When Marianne visits the beach, she digs for buried treasure — and the treasure she discovers is a real life dinosaur skeleton. After naming her skeleton Bony, Marianne wishes it would come to life, and to her delight, Bony responds. Now a green-skinned, apatosaurus-like creature who can swim and fly, Bony sets off with Marianne on some amazing adventures, including meeting other children with their own dream dinos! When the night is done, the children return to their homes and the beach.... where they continue digging, the adults none the wiser. This charming celebration of imagination (and dinosaurs) will delight young readers.
June Almeida loved science, even as a young girl growing up in Glasgow, Scotland. But even though she was a top student, her family struggled financially and she had to leave school at the age of 16. She was determined, though, to find a way to pursue a scientific career and she was hired by a local hospital to work in its lab. There, she proved that she had an incredible talent for using a microscope to examine cells, making discoveries that helped doctors treat patients. And after years of working with electron microscopes and identifying viruses, she made a very special discovery — the first human coronavirus! This fascinating picture book, which includes a timeline and photos of June and her historic virus photographs in the back matter, celebrates a pioneering virologist whose groundbreaking work continues to help researchers today in the fight against illnesses caused by viruses, including COVID-19.
12-year-old Clementine Morcerous is being groomed to take over for her father, the Dark Lord Elithor, and she's learning everything she needs to be a truly dastardly Evil Overlord (even if she admits to herself that she prefers the light to the dark.) But when her father is cursed by the Whittling Witch, Clementine finds herself unexpectedly having to take over rather early. As her father's magic beings to falter, she relies on new friends, including a bewitched sheep, a paper chicken, and a local boy who dreams of being a hero. The funny premise and clever wordplay draw kids in, while the surprisingly deep story explores community, forgiveness, and what happens when you defy familial expectations to follow your heart. Kids will love the unique characters of this story, and hope to return to Clementine's world soon.
Where does this girl's musical journey begin? Perhaps it begins because her uncle has a cold, so he gives her his ticket. Or perhaps it begins hundreds of years before, when, "Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music— / a man named Franz was inspired to create his own." And perhaps, when the girl grows up, she will be the "because" for someone else's love of music. Because sometimes it’s the smallest moments that have the biggest impact. Best-selling author Mo Willems' exquisite story captures the magical influence that chance moments have on our hearts, through the eyes of one girl whose musical awakening becomes a life-long passion.
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.
Growing up, Jane Austen was funny, a bit of a troublemaker — and gifted with words. She loved writing stories that made people laugh, particularly when they were inspired by life in a country village like hers. But when Jane grew older, facing sadness and loss as well as laughter and joy, she didn't know when she would find her writing voice again. When she did, it was full of humor, satire, and heart — and it made her one of the English language's most popular novelists. This energetic celebration of Austen's life and of creativity itself is perfect for fans of I Dissent and She Persisted.
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.
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.
Morrigan Crow knows she's cursed: she was born on the unluckiest day, she gets blamed for every misfortune, and everyone reminds her that she's doomed to die on midnight of her next birthday. Then a mysterious man named Jupiter North appears and whisks her away to a magical city called Nevermoor. But her residence isn't permanent: Morrigan is Jupiter's selection to compete for a place in the Wundrous Society... and if she fails, she'll have to face her deadly fate. Exciting, whimsical, and colorful, this book will be a favorite with readers who love fantasy and adventure; Morrigan's adventures continue in Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow and Hollowpox: the Hunt for Morrigan Crow.
This vibrant picture book presents a colorful world of possibilities — from astronaut to zoologist and everything in between — for Mighty Girls with big dreams! Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a career, from veterinarian to judge to firefighter, and features a fun illustration of a woman at work and a one-line description about the impact she makes on the world ("A is for Astronaut. She blasts into outer space to explore new worlds.") This oversized board book featuring a diverse array of women will leave Mighty Girls dreaming of what their own futures will bring!
In an alternate 1983 London, Susan Arkshaw is looking for the father she's never met when her search crashes head on into Merlin, one of the booksellers, a family of magical beings who prevent the Old World of legends from intruding into the world of the New (and run several bookshops on the side.) Merlin and his sister Vivien are searching for the Old World being who killed their mother... and their quest seems to overlap with Susan's. As the line between Old and New Worlds starts to break down, Susan, Merlin, and Vivien must figure out how the pieces go together — and whether they can save the world. Bestselling fantasy author Garth Nix crafts a rollicking story of magic, mystery, and books in this novel which will leave readers eager for more adventures with the booksellers.
Brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert intended to adopt an orphan boy to help them on their family farm; instead, a flame-haired 11-year-old named Anne (with an e) shows up instead! The imaginative and exuberant girl may bring plenty of misadventures to the Cuthbert household — and to their community — but she also brings a sprinkle of wonder, a dash of romance, and a knack for turning the everyday into the extraordinary. This gorgeous graphic novel adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's beloved classic brings Anne of Green Gables to new life.
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.
18-year-old Zofia is struggling to heal her body and rebuild her mind after liberation from Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. Three years ago, everyone in her family except her brother, Abek, as sent to the gas ovens; now, she can't remember the last time she saw Abek, but she knows she promised to find him. At a displaced persons camp, she meets others like her, trying to find a life after the horrors of the Holocaust, and even starts to feel like she could love someone again. But Zofia's trauma makes her memory unreliable, and she begins to wonder what exactly she will discover if she can put the pieces together. This stunning historical mystery by award-winning author Monica Hesse explores how the Holocaust affected survivors — and the incredible ability of humanity to overcome evil.
When Mary Anning was a girl, she joined her father hunting for fossils near her home in England — a way for the family to make a little extra money. The sharp-eyed girl discovered something even more exciting: dinosaur bones! Anning's discoveries rocked the world, because they proved that life was far older than people thought — and that some creatures had gone extinct. But because people believed women couldn't be scientists, she rarely got credit for what she found. Today, though, we recognize her influence on our understanding of the world! This vibrant picture book telling of Anning's life includes fascinating back matter about Anning, plus lots of fossil facts!
The Great Depression has cost Ellie's family almost everything, and their plan to start over in the forests near Echo Mountain turns tragic when her father has a tree-felling accident that leaves him in a coma. Ellie doesn't fear the woods — even though her mother blames Ellie for the accident — and she finds freedom as she takes over many of his chores. When she learns about elderly Cate, a healer that most of the community call "the hag," Ellie wonders if she might be able to help. It turns out that Ellie can help Cate too... and in the process will discover her own healing gifts. Atmospheric and timeless, this book is a powerful story of finding your own path and the ways that compassion can heal a community.
