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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101997253
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Published: Puffin Books - April 3rd, 2018

A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book

Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL? 


Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101997284
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Published: Puffin Books - July 9th, 2019

One boy's search for his father leads him to Puerto Rico in this moving middle-grade novel, for fans of Ghost and See You in the Cosmos.

Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you're only in the eighth grade, you're both a threat and a target.


Each Tiny Spark Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451479723
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Published: Kokila - August 6th, 2019

From award-winning author Pablo Cartaya comes a deeply moving middle grade novel about a daughter and father finding their way back to each other in the face of their changing family and community.

A SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARD HONOR FOR MIDDLE GRADE


Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425290439
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Published: Kokila - September 3rd, 2019

From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk comes the story of four kids who form an alternative Scout troop that shakes up their sleepy Florida town.

"Writing with wry restraint that's reminiscent of Kate DiCamillo... a beautiful tale." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review!)


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The First Rule of Punk Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425290422
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Published: Puffin Books - July 17th, 2018

A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book

The First Rule of Punk
 is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching.
 


Ghost Boys Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316262262
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better.


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Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

From award-winning and bestselling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition.


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Towers Falling Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316262217
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks in a classroom of students who cannot remember the event but live through the aftermath of its cultural shift.


Ninth Ward Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316043083
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2012

From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a heartbreaking and uplifting tale of survival in the face of Hurricane Katrina.


Sugar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316043069
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

From Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of Towers Falling and Ninth Ward (a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a Today show Al's Book Club for Kids pick) comes a tale of a strong, spirited young girl who rises beyond her circumstances and inspires others to work toward a brighter future.


Merci Suárez Changes Gears Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781536212587
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Published: Candlewick - April 7th, 2020

“The realistic portrayal of a complex young Latina’s life is one many readers will relate to. . . . Medina cruises into readers’ hearts.” — School Library Journal (starred review)


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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250196705
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 8th, 2019

"Sometimes a story comes along that just plain makes you want to hug the world. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise is Dan Gemeinhart’s finest book yet — and that’s saying something. Your heart needs this joyful miracle of a book." —Katherine Applegate, acclaimed author of The One and Only Ivan and Wishtree

A 2020 ILA Teachers’ Choice


The Honest Truth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545665742
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Published: Scholastic Press - December 29th, 2015

A bold new voice in children's fiction debuts with this story of a boy, his dog, and the mountains they face together.

It's never too late for the adventure of a lifetime.


Some Kind of Courage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545665827
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Published: Scholastic Press - December 27th, 2016

The acclaimed author of The Honest Truth returns with an extraordinary novel about a boy's life-defining, death-defying journey.


Scar Island Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338053852
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 24th, 2018

Dan Gemeinhart brings his signature blend of action, heart, and beautiful writing to a tale of misfits struggling to survive.

Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys -- an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves.


The Skeleton Tree Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440421672
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Published: Yearling - December 6th, 2016

A modern-day adventure and classic in the making, in the vein of The Call of the Wild, Hatchet, and The Cay, by award-winning author Iain Lawrence.
 
A Junior Library Guild Selection


Going Where It's Dark Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553512458
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Published: Yearling - January 10th, 2017

From the Newbery Award–winning author of Shiloh comes a middle-grade novel that combines adrenaline-fueled adventure with a poignant coming-of-age story.


A Mango-Shaped Space Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316058254
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2005

An award-winning book from the author of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life and The Candymakers for fans for of Wonder and Counting by Sevens


Every Soul A Star Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316002578
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2009

And as streams of light fan out behind the darkened sun like the wings of a butterfly, I realize that I never saw real beauty until now.

At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun.


Restart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338053807
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 27th, 2018

The amazing New York Times bestseller about what you can do when life gives you a second chance.

Chase's memory just went out the window.


The Unteachables Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062563903
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 30th, 2019

A hilarious new middle grade novel from beloved and bestselling author Gordon Korman about what happens when the worst class of kids in school is paired with the worst teacher—perfect for fans of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. A good choice for summer reading or anytime!


Fever 1793 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780689848919
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2002

An epidemic of fever sweeps through the streets of 1793 Philadelphia in this novel from Laurie Halse Anderson where "the plot rages like the epidemic itself" (The New York Times Book Review).

During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather.


Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416905868
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2010

If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom.


Forge (The Seeds of America Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416961451
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 24th, 2012

For many readers, Forge “will be one of the best novels they have ever read” (starred review from Kirkus Reviews)!

Blistering winds. Bitter cold. And the hope of a new future.


Ashes (The Seeds of America Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416961475
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Return to the American Revolution in this blistering conclusion to the Seeds of America trilogy that began with the bestselling National Book Award Finalist Chains and continued with Forge, which Kirkus Reviews called “the best book you’ll ever read.”

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge—but thei


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The War That Saved My Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147510488
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Published: Puffin Books - May 31st, 2016

*Newbery Honor book
*Winner of the 2016 Schneider Family Book Award 

This #1 New York Times bestseller is an exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II. For fans of Counting by 7s and Sarah, Plain and Tall.
 


