J FICTION ALI
Once upon an Eid : stories of hope and joy by 15 Muslim voices
Summary:"aA collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it’s waking up to the sound of frying samosas and simmering pistachio kheer, maybe it’s the pleasure of putting on a new outfit for Eid prayers, or maybe it’s the gift giving and holiday parties to come that day. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy. The anthology will also include a poem, graphic-novel chapter, and spot illustrations"–
ISBN:“1419740830 (hbk.) :”, “9781419740831 (hbk.) :”
J FICTION ALLEN
What stars are made of
Summary:Twelve-year-old Libby Monroe is great at science, being optimistic, and talking to her famous, accomplished friends (okay, maybe that last one is only in her head). She’s not great at playing piano, sitting still, or figuring out how to say the right thing at the right time in real life. Libby was born with Turner Syndrome, and that makes some things hard. But she has lots of people who love her, and that makes her pretty lucky. When her big sister Nonny tells her she’s pregnant, Libby is thrilled—but worried. Nonny and her husband are in a financial black hole, and Libby knows that babies aren’t always born healthy. So she strikes a deal with the universe: She’ll enter a contest with a project about Cecelia Payne, the first person to discover what stars are made of. If she wins the grand prize and gives all that money to Nonny’s family, then the baby will be perfect. Does she have what it takes to care for the sister that has always cared for her? And what will it take for the universe to notice?
J FICTION ANDERSON
The memory thief
Summary:When sixth-grader Rosie begins to see magic, she learns that her mother’s dwindling memory is tied to an age-old battle between the light of the moon and the darkness of witches.
ISBN:1481480219, 9781481480215, 9781481480239
J FICTION ARNOLD
Starla Jean : which came first : the chicken or the friendship?
Summary:Starla Jean is full of moxie, clever as a fox, and obsessed with catching a chicken she finds at the park. When Starla first sees the scrawny bird wandering around, she just knows they’re destined for one another. Her dad says, ‘If you can catch it, you can keep it,’ and Starla Jean is not one to back down from a challenge.
J FICTION BEATY
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters
Summary:When Rosie is unable to invent a contraption to help one of Aunt Rose’s Raucous Riveters friends, she calls on classmates Iggy Peck and Ada Twist to help.
ISBN:“1419733605 (hardcover)”, “9781419733604 (hardcover)”
J FICTION BEHAR
Letters from Cuba
Summary:In 1938, eleven-year-old Esther joins her father in tropical, multicultural Cuba, where they toil together to rescue the rest of their Jewish family from persecution in Poland. Includes notes about the author’s grandmother, on whom the story is based.
ISBN:0525516476, 9780525516477, 9780525516484
J FICTION BLANKMAN
The blackbird girls
Summary:"On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work–Chernobyl–has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who’ve always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina’s estranged grandmother, Rita Grigorievna. In their new lives in Leningrad, they begin to learn what it means to trust another person. Oksana must face the lies her parents told her all her life. Valentina must keep her grandmother’s secret, one that could put all their lives in danger. and both of them discover something they’ve wished for: a best friend. But how far would you go to save your best friend’s life? Would you risk your own? Told in alternating perspectives among three girls–Valentina and Oksana in 1986 and Rifka in 1941–this story shows that hatred, intolerance, and oppression are no match for the power of true friendship."–
J FICTION BLECHER
Stick with me
Summary:When twelve-year-olds Izzy and Wren are thrown together by unusual circumstances, they find solace and solutions to nagging problems in their newly-formed friendship.
J FICTION CALLENDER
King and the dragonflies
Summary:"In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy’s grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself"–
J FICTION CASTILLO
Our friend hedgehog : the story of us
Summary:When a storm separates Hedgehog from her lifelong friend, Mutty, she bravely sets out to find him and makes some very good new friends in the process.
ISBN:9781524766733, 9781524766726, 9781524766719
J FICTION CISNEROS
Efrén divided : a novel
Summary:While his father works two jobs, seventh-grader Efrén Nava must take care of his twin siblings, kindergartners Max and Mia, after their mother is deported to Mexico. Includes glossary of Spanish words.
J FICTION COLBERT
The only black girls in town
Summary:In a predominately white California beach town, the only two black seventh-graders, Alberta and Edie, find hidden journals that uncover family secrets and speak to race relations in the past.
ISBN:“0316456381 (hardcover)”, “9780316456388 (hardcover)”
J FICTION CONNOR
A home for goddesses and dogs
Summary:"After the death of her mother, Lydia moves in with her aunts and learns to find a new family of inspiring women and loving dogs"–
J FICTION DAVIES
Sydney & Taylor : explore the whole wide world
Summary:Sydney, a hedgehog, and his friend Taylor, a skunk, set out from their comfortable burrow under Miss Nancy’s potting shed on an expedition to see more of the "Whole Wide World."