The spirited Anne of Green Gables comes to life in a charming chapter book series for early readers! Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are shocked when the orphan waiting at the train station isn't a helpful boy like they expected — instead, it's the imaginative and exuberant red-headed Anne (with an e). If Anne wants to build a new home and family in Avonlea, she'll have to learn a little patience and understanding, but it turns out that her creativity and boldness stand her in good stead too! This first book in an illustrated early reader series inspired by L.M. Montgomery's classic novel will delight Anne fans both new and old. Fans of the series can check out the second book, Anne's Kindred Spirits.
11-year-old Tilly Pages' mother disappeared shortly after she was born, and she found solace in the thousands of books at her grandparents' bookshop, and her one friend, Oskar. But when some of the avid reader's favorite characters — including Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland — make an appearance, Tilly learns she can travel into any story she chooses. Tilly's bookwandering is more powerful than most, though, and when a creepy employee of the shop follows her into the books, she and Oskar must dig into the mystery... which might even reveal what really happened to Tilly's mother. This imaginative ode to the magic of books is sure to make young readers wish they could bookwander with Tilly. For more of Tilly's adventures, check out our Pages & Co. Collection.
When Ruby first meets the Worry, a yellow scribble with a furrowed brow, it's so small that she barely notices it. But over time, it gets bigger and bigger — and it starts draining all the other colors from the page. Before long, it's so big that the Worry keeps Ruby from doing the things she loves. Then one day, she sees a boy at the playground with a blue-scribble Worry of his own... and when she talks to him about it, she discovers that talking about your Worries can help keep them manageable and small. This kid-friendly story is an excellent way to talk to kids about anxiety and worry while highlighting that there are ways to seek support when you need it.
It's hard for today's kids to imagine a world in which women had no vote and no voice — and that's thanks to the efforts of suffragists like Susan B. Anthony! In this Step 2 biography reader from the Step Into Reading series, kids will learn why Anthony was so determined to fight for women's rights, from her battle for equal pay to her infamous "illegal" vote. Issued for both Anthony's 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, this book, with bold illustrations and fascinating facts about this trailblazing woman, will captivate young readers and remind them that, when it comes to justice, "failure is impossible"!
Little piglet Alice has almost everything she would want living with her grandmother — except a sister, a brother, or ANYONE her size. So she writes a note and tucks it into a bottle, and throws it into the Seine river, where it finds it way to François the dog at a faraway lighthouse. Soon, the pair are writing back and forth daily... until Alice's grandmother dies, and Alice is too consumed by grief to write. François worries about her silence, but Alice's new guardian, the kindly Miss Clément, knows just what Alice needs — and soon the friends get to meet in person. Gentle and emotionally complex, this book explores grief, love, and the power of friendship to get us through the hardest of times.
Like most teenagers, Mattie Cook's life in 1793 Philadelphia is full of ordinary concerns: avoiding chores, looking her best, and a few dreams of a bright future. But when a serving girl dies suddenly one summer night, the rumors of a budding epidemic prove all too true. Yellow fever is sweeping the streets, and people are panicked, either hiding at home or desperately trying to flee the city. When Mattie and her mother are separated, she will have to figure out how to survive until the frosts of the fall stop the disease in its tracks — and how to rebuild afterward. Kids will be enthralled by this story of epidemic, survival, and how society pulls apart — or draws together — in crisis.
When Alice Paul and Lucy Burns met in a London jail after being arrested in UK suffrage protests, the two American women knew they wanted to reinvigorate the American suffrage battle! The pair organized the DC Women’s March of 1913, a stunning and attention-grabbing parade right before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, and that was just the beginning of their protests. Author Susan Campbell Bartoletti tells the story of the final push towards the 19th Amendment with verve, including archival images, sidebars, and other fascinating details, while illustrator Ziyue Chen captures the feeling of the early 20th century. Filled with captivating storytelling, photos, and artwork, this fascinating book, published for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, is the perfect introduction to the Suffrage Movement for young readers!
10-year-old Ileana lives in Romania in 1989, where writing a story or publishing poems — anything that can be interpreted as critical of Communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu — can result in someone disappearing for good. Ileana collects the stories she hears, including the folktale about her namesake. But when her Uncle Andrei becomes the latest "disappearance," Ileana's parents send her to live with grandparents she's never met, in a small village in the mountains. Adjusting to village life is difficult, but Ileana comes to love it there, and even feels safe enough to start wondering: can she use the stories she's collected to save the people there from the ruthless Securitate? This powerful novel celebrates a girl finding her voice through a clever interweaving of history and folklore.
Cora is constantly plagued with nervous questions — the Whatifs! These sneaky little creatures like to make her worry about everything, from little things — what if my crayon breaks? — to big ones — what if my dog runs away? Backstage before her piano recital, Cora is particularly plagued with Whatif worries. Fortunately, her friend Stella reminds her that not all Whatifs are negative, and by turning her Whatifs around, Cora is able to get out on stage... and even recover when she hits a wrong note. This charming picture book introduces real-life cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in a playful way, perfect to reassure kids that they can thrive even when the Whatifs loom!
Maisy and her friend Tallulah are heading for the moon — and little readers can help with this interactive board book! The pair board the rocket ship and blast off. As they fly, they can see stars and satellites out the window. Once they land, kids can help them plant the Maisy flag, then unfurl the parachute for a successful landing. With its colorful design and fun push, pull, slide, and spin features, this cheerful board book is perfect for all the future astronauts out there.
Once upon a time, Snow and Rose lived in a big house with servants, and had a mother and father who loved them. But one day, her father never returned from the woods... and her mother was paralyzed by sadness. In their new cottage in the forest, they meet a new friend, and begin to discover the forest's mysteries. Perhaps if they work together, these sisters can break the terrible spells that rule it... and find a happy ending. This innovative retelling of the fairy tale "Snow White and Rose Red" features a pair of different but deeply loving sisters on a quest for home and family.
Bramble the pony is tired of her boring life, walking in circles as she gives riding lessons. She wants just the right rider to take care of her. But the first few riders she meets: one bosses her around, the other wants her to jump. Then, she meets Maggie. Maggie knows how to figure out what Bramble wants, and balances the new and exciting with reassurance about the unfamiliar. They just might be a perfect match! This charming early reader will delight young horse-lovers as they imagine finding their very own Bramble. For more of Bramble and Maggie's adventures, check out the second book Bramble and Maggie: Give and Take.
