Blue Montgomery can’t help it: he was born to lose. After a disastrous encounter 100 years ago involving a talking alligator under a red moon, the Montgomery family line was split into the lucky and the unlucky. The only chance for the unfortunate Montgomerys to change their fate for the next century is fast approaching, and Blue must find a way to get that curse lifted. Enter Tumble Wilson: she tries to live every day as a hero, but is discovering that maybe she, too, is doomed to fail. Together, Tumble & Blue (Dial, $17.99) bravely head into the swamp to change their destiny. Cassie Beasly expertly weaves magical realism into a story that shows the power of friendship and what it truly means to be a hero. Ages 9-12.