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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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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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No Ordinary Thing

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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


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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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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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


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




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 July 28, 2020 from Harper Children’s



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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Circus of Stolen Dreams

by Lorelei Savaryn

A dream world turns haunting nightmare in this spellbinding debut novel, perfect for fans of Circus Mirandus and The Night Gardener.

After Andrea’s brother, Francis, disappeared, everything changed. Her world turned upside down, and there was nothing she could do to right it. So when she discovers a magical dream world called Reverie in the woods near her home, Andrea jumps at the chance to escape her pain and go inside. But the cost of admission is high: Andrea must give up a memory in order to enter. And she knows exactly which memory she’d like to give up.

Once inside, Andrea discovers tent after tent of dreams come alive; she can fly on a gust of wind, brave swashbuckling pirates and search for buried treasure, reach for–and wish on–a tangible star, and much, much more. But Andrea soon realizes that not all of Reverie’s dreams are meant to delight, and the Sandman behind the circus tents seems to have plans of his own. When Andrea finds a tent in which her brother’s darkest nightmare has been brought to life, she realizes the dark truth: Reverie is not an escape; it’s a trap.

Will Andrea and her new friend Penny have what it takes to find Francis, figure out what’s really going on in Reverie, and break free from this nightmarish dream world?

A wonderfully inventive, deliciously creepy debut novel that is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the last thrilling page has been turned.

Coming September 1, 2020 from Philomel

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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


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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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 May 16, 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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by J.L. Esplin

For fans of Gary Paulsen’s classic Hatchet and Lauren Tarshis’s bestselling I Survived series, J. L. Esplin’s 96 Miles is a story of survival and desperation as two young brothers confront the worst in humanity―and themselves.

Dad always said if things get desperate, it’s okay to drink the water in the toilet. I never thought it would come to that. I thought I’d sooner die than let one drop of toilet water touch my lips. Yet here I am, kneeling before a porcelain throne, holding a tin mug for scooping in one hand, and my half-gallon canteen in the other.

The Lockwood brothers are supposed to be able to survive anything. Their dad, a hardcore believer in self-reliance, has stockpiled enough food and water at their isolated Nevada home to last for months. But when they are robbed of all their supplies during a massive blackout while their dad is out of town, John and Stew must walk 96 miles in the stark desert sun to get help. Along the way, they’re forced to question their dad’s insistence on self-reliance and ask just what it is that we owe to our neighbors, our kin, and to ourselves.

Coming February 11, 2020 from Starscape (Tor/Macmillan)

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The Stars From Me to You

by Nicole Bea

Bellamie Brodeur never got headaches until after her twin brother Rion was hit by a truck while riding his bike one night in their suburban neighbourhood. They sneak up on her when it’s time to go to sleep and last all through the night-a sickness her psychologist says is likely caused by Bellamie holding in her true feelings about Rion’s accident. However, Bellamie is keeping a secret: her migraines drop her into a state of lucid dreaming, and allow her to communicate messages to Rion’s spirit that has been left in somewhere called Limbo. Rion can’t speak back to her but instead plays connect-the-stars, drawing pictures in the constellations to talk back to his sister.

Once Bellamie collects enough courage to ask Rion about what it feels like to be in a coma, he responds by spelling out the name of the strange girl in the corner of Bellamie’s English class who has claimed to be a psychic since fourth grade. Unsure what Adley has to do with her brother but trusting her dreams, Bellamie soon finds that in order for her brother to move on, maybe she needs to as well.

Coming Spring 2020 from Nevermore Press

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The Brave

by James Bird

Perfect for fans of Rain Reign, this middle-grade novel The Brave is about a boy with an OCD issue and his move to a reservation to live with his biological mother.

Collin can’t help himself—he has a unique condition that finds him counting every letter spoken to him. It’s a quirk that makes him a prime target for bullies, and a continual frustration to the adults around him, including his father.

When Collin asked to leave yet another school, his dad decides to send him to live in Minnesota with the mother he’s never met. She is Ojibwe, and lives on a reservation. Collin arrives in Duluth with his loyal dog, Seven, and quickly finds his mom and his new home to be warm, welcoming, and accepting of his condition.