Natalie and Lily have always been best friends — but that all changes at the start of middle school. Now Lily wants to hang out with the cool girl, reinforcing Natalie's feeling that she's not "enough" at anything. But as she struggles to win back her friend, she also makes a few new friends — friends who appreciate Natalie just as she is, and identify talents she never thought of as special. Maybe what she really needs it to realize that she's enough as she is. This heartfelt graphic novel, told through the pages of Nat's sketchbook, is a charming exploration of friendship and identity through the eyes of a girl's growing confidence in herself. Nat's story continues in the sequel, Forget Me Nat.
Jennifer Doudna discovered the wonders and mysteries of DNA in sixth grade after reading The Double Helix and she was eager to learn more. More importantly, she wanted to turn discoveries into practical inventions that could make the world better. As an adult, she and her collaborators learned how to use a bacteria's immune defense mechanism to create "genetic scissors" that could edit genes: CRISPR. Their discovery changed science forever, earning Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier a Nobel Prize, but it also opened up many moral questions — and Doudna was more than willing to grapple with them. This thrilling biography explores the life and mind of a brilliant woman who has launched a new scientific revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, have healthier babies, fend off viruses, and possibly transform the future in unimaginable ways.
Explore the world of Jane Goodall with this interactive board book! As you flip through its pages, you'll explore the rainforest of Tanzania. Can you spot Jane's camp and her chimpanzee friends? How about the other animals of Gombe, from leopards to baboons to hippos? Each page of this sturdy board book offers engaging questions, matching games, new vocabulary words, and much more. Plus, you'll love that a portion of proceeds goes to support the Jane Goodall Institute's work to protect animals around the world!
Princess Madelyn chafes against the restrictions of royal life, while Ranger Will Treaty has fallen into grief and depression after the loss of a friend. Will's former master Halt knows a solution for both problems: Will should train Maddie as an apprentice ranger. Maggie constantly questions her master and wrestles with finding her place if she's not a princess. But when she and Will discover a dangerous plot, Maddie will not only learn to work with her teacher; she'll also learn where she really belongs. Simultaneously an ending to the best-selling Ranger's Apprentice series and the beginning to the Royal Ranger series, this exciting action adventure introduces readers to the first female Ranger in the world of Araluen. To continue Maddie's story, the series continues in The Red Fox Clan, Duel at Araluen, The Missing Prince, and Escape from Falaise.
When Mila wears a fuzzy green sweater to school one day, and suddenly, several boys insist on hugging her, even when she doesn't want to. Before long, there are smirks, comments about her body, and more unwanted touching that leaves Mila feeling confused, frustrated, and a little scared. But when she talks to her friends about it, one tells her that she's being immature for overreacting to the boys "just flirting" – after all, she says, maybe he just likes you. Fortunately, a few new friends and a confidence boost from karate classes help her figure out how to set boundaries, stand up for herself, and seek out the adult support she needs to put an end to the harassment. Timely and important, this empowering book draws a clear line between wanted, reciprocal flirtation and Mila's experience, and explores issues of sexual harassment in a manner relatable to middle grade readers.
11-year-old Diana is the only child on the island of Themyscira. She's surrounded by adults who are the best at what they do, and nobody has time to play with her — especially not her mother, the queen, who is constantly busy with affairs of state. So Diana decides to try making a playmate out of clay, and awakens Mona. At first, Mona seems to be everything she wanted... but soon the friendship goes sour. "Don't be a wimp," Mona tells Diana when she hesitates at one of Mona's plans. "Aren't Amazons supposed to be brave?" This clever story about Diana before she was Wonder Woman incorporates real-life friendship dilemmas into its superpowered story, which is sure to speak to young readers.
The students in Molly's 8th grade class are furious when their class campout gets canceled after Olivia gets dress coded — but Molly is furious about the dress coding. She's seen for herself how two different students can wear the same outfit, but one gets coded and the other doesn't... or how Talia's Trinidadian hair is somehow "inappropriate"... or how a girl failed a math quiz because she was stopped by the principal. So Molly starts a podcast to talk about the issue. At first, she gets mocked for it, but slowly, more and more girls share their stories — and they're mad too. It's time to work together to tackle the dress code once and for all. This empowering story, told in a combination of podcast transcripts and letters and packed with real-life issues from dress coding to active shooter lockdowns to family stress, is a celebration of friendship, activism, and the power of one person to start a rebellion.
12-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle is a wickedly smart twelve-year-old with a passion for justice and a Highly Unconventional obsession with criminal science — one that is very much not proper in a Victorian Young Lady of Quality. When her next-door neighbor, a wealthy and eccentric connoisseur of rare flowers, dies mysterious, Myrtle decides this is the chance to prove herself and sets off with her governess, Miss Ada Judson, at her side. Her mission is to prove it was murder and find the killer! Witty, clever, and full of twists and turns, this delightful series opener introduces a clever and determined new detective! Myrtle's adventures continue in the sequels How to Get Away With Myrtle and Cold-Blooded Myrtle.
It's 1940, and World War II has already taken its toll on 15-year-old Louisa Adair: both of her parents were recently killed by German explosives. But much as she'd like to help the war effort, there seems to be little she can do, so she accepts a position caring for an elderly German opera singer in a small village in Scotland. Then she meets Ellen McEwen, a Traveler and volunteer driver for the Royal Air Force, and Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, a pilot... and the trio discover an Enigma machine, a German code-translation device that could turn the tide of the war. But can they unravel the puzzle while also staying safe from the enemy? A tense plot, absorbing characters, and poignant cameos from Wein's previous books Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief make this a powerful addition to young adult historical fiction.
The story of Eleanor Roosevelt is more complex than most people know. After a childhood of insecurity, denial, and loneliness, her marriage to Franklin D. Roosevelt took her into the halls of power — but left her feeling more alone than ever as he pursued affairs with other women. Instead of collapsing, she decided to explore her own self and devoted herself to being a voice for the voiceless, first in the White House, and then around the world. Drawing on new research, acclaimed biographer David Michaelis creates the first single-volume cradle-to-grave portrait of this remarkable woman and how her life changed the world.
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.
