked as a resistance courier and weapons smuggler; other women joined the cause as fighters, spies, and saboteurs. Even in the face of the seemingly unstoppable Nazi regime, the destruction of their communities, and the death of their families, these courageous women refused to give up and fought back to the end. This gripping, meticulously-researched book tells the incredible story of these heroic Jewish women whose contributions have been largely overlooked, until now.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $8.99
    C$10.88
    £14.65
    A$36.03
  7. The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

    Author: Anne Ursu

    Nobody cares about girls like 12-year-old Marya Lupu — not when it's the boys, like her brother, Luka, who might have the gift to wield magic and protect their country from the dangerous Dread and even more mysterious witches. But when sorcerers come to test Luka for magical gifts, Marya makes a mistake that lands her in Dragomir Academy, a school for "wayward girls." There, they tell her, she can train to serve one of the sorcerers and maybe be worth something someday. But as Marya uncovers holes in what she's told — and discovers secrets about both the sorcerers and the Dread — she starts to ask herself, "Who does the story serve?" The acclaimed author of The Lost Girl has created a meaningful, feminist fantasy that explores oppression, patriarchy, and the power of the truth.

  8. I Am Defiance: A Novel of WWII

    Brigitte does her part to support Adolf Hitler's war, like all good Aryan girls. But she wonders why even simple questions are unwelcome at her League of German Girls meetings. Then a mysterious pamphlet from a group called the White Rose shows up at her house. Her father and older sister, Angelika, seem to agree with the White Rose, but they also seem to think agreeing is dangerous. Brigitte wonders if the White Rose could endanger her entire family... but as she starts to see more of the truths that have been hidden by the Nazi Party, she wonders instead if she has the courage to take a stand. This gripping story about a real-life resistance movement from World War II will make young readers wonder what they would choose in Brigitte's place.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $17.19
    C$23.75
    £17.15
    A$25.99
  9. Willodeen

    11-year-old Willodeen loves animals of all kinds — even the strange "screechers" that the rest of the villagers of Perchance consider pests. She believes that all creatures have their part to play... and maybe that explains why Perchance is facing such a terrible year, full of natural disasters and the complete disappearance of the hummingbears that are both a source of local pride and a key element of the village's economy. When her friend, Connor, gives her a birthday gift that kindles an unexpected magic in her, Willodeen realizes that she can solve the mystery of the missing hummingbears... and maybe even speak up for all of the animals she adores, even the screechers. This whimsical and thoughtful story by Katherine Applegate, the Newbery Award winning author of The One And Only Ivan, celebrates the power of individuals to make a difference.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price:
    $11.80
    C$22.76
    £10.74
    A$28.02
  10. Willa of Dark Hollow

    Author: Robert Beatty

    After struggling to find the right path for her Faeran clan in Willa of the Wood, Willa is now facing even more dangerous challenges. The Sutton Lumber Company plans to clear the forest to make way for the railroad, and even Willa's new adoptive human family can't stop their powerful machines. And the forest itself seems to have turned hostile. When her adoptive father Nathaniel is accused of murdering loggers, Willa discovers that strange creatures from a mysterious hollow in the forest seems to be hunting humans. Now Willa must find a way to save the people and animals she loves and take a stand against an all-consuming darkness that threatens to destroy her world. Beatty's stunning sequel is a powerful story about family, nature, and our place in a fragile world.

  11. Just Like That

    It's 1968, and Meryl Lee's life has been touched by tragedy: her best friend has died unexpectedly, and Meryl Lee has been overwhelmed by grief and depression that she calls the Blank. Her parents hope to give her a fresh start by sending her to the Preparatory Academy for Girls in St. Elene, Maine, where the headmistress, Dr. MacKnockater, challenges her to find what she will be "accomplished" in. As the school year goes on, Meryl Lee struggles with classist attitudes from both students and teachers at the school. But when Dr. MacKnockater takes in a boy named Matt Coffin, who has a dangerous past, he and Meryl Lee discover unexpected connections... and, together, find ways to look for hope. At turns both poignant and funny, this novel explores grief, redemption, and the power of love to help us through any trial.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $12.39
    C$22.58
    £15.68
    A$23.52
  12. Traitors Among Us

    Against all odds, Ukrainian sisters Krystia and Maria have survived World War II — Krystia after helping hide Jewish fugitives (and watching her mother be hanged for aiding the resistance), and Maria after escaping forced labor on a German farm. Now, they're in a camp for displaced persons, hoping to make their way to an aunt and uncle in Toronto. But when another girl accuses them of collaborating with the Nazis during the war, they're imprisoned by the Soviet soldiers. Under interrogation and even torture, the sisters draw strength from one another, refusing to sign a false confession and hoping against hope that they can find a way to freedom. Inspired by actual accounts from survivors of Soviet interrogation houses, this gripping historical fiction novel — a sequel to Don't Tell the Nazis and Trapped in Hitler's Web — is a testament to the power of sisterhood and the human spirit.

  13. Amari and the Night Brothers

    Author: B. B. Alston

    13-year-old Amari is sure that her missing brother, Quinton, is alive, and she's tired of being bullied at school for believing it. So when she finds a ticking briefcase in his closet, containing a nomination for a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain the secretive organization holds the key to locating Quinton — if only she can wrap her head around the idea of magicians, fairies, aliens, and other supernatural creatures all being real. When it's revealed that Amari is a natural born magician, she now faces discrimination in the Bureau as well... especially when an evil magician starts threatening the supernatural world. Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this trilogy opener perfect for fans of Nevermoor. Amari's adventures continue in Amari and the Great Game.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $7.99
    C$12.86
    £9.52
    A$34.94
  14. Clash

    Author/Illustrator: Kayla Miller

    When new kid Natasha arrives at school, Olive is quick to volunteer to show her around! Nat seems like the coolest kid in sixth grade, but Olive quickly notices that while she's not exactly mean, she's not exactly nice either. And it seems like Olive's friends are more interested in hanging out with Nat than spending time with her! Olive can't explain to her friends what's going on... until Nat pulls a nasty prank at Olive's Halloween party. Olive feels vindicated when her friends turn on Nat, but she also realizes that there may be reasons Nat's acting the way she does. They may never be friends, but maybe they don't have to be enemies either. The fourth book in Kayla Miller's bestselling graphic novel series, which begins with Click, Camp, and Act, provides a nuanced look at navigating complicated middle school friendships and the importance of empathy and respect.

  15. The Hatmakers

    Illustrator: Paola Escobar

    11-year-old Cordelia is grieving the apparently loss of her father Prospero, whose ship was lost at sea during an expedition to find new ingredients for the magic her family, the Hatmakers, weave into their hats. Alongside four other families — the Bootmakers, the Watchmakers, the Cloakmakers, and the Glovemakers — the Hatmakers' creations can influence the moods and emotions of their owners. As rumors of war with France rise, the decree goes out to create Peace clothing for King George... but all of them are stolen. There may be a plot against the Makers' Guild — one that could lead to war. With the help of a member of the archrival Bootmakers and a street urchin, Cordelia will have to uncover the truth before it's too late. This sparkling fantasy adventure by Tamzin Merchant celebrates a courageous and resourceful heroine who never gives up. Cordelia's story continues in The Mapmakers.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $8.99
    C$23.43
    £13.77
    A$38.91
  16. The Velvet Fox

    Orphaned Seren Rhys has found a new home in Plas-y-Fran after daring to rescue her godbrother Tomos from a fairy enchantment with the help of her friend the Clockwork Crow. But if there's one thing Tomos should know, it's that fairies are not to be trifled with... and when he thoughtlessly declares that he and Seren have bested the fairies forever, he accidentally gives them the perfect opening. A mysterious new governess, Mrs. Honeybourne, seems to captivate Seren's new family, but she refuses Seren an education because she's a girl. As the danger rises, Seren calls on the Clockwork Crow again — but even the Crow fears the Velvet Fox that soon stalks the manor. Seren will have to use all her wits to save her new home! Inspired by Welsh folklore, this sequel to the award-winning The Clockwork Crow is full of magic.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $17.99
    C$16.72
    £13.27
    A$29.68
  17. Beyond Platform 13

    The world of The Secret of Platform 13 is back! The Island of Mist is only accessible through gumps, secret doors that open for nine days every nine years, but now a group of harpies have forced most of the magical inhabitants out. Odge Gribble, a hag, and her friend Prince Ben are determined to find a mistmaker expert to help reclaim the island. Instead, as they hunt through Vienna for help, they run into 9-year-old Lina, an ordinary girl who's up for some derring-do. Now Odge, Ben, and Lina will have to discover the secret of the mist (and some unusual magic) to save the day! Inspired by Eva Ibbotson's classic book, The Secret of Platform 13, Sibéal Pounder expands the world of Platform 13 with this entertaining adventure.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $16.99
    C$19.37
    £9.40
    A$40.27
  18. Rescue at Lake Wild

    12-year-old Madi's parents have told her if she brings home one more stray or injured animal, she'll lose an opportunity to meet one of her heroes, Jane Goodall! But then she and her friends Aaron and Jack find two dead beavers by the side of the lake — and when Madi investigates their lodge, she finds two orphaned kits. The three kids hide the beavers inside their clubhouse, but in addition to keeping them safe, they have to figure out who killed the two beaver parents, and why. But as they dig into the mystery, they might discover a local environmental crisis that will take more than the three of them to solve! Perfect for fans of Pax and A Boy Called Bat, this book about a determined animal-loving girl will make kids wonder what they can do about protecting wildlife in their own communities.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price:
    $12.44
    C$22.66
    £9.65
    A$28.90
  19. Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche

    Enola Holmes is back in the daring sleuth's first new adventure in over ten years! Now 15 and living independently in London, she takes on a new mystery when Miss Letitia Glover shows up at her brother Sherlock's door, insisting that her twin sister — who married the Earl of Dunhench and supposedly died for some vague and mysterious reason — must be alive. Against her brother's objections, Enola goes undercover and discovers that the Earl has had other wives that "died" suddenly — and that a black barouche that arrived at the Earl's home at night may be the key to unraveling the mystery. With a little help from Sherlock, the missing woman's sister, and her friend the Viscount Tewkesbury, it will up to Enola to crack the case and unravel the truth around Felicity Glover's sudden disappearance.

    Ages: 11 and up
    Price:
    $12.80
    C$22.53
    £13.53
    A$25.13
  20. Aster and the Mixed-Up Magic

    Author: Thom Pico
    Illustrator: Karensac

    Aster has started to settle in to her family's new home in the valley — especially now that a wish has given her dog, Buzz, the ability to speak, and she's proved her mettle saving the whole community from a few big magical problems. Plus, her mom's science experiments are kind of interesting, and her dad is even getting better at cooking! But there's no time for Aster to slow down: now she has to face a Sheep Revolution and an argument between the royal beings that preserve the balance of the seasons. Time for Aster to get ready for more adventures... This graphic novel, a sequel to Aster and the Accidental Magic, is full of fun, family, and heart.

