2022 Starred Reviews Round-Up

2022 Starred Reviews Round-Up


Does your collection include this year’s critically acclaimed books? See what Booklist, School Library Journal, Kirkus, Horn Book, Publishers Weekly, and more, say about the top reviewed books of 2022 for kids and teens!

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Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Joy; illustrated by Janelle Washington
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A picture book biography of the mother of Emmett Till, and how she channeled grief over her son’s death into a call to action for the civil rights movement.

“This story is told with hauntingly lyrical language that successfully captures the tenor of the time and brings to life its subjects. The text is enhanced with powerful expressionistic art crafted from cut paper and silhouettes.” Kirkusstarred review

“Washington’s dramatic paper-cut art, featuring bold black-and-white silhouettes and figures on brown backgrounds with blue, brown, and red tissue-paper accents, perfectly captures the courage and dignity of the subject.Horn Book, starred review

[A] forceful, strikingly illustrated nonfiction picture book.” Shelf Awareness, starred review

By placing Emmett’s murder in the context of [Mamie Till-Mobley’s] life, the narrative brings a deep intimacy to the portrayal of a woman mourning her son, not a symbol.  The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

Contextualizing endnotes conclude this necessary title whose reiterative refrain characterizes Till-Mobley’s actions as “the harder thing” and “the braver thing/ that changed everything.” Publisher’s Weekly, starred review


I Am Golden by Eva Chen; illustrated by Sophie Diao
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This joyful and lyrical picture book from New York Times bestselling author Eva Chen and illustrator Sophie Diao is a moving ode to the immigrant experience, as well as a manifesto of self-love for Chinese American children.


“In these pages, cultural triumphs live next to snug family dinners, and all of it matters as the parents set their child aloft. Every child should be launched by such words of love and confidence. … Salve on the wounds of racism, this is a transporting invitation to be different, go forward, and meet your destiny.” School Library Journalstarred review

“[A] richly metaphoric celebration of Chinese American identity … Luminous, gently textured digital art by Diao includes thoughtful, recognizably Chinese cues that add further dimension … A loving, affecting tribute to how children of immigrants can serve as bridges and torchbearers for their communities.” Publishers Weeklystarred review

“From the outset, this gorgeous picture book exudes joy and celebration of identity. Through dazzling illustrations, Diao brings to exuberant life best-selling Chinese American author Chen’s message of finding love and power in one’s differences. … This powerful and uplifting story captures [Chinese] American joy and is a definite must-read.” Bookliststarred review

“An immigrant couple’s empowering love letter to their child. … Diao’s lovely digital artwork works in tandem with Chen’s rich textual imagery to celebrate Chinese culture, family history, and language. … A shining affirmation of Chinese American identity. Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Marcel’s Masterpiece: How a Toilet Shaped the History of Art by Jeff Mack
On Sale August 23, 2022

An engaging, kid-friendly introduction to artist Marcel Duchamp and how he turned a toilet into a famous work of art.


“Marcel Duchamp’s use of a urinal to challenge assumptions about art in 1917 New York has inherent kid appeal and Mack exploits the possibilities . . . A funny, clever consideration of an iconic object.” Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

“Mixed-media cartooned vignettes, punctuated with collaged elements, including the laugh-out-loud text itself (about visiting Fountain, figures mention needing “to go”), strike just the right balance of headiness and breezy mischievousness for a young audience innate connoisseurs of épater le bourgeoisie.” Publishers Weeklystarred review

“Beginning with the salvaged urinal Marcel Duchamp retitled “Fountain” and turned on its head to do the same to the stuffier reaches of the art world, this pun-tastic ramble through the realms of the “readymade” serves as both a quick history of Dadaism and a manifesto of its ideas.Bookliststarred review

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Tomatoes in My Lunchbox by Costantia Manoli; illustrated by Magdalena Mora
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A moving picture book from a debut author about the first day of school, layered with themes about the immigrant experience and the universal experience of feeling out of place.


“[A] beautifully told and illustrated story that expresses, with sensitivity and inspired use of figurative language, a child’s attempt to fit with the dominant culture a common experience that will resonate with many readers and inspire empathy in others.” Kirkusstarred review

“Manoli’s text is lovely and achingly poignant. The lyrical narrative has a dreamlike quality, seamlessly taking readers from the little girl’s present home to her country of origin. Mora’s illustrations are warmly rendered with inks, pastels, and crayons, and will immerse readers in the little girl’s inner world.” School Library Journalstarred review

Swaths of color dominate Mora’s lushly wrought illustrations as the protagonist tries to fit in with other children, portrayed with varying skin tones.” Publishers Weeklystarred review


Legend of Gravity by Charly Palmer
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In his author-illustrator debut, Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe–and Africana Book Award–winning illustrator Charly Palmer spins a tall tale about a neighborhood basketball hero.


“The Legend of Gravity is a riveting rocket of a tale. Like a memorable championship game, it deserves to be revisited over and over again by legions of devoted fans.” BookPage, starred review

“On-point gameplay descriptions bring readers into the action as the awe-inspiring heroics of a mythically great ball player take center court… Vivid colors and heavy brushstrokes bring the city, its courts, and the characters to life, with the fluid basketball movements and positioning of the players being exceptionally well rendered.” The Horn Book, starred review


Love, Violet by Charlotte Sullivan Wild; illustrated by Charlene Chua
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Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Love, Violet by Charlotte Sullivan Wild and Charlene Chua is a touching picture book about friendship and the courage it takes to share your feelings.


“The gentle, child-friendly romance at the heart of the story is a perfect celebration of courage and queerness, and earnest, awkward Violet is a protagonist every reader will root for.” Kirkus, starred review

“Valentine’s Day brings a shy child named Violet the chance to connect with her crush, Mira, in Sullivan Wild’s uplifting wintry tale…a race through the snow choreographically captured with dancelike grace in Chua’s simple, light-filled watercolors brings the duo together at last, making the holiday one of joyful acceptance.” Publishers Weekly, starred review


That’s Betty! The Story of Betty White by Gregory Bonsignore; illustrated by Jennifer M. Potter
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An innovative and joyful picture book biography that celebrates the life and achievements of TV legend, pioneer, and activist Betty White.


“Cleverly written from a child’s perspective, this biography will have readers loving Betty White more and more with each turn of the page. . .Written in preparation for White’s upcoming 100th birthday in 2022, this is a must-have for all library shelves.” School Library Journal, starred review

“In this awed tribute, a young fan assigned to do a class presentation on a “trailblazing woman” braves the skepticism of their teacher and their dads to gain. . .a high-spots overview of White’s multi-decade career. Readers, too, will come away wowed.” Booklist, starred review


Dragon Bones by Sarah Glenn Marsh; Illustrations by Maris Wicks
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At home in her seaside town in England, little Mary Anning stared out her window. Unlike other children, Mary couldn’t wait for a rainy day. Because when it rained… the bones were revealed.


“Particularly attuned to preschool and primary audiences…the interplay between the solidity of Mary and her discoveries and the wispy white outlines of her realistic and fantastical imaginings opens a window into a period when even renowned naturalists pontificated from speculation more often than settled knowledge.” – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB), starred review

A lively portrayal of an outstanding 19th-century woman and her contributions to the study of paleontology.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Where is Bina Bear? by Mike Curato
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In Mike Curato’s funny, poignant picture book Where Is Bina Bear?, a little rabbit throws a party but can’t find best friend Bina Bear anywhere!