Collin’s quirk is matched by that of his neighbor, Orenda, girl who lives mostly in her treehouse and believes she is turning into a butterfly. With Orenda’s help, Collin works hard to overcome his challenges. His real test comes when he must step up for his new friend and trust his new family.

Coming June 30, 2020 from Feiwel & Friends

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by Kaela Noel

Ten years ago, an impossible thing happened: a flock of pigeons picked up a human baby who had been abandoned in an empty lot and carried her, bundled in blankets, to their roof. Coo has lived her entire life on the rooftop with the pigeons who saved her. It’s the only home she’s ever known.

But then a hawk nearly kills Burr, the pigeon she loves most, and leaves him gravely hurt. Coo must make a perilous trip to the ground for the first time to find Tully, a retired postal worker who occasionally feeds Coo’s flock and can heal injured birds.

Tully mends Burr’s broken wing and coaxes Coo from her isolated life. Living with Tully, Coo experiences warmth, safety, and human relationships for the first time. But just as Coo is beginning to blossom, she learns that the human world is infinitely more complex—and cruel—than she could have imagined.

Coming March 3, 2020 from Greenwillow/HarperCollins

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The Mutant Mushroom Takeover

by Summer Rachel Short

Stranger Things meets The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl in this lightly spooky debut about Maggie, an aspiring young naturalist, and her YouTuber best friend, Nate, who use their smarts and science to solve the mystery behind a mutant fungus that’s threatening the town.

Ever since Magnolia Stone’s scientist dad left Shady Pines to find a new job, Maggie’s been stuck in her gramma’s mobile home with her grumpy older brother, Ezra. Now she’s on a mission to put her family back together by winning the Vitaccino Junior Naturalist Merit Award.

Coming September 22, 2020 from Simon & Schusters

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No Vacancy

by Tziporah Cohen

Buying and moving into the run-down Jewel Motor Inn in upstate New York with her parents and little brother wasn’t Miriam Brockman’s dream, but at least it’s an adventure. Miriam befriends Kate, the granddaughter of Mrs. Whitley, who owns the diner next door, and finds comfort in the company of Maria, the motel’s housekeeper, and her Uncle Mordy, who comes to help for the summer. When it becomes clear that only a miracle is going to save the Jewel from bankruptcy, Jewish Miriam and Catholic Kate decide to make one, creating a Virgin Mary apparition at the defunct drive-in movie theater. The Jewel fills up fast, but a shocking incident of anti-Semitism threatens to break it all apart. Unless Miriam finds a way to resolve all the hurt and fear, the No Vacancy sign will come down for good, and she will lose the life she’s worked so hard to build.

Coming August 4, 2020 from Groundwood Books

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Measuring Up

by Lily LaMotte

Twelve-year-old Cici has just moved from Taiwan to Seattle, and the only thing she wants more than to fit in at her new school is to celebrate her grandmother, A-má’s, 70th birthday together. Cici cooks up a plan to bring A-má to her by winning the grand prize in a kids’ cooking contest to pay for A-má’s plane ticket! There’s just one problem: Cici only knows how to cook Taiwanese food. And after her pickled cucumber debacle at lunch, she’s determined to channel her inner Julia Child. Can Cici find a winning recipe to reunite with A-má, a way to fit in with her new friends, and somehow find herself too?

Coming Fall 2020 from HarperAlley/HarperCollins

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Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

by Donna Barba Higuera

Twelve year old Lupe Wong WILL be the first female pitcher in Major League Baseball. But the American past time of Square Dancing is P.E. curriculum, something a kid like Lupe can’t relate to culturally or otherwise. She vows to get the archaic tradition banned, and a comedy of disasters ensues.

Coming September 8, 2020 from Levine Querido

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Legend of the Storm Sneezer

by Kristiana Sfirlea

Thirteen-year-old Rose Skylar sneezed a magical storm cloud at birth, and it’s followed her around ever since. But when “Stormy” causes one too many public disasters, Rose is taken to Heartstone, an asylum for unstable magic. Its location? The heart of a haunted forest whose trees have mysteriously turned to stone.

