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The Alex Crow
5 Starred Reviews

“Andrew Smith is the Kurt Vonnegut of YA . . . [Smith’s novels] are the freshest, richest, and weirdest books to hit the YA world in years.” —Entertainment Weekly Skillfully blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, award-winning Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew...

Roller Girl
5 Starred Reviews

For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid...

Lost in the Sun
5 Starred Reviews

From the author of A Tangle of Knots and Absolutely Almost, a touching story about a boy who won't let one tragic accident define him. Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he...

The Truth Commission
4 Starred Reviews

A Book Riot Best Book of 2015 So Far   Four starred reviews!   “Susan Juby’s The Truth Commission knocked my socks off. You should read it!”—Gayle Forman, best-selling author of If I Stay   “Susan Juby is a marvel....

Hold Me Closer
4 Starred Reviews

"Tiny Cooper stole our hearts." —Entertainment Weekly Especially for those of us who ordinarily feel ignored, a spotlight is a circle of magic, with the strength to draw us from the darkness of our everyday lives.  Watch out, ex-boyfriends, and get...

4 Starred Reviews

“Top-notch” —USA Today “Illuminating” —Washington Post “A breath of fresh air” —Entertainment Weekly “Memorable” —People I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the...

4 Starred Reviews

The inspiring story of Clara Lemlich, whose fight for equal rights led to the largest strike by women in American history A gorgeously told novel in verse written with intimacy and power, Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich,...

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
4 Starred Reviews

That’s the Stonewall.The Stonewall Inn.Pay attention.History walks through that door.In 1969 being gay in the United States was a criminal offense. It meant living a closeted life or surviving on the fringes of society. People went to jail, lost jobs,...

Hamster Princess
4 Starred Reviews

Sleeping Beauty gets a feisty, furry twist in this hilarious new comic series from the creator of DragonbreathHarriet Hamsterbone is not your typical princess. She may be quite stunning in the rodent realm (you'll have to trust her on this...

The Nonsense Show
Eric Carle
Illustrator: Eric Carle
4 Starred Reviews

Ducks growing out of bananas? A mouse catching a cat? What’s wrong with this book from the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar?   Yes, there’s something strange, something funny and even downright preposterous on every page of this book. But it’s not a mistake...

Fell of Dark
3 Starred Reviews

A book that challenges the word "powerful" and obliterates it Written in searing prose, this is the story of two boys: Erik, who performs miracles, and Thorn, who hears voices. The book chronicles their lives as their minds devolve into...

The War that Saved My Life
3 Starred Reviews

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars. Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated...

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
3 Starred Reviews

A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroesAs the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed eleven times...

Circus Mirandus
3 Starred Reviews

Fans of The Magician's Elephant, Savvy, and Roald Dahl will fall in love with Circus Mirandus, which celebrates the power of seeing magic in the world. Do you believe in magic? Micah Tuttle does. Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis...

Fish in a Tree
3 Starred Reviews

A New York Times Bestseller!The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in. “Everybody is smart...

Full Cicada Moon
3 Starred Reviews

Inside Out and Back Again meets One Crazy Summer in this novel-in-verse about fitting in and standing up for what’s rightIt's 1969, and the Apollo 11 mission is getting ready to go to the moon. But for half-black, half-Japanese Mimi,...

The Last Kids on Earth
Max Brallier
Illustrator: Doug Holgate
3 Starred Reviews

The Simpsons meets The Walking Dead in this hilarious post-apocalyptic graphic novel for middle-grade readers. Ever since the monster apocalypse hit town, average thirteen year old Jack Sullivan has been living in his tree house, which he's armed to the teeth with catapults and...

Last Stop on Market Street
3 Starred Reviews

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How...

Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Juana Medina
3 Starred Reviews

Smick is a BIG dog.Sit, Smick.Chick is a little chick.Stay, Smick!So what happens when they see a stick?Written by New York Times bestselling author Doreen Cronin and ingeniously illustrated by newcomer Juana Medina, Smick is a story of unlikely friendship, a...

It's Only Stanley
3 Starred Reviews

Fans of Jon Klassen and Oliver Jeffers will love this mischievously funny read-aloud from award-winning author/illustrator Jon AgeeMysterious noises keep waking up the Wimbledon family. "That's very odd," says Mr. Wimbledon each time, but when he returns from checking on...

By Mouse and Frog
3 Starred Reviews

A spritely read-aloud about the challenges—and joys—of collaboration Fastidious Mouse has one idea about how to tell a story. Free-spirited Frog has another. What happens when Frog crashes into Mouse's story with some wild ideas? Chaos!...followed by the discovery that working together...

The Moon is Going to Addy's House
3 Starred Reviews

This gentle, poetic bedtime story about a little girl and the friendly moon is perfect for fans of Ezra Jack Keats and Kevin HenkesAfter a play date in the city, Addy heads home to the country with her family. And...

The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
3 Starred Reviews

The companion to the #1 blockbuster bestseller, The Day the Crayons Quit!“Highly anticipated (yes, even for adults)” —Entertainment Weekly I'm not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! Having...

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