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FriendswithSeaHOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE SEA

by Tanya Guerrero

Pablo is homesick.

He’s only twelve years old, but he’s lived in more countries than he can count. After his parents divorced, he and his mother have moved from place to place for years, never settling anywhere long enough to call it home. And along the way, Pablo has collected more and more fears: of dirt, of germs, and most of all, of the ocean.

Now they’re living in the Philippines, and his mother, a zoologist who works at a local wildlife refuge, is too busy saving animals to notice that Pablo might need saving, too. Then his mother takes in Chiqui, an orphaned girl with a cleft lip—and Pablo finds that through being strong for Chiqui, his own fears don’t seem so scary.

He might even find the courage to face his biggest fear of all…and learn how to make friends with the sea.

Coming March 31st, 2020 from FSG BYR/Macmillan

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YumiSTAND UP, YUMI CHUNG!

by Jessica Kim

The book stars a shy 11-year-old Korean-American girl who dreams of being a comedian, but can’t even stand up to her academic-minded pragmatic parents, until a case of mistaken identity offers her the chance to attend a comedy camp taught by her idol.

Coming March 2020 from Kokila/Penguin Random House

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CANDELIGHT (TBA)

by G.Z. Schmidt

A boy finds a magical snow globe that sends him back in time, connecting him to people with pasts intertwined with his own.

Coming Fall 2020 from Holiday House

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getagripGET A GRIP, VIVY COHEN

by Sarah Kapit

Vivy Cohen throws a mean knuckleball and longs to play baseball for a team. But her mother isn’t sure that an autistic girl should be playing sports with boys. When a coach sees Vivy pitching in the park, she gets her big chance to prove herself. Throughout all of the turmoil of her first baseball season, Vivy writes about it to her idol, major-league pitcher VJ Capello. Then, VJ writes back.

GET A GRIP, VIVY COHEN is an #ownvoices book in epistolary format.
Coming Spring 2020 from Dial Books/Penguin Random House

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PEPPER’S RULES FOR SECRET SLEUTHING

by Briana McDonald

Twelve-year-old Pepper Blouse obsessively follows the Detective Guidebook left by her late cop mom. She solves mysteries to keep her memory alive, even at the cost of her friendships. But Pepper doubts her sleuthing skills for the first time when she sets out to solve her Great Aunt’s murder – and the mystery of her budding crush on a female classmate. She wants to turn to her father for help with both cases, but as he develops feelings for a potential suspect, she feels he’s leaving her and her mother behind. Just as she starts to push her father away, he goes missing, leaving her in the guardianship of her Aunt Wendy – who also happens to be her primary suspect. With the help of her neighbor, a transgender boy named Jacob, and the Detective Guidebook left by her late cop Mom, Pepper must prove Wendy is guilty and rescue her father. When the Guidebook is stolen, Pepper is reluctant to continue; making her own rules feels like she’s leaving her mother behind. But if she wants to save her father and solve the case, she’ll have to loosen her grip on the memory of her mother and become her own detective – whoever that may be.

Coming Fall 2020 from Simon & Schuster/Books for Young Readers

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NESTOR’S GUIDE TO UNPACKING

by Adrianna Cuevas

NESTOR’S GUIDE TO UNPACKING is about a Cuban-American boy with a secret ability to speak animals. When Nestor and his mother move to New Haven, TX, while his father is deployed in Afghanistan, he must use his ability when the town is threatened by a tula vieja, a witch that transforms into animals.

Coming Spring 2020 from FSG/Macmillan

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fromthedeskFROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON

by Janae Marks

Dear Marcus…

Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write next. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime?

A crime he says he never committed.

Could Marcus really be innocent? The truth is somewhere out there, and Zoe is determined to uncover it. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from her mom and stepdad. Everyone else thinks Zoe’s worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship, and proving to her parents that she’s worthy of auditioning for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge. It’s been Zoe’s dream to become a star baker, and she can’t afford to mess anything up. Her best friend and neighbor Trevor would’ve been her confidante through all this, but Zoe’s not speaking to him anymore. She’ll have to figure this out alone.

With bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus’s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies. This captivating novel by debut author Janae Marks follows one courageous girl as she questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right, even in the face of great opposition.

Coming January 14, 2020 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins

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FOREVER GLIMMER CREEK

by Stacy Hackney

There’s no accounting for Miracles, at least that’s what the folks of Glimmer Creek say. Every year, one lucky inhabitant survives danger, and bits of magic cling to them for a lifetime.

Rosie Flynn doesn’t know how to get a Miracle but knows for sure they’re real. It’s the same way she’s certain she’ll always have her two best friends, Henry and Cam, that she’ll be a famous film director someday, and that she and her Mama are the perfect team of two.

But when someone Rosie loves goes missing, she just might discover that the true Miracle of Glimmer Creek is much different than she’d always believed and that her fondest relationships are the most fortunate gift of all.

Coming Spring 2020 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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mindykimMINDY KIM AND THE YUMMY SEAWEED BUSINESS

by Lyla Lee

Pitched as FRESH OFF THE BOAT meets JUNIE B. JONES, MINDY KIM AND THE YUMMY SEAWEED BUSINESS is about a Korean American second grader who moves to a mostly Caucasian Florida community. In an effort to adjust to her new school, she starts a snack trading ring with the Korean food from her lunch to make new friends.

Coming Spring 2020 from Aladdin Books/Simon & Schuster

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ANA ON THE EDGE

by A.J. Sass

When up-and-coming ice skater Ana learns she’ll be portraying a princess in her new program, she’s not thrilled. How can she convincingly skate as ladylike royalty when she doesn’t always feel like a girl?

There’s a lot riding on Ana’s success next season, and the pressure only rises once Ana discovers she’ll be changing training centers and even working with a famous choreographer. Money has always been tight for Ana and her mom in pricey San Francisco. That’s why she is reluctant to voice her concerns about the creative direction her choreographer takes with her latest program—even though she has always preferred leggings to glittery dresses.

When Ana is offered the chance to assist with her new rink’s beginning skating classes in exchange for free ice-time, she gladly accepts. She’s eager to help her mom with the bills—better yet, it’s a distraction from her princess program.

Then Hayden, a beginner in one of her classes, mistakes Ana for a boy, and Ana decides not to correct him. But as their friendship develops, and with the new skating season fast approaching, Ana quickly realizes it’s not easy to juggle two different identities on one slippery sheet of ice. Ultimately, she’ll have to make a choice: come out and risk disappointing everyone who’s counting on her or stay the course and go for gold, pretending to be someone she’s not.

Coming 2020 from Little, Browns Books for Young Readers

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FINALLY, SOMETHING MYSTERIOUS

by Doug Cornett

When hundreds of rubber duckies suddenly appear on a neighbors lawn, eleven-year-old Paul Marconi knows that this isnt going to be another ordinary summer in his small town of Bellwood. He and his two best friends, Shanks and Peephole, are immediately on the case, excited that The One and Onlys finally have a big mystery to solve.

But rubber duckies arent the only things making strange appearances in Bellwood. Paul’s parents whisper about a conquistador moving into the abandoned drive-in field, and forest fires threaten just outside of town. Paul and Shanks focus in on the case, but Peephole is distracted by his anxieties over becoming an older brother. The One and Onlys investigation takes them deep into the eerie woods surrounding their suburb, into the hungry crowds of the Bellwood Bratwurst Bonanza, and across the backyards of their small town. One thing is clearby the end of this summer, Bellwood will never be the same.

Coming April 14, 2020 from Knopf Books for Young Readers

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TYING THE DEVIL’S SHOESTRINGS

by Eden Royce

Historical Southern Gothic that tells the story of Jezebel and her twin brother Jay, who begin their lessons in rootwork and must learn to embrace their darkness to keep their family safe as they battle against malevolent spirits and the specter of racism in pre-Civil Rights-era Charleston.

