Children & Teens Fiction

Before the Ever After Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399545436
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books, $17.99) ZJ’s dad is his hero but his hero is hurting and no one is quite ready for all the changes happening at home. A timely novel in verse about the effect head injuries have on pro athletes and how it impacts their families. Honest and heartbreaking, this story shows the enduring love of the parent-child bond even if there is no “happily ever after.” Ages 10 and up. Heidi Ashton Yoon


Charming as a Verb Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062824141
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 13th, 2020

Charming As A Verb by Ben Philippe (Balzer + Bray, $18.99) For Henri Hantiwanger life is about keeping as many plates spinning as possible while he navigates his fancy uptown private school, running his own dog walking company and making his immigrant family proud. Fate throws him a wrench in the form of a classmate, Corrine Troy, who is hip to his hustle but ultimately helps Henri learn a hard lesson about himself and what he truly wants out of life. Sparkling dialogue and humor add to the charm of the book. Ages 13 and up. Heidi Ashton Yoon


Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away Cover Image
By Meg Medina, Sonia Sanchez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207040
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2020

Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez (Candlewick, $17.99) Daniella’s neighbor, Evelyn Del Rey, is also her “mejor amiga… número uno best friend.” They do everything together but now Evelyn and her family are moving. Rich language and textured illustration vividly depict the girls’ final day together with warmth and the promise that their friendship will continue. Also available in Spanish (Evelyn Del Rey se Muda; Candlewick, $17.99) Ages 4-8 Maria Salvadore


I Am Every Good Thing Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525518778
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James (Nancy Paulsen Books, $17.99) Creativity and optimism, kindness and perseverance, are just a few of the amazing qualities that make up a boy. A beautiful and joyous declaration of Black boyhood with moving lyrical language paired with bright strokes that animate each page. Ages 4-8. Leah Meadvin


Everything Sad Is Untrue: (a true story) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781646140008
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri (Levine Querido, $17.99) Life, like stories is a tapestry, are woven together by many threads. The threads of Daniel Nayeri’s childhood in Iran to immigrant in Oklahoma come together in small stories which together present Persian myth, anecdotes, and recollections filled with pain and joy, hope and despair. Though fiction, Daniel Nayeri’s life story is true, vivid, riveting, and altogether unforgettable. Ages 14 and up. Maria Salvadore


Lupe Wong Won't Dance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781646140039
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Published: Levine Querido - September 8th, 2020

Lupe Wong Won't Dance by Donna Barba Higuera (Levine Querido, $17.99) Lupe Wong, 7th grade star baseball player, doesn’t think that square dancing is a sport. Plus it could derail her plans to meet professional baseball player, Fu Li Hernandez, whose Chinese Mexican background is like her own. Middle school, family, and friendship challenges make Lupe’s story by turns humorous, touching, and always plausible. Ages 11-14. Maria Salvadore


Papa Brings Me the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250159250
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 5th, 2020

Papa Brings Me the World by Sue Kostechki-Shaw (Holt, $18.99) The world is enticing with thumb pianos and bead calculators, but Lu can only experience as much as her photojournalist father brings home, inspiring her to want to join his adventures. Brought together with mixed media illustrations, this book will encourage readers to explore, too. Ages 5-9. Hannah Manwiller


Punching the Air Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062996480
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (HarperCollins, $19.99) Amal is a capable young artist, observing the world through his art. When he is unjustly accused and convicted of a vicious act, it is his poetry and art that sustain him. Loosely based on the experience of one of the Exonerated Five, Yusef Salaam, this powerful novel in verse is sure to leave readers wondering, guessing, and hoping. Ages 14 and up. Maria Salvadore


A Story about Afiya Cover Image
By James Berry, Anna Cunha (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781911373339
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Published: Lantana Publishing - April 7th, 2020

A Story About Afiya by James Berry; illustrated by Anna Cunha (Lantana/Lerner, $17.99) Every day Afiya’s white dress takes on something from her surroundings— fluttering butterflies, giant sunflowers, tigers from the zoo. By morning, her frock is again a blank canvas awaiting her next adventure. Stunning illustrations accompany this magical tale by an acclaimed Jamaican poet. Ages 4-8. Elli Bloomberg


This Is My America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593118764
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 2020

This is My America by Kim Johnson (Random House Books for Young Readers, $17.99) Tracy Beaumont’s father, a Black man wrongfully convicted of murder, is on death row in Texas. Then her older brother is accused of killing a white girl. As Tracy tries to parse what really happened, she reckons with the fatal consequences of a racist past and present. Inspired by Johnson’s years of anti-racist organizing, this stunning debut novel is a clear testament to the power of collective action. Ages 14 and up. Elli Bloomberg


A Wish in the Dark Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781536204940
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Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat (Candlewick, $17.99) The Governor’s glowing city is not all that it seems to be, especially for its poorer citizens. Set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world, this gorgeous novel gracefully explores the power of protest and solidarity. Ages 9-12. Elli Bloomberg


You Matter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534421691
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2020

You Matter by Christian Robinson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99) Beautifully written and illustrated in Robinson’s signature style, this story encourages readers to look at life through different lenses. His delightful blend of humor and heart asks us to shift our perspective especially when we are sad or frustrated. Although the text is simple the message is majestic. Ages 4-8. Heidi Ashton Yoon