JJ wants nothing more than to write and record songs, so when she lands a summer job at Good Music Publishing she knows she has to take it, even if it means promising her parents that she’ll give up songwriting if she doesn’t get one of her songs recorded before the end of the summer. Legendary songwriter Cynthia Weil’s debut novel, I’m Glad I Did (Soho Teen, $18.99), is part romance, part mystery, and entirely eye-opening. Weil takes readers behind the scenes of the music industry, exposing them to the social issues of the 1960s, including race relations, women’s rights, and white male privilege. Ages 12-16. Heidi Powell

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ISBN: 9781616953560
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Teen - January 27th, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Nadia has a loving family, a devoted best friend and a promising future. But when her father takes a sabbatical and moves the family to Florence, she feels herself slipping away. Compelled to collect—and often steal—materials to create intricate nests, losing her ability to speak, and pursuing a boy named Benedetto who she’s not sure is real, Nadia is frightened by her sudden strange behaviors, and hides them from her family. One Thing Stolen (Chronicle, $17.99) depicts both the fear and unexpected beauty that accompany a young woman’s struggle with a rare brain disease. Beth Kephart deftly weaves a story of love, faith, and hope even as Nadia’s world slowly unravels. Ages 14-18. Heidi Powell

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ISBN: 9781452128313
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Chronicle Books - April 14th, 2015

What makes you happy? You’re bound to find something in Amy Schwartz’s new picture book, 100 Things That Make Me Happy (Abrams Appleseed, $16.95). Using simple rhymes and vibrant illustrations, Schwartz shares her favorite things, from city lights and starry nights—each of which covers an entire page—to pony rides/shiny slides and submarines/jelly beans, playing across a single page. Children will enjoy this colorful tribute to many things they recognize, and look forward to visiting their favorites again and again. Ages 2-5. HWP

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By Amy Schwartz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419705182
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 7th, 2014