  21. Out of My Heart

    12-year-old Melody, who has cerebral palsy, adores horses... but meeting them face to face is a bit terrifying! This year, she wants to face her fears, and decides that a summer camp — one with horseback riding, that's ready to welcome a kid like her — is the perfect opportunity. Melody finds her camp, but when she's away from home and the people who support her for the first time, she feels a bit lost. Fortunately, she finds a new ally in her no-nonsense counselor Trinity, who helps her push herself out of the comfort zone. By the light of flickering campfires and the power of thunderstorms, through the terror of unexpected creatures in cabins and the first sparkle of a crush, Melody’s about to discover how brave and strong she really is. This highly anticipated sequel to Out of My Mind celebrates its huge-hearted heroine and her determination to follow her dreams.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $12.72
    C$19.80
    £10.75
    A$24.14
  22. The Last Rabbit

    When Albie's mother was dying in World War II London, she sent Albie and her three sisters to a magical island called Hybrasil, where their grandfather, a magician, can protect them. Albie hopes to conjure her mother back to life, and instead accidentally turns herself and her sister into rabbits. But they can turn back into girls if they leave the island, with the mysterious Boy who comes by boat. Albie's sisters all go, finding their own destinies, but Albie wants to stay... until the island starts to sink and she realizes she will have to listen to her grandfather's advice: "sometimes letting go is courageous." This modern fairytale, accented with post illustrations throughout, is perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price:
    $7.99
    C$10.99
    £5.99
    A$11.90
  23. The Chance to Fly

    When 13-year-old Nat's family moves from California to New Jersey, it means leaving behind her best friend Chloe and her wheelchair racing team — plus her parents are as overprotective as ever. But when musical-loving Nat discovers there's going to be a kids' production of Wicked, she takes the plunge and auditions — and gets into the ensemble! Her fellow cast members are eager to help her overcome obstacles — both physical ones, like inaccessible venues, and social ones, like stigma and patronizing attitudes. Will they be able to help Nat "Defy Gravity" in every sense of the song? Written by Tony award–winning actress Ali Stroker, the first wheelchair user to be cast in a Broadway play, and playwright Stacy Davidowitz, this is a celebration of musical theater and of one courageous girl determined to fly.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $7.99
    C$21.99
    £10.19
    A$24.99
  24. Sisters Ever After: Thornwood

    Author: Leah Cypess

    11-year-old Briony has never been as important as her big sister: beautiful Rosalin was cursed to prick her finger on a spindle on her 16th birthday, while Briony never got a fairy's curse — or blessing — at all. When Briony wakes up a hundred years after the fateful day, in a room with a large spinning wheel, she thinks she knows what's happened... but not everything adds up. Prince Varian, the hero, is acting strangely; the castle is still strangled by thorns and vines, and there's a vaguely scary fairy godmother hanging around. But the only person who will listen to her is Rosalin herself. As the sisters try to untangle the plots around them, they'll realize that nothing is more important than sisterhood... and that destiny isn't all it's cracked up to be. This is the first book in a three-part series that explores the stories of the sisters who didn't make it into the fairy tales.

  25. The Star Outside My Window

    10-year-old Aniyah and her little brother Noah have just arrived in foster care, under the kind eye of Mrs. Iwuchukwu. Their Brazilian mum, who taught her daughter "games" like hiding from her English father in a "hotel-that-wasn't-a-hotel," has disappeared, but Aniyah knows she's not gone forever. After all, the brightest hearts don't go away; they become stars. Although she's fallen silent in the turmoil, when Aniyah discovers that scientists have spotted a strange new star, she's determined to name it after her mum. But as she sets out on an adventure that includes breaking into London's Royal Observatory and meeting a Hollywood star, Aniyah will have to come to terms with what really happened in her family. At times funny and other time deeply painful, this is a gentle and child-appropriate exploration of one girl coming to terms with the truth of her father's abuse and her mother's death.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $13.59
    C$19.65
    £5.59
    A$26.15
  26. Garlic and the Vampire

    Author/Illustrator: Bree Paulsen

    Garlic is an anxious bulb who lives with her fruit and vegetable friends, and loves helping the kindly Witch Agnes in her garden. As long as she has her friend Carrot and Agnes' support, she's content to stay safe at home and ignore jabs from meaner vegetables like Celery.. But then Agnes learns that a vampire has moved into the nearby castle... and Celery suggests Garlic is the natural choice to confront him. Agnes agrees but insists that Celery goes too. Now, outside of her comfort zone, and with the safety of her whole hamlet at risk, Garlic will discover that she's braver than she thought she was! This cozy graphic novel, with its lush illustrations of appealing fruit and veggies, comes with a special dedication to "all the anxious bulbs" that reminds readers they're stronger than they give themselves credit for.

  27. Alone

    12-year-old Maddie had planned a secret sleepover at her grandparents' empty summer apartment, and when her friends can't come, she figures she might as well stay by herself. Except when she wakes up, her town has been evacuated and abandoned... and she's been left behind. As days turn to weeks, Maddie befriends a neighbor's abandoned Rottweiler and learns the skills she'll need to survive natural hazards like Colorado winters, wild animals, and a tornado... and human ones, like looters. But worse of all is the crushing loneliness, which leaves Maddie wondering if she'll be able to make it through all on her own. This riveting novel-in-verse powerfully captures Maddie's struggle to survive alone over a three-year period.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $17.09
    C$23.99
    £10.60
    A$32.80
  28. Who Was Juliette Gordon Low?

    Illustrator: Dede Putra

    In the late 1800s, a well-bred Southern girl like Juliette Gordon Low had access to education and opportunities many girls did not — and was expected to be a proper lady. Instead, "Crazy Daisy" climbed trees, rode horses, and hiked long distances... and developed a passion for helping others. As an adult, she learned about the guiding movement in Europe, and knew that the girls of America deserved a similar organization. She founded the Girl Scouts of the United States of America in 1912; today, millions of American girls and women are proud to call themselves Girl Scouts! This captivating biography from the illustrated Who Was...? biography series is an intriguing introduction to Low's life and how she created the Girl Scouts.

  29. Absolutely Nat

    Author/Illustrator: Maria Scrivan

    Natalie has big plans for summer camp this year: the brochure looks awesome and her best friends Zoe and Flo are going... what could go wrong? Well, the camp could be FULL of mosquitos, for one... and she could end up stuck in a group with her ex-BFF Lily and the annoying Millie Flatbottom. And every camp activity seems designed to turn her knees into jelly! But while summer camp isn't what Natalie expected, by the time it's done she realizes that it might be exactly what she needed. In the third book in the Nat Enough graphic novel series, a life-changing summer camp shows Nat that she's capable of more than she thinks — even when life doesn't go as planned.

  30. Saint Ivy: Kind at All Costs

    13-year-old Ivy is very determined to be a GOOD kid — and that means putting everyone else's needs first. But when her mom decides to be a gestational surrogate for her friend, Ivy is shocked to discover that she's jealous and concerned about appearances. That's not the right way — the IVY way — to react! And if she's not the kindest kid out there, who is she? So she dives headfirst into proving how selfless she is... but it's hard for Ivy's friends to feel connected to her when she never lets them help her. Ivy will have to learn what it means to be vulnerable before she really understand what it means to be kind. This thoughtful and authentic middle-grade novel conveys an important message about the reciprocy of friendship and what it means to find yourself.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $13.99
    C$21.99
    £10.55
    A$23.25
  31. Say It Out Loud

    Musical-loving 6th grader Charlotte would rather not speak than have people make fun of her stutter. But when her best friend Maddie reports bullying on the school bus — and Charlotte doesn't back her up — her silence loses her only friend. When her parents enroll her in a musical theater class, Charlotte is shocked to discover she doesn't stutter when she sings... just as the arts program gets cut. Emboldened by finding her voice on stage, Charlotte starts writing: anonymous letters to classmates (including the bullies); pleas to the school board to keep the musical program; and an essay about her hope to reconcile with Maddie. She realizes that when silence could cost you everything, it's time to speak up. Allison Varnes, author of Property of the Rebel Librarian, drew on her own experiences with stuttering to craft this powerful story about self-doubt, courage, and kindness.

  32. The Kate In Between

    Seventh grader Kate's life is changing — and she's changing too. Her mom has moved away, and she's starting to feel like she's outgrown her best friend, Haddie. When popular girl Taylor invites her to join a clique, Kate thinks it's the key to a new social circle (and it also means she doesn't have to talk about what's going on with her family, like she does with Haddie.) She even joins in as the clique harasses Haddie... until it results in Haddie falling through the ice of a frozen pond. Kate jumps in, and a video of the rescue goes viral, with people calling her Kate the Great. But Kate knows what really happened; it's only a matter of time until everyone else does too. Is she a bully, a bad friend, a hero, or what? And is it possible that one person can be all of the above? This timely and realistic novel by the author of What Happens Next is a reminder that part of developing identity is staying true to who you want to be.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $11.29
    C$20.79
    £11.69
    A$36.21
  33. Skyborn: Sparrow Rising

    12-year-old Ellie lives in a world where everyone has wings and is part of one of the Clandoms, communities formed around bird types. Her greatest wish is to join the Goldwings, like the knight who saved her on the day her parents were killed by one of the dangerous gargol monsters... but she's a Sparrow, one of the low clans, and there's never been a Sparrow Goldwing. Determined to enter the trials anyway, Ellie sets out for the capital, only to find herself teaming up with a band of outcasts: Nox, a Crow wounded on a secret mission; Twig, a boy of mixed Clandom parentage; and Gussie, a Falcon inventor. Their stories force her to confront the dark side of the Clandoms... and make her wonder what really makes someone a hero. This stunning series opened by master fantasy author Jessica Khoury is an enthralling adventure.

  34. Salt Magic

    Author: Hope Larson
    Illustrator: Rebecca Mock

    11-year-old Vonceil has been waiting for her older brother, Elber, to return home from the front lines of World War I; he was her best friend and she's been lonely on their Oklahoma farm without him. Instead, she's shocked that he's turned into a serious person whose first order of business is to marry the girl he left behind. But when a mysterious woman shows up, claiming Elber left her behind in France — and turning the town's water supply to salt water — Vonceil is determined to get to the bottom of it. Could her great-uncle Dell's stories about a salt witch be true? Eisner Award-nominated author Hope Larson crafts a stunning mix of realism and fantasy, accented with gorgeous illustrations by Rebecca Mock, into a fairy tale that explores family, love, and how we change as we grow.