Coming Summer 2020 from Walden Pond Press/Harper Collins

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PotatoMY LIFE AS A POTATO

by Arianne Costner

Ben Hardy believes he’s cursed by potatoes. When he tripped over a bag of potatoes, he broke his arm. When he got on the bad side of a cat named Tater Tot, he ended up with a scar. And now h’e smoved to Idaho, where his school’s mascot is Steve the Spud. This cannot be good.

After Ben causes the mascot to sprain his ankle in a hotdog-flinging accident, Ben is sentenced to mascot duty for the final basketball games of the year. But if the other kids know he’s the Spud, his plans for popularity are likely to be a big dud! Ben doesn’t want to let his team down, so he lies to his friends to keep the embarrassing gig to himself. No one will know it’s him under the potato suit, right?

The game is on! Readers will cheer for this laugh-out-loud story of friendships, middle school bullies, and the truth about being cool…or at least being cool about being yourself.

Coming March 2020 from Random House Childrens Books

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swallowed bySWALLOWED BY A SECRET

by Risa Nyman

One dead father.

One lying mother.
After twelve-year-old Rocky overhears Mom admit that the “Dad’s heart stopped” story is bogus, his trust in his one remaining parent unravels. Then, the For Sale sign appears in the front lawn right after the funeral, and Rocky must abandon so many reminders of Dad.
Consumed by the secret and struggling to adjust to changing schools mid-year, Rocky is startled on day one by a familiar voice. Spooked, he dashes into a restroom stall to hide as the voice of his father insists the only way to learn the truth is to return to his old town.
A dead person’s advice is useless.
Rocky finds a live partner in a new friend, Olive, who offers to be his sous sleuth and help him crack the secret and get his life on track. The pair’s schemes go bust, but embolden Rocky on a journey of risks, eavesdropping and snooping which forces him to rethink who was the father he thought he knew.
Coming January 21, 2020 from Immortal Works Press

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EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH

by Julie Abe

A Japanese-inspired fantasy world where a 12-year-old must travel to a seaside town in order to complete her witch training, or risk losing her magic forever.
Coming 2020 from Hachette/Little, Brown Young Readers

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Untitled: Book 1 in the South Haven Mysteries Series

by Lorien Lawrence

Instinctive Quinn Parker and scientific-minded Mike Warren are two thirteen-year old friends who uncover a centuries-old-mystery that threatens their whole town. After learning the awful truth about their neighbors, ‘The Oldies’, and the gruesome secret of how they stay young, Quinn and Mike face a race against time to expose their neighbors before they become the next victims.

Coming Fall 2020 from Abrams/Amulet

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Screen Shot 2019-04-08 at 4.23.58 PMTHE GOOD HAWK

by Joseph Elliot

Set in mythical Scotland, this first book in the Shadow Skye trilogy features and unforgettable protagonist: Agatha, a girl some in her clan call a retarch, but whose courage and spirited determination show that she should not be underestimated. These strengths also make her a good partner to Jaime, a thoughtful but anxious boy, when the two must join forces in an attempt to save their kidnapped clan. Their only option is to travel across mainland Scotia, a land devastated by a mysterious plague, where forgotten magic and dark secrets lurk in every shadow…

Coming January 21, 2020 from Walker US

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EFRÉN DIVIDED

by Ernesto Cisneros

Twelve-year-old Efrén Nava might live in one of the poorest, most densely populated neighborhoods in the entire country, but in his eyes, the US is a land of opportunity where dreams can come true. Things change however after his mother is deported to the Mexican side of the border and his father has to take on a second job, leaving him to care for his younger siblings.
With Amá stranded and without money, US-born Efrén decides to go on a dangerous rescue mission across the border. It is there that he comes to understand why his parents sacrificed everything they had in order to live in America.
EFRÉN DIVIDED is a story about family, friendship, and tearing down the walls being built between us all.

