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Anticipated November Titles

A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z

A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z By John Robert Allman; illustrated by Peter Emmerich

Step into the spotlight and celebrate a cavalcade of Broadway’s legendary ladies. Start with “A” for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with beloved entertainers like Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara, and Liza Minnelli!

Broadway fans and theater lovers everywhere will give a standing ovation to this one-of-a-kind tribute full of toe-tapping rhymes, with illustrations as bright and beautiful as the shining lights on any marquee.

Bad Dog

Bad Dog By Mike Boldt

“Look what I got for my birthday! A pet dog!” says a little girl holding a . . . cat? Rocky doesn’t listen or obey like all the other dogs. (Because Rocky is a cat.) And Rocky hates her leash and doesn’t seem to like other dogs. (Probably because Rocky is a cat.) And rather than play fetch, Rocky prefers to . . . lick between her toes? Ew. Rocky is a bad “dog”! BUT Rocky doesn’t bark, and is so cute when she sleeps in sunny spots. Maybe Rocky IS a good dog? (Or, you know, maybe Rocky is a cat.)

Cat lovers and dog lovers alike will howl with laughter at this little girl’s willful insistence that her cat is a dog. The hilarious ways in which cats and dogs are different are brilliantly illuminated with each turn of the page and will leave young readers and their grown-ups giggling.

Blood Heir

Blood Heir By Amélie Wen Zhao

In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

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¡Dormilones! (Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book Spanish Edition)

¡Dormilones! (Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book Spanish Edition) By Dr. Seuss

¡Edición en español y rimada del libro de Dr. Seuss preferido a la hora de dormir!

Este clásico ilustrado acerca de quedarse dormido es la lectura ideal para antes de irse a la cama o dormir una siesta. Cuando un pequeño insecto comienza a bostezar, desencadena una reacción que provoca que ¡noventa y nueve tropecientos nueve trillones y tres criaturas Seussianas se queden profundamente dormidas! Sin olvidarse del despertador, los sonámbulos y los ronquidos, esta encantadora oda a la hora de dormir arrullará a los somnolientos oyentes (y lectores) que se adentrarán en un dulce sueño. Regalo ideal para cualquier ocasión, ¡Dormilones! debe formar parte de la biblioteca personal de cada niño.

A rhymed, Spanish edition of Dr. Seuss’s beloved bedtime story!

This classic picture book about falling asleep is perfect for reading before bed and nap time. When a very small bug begins to yawn, he sets off a chain reaction which spreads until ninety-nine zillion nine trillion and three wildly Seussian creatures are fast asleep! With nods to alarm clocks, sleepwalking, and snoring, this charming ode to bedtime will lull listeners (and readers) toward happy dreams. An ideal gift for any occasion, Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book belongs in every child’s home library!

¡Feliz cumpleaños! (Happy Birthday to You! Spanish Edition)

¡Feliz cumpleaños! (Happy Birthday to You! Spanish Edition) By Dr. Seuss

¡Edición en español y rimada del mejor regalo de cumpleaños de Dr. Seuss para personas de 0 a 101 años!

En este clásico de Dr. Seuss, los lectores aprenderán cómo se celebran los cumpleaños en la tierra de Katrú, sin duda, típicos espectáculos Seussianos! (Sin que falta el Ave Cumpleañera, espléndidos banquetes, regalos para no olvidar ¡y una fiesta tan extravagante que demora veinte días poder limpiar el reguero!) Pero es el motivo de estas festividades lo que hace que generaciones y generaciones de lectores sigan adorando este libro: los cumpleaños son una celebración única y exclusiva de cada persona. «¡Hoy tú eres solo tú! ¡Eso es verdad verdadera! ¡No hay quien sea más tú que tú en toda la tierra entera!»

A rhymed Spanish edition of THE ultimate Dr. Seuss’s birthday gift for ages 0 to 101!

