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Ben Clanton

NARWHAL AND JELLY BOARD BOOK SERIES

BLANKIE

February 2021, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 22 pp

Dive into a brand new Narwhal and Jelly story for the youngest readers! A big, yellow blankie is one of Narwhal's favorite things; not only because it keeps Narwhal warm and cozy, but also because it'...

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C.G. Esperanza

BOOGIE BOOGIE Y'ALL

Summer 2021, Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, TBD pp

A rhythmic picture book celebrating the Bronx and street art culture....

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Selina Alko

ONE GOLDEN RULE AT SCHOOL: A COUNTING BOOK

Summer 2020, Henry Holt/Macmillan, 40 pp

Award-winning creator Selina Alko's One Golden Rule at School is a charming story that's two books in one―a counting book and a school primer for little ones. Set against the familiar and dynamic back...

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Kelly Quindlen

SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY

Spring 2021, Roaring Brook/Macmillan, 304 pp

From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance. After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first basketball game since their break ...

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Jennifer Thermes

THE INDESTRUCTIBLE TOM CREAN: ANTARCTIC HERO

Fall 2021, Penquin, TBD pp

A biography of Tom Crean, crew member of three Antarctic expeditions (including Shackleton's), who saved the lives of his fellow explorers through extraordinary efforts....

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Ben Clanton

IT CAME IN THE MAIL

June 2016, Simon & Schuster, 40 pp

Liam really wants some mail, so he writes a letter to his mailbox asking for something in return. His mailbox delivers, sending Liam more than he could have hoped for…and how! But as the mail starts t...

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Ben Clanton

REX WRECKS IT!

March 2017, Candlewick, 32 pp

Uh-oh! Here comes Rex! Every time Gizmo, Sprinkles, and Wild build something with their blocks, Rex wrecks it! That’s just the way Rex plays. Is there a way to make playtime fun for everyone?...

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Ben Clanton

BOO WHO?

August 2017, Candlewick, 32pp

A shy little ghost who’s new to the group has trouble fitting in — until his special talent comes to the fore. Boo is new. And even if the other kids are welcoming, it can be scary being new, especia...

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Ben Clanton

MO’S MUSTACHE

October 2013, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 32 pp

Mo is a monster who just got a mustache. A big, black, beautiful mustache. Everybody likes Mo’s mustache. Now Knot, Dot, Nib, Tutu, Bob, Bill, and Ben all have mustaches too. In fact, soon EVERYBODY h...

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Ben Clanton

SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY

October 2014, Simon & Schuster, 32 pp

An autobiographical picture book which explores the world, wishes and ingenuity of a very imaginative boy....

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Ben Clanton

VOTE FOR ME!

February 2020, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 32 pp

Donkey and Elephant both want YOUR vote and will do just about anything to get it. Soon their efforts devolve into literal mud-slinging. Can they clean up their campaigns or will a third candidate (Mo...

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Ben Clanton

ROT: THE CUTEST IN THE WORLD

Spring 2018, Simon & Schuster, 32 pp

A fun and silly picture book about a mutant potato named Rot who enters a beauty pageant and must overcome the doubts of the other contestants (a baby bunny, cuddly kitten, and jolly jellyfish) as wel...

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Ben Clanton

ROT: THE BRAVEST IN THE WORLD

June 2020, Simon & Schuster, 32 pp

In this second Rot book, we meet Rot’s big brother Snot, who is a bit of snot to poor Rot. He’s made up a creature called the Squirm that has Rot feeling super scared. But with the help of a cape, bro...

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Ben Clanton

NARWHAL AND JELLY SERIES

HAPPY NARWHALIDAYS

September 2020, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 72 pp

Wintery waters have Jelly feeling like a bit of a bah humbug. But it is hard to hate the holidays when a festive Narwhal is sharing warm waffle pudding, songs, and a tale about something called the Me...

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Jennifer Thermes

CHARLES DARWIN’S AROUND THE WORLD ADVENTURE

October 2016, Abrams, 40 pp

This picture book biography of Charles Darwin’s adventures on the Beagle features spectacular maps illustrating the route and tells the story of Darwin’s travels and his discoveries in each location....