“This book would prove an excellent prompt for classroom discussion as well as a vibrant read aloud. VERDICT A gloriously simple and funny story of empathy, recommended for first purchase.” School Library Journal, starred review

A tender tribute to both lone wolves (er, bears) and the beings who love them.Publishers Weekly, starred review


Let’s Do Everything and Nothing by Julia Kuo
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Let’s Do Everything and Nothing is a lush and lyrical picture book from Julia Kuo celebrating special moments big and small shared with a child.


This stirring ode to the love between parent and child is a must-have for all collections.School Library Journalstarred review

“[A] simple yet powerful salute to mothers and daughters and the time they spend together… This exquisite book would be a perfect gift to bring to a baby shower.” BookPagestarred review


See You Someday Soon by Pat Zietlow Miller; illustrated by Suzy Lee
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From the author of the mega-bestseller Be Kind comes a picture book for anyone who’s ever loved someone far away.


“A satisfying resolution arrives to close the book, offering solace to those who have endured long separations from loved ones due to the pandemic and also to anyone whose loved ones live far away. Characters’ skin tones vary depending on the color of the page.” Kirkusstarred review

While this reassuring picture book is particularly apt for the COVID-19 era, it will be welcomed by anyone suffering separation and seeking comfort.” Horn Book Magazinestarred review

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The Coquíes Still Sing by Karina Nicole González; illustrated by Krystal Quiles

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A powerful story about home, community, and hope, inspired by the rebuilding of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017, written by debut author Karina González and illustrated by Krystal Quiles.


★ “This is a poignant family story that details a real-life tragic event and the courage of its survivors. González’s melodic text sings, like Elena’s beloved coquíes, while Quiles’ gouache and acrylic artwork pops with vibrant hues and textures.” Kirkusstarred review

★ “Quiles communicates abundance, joy, and loss through expressive brushwork: the jewel-toned gouache and acrylics, finished digitally, produce detailed, almost-pluckable mangoes, while rough strokes depict the coming-apart of the fabric of daily life. Endnotes convey the larger message: self-determination for Puerto Rico.” Publishers Weeklystarred review


Off the Wall by Theodore Taylor III

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From New York Times bestselling illustrator Theodore Taylor III comes a vibrant ode to street art, a picture book about a child discovering all of the beauty and art her new neighborhood has to offer.


★ “Taylor’s vibrant, explosive illustrations vividly capture street art’s dynamism in a palette with purple and gold highlights. Celebrating kids, art, and supportive communities, this gem deserves a wide audience.” Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Part fish-out-of-water story, part ode to street art, this vibrant offering will grab readers’ attention.” Horn Bookstarred review

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Blurp’s Book of Manners by Cindy Derby

On Sale 12/06/2022

From Caldecott Honoree Cindy Derby comes an uproarious tale about an etiquette coach and the sentient paint blob that just might teach her proper manners.


★ “Derby’s natural inclination to play with paint like a child in a mud puddle comes fully to her aid here…Our hero is bound to find fast friends with ill-mannered readers everywhere.” – Kirkus, starred review

★ “Derby breathes fresh air into familiar comedy tropes and ‘practice kindness’ messaging, while anchoring the book’s unleashed sense of color and character in a core truth: there is nothing more wonderful than being treated with respect.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review


Old Friends by Margaret Aitken; illustrated by Lenny Wen

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Paired with colorful and vibrant art by Lenny Wen, Old Friends by Margaret Aitken is an inventive and heartfelt debut picture book that celebrates found family, caregiving, and the value of intergenerational friendships.

“This celebration of intergenerational friendship is ultimately a comforting tale, like a cozy knit cardigan or a warm berry crisp, perfect for a lapsit or a Grandparents’ Day read-aloud.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB)starred review


Latinitas by Juliet Menéndez

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Meet the Latinitas, whose big dreams paved the way for your little feet! With gorgeous, hand-painted illustrations, Juliet Menéndez shines a spotlight on the power of childhood dreams.

Saturated Old Holland watercolors create vivid contrasts between backgrounds of goldenrod, black, kelly green, and terracotta and each page’s stylized image of a famous Latina, stencil-like in its clean lines and geometric patterns.” Bookliststarred review

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Friends are Friends, Forever by Dane Liu
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A picture book based on the author’s own immigration story, the infinite impact of friendship, and passing on love and kindness around the world.

“The story itself is simple and sweet in nature as we see the two main characters go from mildly interacting to fused together in their walk outside… A spare and wonderful addition to picture book collections.” School Library Journal, starred review


Anzu the Great Kaiju by Benson Shum
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An adorable picture book about a tiny monster with a big heart trying to follow in his family’s footsteps.

*”It’s a pleasure to see the monster myth once again turned on its head. Spoiler alert: Goofy, loving monster makes good on his proclivities for joy, and wins his parents’ approval along the way. It’s a triumph, all right.”  School Library Journal, starred review


A History of Underwear with Professor Chicken by Hannah Holt; Illustrations by Korwin Briggs
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Packed with information, hilariously but accurately (well…except for the chickens) illustrated, Hannah Holt and Korwin Briggs’ A History of Underwear with Professor Chicken is sure to wedge its way into the annals of history-based picture books.

“Do not miss this very fun and informative book, which is an excellent choice for anyone interested in fashion, history, or chickens.” School Library Journal, starred review


I Am Mozart, Too by Audrey Ades; Illustrations by Adelina Lirius
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To everyone who has heard of my famous younger brother but has never heard of me.

A must-buy for any collection. Not only is this a story that needs to be shared, but the back matter educates young readers on critical reading distinctions.”  School Library Journalstarred review


Ida B. Wells, Voice of Truth by Michelle Duster; Illustrations by Laura Freeman
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Ida B. Wells, Voice of Truth is an inspiring picture book biography of the groundbreaking journalist and civil rights activist as told by her great-granddaughter Michelle Duster and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award Honoree artist Laura Freeman.

“A superb biography for all libraries, this picture book can effectively be used with a broad range of students as an introduction to the importance of activism and Black history.” School Library Journalstarred review


Why? A Conversation about Race by Taye Diggs; Illustrations by Shane W. Evans
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A piercing picture book about racial injustice from a child’s perspective from Taye Diggs and Shane Evans.

“Diggs makes these gutting conversations loving, plainspoken, and accessible to children. … The question-and-answer format, the hallmark of parenting, helps the characters process large thoughts and huge problems, and yet find some paths to solutions.” School Library Journalstarred review

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Our Planet! There’s No Place Like Earth by Stacy McAnulty; illustrated by David Litchfield
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From writer Stacy McAnulty and illustrator David Litchfield, Our Planet! There’s No Place Like Earth is a nonfiction picture book about the Earth, told from the perspective of Earth herself.

“The last illustrations feature a joyful, verdant Earth, who is clearly choosing hope over despair. … Offering a helpful primer to difficult concepts, this engaging picture book is recommended for first purchase.” School Library Journalstarred review


This Book Will Get You to Sleep! by Jory John; illustrated by Olivier Tallec
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For little ones reluctant to say good night, this laugh-out-loud story from beloved author Jory John and internationally acclaimed illustrator Olivier Tallec will guide them through different methods of falling asleep until they might just get tired after all.

“Tallec’s humorous, signature-styled pictures easily keep pace with the book’s mock-serious tone, foregrounding a charismatic protagonist who will help kids find their way, if not to sleep, then at least to plentiful giggles.” Publishers Weeklystarred review


Miss Rita, Mystery Reader by Sam Donovan and Kristen Wixted; illustrated by Violet Tobacco
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In this heartwarming picture book, Tori can’t wait to show off Daddy’s drag queen alter ego, Miss Rita, at school story time. But will the other kids love Miss Rita like Tori does?

