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Moonflower by Kacen Callender

Moon, a child experiencing depression, steadily faces their fears in both the living and spirit realms. If I could go back and give my younger self a book, this would be it. Callender gifts us with the language needed to understand our feelings, young or old. There is so much kindness and wisdom within these pages, it will make anyone who reads them feel loved and understood. —Kailey Jo

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781338636598
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 6th, 2022

Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King

Mac hates when teachers ignore the truth in the name of “appropriateness.” When he discovers someone has blacked out a portion of his school book, he sets out to uncover the source of the censorship. This brilliantly written novel by Printz Award winner A.S. King is timely as heck and a vital addition to the conversation about how to handle hard subjects in schools. I was rooting for Mac every step of the way. —Ivy

 

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ISBN: 9781338680522
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 6th, 2022

Three Strike Summer by Skyler Schrempp

All Gloria Mae Willard wants is to play baseball with the Balko boys, but no one wants to play with a “skirt,” even if she’s got the best arm in town. When the Dust Bowl brings tragedy after tragedy to Oklahoma, Gloria’s family packs everything they own into a truck and heads to California in search of hope. Memories of the 1993 film The Sandlot coupled with this novel's labor rights movement (think Paterson’s Lyddie) kept me racing to find out what happened next. 

—Ivy

 

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ISBN: 9781534499140
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 30th, 2022

Lily and the Night Creatures Written by Nick Lake

Lily’s worst fears manifest when sinister creatures posing as her parents infest her home on the night her new baby sibling is expected. Accompanied by pen-and-ink illustrations, the book is filled with talking animal friends, exciting twists, and plenty of creepy moments, while also focusing on Lily coming to terms with a chronic illness and a fear of being replaced. I especially loved the drawings with their balance of spookiness and silliness. 

—Alana


 

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By Nick Lake, Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534494619
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians Written by Brandon Sanderson

Meet Alcatraz, a foster child with a remarkable aptitude for breaking things, a talent that comes in handy as he enters a world of evil librarians, hidden continents, and dinosaurs with British accents. This reprint from beloved science fiction writer Brandon Sanderson is perfect for middle-grade readers who are looking for hilarious narration and enthralling world building, and it’s out in paperback just in time for the release of the long-awaited sixth novel in the Alcatraz series!  —Isaac

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By Brandon Sanderson, Hayley Lazo (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780765378958
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Published: Starscape - May 3rd, 2022

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

Bob (“Robert” when he’s getting on Julia’s nerves, “Uncle Bob” to baby elephant Ruby) is the stray pup from Applegate’s Newbery Medal–winning The One and Only Ivan, whose outsized personality demanded its own story. Through Bob’s eyes, we experience the deep connections in families of origin and families of choice, against the backdrop of a chaotic storm that challenges people and animals alike. Written in short, punchy, cleverly named chapters, this story will delight, even if you haven’t read the first book.  —Michelle

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ISBN: 9780062991324
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Published: HarperCollins - May 3rd, 2022

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

Bug knows their house is haunted and, with the recent passing of their Uncle Rodrick, the ghosts have become more present. As Bug’s summer plans change, they’re forced to stay home and deal with the question of what it means to be themself. This year’s Newbery Honor winner Kyle Lukoff intertwines two of my favorite things—ghost and LGBTQIA+ stories—in a gentle and beautiful way, making it easily accessible for younger readers. —Andrea

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ISBN: 9780593111178
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Published: Dial Books - June 7th, 2022

Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods by Catherynne M. Valente

Valente has built an incredible fantasy world in this stand-alone fairy tale bursting with magic, mushrooms, humor, and indelible characters. Osmo's journey is as filled with wonder as it is with questions of right and wrong, friendship and self, and how to realize a better world. Great read episodically or all in one sitting, and perfect for readers of Baum's Oz series and Andersen's fairy tales, or fans of modern cinematic classics such as Labryinth, The Dragon Prince, and the work of Hayao Miyazaki.  —Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781481476997
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 26th, 2022

The Summer of June by Jaime Sumner

This book reminded me that libraries are a community’s heart, that poetry is a balm to hard conversations, and that 11-year-old kiddos are brilliant and brave—none more so than June. June is a worrier whose worry interferes with sleep and makes her body feel out of control. But with help from her lovable crew, she starts opening up and doing small things each day to tame her worry and work with, not against, it. You cannot read this book without loving every character—but, oh, how you will especially love June! 

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ISBN: 9781534486027
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill

The orphans of Stone-in-the-Glen live in a once-lovely town. After the library burns down under suspicious circumstances, the newly elected mayor stokes the fires of distrust. The arrival of the ogress on the outskirts of town only heightens the townspeople's fear, despite the mysterious gifts showing up on their doorsteps. Newbery Medal–winning Barnhill (The Girl Who Drank the Moon) has crafted a truly magnificent and charming story about perceptions and the power of small acts of kindness. —Ivy 

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ISBN: 9781643750743
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 8th, 2022

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