January 8, 2019
The Adventurer’s Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It) by Wade Albert White (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
At Saint Lupin’s Completely Ordinary School Where Nothing Bizarre Ever Happens Most Especially Not Illegal Quests That Destroy Famous Landmarks, students are not taught about pirates. They’re not taught how to identify them, how to befriend them, or even how to fight them…which leaves the school completely open to pirate invasion. And on the first day of classes, that’s precisely what happens.
Filled to the brim with heart-pounding action, miniature dragons, attacking chickens, and (sometimes friendly) pirates, The Adventurer’s Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It) is a laugh-out-loud, fast-paced adventure that will leave you breathless.
.April 16, 2019
Last Girl Lied To by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (as L.E. Flynn) (Imprint/Macmillan)
Fiona claims she doesn’t remember anything about the night her best friend left a party and walked into the ocean. But she wishes she could forget. Trixie’s disappearance is ruled a suicide, but Fiona doesn’t believe it. Piecing together the trail of a girl who doesn’t want to be found leads her to Jasper, Trixie’s former friend with benefits, and Beau—the boy who might be happy Trixie is gone. The closer Fiona gets to the truth, the more she realizes the girl she knew was a lie—and she might have been waiting to disappear the entire time.
April 16, 2019
Lizzie Flying Solo by Nanci Turner Steveson (HarperCollins)
When Lizzie St. Clair and her mom are forced to move into a transitional housing shelter after Lizzie’s father betrays them, she discovers a rogue pony at a stable she finds down the wrong path through some woods. Her love for the pony, Fire, and her friendship with a boy named Bryce, encourage Lizzie to become part of the stable community, risking exposure of her family’s past. When heartbreak sinks her again, Lizzie will have to call on every ounce of bravery and courage she has to lay bare her feelings and open up to the people who are trying to befriend her.
April 16, 2019
Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst & Paula Garner (Candlewick Press)
Sam Jones and Zoe Miller may be on opposite ends of the social spectrum, but they have one thing in common: they both want to escape reality. When an accidental exchange of text messages between them turns personal, an unexpected friendship is born. Over time, their messages expand into what they call Starworld: an entire universe of inside jokes, fantastical adventures, and meaningful quests that exists only between them. But when Sam realizes her feelings for Zoe are something more than friendship, will all they’ve built be able to survive the inevitable explosion?
April 30, 2019
How to Be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood (Roaring Brook Press)
The long-awaited follow-up to The Square Root of Summer, for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson.
Minnie Sloe and her sisters have weathered it all together—growing up without fathers, an eccentric lifestyle with their pet rabbit Salvador Dali, and riding out their famous artist mother’s mental highs and lows.
But then their mother disappears, and Minnie starts seeing the world in monochrome. Literally. All she sees is black-and-white. As grief threatens to tear the three sisters apart, Minnie fears she could lose everything: her family, her future, and maybe her mind.
When Fenway’s and Hattie’s family joins in a back-to-school camping trip , threats are all around and it’s not just the wild animals. A bossy short human is making Hattie smell anxious and a tiny Pomeranian won’t let Fenway investigate trouble at the camp site. Soon both dog and short human find that surviving the wild might be as tough as wanting to fit in. But luckily, both Fenway and his beloved Hattie come to realize that being true to themselves is the best way to make real friends.
June 18, 2019
Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith (Simon & Schuster/McElderry Books)
For fans of Love, Simon and Eleanor and Park, a romantic and sweet novel about a transgender boy who falls in love for the first time—and how first love changes us all—from New York Times bestselling author Amber Smith. Chris and Maia aren’t off to a great start. A near-fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her. But they’re neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other. The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds.
But would it be so bad if it happened anyway?
When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they stumble into a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field, swamp, and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow, and other things too scary to mention here. Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen hauntingly beautiful illustrations, Scary Stories for Young Foxes contains all the adventure and thrills you’ll love to listen to beside a campfire or when the moon is bright.
But the plot really thickens when Jade loses her notebook and an actual girl named Zoe shows up at school. In real life. Jade notices that new Zoe seems to have an awful lot in common with made-up Zoe. But who could pull off something this incredible? More importantly, are Jade and the real Zoe destined to be best friends, regardless of how or why Zoe turned up in the first place?
Our Year in Love and Parties by Karen Hattrup (HarperTeen)
Owl’s Outstanding Donuts by Robin Yardi (Carolrhoda)
Ten-year-old Mattie Waters believes that an owl is trying to warn her that someone is secretly polluting the land near her aunt’s gourmet donut shop in Big Sur. When her aunt is wrongly suspected, Mattie sets out to solve the mystery of the midnight dumping with her two best friends so she can save the shop, the only place on earth she has left in the world after her mom’s death. A story about one amazing owl, three best friends, and dozens and dozens of donuts.