ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL
ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL

A Kirkus Best Book of 2019

Nadine Jolie Courtney’s All-American Muslim Girl is a relevant, relatable story of being caught between two worlds, and the struggles and hard-won joys of finding your place.

Allie Abraham has it all going for her—she’s a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she’s dating popular, sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells’s father is Jack Henderson, America’s most famous conservative shock jock, and Allie hasn’t told Wells that her family is Muslim. It’s not like Allie’s religion is a secret. It’s just that her parents don’t practice, and raised her to keep it to herself.

But as Allie witnesses Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she decides to embrace her faith—study, practice it, and even face misunderstanding for it. Who is Allie, if she sheds the façade of the “perfect” all-American girl?

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CATS
CATS

Cats are a perennial favorite with young kids. Filled with great tips and guidelines for kids getting their first cat. Lavishly illustrated with full-color, up-close photographs, Seymour Simon captures cats as they hunt, give birth, and play.

Ages: 5 - 9

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EFREN DIVIDED
EFREN DIVIDED

Winner of the Pura Belpré Award!

“We need books to break open our hearts, so that we might feel more deeply, so that we might be more human in these unkind times. This is a book doing work of the spirit in a time of darkness.” —Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street 

Efrén Nava’s Amá is his Superwoman—or Soperwoman, named after the delicious Mexican sopes his mother often prepares. Both Amá and Apá work hard all day to provide for the family, making sure Efrén and his younger siblings Max and Mía feel safe and loved.

But Efrén worries about his parents; although he’s American-born, his parents are undocumented. His worst nightmare comes true one day when Amá doesn’t return from work and is deported across the border to Tijuana, México.

Now more than ever, Efrén must channel his inner Soperboy to help take care of and try to reunite his family.

A glossary of Spanish words is included in the back of the book. 

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GET A GRIP, VIVY COHEN
GET A GRIP, VIVY COHEN

In this perfectly pitched novel-in-letters, autistic eleven-year-old Vivy Cohen won’t let anything stop her from playing baseball–not when she has a major-league star as her pen pal.

Vivy Cohen is determined. She’s had enough of playing catch in the park. She’s ready to pitch for a real baseball team.

But Vivy’s mom is worried about Vivy being the only girl on the team, and the only autistic kid. She wants Vivy to forget about pitching, but Vivy won’t give up. When her social skills teacher makes her write a letter to someone, Vivy knows exactly who to choose: her hero, Major League pitcher VJ Capello. Then two amazing things happen: A coach sees Vivy’s amazing knuckleball and invites her to join his team. And VJ starts writing back!

Now Vivy is a full-fledged pitcher, with a catcher as a new best friend and a steady stream of advice from VJ. But when a big accident puts her back on the bench, Vivy has to fight to stay on the team.

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MANANALAND
MANANALAND

Newbery Honoree Pam Muñoz Ryan weaves an entrancing tale of courage and self-discovery.

“Uniquely magical…Timely and timeless.” — New York Times

* “This tightly packed, powerful fantasy contains resonant truths.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “Another unforgettable work from a master storyteller.” — Booklist, starred review

* “Richly tiered… wrenchingly real…compelling.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A gem of a story with timely messages.” — School Library Journal

“Rich and relevant.” — The Horn Book

“A luminous embodiment of hope.” — Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer and Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Mañanaland is that rare gift of a book.” — Francisco X. Stork, award-winning author of Disappeared

Maximiliano Córdoba loves stories, especially the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow.

If Max could see tomorrow, he would know if he’d make Santa Maria’s celebrated fútbol team and whether he’d ever meet his mother, who disappeared when he was a baby. He longs to know more about her, but Papá won’t talk. So when Max uncovers a buried family secret–involving an underground network of guardians who lead people fleeing a neighboring country to safety–he decides to seek answers on his own.

With a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo’s legend as his only guides, he sets out on a perilous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds.

This timeless tale of struggle, hope, and the search for tomorrow has much to offer today about compassion and our shared humanity.

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TOMORROWLAND / MANANALAND
MANANALAND (SPANISH EDITION)

Newbery Honoree Pam Muñoz Ryan weaves an entrancing tale of courage and self-discovery.

A Maximiliano Córdoba le encantan las historias, especialmente la leyenda que le cuenta Buelo sobre un mítico guardián que ayuda a los viajeros valientes de corazón puro en un viaje a la tierra del mañana.

Si Max pudiera ver el mañana, sabría si lo aceptarán en el famoso club de fútbol de Santa María y si alguna vez encontrará a su madre, quien desapareció cuando él era bebé. Quiere saber más de ella, pero su papá no quiere hablar; así que cuando Max descubre un secreto familiar que involucra una red subterránea de guardianes que ayudan a la gente a huir a la seguridad del país vecino, decide buscar las respuestas por su cuenta.

