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It’s 1945 in Yuba City, California, and fifth-grader Maria Singh is desperate to play softball on the town’s first-ever girls’ team. Inspired by her teacher, Maria begins her mission by advocating for the preservation of Yuba City’s lone baseball field. She quickly discovers, however, that that’s only the first of many ways she’ll have to challenge authorities. Set in the context of restrictive laws placed on Maria’s Indian-Mexican community, Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh (Tu, $16.95) showcases vivid scenes of daily life and delves into the discriminatory practices faced by immigrants to the United States. Author Uma Krishnaswami has created a determined, complex character whose spirit and sense of justice will move all readers. Ages 9-11.


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By Uma Krishnaswami, Nidhi Chanani (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781600602610
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Published: Tu Books - May 15th, 2017

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When Marnie Wells begins telling fortunes using her grandmother’s old book about reading tea leaves, she discovers that her interpretations are eerily prescient. It all seems harmless enough—until her classmate Matt Cotrell seeks answers from her regarding the disappearance of his best friend Andrea. As Marnie becomes more deeply involved in unraveling the mystery, an increasingly threatening series of clues makes it hard to know whom to trust. The perfect mix of supernatural intrigue, romantic tension, and suspense, Emily Arsenault’s The Leaf Reader (Soho Teen, $18.99) will have readers turning pages until the surprising conclusion. Ages 14-17.


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ISBN: 9781616957827
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Published: Soho Teen - June 13th, 2017

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Game-winning headers, shots rocketed from midfield, overtime penalty kicks: Carli Lloyd’s honest and direct memoir includes nearly as much suspense as her soccer career. Filled with breathless play-by-play action, All Heart: My Dedication and Determination to Become One of Soccer’s Best (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99) chronicles the discipline, disappointments, and grit necessary to become one of soccer’s greatest living players. Emphasizing perseverance in the face of personal and athletic challenges, the book, co-written with Wayne Coffey, will enthrall fans and serve as inspiration to anyone who has thought of herself as an underdog. Ages 10-14.

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ISBN: 9780544978690
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Clarion Books - December 6th, 2016