Eleven-year-old Isabella is struggling with her identity, both as the child of divorced parents and as the child of a black, wealthy father and a white, waitress mother. Then both parents get engaged at the same time, leaving Isabella feeling ripped in two. What does it mean to be half white or half black? To belong to half mom and half dad? And if you're only seen as half of this and half of that, how can you ever feel whole? It seems like nothing can bring Isabella's family together again — until the worst happens. Sharon M. Draper, the author of Out of My Mind, tackles questions about identity, divorce, and belonging in this powerful book.
In the midst of the Polish ghettos of World War II, a Jewish resistance movement was growing — and it was led by women. Pushed to their limits by the destruction of their homes and the violence against their families, the "ghetto girls" united Jewish youth groups as resistance cells, paid off (or killed) Gestapo guards, transported weapons hidden in loaves of bread, and much more. In this searing account, Judy Batalion, the granddaughter of Polish Holocaust survivors, tells the story of these courageous women for the first time, from their determination to fight the Nazis to their capture and internment in prisons or concentration camps. This dramatic account, which has also been adapted into a Young Readers Edition, chronicles their courage and cleverness for the first time, celebrating the women who survived to tell the story — and those who gave their lives.
When these three pig siblings get tired of getting pushed around by a bully of a wolf, they decide to take lessons at the ninja school! Pig One and Pig Two, though, aren't dedicated enough to perfect their skills, and it shows when they confront the wolf. Pig Three, on the other hand, practices diligently to earn her black belt — and her skill is so obvious that the wolf runs off before she lays a finger on him! This great twisted fairy tale has limerick text that’s great for reading aloud, and teaches a terrific message about practice and perseverance. Fans of this book will also love the sequel, Ninja Red Riding Hood.
Menolly, a 15-year-old fisher's daughter, loves music and has dreamed all her life of learning the Harper's craft. When her stern father forbids Menolly from pursuing her dream, she runs away just as Pern is struck again by the deadly danger of Threadfall, the killing ropes of death that fell from a nearby star — and the dwindling numbers of dragons are not enough to protect Pern from this destruction from the sky. Taking shelter in a cave by the sea, Menolly makes a miraculous discovery of nine fire lizards that could possibly save her world... and change her life forever. Dragonsong is the first book in the Harper Hall trilogy, set within science fiction legend Anne McCaffrey’s beloved and bestselling Dragonriders of Pern series.
When Sally Ride joined NASA — after the agency spent years telling women they couldn't be astronauts — she wanted to be the first, not just for herself but for all the girls and women who came after her. When she became the first American woman in space, it was a dream come true! And when she left NASA, she continued to do so, creating programs that encouraged girls to see themselves as scientists and engineers and inspiring generations of women in STEM. This early chapter book inspired by the bestselling picture book She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World celebrates a trailblazing woman who let girls see everything that they could be.
Introduce the littlest readers to Anne of Green Gables with this board book from the Baby's Classics series! Siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert planned to adopt a boy to help on the family farm, but when red-headed Anne Shirley shows up instead, they can't bring themselves to send her back. But as hard as Anne tries to be good, she keeps getting herself into trouble, whether she's serving cough syrup at a tea party, accidentally dying her hair green, or sinking a boat! But no matter what trouble comes, it's not long before these three become a family. With simple text and vibrant illustrations that bring Anne, Matthew, Marilla, and their Avonlea home to life, this is the perfect addition to your baby's bookshelf.
Corayne an-Amarat has spent her life overprotected and hidden away in a small town by the sea — but all that changes when danger threatens the land of Allward. Corayne soon discovers that she is the last of an ancient lineage, a descendant of humans who came from another realm. Together with a group of unusual companions — some human, some immortal — she will play a critical role in preventing a wizard and a thief from tearing a passage between the worlds... one which could destroy them all. Full of action and magic, this exciting series opener from the best-selling author of the Red Queen series is packed with epic adventure and shocking twists and turns that will leave readers eager for the next volume.
12-year-old Chaya is the daughter of a village headman, and she takes advantage of her freedom to play her own version of Robin Hood, stealing from Sri Lanka's wealthy nobles to help impoverished villagers. But when one of her heists goes wrong, her best friend Neel, a carpenter's apprentice, is accused of the theft and sentenced to death. Chaya's attempt at a rescue goes equally awry, as the pair break out of the king's prison... on his prized elephant. With the daughter of a wealthy merchant in tow, Chaya must now figure out how the three of them (and Ananda the elephant) can survive in the jungle — and whether she can return to her village a hero. This exciting fictional adventure, set in a lush Sri Lankan setting, is a thrilling story of friendship and finding justice.
12-year-old Sara Martinez ended up in juvenile detention after she hacked the New York City foster care system to prove her foster parents were breaking the law. She's expecting a grim stretch with no computer access when she gets approached by a mysterious man who calls himself Mother and recruits her for an all-kid spy agency. Before she's even gotten to know her new team, Sara is on her way to Paris where the billionaire sponsor of a youth environmental summit is getting death threats. This thrilling series opener, perfect for fans of Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls, is full of excitement, espionage, and friends becoming family. The City Spies' adventures continue in the sequel, Golden Gate.
For decades, Dolly Parton has delighted audiences with her music, becoming a beloved icon and a pop culture legend. Now, in her own words, she lets her fans in on the stories behind the songs! In this book, Parton uses 175 of her songs to reveal both her own life story and the specific stories behind each song, including favorites like "Jolene," "9 to 5," "I Will Always Love You," and many more. Packed with previously unpublished images from Parton's personal and business archives, this book is a unique peek into Parton's witty, funny, and insightful thought process and a delight for music lovers everywhere.
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.
Every Sunday, Mrs. Badger walks the mountain path to the top of Sugarloaf Peak. Along the way, she provides helping hands to those in need, and acts as a caretaker for the natural beauty of the trail. One day, she notices a very little kitten named Lulu following her. Lulu wishes she could climb to the top too... but maybe she's too small. Mrs. Badger encourages her, and it's not long before she has a regular companion on her weekly walk. And when Mrs. Badger is too frail to go, Lulu takes up the walking stick. This sweet story celebrating the love of the outdoors and the richness of intergenerational friendship is profound and quietly powerful.
August, 1920: Tennessee's legislature is about to cast a history-making vote. If they approve the 19th Amendment, it will be ratified and women across the country will be assured of their right to vote. If they don't, the suffragists have more battles ahead. The decision came down to a single vote, and a shocking moment when Harry Burns — previously a staunch opponent of suffrage — voted in favor of suffrage. And he did so because of a letter from his indomitable mother, Febb Burns, who said "Vote for suffrage and don't forget to be a good boy." This inspiring picture book celebrates a defining moment of American history — and the determined woman whose letter helped give all women a voice in politics.