Coming Winter 2020 from HarperCollins

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lonely heart

THE LONELY HEART OF MAYBELLE LANE

by Kate O’Shaughnessy

Eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane has been collecting sounds her whole life, but her favorite by far is the sound of her father’s warm laugh, saved on an old phone’s voicemail recording. It’s all she knows of him, really. Her mother just says they are better off without him. But now, somehow, that laugh is on the radio—his laugh. And when her father announces that he’ll be judging a singing contest in Nashville, Maybelle impulsively signs up. She doesn’t know how she’ll get there, or what she’ll sing. She just knows that if she can stand in front of her father and sing her heart out, he’ll have to love her. Won’t he? The road to Nashville is littered with bumps and surprises. But that’s the thing with journeys of the heart—you may find more than you went looking for.

Coming Spring 2020 from Knopf Books for Young Readers

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IN THE RED

by Christopher Swiedler

IN THE RED is a middle-grade science-fiction novel about two friends living on Mars who are lost out on the surface during a massive solar flare.
For the last few years Michael has been experiencing panic attacks when he goes outside. He hasn’t even been able to pass the standard environment suit exam that nearly every kid his age has already taken. He feels like a failure, especially because his father is a famous astronaut in the Martian Rescue Service, and he believes that the only way for his father to really love him is to prove that he’s ‘cured’ of his panic attacks.
Michael and his friend Lilith become stranded out in the middle of the Martian desert when a solar flare overloads the artificial magnetic field that protects the planet. They’re forced to use both physical courage and scientific knowledge to survive various dangers as they make their way back home. During their adventure, Lilith helps Michael realize that his anxiety disorder isn’t the thing that defines him and that his friends and family (and his father in particular) will love him and be proud of him regardless.

Coming Spring 2020 from HarperCollins

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MARTIN MCLEAN, MIDDLE SCHOOL QUEEN

by Alyssa Zaczek

Seventh-grader Martin McLean has always been surrounded by people who can express themselves. But Martin has never been able to find the right words, unless he’s answering a problem at a Mathletes competition—that is, until his Uncle Billy introduces him to the world of drag. Dazzled by all the sequins and stilettos, Martin creates his drag queen alter ego, Lottie León. As Lottie, Martin is braver than he’s ever been . . . but as Martin, he doesn’t have the guts to tell anyone outside of his family about Lottie. Not his best friends Carmen and his other best friend Pickle, not his Mathletes team, and definitely not Christopher-Jack, an eighth-grader whose smile gives Martin butterflies.
When Martin discovers that his first-ever drag show performance is the same night as the most important Mathletes tournament of the year, he realizes he can’t keep Lottie secret anymore. If he’s going to pull off both appearances, Martin will need to recruit the help of his friends and family, find his voice, and channel his inner drag superstar.

Coming January 2020 from Sterling Children’s

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Stars are made of

WHAT STARS ARE MADE OF

by Sarah Allen

Libby is a smart, determined girl living with Turner syndrome who strikes a bargain with the universe to help her sister’s growing family, navigating an extraordinary coming of age along the way.

Coming Winter 2020 from Macmillan/FSG


DAN, UNMASKED

by Chris Negron

Whether they’re on the baseball field or in Nate’s basement, devouring the newest issue of their favorite comic book, Dan and Nate are always talking. Until they’re not.

After an accident at baseball practice—an accident that Dan is certain he caused—Nate’s stuck in a coma. Usually, Dan can rely on his and Nate’s superpower—the secret language that only they know, a language of raised eyebrows and subtle nose taps.

Now, if Dan ever wants to see Nate tap his nose again, he’s got to figure out a way to wake him up. But for all the time he’s spent reading about the adventures of Captain Nexus, Dan knows he’s no superhero. Heroes have powers—and without Nate, all Dan has is a closet stuffed with comics and a best-friend shaped hole in his heart. There’s no way a regular kid can save the day all on his own. Right?