They say the ghosts are bound to the woods … then why does Rose see them drifting outside the windows at night? And why is there a graveyard on the grounds filled with empty graves? Guided by her future selves via time traveling letters, Rose and Marek—best friend and potential figment of her imagination—must solve the mystery of the specters and the stone trees before the ghosts unleash a legendary enemy that will make their own spooks look like a couple of holey bed sheets and destroy Heartstone Asylum.

Letters from the future are piling up. Rose can’t save Heartstone herself. However, five of herselves, a magical storm cloud, and a guardian angel who might very well be imaginary? Now that’s a silver lining.
But will they find what killed the ghosts before what killed the ghosts finds them?

Coming May 5, 2020 from Monster Ivy Publishing

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Hex Allen and the Clanksmiths

by Jasmine Florentine

Hex Allen can’t do magic – a huge problem when everything from lights to locks is powered by simple spells that everyone (save a few unfortunate “Undevelopeds”) can do. After years of feeling useless, Hex seizes the chance to change her future by journeying to the Wishing Wyrm, a legendary dragon that will grant a single wish once a century. Unfortunately, Hex isn’t the only one after the wish, and every rival wish hunter has magic on their side. Every rival except the Clanksmiths, Cam and Fuse. Like Hex, they can’t do magic, but they’ve learned to build clank, creations made using the mysterious, forgotten arts of science and engineering.
After a fairy fiasco throws Hex and the Clanksmiths together, they agree to cooperate – for the time being. With the Clanksmiths’ know-how and Hex’s creativity, they outsmart monsters with everything from LEDs to electromagnets to water balloon launchers. But as they race to the Wishing Wyrm, Hex must decide between her friendship with the Clanksmiths and the wish that would give her a normal, magical life.
Pages from Hex’s design notebook provide step-by-step project instructions for aspiring Clanksmiths.

Coming September 15, 2020 from Innovation Press

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Summer of L.U.C.K.

by Laura Segal Stegman

Three kids who struggle with talking find their way to self-acceptance with the help of a ghost who haunts a magical carnival.

Stuttering Darby is never perfect enough for her mother. Justin’s been silent since his dad died. Naz is struggling to learn English. But after they meet at Camp Inch, mysterious calliope music from an abandoned warehouse grants them power to communicate — without words. Why?

When they sneak into the building to find out, it bursts into a magical carnival, and they’re greeted by the ghost of Leroy Usher, who can’t rest until his property brings joy to children. He asks for their help convincing his family to restore the carnival to its former glory. In return, he promises to teach Darby, Justin, and Naz how to find their voices.

Mr. Usher sweeps them off on a series of adventures where they learn they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. Meanwhile, they scheme to persuade the Usher family to sell the carnival to Camp Inch. With each challenge, their confidence in communicating – and in themselves – grows.

But when Darby’s bunkmates trick her into starring in the camp’s talent show, her budding confidence falters. Can she risk being less than perfect by performing in the show and speaking up to Mr. Usher’s resistant son? If not, she’ll put the carnival in danger and sabotage her most important quest: to believe in herself, stutter and all.

Coming September 15, 2020 from INtense Publications

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by Karah Sutton

The Girl Who Drank the Moon meets Pax in this fantastical tale of a wolf who forms an unlikely alliance with Baba Yaga to save the forest from a wicked tsar.

Since she was a pup, Zima has been taught to fear humans—especially witches—but when her family is threatened, she has no choice but to seek help from the witch Baba Yaga.

Baba Yaga never does magic for free, but it just so happens that she needs a wolf’s keen nose for a secret plan she’s brewing… Before Zima knows what’s happening, the witch has cast a switching spell and run off into the woods, while Zima is left behind in Baba Yaga’s hut—and Baba Yaga’s body!

Meanwhile, a young village girl named Nadya is also seeking the witch’s help, and when she meets Zima (in Baba Yaga’s form), they discover that they face a common enemy. With danger closing in, Zima must unite the wolves, the witches and the villagers against an evil that threatens them all.

Coming September 22, 2020 from Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House Childrens’)

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