Sweet and reassuring…The vivid, expressive, and energetic illustrations catch just the right over-the-top tone. This fun selection is a great way to enhance picture-book collections.” Booklist, starred review


Pineapple Princess by Sabina Hahn
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A sly, hilarious, and bold picture book from debut creator Sabina Hahn about a fierce little girl who commandeers a rotting pineapple for a royal crown perfect for fans of Eloise and Olivia.

This witty (and slightly wicked) book should appeal to readers who admire Eloise’s and Olivia’s insouciance, as well as fans of Jon Klassen’s deadpan, elevated humor.” Bookliststarred review


Hasta que alguien me escuche / Until Someone Listens (Spanish ed.): Una historia sobre las fronteras, la familia y la misión de una niña by Estela Juarez with Lissette Norman; illustrated by Teresa Martínez; translated by Cecilia Molinari
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Hasta que alguien me escuche is the Spanish edition of Until Someone Listens. When Estela Juarez’s mom is deported to Mexico, Estela knows she has to speak up for her family. Told in Estela’s own words, Until Someone Listens is a true story about a young girl finding her voice and using it to make change.

“Based on true events, this impactful picture book provides an inside look at one young girl’s courage to help her mother and inspire other immigrants like her. An excellent addition to Spanish picture book collections for children.” School Library Journalstarred review

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A Book, Too, Can Be a Star: The Story of Madeleine L’Engle and the Making of A Wrinkle in Time by Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Jennifer Adams; illustrated by Adelina Lirius
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An inspiring picture book biography of beloved author Madeleine L’Engle and the making of A Wrinkle in Time.

The artwork in this book is stunning; both realistic and magical, these illustrations connect readers emotionally to L’Engle’s story… An excellent choice for any collection looking for biographies on writers, fantasy, and successful women.” School Library Journal, starred review


The Christmas Book Flood by Emily Kilgore; illustrated by Kitty Moss
On Sale 11/01/2022

This lovely and lyrical picture book, based on a real Icelandic tradition, brings all the sparkle and anticipation of Christmas and of the joys of reading to the page.

“Kilgore depicts the Icelandic tradition of ‘Christmas Book Flood,’ in loving, magical terms (more historical information is provided in an author’s note). The art adds old-world charm while leading the narrative through blue-tinted winter nights and warm, homey interiors. Moss’ lovely, heavily saturated colors seem to evoke old Currier and Ives prints with their detail to scenic landscapes, while collaged images of newsprintlike pages add texture and fun. These captivating illustrations depict a family of four (one parent and two children are brown-skinned; one parent is light-skinned) as the story’s focus among a racially diverse country town . . . Marvelously enchanting.” Kirkus Reviewsstarred review


Con Pollo: A Bilingual Playtime Adventure by Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez; illustrated by Andrea Campos
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Con Pollo: A Bilingual Playtime Adventure is an engaging and hilarious picture book that serves young readers as an introduction to basic Spanish vocabulary, brought to life by superstar team-up Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez.

Simple, bold, colorful illustrations, reminiscent in style of Peep and the Big Wide World, are perfectly suited to grab and hold the attention of the intended audience. … A fun way to introduce Spanish vocabulary to young readers, with a character and formula that are worthy of additional titles. An excellent purchase for bilingual and general picture book ­collections.School Library Journalstarred review

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Northwind by Gary Paulsen
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This stunning New York Times Bestseller from the survival story master, set along a rugged coastline centuries ago, does for the ocean what Hatchet does for the woods, as it relates the story of a young person’s battle to stay alive against the odds, where the high seas meet a coastal wilderness.


A voyage both singular and universal, marked by sharply felt risks and rewards and deep waters beneath.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Spare, survival-oriented prose keeps the reader immersed in scenes difficult and wondrous, offering a glimpse of the sheer awesomeness of nature, showcasing the beauty of the sea and its inhabitants, and regaling readers with a timeless and irresistible adventure that has resilience at its heart.Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Call this posthumously published novel The Young Man and the Sea . . . [A] splendid story . . . Beautifully written, it’s classic Paulsen at his best.” Bookliststarred review

“[A] mesmerizing modern-day epic . . . The tale of man versus nature is as old as time, but Paulsen, who died in 2021, goes beyond the genre by exploring the complex perspectives of animals . . . Narrative devices like kennings and repetitious phrasing hark back to epic sagas such as Beowulf and the Poetic Eddas: tides become moon-currents, silence becomes non-sound and memories become thought-pictures. But possibly the most compelling aspect of the work is the lesson Leif learns along his journey: ‘Don’t go to a place. Go to be. Just to be.’” Shelf Awarenessstarred review

“What a gem . . . This accessible, captivating adventure story is destined to become another Paulsen classic . . . An essential purchase for libraries serving middle grade and YA readers.” School Library Journalstarred review

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In the Key of Us by Mariama J. Lockington
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From the author of the critically acclaimed novel For Black Girls Like Me, Mariama J. Lockington, comes a coming-of-age story surrounding the losses that threaten to break us and the friendships that make us whole again.


“Navigating sensitive topics like body image, mental health, racism, grief, and healthy relationships with a gentle hand, this moving coming-of-age story is perfect for tweens and young teens.” School Library Journalstarred review

“Alternating the two perspectives with verse interstitials, Lockington (For Black Girls Like Me) weaves an exploration of mental health, self-harm, and microaggressions with a love letter to music, the importance of representation, and the work of sticking up for the person one dreams of becoming.” Publishers Weeklystarred review

“Told in Andi’s and Zora’s alternating perspectives, the well-paced coming-of-age narrative is sprinkled with contemporary references that bolster its authenticity as it sensitively explores topics such as racism and self-harm and offers a touching portrayal of young queer love…Vivid writing and relatable characters make this a worthwhile read.” Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

“Lockington elevates what is already an insightful middle-grade romance to a moving portrayal of two girls working toward themselves and each other, carrying the weight of other people’s expectations and the pain of past traumas… An authentic look at how identity and relationships transform under shifting middle grade dynamics, this is a must-have for fans of Paula Chase and Frances O’Roark Dowell.The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Booksstarred review

“Lockington skillfully and delicately incorporates into her middle-grade romance anxiety, self-harm, coming out as LGBTQ+, microaggressions and the reality of how difficult life can be for children of color. In the Key of Us ultimately sends a message of hope and freedom that underlines the importance of children and teens letting the world see them for who they really are.” Shelf Awarenessstarred review

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Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega; illustrated by Rose Bousamra

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A middle grade graphic novel about Marlene, a young girl who stops straightening her hair and embraces her natural curls.


“Marlene’s journey of personal growth will evoke catharsis and joy. An exquisite excavation of hair politics, family dynamics, and self-love.”  Kirkus, starred review

Ortega’s narrative shows the complex arc of Marlene’s emotional growth from exuberance to sadness, self-reflection to empowerment captured with aplomb in Bousamra’s expressive illustrations.”  Horn Book, starred review

“In the creators’ graphic novel debut, themes of anti-Blackness, colorism, and self-acceptance are explored with ­nuance and honesty. The subject of internalized racism is discussed in a way that will resonate with kids and families grappling with it for the first time.”  School Library Journal, starred review

“Bousamra skillfully renders expressive and visually distinct characters, employing bright and cheerful coloring in pastel hues to sweetly capture touching moments. Ortega expertly examines themes of colorism, generational trauma, and toxic beauty standards via authentic, heartstring-tugging dialogue and Marlene’s pitch-perfect narration, culminating in a satisfying and heartwarming exploration of self-expression and self-love.”  Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Frizzy is an intimate mother-daughter drama that sensitively explores the concept of so-called “good hair,” a manifestation of racist beauty standards, as well as how such internalized anti-Blackness gets passed down through generations. Eager to value her unique identity, Marlene eventually learns how to advocate for herself, and her journey to proud self-acceptance is nothing short of joyful.”  Bookpage, starred review

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Moonwalking by Zetta Elliott and Lyn Miller-Lachmann
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For fans of Jason Reynolds and Jacqueline Woodson, this middle-grade novel-in-verse follows two boys in 1980s Brooklyn as they become friends for a season.