In this classic picture book by Dr. Seuss, readers learn how birthdays are celebrated in the land of Katroo—and to be sure, they’re Seussian spectacles! (Complete with a Great Birthday Bird, feasts beyond your wildest dreams, gifts you’ll remember the rest of your life, and a party so extravagent it takes twenty days to clean up the mess!) But it’s the reason for these festivities that makes the book so beloved by generations of readers: That birthdays are a celebration of who we are as individuals. “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

Gravity

Gravity By Sarah Deming

Gravity “Doomsday” Delgado is good at breaking things. Maybe she learned it from her broken home.

But since she started boxing with a legendary coach at a gym in Brooklyn, Gravity is finding her talent for breaking things has an upside. Lately, she’s been breaking records, breaking her competitors, and breaking down the walls inside her. Boxing is taking her places, and if she just stays focused, she knows she’ll have a shot at the Olympics.

Life outside the ring is heating up, too. Suddenly she’s flirting (and more) with a cute boxer at her gym–much to her coach’s disapproval. Meanwhile, things at home with Gravity’s mom are reaching a tipping point, and Gravity has to look out for her little brother, Ty. With Olympic dreams, Gravity will have to decide what is worth fighting for.

The Guinevere Deception

The Guinevere Deception By Kiersten White

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself? *THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY*

Horton cuida un nido (Horton Hatches the Egg Spanish Edition)

Horton cuida un nido (Horton Hatches the Egg Spanish Edition) By Dr. Seuss

¡Edición en español y rimada del clásico de Dr. Seuss en el que se nos presenta por primera vez a Horton el elefante!

Querido durante generaciones por su bondad y lealtad, Horton el elefante es uno de los personajes más icónicos y respetados de la literatura infantil. En este libro, en el que Horton pronuncia las palabras «Va en serio lo que dije, y lo que dije así lo siento… Un elefante es leal, ¡y es leal al cien por ciento!», vemos recompensada su integridad con una sorpresa final que encantará a los lectores de todas las edades.

A rhymed, Spanish edition of the Dr. Seuss classic that first introduced Horton the Elephant!

Beloved by generations for his kindness and loyalty, Horton the Elephant is one of the most iconic and honorable characters in children’s literature. In this book—the comic classic in which Horton utters the line “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. . . . An elephant’s faithful, one hundred per cent!”—we see his integrity rewarded with a surprise ending that will delight readers of all ages.

Kiki & Jax

Kiki & Jax By Marie Kondo; co-written and illustrated by Salina Yoon

International tidying superstar and New York Times bestselling author Marie Kondo brings her unique method to young readers in this charming story about how tidying up creates space for joy in all parts of your life, co-written and illustrated by beloved children’s book veteran Salina Yoon.

The KonMari Method inspires a charming friendship story that is sure to spark joy!

Kiki and Jax are best friends, but they couldn’t be more different. The one thing they always agree on is how much fun they have together. But when things start to get in the way, can they make space for what has always sparked joy—each other?

¿Preferirías ser una rana? (Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? Spanish Edition)

¿Preferirías ser una rana? (Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? Spanish Edition) By Dr. Seuss writing as Theo. LeSieg; Illustrated by Roy Mckie

¡Fomente la imaginación del niño con esta edición en español y rimada del clásico de Dr. Seuss de la colección Bright & Early Books!

¡Un libro con divertidas preguntas que estimula a los lectores principiantes a desarrollar la imaginación! «Dime, ¿preferirías ser Ballena o Pececillo? Dime, ¿preferirías ser un Clavo o un Martillo?». Escrito por Dr. Seuss y con ilustraciones de Roy McKie, este sencillo texto rimado es ideal para leer en voz alta o para que los niños lo lean solos.

Historias breves y divertidas, con pocas palabras, de un ritmo alegre y contagioso, y con vívidas ilustraciones, ¡los libros de la colección Bright and Early Books son ideales para fomentar en los niños el amor por la lectura!

Encourage a child’s imagination with this rhymed Spanish edition of Dr. Seuss’s classic Bright & Early Book!

This book of comical questions encourages beginning readers to exercise their imaginations! “Tell me. Would you rather be a Minnow or a Whale? And tell me, would you rather be a Hammer or a Nail?” Written by Dr. Seuss and illustrated by Roy McKie, the very simple rhymed text is perfect for reading aloud or for children to read all by themselves.