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.
When Jane Goodall arrived in Gombe, nobody had ever studied chimpanzees in the wild up close. In order to learn about them, she had to earn their trust — and when she did, she discovered amazing things, from the way they interacted in their group to their creation and use of tools. Her discoveries would change the way people looked at chimpanzees — and humans. This book from the I Can Read series, which is geared for newly independent readers who need simple text and sentences, includes a timeline and historical photos that are sure to inspire primate-loving kids!
When Elizabeth Blackwell decided to study medicine, she was defying stereotypes about what women were capable of in the mid-1800s — but her determination and intelligence won out, and she became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. in 1849. Shortly afterward, her sister Emily followed in her footsteps. The two Blackwell doctors founded the first hospital staffed entirely by women, the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, but while the success of the hospital was largely due to Emily's brilliance and hard work, Elizabeth's strong personality often overshadowed her. In this fascinating dual biography, Janice P. Nimura explores a story about breaking barriers and a sisterhood that changed the field of medicine forever.
Penelope Rex is startled to discover her classmates are all children, so she does what comes naturally... and eats them. Children are delicious, after all! Her teacher immediately gets her to spit them out, and tells her firmly that classmates are not snacks. But Penelope is always hungry, and no matter how hard she tries, she keeps forgetting the rule — until an unexpectedly voracious class pet teaches her what it feels like to be eaten! Beloved author/illustrator Ryan T. Higgins has created a laugh out loud story with a gentle message about the importance of treating others how you want to be treated. Penelope returns in We Will Rock Our Classmates.
In August 1920, women's right to vote is at a tipping point. Suffragists have been fighting for the vote for over 70 years, and one more state needs to ratify the 19th Amendment for it to finally be enshrined in the Constitution. Tennessee is about to make their decision, but the road isn't easy. Many people oppose the amendment, including the "Antis": women who don't want women to be able to vote and racists who oppose the fact that its passage would give black women the right to vote. As suffragist leaders Carrie Catt, Sue White, and Alice Paul agitate for the amendment's ratification, they face blackmail, betrayal, and more. Elaine Weiss told this nail-biting story for adults in The Woman's Hour; now, this young readers edition, which includes an 8-page photo insert, will teach kids about the power of activism, the importance of equal rights, and just how close the passage of the 19th Amendment really was.
Fans of Kiki's Delivery Service will be delighted to read this new translation of the book that inspired the Studio Ghibli film! Half-witch Kiki is ready to follow the witch tradition of choosing a new town to call home for one year after her thirteenth birthday. But the village of Koriko is not as welcoming as she might have hoped, and the villagers aren't so sure about her idea to use her witch's powers to help them. It takes some determination, but slowly, Kiki makes friends in her new home... and realizes that there's magic in every day, ordinary places, too. This brand new translation of the first book in the Kiki series will delight readers young and old!
Before 1992, Amra's life in Bosnia was that of a typical teenager, full of volleyball games and birthday surprises — but things were about to change. Suddenly Muslims like her started arriving in her hometown of Bihac, fleeing Serbian persecution... and soon even her own best friend refuses to talk to her. When the Serbian tanks beseige the town, Amra thinks all happiness has vanished until she meets a stray calico cat who seems to charm her way into everyone's heart... and perhaps even serves as the family's guardian. Now a professor in the United States, Sabic-El-Rayess uses her teenage self's viewpoint to explore the horrors of the Bosnian genocide and how war brings out the worst — and the best — in humanity.
Zima the wolf knows that humans, and especially witches, are dangerous creatures, but when her younger sibling is injured, Baba Yaga may be the only one who can help. It turns out that Baba Yaga needs Zima's keen nose, and in exchange for the healing, she switches bodies with Zima. Now, Zima must pretend to be Baba Yaga — and when her path collides with an orphan girl named Nadya whose close friend is engaged to the intimidating Tsar Aleksander, it starts her on a quest to unite the wolves, witches, and villages against a common enemy that could destroy them all. Full of magic and wonder, and inspired by Russian folk stories, this fantastical tale, which features stylistic black and white artwork sprinkled throughout, is perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Pax.
"Some people eyes like sapphire lagoons / with lashes like lace trim on ballgowns," observes the Mighty Girl in this story. Her own eyes are different: they "kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea." Her eyes, in fact, look like those of other women in her life: her Mama, who sees her as "a miracle"; her Amah, who has so many stories to tell; her little sister Mei-Mei, who adores her. Her eyes also remind her of her family's traditions, from the folklore Amah shares to the upside-down Fú character by her family's door that brings good fortune. Empowering, poetic, and full of love for both self and family, this is a gorgeous picture book that celebrates the deeper meaning behind our diverse backgrounds and stories.
Judy Heumann fought polio at 18 months of age — but her bigger battle would be against a world that didn't want to allow her in. As a child, her family had to argue for her right to go to grade school, where one objection was that she might be a "fire hazard." She had to take the New York City school system to court because they wouldn't give her a teacher's license because she was paralyzed. These experiences convinced her that Americans with disabilities deserved better: they deserved legislation that would explicitly protect them. In this stirring memoir, Heumann describes her leadership for the Section 504 Sit-In, the longest takeover of a government building in American history, and of her lobbying for the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. Heumann's story is also available in a young reader's edition, Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution for ages 10 to 14.
Virginia Hall left behind a privileged life of debutante balls and fancy dress in Baltimore to seek a life of adventure in Europe, but when World War II breaks out, her new home is thrown into turmoil. Undeterred, Hall joins the ranks of the Allies' spies, devoting herself to subverting the Nazis and aiding the resistance. Then someone betrays her organization, forcing her to flee — and costing the lives of brave people who worked beside her. Now she's determined to go back behind enemy lines, despite the risk, to avenge them — and continue to fight for freedom. Based on the true story of World War II spy Virginia Hall, this stunning historical fiction novel is suspenseful and inspiring.