A tender, engrossing tribute to art and close interpersonal bonds that explores themes of neurodivergence, mental health, and institutional prejudice.”  Publishers Weekly, starred review

Through alternating first-person accounts, and with varied poetic styles, Elliott (A Place Inside of Me, rev. 11/20) and Miller-Lachmann (Rogue, rev. 9/13) present a thoughtfully structured and sensitively rendered verse novel set in early- 1980s Brooklyn featuring two memorable protagonists… Both authors are adept at evocatively re-creating the setting, with references ranging from Ronald Reagan’s anti-union stance to Jean- Michel Basquiat, Michael Jackson, and the Clash. Authors’ notes give background on various aspects of the novel, including autism as a likely diagnosis for JJ, using today’s terms.  Horn Book, starred review

“The coauthors’ equally strong contributions evocatively bring the characters and setting to life through visual poetry. The even pacing makes for an engrossing read, and the characters’ pain and promise will remain with readers. A stellar, hauntingly beautiful narrative.”  Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“In an authentic look at the racial divide that continues today, authors Elliott and Miller-Lachman bring varying degrees of own-voices authenticity to the characterizations and emotions represented. Their multilayered exposure of a specific time in history will resonate with modern readers, who will see these racist acts echoed all too loudly in current events.”  Booklist, starred review


Unbreakable: The Spies Who Cracked the Nazis’ Secret Code by Rebecca E. F. Barone

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Unbreakable is the edge-of-your seat true story of the codebreakers, spies, and navy men who cracked the Nazis’ infamous Enigma encryption machine and turned the tide of World War II perfect for fans of The Imitation Game.


“It’s a breathlessly told account of clandestine operations whose success contributed to the war’s end.”  Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Stories of lesser-known key players are vividly described…and well-sourced back matter support suspenseful writing, especially when it’s describing how the code breakers fled for safety as the Germans advanced”  Booklist, starred review

A riveting true-life adventure story combining brains, courage, and heart.”  Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Engagingly told as a grim race against time, deeply researched, and with ample space for the play of differing perspectives and outsized personalities . . . highly recommended.”  School Library Journal, starred review

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Odder by Katherine Applegate

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Now a #1 New York Times bestseller! A touching and lyrical tale about a remarkable sea otter, from Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate, author of Wishtree.


“Based on the Monterey Bay Aquarium and its otter rescue and fostering program, this gorgeous story is told in flowing free verse that slips by as silkily as an otter in water.”  Booklist, starred review

“Soft, black-and-white illustrations dot Odder’s story, enhancing readers’ emotional connections to a captivating tale about life’s existential balance between survival and play.”  Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB), starred review

“Though humans make cameo appearances in this edifying novel about otter life, the focus remains rightfully on its enigmatic star: a lovable otter who not only survives against the odds but thrives.”  Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Applegate’s text is absorbing, her spotlight on the animals’ nature and emotions powerful.”  Kirkus Reviews, starred review


The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart

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The #1 New York Times and Indie bestseller! From Dan Gemeinhart, the acclaimed author of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, comes an extraordinary story about a family of runaways who take up residence in a small town, and the outcast boy who finds his voice and his people perfect for fans of Katherine Applegate and Kate DiCamillo.


“…a Stephen King–esque blend of the sentimental and sinister. A tale by turns sweet and terrifying of friendship, bravery, and finding oneself in caring for others this is for readers who enjoy dark tales with a lot of heart”  School Library Journal, starred review

“Along with showing a sure hand when it comes to exploring serious themes and crafting strong, sympathetic characters, Gemeinhart displays a literally cutting sense of humor here…A rare (yet well done) tale about second chances and being true to both self and friends.Booklist, starred review

“The omniscient narrative voice is a strong presence throughout, drawing readers’ attention to themes including choices that make a difference, connections between people (“Sometimes, when two souls find each other in the darkness, the darkness goes away”), deciding who you want to be and not letting others define you, and the importance of home and family.”  Kirkus, starred review

Amid suspenseful scenes and straightforward descriptions of slaughterhouse gore, the story’s robust emotional core sees the children forge the story’s path as they powerfully change their community through courageous honesty and emotional vulnerability.”  Publishers Weekly, starred review


Ride On by Faith Erin Hicks

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In Ride On, this middle grade graphic novel from Faith Erin Hicks, twelve-year-old Victoria is burned out from the high-pressure world or riding competitions. Can she get back to basics and rekindle her love of horses? Perfect for fans of Best Friends and Stargazing!


“Featuring funny dialogue (“Let the shunning commence!”) and Hicks’s (Comics Will Break Your Heart) signature art including sharply rendered horses in motion this attentively layered, low-stakes graphic novel is told with an insider’s understanding of both stable culture and fandom.Publishers Weeklystarred review

“Hicks gives…multifaceted and distinctive characters, nuanced conversations about passion and privilege, and heartening emotional growth. A solid, well-wrought comic for fans of character-driven stories and, naturally, anyone obsessed with riding horses.” Bookliststarred review

“A “perfect ride” of a graphic novel that shows that there really is something special about horse friends.” School Library Journalstarred review


Nowhere Better Than Here by Sarah Guillory

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In a town slowly being destroyed by rising tides, one girl must fight to find a way to keep her community’s spirit from drowning.


“Fictional Boutin’s dilemmas are inspired by real climate change events. Come for gumbo and jambalaya; stay for the phenomenal hero with a powerful growth story.” –Kirkusstarred review

A poignant and emotional exploration of a people and place worth preserving” –School Library Journalstarred review

Guillory (Reclaimed) develops Jillian sympathetically via a colloquial first-person voice, showing how she redefines her relationship with home without compromising her love.” –Publishers Weeklystarred review

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Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa by Julian Randall
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The Land of Stories meets Dominican myths and legends come to life in Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa, a blockbuster contemporary middle-grade fantasy duology starter from Julian Randall. Fans of Tristan Strong and The Storm Runner, here is your next obsession.


“Pilar is fierce, honest, and funny, a heroine readers are sure to love. Action-packed and engaging from start to finish, this is a great next read for fans of Rick Riordan and Alane Adams.” –School Library Journal, starred review

“Fusing a vibrant, self-assured narrative voice; subtly wrought intergenerational concerns; and rich, Dominican-inspired worldbuilding, Randall creates an undeniable page-turner.” Publisher’s Weeklystarred review

Magic awaits around every corner in Zafa. Nonstop action and plenty of heart create a story worth escaping into.” Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

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The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton; illustrated by Khadijah Khatib
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Dhonielle Clayton makes her middle-grade debut with a fantasy adventure set in a global magic school in the sky  an instant New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller!


An enthralling fantasy adventure full of bravery, love, and humor.” Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

“[A] myriad [of] global cultural traditions with an intersectionally inclusive, fantastical adventure.” Publisher’s Weeklystarred review

An exemplary example of diversity with a Black girl protagonist, and characters representing a variety of cultures, skin tones, gender identities, sexual orientations, and religious affiliations. This fun, immersive tale is a must-purchase.” School Library Journalstarred review


Buzzkill by Brenna Maloney; illustrated by Dave Mottram

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Insects play a critical role on our planet, from sustenance to pollination to medicines and more. Brenna Maloney tackles both the wacky and weird, as well as threats to insects and their habitats, their possible extinction, and ways that everyday people, like you, can prevent their decline.


