After losing both his father and the use of his legs in a car accident, Noah Savino is learning to navigate his life and the halls of middle school. His new normal means new friends, getting used to his mom dating, and coming to terms with not being able to play baseball. With the help of family and friends, Noah learns how to move forward and truly live his life, not just be someone’s Mascot (HarperCollins, $16.99). Antony John’s heartwarming and funny tale will have you rooting for Noah to successfully climb every hill he faces. Ages 9-12.
The Rylance siblings miss their mom. In their grief, they each face unique challenges. Then, right when they all think they’re doomed, the curious Inkling (Knopf, $17.99) arrives. One minute he’s just an inky blob in Dad’s sketchbook, and the next he magically leaps off the page as a new and unexpected character. He helps the whole family right up until he mysteriously disappears. Has Inkling been kidnapped? Will they fi nd Inkling? Will Inkling survive? With his characteristic wit, Kenneth Oppel delivers a story full of heart and honesty. Ages 9-12.
When Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson saw their great-niece become fearful of the future in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, they turned their alarm into action and mobilized their own community of children’s literature creators to forge a collective love letter to today’s children. Authors and artists from Sharon Draper and Jason Reynolds to Ekua Holmes and Rafael López build a remarkable community within these pages, sharing in their own words and images how We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (Crown, $18.99) in the face of adversity to create a more just tomorrow. Ages 9-12.