Shine!

Shine! By J.J. and Chris Grabenstein

Who do you want to be?” asks Mr. Van Deusen. “And not when you grow up. Right here, right now.”

Shine on! might be the catchphrase of twelve-year-old Piper’s hero–astronaut, astronomer, and television host Nellie Dumont Frisse–but Piper knows the truth: some people are born to shine, and she’s just not one of them. That fact has never been clearer than now, since her dad’s new job has landed them both at Chumley Prep, a posh private school where everyone seems to be the best at something and where Piper definitely doesn’t fit in.

Bursting with humor, heart, science, possibilities, and big questions, Shine! is a story about finding your place in the universe–a story about figuring out who you are and who you want to be.

Starsight

Starsight By Brandon Sanderson

All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. The rumors of his cowardice are true–he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them.

Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.

Thank You for Being You!

Books that celebrate being your authentic self in this season of thankfulness

All Are Welcome

All Are Welcome By Alexandra Penfold; illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

Celebrate diversity and inclusion with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where all are welcome! Look under the jacket for a poster, and don't miss the fold-out page at the end of the book.

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.

“This is a must-read for pre-school and elementary classrooms everywhere. An important book that celebrates diversity and inclusion in a beautiful, age-appropriate way.” – Trudy Ludwig, author of The Invisible Boy and Quiet Please, Owen McPhee!

"Penfold and Kaufman have outdone themselves in delivering a vital message in today's political climate."--Kirkus, Starred review

"A lively, timely picture book."--Booklist

"A great read-aloud selection to start the year and revisit time and again." —School Library Journal

Albert's Quiet Quest

Albert's Quiet Quest By Isabelle Arsenault

Albert wants a quiet place to read...but his friends just want to play! Can they figure out how to have fun together?

Albert's home is very loud--and all he wants to do is read! He escapes outside for some peace, and thinks he's found it at last. But, one by one, his friends boisterously infiltrate his space until Albert just can't take it anymore...and snaps! How will his friends react? While they leave him alone at first, they slowly return...with books in hand.

This beautifully illustrated story models flexible, empathic play, and articulates a range of ways a group can have fun together. A useful tool for any classroom or neighborhood!

Cool Cuts

Cool Cuts By Written and illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe

African-American boys and their cool hair are celebrated in this bright, joyful read-together picture book that will have boys everywhere repeating the book's chorus: "I am born to be awesome!"

When the stars shine, the world is mine! I am born to be awesome! My hair is free, just like me! I am born to be awesome!

African-American boys will love seeing strong, happy reflections of themselves in this vibrant, rhythmic picture book celebrating a diversity of hip black hairstyles. From a 'fro-hawk to mini-twists and crisp cornrows, adorable illustrations of boys with cool curls, waves, and afros grace each page, accompanied by a positive call-and-response affirmation that will make boys cheer. It's a great read-aloud to promote positive self-esteem to boys of all ages, building and growing the foundation of self-love (and hair love!) and letting every boy know that "You are born to be awesome!"

And look for the companion book for girls, Happy Hair.

"a timely mirror for black boyhood and childhood."—Kirkus

"Readers of this work will relate to the book’s positive language, such as the way the author frames self-esteem’s connection to pride in hairstyles and looking and feeling awesome."—Booklist

Happy Hair

Happy Hair By Written and illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe

African American girls and their beautiful hair are celebrated in this bright, joyful read-together picture book that will have girls everywhere repeating the book's chorus: "I love being me!"

Full 'fro, cute bow! I love being me! Smart girl, cool curls! I love being me!

African American girls will love seeing strong, happy reflections of themselves in this vibrant, rhythmic picture book celebrating the diversity of beautiful black hair. From a cute crop to pom-pom puffs, adorable illustrations of girls with gorgeous braids, blowouts, and bantus grace each page, side by side with a call-and-response affirmation that will make girls cheer. It's a great read-aloud to promote self-esteem for girls of all ages, building and growing the foundation of self-love (and hair love!) and letting every girl know "You are made beautiful!"