“Maloney herself is the central character: an enthusiastic, unflinching, and unfailingly curious explorer of all things insect. She cooks with cricket flour; mail-orders painted lady butterflies, hissing cockroaches, and an ant farm; conducts citizen science insect counts in her own backyard; and interviews scientists to gather information about cutting-edge insect investigation. Her friendly, engaging text includes many analogies (exoskeletons as “the ultimate power suit”) and jokey asides.” Horn Book, starred review

“Readers will goggle at the idea of a bug as large as a Quarter Pounder but also learn the importance of insects to forensic scientists and which species are in danger of extinction.School Library Journal, starred review

“The tone is informatively jocular, with a waggishness sure to appeal to middle-grade readers but content sophisticated enough to intrigue and educate teens.” Kirkus, starred review


Call Him Jack by Yohuru Williams and Michael G. Long

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An enthralling, eye-opening portrayal of this barrier-breaking American hero as a lifelong, relentlessly proud fighter for Black justice and civil rights.


“This thorough, expansive, and readable work is an essential addition to the body of literature about a well-known figure. Adds provocative nuances to the usual portrayals of a heroic American.” Kirkus, starred review

“Without minimizing Robinson’s historic athletic prowess, the creators provide a potent look into his civil rights achievements by highlighting key moments from his life, including marching for integrated schools and raising money for burned churches in Birmingham. This well-researched volume…skillfully highlights one prominent Black figure’s impact on America’s history both on and off the ball field.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This engrossing biography of baseball legend Jack Robinson opens with a quote from him in which he states he would choose “first-class citizenship to all of [my] people” over the Baseball Hall of Fame, which aptly frames the focus of this work.” School Library Journal, starred review


Smaller Sister by Maggie Edkins Willis
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Maggie Edkins Willis’s Smaller Sister is a debut middle grade graphic novel about body image, confidence, and the everlasting bond of sisterhood.


“In her debut graphic novel, Willis draws from her own childhood; the result is a resonant and achingly real work… Middle grade readers will be utterly absorbed by this heartfelt graphic novel that explores the complexities of family dynamics, body ­image, and self-acceptance.” School Library Journalstarred review

★”The accessible tone and format allow a difficult topic to be gently revealed with painful honesty balanced by humor and silliness… Compassionately approaches the stigma and mystery surrounding eating disorders.” Kirkusstarred review


Button Pusher by Tyler Page
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A memoir-driven realistic graphic novel about Tyler, a child who is diagnosed with ADHD and has to discover for himself how to best manage it.


“Well-paced interweaving of story beats and explanation, told with a refreshing honesty of feeling, make this a factually informative, accessible introduction to ADHD” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Highly recommended for graphic memoir collections, especially where graphic medicine is popular, this is a reassuring and informative resource for neurodiverse kids Booklist, starred review


Lifeling by Kristy Applebaum
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For fans of Tuck Everlasting comes a fantasy adventure from Kirsty Applebaum about a twelve-year-old boy who can bring living creatures back from the point of death in exchange for part of his own life.


★”[An] earnestly told novel conveys messages of love, loyalty, and sacrifice.” Publishers Weeklystarred review

[A] gripping drama full of intense emotion [with a] thought-provoking premise musing on life, love, and sacrifices made for others.” Kirkus Reviewsstarred review


Doggo and Pupper Save the World by Katherine Applegate; illustrated by Charlie Alder
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The second book in #1 New York Times-bestselling–author Katherine Applegate’s fun new series.


“Applegate’s second tale about two canine friends offers early readers another entertaining story about being kind to others. … will entice early readers.” School Library Journal, starred review

★A winning new series.”  Booklist, starred review

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The Sun Does Shine (Young Readers Edition) An Innocent Man, A Wrongful Conviction, and the Long Path to Justice by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
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The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times, now adapted for younger readers, with a revised foreword by Just Mercy author Bryan Stevenson.


“Though profoundly tragic, Hinton’s story is ultimately one of hope and an undeniable call for change.”
Booklist, starred review

“This is a must-have for any collection, and a necessary read to inspire the next generation to fight for social and racial justice.”-School Library Journal, starred review

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Hispanic Star: Celia Cruz by Claudia Romo Edelman and William Alexander; illustrated by Alexandra Beguez

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Read about “La Reina de la Salsa” in Hispanic Star: Celia Cruz, and learn the most groundbreaking, iconic Hispanic and Latinx heroes that have shaped our culture and the world in this gripping biography series for young readers, perfect for fans of the Who Was series.


A compelling look at the radiant life of La Reina de la Salsa.” Kirkus, starred review

“Sidebars pepper the work, including ones that give further context to the Cuban Revolution, the types of Cuban coffee, and other cultural touchstones. Beguez’s friendly illustrations add to the narrative’s charm, projecting the joy and glamour that followed the performer wherever she went.” School Library Journal, starred review

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The Ghoul of Windydown Vale by Jake Burt
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In this action-packed mystery from award-winning author Jake Burt, Copper Inskeep holds Windydown Vale’s deepest and darkest secret: he is the ghoul that haunts the Vale, donning a gruesome costume to scare travelers and townsfolk away from the dangers of the surrounding swamps. 

“Burt really puts the swamp into swamp gothic (and the gothic, too). . . . The agony Copper feels as both his assumptions and his loyalties are severely tested is as tangible as the muck in this magnificent, macabre melodrama.” Booklist, starred review


Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena by Julie C. Dao

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A rollicking, action-packed adventure of laser tag and fierce sibling rivalries, Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena is the first book in a commercial middle grade fantasy series by Julie C. Dao.

“Dao is a bright voice in middle grade fiction, crafting characters and plot in a way that feels effortless…and the different laser tag games create vivid, immersive settings throughoutSchool Library Journal, starred review


Where the Lost Ones Go by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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Where the Lost Ones Go is a middle grade contemporary fantasy by critically acclaimed author Akemi Dawn Bowman, in which a twelve-year-old biracial Japanese American girl grieves the loss of her beloved grandma and attempts to contact her beyond the grave.

“This is a beautiful story that explores grief and friendship…A captivating story that will appeal to readers who love a mystery, have experienced loss, or anyone who has searched for friendship in a new place.” School Library Journal, starred review


The British Are Coming (Young Readers Edition) by Rick Atkinson

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Adapted from Pulitzer Prize–winner Rick Atkinson’s deeply researched and stunningly vivid The British Are Coming, the young readers edition explores these questions and so much more as it delves into the American Revolution. A collection of key battles from the beginning of the war, including Lexington and Concord and the Battle of Bunker Hill, sets the scene, telling a story of liberation fraught with contradiction and intrigue.

Atkinson is cinematic in his recreation of battles and candid in acknowledging rebel defeats. The book gets a further boost from historical portraits and renderings of battles, a time line, and a helpful list of key figures. A superb history, invaluable for classroom use.” Booklist, starred review


A Field Guide to Mermaids by Emily B. Martin

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A magical and lushly illustrated field guide to the mermaids that inhabit our ponds, streams and oceans, based on real ecological details with a strong environmental focus perfect for fans of The Magical Unicorn Society series.

★ “Readers will come away uniquely prepared to find and identify these elusive creatures as well as the vast array of aquatic niches they (putatively) inhabit. An indispensable, encyclopedic resource for nature quests mythological or otherwise.” Kirkus, starred review


Adrift by Tanya Guerrero

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From Tanya Guerrero, the author of All You Knead Is Love and How to Make Friends with the Sea, comes Adrift, an upper middle grade contemporary story of survival and grief about two biracial Filipino cousins whose resilience is tested when one of them is lost at sea.