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Jennifer Thermes

GRANDMA GATEWOOD HIKES THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

May 2018, Abrams, 40 pp

Emma Gatewood’s life was far from easy. In rural Ohio, she managed a household of 11 kids alongside a less-than-supportive husband. One day, at age 67, she decided to go for a nice long walk…and ended...

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Jennifer Thermes

MANHATTAN: THE STORY OF AN ISLAND

August 2019, Abrams, 64 pp

A nonfiction picture book about the history, humans, and natural events that have shaped Manhattan for over four hundred years. Through dramatic illustrations and detailed maps, the island’s story com...

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Jennifer Thermes

HORSE POWER: HOW HORSES CHANGED THE WORLD

Spring 2021, Abrams, 48 pp

Horse and human life were intertwined for thousands of years, yet the role of the everyday horse throughout history is rarely mentioned. In HORSE POWER: HOW HORSES CHANGED THE WORLD, follow the horse ...

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Hilary Wagner

NIGHTSHADE CHRONICLES

LORDS OF TRILLIUM

Book 3 – March 2014, Holiday House, 250 pp

Deep beneath a modern metropolis lies the Catacombs, a kingdom of remarkable rats of superior intellect. Following the Bloody Coup, the once peaceful democracy has become a dictatorship, ruled by deca...

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Andy Rash

ARCHIE THE DAREDEVIL PENGUIN

Fall 2015, Viking/Penguin, 32 pp

A humorous read-aloud about a daredevil penguin with a secret fear. There’s a fish-fry on Iceberg 9 and all Archie’s friends are swimming over. But Archie’s afraid of the water and the strange creatu...

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Andy Rash

THE HAPPY BOOK

Winter 2019, Viking/Penguin, TBD pp

A funny and sweet story about not always being happy, and how that’s okay. It isn’t always sunny for Happy Camper and Clam. But when the best friends fight over their newly discovered feelings, can S...

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Ellen Oh

THE DRAGON KING CHRONICLES

KING

Book 3 – December 2014, HarperCollins/HarperTeen, 288 pp

This thrilling and romantic conclusion to the Prophecy series brings Kira her final quest. Kira, once an outcast in her home village of Hansong, is now the only one with the power to save her kingdom....

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Ellen Oh

SPIRIT HUNTERS

July 2017, HarperCollins, 288 pp

A high-stakes middle grade mystery series about Harper Raine, the new seventh grader in town who must face down the dangerous ghosts haunting her younger brother. A riveting ghost story and captivati...

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Ellen Oh

SPIRIT HUNTERS: THE ISLAND OF MONSTERS

July 2018, HarperCollins, 256 pp

We Need Diverse Books founder Ellen Oh delivers the next haunting tale in her acclaimed middle grade series Spirit Hunters, a mix of captivating mystery and chilling ghost story. Harper Raine faces n...

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Ellen Oh

THE DRAGON EGG PRINCESS

March 2020, HarperCollins, 256 pp

A must-have middle grade novel perfect for fans of the Wing & Claw series by Linda Sue Park. In a kingdom filled with magic, Jiho Park and his family are an anomaly—magic doesn’t affect them. Jiho co...

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Ellen Oh

FINDING JUNIE KIM

Winter 2021, HarperCollins, TBD pp

From We Need Diverse Books cofounder Ellen Oh comes an extraordinary story about a girl who must understand her family’s past to embrace her present, finding herself along the way. Junie Kim just wan...

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Jennifer Black Reinhardt

YAKS YAK

March 2016, Clarion/HMH, 40 pp

At once funny and informative, Yaks Yak presents animals acting out the verbs made from their names. Illustrations rich in comic details show hogs hogging, slugs slugging, and other spirited creatures...

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Jennifer Black Reinhardt

BLUE ETHEL

May 2017, Margaret Ferguson Books/Macmillan, 40 pp

Ethel was old. She was fat. She was black. She was white. And she was very set in her ways – until the day she turned blue. Ethel, with the help of her friend Fluffy, learns to appreciate the wonders ...