  35. Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers

    Michelle Obama's best-selling memoir Becoming is now available in this adaptation for tween and teen readers! From South Side Chicago, to Princeton and Harvard Law, to the White House, Michelle's life has gone through many changes — often forcing her to wrestle with who she was and who she wanted to be. In this memoir, she tells her story, honestly and authentically, and encourages young readers to use her example as they stride forth into their own lives. She shows how life may play havoc with your plans, and how going with the flow can lead you to unexpected (and wonderful) things. Most importantly, she asks them: how will you use your life to help yourself, help others, and make the world better?

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $11.34
    C$23.12
    £15.78
    A$21.53
  36. Amina's Song

    Author: Hena Khan

    Amina spent a month in Pakistan over the summer, and she's built a strong connection with her Pakistani family — and made a promise to her uncle to share the beauties of Pakistan with Americans. When she gets back to Wisconsin, she starts writing song lyrics, and Nico, a new friend (or maybe more?) teaches her to mix music on the computer. But it's hard to express her love of Pakistan or her admiration for her hero Malala Yousafzai when all her classmates seem to hear are the bad parts. Amina will have to find a new way to use her voice in this heartwarming companion to the award-winning novel Amina’s Voice.

    Ages: 9 - 12
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    C$10.88
    £6.47
    A$15.85
  37. A Tale of Sorcery...

    Author: Chris Colfer

    Brystal Evergreen doesn't know what problem to tackle first. A new evil is rising that threatens all life — magical and ordinary — and the only way to stop it would be to unite everyone: fairies, witches, even the Righteous Brotherhood. At the same time, she's no closer to finding the Immortal and fulfilling her deal with Death to destroy it in exchange of her life. Now, a secretive group of Sorcerers throws even more confusion into the mix, swearing that Xanthous Hayfield is connected to the rising danger. Can Brystal untangle these confusing threads in time... and even if she can, will she ever convince everyone to work together? The third book in the best-selling A Tale of Magic series ups the stakes once again with a pulse-pounding adventure fans will love.

  38. The Last Shadow Warrior

    Author: Sam Subity

    12-year-old Abby has spent her life training to be an Aesir — an elite Viking warrior that hunts Grendels — just like her mother was. Except no one has seen a Grendel for hundreds of years, and the Viking Council plans to disband the Aesir for good. When Abby's father is injured, and she has to go stay at Vale Hall, a strange school in Minnesota, Abby quickly realizes that an actual Grendel is hunting her, but no one believes her. On her quest to save herself (and find the truth) Abby soon realizes that someone at the school wants to destroy the Aesir for good... and it's up to Abby to foil the plot and save the day! This action-packed adventure based on Norse mythology is perfect for fans of Percy Jackson.

  39. Daughter of the Deep

    Author: Rick Riordan

    Ana Dakkar's parents died on a scientific expedition two years ago, and now the only family she has is her older brother, Dev, and her fellow students at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school for underwater scientists, warriors, and explorers. But on the day of her freshman trial at sea, she and her schoolmates witness a tragedy — and learn that Harding-Pencroft have had a longtime conflict with their rival school, the Land Institute, which has just exploded into open war. To survive, Ana and her classmates will have to work together — and Ana will have to discover the truth about her heritage. Best-selling author Rick Riordan's modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is full of action, suspense, and thrilling underwater adventure!

  40. Katie the Catsitter

    Illustrator: Stephanie Yue

    To make money to go to sleepaway camp like all her friends, Katie takes a job catsitting for her mysterious upstairs neighbor Madeline. She soon discovers why Madeline offers such high pay: she has 217 cats who cause all sorts of chaos, each of which has a special talent, from computer hacking to soap opera expertise. As Katie tries to wrangle the cats (and deal with hurt feelings over the fact that her friend Beth is barely writing to her), a supervillain called Mousetress starts terrorizing the town. Katie starts to connect the dots and wonders if Madeline may be Mousetress herself — but is she jumping to conclusions like a cat after a mouse? In this hilarious graphic novel series opener perfect for fans of Guts and Awkward, Katie will find out if a love of cats and a little courage can help her be the hero!

    Ages: 9 - 12
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    $11.69
    C$17.81
    £9.99
    A$22.19
  41. We Got Game! 35 Female Athletes Who Changed the World

    Illustrator: Sarah Green

    Whether they're breaking records, overcoming obstacles, or challenging the world to see women athletes in a new light, one thing is for sure: women athletes have got game! In this collection of capsule biographies, you'll meet a diverse group of athletes who pursued their love of their sport and inspired girls around the world. Featuring groundbreaking figures like dancer Misty Copeland, parathlete Tatyana McFadden, soccer star and activist Megan Rapinoe, and many more, these stories will encourage young readers to follow their dreams in sport — whether they're continuing one they already love, or trying out something new!

    Ages: 7 and up
    Price:
    $13.29
    C$22.76
    £9.61
    A$18.41
  42. Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch

    Author: Julie Abe

    Eva Evergreen managed to make good use of her pinch of magic and save the town of Auteri from the Culling, the violent magical storm that endangers everyone in Rivelle Realm. Now she's a Novice Witch, just like she's always dreamed. But spreading the truth about the Culling is harder than she expected, and before long the culprit is back at large — and Eva discovers that there may be unexpected and frightening connections between her magic, her mother's magic, and the Culling. If Eva is going to prove her mother's innocence (and her own) she'll have to summon up her courage... and finally believe in herself. This exciting sequel to Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch is full of even more magic and mystery.

  43. Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

    Author: Nikki Grimes

    For centuries, accomplished women — of all races — have fallen out of the historical records. The same is true for gifted, prolific, women poets of the Harlem Renaissance who are little known, especially as compared to their male counterparts. In this stunning volume, bestselling author Nikki Grimes aims to give these women the recognition they deserve, paying tribute to figures like Mae V. Cowdery, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and Esther Popel. Accompanying each poem is a unique, full-color portrait from one of today's most acclaimed female African-American illustrators, including Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Cozbi Cabrera, and Vashti Harrison. This gorgeous collection is a unique and powerful celebration of women's voices from a unique period in American history.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $17.53
    C$23.66
    £13.16
    A$34.06
  44. The Nightmare Thief

    Illustrator: Federica Fenna

    12-year-old Maren's family make dreams, hand-crafting whatever their customers wish, and their one firm rule is that dreams can never be given to someone without their consent. When Maren's sister Hallie ends up in a coma after an accident, Maren thinks the perfect dream might help her heal — and sneaks her a dream of flying, sure that it would be all right just this once. Unfortunately, a sinister new customer of the shop, Ms. Malo, saw what she did, and starts blackmailing Maren into making custom nightmares... nightmares which may be affecting the whole town of Rockpool Bay. Maren faces a difficult decision: if she protects the town and defies Ms. Malo, she might destroy her family's business forever. Fans of A Snicker of Magic and The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl will love this first in a fantasy duology that perfectly balances whimsy and suspense. Maren's story concludes in The Dream Spies.

    Ages: 9 - 12
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    C$18.11
    £10.39
    A$37.88
  45. The Thing I'm Most Afraid Of

    It's 1993, and 12-year-old Becca is wrestling with severe anxiety — which gets kicked into high gear when her divorced father moves to Vienna for work. Suddenly, her summer with him means a long international flight (will she get blood clots?) and a brand new country (no familiarity to help her avoid panic attacks.) Then she meets Felix, her dad's girlfriend's son, and Sara, their 19-year-old Bosnian au pair — a refugee who escaped the genocide in the former Yugoslavia. Sara's resilience convinces Becca that she might be braver than she thinks, and over the course of one summer, she discovers that the unexpected may be scary, but it can lead to change for the better. This powerful novel by the critically acclaimed author of The Lions of Little Rock is a thoughtful exploration of the many types of courage.

  46. The Science and Technology of Marie Curie

    Author: Julie Knutson
    Illustrator: Michelle Simpson

    Marie Curie not only changed the way we saw chemistry and physics: she also changed the way we saw women's role in the sciences! This book, published for the 110th anniversary of Curie's receipt of the Nobel Prize for chemistry, is part biography, part hands-on science guide, which gets kids learning about Curie's life and work while also exploring concepts like energy and matter. Kids will use materials they can easily find at home to try engaging activities like building a 3D model of the periodic table, or calculating the "half life" of candies! It's an enthralling way to learn more about Curie — and to spark an interest in chemistry and physics.

  47. The Robber Girl

    Five years ago, Robber Girl — who can't speak unless spoken to — was abandoned by her mother. She was rescued by Gentleman Jack, who gave her a dagger with a psychic voice in her head, and told her he'll give her a new name and a new home when she helps him claim his gold. But their planned stick-up turns out to be a trap, and Robber Girl finds herself living with a judge and his wife, who lost their two children to smallpox, in a town where a goddess supposedly grants boons. If Robber Girl can overcome her trauma, and the judge's wife can process her grief, they might just discover the goddess works in mysterious ways. This magical realism Western novel is at turns funny and emotionally powerful, exploring memory, identity, and healing.

  48. Almost There and Almost Not

    Author: Linda Urban

    11-year-old California Poppy is used to being dumped on unsuspecting relatives — but this is the first time she's even met Great-Aunt Monica, and Aunt Monica has no idea what to do with a kid. So she tells California to start researching their ancestor, Eleanor Fontaine. California soon discovers that the grand dame, who was once a famous etiquette expert, isn't quite gone: she's a ghost who's prone to exploding into clouds of dust when she's irate. There are other ghosts too, including a phantom dog, and soon California is surprised to discover she has dearly departed friends on her side... even when her life seems like it's going to get overturned again. This funny and heartfelt story celebrates finding home, and friendship, in unexpected places.

    Ages: 10 - 13
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    $13.28
    C$23.75
    £13.24
    A$30.02
  49. Sacagawea: Courageous Trailblazer!

    Illustrator: Cassie Anderson

    When Sacagawea was abducted during a raid on her Shoshone village as a girl, she had no idea that eventually she would become critical to one of the most important journeys in American history: the Lewis and Clark expedition! As a teenage mother, she carried her baby on her back as she led the expedition through dangerous terrain, negotiated with Native American tribes, and dealt with disasters like storms, floods, and more. This graphic biography from the Show Me History! series takes the story of a woman who is too often reduced to a footnote in the story, and gives her the tribute she deserves for changing American history.

  50. Once Upon a Camel

    Author: Kathi Appelt
    Illustrator: Eric Rohmann

    When Zada was a young camel, she had adventure after adventure: she won races for the Pasha of Smyrna, road a boat across an ocean, went on missions with the army, and even outwitted a mountain lion. Now, though, it's 1910, and she's alone, the last camel in Texas. When a giant dust storm comes to life, Zada knows she'll be fine... but when she discovers two baby kestrel chicks, too young to fly, she can't just walk by. Instead, she lets them nestle themselves between her ears, snuggled warmly in her fur, and keeps them calm with stories about her past. But Zada's not a young camel any more. Can an old camel with achy joints take on one more adventure if it means getting the chicks someplace safe and sound? Award-winning author Kathi Appelt's meticulously researched and charming tale, accented with over a dozen illustrations by Eric Rohmann, is perfect for fans of The One and Only Ivan.

