RIDING A DONKEY BACKWARDS, Retold by Sean Taylor & the Khayaal Theatre, Illustrated by Shirin Adl

Timeless wisdom is found in absurdity in these tales of an iconic Muslim character known as the sagest man in the village -- and also its biggest fool. Would you like to know how a thief can turn into a donkey? Whether a cow can climb a pole? Or why you should spoon yogurt into … Continue reading RIDING A DONKEY BACKWARDS, Retold by Sean Taylor & the Khayaal Theatre, Illustrated by Shirin Adl

THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE, by Ruth Sepetys, Philomel Books, Penguin Random House

A portrait of love, silence, and secrets under a Spanish dictatorship. Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, … Continue reading THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE, by Ruth Sepetys, Philomel Books, Penguin Random House

THE GRIZZLY MOTHER, by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), Natasha Donovan, Highwater Press

An engaging look at how the animals, people, and seasons within an ecosystem are intertwined. To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the grizzly is an integral part of the natural landscape. Together, they share the land and forests that the Skeena River runs through, as well as the sockeye salmon within it. Follow … Continue reading THE GRIZZLY MOTHER, by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), Natasha Donovan, Highwater Press

STRONGER THAN A BRONZE DRAGON, by Mary Fan, Page Street Publishing, Manda Group

When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when … Continue reading STRONGER THAN A BRONZE DRAGON, by Mary Fan, Page Street Publishing, Manda Group

BETWEEN THE ORANGE GROVES, by Nadia Marks, Pan Macmillan Publishers

In a small village, set among the wild mountains of Cyprus, two families of different faiths share a seemingly unbreakable friendship based on mutual respect and deep affection. Mothers and daughters share their daily secrets, fathers and sons support each other as they live their lives between the fragrant pine trees and orange groves. It's … Continue reading BETWEEN THE ORANGE GROVES, by Nadia Marks, Pan Macmillan Publishers

HOLY SQUAWKAMOLE! LITTLE RED HEN MAKES GUACAMOLE, Retold by Susan Wood, Illustrated by Laura Gonzalez, Sterling Children’s Books

This tasty take on the classic Little Red Hen story has a deliciously spicy twist! Yum, guacamole! That’s what Little Red Hen craves, and she could use some help gathering and mashing the ingredients. So she asks her friends, including an armadillo, snake, and an iguana, to lend a hand. Everyone just says “no.” But … Continue reading HOLY SQUAWKAMOLE! LITTLE RED HEN MAKES GUACAMOLE, Retold by Susan Wood, Illustrated by Laura Gonzalez, Sterling Children’s Books

WHITE ROSE, by Kip Wilson, HMHTeen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

A gorgeous and timely novel based on the incredible story of Sophie Scholl, a young German college student who challenged the Nazi regime during World War II as part of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group. Disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie Scholl, her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White … Continue reading WHITE ROSE, by Kip Wilson, HMHTeen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

THE ILIAD, A GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION, by Gareth Hinds, Candlewick Press

In a companion volume to his award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey, the incomparable graphic novelist Gareth Hinds masterfully adapts Homer's classic wartime epic. More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer's legendary account … Continue reading THE ILIAD, A GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION, by Gareth Hinds, Candlewick Press

SURVIVING THE CITY by Tasha Spillett, Illustrated by Natasha Donovan, Highwater Press

Tasha Spillett’s graphic novel debut, Surviving the City, is a story about womanhood, friendship, colonialism, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape – they’re so close, they even completed … Continue reading SURVIVING THE CITY by Tasha Spillett, Illustrated by Natasha Donovan, Highwater Press

THE WOLF AND THE WATCHMAN, by Niklas Natt Och Dag, Atria Books, Simon and Schuster

In this breathtakingly bold, intricately constructed novel set in 18th century Stockholm, a dying man searches among the city’s teeming streets, dark corners, and intriguing inhabitants to unmask a ruthless murderer—perfect for fans of Perfume and The Alienist. It is 1793. Four years after the storming of the Bastille in France and more than a … Continue reading THE WOLF AND THE WATCHMAN, by Niklas Natt Och Dag, Atria Books, Simon and Schuster