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Jennifer Black Reinhardt

PLAYING POSSUM

July 2020, Clarion/HMH, 32 pp

Alfred the possum, who plays dead, and Sophia the armadillo, who rolls up in a ball, stand in for shy or anxious humans whose discomfort keeps them from fitting in. Jennifer Black Reinhardt has cast a...

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Jennifer Black Reinhardt

ALWAYS BY MY SIDE

March 2021, Random House, 32 pp

A sweet story about a boy and his stuffed animal (standing in for a guardian) that has seen him through his ups and downs, and will always be there for him as he grows up....

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Dana Alison Levy

THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER

July 2014, Delacorte/Penguin Random House, 260 pp

Modern Family meets modern classics like Beverly Cleary’s Quimbys and Judy Blume’s Hatchers in this heartwarming and hilarious middle grade novel. Four adopted brothers, two dads, and an ever-changing...

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Dana Alison Levy

THE FAMILY FLETCHER TAKES ROCK ISLAND

May 2016, Delacorte/Penguin Random House, 272 pp

Fans of The Penderwicks and other summer tales will enjoy this stand-alone companion novel to the acclaimed Misadventures of the Family Fletcher. Set on a fictional New England island, the boys, ages ...

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Dana Alison Levy

THIS WOULD MAKE A GOOD STORY SOMEDAY

Spring 2017, Penguin Random House, 260 pp

Fans of Dan Santat’s Are We There Yet and Geoff Rodkey’s The Tapper Twins will enjoy this cross-country train trip of a middle grade novel. Twelve-year-old Sara loves her family, but she’s less than t...

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Dana Alison Levy

IT WASN’T ME

November 2018, Delacorte/Penguin Random House, 336 pp

The Breakfast Club meets middle school in this story of six 12-year-old students — five potential perpetrators and Theo, one seriously annoyed victim — forced to spend vacation week together in school...

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Dana Alison Levy

ABOVE ALL ELSE

April 2020, Charlesbridge, TBD pp

Into Thin Air meets The Sun is Also a Star in this tale of two teens who trained their whole lives to summit Mount Everest. High school seniors and best friends Rose and Tate have always climbed toget...

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Aida Salazar

THE MOON WITHIN

Spring 2019, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 250 pp

This free verse middle grade novel tells the story of 11-year-old Cely, whose life swirls with questions about her changing body, her first attraction to a boy, her best friend’s exploration of what i...

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Aida Salazar

LAND OF THE CRANES

September 2020, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 256 pp

This free verse middle grade novel, inspired in part by the author’s own childhood as an undocumented immigrant, tells the story of 9-year-old Betita, who believes that she and other migrants follow a...

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Randi Pink

INTO WHITE

September 2016, Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, 288 pp

Sixteen-year-old Latoya Williams, who is black, attends a mostly white high school in the Alabama. In a moment of desperation, she prays for the power to change her race and wakes up white. Randi Pink...

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Randi Pink

GIRLS LIKE US

October 2019, Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, 320 pp

This historical fiction novel set in the summer of 1972, months before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade, is an introspective look into abortion rights. The novel weaves togethe...

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Randi Pink

ANGEL OF GREENWOOD

January 2021, Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, TBD pp

ANGEL OF GREENWOOD is a historical fiction novel set in the Tulsa, Oklahoma neighborhood of Greenwood, affectionately known as Black Wall Street, in which sixteen-year-old Angel and seventeen-year-old...

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Kelly Quindlen

LATE TO THE PARTY

April 2020, Roaring Brook/Macmillan, 304 pp

A story of friendship and first love, featuring a diverse cast of LGBTQ+ characters. Codi wants to score her first kiss—with a girl—but she may have to expand her social world first. Can she fall in ...

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Megan Jean Sovern

THE MEANING OF MAGGIE

May 2014, Chronicle, 220 pp

Twelve-year-old Maggie lives in a house too small for all the big problems plaguing a shy girl just trying to survive adolescence armed with Little Debbies and deep thoughts. When her father’s legs p...