  51. Orphans of the Tide

    Author: Struan Murray

    12-year-old orphan and inventor Ellie is responsible for maintaining the intricate and strange mechanisms of her floating City, which protects the last vestiges of humanity in the drowned world. When she finds a boy with no memory trapped in the belly of a dead whale, the City's Holy Inquisition decide that he must be the Vessel of the God Who Drowned the Gods, the Enemy who continually seeks to cause chaos. Ellie doesn't believe Seth is the Vessel, but to prove his innocence, she and her friends Finn and Anna will have to find the true Vessel... without Ellie revealing her own dangerous secret. This nuanced tale of fanaticism, oppression, and adventure, set in a compelling world of gadgets and mystery, is a series opener that will leave young readers eager for more.

    Ages: 10 - 13
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    $14.19
    C$20.28
    £6.55
    A$13.75
  52. While I Was Away

    Author: Waka T. Brown

    In Kansas, 12-year-old Waka is used to being the "smart Japanese girl" — even though she was born in America. But when her parents realize she doesn't understand even the basic Japanese they speak to her, they decide to send her to Tokyo for months, where she'll go to Japanese school and live with her strict grandmother Obaasama. In Japan, Waka is the "dumb foreigner" — so where does she belong? But as she settles in, Waka begins to connect with Obaasama, learning a bit about her own childhood and why she is so distant, and even discovers that she's stronger than she believed she was. Debut author Waka T. Brown has crafted an empowering memoir about a girl caught between two cultures that reminds young readers that what makes us different is also what makes us unique.

    Ages: 10 - 13
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    $16.99
    C$20.79
    £10.93
    A$29.19
  53. War and Millie McGonigle

    Author: Karen Cushman

    A lot is changing for Millie: her friend has moved away, her beloved Gram has recently died, and with Hitler attacking Europe, the United States may be going to war. Plus, her sickly sister demands all of her mom's attention, which means Millie has to be responsible for her little brother. It's hard to enjoy the sun and sand of California with so much changing so quickly, but with the help of Gram's last gift — a special notebook — and a new friend, Millie may manage to keep her center. The Newbery Award-winning author of Catherine, Called Birdy and The Midwife's Apprentice explores World War II on the homefront — including the challenges brought by rationing and the lingering effects of the Depression — through the eyes of a clever, determined Mighty Girl.

    Ages: 9 - 12
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    $7.99
    C$10.88
    £5.56
    A$15.95
  54. Of a Feather

    Author: Dayna Lorentz

    8-month old Rufus is a baby great horned owl who was already smaller than his sibling — and is therefore even more vulnerable when his mother is killed by a passing car. Meanwhile, 6th grader Reenie is at the mercy of social services — again — after her mother is hospitalized for mental illness, which means that this time she's going to live with a great-aunt she's never met. Aunt Beatrice, though, piques Reenie's curiosity with her work as a falconer and wildlife rehabber. When Rufus ends up in one of Beatrice's traps, he and Reenie develop an unexpected bond... one which might help both of them trust the world and soar. This poignant story, told in dual perspectives by Rufus and Reenie, is a celebration of resilience and the power of connecting with others — even when they're not the same species as you.

    Ages: 10 - 13
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    £7.08
    A$15.98
  55. The Woodcarver's Daughter

    Illustrator: Kaja Kajfez

    In a 1915 Russian stetl, 12-year-old Batya dreams of becoming a woodcarver, like her beloved father — but girls aren't permitted to carve, while her brother, who has no interest, is forced to start learning the trade. When a pogrom forces them to flee to America, Batya holds out hope that things will be different there (and practices her carving in secret, making toys for her little sister.) But life in New York is difficult: the tenements are cramped, Batya struggles to learn English, and her father can't seem to find work. It's not until Batya stumbles across a factory at the very end of the subway line that she realizes that she may be able to help her father — and achieve her dream. This atmospheric historical fiction novel is a powerful tale of the immigrant experience that celebrates a girl who is determined to make her own place in the world.

  56. Long Road to the Circus

    Author: Betsy Bird
    Illustrator: David Small

    Most of her family loves the farm life in 1920 Burr Oak, Michigan, but 12-year-old Suzy is sick of chores and dreams of seeing the world! When her "deadbeat" uncle Fred moves back home — only to mysterious skip farm duties — Suzy gets curious and follows him... where she meets the legendary Madame Marantette, a former circus queen, and her amazing ostriches, including the cantankerous Gaucho. Before long, Suzy is learning to ride Gaucho (and also getting lessons in comportment over tea.) Will Suzy ride an ostrich out of Burr Oak and into her dream life of fame, fortune, and travel? Energetic, funny, and full of heart, this charming book includes an author's note with details about the real-life Madame Marantette.

  57. Red, White, and Whole

    Reha feels trapped between two worlds: she stands out as the only Indian American student in her 1983 classroom, while at home her parents have high expectations (and only seem to notice her when she doesn't measure up.) Then her mother is diagnosed with leukemia and everything changes. Reha can't stand the sight of blood, but she wants to be a doctor, especially if it will help her Amma get better. But no matter how hard she works to be the perfect daughter, Reha can't stop Amma from dying... and then she has to figure out what comes after. Perfect for fans of Jasmine Warga and Thanhhà Lại, this intimate and deeply moving book explores grief, love, and how your relationships with your parents shift over time.

    Ages: 10 - 13
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    $12.97
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    £12.99
    A$29.04
  58. The Last Windwitch

    Author: Jennifer Adam

    12-year-old Brida was a foundling taken in by Mother Magdi, a kindly hedgewitch, but hard as she tries she doesn't have the knack for herbcraft. Instead, Brida discovers that she seems to have a gift for a more powerful magic... one that catches the eye of the wicked queen Moira, who drove her two sisters out and set the formerly peaceful realm off-balance, causing unpredictable weather and even the rise of monsters. With the huntsman — and, worse, Moira's Crow spies — on her tail, Brida starts to discover the truth behind her powers, and realizes that she may be the key to overturning Moira's reign... as long as she can maintain her courage and her firm sense of right and wrong. Brida will uncover her destiny against truly evil foes in this rich fantasy, perfect for fans of Shannon Hale and Kelly Barnhill.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $11.29
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    £12.99
    A$20.15
  59. Even and Odd

    12-year-old Emma, known as Even, and her sister Olivia, called Odd, live in an ordinary Connecticut town, but they have a secret: they were born in the magical world of Firoth, just across a hidden border, and they share some of its magical heritage. But recently the sisters have been clashing: Even is determined to practice magic and become a hero, while Odd just wants to volunteer at the local animal shelter. When a wizard's spell suddenly closes the border between the worlds, the two sisters — and a unicorn named Jeremy — will have to save the day... and in the process, each will have to appreciate the other's point of view. This vibrant fantasy, about a half-magic girl discovering that she has what it takes to be a hero, is full of whimsy, fun, and adventure.

  60. Taking Up Space

    Author: Alyson Gerber

    Basketball has always made Sarah feel better — especially when her mom, who struggles with disordered eating, doesn't feed Sarah, either. But now she's starting puberty, and everything about her body feels wrong... and it's even affecting her performance on the court. She starts setting herself strict rules about what, and when, she can eat, hoping to change her body back and feel a bit more in control. But when she's paired up with her crush Benny in health class, they start cooking together on weekends. Now she's going to have to figure out how to be honest with her friends — and Benny — about what's happening, and how to stand up for what she needs from her mother. Alyson Gerber, the author of Braced and Focused, explores issues around self-esteem and disordered eating in this book that celebrates the power of feeling good about yourself just as you are.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $12.80
    C$23.75
    £15.69
    A$32.24
  61. Wonder Women of Science: How 12 Geniuses Are Rocking Science, Technology, and the World

    When we talk about pioneering women in science, we often talk about the past — but the truth is that there are women leading groundbreaking work in STEM every day! In this exciting volume, award-winning aerospace engineer Tiera Fletcher tells her own story, and those of a dozen other scientists, doing everything from using math to fight human trafficking to fighting climate change. In each profile, the women talk about the paths that led them to their current work, the obstacles and failures they faced along the way, and why they love what they do. With back matter that includes ideas how you can get involved in STEM, this is the perfect book to help young readers recognize that they can think of themselves as scientists!

    Ages: 9 - 14
    Price:
    $12.79
    C$22.27
    £10.42
    A$37.33
  62. Treasure of the World

    Author: Tara Sullivan

    In 12-year-old Ana's poor Bolivian community, there's only one future ahead for most children: the boys will start working in the mines, and the girls will be wives of miners. But when their demanding, cruel father forces her sickly brother, Daniel, to start working, Ana volunteers to give up school and go in his place until he's well. Everyone thinks it's a bad idea — including the other miners, who think having a girl in the mine is a bad omen. And when an accident in the mine kills her father and leaves her brother missing, presumed dead underground, Ana musters the courage for a secret journey into the mountain to find him... one which will transform her and give her the strength to try to change her community forever. This powerful book that explores child labor, poverty, and the human cost of profit will open readers' eyes to the need for justice.

    Ages: 10 - 14
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    $8.99
    C$11.87
    £6.21
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  63. The Gilded Girl

    Author: Alyssa Colman

    12-year-old Emma lives in a world where every child has a hint of magic — but where only the wealthy and powerful are allowed to kindle it, so that they can use it as adults. As the daughter of a magical architect, she gets the opportunity to attend one of the best kindling schools in New York City: Miss Posterity’s Academy for Practical Magic. Meanwhile Izzy, a servant girl, is determined to find a way to hold onto her magic. When Emma's father dies, she strikes a bargain with Izzy: if Izzy helps her pay her debts to Miss Posterity by teaching her to work as a servant, Emma will teach Izzy what she knows about magic. Together, can they find a way to kindle their magic, despite all the obstacles? This magical story, which pays homage to the classic novel A Little Princess, explores friendship, class, and the power of the human spirit. Izzy's story continues in the follow-up, The Tarnished Garden.

