Sometimes, nothing can be harder than The Honest Truth (Scholastic, $16.99), but then again, “there’s more than one kind of truth.” Dan Gemeinhart has crafted a touching and emotional novel wrapped inside one young man’s great adventure story. You’ll fall in love with Mark and his dog as they run away from home to climb Mt. Rainier. You’ll commiserate with his best friend Jessie as she struggles to decide what it means to be a good friend. Despite the sad fact that Mark has battled cancer for the last seven years, you’ll rejoice in his triumphs and find yourself cheering him on as he climbs through blizzards to reach his goal. Ages 12-14. Kerri Poore

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780545665735
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 27th, 2015

Twenty-eight poems by beloved children’s author and editor, Charlotte Zolotow, are collected in Changes: A Child’s First Poetry Collection (Sourcebooks, $16.99) on the 100th anniversary of her birth. These bright, sweet poems follow the seasons, accompanied by Thipanie Beeke’s colorful illustrations. While each poem appears quite simple in its message, many contain depths to be explored, such as the opening poem, ‘Change,’ which highlights the passage of time and what it implies for all of us. Ages 4-8. Kerri Poore

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By Charlotte Zolotow, Tiphanie Beeke (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781492601685
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - April 21st, 2015

Victoria Jamieson, aka Winnie the Pow, is a real-life Roller Girl (Dial, $12.99), and she channels her love of the game into her first middle-grade graphic novel. Twelve-year-old Astrid and her best friend Nicole spend most of their time together. When Astrid’s mom introduces them to roller derby, Astrid’s sure they’ve found their new passion. But while Astrid commits herself to the sport, Nicole moves on to other interests. The comic realistically reflects pre-teen life and friendship, and Jamieson’s bright art jumps off the page, vividly capturing both Astrid’s every-day routine and the thrilling action on the roller rink. Ages 10-14. Kerri Poore

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780803740167
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Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2015

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