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Josanne La Valley

THE VINE BASKET

April 2013, Clarion/HMH, 256 pp

Things aren’t looking good for fourteen-year-old Mehrigul. She yearns to be in school, but she’s needed on the family farm. The longer she’s out of school, the more likely it is that she’ll be sent of...

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Josanne La Valley

FACTORY GIRL

January 2017, Clarion/HMH, 256 pp

In order to save her family’s farm, Roshen, sixteen, must leave her rural home to work in a factory in the south of China. There she finds arduous and degrading conditions and contempt for her minorit...

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Cynthia Leonor Garza

LUCÍA THE LUCHADORA

April 2017, POW!, 32 pp

Girls can be superheroes, too. When the boys on the playground tell Lucía that girls can’t be superheroes – despite her high-flying leaps – she comes up with a plan to disguise herself as a masked luc...

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Cynthia Leonor Garza

LUCÍA THE LUCHADORA AND THE MILLION MASKS

October 2018, POW!, 32 pp

A splendiferous sisterhood adventure in the follow-up to Lucía the Luchadora. Lucía’s little sister Gemma wants to be a luchadora too, but she seems to find trouble wherever she goes. When Gemma makes...

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Daria Peoples-Riley

THIS IS IT

February 2018, Greenwillow/Harper, 40 pp

A young ballerina, uncertain of her talent, follows the poetically compelling voice of her shadow to discover the courage she needs to audition....

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Daria Peoples-Riley

I GOT NEXT

July 2019, Greenwillow/Harper, 40 pp

A perfect read-aloud for all young athletes on game day, featuring text that mimics spoken-word poetry. When a young basketball player wants to play in the next game at the local playground, his shad...

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Wook Jin Jung

BLACK CAT, YELLOW BUNNY

October 2019, Newmark/Reycraft Books, 32 pp

This nearly wordless book shows the slowly developing friendship between a cat and a bunny who meet on a chance encounter in the park. Through small acts of kindness, they reveal the powerful effect t...

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Kayla Harren

HANNAH’S TALL ORDER: AN A TO Z SANDWICH

August 2018, Sleeping Bear Press, 32 pp

Hannah is feeling just a bit peckish and knows exactly what she wants to eat: an A to Z sandwich on thick whole wheat bread! From avocado to zucchini, Hannah’s whims throw Mr. McDougal at the cafe int...

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Kayla Harren

THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST

March 2019, Sleeping Bear Press, 32 pp

As a boy, Jadav Payeng was distressed by the destruction deforestation and erosion was causing on his island home in India’s Brahmaputra River. So he began planting trees. What began as a small thicke...

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Kayla Harren

A BOY LIKE YOU

July 2019, Sleeping Bear Press, 32 pp

There’s more to being a boy than sports, feats of daring, and keeping a stiff upper lip. A Boy Like You encourages every boy to embrace all the things that make him unique, to be brave and ask for hel...

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Kayla Harren

A GIRL LIKE YOU

July 2020, Sleeping Bear Press, 32 pp

Every girl is a wonder! A Girl Like You encourages girls to embrace what makes them unique, to choose kindness, and to be their own advocates. In an age when girls can be whatever they want, this book...

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David Kreizman

THE YEAR THEY FELL

September 2019, Imprint/Macmillan, 384 pp

In the wake of their parents’ tragic plane crash, five very different teenagers must find a way to navigate their senior year of high school and forge a new family. Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and...

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David Kreizman

THE UNEXPLAINABLE DISAPPEARANCE OF MARS PATEL

October 2020, Candlewick, 304 pp

When his friends begin disappearing, eleven-year-old Mars Patel uncovers a mystery that will take him to the stars…and beyond.The first novel in a series written by Sheela Chari based on the award-win...

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Jessie Haas

RESCUE

April 2018, Boyds Mills, 200 pp

In this coming-of-age story perfect for horse fans, twelve-year-old animal lover Joni clashes with her new neighbor and animal rights activist Chess. Their bumpy friendship reaches a crisis when Chess...