    Ages: 8 - 12
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  64. Rolling Warrior

    The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution

    When Judy Heumann was 5, she was told she couldn't attend grade school — because her wheelchair made her a "fire hazard." But her parents, who had survived the Holocaust, and Judy, who had survived polio, weren't going to be stopped. In this powerful young readers’ edition of her acclaimed memoir, Being Heumann, Judy explains how she went from a child who just wanted to go to school to one of America's most prominent disability advocates and activists. She tells the story of suing New York City when she was denied a teacher's license, and of holding the longest sit-in protest in US history in San Francisco. Fans of the Oscar-nominated documentary Crip Camp will love this memoir that captures Judy's courage, persistence, and the rebellious streak that keeps her fighting for equal access.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $11.59
    C$19.75
    £7.78
    A$23.95
  65. What Lives in the Woods

    12-year-old Ginny is an aspiring mystery writer whose plans for a quiet summer get derailed when her father surprises the family with a month-long stay in an old mansion in Michigan. And it's not long before she learns some spooky rumors from the locals: stories about mutations, created by a mad scientist, that still lurk in the woods. It's not long before Ginny has seen some creepy things for herself, and with the help of a new friend, Will, she's determined to uncover the mystery... especially once she realizes that whatever is in the woods is coming after her! An atmospheric mystery full of thrilling discoveries, this is the perfect spooky read that will leave you wondering what's living in the darkness of the forest.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $6.70
    C$11.87
    £6.08
    A$12.12
  66. Violets Are Blue

    Author: Barbara Dee

    12-year-old budding makeup artist Wren loves doing special effects makeup — the experimental looks help her escape a world where her friendships are struggling and her parents are divorced. When she and her mom move to a new town, Wren is delighted that everything seems to fall into place: she meets some possible real friends and even gets picked to do makeup for her school's musical. But then Wren's mom starts acting strangely, and a disaster on opening night reveals that she's struggling with an opioid addiction — something that could cost Wren the new normal she's built. This powerful middle grade novel by the acclaimed author of My Life in the Fish Tank and Maybe He Just Likes You is a nuanced story that tackles tough issues with compassion and grace.

  67. RBG's Brave & Brilliant Women: 33 Jewish Women to Inspire Everyone

    In the last year of her life, iconic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg collaborated with her friend, journalist Nadine Epstein, to create this inspiring collection of stories of brave, brilliant Jewish women! From Biblical stories of women who defied expectation to follow their hearts, to women of history who fought for justice in times when it was a nearly impossible task, to the heroes of the 20th century, these women all dreamed big and fought to make their dreams possible. With an introduction by Ginsburg herself, and intriguing capsule biographies that convey how these women changed the world, this is an empowering book that will speak to people of all ages and faiths.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $14.99
    C$22.76
    £9.67
    A$24.99
  68. Cold War Correspondent: A Korean War Tale

    Author/Illustrator: Nathan Hale

    Marguerite Higgins wanted to be a reporter — and she didn't want to write for the society pages. By 1950, she had worked her way up to bureau chief of the Far East Asia desk for the New York Herald Tribune, keeping an eye on the tension around the border between North and South Korea. When the North Korean army invaded (with Soviet tanks), Higgins was there. She reported on the Communist capture of Seoul, fled with refugees, and saw the bridges over the Han River get destroyed. The U.S. Army said women didn't belong on the frontlines and ordered her to leave — so she appealed to General Douglas MacArthur, who personally lifted the ban on female war correspondents so she could stay. This pulse-pounding entry in the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales graphic novel series is a thrilling look at a pioneering woman journalist!

    Ages: 9 - 13
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    $11.00
    C$18.80
    £8.39
    A$17.14
  69. Daughter of the White Rose

    Author: Diane Zahler

    It's England in 1483, and young Nell is the daughter of the royal butcher. Even though she's a commoner, she's grown up with the royal children, including Prince Ned, the heir and her best friend. Even when Ned is sent away to prepare to be king, he writes to Nell, piquing her interest in reading and writing. But treachery is afoot: when King Edward dies, Ned's uncle, Richard III, claims the throne and imprisons Ned in the Tower of London. Nell wants to help Ned escape... but can she manage, and if she doesn't, what will happen to her? Based on the true and shocking story of the Princes in the Tower, this captivating historical fiction novel set against a historical story of betrayal and murder captures a girl's coming of age as she finds a way to live independently, despite the time.

    Ages: 9 - 12
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    $14.30
    C$24.15
    £14.60
    A$42.09
  70. The School Between Winter and Fairyland

    12-year-old Autumn has been a servant at the Inglenook School for young magicians for years — and she's determined to find out what happened to her brother, Winter, who mysteriously disappeared. He was supposedly taken by the Hollow Dragon, but Autumn is sure she's heard him calling to her from inside the castle's walls. When a boy named Cai Morrigan shows up who ticks all the boxes of Inglenook's prophesied "Chosen One," she's surprised when he comes to her for help... and strikes a bargain: he help her find her brother, and together they'll uncover the truth behind Inglenook School and defeat the Hollow Dragon for good. This clever, snarky, and original fantasy explores themes about class and equality amongst its magic spells and fearsome beasts — and invites readers to ask what it means to be a hero.

  71. The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy and the Snobs

    Author: Ann M. Martin
    Illustrator: Chan Chau

    When Kristy's mom got remarried and moved to a fancy neighborhood, the Baby-Sitters Club figured it was a chance to get some new business. But Kristy thinks her new neighborhood is the pits! The kids aren't friendly at all; they criticize Kristy's clothes; and worse, they make fun of the BSC. They even laugh and poor Louie, Kristy's elderly dog. Fortunately, Kristy and her friends know that, if anyone can teach these snobs a lesson, it's the Baby-Sitters Club. This tenth book in The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel series, adapted by Eisner Award-nominated artist Chan Chau, continues the relatable and touching adventures of these determined kids.

  72. Hettie and the London Blitz: A World War II Survival Story

    Illustrator: Jane Pica

    It's World War II, and Hettie knows that Adolf Hitler's Nazis are attacking all over Europe — and they have their sights set on Great Britain, too. Although she's just a schoolgirl, she sees the adults worrying and listens in to every whisper. And she helps make preparations, too, building a bomb shelter by her father's side and learning gas mask drills. When the bombs fall, she will be as ready as possible... but can she survive the Blitz? This thrilling installment in the Girls Survive series captures the day-to-day challenges facing everyone — including kids just like them — during World War II.

    Ages: 7 - 10
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    $7.95
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    £5.75
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  73. Across the Desert

    Author: Dusti Bowling

    A few years ago, Jolene and her mother were in a car accident — one which left her mother with a crippling addiction to opioids. Now 12 years old, Jolene is an aspiring mapmaker whose greatest joy is watching a livestream called The Desert Aviator and connecting with its 12-year-old pilot "Addie Earhart" online. But during one livestream, Jolene watches in horror as Addie's engine gives out and her ultralight plane plummets into the middle of the desert. When she can't convince any adults to investigate (or at least, not without triggering an investigation into her own home circumstances), Jolene sets out with a hand-drawn map to rescue Addie. With the help of an unexpected new friend, 17-year-old Marty, Jolene will have to brave the extreme desert heat if she's going to save the friend she's never met. Tense and poignant, this is a powerful story of survival and friendship.

  74. The Stars of Whistling Ridge

    Author: Cindy Baldwin

    12-year-old Ivy Mae Bloom's father and sisters are happy to live their live on the road in a Winnebago, following her mother's job as a (literal) fallen star... but Ivy isn't. She dreams of having a real home, with friends she can actually keep. When Ivy steals Mama's supply of wishes to wish for a permanent home, the calamities that follow lead the family to Whistling Ridge, North Carolina, where Mama's star sisters live. Ivy loves it there, and even makes some friends. But when the star sisters realize something is draining the town's magic, Ivy has to decide: does she give up on her chance for a place to put down roots, or help them break the curse? The award-winning author of Where the Watermelons Grow crafts a captivating tale of home and family that's perfect for fans of Corey Ann Haydu and Natalie Lloyd.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $14.99
    C$21.00
    £12.99
    A$29.91
  75. 365 Days to Alaska

    Author: Cathy Carr

    11-year-old Rigel loved growing up off the grid in a two-room cabin in Alaska — so when her parents divorce, and her mom moves her and her sisters to a suburb in Connecticut to live with their grandmother, she's devastated. Her one hope is her dad's promise that if she sticks it out for a year, he'll bring her back home. While her siblings settle in quickly, Rigel struggles, especially when she becomes a target for the mean girls at her new school. But then she befriends an injured crow that she finds behind the school, naming it Blueberry. Blueberry provides comfort when her dad's postcards and phone calls start tapering off, and even makes her realize that even wild things can build a life in the suburbs. At times both funny and heartfelt, this is a powerful novel about finding connection and home, wherever you find yourself.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $13.89
    C$21.99
    £9.69
    A$12.29
  76. Long Lost

    11-year-old Fiona's family have just moved to Lost Lake, Massachusetts, to foster her older sister Arden's figure skating career... even though it means uprooting Fiona from her tight-knit friends. She finds solace in the town's library, particularly a mystery novel that begins, "Once there were two sisters who did everything together. But only one of them disappeared." After particularly painful proof that Fiona is the family's lowest priority, she decides to unravel the true story behind the book with the help of a local boy named Charlie. Mysterious things happen in Lost Lake, and danger lurks in unexpected places — but as Fiona will discover, help and hope can come from surprising people too... even the sister she thinks doesn't care about her. This scary but not gory supernatural mystery is rooted in the sometimes difficult but always powerful bond between sisters.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $14.99
    C$20.79
    £9.60
    A$32.20
  77. The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams

    Poppy has grown up helping her father run Rhyme and Reason, a magical bookshop in 1944 Sutton, New York that caters to customers from both the past and the future. Although her older brother Al is first in line, she dreams of being a shopkeeper, and memorizes all the rules — including the most important one, that shopkeepers can't use the magic of the shop for themselves. But when Al's best friend is killed in the war, and her father falls sick, Al decides he wants to use the shop's magic to save his friend... and the only one who could stop him is Poppy. As dark forces grow, Poppy will have to reconcile her love for her brother with the potential consequences of misusing the bookshop's power. This powerful book, perfect for fans of Pages & Co., explores war, grief, and loyalty.

  78. The Trouble with Good Ideas

    12-year-old Leah's family moved to support her 93-year-old great-grandpa Zaide, and she feels like she belongs with him; she's an outsider at her new, mostly non-Jewish school. But then her parents start talking about an assisted living facility for Zaide — which is basically jail as far as Leah is concerned. She decides to see if Zaide's story about building a golem is real and creates one in her image (with the smaller nose she wishes for) to protect him. Unfortunately, while creating a golem is easy, controlling it is not... and when the golem starts showing up at her school, even winning over her classmates, Leah has to figure out how to stop it! Universal questions about belonging and modern Jewish traditions combine with a little humor and a lot of heart in this novel, perfect for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $16.99
    C$22.99
    £8.20
    A$21.11
  79. To Tell You the Truth

    Author: Beth Vrabel

    Trixy is grieving the loss of her beloved grandmother and facing having to repeat the fourth grade if she can't write a story for class. But she can't think of any stories of her own, only the ones Gran used to tell her — the ones only she believed. In desperation, Trixy figures there's no harm in passing off one of Gran's stories as her own... but people love it so much that everyone in town wants her to tell them a tale, too. Soon, there's only one story left: one she promised Gran she wouldn't share. So with the help of her friend Raymond, Trixy decides to set off on a journey to follow Gran's past, hoping to understand what that story made Gran so sad... and unlock her own stories to tell. Heartwarming and poignant, this Southern-infused story is perfect for fans of The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair and Three Times Lucky.