ISBN:0358106311, 9780358106319, 9780358106203
J FICTION DAY
I can make this promise
Summary:"When twelve-year-old Edie finds letters and photographs in her attic that change everything she thought she knew about her Native American mother’s adoption, she realizes she has a lot to learn about her family’s history and her own identity"–
ISBN:“0062871994 (hardback)”, “9780062871992 (hardback)”
J FICTION DIAZ
La travesía de Santiago = Santiago’s road home
Summary:Fleeing abusive relatives and extreme poverty in Mexico, young Santiago endures being detained by ICE while crossing the border into the United States.
ISBN:1534453261, “9781534453265 (hbk.)”
J FICTION FIRESTONE
Summary:"An eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellion"–
ISBN:1984816446, 9781984816443, 1984816438, 9781984816436
J FICTION FORDE
The last lie
Summary:When the rebels are captured Letta goes on the run, still striving to preserve language while the vicious new ruler of Ark plans to eliminate it once and for all.
J FICTION GIFF
A slip of a girl
Summary:"Set during the Irish Land Wars (1879-1882) this novel in verse follows Anna Mallon through a series of tragedies as her mother dies, older sibling immigrate to America, and she and her father and sister with special needs are about to be evicted from their farm"–
J FICTION GINO
You don’t know everything, Jilly P!
Summary:"When her new baby sister is born deaf, Jilly makes an online connection with a fellow fantasy fan, who happens to be black and deaf, and begins to learn about the many obstacles that exist in the world for people who are different from her." —
J FICTION GLASER
The Vanderbeekers lost and found
Summary:As they look forward to the New York City Marathon in which their friend Mr. B. will run, the Vanderbeeker children learn that one of their good friends is homeless.
J FICTION GRABENSTEIN
The smartest kid in the universe
Summary:When seventh-grader Jake McQuade mistakes the world’s first ingestible knowledge pills for jelly beans, he suddenly knows all about physics and geometry and can speak Swahili (though Spanish would be a lot more useful)–but his sort-of girlfriend Grace thinks they can use his new found brilliance to save their middle school from the new principal, who is conspiring to get it shut down.
ISBN:0525647791, 9780525647799, 0525647783, 9780525647782
J FICTION GREENFIELD
Ra the mighty : the crocodile caper
Summary:Ra, the pharoah’s pampered cat, and his scarab beetle sidekick, Khepri, investigate when crown prince Dedi disappears from the palace of one of Pharoah’s wives in ancient Egypt.
J FICTION HOANG
Girl giant and the Monkey King
J FICTION HOLM
The lion of Mars
Summary:Bell has spent his whole life–all eleven years of it–on Mars. But he’s still just a regular kid-he loves cats, any kind of cake, and is curious about the secrets the adults in the US colony are keeping. Like, why don’t have contact with anyone on the other Mars colonies? Why are they so isolated? When a virus breaks out and the grown-ups all fall ill, Bell and the other children are the only ones who can help. It’s up to Bell–a regular kid in a very different world–to uncover the truth and save his family…and possibly unite an entire planet. Mars may be a world far, far away, but in the hands of Jennifer L. Holm, beloved and bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, it can’t help but feel like home
ISBN:“0593121821 (lib. bdg.)”, “9780593121825 (lib. bdg.)”, 0593121813, 9780593121818
J FICTION KAUFMAN
The world between blinks
Summary:Whenever Jake and Marisol get together, adventure follows. They have their late Nana to thank for that. Her epic trips and treasure hunts were legendary. With the whole family reuniting for one last summer vacation at Nana’s home, the cousins are prepared for an extraordinary trip of their own. Following a map Nana left behind, Jake and Marisol sneak out to a nearby lighthouse, then accidentally slip into another world! The World Between Blinks is a magical place, where all sorts of lost things and people wind up. Everywhere they turn, the cousins find real mysteries from history and a few they thought were just myths, from pilot Amelia Earhart to the fabled city of Atlantis. But the man who holds the key to Jake and Marisol’s journey home doesn’t want to be found . . . and if the cousins don’t catch him fast, they could end up lost in this world.
J FICTION KELLER
When you trap a tiger
Summary:When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily traps a tiger and makes a deal with him to heal Halmoni.
ISBN:1524715719, 9781524715717, 1524715700, 9781524715700, 0593175344, 9780593175347
J FICTION KELLY
We dream of space
Summary:Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas are three siblings in seventh grade together in Park, Delaware. In 1986, as the country waits expectantly for the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, they each struggle with their own personal anxieties. Cash, who loves basketball but has a newly broken wrist, is in danger of failing seventh grade for the second time. Fitch spends every afternoon playing Major Havoc at the arcade on Main. And Bird, his twelve-year-old twin, dreams of being NASA’s first female shuttle commander. The Thomas children exist in their own orbits, circling a tense and unpredictable household, with little in common except an enthusiastic science teacher named Ms. Salonga. As the launch of the Challenger approaches, Ms. Salonga gives her students a project; they are separated into spacecraft crews and must create and complete a mission. When the fated day finally arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways.