★ “Guerrero adroitly unfolds this tale of grief and triumph by showing a visceral story of determination alongside the effects a tragedy has on the people left behind. This is a stirring page-turner that will move readers to appreciate the people in their lives.” Bookliststarred review

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Hispanic Star: Roberto Clemente by Claudia Romo Edelman and Sara E. Echenique; illustrated by Manuel Gutierrez

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Read about Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente in Hispanic Star: Roberto Clemente, and learn the most groundbreaking, iconic Hispanic and Latinx heroes that have shaped our culture and the world in this gripping biography series for young readers, perfect for fans of the Who Was series.

★ “A sense of warmth and pride radiates through this telling, and even non-sports fans will be drawn in.” School Library Journalstarred review


Happily Ever After Rescue Team: Agents of H.E.A.R.T. by Sam Hay; Illustrations by Genevieve Kote
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A young girl’s wish to help out in her family’s seaside café gets out of hand when she accidentally summons a rescue squad of fairytale princesses in this first book of a fun new illustrated chapter book series, Happily Ever After Rescue Team: Agents of H.E.A.R.T.!.

Fans of Tracey West’s “Dragonmasters” and Annie ­Barrows’s “Ivy and Bean” will enjoy this new funny fantasy ­series.” School Library Journal, starred review


Olympians: Dionysos by George O’Connor
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In the final volume of the New York Times–bestselling Olympians graphic novel series, author/artist George O’Connor focuses on Dionysos, the god of wine and madness.

“A by turns epic, amusing, and tragic caper that’s even more toastworthy.” Kirkus, starred review


Consider the Octopus by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Gae Polisner
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When chance, or fate, throws two twelve-year-olds together on board a scientific research ship at the edge of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it’s not all smooth sailing!

“Superlative writing and character development uplift this timely story . . . An inspiring tale of friendship and conservation.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Starla Jean Takes The Cake by Elana K. Arnold; Illustrated by A. N. Kang
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It’s Willa’s first birthday — a day that doesn’t come along…every day. In fact, it only comes once and Starla Jean is going to make the best out of it for her baby sister. How? A party!

Perfect to share with family...Starla Jean is the kind of enduring character that readers will turn to time and time again.” – School Library Journal, starred review


They Stole Our Hearts by Daniel Kraus; illustrated by Rovina Cai
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The heart-pounding sequel to They Threw Us Away, about a group of teddy bears looking for a place to call home…and answers to life’s biggest questions.

“This series continues to be disturbing and brilliant in equal measure.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


Surviving the Wild: Rainbow the Koala by Remy Lai
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Planet Earth meets Narwhal and Jelly in this funny and suspenseful early reader graphic novel series featuring heroic animals surviving in the perilous wilderness! Inspired by true events, the book includes facts about climate change, koalas, and how kids can help protect the environment.

“Though high on the adorable factor, this is also a ­powerful, stirring ­example of the ­devastating impact of climate change.” School Library Journalstarred review


Surviving the Wild: Star the Elephant by Remy Lai
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Planet Earth meets Narwhal and Jelly in this funny and suspenseful young reader graphic novel adventure series featuring heroic animals! Inspired by true events, the book includes facts about climate change, elephants, and how kids can help protect the environment.

“Pulled in by simple yet adorable illustrations . . . this tender tale packs an all too timely environmental message.” School Library Journalstarred review


Big Cats (A Day in the Life) What Do Lions, Tigers, and Panthers Get up to All Day? by Tyus D. Williams; illustrations by Chaaya Prabhat
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Set over a 24-hour period, meet sparring snow leopards, sprinting cheetahs, and slumbering jaguars in this kids’ nonfiction book about the biggest cats on Earth.

“A carefully constructed, absolutely engaging primer on fierce cats in the wild.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review


History Comics: The Stonewall Riots Making a Stand for LGBTQ Rights Archie Bongiovanni; illustrated by A. Andrews
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Turn back the clock with History Comics! In this graphic novel, experience the Stonewall Riots firsthand and meet iconic activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

Accessible and intersectional, this compact foray into queer history is an ­essential purchase for all graphic ­nonfiction collections.” School Library Journal, starred review


History Comics: The National Parks Preserving America’s Wild Places by Falynn Koch
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Let this graphic novel be your time machine experience history like never before! Our past is only the beginning with History Comics.

“Middle grade readers visiting any of the hundreds of ­national park sites will find their enjoyment and appreciation of the experience much enhanced by this graphic overview.” School Library Journal, starred review


Island Book: The Rising Tide by Evan Dahm
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Set sail with Island Book: The Rising Tide, the third and final graphic novel in an epic fantasy trilogy.

“Absorbing, thoughtful worldbuilding and adventure.Kirkus, starred review


Rewilding Bringing Wildlife Back Where It Belongs by David A. Steen; illustrated by Chiara Fedele
On Sale July 19, 2022

Discover inspiring stories of wildlife brought back from the brink of extinction in this kids’ nonfiction book about animals and the environment.

“A book worth returning to multiple times. A fascinating primer on the intricacies of ecosystems.” — Kirkus, starred review

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Science Comics: Bridges Engineering Masterpieces by Dan Zettwoch
On Sale July 19, 2022

Suspend your disbelief with Science Comics: Bridges, a new volume of First Second’s STEM graphic novel series!

“A solid, soaring survey.” Kirkus, starred review


We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds
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Family secrets, a swoon-worthy romance, and a slow-burn mystery collide in We Deserve Monuments, a YA debut from Jas Hammonds that explores how racial violence can ripple down through generations.


Hammonds seamlessly weaves together mystery, romance, and a town’s racist history, crafting a gripping and emotional story. A love story romantic and familial that is a must-read.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Hammonds excels in writing with vulnerability and capturing an authentic healing process. Bardell is a character in its own right, with a racist history that persist into the present day, as well as the nooks and crannies marginalized folks carved out for themselves where they could flourish. Written from a place of love and healing, Hammonds’definitive standout will stay with readers.” Bookliststarred review

“This book pulls no punches, delving deeply into racial tensions, ­whitewashing of ugly truths, homophobia, and justice left undone. Yet, there is a ­lightness, humor, and catharsis for characters and readers despite the heavy subject matter. VERDICT Hammonds delivers a breathtaking exploration of vital issues wrapped up in a mystery, challenging readers to reexamine their own truths. A must-purchase for all ­libraries serving high school readers.” School Library Journalstarred review

“Hammonds’s deliberate prose crafts an expertly fleshed-out cast and a lushly described setting to thoughtfully examine questions of mortality and identity. This remarkable debut explores multigenerational trauma and how its effects leave severe wounds on the present while resonating into the future, making for a heartrending tale.Publishers Weeklystarred review

“With a focus on generational trauma and the often-complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, Hammonds excels in writing with vulnerability and capturing an authentic healing process.Bookliststarred review


Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore
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In this young adult novel by award-winning author Anna-Marie McLemore, two non-binary teens are pulled into a magical world under a lake – but can they keep their worlds above water intact?