  80. Call Across the Sea

    Author: Kathy Kacer

    It's 1943, and 16-year-old Henny has spent years on her father's boat, the Gerda III — but recently, her joy at sailing has been tempered by the number of swastikas she can see flying from other masts. The Nazi occupation is getting more oppressive, and Henny starts to fear for her Jewish neighbors, including 10-year-old Susanne, who idolizes her. Henny takes the bold step of joining the resistance, and realizes that the Gerda III could be the ticket to getting some of Denmark's Jews to safety in Sweden... but the risks are high, and the consequences of getting caught are frightening to contemplate. This powerful book by the author of Louder Than Words explores the true story of how Denmark's resistance saved almost the entire Jewish population — with the help of courageous sailors just like Henny.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $9.45
    C$12.95
    £5.53
    A$22.64
  81. City Spies: Golden Gate

    Author: James Ponti

    The City Spies are back! 14-year-old Australian Sydney loves her work for the MI6-sponsored group of child secret agents, including an opportunity to go undercover on the Sylvia Earle, a marine research vessel hosting a marine biology program for girls that's being attended by two daughters of high-ranking British officials. But when the City Spies discover there may be a mole within the organization — and find out about the suspicious death of a retired MI6 agent — they take on not one but two missions all on their own. But who can they trust when anyone could be a double agent? This pulse-pounding sequel to City Spies is perfect for fans of Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $8.99
    C$11.87
    £5.78
    A$19.45
  82. The Legend of Auntie Po

    Author/Illustrator: Shing Yin Khor

    It's 1885, and 13-year-old Mei's family are trying to focus on their work in a Sierra Nevada logging camp in the years after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act. In her free time after cooking for 100 White lumberjacks and 40 Chinese workers, she tells stories of Po Pan Yin, a reinvention of Paul Bunyan as an elderly Chinese matriarch. For a while, the stories help, even when Mei sees the workers grumbling or when she starts recognizing her romantic feelings towards her best friend Bee. But when a boycott leads to the company laying off all the Chinese workers, Mei will have to find Auntie Po's spirit of determination inside herself. This stunning graphic novel which combines historical fiction and fable explores timely questions about the immigrant experience and who gets to own a myth.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $21.62
    C$29.69
    £21.40
    A$42.83
  83. Karma Moon - Ghost Hunter

    12-year-old Karma Moon absolutely believes in ghosts, just like her cinematographer father — and she's sure that the docuseries her father has been hired to create is going to be his big break. So she does her best to quiet her brain full of "what-ifs" — some about ghosts, some about her parents' recent separation — and heads off with her dad and her best friend Mags to film at the famously haunted Stanley Hotel. But the pressure is on: if they don't get a ghost on camera, there won't be a season two, and then Karma won't ever convince her mother that her dad can reliably pay the rent. With the help of a mysterious local boy named Nyx, can Karma prove the paranormal... and herself? A quirky and just-spooky-enough setting, and occasional spot art, make this a heartfelt and charming ghost story middle grade readers will love.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $37.41
    C$45.90
    £12.99
    A$32.99
  84. The Promise Witch

    Mup's gifts as the pathfinder have helped her depose a tyrant queen and slowly start the people of Witches Borough on a path towards trust and hope. But the exiled queen is still wreaking havoc: she sent a cursed winter, followed by a terrifying drought. Mup doesn't know if she's strong enough to mend the damaged land before Witches Borough dies forever. Worse, Magda, Crow's mother and a raggedy witch herself, has appeared, demanding Mup's help — with dangerous consequences if she refuses. Mup soon realizes that there are no easy solutions... but working together, perhaps all the people of Witches Borough can build a new and better life. This poignant conclusion to The Wild Magic Trilogy is full of questions about family, loyalty, and what it takes to heal.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $14.99
    C$21.77
    £11.70
    A$28.45
  85. Many Points of Me

    Georgia's father, who died two years ago, was a renowned artist who created three famous asterisms — paintings of patterns of stars. But to her he was just Dad. She's still wrestling with grief, and with resentment that Theo, her best friend, inspired some of her father's art, while there isn't any art of her — especially now that Theo has been embarrassing her in front of a new girl at school. Then she discovers a sketch of herself with pencil points on the back, just like the ones he used to create his asterisms. Determined to prove that he really did plan to make her into his fourth asterism, Georgia goes on a quest that takes her through the New York art world... back to the people who love her most. This is a gentle and poignant exploration of grief, friendship, and the power of creativity.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $7.56
    C$9.89
    £8.89
    A$16.35
  86. Summer of Brave

    12-year-old Lilla has spent years hiding her feelings — from her divorced parents, from her friends Vivi and Knox, and maybe even from herself. But things are getting tougher: her parents are pushing her towards a competitive magnet school (where she'll have to choose between art and science,) she's getting unwelcome comments about her body, and to her surprise, she's discovered she's developing a crush on Knox. When Vivi challenges her to tell the truth as part of a summer goal to be brave, Lilla has to figure out the balance between worrying about other people's feelings and protecting her own. This timely and important novel explores the power of acknowledging — and speaking — your truth.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $9.99
    C$13.99
    £8.01
    A$23.32
  87. Amber and Clay

    Illustrator: Julia Iredale

    In ancient Greece, a boy named Rhaskos and a girl named Melisto lead two very different lives. Melisto is precious as amber, an aristocrat's daughter — but she faces a life as a meek, tamed wife. Rhaskos is enslaved and is common as clay, but he has a gift for art and philosophy. By the time they meet — thanks to the actions of both people and gods — one of them will be a ghost, but their friendship will transcend death... and also provide a reminder of the power of being true to yourself. Told in dual perspectives, with lyrical text and black and white illustrations of "artifacts" to enhance the text, this is an epic tale full of heart and wonder.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $17.39
    C$29.69
    £11.23
    A$28.91
  88. Breathing Underwater

    Author: Sarah Allen

    Photography-loving 13-year-old Olive and her sister Ruth buried a time capsule on their favorite beach in California just before they moved to Tennessee. This year, they're taking the road trip of their dreams, riding an RV back across the country with their mom's cousin and his wife. But things are also very different than they were three years ago; Ruth's depression has deepened, and Olive is desperate to find the one memory or picture that might make Ruth smile again. Author Sarah Allen captures a powerful tale of sisterhood and coming to terms with a family member's mental health struggles in this emotional novel about finding both yourself and the best way to support a person you love.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $7.99
    C$10.88
    £4.99
    A$19.25
  89. Escape From Chernobyl

    Author: Andy Marino

    In the town of Pripyat in the Soviet Union, siblings Alina and Lev, and Alina's best friend Sofiya, are sleeping soundly in their beds, while Alina's cousin Yuri is working his night shift as a custodian at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. But when Reactor No. 4 explodes in a ball of fire, everything changes instantly. Alina and Lev's family flee, with the Communist party fast behind them in an attempt to deny the disaster even happened. Meanwhile, their friends and family in Pripyat face a disinformation campaign even as radiation spreads. Told in multiple perspectives, this fast-paced historical thriller — part survival story, part exploration of corruption and tragedy — is a poignant and hard-hitting story of an infamous disaster and coverup.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $6.99
    C$9.89
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    A$15.95
  90. Barb the Last Berzerker

    Author/Illustrator: Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson

    In the land of Bailiwick, the Berzerkers are a band of warriors who protect the land from monsters — and Barb is one of their newest recruits. But the Berserkers end up targeted by the nefarious Witch Head, who uses his magical sword to capture the Zerks. Barb is the only one to escape, and she managed to steal Witch Head's Shadow Blade along the way. Now she needs to team up with her friend Porkchop the yeti to battle vampire goats fiends, snot goblins, and a giant with foot odor, in hopes of rescuing her friends... before she loses control of the Shadow Blade's power. This laugh-out-loud graphic novel with a determined heroine who confronts both monsters and personal challenges is an introduction to Barb's world that will leave readers eager for the sequel.

    Ages: 7 - 12
    Price:
    $9.49
    C$16.82
    £11.19
    A$32.13
  91. Maya and the Robot

    Author: Eve L. Ewing
    Illustrator: Christine Almeda

    Maya's already anxious about fifth grade, but her worries ramp up when she discovers that for the first time since kindergarten, her best friends will be in a different class! She tries to shrug it off, but she's always struggled to make new friends, and right now it feels like too much is changing too fast. Then she finds something unexpected at the back of Mr. Mac's convenience store closet: a homemade robot named Ralph. Maya decides to see if she can get Ralph running again, and she not only manages to fix him up, but also realizes that she's capable of more than she thinks! This heartwarming story about an introverted girl discovering her talents is a reassuring read for kids who feel like they're not sure how to find their way.

  92. Thirteen Witches: The Memory Thief

    12-year-old Rosie knows she'll never get the love she craves from her neglectful mother, so she's turned to reading — and writing — fantasy stories instead. But when her best friend Germ seems to be growing up faster than her, and suggests they get rid of "childish things," Rosie burns her stories... and in the process reveals The Witch Hunter’s Guide to the Universe, a guide about thirteen malevolent witches... one of whom cursed Rosie's mom, the last known witch hunter, stealing her memories and causing her indifference to her daughter. Now, Rosie will rely on unexpected supernatural allies and her own courage and imagination in the hopes of defeating the Memory Thief. This heartfelt and magical trilogy opener from bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson is a reminder of the power of stories, both to provide hope and to work for change. Rosie's story continues in The Sea of Always.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $6.92
    C$11.87
    £7.19
    A$18.41
  93. The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst

    6th grader Esther considers herself a very mediocre person — certainly nothing special compared to her brilliant older and younger sisters. When she goes back to Katherine Valley Boarding School, though, something is wrong: her best friends aren't at school — and haven't been in touch all summer; her new teacher, Mrs. Pollock, is strangely monstrous to students; and the mountains around the school are full of Shadow Mages. But with no one there to help, Esther is the only one who can take the lead... if she can convince herself she's not so ordinary after all. Set in the Kingdoms and Empires world from The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone and The Whispering Wars, this is an uplifting story that reminds readers how much they can do when they have the courage to change the world.