J FICTION LAMBERT
Summary:Lavender and the rest of the sixth-graders are on a camping trip to the Chiricahua wilderness, but the trip seems cursed from the start, and when a flash flood splits the group up Lavender finds herself lost, together with her former best friend Marisol, mean-girl Rachelle, and a boy John who has been behaving like a surly jerk since the start–they have only one pack of supplies and only the most basic wilderness knowledge, but if they are to survive they need to put their differences aside and work as a team or all that will be left of them are their sun-bleached bones.
ISBN:1338607448, 9781338607444, 9781338607451
J FICTION LITTLE
Mostly the honest truth
Summary:"After Pop is sent back to rehab, Jane Pengilly arrives at her newest foster home determined to stick to the straight and narrow and get back to her beloved dad as soon as she can. It’s not the first time they’ve been apart, but Jane’s determined it will be the last. Twelve days out in the boonies of Three Boulders makes Jane miss Pop more than ever. But as the days go by, she realizes that family is more than who you’re related to–and that a home can be found in the unlikeliest of places"–
J FICTION LUPICA
Summary:Twelve-year-old Alex Carlisle loves football almost as much as she loves her father but when she joins the Orville Middle School football team, not all of the boys, or parents, are pleased.
J FICTION MARKS
From the desk of Zoe Washington
Summary:"Avid baker Zoe Washington receives a letter on her twelfth birthday from her biological father, who is in prison for a terrible crime"–
ISBN:“0062875868 : PAP”, “9780062875860 : PAP”
J FICTION MCGUIRE
The flight of swans
Summary:Elaborates on the tale of young princess Ryn, who must be silent for six years to save her brothers after they are turned into swans by their evil stepmother.
ISBN:“1512440272 (th : alk. paper)”, “9781512440270 (th : alk. paper)”, “9781512498516 (eb pdf)”
J FICTION MOSS
Lintang and the pirate queen
Summary:Lintang’s dream of adventure on the high seas comes true when Captain Shafira invites her to join her pirate crew, but Lintang’s best friend, Bayani, has stowed away and is keeping secrets.–
J FICTION OSBORNE
Camp time in California
Summary:"When the magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie back in time, they land in the tallest tree in Yosemite, California where they join nature conservationist, John Muir, and US President Teddy Roosevelt on a historic trip through the woods"–
ISBN:0593177479, 9780593177471, 0593177460, 9780593177464
J FICTION OSBORNE
To the future, Ben Franklin!
Summary:"Jack and Annie are whisked back in time by the magic tree house to meet Benjamin Franklin in Old Philadelphia"–
ISBN:“9780525648352 (pbk.)”, “052564833X (lib. bdg.)”, “9780525648338 (lib. bdg.)”, “0525648321 (hardcover)”, “9780525648321 (hardcover)”
J FICTION PARRY
Last of the name
Summary:In 1863, twelve-year-old Danny and his older sister Kathleen arrive in New York City to start a new life, but they soon find themselves navigating through the same prejudices and struggles they experienced in Ireland.
ISBN:“1541541596 (th : alk. paper)”, “9781541541597 (th : alk. paper)”
J FICTION PATTERSON
Becoming Muhammad Ali : a novel
Summary:A biogrphical novel tells the story of Cassius Clay, the determined boy who would one day become Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time.
J FICTION POLONSKY
Spin with me
Summary:Told in two voices, seventh-graders Essie, in North Carolina for just one semester, and Ollie, a non-binary, "gender weird" classmate, develop a gentle romance while Essie ponders her label.
J FICTION ROYCE
Summary:It’s 1963, and things are changing for Jezebel Turner. Her beloved grandmother has just passed away. The local police deputy won’t stop harassing her family. With school integration arriving in South Carolina, Jez and her twin brother, Jay, are about to begin the school year with a bunch of new kids. But the biggest change comes when Jez and Jay turn eleven— and their uncle, Doc, tells them he’s going to train them in rootwork. Jez and Jay have always been fascinated by the African American folk magic that has been the legacy of their family for generations—especially the curious potions and powders Doc and Gran would make for the people on their island. But Jez soon finds out that her family’s true power goes far beyond small charms and elixirs…and not a moment too soon. Because when evil both natural and supernatural comes to show itself in town, it’s going to take every bit of the magic she has inside her to see her through.