12-year-old Ji-li Jiang is at the top of her class and anticipating a bright future in 1966 Communist China... until the Cultural Revolution begins. Now, because her grandfather once owned property, Ji-li's family are classified as "Landlords" who are considered "Enemies of the People." People who were once her friends and neighbors turn on her and her family, forcing them to live in constant terror of arrest. When her father is arrested, Ji-li faces a terrible choice: criticize and denounce her father to prove her loyalty to the new regime, or stay silent and wonder what the future brings. This powerful autobiography explores one the most terrifying authoritarian regimes of the 20th century through the eyes of a girl trying to understand it all. For two more books about the Cultural Revolution, both for ages 12 and up, check out Girl Under A Red Moon and Snow Falling In Spring.
Two big things stand in sophomore Greer Walsh's way: Maude and Mavis, the names she's given to her size 30H breasts. Instead of being able to focus on her love of math and volleyball, she's wrestling with finding shirts that fit and dealing with stares from the boys at school. Then a new kid, Jackson, takes an interest in Greer — not Maude and Mavis. He encourages her to try out for the volleyball team, and supports her when she faces challenges like finding a formal dress. Funny, heartbreaking, and real, this book will speak to anyone who's struggling to find where they fit during their body's most tumultuous years.
After 16-year-old Bree's mother died in an accident, she hopes to escape the tough memories at a residential program for enterprising high schoolers at UNC-Chapel Hill. Except her first night there, Bree witnesses a flying demon being defeated by a secret society of students — and a teenage mage's attempt to wipe her memory instead unlocks her awareness of her own magic powers. It also reveals a hidden memory: another "Merlin" was at the hospital when her mother died. She decides to infiltrate the Legendborn with the help of Nick, a self-exiled member with a grudge against the group. But when she learns that a war is coming, Bree has to decide whether to add her magical might to their side. With a rich magic system and intriguing plot threads about the intergenerational impact of chattel slavery, this is a stunning opener to an epic adventure.
Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho set themselves a challenge: follow the 2,000-mile route from Eric Sevareid's 1935 classic Canoeing with the Cree. If they achieved it, they would be the first women to make the expedition. But in addition to all the physical challenges they faced — from weather and hunger to snake nests and polar bears — they also faced the emotional strain, at one point communicating only by written notes. Still, the beauties of the wilderness and the strength of their friendship helped see them through. Warren tells this story with verve, capturing the highs and lows of their historic trip, in a tribute to the power of friends to get through just about any challenge.
In 1818, Jeanne Power was a former dressmaker who became a self-taught naturalist after moving from Paris to Sicily. She was fascinated by the life forms in the ocean — but while it was easy to study animals on land, how could she study the ones in the sea? Power built a glass box — an aquarium — that she could use to examine aquatic creatures, and she made groundbreaking discoveries doing so! And even when men tried to take credit for her work, she argued her case and made sure she got her due. This vibrant picture book biography celebrates a little known pioneer of science whose legacy lives on in every aquarium found in homes, research facilities, and zoos around the world.
Robyn Goodfellowe and her father have been sent to Ireland by Oliver Cromwell, on a mission to hunt the wolves that are preventing workers from cutting down ancestral forests. But when Robyn sneaks out of the city, she meets Mebh, a free-spirited girl... and one of the mysterious WolfWalkers, who legend says can transform into wolves at night. As Robyn and Mebh work together to protect Mebh's pack from the hunters, Robyn begins to realize that the destruction of the forests has bigger implications than she knew. Based on the gorgeous animated adventure WolfWalkers, this stunning graphic novel, with artwork by the film's creators, celebrates friendship and the power of compassion.
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.
Kit Tyler is heartbroken when she has to leave her beloved Barbados to join an aunt and uncle she's never met in 1687 Connecticut. And from the moment she arrives, she is the topic of disapproval and suspicion: in their Puritan community, a girl like Kit who swims and dares to talk back to her elders might get labeled a witch. And when Kit finds a kindred spirit in Hannah Tupper, a Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, she suddenly finds herself facing witch hysteria and a mob mentality with nothing but a sense of truth and justice. This Newbery Medal-winning novel provides a stirring exploration of witch hysteria in early colonial America and the power of courageous individuals to stand up to mob mentality.
This retelling transports Cinderella into outer space! Hardworking Cinderella is kept doing menial appliance repairs, but at night, she studies how to build and repair rocket ships. When her family strands her on an empty planet. all Cinderella's fairy godrobot needs to provide are tools; that allows Cinderella to repair a ship, get off the planet, and provide some much needed mechanical assistance to the Prince! She’s also smart enough to know she’s too young for marriage, opting to take up the post of chief royal mechanic instead. Tinkering kids will love this mechanically-inclined Cinderella.
Spensa dreams of being a pilot, one of the heroes of the decades-long fight that the humans are losing — but her pilot father was killed years ago as he deserted his team, and his act of cowardice has left Spensa tarred with his disgrace. Still, she hopes to prove herself as a cadet in the Defiant Defense Force by excelling in the dangerous — sometimes fatal — training. And when she discovers a long-abandoned starfighter in a cave, she may get to do more than fly: she may be the key to winning the war. This trilogy opener is full of adventure and daring, with hints that not everything is as it seems in the fight for humanity. Spensa's adventures continue in the sequel, Starsight.
Margaret is a young orphan who has lived surprisingly happily on her island home, even though most of the population is a convent of nuns. She has companionship from William, the son of Lady Cameron and an exile from Albion, and that's enough... at first. But when the deposed queen of Albion, Eleanor, is sent to Margaret's island — and William leaves — Margaret starts to ask difficult questions about the purpose of her home and where she really came from. This richly detailed, historical fiction graphic novel, loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary, is full of mystery and intrigue, all set on Margaret's vibrant and windswept home.
In the early 1900s, women doctors in Britain were only permitted to treat women and children — they certainly weren't allowed to operate on men. But two of them — Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson — were determined to prove they were just as capable as their male colleagues, and World War I gave them the chance to do it. A month after the war began, Murray and Anderson were in Paris, opening a hospital in a former luxury hotel where they treated thousands of war wounded. They were so successful that the British Army asked them to set up a hospital on Endell Street in London. This lively telling of the women who founded the "Suffragettes' Hospital," and how they proved women doctors deserved equality, is an exciting reminder of how women's wartime service changed the world.
When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September 2020, America lost a pioneer in law and a fierce advocate for equality: someone who was determined to ensure the law allowed everyone the chance to succeed. In this powerful collection, Ginsburg and Berkeley Law professor Amanda L. Tyler (one of Ginsburg's former law clerks) share both conversations and historical documents that capture Ginsburg's life, career, and influence. From notable briefs to her favorite speeches, this is a unique and personal look at this trailblazer which celebrates her enduring optimism: the belief that America could become "a more perfect Union."
