YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A well-crafted, entertaining call for middle schoolers to find their voices and remain accountable in shaping their own social spheres. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Preteens Charlotte Lockard and Ben Boxer enjoy an ongoing online Scrabble feud, each vying for word-game domination, while they both silently struggle with middle school social catastrophes and crumbling family infrastructures. Read full book review >
OUT OF LEFT FIELD by Ellen Klages
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A grand slam in every way. (author's notes, glossary, recommended reading, acknowledgements) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Katy's such a good pitcher that she is accepted as one of the boys on the local sandlot in 1957 San Francisco. Read full book review >

ALL SUMMER LONG by Hope Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A coming-of-age story as tender and sweet as a summer evening breeze. (Graphic fiction. 10-14)"
Summer adventures begin when Bina accidentally locks herself out of her house in Larson's newest middle-grade graphic novel. Read full book review >
CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? by Irene Latham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A brave and touching portrayal worthy of sharing in classrooms across America. (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
A fresh approach to exploring interracial communication. Read full book review >
TORTOT, THE COLD FISH WHO LOST HIS WORLD AND FOUND HIS HEART by Benny Lindelauf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"An irreverent fable that tells a timeless tale of war, friendship, and the redemptive power of love. (Fiction. 10-adult)"
An unlikely hero finds his humanity in this beautifully translated Dutch import. Read full book review >

THE SEASON OF STYX MALONE by Kekla Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Heartening and hopeful, a love letter to black male youth grasping the desires within them, absorbing the worlds around them, striving to be more otherwise than ordinary. Please share. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Cooler-than-cool newcomer Styx Malone takes the more-sheltered brothers Caleb and Bobby Gene on a mischievous, path-altering, summer adventure of a lifetime as they embrace the extraordinary possibilities beyond the everyday in rural Indiana. Read full book review >
SNOWY OWL INVASION! by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Appealing design adds further value to this dramatic demonstration of science in progress. (author's note, sources, glossary, resources, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In the winter of 2013-2014, when snowy owls from the Arctic began appearing far south of their usual winter homes, scientists took advantage of a rare research opportunity. Read full book review >
THE MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Unique and utterly satisfying. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-13)"
1 math genius + 1 year of middle school = problems even the most gifted mind can't anticipate. Read full book review >