  94. Candidly Cline

    13-year-old Cline grew up steeped in music by her grandmother's favorite female country singers; she dreams of becoming a singer-songwriter herself. When she finds out about a young musician's workshop, she thinks it's her big ticket... but the fee is too much for her single mother to pay on a diner waitress salary, especially with her grandmother's advancing Alzheimer’s putting strain on the family. Cline takes matters into her own hands (with a few fibs along the way) and ends up paired with Sylvie to collaborate on an original song — but when Cline realizes her butterflies around Sylvie are her first crush, she also discovers how much of herself she's been hiding. It turns out this workshop may help her sing the song she's been dreaming of her whole life. This touching and sweet queer coming-of-age story is perfect for fans of Julie Murphy and Ashley Herring Blake.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $11.75
    C$20.79
    £12.78
    A$29.82
  95. The Last Cuentista

    It's 2061, and 12-year-old Petra Peña is an aspiring storyteller, following in the footsteps of her abuelita — but when a solar flare knocks Halley's Comet off course, directly into the path of the Earth, her scientist parents are selected for a journey to a new planet in hopes of saving the human race. Their whole family boards a ship and are put into stasis for the centuries-long journey. But when she awakes, Petra learns that a cult called The Collective has taken over and purged the memories of humanity's past — by whatever means necessary. Somehow, they missed Petra, and now she has to decide if she can or should share her stories... and whether they are part of what makes us human. This stunning speculative fiction novel from Pura Belpré Honor-winner Donna Barba Higuera is a tribute to the power of storytelling and of the human mind.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $16.49
    C$17.99
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    A$31.73
  96. Tangled Up in Luck

    Author: Merrill Wyatt

    Seventh grade volleyball star Sloane is dreading having to work with overly dramatic outcast Amelia on a school project investigating the story of their town's long-missing treasure; surely, she thinks, it means "guaranteed social death." Amelia, however, has some good ideas for untangling the mystery of two best friends and their missing jewels. As they slowly work their way through the clues, they realize that their teacher many have been manipulated into setting the assignment by someone nefarious — and that solving the mystery is a dangerous quest. And along the way, they might even discover they have more in common than they thought... This middle grade mystery series opener is full of action and fun, perfect for fans of Book Scavenger and Lemons.

  97. Horse Girl

    Author: Carrie Seim

    7th grader Wills adores horses, so when her Air Force pilot mother is deployed overseas for a year, she tries to soften the blow with lessons at the Oakwood Riding Academy — one of the most prestigious barns in her Nebraska town. While Wills is thrilled at the idea of being a #HorseGirl, things start off rough: she falls on her first attempt at jumping a fence, mean girl Amara is determined to keep her out of the posse, and she feels super self-conscious in front of the boys. But an encouraging anonymous note convinces her to keep at it, and with her rescue horse Clyde by her side, she knows she can make it. Laugh-out-loud funny moments and relatable worries about peer pressure, friendship, and self-confidence make this middle grade novel the perfect reminder that it takes everyone a while to find their place in the herd.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $14.99
    C$22.76
    £9.72
    A$28.56
  98. Athena: Goddess of Wisdom and War

    Illustrator: Isabel Greenberg

    Learn all about Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, war, and courage, in this graphic novel from the Tales of Great Goddesses series! Athena was ready to excel from the moment she sprung from Zeus' head, even when people doubted that such a young goddess could possess much power. She outwitted Poseidon to become the namesake of the city of Athens, helped Perseus defeat the dangerous Medusa, and even helped Odysseus find his way home after years lost at sea. Packed with gorgeous illustrations, stories pulled straight from Greek myth, and fun sidebars, this appealing graphic novel captures the achievements and humanity of one of the great Greek gods.


    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price:
    $13.49
    C$12.70
    £14.53
    A$31.25
  99. The Lost Language

    Author: Claudia Mills

    6th grader Betsy considers herself "good at being second" — although that often puts her at odds with her controlling mother's high expectations of her. She's also used to caving to her best friend Lizard; it's hard to speak up when Lizard will just shut her down. When Betsy learns from her mom, a linguistics professor, that thousands of languages are going extinct, Lizard becomes obsessed with the idea of saving one, Guernésiais. But those who still speak it aren't as grateful as the girls expected, and Betsy would rather be joining in with the school musical than devoting all her time to learning a dying language. As Betsy starts to assert herself to both her mother and to Lizard, she also starts to wonder if some languages — and some friendships — can't be saved. This poignant novel in verse explores nuanced issues about relationship, identity, and what it means to communicate.

  100. Pizazz

    Author/Illustrator: Sophy Henn

    Born into a family of superheroes, Pizazz knows that it's not all it's cracked up to be — who names their child "Pizazz," for one thing? Plus, she's tired of always wearing the same outfit, complete with glittery cape and permanent wedgie, and of comparing herself to her always-perfect younger sister, Red. When the family moves to a new town, Red quickly becomes popular, while Pizazz just wishes that she could be normal for a while. But when the local park near the school is on the verge of being bulldozed for a parking lot, Pizazz has to decide whether to keep her head down and let the park get destroyed... or accept her role as a superhero. This hilarious, heavily illustrated series opener, packed with realistic snark and insecurities from Pizazz, is sure to speak to kids who have been waiting for a superhero who seems a little more like them.

    Ages: 8 - 10
    Price:
    $10.66
    C$23.99
    £12.48
    A$20.55
  101. Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom

    Kiki has alwasy struggled with worry, but now her anxiety is running away with her — and the only way she can ease it is drawing in her sketchbook, where she's created a magical world called Mysore inspired by her mother's Indian myths and legends. But when the characters on its pages spring to life, Kiki ends up falling into Mysore, where she gets to meet the band of characters she created that protect the kingdom... and learns that their fearsome enemy, the demon king Mahishasura, is hoping to take over both the imaginary world and the real one. Kiki created this world, so she has a responsibility to protect it — but that means learning to face her fears and discover her own power. This thrilling fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time, is both an action-packed romp and an empathetic look at living with anxiety.

  102. Sunny Makes a Splash

    Illustrator: Matthew Holm

    It's the late 1970s, it's the middle of summer, and Sunny is bored out of her mind. The only respite from the heat (and from her mom, who constantly wants her to baby-sit) is the community pool... so Sunny is thrilled when she gets offered a job at the snack shack. Not only is she making a little money, but there's also a very sweet boy working with her. Mom's frustrated that Sunny is so determined to set her own path, and things get even more complicated when Gramps shows up for a visit, but one thing is certain: by the end of this summer, Sunny will prove she can keep her head above water on her own. The fourth book of the best-selling Sunny graphic novel series captures an early teen facing first crushes, struggles for independence, and a summer that will change her forever.

  103. The Ambassador of Nowhere Texas

    Thirty years ago, in 1971, Rylee's father Toby had a life-changing summer that included a brief and unexpected friendship with Zachary Beaver. This year, Rylee is facing her own challenges: heartbreak over the 9/11 attacks, and a faltering friendship with her best friend Twig. When a new kid from New York, Joe, moves into the small town of Antler, Rylee and Joe become fast friends, with Joe even feeling comfortable telling Rylee that his father was one of the 9/11 first responders. Soon, the pair have a new project in mind: reunite Toby with Zachary Beaver and see if rebuilding that friendship can help the rest of the world feel less broken. This companion to the National Book Award-winner When Zachary Beaver Came to Town is a celebration of friendship and perseverance.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $16.99
    C$22.99
    £12.89
    A$30.04
  104. girl stuff.

    Author: Lisi Harrison

    Fonda, Drew, and Ruthie are sure that seventh grade is going to be the best year ever: for the first time, all three of them will be going to the same school. For Fonda, it means no more being overshadowed by her older sister; for Drew, ditching the private school uniform and getting to go to school with the boy who seems really into her; and for Ruthie, dropping the long list of rules from her alternative school. But on the first day, Ruthie gets placed in the Talented and Gifted program, whose students are kept separate. Then Drew's crush acts like he's never even met her. And Fonda gets the chance to hang out with the popular girls... but Ruthie and Drew aren't invited. Fortunately, their years-long friendship is strong enough to sustain all three of them through a tumultuous year! This light, charming, and funny novel is perfect for fans of The Baby-Sitters Club and Invisible Emmie.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $7.49
    C$11.87
    £5.56
    A$17.17
  105. Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel

    Illustrator: Savanna Ganucheau

    11-year-old Turtle has already seen enough of life in 1935 to know that the happy endings of the movies are make believe. Her family struggles to make ends meet, and it's hard to have big dreams when you're not sure if you'll have a roof over your head. When Turtle's mother get a job as a housekeeper — for a boss who hates kids — Turtle goes to live with relatives in Florida. But playing with her boy cousins (and discovering a few family secrets) under the sun makes her realize that her story could have a happy ending after all. This graphic novel adaptation of the Newbery Honor winning Turtle in Paradise celebrates finding your way... and coming out of your shell.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $10.59
    C$17.81
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    A$19.35
  106. Scribbles, Sorrows, and Russet Leather Boots: The Life of Louisa May Alcott

    Author: Liz Rosenberg
    Illustrator: Diana Sudyka

    Louisa May Alcott never quite fit with her family's plan, from her ill-timed birth, just as her father lost the patron for his school, to her hopes for a career as an author and life as an independent woman. Alternating between struggles with poverty and friendships with great thinkers, Alcott developed a unique perspective and unusual social conscience. And with her book Little Women, she found herself catapulted to fame... with all the advantages and disadvantages that implied. Drawing on journals and letters from both Alcott and her family and friends, author and poet Liz Rosenberg has created a complex, nuanced portrait of this beloved writer.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $21.50
    C$31.12
    £13.81
    A$21.79
  107. Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy

    Illustrator: Salena Barnes

    When Misty Copeland first started dancing at the age of 13, it was hard to imagine herself as a world-famous ballerina — in part because she rarely saw faces like hers on stage. But after she saw an African American ballerina on a magazine cover at the age of 16, she realized that there were other trailblazing women, just like her. In this powerful book, Copeland introduces young readers to 27 pioneering women of color who changed American ballet, exploring how their stories have affected dance as a whole and her own career in particular. This is an empowering, gorgeously illustrated celebration of women of color in dance.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $15.37
    C$24.74
    £9.21
    A$35.06
  108. The Way of the Hive: A Honey Bee's Story

    Author/Illustrator: Jay Hosler

    Nyuki (Swahili for bee) has just emerged, and already she has so many questions. Her patient mentor, Dvorah (Hebrew for bee) helps her find answers to some of her many questions, like why a queen bee sometimes leave her hive and where all the honey comes from. But some things have to be experienced to be understood — like when Nyuki finally listens to her inner voice, which tells her to go out of the hive in search of adventure! After avoiding predators, seeking out food, and mastering the way of the hive, Nyuki returns — just in time to pass her own wisdom on to Melissa (Greek for bee) before the first snow falls. This stunning graphic novel, part coming-of-age story and part education on bees, stars three delightful bee characters and plenty of accurate information, perfect for fans of the Science Comics series.

