Alan Cole Is Not a Coward - Eric Bell

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Alan enters seventh grade with an abusive father, a bullying older brother, and a strict no-friends policy: after all, why set anyone up to be his brother Nathan’s latest victim? It seems like things will never change, especially when Nathan forces him to participate in a “game” in which Alan must complete a list of impossible or deeply embarrassing tasks. When Alan tries to refuse, Nathan threatens to broadcast his little brother’s crush on a male classmate to the entire school. Unexpectedly, however, Alan’s quest to meet Nathan’s demands results in the discovery that, after all, Alan Cole Is Not a Coward (Katherine Tegen, $16.99). Eric Bell’s novel about making friends, facing deep family dysfunction, and finding personal strength will strike a chord with middle schoolers past and present. Ages 12-14


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ISBN: 9780062567024
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 5th, 2017

Wild Beauty - Anna-Marie McLemore

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For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, a lush estate garden. The secret to the garden’s Wild Beauty (Feiwel & Friends, $17.99) lies in the women themselves: each has the ability to conjure a particular kind of flower. But they pay a terrible price for these gifts: if they fall in love, their lovers vanish. Suddenly, a boy appears from the gardens without any memory of where he came from, marking a change in their fate. Anna-Marie McLemore has crafted an enchanting story about family, secrets, and the consequences of loving someone deeply. Rich with lore and gorgeous prose, this is magical realism at its finest. Ages 13-15.

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ISBN: 9781250124555
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 3rd, 2017

Dear Martin - Nic Stone

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No good deed goes unpunished; or so seventeen-year-old Justyce McAllister learns one night after a brutal run-in with the police. In an effort to cope with the violent racism he’s experienced, Justyce begins writing a series of letters to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through these letters, Justyce processes his experiences as a young black man in a predominantly white private school, as well as his anger at a system stacked against him. Nic Stone presents readers with a timely story in her debut novel Dear Martin (Crown, $17.99), and creates the groundwork for meaningful discussion on pain and forgiveness. Ages 13-15.


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ISBN: 9781101939499
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017