"A book that pays homage to the versatility of black hair. . . . Fun to read aloud.”—Kirkus

And look for Cool Cuts--a hip hair book for boys!—coming in February 2020!

The Girls

The Girls By Lauren Ace; illustrated by Jenny Løvlie

A timeless picture book for friends of all ages, The Girls celebrates kindness, supportiveness, and the power of true friendship.

Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize Illustrated Book of the Year 2019

Meet the girls: Sasha, Lottie, Alice, and Leela.

These four best friends spend their days playing beneath the branches of their favorite apple tree. As the tree grows tall and reaches across the sky, so do they . . .

. . . growing from little girls into big girls . . .

. . . and from big girls into women!

Through their shared secrets, dreams, worries, and schemes, their friendship grows ever stronger. Even when their adventures take them in different directions, the girls always stay rooted together.

The Girls is a celebration of lasting friendship for every girl . . . big or little.

Kelly Coon Author Essay

Becoming the Light

Before I wrote Gravemaidens, my YA fantasy debut, I was a high school English teacher. I taught everything from freshman English to creative writing, and despite my love for my students, I was just as anxious as the kids were to see the end of the school year.

I reserved the last day, when the classroom temperature had risen and everyone was staring at the clock, urging that minute hand to move faster, for a kindness activity. Kindness is one of the thematic subjects in Gravemaidens, and I owe a lot of the reasoning behind it to a freshman girl with pink hair.

On this particular last day, my seventh period freshman class dragged the desks out of their neat rows into lopsided circles. Each student took out a sheet of paper and wrote their name across the top.

Then they passed the sheets to their left.

While soft music played, each student wrote a kind sentence about the person whose name was scrawled across the top of the paper, and passed it on. This writing and passing continued until everyone had written something kind about everyone else in the room. (One of the students even surreptitiously wrote my name across a sheet and passed that along, too.)

When I explained the activity, I told them that what they wrote about the other students didn’t have to be wise. It didn’t have to encapsulate everything that person was. It didn’t even have to be neat. The only parameters I set were to write the kindest thing they could think to say.

And no, they couldn’t skip.

For some, this was a difficult challenge, though they did manage.

Some managed profoundly.

The pink-haired girl who breathed some kindness into my fingers while I was writing Gravemaidens was one of them.

She usually shuffled into my class in ragged jeans and old shoes, rarely with a kind word for anyone. Life hadn’t dealt her a very good hand. She lived, I’d learned, with an abusive stepdad. Had been in and out of foster care. Had been shoved around and underneath and behind other brighter, shinier kids.

She typically reacted to the other kids’ conversations with a thinly veiled insult. But this girl was a treasure. Her poetry was stark and gutted me each time I read it. It reeked of pain. And sometimes, in infinitesimal amounts, light.

When she received the papers given to her, I held my breath, wondering if she’d lash out. If the other students would receive refractions of the hurt she’d been living with for years.

She took her time. After each student got their paper back and began to read through the kind words their fellow students had written, I walked slowly around the room, reading along with them.

And nearly broke apart.

Every single sentence she’d written was not only kind, it was insightful. She was an incredible observer of humanity, and knew just what to hone in on to boost that person’s day.

Maybe their summer.

Maybe the rest of their lives.

With tears practically choking me, I thought to myself, this is why I’m here. To help each kid realize that they matter, and to give those kids who believe otherwise the opportunity to spread kindness, even if life has been anything but kind.

It’s why I wrote Kammani, my main character, the way I did. She’s a teenage healer who shows kindness even when her sister isn’t giving it back to her. Even when the ruler she is trying to heal is under suspicion for the murder of her father.

Even then.

When the bell rang and the kids exploded from their seats, I asked her to stay behind. I told her how much her kindness had touched me, and encouraged her to pursue writing because the world needed her voice. She shrugged and yanked her backpack up her shoulder and walked out the door. I never saw her again.

But her lesson remains with me.

