STELLA BY STARLIGHT
Sharon M. Draper presents “storytelling at its finest” (School Library Journal, starred review) in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era novel about a young girl who must learn to be brave in the face of violent prejudice when the Ku Klux Klan reappears in her segregated southern town.
Stella lives in the segregated South—in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community—her world—is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.
SUGAR, GUMMI AND LOLLIPOP
Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home.
Lizzie can’t wait to get to her best friend Maria’s cabin for some rest and relaxation. When they arrive, the girls discover a box of three puggle puppies waiting for them. Lizzie loves taking care of the sweet dogs but it is a lot of hard work. Will Lizzie be able to find these cute cuddly pups a place to live?
“Most of us need never fashion a gas mask from a soup can…. Should the need arise, you’ll be glad for a copy of Survival Hacks… offers tips ranging from making a cookstove from a packet of alcohol-soaked ramen to cutting a fishing lure from the shiny bits of your Visa card.” —The Seattle Times
Turn everyday items into survival necessities!
Would you be prepared if you needed to survive in the wilderness? Survival expert Creek Stewart shares his cache of practical, easy-to-follow tricks to help you transform everyday items into valuable gear that can save your life. Survival Hacks takes you step-by-step through transforming simple objects like soda tabs and plant leaves into essential survival tools.
This rough-and-rugged guide covers everything from small-scale hacks, like using sticks and rope to make a table, to the big stuff, like creating a one-person emergency shelter from a trash bag or purifying dirty water using a plastic bottle and the sun. And you can be ready anywhere you go with everyday carry kits, pocket-sized survival kits, so you’re never without the essential tools you need to make it on your own. Being prepared can make the difference when it comes to your survival in an emergency. And Survival Hacks makes it a whole lot easier.
The essential guide for intrepid young explorers to the skills and techniques you need for outdoor adventure.
Learn the basics–from picking the best tent for your expedition to knowing how to pitch it–with clear, step-by-step illustrations. Find out why not to camp beneath a tree, how to peg out your tent, and when to slacken the guy lines. Once you’re safely under canvas, discover how to forage for food, light a fire with flints and tinder, and cook up delicious grub.
Find out what to take on your expedition, how to plan your route, and what to include in your essential survival kit. Then have fun learning camp craft and wilderness survival skills. To help you find your way, this book shows you how to use a map and compass, or the sun and stars as a guide. Discover the best way to hike over diverse terrains, including forests, swamps, forests, deserts, and mountains. Learn how to predict the weather by observing cloud formations and wind direction.
So start packing your backpack for an outdoor adventure, and don’t forget your copy of Survival!
TAIL OF EMILY WINDSNAP
The New York Times best-selling series
With a sure sense of suspense and richly imaginative details, Liz Kessler lures us into a glorious undersea world where mermaids study shipwrecks at school and Neptune rules with an iron trident — an enchanting fantasy about family secrets, loyal friendship, and the convention-defying power of love.
TAKE BACK THE BLOCK
“This book made me want to step aside, hand over the mic, and listen to Wes. A must-read.” –Mariama J. Lockington, author of For Black Girls Like Me
Brand-new kicks, ripped denim shorts, Supreme tee—
Wes Henderson has the best style in sixth grade. That–and hanging out with his crew (his best friends since little-kid days) and playing video games–is what he wants to be thinking about at the start of the school year, not the protests his parents are always dragging him to.
But when a real estate developer makes an offer to buy Kensington Oaks, the neighborhood Wes has lived his whole life, everything changes. The grownups are supposed to have all the answers, but all they’re doing is arguing. Even Wes’s best friends are fighting. And some of them may be moving. Wes isn’t about to give up the only home he’s ever known. Wes has always been good at puzzles, and he knows there has to be a missing piece that will solve this puzzle and save the Oaks. But can he find it . . . before it’s too late?
Exploring community, gentrification, justice, and friendship, Take Back the Block introduces an irresistible 6th grader and asks what it means to belong–to a place and a movement–and to fight for what you believe in.