Kate O'Sullivan is bold and brave, so when village is threatened by an angry witch whose horse was stolen by tax collectors, she prods her father and brothers into action. But when they steal the horse back, they’re caught by the king who threatens to hang them all! Kate’s going to have to use all her inventiveness and courage to convince the king to let them go. Fortunately, Kate knows how to spin a good story... Colorful illustrations capture Kate’s confident spirit, and parents will love her response when the now-besotted king arrives at her doorstep to declare his love.
13-year-old Genesis keeps a list of things she hates about herself — 96 things so far. And sometimes it seems like all of it starts with her dark skin, which makes even her own family call her "charcoal" and "eggplant." When her gambling-addicted father gets the family evicted again, Genesis and her mom have to move in with her grandmother, whose colorist attitudes hurt Genesis deeply enough that she's willing to try painful bleaches if only her skin will get lighter. But at her new school, Genesis' confidence gets bolstered by an encouraging teacher and some new friends. This heartbreaking novel ends with a hopeful reminder that loving yourself gives you the power to start a new story.
When Beatrix Potter was growing up, girls didn't go to school, work, or have money of their own. She spent her summers enjoying the English countryside, and wishing she could do something important. She ended up coming up with a charming little story, full of her own illustrations, called The Tale of Peter Rabbit — and it was a smash hit! She earned enough money from her books that she could do as she pleased... and when developers threatened her beloved countryside, she used it to buy farms and bequeath them to U.K.’s National Trust. This elegant picture book biography celebrates Potter's beloved children's books and her little-known work to protect the land she loved.
It's a big day for Little Crab: the first trip out of the tidepool to see the ocean! Little Crab is full of excitement: "This is going to be so great." But then the ocean WHOOSHES with a giant wave, and Little Crab isn't so sure any more... Fortunately, Very Big Crab is there to encourage Little Crab along: "Don’t worry, Little Crab…. I’m here." When Little Crab takes the encouragement and musters the courage to step in, another wave whooshes over and reveals a gorgeous world to explore! This sensitive and empathetic book from the creator of Shh! We Have a Plan is an excellent reminder for young readers that new experiences can be scary — but with a little courage and help from the people you trust, they'll lead you to wonderful new things.
High school junior Avery Grambs is living out of her car, hoping to survive long enough to win a scholarship and make her way in the world. Then, she gets a message that billionaire Tobias Hawthorne has left almost his whole estate to her... even though she's never even met him. Worse, there's a condition: Avery must spend a year living in Hawthorne House alongside Hawthorne's furious daughters and grandsons, who think she's a con-woman. While there, Avery discovers secret passages, codes, and puzzles galore. Is she part of Hawthorne's final riddle? And will she be able to survive the year when so much is at stake for his descendants? Fans of The Westing Game and Knives Out will love this thrilling mystery. Avery's story continues in The Hawthorne Legacy.
12-year-old Eva Evergreen is getting desperate: she only has until her birthday to earn the rank of Novice Witch, or she'll lose her magic forever — but she struggles to cast simple spells and falls asleep if she overdoes it. With a month to go, she travels to the seaside town of Auteri, where the major allows her to stay if she can protect them from the Culling, a destructive magical storm. It's not long before she's come up with a clever idea to win over the town: a "semi-magical fixes" repair shop that allows her to combine the magic she has with some technological know-how. But with the Culling drawing nearer, will Eva's pinch of magic be enough? This charming and creative fantasy celebrates ingenuity and persistence, perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service. Eva's story continues in Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch.
Ruth Coker Burks was 26 years old when she saw a hospital room that none of the nurses wanted to enter: the room of an AIDS patient. It was 1986, and stigma against both homosexuality and the disease itself was raging. As she sat with the man as he died, calling out for her mother, she found a new calling. Over years, she would nurse thousands of men, sometimes burying them herself when she couldn't find a funeral home willing to take their bodies. The gay community rallied around her, helping fundraise and spreading the word: there is a woman who will help when everyone else abandons you. This deeply moving memoir is a tribute to Burks' compassion and to the lives she fought for when no one else would.
12-year-old Cici is trying to get comfortable in her new Seattle home, but she misses so many things about Taiwan — especially her grandmother, A-má, who's about to celebrate her 70th birthday. When she learns that there's a cooking contest with a $1000 prize, it seems like the perfect opportunity: that much money would let her buy A-má a ticket to Seattle. But Cici only knows how to cook Taiwanese food, and her classmates' reaction to her lunchbox tells her THAT won't do. As she draws inspiration from Julia Child and wrestles with fitting in with friends while also staying true to herself, Cici may discover that differences can be something to savor! This delightful graphic novel celebrates food, family, and finding your place in a new home.
In 1940, three women form an unlikely friendship when they work together at Bletchley Park, one of Britain's top code-breaking facilities. Osla is a high society girl who wants to prove that she's more than a debutante; Mab worked her way up from poverty in east-end London; and Beth is a shy local spinster with an incredible gift for puzzles. But their friendship has barely begun when it's torn apart by a betrayal. Seven years later, a mysterious encrypted letter brings the friends-turned-enemies back together. A traitor lurked in Bletchley Park, and they have to crack this new code if they have any hope of finding them — but every step they take brings them closer to dangerous territory... Kate Quinn, best-selling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network, crafts another pulse-pounding World War II tale in this powerful novel.
In 2008, Mallory Weggemann went in for a routine medical procedure — and a complication paralyzed her from the waist down. But the dedicated athlete was determined to keep competing; by the 2021 Paralympic Games, she held fifteen world records. Then, another setback: after a fall, she severely injured her left arm. After two more surgeries and extensive rehabilitation, she returned to the international athletic stage and won three medals at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. In this empowering book, Mallory shares her own story and explores how we can all redefine our limitations and embrace our comebacks — even if they look different than we expected.
Third grade scientist and inventor extraordinaire Ada Lace is trying to solve the mystery of a missing dog! Ada thinks her homemade gadgets and her knack for scientific thinking will allow her to crack the case, while her neighbor Nina has has her own theory about the missing dog (involving alien abduction, of all things.) As Ada and Nina get closer to the solution, though, they'll also discover that opposites can make for the best of friends. This new series from Emily Calandrelli, host of Xploration Outer Space and MIT graduate, provides a scientifically-minded detective series that young readers will love. For more of Ada's adventures, visit our Ada Lace Collection.