Kindness shouldn’t come with a caveat. Not in the classroom. Not in our lives. Not even in a book. That forlorn student with the pink hair had doled out kindness in measures she hadn’t been given, dipping into an empty well to fill someone else’s.

And when I think about the books I want to write after Gravemaidens, I hope I always write a protagonist who chooses kindness, even if they’re struggling, as Kammani is—as this girl was—with hurt and anger and sorrow.

I know that if she could be kind in a world that had forgotten her, I can certainly drum it up when I write.

Kelly Coon

Kelly Coon is an editor for Blue Ocean Brain, a former high school English teacher, and a wicked karaoke singer in training. She adores giving female characters the chance to flex their muscles and use their brains. She lives near Tampa with her three sons, brilliant husband, and a rescue pup who will steal your sandwich. Visit her at kellycoon.com or on Twitter @KellyCoon106.

Gravemaidens

Gravemaidens By Kelly Coon


The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land's greatest honor...and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave. 

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame. 

When Alu's ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.




"A dark and utterly enthralling journey to an ancient land, Gravemaidens grabs you by your beating heart and refuses to let go until the bitter, breathtaking end."—Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series 

Anticipated October Titles

Banjo

Banjo By Graham Salisbury

In the spirit of of Where the Red Fern Grows and Because of Winn Dixie, this is a contemporary classic in the making about a boy and his dog, and a choice that will test their loyalty and trust.

Danny Mack is a rising rodeo star in rural Oregon. He lives on a ranch with his older brother, their dad, and his faithful border collie, Banjo.

Late one night, Danny is awakened by gunshots. Banjo has been wounded. The neighbors claim he was going after their livestock, which gives them the right to shoot the dog or have him put down. Dad reluctantly agrees. They must obey the law. Danny knows Banjo is innocent, and comes up with a desperate plan to save him--but something goes terribly wrong.

Days later, on a distant ranch, Meg Harris finds a frightened dog alone in the woods. Banjo. She takes him home and searches for the dog's owner, furious that he was abandoned. She's not going to give Banjo up easily.

Told by Danny and by Meg, this fast-paced, heartrending novel explores the deep connection between humans and animals, and reminds readers that you can't judge an animal--or a person--before you know their story.

The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)

The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2) By Philip Pullman

The #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Return to the world of His Dark Materials—now an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda—in the second volume of Philip Pullman’s new bestselling masterwork The Book of Dust.

 
The windows between the many worlds have been sealed and the momentous adventures of Lyra Silvertongue’s youth are long behind her—or so she thought. Lyra is now a twenty-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia’s College and intrigue is swirling around her once more. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past.
 
The more Lyra is drawn into these mysteries, the less she is sure of. Even the events of her own past come into question when she learns of Malcolm Polstead’s role in bringing her to Jordan College.
 
Now Lyra and Malcolm will travel far beyond the confines of Oxford, across Europe and into the Levant, searching for a city haunted by daemons, and a desert said to hold the truth of Dust. The dangers they face will challenge everything they thought they knew about the world, and about themselves.
 
Praise for The Book of Dust

“It’s a stunning achievement, this universe Pullman has created and continues to build on.” The New York Times

 
“Pullman’s writing is simple, unpretentious, beautiful, true. The conclusion to The Book of Dust can’t come soon enough.”—The Washington Post

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein By Kiersten White

Don't miss this monster of a New York Times bestseller, a stunning and dark reimagining of Frankenstein that internationally bestselling author Stephanie Garber raves is "exquisitely disturbing."

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything—except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable—and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable. 

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness. 

**Ebook exclusive: the full text of Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN**
 
AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
 
"A masterful and monstrous retelling." —STEPHANIE GARBER, #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary

"Inescapably compelling."VICTORIA SCHWAB, #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Savage Song
 
"An inventive, grotesque, and completely unexpected reimagining of Frankenstein. Mary Shelley would be proud." —MACKENZI LEE, New York Times bestselling author of The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Full Disclosure

Full Disclosure By Camryn Garrett

"An unflinchingly honest, eye-opening, heartful story that's sure to keep readers talking." --Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give and On the Come Up

"Romantic, funny, hopeful, and unflinchingly real." --Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda

The uplifting story of an HIV-positive teen, falling in love and learning to live her truth.


