Everybody knows soccer players don’t like knitting. Or at least that’s what Ben Fletcher has to tell himself when he lands in a knitting class and ends up falling in love with it. He’s aided in his quest to keep his enjoyment of the hobby hidden by the fact that the class is a punishment for a night that involved alcohol and a crossing guard. But when he gets himself entangled in a knitting competition things begin to unravel. By the end of T.S. Easton’s fun and witty coming-of-age novel, you might no longer believe that Boys Don’t Knit (Feiwel & Friends, $16.99). Ages 12-14. Sharat Buddhavarapu

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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 24th, 2015

What would it be like to live under the rule of a military dictatorship that takes executive, legislative, and judicial powers for itself? Debut author Sabaa Tahir’s conjuration of a fantasy world that echoes the Roman Empire attempts to answer just that. Tahir splits her narrative between two points of view: that of Laia, a member of the oppressed Scholar class; and Elias, recently graduated into the totalitarian military force, and spins their opposing stories into a compelling depiction of the authoritarian society. Questions of fate, identity, and loyalty are explored in An Ember in the Ashes (Razorbill, $19.95). Ages 14-18. Sharat Buddhavarapu

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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2015

The big bold colors and the silhouette-like figures of Robbin Gourley’s Talkin’ Guitar (Clarion, $16.99) illustrate the simple but powerful effect that Arthel “Doc” Watson’s music had on people. Gourley shows how the sounds of animals, the work on the farm, and the musical souls who filled Doc’s Appalachian upbringing were the foundations of his sound. In a two-page ink-black spread interrupted only by white, chalk-like words, Gourley reveals that for all the vivacious color in Doc’s life, it was perhaps his blindness that fitted him to the task of expressing the beauty of his world through music. Ages 5-8. Sharat Buddhavarapu

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Published: Clarion Books - March 10th, 2015

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