Coming Summer 2020 from Harper Children’s

thewitches

THE WITCHES OF WILLOW COVE

by Josh Roberts

It’s not easy being a teenage witch. Seventh grader Abby Shepherd is just getting the hang of it when weird stuff starts happening all around her hometown of Willow Cove. Green slime bubbling to life in science class. Giant snakes slithering around the middle school gym. Her best friend suddenly keeping secrets and telling lies.

Things only begin to make sense when a stranger named Miss Winters reveals that Abby isn’t the only young witch in town—and that Willow Cove is home to a secret past that connects them all. Miss Winters, herself a witch, even offers to teach Abby and the others everything she knows about witchcraft.

But as Abby learns more about Miss Winters’ past, she begins to suspect her new mentor is keeping secrets of her own. Can Abby trust her, or does Miss Winters have something wicked planned for the young witches of Willow Cove?

Coming May 26, 2020 from Owl Hollow Press

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friends doTHAT’S WHAT FRIENDS DO

by Cathleen Barnhart

David and Samantha have been friends ever since they met on their Little League team. But middle school is complicating their easy friendship. So when David’s attempts at flirting go too far — and leave Sammie feeling upset and powerless — they both have to figure out what it really means to be a friend and how to make things right. Heartfelt and powerfully relatable, That’s What Friends Do is an important story about navigating boundaries and learning to have hard conversations.

Coming January 28, 2020 from HarperCollins

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friends doTHE NIGHTMARE THIEF

by Nicole Lesperance

Twelve-year-old Maren loves making and selling dreams in her family’s shop. But when a sinister customer tries to blackmail Maren into making nightmares for her, she must decide whether to protect her family or protect unknown dreamers from her family’s magic.

Coming September 2020 from Sourcebooks Young Readers

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THE DERBY DAREDEVILS: KENZIE KICKSTARTS A TEAM

by Kit Rosewater

Kenzie and Shelly have been best friends for as long as they can remember. They hang out at the park, practice their super-secret handshake, and (most important) count down the days to their roller derby debut. It looks like their dream is coming true when Austin’s city league announces a junior league. But there’s a catch. To try out together, the Dynamic Duo will have to form a team of five players… in just one week! As they start convincing other girls that roller derby is the coolest thing on wheels, Kenzie has second thoughts. Why is Shelly acting like everyone’s best friend? Isn’t she supposed to be Kenzie’s best friend? And things get really awkward when Shelly recruits Kenzie’s neighbor (and secret crush!) for the team.

Coming Spring 2020 from Abrams

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INTO THE TALL, TALL GRASS

by Loriel Ryon

Yolanda Rodríguez-O’Connell has a secret. All the members of her family have a magical gift—all, that is, except for Yolanda. Still, it’s something she can never talk about, or the townsfolk will call her family brujas—witches. When her abuela, Wela, falls into an unexplained sleep, Yolanda is scared. Her father is off fighting in a faraway war, her mother died long ago, and Yolanda has isolated herself from her best friend and twin sister. If she loses her abuela, who will she have left?

When a strange grass emerges in the desert behind their house, Wela miraculously wakes, begging Yolanda to take her to the lone pecan tree left on their land. Determined not to lose her, Yolanda sets out on this journey with her sister, her ex-best friend, and a boy who has a crush on her. But what is the mysterious box that Wela needs to find? And how will going to the pecan tree make everything all right? Along the way, Yolanda discovers long-buried secrets that have made their family gift a family curse. But she also finds the healing power of the magic all around her, which just might promise a new beginning.

Coming April 7, 2020 from Margaret K. McElderry Books/ S&S

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wolfofcape THE WOLF OF CAPE FEN

by Juliana Brandt

First Frost has touched Cape Fen, and that means Baron Dire has returned. For as long as anyone can remember, Baron Dire has haunted the town come winter, striking magical bargains and demanding unjust payment in return. The Serling sisters know better than to bargain, lest they find themselves hunted by the Baron’s companion, the Wolf.