Simone Garcia-Hampton is starting over at a new school, and this time things will be different. She's making real friends, making a name for herself as student director of Rent, and making a play for Miles, the guy who makes her melt every time he walks into a room. The last thing she wants is for word to get out that she's HIV-positive, because last time . . . well, last time things got ugly.
     Keeping her viral load under control is easy, but keeping her diagnosis under wraps is not so simple. As Simone and Miles start going out for real--shy kisses escalating into much more--she feels an uneasiness that goes beyond butterflies. She knows she has to tell him that she's positive, especially if sex is a possibility, but she's terrified of how he'll react! And then she finds an anonymous note in her locker: I know you have HIV. You have until Thanksgiving to stop hanging out with Miles. Or everyone else will know too.
     Simone's first instinct is to protect her secret at all costs, but as she gains a deeper understanding of the prejudice and fear in her community, she begins to wonder if the only way to rise above is to face the haters head-on. . . .

"Full Disclosure is such a joy to read." --Erika Sanchez, National Book Award finalist for I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

"A big-hearted love letter to inclusivity, bravery, and acceptance, Full Disclosure is a wonder of a book." --Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (HBO Tie-In Edition)

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (HBO Tie-In Edition) By Philip Pullman

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller hailed as one of the best books of all time, is now the basis for an HBO original series, starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

An Entertainment Weekly "All-Time Greatest Novel"
A Newsweek "Top 100 Book of All Time"


Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where parallel universes are within reach.

A war is brewing in Lyra's world--a battle between those who would keep people in ignorance and those who are willing to fight for true freedom. Lyra is thrust into the middle of the conflict when her uncle Asriel comes to Oxford, fomenting rebellion, and when her best friend, Roger, suddenly disappears.

Lyra learns that Roger was kidnapped by a shadowy organization that steals children and, it is rumored, experiments on them. To find him, she will travel to the cold, far North, where armored bears and witch clans rule . . . and where her uncle Asriel is attempting to build a bridge to a parallel world.

What Lyra doesn't know, mustn't know, is that her actions will have consequences not just in her world, but in all the worlds beyond.

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

Don't miss Philip Pullman's epic new trilogy set in the world of His Dark Materials!
** THE BOOK OF DUST **
La Belle Sauvage
The Secret Commonwealth

Grumpy Monkey Party Time!

Grumpy Monkey Party Time! By Suzanne Lang; illustrated by Max Lang

Everyone's favorite New York Times bestselling Grumpy Monkey is back in this hilarious sequel about managing social anxiety and listening to your needs!

Have you ever been a little anxious about going to a party? Jim Panzee feels that. Porcupine is having a big party, and according to Jim's best friend Norman, there will be--gulp--dancing. Jim can DEFINITELY not dance. When he tells his friends, they all try to teach him cool moves--surely that's the only reason Jim isn't excited about this party!

Now, their job complete, the other animals sweep Jim along, all the way to the dance floor. Jim is dipped, swayed, and twirled until he can't take it anymore--he just doesn't like to dance! When he lets everyone know, he's met with disbelief...until Water Buffalo reveals that he doesn't much care to dance, either. As more and more animals have the courage speak their truths, does this mean there's no place for them at this party?

In this hilarious sequel to GRUMPY MONKEY, kids will learn that it's okay not to go with the flow if they're uncomfortable, and that speaking up about what they need can help others speak up, too--and maybe they need the same thing!

Jackpot

Jackpot By Nic Stone

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin--which Angie Thomas, the bestselling author of The Hate U Give, called "a must read"--comes a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life.

Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she--with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan--can find the ticket holder who hasn't claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite...or divide?

Nic Stone, the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out, creates two unforgettable characters in one hard-hitting story about class, money--both too little and too much--and how you make your own luck in the world.