Maximiliano Córdoba loves stories, especially the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow.

If Max could see tomorrow, he would know if he’d make Santa Maria’s celebrated fútbol team and whether he’d ever meet his mother, who disappeared when he was a baby. He longs to know more about her, but Papá won’t talk. So when Max uncovers a buried family secret — involving an underground network of guardians who lead people fleeing a neighboring country to safety — he decides to seek answers on his own.

With a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo’s legend as his only guides, he sets out on a perilous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds.

This timeless tale of struggle, hope, and the search for tomorrow has much to offer today about compassion and our shared humanity.

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ON THIN ICE
ON THIN ICE

New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop captures the middle-school experience — from the hurt to the hope — in this powerful story of creativity in the face of cruelty.

If I did something risky now, something big — it’s almost like it wouldn’t even be my fault. Almost like it might even work.Ked Eakins is about to lose everything.He’s just discovered that his dad has gambled away their rent money. They’re going to get kicked out of their home.But Ked is determined to fight back. He hatches a plan to save their apartment by rebuilding a vintage minibike in his school’s maker space, which he’ll sell for a profit.Still, the plan is a gamble of his own: Going to maker space forces Ked into the path of a school bully, who torments him about his progressive spinal condition.Can Ked — with the help of some unlikely new friends ???????– find a way to fix the bike and save his family from going under before it’s too late?New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop has written a powerful story a boy who ???????– against all odds ???????– decides to bet on himself and create something new from broken pieces.

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PIECING ME TOGETHER
PIECING ME TOGETHER

2018 Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

“Timely and timeless.” –Jacqueline Woodson

“Important and deeply moving.” –John Green

Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it’s trying to break her.

Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And Jade has: every day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities. But some opportunities she doesn’t really welcome, like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Just because her mentor is black and graduated from the same high school doesn’t mean she understands where Jade is coming from. She’s tired of being singled out as someone who needs help, someone people want to fix. Jade wants to speak, to create, to express her joys and sorrows, her pain and her hope. Maybe there are some things she could show other women about understanding the world and finding ways to be real, to make a difference.

NPR’s Best Books of 2017
A 2017 New York Public Library Best Teen Book of the Year
Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of 2017
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017
Kirkus Reviews‘ Best Teen Books of 2017
2018 Josette Frank Award Winner

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Salt to the Sea
SALT TO THE SEA

#1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal! 

“A superlative novel . . . masterfully crafted.”–The Wall Street Journal

Based on “the forgotten tragedy that was six times deadlier than the Titanic.”–Time

Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war. As thousands desperately flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. But not all promises can be kept . . .

This paperback edition includes book club questions and exclusive interviews with Wilhelm Gustloff survivors and experts.

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TAKE BACK THE BLOCK
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

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WAYS TO MAKE SUNSHINE
WAYS TO MAKE SUNSHINE

From Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson comes the first book in a young middle grade series about Ryan Hart, a girl who is pure spirit, kindness, and sunshine.

Ryan Hart has a lot on her mind–school, self-image, and especially family. Her dad finally has a new job, but money is tight. That means some changes, like selling their second car and moving into a new (old) house. But Ryan is a girl who knows how to make sunshine out of setbacks. As her brother says when he raps about her, she’s got the talent that matters most: it’s a talent that can’t be seen, she’s nice, not mean!

Ryan is all about trying to see the best in people, to be a good daughter, a good sister, a good friend. But even if her life isn’t everything she would wish for, when her big brother is infuriating, her parents don’t quite understand, and the unexpected happens, she always finds a way forward, with grace and wit. And plenty of sunshine.

Acclaimed author Renée Watson writes her own version of Ramona Quimby, one starring a Black girl and her family, in this start to a charming new series.

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WILDFIRE
WILDFIRE

Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick sends readers straight into the nightmare of a raging wildfire as 12-year-old Sam is trapped by explosive flames and deadly smoke that threaten to take his life. Can he survive?

Flames race toward Sam Castine’s summer camp as evacuation buses are loading, but Sam runs back to get his phone. Suddenly, a flash of heat blasts him as pine trees explode. Now a wall of fire separates Sam from his bus, and there’s only one thing to do: Run for his life. Run or die.

Lungs burning, Sam’s only goal is to keep moving. Drought has made the forest a tinderbox, and Sam struggles to remember survival tricks he learned from his late father. Then, when he least expects it, he encounters Delphy, an older girl who is also lost. Their unlikely friendship grows as they join forces to find civilization.

The pace never slows, and eventually flames surround Sam and Delphy on all sides. A powerful bond is forged that can only grow out of true hardship — as two true friends beat all odds and outwit one of the deadliest fires ever.

At the end of the novel, information about wildfires and useful safety tips add to the reader’s understanding of one of the world’s most dangerous natural disasters.

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