Then the Wolf attacks Eliza’s sister Winnie. They manage to escape, but they know the Wolf will be back, because the Wolf only attacks those who owe the Baron Dire. Winnie would never bargain, so that must mean that someone has struck a deal with Winnie as the price.

Eliza embarks on a journey to save her sister, but as she untangles the links between Baron Dire, the Wolf, and her family, she discovers a complicated web of bargains that cross all of Cape Fen. If Eliza can learn the truth, she might be able to protect her sister, but the truth behind the bargain could put her own life in danger.

A beautiful and magical middle-grade debut about sisterhood, sacrifice, and what happens when the dreams we hid within ourselves come to light.

Coming April 7, 2020 from SourcebooksKids

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RATING YOUR BUNKMATES AND OTHER CAMP CRIMES

by Jennifer Orr

Twelve-year-old Abigail Hensley is a socially awkward aspiring anthropologist who has always had trouble connecting with her peers. This summer, Abigail is determined to make her first best friend at Camp Hollyhock. She’s completed extensive research on summer camp, packed her field notes to study and record her bunkmates’ behavior, and has devised a formula for measuring potential friendships called the Sidekick Score. Using her tried-and-true research methods, Abigail begins to study her cabinmates for friendship potential. But just when it seems that Abigail is off to a good start, she’s accused of “murder” and theft. Can Abigail clear her name, make her first best friend, and avoid smooching a banana slug, before her week of camp is over?

Coming February 1, 2020 from Capstone

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GHOST SQUAD

by Claribel A. Ortega

Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.

For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late.

With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.

Coming April 7, 2020 from Scholastic

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TO FLY AMONG THE STARS: THE HIDDEN STORY OF THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN ASTRONAUTS

by Rebecca Siegel

A searing look at the birth of America’s space program, and the men and women aviators who set its course.

In the 1960s, locked in a heated race to launch the first human into space, the United States selected seven superstar test pilots and former military air fighters to NASA’s astronaut class — the Mercury 7. The men endured grueling training and constant media attention for the honor of becoming America’s first space heroes. But a group of 13 women — accomplished air racers, test pilots, and flight instructors — were enduring those same astronaut tests in secret, hoping to defy social norms and earn a spot among the stars.

With thrilling stories of aviation feats, frustrating tales of the fight against sexism, and historical photos, To Fly Among the Stars recounts an incredible era of US innovation, and the audacious hope of the women who took their fight for space flight all the way to Washington, DC.

Coming March 3, 2020 from Scholastic

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KIKI MACADOO AND THE GRAVEYARD BALLERINAS

by Colette Sewall

When eleven-year-old Kiki MacAdoo and her talented older sister go to Mount Faylinn Dance Conservatory for the summer, they ignore the brochure’s mysterious warning that “ballets come alive” in the nearby forest.
But after her sister disappears, it’s up to Kiki to brave the woods and save her sister from the ghost sylphs that dance young girls to their deaths. As Kiki unlocks the mysteries of Mount Faylinn, the ballet of the ghost sylphs, Giselle, simultaneously unfolds.
Coming Summer 2020 from Owl Hollow Press

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CATTYWAMPUS

by Ash Van Otterloo

In the town of Howler’s Hollow, conjuring magic is strictly off-limits. Only nothing makes Delpha McGill’s skin crawl more than rules. So when she finds her family’s secret book of hexes, she’s itching to use it to banish her mama’s money troubles. She just has to keep it quieter than a church mouse — not exactly Delpha’s specialty.
Trouble is, Katybird Hearn is hankering to get her hands on the spell book, too. The daughter of a rival witching family, Katy has reasons of her own for wanting to learn forbidden magic, and she’s not going to let an age-old feud or Delpha’s contrary ways stop her. But their quarrel accidentally unleashes a hex so heinous it resurrects a graveyard full of angry Hearn and McGill ancestors bent on total destruction. If Delpha and Katy want to reverse the spell in time to save everyone in the Hollow from rampaging zombies, they’ll need to mend fences and work together.
Coming August 4, 2020 from Scholastic