J FICTION SCHMIDT
Just like that
Summary:With insight and a light touch, best-selling, Newbery Honor-winning author Gary D. Schmidt tells two poignant, linked stories: that of a grieving girl and a boy trying to escape his violent past. Following the death of her closest friend in summer 1968, Meryl Lee Kowalski goes off to St. Elene’s Preparatory Academy for Girls, where she struggles to navigate the venerable boarding school’s traditions and a social structure heavily weighted toward students from wealthy backgrounds. In a parallel story, Matt Coffin has wound up on the Maine coast near St. Elene’s with a pillowcase full of money lifted from the leader of a criminal gang, fearing the gang’s relentless, destructive pursuit. Both young people gradually dispel their loneliness, finding a way to be hopeful and also finding each other.
J FICTION SHARMAT
Nate the Great and the wandering word
Summary:Nate the Great helps his friend Esmeralda find the word she wrote down that was going to be the name of the upcoming pet concert, before it is too late.
ISBN:“1544422458 : PBD”, “9781544422459 : PBD”
J FICTION SHURI
Summary:"Shuri and K’Marah rush back to Wakanda in order to attend Challenge Day, but a mysterious enemy blocks them from the palace and threatens to destroy the dwindling heart-shaped herbs"–
J FICTION SHURI
Summary:Storm accompanies Shuri and K’Marah to their next destination to meet White Wolf, but their trip uncovers a cosmic solution to the dying plants, a strange sickness, and a threat to Wakanda.
J FICTION SHURI
Summary:Shuri thinks sneaking out of the palace with K’Marah will be the most difficult part of her mission, but when they leave Wakanda, the girls discover that not everyone feels the same way about Wakanda.
J FICTION SHURI
Summary:Shuri would rather be in her lab than perform her princess duties, but when she learns of rumors of an invasion and that Wakanda’s heart-shaped herb plants are dying, she must figure out how to save the plants in time for Challenge Day.
ISBN:“1532147732 :”, “9781532147739 :”
J FICTION SOONTORNVAT
A wish in the dark
Summary:A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice. All light in Chattana is created by one man–the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the city. For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the day he will be able to walk among them. But when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars. The wealthy dine and dance under bright orb light, while the poor toil away in darkness. Worst of all, Pong’s prison tattoo marks him as a fugitive who can never be truly free. Nok, the prison warden’s perfect daughter, is bent on tracking Pong down and restoring her family’s good name. But as Nok hunts Pong through the alleys and canals of Chattana, she uncovers secrets that make her question the truths she has always held dear. Set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world, Christina Soontornvat’s twist on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is a dazzling, fast-paced adventure that explores the difference between law and justice–and asks whether one child can shine a light in the dark.
J FICTION STILTON
The Last Resort Oasis
Summary:It’s time for a vacation, so Geronimo heads to The Last Resort Oasis for a fabumouse getaway! But will he have a relaxing time, or will he get more than he bargained for?
J FICTION TSANG
Summary:When 12-year-old Billy Chan finds out his parents are sending him to a language and culture camp in the middle-of-nowhere China, he can’t imagine anything worse. He’s not expecting to become friends with fellow campers Dylan O’Donnell, Charlotte Bell, and Liu Ling-Fei. And he’s definitely not planning to meet any dragons. But when the four kids accidentally open a crack in an ancient mountain, they become involved in an ages-old struggle of good versus evil. Now it’s up to them to save the Dragon Realm–if they don’t, the world as they know it might disappear forever.
J FICTION WARNER
Summary:The Boxcar Children’s friend Mike is wrongly accused of starting a fire. Can they discover who is really behind Mike’s mystery?
ISBN:“1532144768 (lib. bdg.)”, “9781532144769 (lib. bdg.)”
J FICTION WARNER
Summary:"The Aldens spend the summer on their aunt’s ranch! The ranch is a beautiful place, but it’s also the source of trouble between Aunt Jane and Grandfather. As the Boxcar Children explore the land, they make an amazing discovery. Will it help mend Aunt Jane and Grandfather’s relationship?"–Publisher’s description.
J FICTION WARNER
The amusement park mystery
Summary:The Aldens search for carousel horses that have disappeared from an amusement park.
J FICTION WARNER
The boxcar children
Summary:Orphaned siblings, Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny Alden, make a home in a boxcar and will do anything they can to stay together.
J FICTION WOODS
The girl who sailed the stars
Summary:Oona, nearly eleven, has longed to sail with her sea captain father but when she stows away on his ship headed to the far North, she faces great adventure and danger.
J FICTION YANG
Three keys : a front desk novel
Summary:Mia Tang thinks she’s going to have the best year ever. She and her parents are the proud owners of the Calivista Motel, Mia gets to run the front desk with her best friend, Lupe, and she’s finally getting somewhere with her writing! But as it turns out, sixth grade is no picnic.
J FICTON GRAY
The Amelia six : an Amelia Earhart mystery
Summary:Eleven-year-old Millie and five other girls, snowed in at Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kansas, are on a scavenger hunt when the lights go out and Amelia’s aviator goggles go missing.