"A delightful, hilarious romance that digs into issues surrounding class. You'll laugh as much as you sigh while reading this novel about luck, love...and how having a little bit of both is more than enough." --Paste

"Funny, captivating, and thoughtful." - The Atlantic.com

Magic Tree House Deluxe Holiday Edition: Christmas in Camelot

Magic Tree House Deluxe Holiday Edition: Christmas in Camelot By Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo

Includes brand-new full color illustrations! Celebrate Christmas with Jack, Annie, and the Magic Tree House with this oversized, gorgeously illustrated deluxe holiday edition from the #1 bestselling chapter book series.

When Jack and Annie receive an invitation to spend Christmas Eve in Camelot--a magical place that exists only in myth and fantasy--they know they are in for their biggest adventure yet. What they don't know is that the invitation will send them on a quest to save Camelot. Can they succeed even though Camelot's greatest knights have failed?

Did you know that there's a Magic Tree House book for every kid?

Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books
Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader
Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure
Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures

Have more fun with Jack and Annie at MagicTreeHouse.com!

Scars Like Wings

Scars Like Wings By Erin Stewart

Relatable, heartbreaking, and real, this is a story of resilience--the perfect novel for readers of powerful contemporary fiction like Girl in Pieces and Every Last Word.

Before, I was a million things. Now I'm only one. The Burned Girl.

Ava Lee has lost everything there is to lose: Her parents. Her best friend. Her home. Even her face. She doesn't need a mirror to know what she looks like--she can see her reflection in the eyes of everyone around her.

A year after the fire that destroyed her world, her aunt and uncle have decided she should go back to high school. Be "normal" again. Whatever that is. Ava knows better. There is no normal for someone like her. And forget making friends--no one wants to be seen with the Burned Girl, now or ever.

But when Ava meets a fellow survivor named Piper, she begins to feel like maybe she doesn't have to face the nightmare alone. Sarcastic and blunt, Piper isn't afraid to push Ava out of her comfort zone. Piper introduces Ava to Asad, a boy who loves theater just as much as she does, and slowly, Ava tries to create a life again. Yet Piper is fighting her own battle, and soon Ava must decide if she's going to fade back into her scars . . . or let the people by her side help her fly.

"A heartfelt and unflinching look at the reality of being a burn survivor and at the scars we all carry. This book is for everyone, burned or not, who has ever searched for a light in the darkness." --Stephanie Nielson, New York Times bestselling author of Heaven Is Here and a burn survivor

White Bird: A Wonder Story

White Bird: A Wonder Story By R. J. Palacio

Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

"I was captivated by White Bird. It tells the hardest truths with honesty and calm (so that young readers can hear them). R.J. Palacio brings to life the nature of heroism and the real risks we face today." --Meg Medina, Newbery award-winning author of Mercy Suarez Changes Gears


In R. J. Palacio's bestselling collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, readers were introduced to Julian's grandmother, Grandmère. Here, Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with Grandmère's heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend.

Sara's harrowing experience movingly demonstrates the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives. As Grandmère tells Julian, "It always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, such kindness could cost you everything." With poignant symbolism and gorgeous artwork that brings Sara's story out of the past and cements it firmly in this moment in history, White Bird is sure to captivate anyone who was moved by the book Wonder or the blockbuster movie adaptation and its message.

Praise for Wonder:
#1 New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Time Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time

"In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for." --Entertainment Weekly

"Rich and memorable." --The New York Times

"A beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation." --The Wall Street Journal

STEM reads for all ages!

Hello, World! Arctic Animals

Hello, World! Arctic Animals By Jill McDonald

The latest in the hit Hello, World! board book series teaches toddlers all about the lives of Arctic animals, with easy-to-understand facts about how these incredible animals eat, sleep, camouflage, and stay warm in such a cold environment.

Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms ("Siberian huskies curl into a tight ball to sleep") and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. It's a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.