“McLemore crafts vivid magic that balances scenes of overwhelming, unregulated emotions given life by the lake with soothing, sincere moments of love, self-affirmation, and gentle humor…A beauty both bright and deep.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

An astonishingly beautiful love letter to neurodivergent and nonbinary teens cast amid a magical lake setting that will pull you in right along with the characters.” Booklist, starred review

“In this sumptuous tale of magical realism told via alternating perspectives, McLemore holds up realities of being neurodivergent while otherwise marginalized alongside strong friendships and vital family relationships that ground the protagonists.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

Delivers mesmerizing magical realism, brilliant portrayals of gender transitioning and genderfluidity, and sensitive representations of living with ADHD and dyslexia…This magnificent YA novel urges acceptance and support, reminding readers that different isn’t wrong, it’s beautiful.” Shelf Awareness, starred review

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Scout’s Honor by Lily Anderson
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Prudence Perry is a third-generation Ladybird Scout who must battle literal (and figurative) monsters and the weight of her legacy in this YA paranormal perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


“Anderson deftly balances snarky humor and heart-thumping action with affecting discussions about friendship, inclusivity, and mental health. The surprise-studded plot seamlessly integrates both Anderson’s clever, unique mythology and excerpts from the Ladybird Handbook, and the realistically rendered, intersectionally diverse cast is kind, charismatic, and full of moxie.” Publishers WeeklyStarred Review

“Anderson. . .has written a ridiculously fun and campy horror romp, which also incorporates thoughtful commentary about mental and emotional health, inclusion, and facing your fears.” BooklistStarred Review

“With a sly sense of humor and nostalgia . . . author Lily Anderson offers a clever subversion of “chosen one” narratives as the novel explores tantalizing “what ifs” like “What if Buffy had just gone to a psychiatrist?” and “What if Girl Scouts were masters of cookies and karate?” It’s an absurd premise, but Anderson makes it work through unself-conscious world building and a skillful blend of fantastical and real-world threats. . . It’s hilarious and heart-wrenching in equal measure. ” BookPageStarred Review

The metaphorical level is there for readers inclined to dig for it, but they, particularly the Buffy fans among them, will be better off reveling in the whirl of teen angst and ichor-spattered fun.” – Kirkus, starred review

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The Well by Jacob Wyatt; Illustrated by Choo
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A fantasy graphic novel about Lizzy, a girl who gets cursed by a wishing well, and her adventure to grant three wishes in order to break free.


“The Well features numerous same-gender couples, including a romance between Lizzy and another young woman. VERDICT A quick, immersive, and gorgeous read that’s welcome on any graphic novel shelf.” School Library Journalstarred review

“There’s a timelessness to this story as the weight of family secrets, the desire to change a life through wishes, and the magic of tapping one’s own strengths are themes that echo backward and forward across humanity. Lizzy is a worthy protagonist, drawing on her family legacies and the support of her steadfast grandfather to bolster her as she realizes that one doesn’t always get to choose whether they are going to change the world, but they do get to decide who they will be in the process.” BCCBstarred review

“Wyatt and Choo’s gorgeously illustrated adventure follows a classic three-quest fairy tale structure, but the matter-of-fact queer representation and lush, manga-inspired artwork set it apart… With captivating artwork and a compelling adventure that has surprising depth, this is a top pick for teen readers who liked Tillie Walden’s On a Sunbeam.” Bookliststarred review

“Wyatt enlivens classic fantasy tropes and themes through the lens of a tenacious heroine whose rapidly expanding worldview and patchy memories of her complicated past build toward a poignant resolution through a compact, immersive narrative.” Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

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Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix by Anna-Marie McLemore
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Stonewall Honor recipient and two-time National Book Award Longlist selectee Anna-Marie McLemore weaves an intoxicating tale of glamor and heartache in Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix, part of the Remixed Classics series.


McLemore’s triumphant retelling is for anyone who read The Great Gatsby and thought, this book needs to be much gayer … In this satisfying, emotional journey that celebrates love, family, friendship, identity, and forging one’s own path, McLemore captures the spirit of the original while adding nuance and depth, setting a new bar for what a great retelling can be.” Bookliststarred review

“McLemore cleverly and subtly weaves in imagery from the source material while crafting a unique look at queer relations in 1920s New York, and lush prose skillfully depicts the characters’ yearning for freedom and acceptance. This is a compelling reimagining, and a stunner in its own right.” Publishers Weeklystarred review

Compelling and satisfying for Gatsby fans, critics, and neophytes alike, avoiding and subverting tropes and giving the main quartet the happy endings they deserve. In this absolutely stunning work, McLemore delivers their signature lyrical prose and rich symbolism. … Richy imagined, fiercely tender, and achingly beautiful. Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Stunning … McLemore’s depictions of richly hued fashion and lavish parties paint a vivid picture of this tony era. … Self-Made Boys draws back the proverbial curtain to reveal the complicated, painful and desperately romantic yearnings of youth.” Shelf Awareness, starred review


Valiant Ladies by Melissa Grey
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Two teen vigilantes set off on an action-packed investigation to expose corruption and deliver justice in Valiant Ladies, Melissa Grey’s YA historical fiction novel inspired by real seventeenth century Latinx teenagers known as the Valiant Ladies of Potosí.


“Grey’s actionpacked love story offers a fresher, more nuanced take on The Three Musketeers, with a fastpaced plot and well-developed characters… Kiki and Ana are not the traditional demure ladies that swoon at the slightest provocation of violence; rather, they are the vigilante heroines that every patriarchy needs.” — Booklist, starred review

“Inspired by real-life 17th-century heroines, Grey’s historical murder mystery is an exhilarating adventure…. Kiki and Ana are passionate heroines whose alternating perspectives which embody both fierceness for justice and tender affection for each other paired with cinematic action sequences conjure a hyper-engaging and gratifying experience.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This book is exciting, romantic, and incredibly difficult to put down. It … provides insight into the Spanish colonization of South America and drives home that powerful women, people of color, and ­LGBTQIA+ people have existed throughout time.” —School Library Journal, starred review

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The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas
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Welcome to The Sunbearer Trials, where teen semidioses compete in a series of challenges with the highest of stakes, in this electric new Mexican-inspired fantasy from Aiden Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys.


Thomas’s queernormative world and distinctly drawn cast deliver an upbeat fantasy teeming with captivating worldbuilding, earnest friendships, and electrifying adventure.”  Publishers Weekly, starred review

Thomas unravels a plot that is as riveting as it is terrifying, as…Teo teams up with the other semidioses to save the world they all know and love, regardless of class difference. Fans of the Hunger Games and mythology will revel in this energetic, well-wrought adventure.”  Booklist, starred review

“The world of the Reino del Sol is consciously and emphatically queer and ­diverse. Readers who have aged out of Percy Jackson and Rick Riordan Presents will ­delight in the mythology that Thomas has created, while readers who enjoy the ­competition structures of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass or Amanda Foody’s All of Us Villains will love reading about the challenges the heroes face.” —School Libarary Journal, starred review


The Red Palace by June Hur
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June Hur, critically acclaimed author of The Silence of Bones and The Forest of Stolen Girls, returns with The Red Palace a third evocative, atmospheric historical mystery perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Kerri Maniscalco.


“Hur’s Joseon mysteries are groundbreaking, and this retelling of Prince Sado is no exception. … Hur set the bar high with her previous works and has cleared it with room to spare. A tense political thriller, a beautiful romance, and a coming of age all in one unique package.School Library Journalstarred review

“This atmospheric historical mystery will transport and captivate readers … Hur deftly incorporates the class system, patriarchal restrictions, and court politics, as well as Korean words, into the storyline, broadening the world and cultural richness of the story … A beautifully written story full of historical and cultural details that will leave readers aching for a follow-up.” Bookliststarred review


Into the Sublime by Kate A. Boorman
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A new YA psychological thriller from Kate A. Boorman, author of What We Buriedabout four teenage girls who descend into a dangerous underground cave system in search of a lake of local legend, said to reveal your deepest fears.