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ESCAPE TO REVERIE

by Lorelei Savaryn

Andrea’s heart has been broken since the day her brother went missing. When she’s offered the chance to enter Reverie, a circus built with children’s dreams, it seems like the perfect chance to escape. But after finding her brother’s recurring nightmare in one of the tents, Andrea realizes Reverie is no escape. It’s a trap.
What happens when you stay too long in a nightmare? Who really is the sinister Sandman? And can she find her brother before it’s too late?
Coming Fall 2020 from Philomel

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FRIEND ME

by Sheila M. Averbuch

Seventh-grader Roisin is an Irish transplant to America who is mercilessly bullied at school and pours her heart out to her online BFF Haley. But when the bully suffers a gruesome accident, Roisin begins to wonder if Haley is responsible… or hiding even darker secrets.
Coming Fall 2020 from Scholastic

Elephant'sgirl

by Celesta Rimington

An elephant never forgets, but Lexington Willow can’t remember what happened before a tornado swept her away when she was a toddler. All she knows is that it landed her near an enclosure in a Nebraska zoo; and there an elephant named Nyah protected her from the storm. With no trace of her birth family, Lex grew up at the zoo with Nyah and her elephant family; her foster father, Roger; her best friend, Fisher; and the wind whispering in her ear.

Now that she’s twelve, Lex is finally old enough to help with the elephants. But during their first training session, Nyah sends her a telepathic image of the woods outside the zoo. Despite the wind’s protests, Lex decides to investigate Nyah’s message and gets wrapped up in an adventure involving ghosts, lost treasure, and a puzzle that might be the key to finding her family. As she hunts for answers, Lex must summon the courage to leave the secure borders of her zoo to discover who she really is–and why the tornado brought her here all those years ago.

Coming May 19, 2020 from Crown Books for Young Readers

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Swallowed by a Secret

by Risa Nyman

One dead father. One lying mother.

 

After twelve-year-old Rocky overhears Mom admit that the “Dad’s heart stopped” story is bogus, his trust in his one remaining parent unravels. Then, the For Sale sign appears in the front lawn right after the funeral, and Rocky must abandon so many reminders of Dad.

 

Consumed by the secret and struggling to adjust to changing schools mid-year, Rocky is startled on day one by a familiar voice. Spooked, he dashes into a restroom to hide from the voice that insists the only way to the truth is to return to his old town.

But isn’s a dead person’s advice useless?

 

Rocky finds a live partner in Olive, who offers to be his sous sleuth and help him crack the secret and get his life on track. The pair’s schemes go bust, but embolden Rocky on a journey of risks, eavesdropping and snooping which forces him to rethink who was the father he thought he knew.
Coming January 21, 2020 from Immortal Works Press

 

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A Boy Called Preacher

by Cheryl Schuermann

Johnny “Preacher” Wilcox can’t get a break. When his father mysteriously leaves the family during the height of World War II, Johnny is left with unanswered questions, wheat land to plow, and a broken tractor. The tractor mechanic is meaner than a bobcat, the creek is drying up, and Preacher’s best friend, Earl Floyd, betrays him (or so he thinks). Johnny has more going wrong than any twelve-year-old boy wants to think about. Is his dog, Deke, the only one he can count on?
Coming February 29, 2020 from INtense Publications

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SonjabookWhen You Know What I Know

by Sonja K. Solter

One day after school, on the couch in the basement, Tori’s uncle did something bad. Afterward, Tori tells her mom. Even though telling was a brave thing to do, her mom still doesn’t believe her at first. Her grandma still takes his side. And Tori doesn’t want anyone else — even her best friend — to know what happened.

 

Now Tori finds herself battling mixed emotions — anger, shame, and sadness — as she deals with the trauma. But with the help of her mom, her little sister, her best friend, and others, can Tori find a way to have the last word?
Coming March 24, 2020 from Little, Brown for Young Readers

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