The War I Finally Won Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147516817
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Published: Puffin Books - September 4th, 2018

New York Times bestseller

Like the classic heroines of Sarah, Plain and TallLittle Women, and Anne of Green Gables, Ada is a fighter for the ages. Her triumphant World War II journey continues in this sequel to the Newbery Honor–winning The War that Saved My Life

 


Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142405963
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Published: Speak - July 6th, 2006

"Readers who choose the book for the attraction of Navajo code talking and the heat of battle will come away with more than they ever expected to find."—Booklist, starred review


Two Roads Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735228870
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Published: Puffin Books - August 27th, 2019

A boy discovers his Native American heritage in this Depression-era tale of identity and friendship by the author of Code Talker


Hatchet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416936473
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 26th, 2006

This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.


The Hired Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763694500
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Published: Candlewick - December 26th, 2017

“Schlitz has crafted another exquisite literary gem, one told entirely via Joan’s vivid, humorous, and emotionally resonant diary entries.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Lily and Dunkin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553536775
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Published: Yearling - May 1st, 2018

"Gephart has written a story that will speak not just to one specific community, but to humanity as a whole."  --VOYA


The Paris Project Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534440869
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2019

“Une histoire d’espoir—a story of hope.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A memorable, heartfelt read.” —Publishers Weekly

Fans of the Nate series by Tim Federle and The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm will love Cleveland Rosebud Potts in this poignant and heartfelt novel from the award-winning author of Lily


In Your Shoes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524713768
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Published: Yearling - April 14th, 2020

"A unique and compelling novel from a master storyteller." —School Library Journal, starred review 

The critically acclaimed author of Lily and Dunkin delivers another heartfelt story that will remind readers you never know who needs a friend the most.


Some Places More Than Others Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681191089
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

From Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Renée Watson comes a heartwarming and inspiring middle-grade novel about finding deep roots and exploring the past, the present, and the places that make us who we are.


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The Line Tender Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735231603
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2019

Funny, poignant, and deeply moving, The Line Tender is a story of nature's enduring mystery and a girl determined to find meaning and connection within it.


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Scary Stories for Young Foxes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250181428
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 30th, 2019

A 2020 Newbery Honor Recipient!

Christian McKay Heidicker draws inspiration from Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe for his debut middle-grade novel, a thrilling portrait of survival and an unforgettable tale of friendship.

"Clever and harrowing." —The Wall Street Journal


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312659301
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Published: Square Fish - January 4th, 2011

In this witty historical fiction middle grade novel set at the turn of the century, an 11-year-old girl explores the natural world, learns about science and animals, and grows up. A Newbery Honor Book.


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Song for a Whale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524770266
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Published: Yearling - December 31st, 2019

In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the Schneider Family Book Award-winning story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.


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Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481450164
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.


Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of the acclaimed Track series from Coretta Scott Ki


Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

A National Book Award Finalist!
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019

A Time Best Children’s Book of 2019
A Today Show Best Kids’ Book of 2019
A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019
A School


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As Brave As You Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481415910
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - May 9th, 2017

Kirkus Award Finalist

Schneider Family Book Award Winner

Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

In this “pitch-perfect contemporary novel” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award-winning author Jason Reynolds explores multigenerational ideas about family love and bravery in the story of two


Counting by 7s Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142422861
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Published: Puffin Books - September 16th, 2014

A New York Times Bestseller

In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.


To Night Owl From Dogfish Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525553236
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Published: Dial Books - February 12th, 2019

From two extraordinary authors comes a moving, exuberant, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters.


Short Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399186226
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Published: Puffin Books - January 9th, 2018

In this heartwarming and funny middle-grade novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s, Julia grows into herself while playing a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz
 


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The List of Things That Will Not Change Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101938096
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 7th, 2020

EIGHT STARRED REVIEWS! The reassuring book kids and families need right now.

"An absolute original . . . a story that kids will love." --R. J. Palacio, bestselling author of Wonder


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When You Reach Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375850868
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Published: Yearling - December 28th, 2010

"Like A Wrinkle in Time (Miranda's favorite book), When You Reach Me far surpasses the usual whodunit or sci-fi adventure to become an incandescent exploration of 'life, death, and the beauty of it all.'" —The Washington Post
 


Goodbye Stranger Cover Image
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Published: Yearling - May 2nd, 2017

This brilliant, New York Times bestselling novel from the author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship.
 


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Published: Yearling - August 6th, 2013

The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me: a story about spies, games, and friendship.
 
The first day Georges (the S is silent) moves into a new Brooklyn apartment, he sees a sign taped to a door in the basement: SPY CLUB MEETING—TODAY!
 


More to the Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481492096
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes a new story inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, featuring four sisters from a modern American Muslim family living in Georgia.

When Jameela Mirza is picked to be feature editor of her middle school newspaper, she’s one step closer to being an award-winning journalist


Amina's Voice Cover Image
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 1st, 2018

A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2017

“For inspiring empathy in young readers, you can’t get better than this book.” —R. J.


Inside Out and Back Again Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061962790
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2013

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award!


Listen, Slowly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062229199
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Published: HarperCollins - May 17th, 2016

This remarkable and bestselling novel from Thanhha Lai, author of the National Book Award–winning and Newbery Honor Book Inside Out & Back Again, follows a young girl as she learns the true meaning of family. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling.


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