Look for all the books in the Hello, World! series: 
•Solar Sytem
•Weather
•Birds
•Dinosaurs
•My Body
•How Do Apples Grow?
•Ocean Life
•Backyard Bugs
•Moon Landing
•Pets

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species By Adapted and Illustrated by Sabina Radeva

A picture book adaptation of Charles Darwin's groundbreaking On the Origin of Species, lushly illustrated and told in accessible and engaging easy-to-understand text for young readers.

On the Origin of Species revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Now young readers can discover Charles Darwin's groundbreaking theory of evolution for themselves in this stunning picture-book adaptation that uses stylish illustrations and simple text to introduce how species form, develop, and change over time.

Fairy Science

Fairy Science By Ashley Spires

An enchanting STEM-and-fairy-filled picture book from the award-winning author-illustrator of The Most Magnificent Thing!

All the fairies in Pixieville believe in magic--except Esther. She believes in science.

When a forest tree stops growing, all the fairies are stumped--including Esther. But not for long! Esther knows that science can get to the root of the problem--and its solution!

Whether you believe in fairy magic or the power of science, you will be charmed by Esther, the budding fairy scientist.

Code Like a Girl: Rad Tech Projects and Practical Tips

Code Like a Girl: Rad Tech Projects and Practical Tips By Miriam Peskowitz

Welcome to Code Like a Girl, where you'll get started on the adventure of coding with cool projects and step-by-step tips, from the co-author of the bestselling The Daring Book for Girls.

Coding is about creativity, self-expression, and telling your story. It's solving problems and being curious, building things, making the world a better place, and creating a future. It's about you: whoever you are, wherever you're at, whatever you want.

Nearly everything you encounter on a screen is made from code. You see, with code you can have an idea and put it into action: it's your voice and your vision. From the outside, tech and code may seem puzzling and mysterious, but when you get through the door and past the first few beginner steps and your code starts to work, it feels like magic.

In this book, you'll learn how to:
- Code with Scratch--projects like making a dog walk through the park, sending your friend a card, and devising a full-scoring game!
- Build your own computer--really!
- Create your own digital fortune-teller, with the Python language.
- Make your own smartphone gloves.
- Make light-up bracelets.
- Code a motion sensor that tells you when someone enters your room.
- And lots more!

Endurance, Young Readers Edition

Endurance, Young Readers Edition By Scott Kelly

Discover what it's like to spend a year in space in this awe-inspiring memoir from a real-life NASA astronaut who did just that!

Prepare to blast off with astronaut Scott Kelly as he takes readers on a journey through his year aboard the International Space Station and his life prior to becoming a true American hero.

Discover the extreme challenges of long-term spaceflight, the pressures of living in close quarters with people from many countries, the extremely dangerous risk of colliding with space junk and the unnerving feeling of not being able to help if tragedy strikes at home. Find out the story of Kelly's childhood, his struggles in school, and ultimately the inspiration that sparked his incredible career, and the training to become a test-pilot and then astronaut.

This personal and fascinating story, newly adapted for young readers from the New York Times bestseller, will encourage aspiring astronauts and young readers everywhere to believe in the impossible and reach for the stars.

"An engaging and high-flying read for nonfiction and space lovers alike." --School Library Journal

"Those who are intrigued by space travel will find this a fascinating book." --Booklist

"Recommend this to readers who are interested in current events and anyone who wants an in-depth look at a STEM-related career." --VOYA

Overview, Young Explorer's Edition

Overview, Young Explorer's Edition By Benjamin Grant with Sandra Markle

Discover Earth as you've never seen it before, in this stunning and unique collection of satellite images that offer an unexpected look at our planet. A perfect gift for young National Geographic fans and atlas enthusiasts!

When astronauts look down at our planet and see its vibrant surface shining against the blackness of space, they experience the Overview Effect--a sense of awe, an awareness that everything is interconnected, and an overwhelming desire to take care of our one and only home.

Overview: Young Explorer's Edition, newly adapted for young readers from the adult book Overview, captures this sense of wonder and shares it with readers without having to leave the ground. Extraordinary aerial photographs reveal Earth's natural beauty and show the surprising, fascinating, and destructive ways humans have impacted our environment. This eye-opening visual journey will forever change the way we see our home planet.