Creatures all over the forest are getting sick, and Charlotte the bunny scientist is determined to figure out why! The stumped doctors and scientists are dismissive of her efforts, but she holds firm to her beloved grandfather's assertion that she will "make a real difference in the world." After some patient interviews and a few samples from the outhouse, Charlotte realizes that all the sick animals have been munching on carrots contaminated by 'Funky Forest Fungi.' A quick clinical trial later, and Charlotte has saved the tummies of all her friends! This delightful sequel to Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished celebrates the ability of determined girls to change the world.
Pippa is a princess and inventor whose previous creations haven't quite gone to plan — from soap that turns fingers blue to mouthwash that smells terrible! A dinner of peas, which she hates, inspires her next effort: if she can make a "better pea," then her pea-eating problems will be over! The natural solution is to combine peas with chocolate... but when it turns out the vines of her delicious new peas grow so long that they threaten to take over the kingdom, Pippa will have to come up with a solution — fast! This funny and charming STEM-themed story, with its vivid illustrations, is sure to leave kids agreeing with Pippa's motto: "Let's discover something new!"
It's 1869, and Jo March's first novel has become an unexpected best-seller... which means she's feeling the pressure for a sequel from both her publisher and her readers. Her first stories were inspired by real life, but she can't base a novel on things that haven't happened yet! A New York trip provides inspiration and an unexpected marriage proposal from Laurie; while Jo has feelings for him too, she wants to be independent. But when Laurie returns from college with a new girlfriend, Jo faces a lifetime without the person she loves... unless she can find a way to tell him how she really feels. Set in the year-long period between the publication of Little Women and Good Wives (which are now published as one volume), and based in part on Louisa May Alcott's life and letters, this is a charming and romantic retelling of an American classic.
The Princess in Black is back in an adventure that's going to take even more princess power! The Princess in Black is enjoying play in the snow with her friends the Goat Avenger and the Princess in Blankets when a giant foot squashes their snow monster. A giant is wandering through the kingdom, and doing a lot of damage along the way! But even the three heroes can't handle a giant alone. Fortunately, the Princess in Blankets knows just what to do: light the Sparkle Signal and summon all their other hero friends! The eighth book in the best-selling early chapter book series has a snowy winter setting, lots of heroic adventure, and a twist ending that kids will love.
Five years ago, high school senior Sal Singh was found dead by his own hand in the woods — and his girlfriend, Andie, disappeared. So everyone knows Sal killed her... except for Pip. She knew Sal as a child, and she can't imagine him as a killer, especially when she sees all the gaps in the case. As she starts digging into online records and interviewing people who knew Sal, she discovers secrets, some belonging to Sal's friends, who wouldn't give him an alibi, and others belonging to Andie herself. But someone in Fairview doesn't want Pip to find the answers, and she might find herself the next target... This engrossing mystery is full of surprise twists that will keep you turning pages to the end.
Maggie knows her 10th birthday will be the best ever: she's getting a dog! Even though the dog is supposed to be for the whole family, she knows that her twin brothers are completely focused on one another, and her parents are busy with the new baby they're expecting; the dog will definitely be Maggie's. But then she has a severe allergic reaction while cuddling a dog at the shelter, and after testing, the doctor recommends she avoids all animals with fur or feathers! Can Maggie figure out the perfect pet, while also managing a new school and her family's changing world? This graphic novel, inspired by author Megan Wagner Lloyd's experiences with allergies and accented by warm illustrations by Michelle Mee Nutter, is a charming story about finding your place — even when it's not what you expect.
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.
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.
Orphan Elisabeth has been raised in one of Austermeer's Great Libraries, where the wardens ensure that magical grimoires — the only thing holding evil beings back from the world — stay protected from the evil sorcerers who would do anything to free them. When she stumbles across the Library's slain director and a freed monster, she takes up the director's sword to defeat it and accidentally implicates herself in the crime. Now she finds herself having to collaborate with Nathaniel Thorn, a notorious sorcerer, and his demonic servant if she wants to save the Libraries and the world. And that challenges everything she knows about sorcerers, the Libraries, and herself. Action-packed and suspenseful, this imaginative fantasy will thrill young adult readers.
When Lacy Crawford was 15, she was sexually assaulted by two senior athletes at St. Paul's School — but she was told that there was nothing that could be done. Years later, when St. Paul's came under state investigation for reports of sexual abuse, she finally got to look at her criminal case file, and found proof that her case had been deliberately silenced. In this heartrending memoir, Crawford explores how institutions — including, but certainly not limited to, St. Paul's — sacrifice the safety of girls for the reputation of the powerful and privileged. Her searing account asks readers what it will take before we finally help survivors overcome shame and silencing — and demand they be given justice.
7th grader Lily's Korean grandmother always warned her: never make a deal with a tiger. But when Lily's family moves in to help Halmoni after she falls sick, a magical tiger straight out of her folk tales appears! The tiger tells Lily that Halmoni has been hiding stories that made her sad, and promises her that, if Lily releases the stories, her health will be restored. But just as Halmoni said, deals with tigers are not what they seem, and soon Lily realizes that, with the help of her sister and her friend Ricky, she needs to find her voice, face the things she's most afraid of, and recognize the power that stories have to remember the ones we love... even when they're gone. This stunning magical realism novel, based on Korean mythology, is a powerful look at the importance of letting go.
10-year-old Mandy is an orphan who wants a place to call her own more than anything in the world. So when she climbs over the orphanage wall and finds an abandoned cottage, Mandy realizes that she’s found the perfect place. Through the year, Mandy works to make the cottage hers, “borrowing” things she needs from the orphanage. But when Mandy gets sick at the cottage on a stormy night, she’ll learn that there are friends to be found in the most unexpected places! This charming novel by beloved actress Julie Andrews is sure to delight any child who’s dreamed of creating her very own secret space.
In 1778, the British have occupied the town of Setauket... but right under their noses, George Washington's spy ring known as the Culper Ring is collecting intelligence. And right in the middle of it is Anna Strong, a daring young woman who used handkerchiefs on a clothesline to send messages and took advantage of her anonymity as a woman to slip right through the redcoats' guard. In this book from the Spy on History series, kids will learn more about this neglected Revolutionary War hero — and, with the help of spycraft tools included in the book, will solve the mystery of Strong's last letter! This exciting telling is perfect for any budding spy.