“This disorienting, claustrophobic, and genuinely frightening thriller follows the four girls as they descend into the darkness. With well-developed, sympathetic characters, a taut plot, and an unreliable narrator, the novel straddles the line between mystical and psychological horror to keep readers guessing to the end . . . A sublimely scary thriller.Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Horror fans will immediately recognize nods to contemporary classics of the genre, including As AboveSo Below and The Blair Witch Project, while Amelie’s unreliability as a narrator puts the reader in the implicit role of the detective. This intriguing blend of paranormal lore and psychodrama will warrant a second read from genre-savvy readers who want to know if they missed clues or were misled down a rabbit hole.The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Booksstarred review

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A Million Quiet Revolutions by Robin Gow
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Robin Gow’s A Million Quiet Revolutions is a modern love story, told in verse, about two teenaged trans boys who name themselves after two Revolutionary War soldiers. A lyrical, aching young adult romance perfect for fans of The Poet X, Darius the Great is Not Okay, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe.


“A beautifully written novel in verse about self-discovery and first love…A stunning YA debut.” School Library Journal Online, starred review

“Aaron and Oliver are frustrated that much of history ignores “what it was like to live as someone / other than a / white / Protestant / land-owning / man,” and as they discover that life needn’t follow gender binaries, their revelations ring with authenticity.” BookPage, starred review


A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin
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Judy I. Lin’s sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.


“Ning’s unforgettable voice and the lush, atmospheric settings will enchant readers in this high-stakes story of deadly magic. … Lin blends Chinese folklore with a thrilling mystery. It’s the perfect recipe for a page-turner.” Booklist, starred review

“[A] fast-paced, immersive debut … The Chinese mythology–inspired world captivates and enthralls, and Lin’s lush descriptions combined with Ning’s calm yet determined voice are a feast for the senses.” Publishers Weeklystarred review


Strike the Zither by Joan He
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A dazzling new fantasy from New York Times and Indie bestselling author Joan He, Strike the Zither is a powerful, inventive, and sweeping fantasy that reimagines the Chinese classic tale of the Three Kingdoms.


“Military stratagems, qi-infused zither duets, and divine interference come together in this tightly crafted reimagining of the Chinese classic Three Kingdoms. . . A riveting series opener.” Kirkusstarred review

“The protagonist’s clever narration and boundless ambition, coupled with He’s powerful, action-packed prose, quick pacing, anticipatory atmosphere, and immersive worldbuilding, exemplify the origins of the source material while developing a distinct and evocative adventure.” Publishers Weeklystarred review


When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw
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In the spirit of the author’s massively popular Twitter thread, Tucker Shaw’s When You Call My Name is a heartrending novel about two gay teens coming of age in New York City in 1990 at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Named “this summer’s most powerful LGBTQ+ novel” by GAY TIMES, this book is perfect for fans of Adam Silvera and Mary H. K. Choi.


“This book is historical fiction. . .but the frank, personable writing style circumvents many of the challenges the genre often has in generating teen appeal. . . an invaluable addition to a genre that has largely excluded this piece of history.” School Library Journalstarred review

This is a brilliant affirmation of the power of love on so many levels, with a wide range of appeal.BooklistStarred Review


Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn T. O’Neil
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From debut author Carolyn Tara O’Neil comes a thrilling alternate history set during the Russian Revolution.

A riveting reimagining of a historical legend as a pulse-pounding thriller.”  Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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One for All by Lillie Lainoff
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“There are no limits to the will and the strength of this unique female hero.” Tamora Pierce, writer of the Song of the Lioness and the Protector of the Small quartets

“Among the book’s many strengths is its character development, fleshing out each individual with their own charms, quirks, and flaws . . . Lainoff’s debut is a rare treat, telling an honest story about a disabled protagonist in a historical setting without infantilizing the character or glossing over her experience . . . An unforgettable mystery and dashing story woven from threads of chosen family and sisterhood along with bravery, loyalty, and heart.” Booklist, starred review


The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta
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A lush, immersive debut fantasy about a group of women whose way of life is threatened by a new king; a fierce celebration of community, sisterhood, and finding our power.

“The ancient Mesoamerican setting for this complex fantasy is a stunner, exquisitely described in subtle, steady ways that ultimately build to a full world with histories, cultural details, mythology, and politics.”  (BCCB), starred review


Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix by Aminah Mae Safi
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A ragtag band of misfits gets swept up in Holy Land politics in Travelers Along the Way by Aminah Mae Safi, a thrilling YA remix of the classic legend of Robin Hood.

Rousing … Wholly original in its cultural perspective and its centering of strong female characters. … By creating an almost all-female cast, Safi makes women the heart of her story at a time when they were seen as a ‘bargaining chip.'” Shelf Awarenessstarred review


The Silent Unseen: A Novel of World War II by Amanda McCrina
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A mesmerizing historical novel of suspense and intrigue about a teenage girl who risks everything to save her missing brother.

“McCrina soars in her writing as she depicts this complicated piece of forgotten history. Well researched, accurate, and smartly written, this is a page-turner, weaving together the horrors of war and its psychological consequences beautifully. With a touch of romance thrown in, this suspenseful thriller is . . . a must-buy.” School Library Journal, starred review


Duet: Our Journey in Song with the Northern Mockingbird by Phillip Hoose
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The story of the impactful partnership between humans and mockingbirds, both scientifically and culturally over the centuries, written for young adults by award-winning nonfiction powerhouse Phil Hoose.

“A duet is a piece for two voices, and award-winning author Hoose ­provides a new perspective into an amazing bird and its place in American cultural ­history . . . A delight to read. ­Recommend for all libraries for a fresh look at the impact on ­native species of the settlement of America.” School Library Journal, starred review


Don’t Look Back: A Memoir of War, Survival, and My Journey from Sudan to America by Achut Deng and Keely Hutton
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In this propulsive memoir from Achut Deng and Keely Hutton, inspired by a harrowing New York Times article, Don’t Look Back tells a powerful story showing both the ugliness and the beauty of humanity, and the power of not giving up.

“Southern Sudanese Deng’s remarkable life story is one of loss and survival . . . The combined experience and talents of Hutton and Deng result in crisp, clear writing that is eminently readable. Deng’s voice rings authentically through the telling, her resilient spirit eclipsing the grueling trials she was forced to endure. Though Deng’s grandmother once told her to never look back, readers will thank Deng for disobeying her and sharing her moving, powerful story.” Bookliststarred review


Cursed by Marissa Meyer
On Sale 11/08/2022

In Cursed, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer brings the haunting fairytale-inspired Gilded duology to a thrilling conclusion that will have fans old and new spinning.

“Magic spells, ghosts, and poltergeists lend to the dark, eerie atmosphere that swaddles the complex characters on their unforgettable journey. Get ready readers, this expertly crafted finale showcases once more that Meyer is a force that cannot be denied.” —Booklist Magazine, starred review

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Crafting Change: Handmade Activism, Past and Present by Jessica Vitkus
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An informative and inspiring exploration of craftivism the intersection of handicraft and activism designed to encourage young creators while providing meaningful historical context.

“Vitkus explains the societal issue driving each craft and related controversies (e.g., racism within early women’s sewing circles) in a direct, conversational style that speaks to, not at, teen readers. Emphasizing enjoyment and process over professional products, she concludes with helpful tips and easy-to-start projects. At once fascinating, thought provoking, and inspiring.” —Booklist Magazine, starred review


House of Yesterday by Deeba Zargarpur
On Sale 11/29/2022

Taking inspiration from the author’s own Afghan-Uzbek heritage, this contemporary YA debut is a breathtaking journey into the grief that lingers through generations of immigrant families, and what it means to confront the ghosts of your past.

“Magic spells, ghosts, and poltergeists lend to the dark, eerie atmosphere that swaddles the complex characters on their unforgettable journey. Get ready readers, this expertly crafted finale showcases once more that Meyer is a force that cannot be denied.” —Booklist Magazine, starred review