* “Outstanding.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review
* “Transformative.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Filled with hope, friendship, and grit.” –Stacy McAnulty, best-selling author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
“Timely and penetrating.” –Kelly Starling Lyons, author of Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations
“Chrystal Giles’s sparkling debut will have you standing up and cheering.” –Lisa Yee, award winning author of Millicent Min, Girl Genius
“Chrystal Giles really nailed it. I loved this book.” –Linda Williams Jackson, award winning author of Midnight Without a Moon
“Necessary and inspiring. An empowering read.” –Ashley Herring Blake, author of the Stonewall Honor Book Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World
“Wes will welcome middle grade readers into his delightful circle of friends, his strong and loving family, and his powerful community.” –Barbara Dee, author of the ALA Notable Children’s Book Maybe He Just Likes You
TALE OF DESPEREAUX
A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal–winning tale.
Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.
With black-and-white illustrations and a refreshed cover by Timothy Basil Ering.
THINGS SEEN FROM ABOVE
A shift in perspective can change everything.
This brilliant novel from the author of The Seventh Most Important Thing celebrates kids who see the world a little differently.
April is looking for an escape from the sixth-grade lunch hour, which has become a social-scene nightmare, so she signs up to be a “buddy bench monitor” for the fourth graders’ recess.
Joey Byrd is a boy on the fringes, who wanders the playground alone, dragging his foot through the dirt. But over time, April realizes that Joey isn’t just making random circles. When you look at his designs from above, a story emerges… Joey’s “bird’s eye” drawings reveal what he observes and thinks about every day.
Told in alternating viewpoints–April’s in text and Joey’s mostly in art–the story gives the “whole picture” of what happens as these two outsiders find their rightful places.
Set against the backdrop of Karachi, Pakistan, Saadia Faruqi’s tender and honest middle grade novel tells the story of two girls navigating a summer of change and family upheaval with kind hearts, big dreams, and all the right questions.
Mimi is not thrilled to be spending her summer in Karachi, Pakistan, with grandparents she’s never met. Secretly, she wishes to find her long-absent father, and plans to write to him in her beautiful new journal.
The cook’s daughter, Sakina, still hasn’t told her parents that she’ll be accepted to school only if she can improve her English test score—but then, how could her family possibly afford to lose the money she earns working with her Abba in a rich family’s kitchen?
Although the girls seem totally incompatible at first, as the summer goes on, Sakina and Mimi realize that they have plenty in common—and that they each need the other to get what they want most.
This relatable and empathetic story about two friends coming to understand each other will resonate with readers who loved Other Words for Home and Front Desk.
TO THE FUTURE, BEN FRANKLIN!
Get whisked away through time in the magic tree house with Jack and Annie in the #1 bestselling series–and meet famous Founding Father and inventor Ben Franklin!
When Jack and Annie are whisked back in time by the magic tree house, they find themselves in Old Philadelphia in 1787. Their mission? Help Dr. Ben.
It isn’t hard to find him–Dr. Ben is none other than Benjamin Franklin! But to help him, Jack and Annie have to do something they’ve never done before. Something daring, dangerous, and almost impossible.
Travel through time and history in this magical and surprising edition of Mary Pope Osborne’s New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series.
Track the facts with Jack and Annie in the nonfiction companion to this book: Benjamin Franklin.
Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid?
Magic Tree House: Perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books
Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader
Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures
If you’re looking for Merlin Mission #32: Winter of the Ice Wizard, it was renumbered as part of the rebrand in 2017 as Merlin Mission #4.
This true story of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face is perfect for fans of Wonder—now with exclusive paperback content!
When Robert Hoge was born, he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs. Surgeons removed the tumor and made him a new nose from one of his toes. Amazingly, he survived—with a face that would never be the same.
Strangers stared at him, kids called him names, and adults could be cruel in their own ways. Everybody seemed to agree that Robert was “ugly.” But Robert refused to let his face dictate his entire life. Then, when Robert came face to face with the biggest decision of his life, he followed his heart. This poignant memoir about overcoming bullying and thriving with disabilities shows that what makes us “ugly” also makes us who we are.
* Features an exclusive introduction, photographs, and Q&A from the author! *
★ “Eminently readable . . . a gripping readaloud, readalone, and discussion point all on its own.”–BCCB, starred review
“A jaw-dropping story of resilience, courage, and fierce hope.”–New York Times bestselling author Joan Bauer