    Ages: 8 - 12
    Price:
    $10.39
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  109. Unforgotten: The Wild Life of Dian Fossey and Her Relentless Quest to Save Mountain Gorillas

    Author: Anita Silvey

    Dian Fossey fulfilled a dream in 1963, scraping together her savings and a loan and traveling to Africa. She soon fell in love with mountain gorillas, and became determined to study them in the wild — and with the help of paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey, she finally had the chance. Fossey's 18 years of research into the gorillas changed the way people thought of these previously little-understood creatures, but her aggressive anti-poaching measures made enemies of many, and she was murdered in her camp in 1985. However, her legacy lives on: today, twice as many mountain gorillas live in the wild as when she began her studies. Concluding Silvey's trilogy of biographies on Leakey's "Trimates," which includes Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall and Undaunted: The Wild Life of Biruté Mary Galdikas, this nuanced and stunning book will inspire young animal-lovers.

    Ages: 8 - 12
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    $17.29
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  110. Where We Used to Roam

    Author: Jenn Bishop

    6th grader Emma is used to being in the shadow of her older brother, Austin, but this year she's found a niche in the art club despite being discouraged by her best friend, Becca. Then, everything falls apart all at once: one of Emma's new friends publicly humiliates Becca, and Emma's parents reveal that Austin has become addicted to opioids after surgery for a football injury. Austin goes to rehab and Emma gets sent to stay with family friends in Wyoming, where she hopes to make a fresh start. With the help of a new friend named Tyler, Emma will have to come to terms with the truth about Austin, figure out how to apologize to Becca, and find a way forward despite it all. Combining the tough issue of addiction with the challenges of evolving friendships, this heartfelt middle grade novel is perfect for fans of The Seventh Wish and Violets Are Blue.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $15.69
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  111. Ghost Girl

    11-year-old Zee Puckett loves telling ghost stories — which help distract her from her father's ongoing search for work — to her best friend Elijah, but when she encounters a REAL ghost on a school library trip, it seems like she's in a ghost story brought to life. But in most ghost stories, there isn't a mean girl at school like Nellie, who nicknames Zee Ghost Girl and mocks everything about her. When a fight with Nellie attracts the attention of the eerie new Principal Scratch, things go from bad to worse, as everyone's selfish wishes start coming true. Zee, Elijah, and Nellie will have to work together to figure out what's happening... and how to stop it. An atmospheric tale that tackles bullying, body positivity, class prejudice, and more, this creepy story is perfect for fans of Small Spaces and Nightbooks.

    Ages: 10 - 13
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    $14.49
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    £16.52
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  112. The Shape of Thunder

    Author: Jasmine Warga

    Cora and Quinn were friends from the age of 2... until last year, when Quinn's older brother Parker carried out a school shooting that killed Cora's older sister Mabel. Cora knows it's not Quinn's fault, but she's wrestling with grief, and Quinn can't help but feel guilty. On the day Cora turns 12, Quinn leaves her a note: she's become focused on the idea of time travel as a way to "fix everything" and she hopes Cora will join her. As the two former friends start unraveling the mysteries of time, Cora also ponders her Lebanese heritage, which isn't part of her life but which affects how others see her... and Quinn struggles to tell Cora one more secret. The author of Other Words for Home has created a moving story, told in alternating perspectives, about how belief can help heal friendship, grief, and other wounds.

    Ages: 10 - 13
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    $12.97
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    £10.99
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  113. Da Vinci's Cat

    When 11-year-old Bee discovers a picture — supposedly by the famous painter Raphael — that looks just like her, she's shocked. Then a friendly cat emerges from a strange cabinet in her neighbor's attic... and when she follows the cat back through it, it takes her to Renaissance Rome! There, she meets 11-year-old Federico, a political hostage in Pope Julius II's castle, who's been witnessing the legendary rivalry between Raphael and Michelangelo as it happens. The pair become unexpected friends, but they also accidentally mess with history! Now they'll have to work together to get things back in order... and to get Bee back home. With vivid descriptions of the Renaissance setting and a story told in dual perspectives between Federico and Bee, this is an action-packed time-slip adventure that's facilitated by one clever cat.

    Ages: 9 - 12
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    £12.39
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  114. The Ghost of Midnight Lake

    Author: Lucy Strange

    12-year-old Lady Agatha Asquith's life turns upside down in 1899, when her father the Earl of Gosswater dies — and she discovers that she was illegally adopted. That gives her malicious cousin, Clarence, the chance to evict her from the estate and claim it for himself. Agatha finds herself in a tiny cottage with a stranger who's supposedly her biological father, doing chores and struggling with both grief and her new life. But after befriending Bryn, an orphan, and exploring the Asquith cemetery, she encourages a ghost girl tied to her family. There are more secrets about Agatha's past to uncover, and she's determined to claim what's rightfully hers — including the Queen Stone, a lost heirloom that may help the ghost rest. A spooky ghost story with a heroine determined to learn the truth at the lead makes this and eerie mystery young readers will love.

    Ages: 10 - 13
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    $15.03
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    £5.94
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  115. Across the Pond

    For 7th grader Callie, the revelation that her parents have inherited a run-down castle in Scotland couldn't have come at a better time: her classmates have turned on her, and this is the perfect chance to reinvent herself... until an embarrassing moment on her first day of school sets things off on the wrong foot. She convinces her parents to let her homeschool, but they set the condition that she has to participate in a social activity. Inspired by a World War II journal she finds in her bedroom, she decides to join a local birding club. As she connects with a few of the local kids — and starts to recognize truths about what went wrong back in San Diego — Callie might just find both a passion for birds and a way towards a new beginnings. This heartwarming story explores friendship, self-identity, and the joy of finding where you belong.

    Ages: 10 - 13
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    $7.87
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    £6.22
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  116. A Kind of Spark

    Author: Elle McNicoll

    11-year-old Addie is used to being the weird one in her small Scottish town: neither her peers nor the adults in her life really understand her special interests, her sensory issues, and her exhaustion with trying (and sometimes failing) to mask her autistic behaviors and seem "normal." But when she learns that her town hosted witch trials centuries ago, she discovers a cause: creating a memorial for the women who were burned just for being different. With the help of her outspoken sister Keedie, who's also autistic, and a new friend named Audrey, Addie is determined to make her voice heard. Written by an award-winning, neurodivergent author, this is a compelling story about acceptance of differences and being true to yourself perfect for fans of Song for a Whale and Counting by 7s.

  117. Abby, Tried and True

    Author: Donna Gephart

    12-year-old Abby knows she's supposed to be brave, but that seems impossible this year: first her best friend, Cat, moves to Israel, and then her older brother, Paul, is diagnosed with cancer. That leaves her trying to navigate seventh grade (and her social anxiety) with no best friend, while she, Mom Rachel, and Mama Dee wrestle with the emotional toll of Paul's difficult treatment. When a boy named Conrad moves in next door, Abby is surprised to discover that she's able to make friends... and that she might feel like being more than friends. It turns out that you can still be a good friend and sister, even if you don't feel brave all the time. With a warm family dynamic (complete with details of modern Jewish traditions) and a compassionate tone, this book celebrates a girl finding ways to feel comfortable in her own skin during the most difficult of times.

    Ages: 10 - 13
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    $7.99
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    £8.79
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  118. Better With Butter

    12-year-old Marvel's generalized anxiety disorder keeps her worrying over everything from earthquakes and food poisoning to being called on by the teacher and walking home alone. To her, these worries are armor: better to be prepared for anything. But she surprises herself when she rescues a baby goat being teased by a group of kids on the soccer field. Butter, it turns out, is a fainting goat, who freezes up and falls over when she's scared; Marvel knows just how that feels. In fact, while it started out with Marvel helping Butter, Butter also helps Marvel, and she considers getting Butter to serve as an emotional support animal. That won't be easy, though, so Marvel will have to muster her courage to fight for her new friend... and herself. This heartwarming novel captures both the struggles of life with anxiety and the power of connecting with an animal.

  119. Dream Big! How to Reach for Your Stars

    Abigail Harrison, AKA Astronaut Abby, has known she wanted to go to space since she was 4. At 11, she wrote out a plan to do just that! In this book, the founder of The Mars Generation lays out a framework for kids to figure out what their dreams are... and how to reach them. Abby provides examples from her own life, including plenty of fun anecdotes about the successes and slip-ups she had along the way, as she explores how to figure out what matters to you, how to plan for your goal, and how to handle the inevitable course changes — some small, some large — that you'll make along the way. With fun illustrations and plenty of encouragement, this is the perfect guide to encourage her to dream big!

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price:
    $12.99
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    £6.13
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  120. Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls

    Author: Kaela Rivera

    In Tierra del Sol, everyone knows that powerful spirits called criatura occasionally roam the desert — and that 12-year-old Cece's childhood encounter with one left her with a weakened soul. Instead, they idolize Cece's 15-year-old sister Juana, who assists in the rituals that protect the town. But when El Sombrerón, the Bride Stealer, kidnaps Juana in front of Cece's eyes, she's determined to rescue her. To do that, though, she'll have to consort with criatura, something that only dark magicians called brujas do. Cece will have to hide her quest from both her parents and from the brujas she asks to teach her... but with legendary criatura Coyote by her side, she might just succeed, changing how people think of bruja along the way. Based on Aztec myth, this adventure-packed middle grade novel is perfect for fans of The Storm Runner and Aru Shah and the End of Time.

    Ages: 10 - 13
    Price:
    $16.98
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    £12.99
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  121. The Last Bear

    Author: Hannah Gold
    Illustrator: Kate Slater

    11-year-old April's father has been neglectful and overwhelmed by grief since her mother died seven years ago. When he accepts a six month position at Bear Island in the Arctic, April hopes the solitude will bring them closer together, but instead he seems more distant than ever. Her father tells her that there are no polar bears left on Bear Island, so April is shocked when she finds one — hungry, injured, and lonely. Her gift for befriending animals allows the two to trust one another, and soon they're planning adventures together, including a mission to get Bear home. But when April realizes how the melting ice caps have affected the polar bears, she becomes determined to do all she can to save Bear — and the Arctic. An appealing heroine and a powerful message about environmental stewardship make this a touching story perfect for fans of Pax and A Wolf Called Wander.

    Ages: 9 - 12
    Price:
    $7.99
    C$9.89
    £12.99
    A$34.43
  122. The Night Ride

    In Sonnia's kingdom, poor "lane kid" girls like her have no chance to work with the royal horses — even though Sonnia loves horses more than anything. When her brother lucks into a position at the royal stables, she falls in love with one horse named Ricochet — and when Ricochet is moved to the racetrack on the other side of town, Sonnia actually manages to get a job at the stables there. For the first time, she dares to dream: her new wages could both help her family and let her save to buy Ricochet for herself! But when she learns that the other stablehands compete in the Night Race, a dangerous and highly illegal race that endangers all the horses, she faces a tough decision: does she keep their secret so Ricochet can be hers, or does she risk everything to save the other horses, too? This middle grade adventure novel that's part The Black Stallion, part Tamora Pierce, is perfect for young horse lovers.

    Ages: 9 - 12