Skunk and Badger (Algonquin, $18.95) could not be more different. Badger loves rocks, tools and solitude whereas Skunk loves breakfast for dinner, conversation and the company of chickens. When the two are brought together as roommates misunderstandings abound. Amy Timberlake’s take on the classic odd couple story is laugh out loud funny, endearing and quirky in the best sort of way. John Klassen’s black and white illustrations are sprinkled within the story and add to the warmth of the book. Ages 8-12. Heidi Ashton Yoon

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By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781643750057
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

Suraya doesn’t really have close human friends, but that’s okay; she’ll always have Pink, her pelesit. A spirit protector who never leaves her side, he makes sure she’s never lonely. All seems well until Suraya is bullied at her new school—and Pink’s dark side shows as he enacts swift revenge. As Pink’s rage and possessiveness threaten to overcome them both, The Girl and the Ghost (Harper, $16.99) must seek the light in an increasingly dark world. Told in alternating perspectives, Hanna Alkaf’s emotionally resonant, gorgeously complex Malaysian folktale adaptation raises crucial questions about friendship, vulnerability, and the true meaning of loyalty. Ages 9-12. Elli Bloomberg

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ISBN: 9780062940957
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Published: HarperCollins - August 4th, 2020

The year 1968 was one of the most fraught, tumultuous years in recent U.S. history. But when sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern hop on a plane to Oakland, CA, they’re not concerned with social issues but with re-uniting with their mother. They haven’t seen her since she abandoned them and moved across the country, and will spend One Crazy Summer (Harper Collins, $6.99) getting to know her and uncovering the secrets of their pasts. Rita Williams-Garcia’s award-winning novel is an engaging journey through histories both political and familial. Ages 11-13
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ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011