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Jessie Haas

THE HUNGRY PLACE

October 2020, Boyds Mills, TBD pp

A middle-grade novel told in 2 points of view. Rae grows up longing for, and working to afford, a pony, until at age twelve she crosses paths with Princess, a show-ring champion left to starve by an u...

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Mike Dutton

FOOD TRUCK FEST!

March 2018, Macmillan/FSG, 40 pp

The rhyming story follows a fleet of food trucks as they get ready for the biggest and best day of the year – the food truck fest....

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Stephanie Barden

CINDERELLA SMITH SERIES

CINDERELLA SMITH: THE SUPER SECRET MYSTERY

Book 3 – April 2013, HarperCollins, TBD pp

Stephanie Barden has created a great role model for tweens. Cinderella Smith is confident, smart, and very real. Readers will love watching Cinderella conquer the problems of third-grade life, with en...

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Paige Britt

THE LOST TRACK OF TIME

March 2015, Scholastic, 320 pp

Penelope longs to be a writer, but her mother won’t allow it—scribbling in your notebook all day is a complete waste of time! One morning, a strange hole opens up in her otherwise busy schedule, and s...

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Tameka Fryer Brown

BROWN BABY LULLABY

Winter 2020, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux/Macmillan, TBD pp

A beautifully illustrated portrayal of parental love in a family of color. When the sun sets, it’s time for Momma, Papi, and their tired toddler to begin the evening’s routine, which includes clangin...

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Nina Crews

SEEING INTO TOMORROW: HAIKU BY RICHARD WRIGHT

February 2018, Millbrook/Lerner, 32 pp

Richard Wright’s haiku put everyday moments – walking a dog, watching a sunset, finding a beetle – into focus. Now, more than fifty years after they were written, these poems continue to reflect kids’...

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Arthur Salm

ANYWAY*

May 2012, Simon & Schuster, TBD pp

Max is a good kid floating in the netherworld of being not quite a teenager. A summertime interlude at a family camp allows him to re-invent himself for a week as Mad Max, a much wilder kid; he’s expe...

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Isaiah Campbell

THE STRUGGLES OF JOHNNY CANNON

October 2015, Simon & Schuster, 336 pp

The sequel to TROUBLES finds Johnny embroiled in a Mafia blood feud as he searches for his happy ending....

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Isaiah Campbell

THE TROUBLES OF JOHNNY CANNON

October 2014, Simon & Schuster, 296 pp

In 1961 Alabama, a Superman obsessed 12-year-old, Johnny Cannon, has to dodge the CIA, outwit the Klan, and escape from Cuba to prove his Pa didn’t sabotage the Bay of Pigs invasion. THE TROUBLES OF J...

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Isaiah Campbell

ABRAKAPOW

November 2016, Simon & Schuster, 304 pp

Based on a true World War II story, Isaiah Campbell tells a charming mystery about a mishap at a magic show in a POW camp—featuring magic how-to diagrams throughout....

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Pat Cummings

TRACE

December 2018, HarperCollins, 320 pp

Coretta Scott King Award winner Pat Cummings’s debut TRACE, about a boy who stumbles into a ghost story born in the turmoil of New York City’s 1863 Draft Riots. Weighed down by guilt for an accident ...

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Victoria J. Coe

FENWAY AND HATTIE SERIES

FENWAY AND HATTIE IN THE WILD

Book 4 – May 2019, Putnam/Penguin Random House, 176 pp

In the fourth book in this adorable middle-grade series, all told from the dog’s point of view, Fenway gets a taste of the wild when he goes on a back-to-school camping trip with his human, Hattie. Th...

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Alina Chau

MARSHMALLOW AND JORDAN

Summer 2021, First Second/Macmillan, TBD pp

Beautiful watercolor illustrations bring to life this middle grade graphic novel about former youth basketball star Jordan, who was paralyzed from the waist down in an accident. She misses playing her...

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Shakirah Bourne

JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA

Spring 2021, Scholastic, TBD pp

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste meets R.L.Stine’s The Girl Who Cried Monster. 11 year-old Jo discovers that her Dad’s new girlfriend is a powerful sea creature and has to convince everyone of the woma...