THE AUTHENTICITY PROJECT, by Clare Pooley, Viking/Penguin Random House Canada

"A story about a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love--think Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine meets Love, Actually. "Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?" This is the question that Julian Jessop, an eccentric, seventy-nine-year-old artist, poses within a pale green exercise … Continue reading THE AUTHENTICITY PROJECT, by Clare Pooley, Viking/Penguin Random House Canada

ZORA & ME: THE SUMMONER, by Victoria Bond, Candlewick Press

In the finale to the acclaimed trilogy, upheaval in Zora Neale Hurston's family and hometown persuade her to leave childhood behind and find her destiny beyond Eatonville. For Carrie and her best friend, Zora, Eatonville--America's first incorporated Black township--has been an idyllic place to live out their childhoods. But when a lynch mob crosses the … Continue reading ZORA & ME: THE SUMMONER, by Victoria Bond, Candlewick Press

GENERATION BRAVE, THE GEN Z KIDS WHO ARE CHANGING THE WORLD, by Kate Alexander, Illustrated by Jade Orlando, Andrews McMeel Publishing

An illustrated celebration of Gen Z activists fighting to make our world a better place. Gen Z is populated—and defined—by activists. They are bold and original thinkers and not afraid to stand up to authority and conventional wisdom. From the March for Our Lives to the fight for human rights and climate change awareness, this … Continue reading GENERATION BRAVE, THE GEN Z KIDS WHO ARE CHANGING THE WORLD, by Kate Alexander, Illustrated by Jade Orlando, Andrews McMeel Publishing

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

ASTRO GIRL, by Ken Wilson-Max, Candlewick Press

The stars are the limit for a little girl who acts out her wish to be an astronaut -- inspired by a very special person. Astrid has loved the stars and space for as long as she can remember. "I want to be an astronaut!" she says to everyone who will listen. While her mama … Continue reading ASTRO GIRL, by Ken Wilson-Max, Candlewick Press

AROUND THE TABLE THAT GRANDAD BUILT, by Melanie Heuiser Hill, Illustrated by Jaime Kim, Candlewick Press

A beautifully illustrated celebration of bounty and gratitude, family and friendship, perfect for the holidays and every day. This is the table that Grandad built. These are the sunflowers picked by my cousins, set on the table that Grandad built. In a unique take on the cumulative classic "This Is the House That Jack Built," … Continue reading AROUND THE TABLE THAT GRANDAD BUILT, by Melanie Heuiser Hill, Illustrated by Jaime Kim, Candlewick Press

WHAT MAKES US, by Rafi Mittlefehldt, Candlewick Press

A viral video reveals a teen’s dark family history, leaving him to reckon with his heritage, legacy, and identity in this fiery, conversation-starting novel. Eran Sharon knows nothing of his father except that he left when Eran was a baby. Now a senior in high school and living with his protective but tight-lipped mother, Eran … Continue reading WHAT MAKES US, by Rafi Mittlefehldt, Candlewick Press

FIFTH WAR: GOOD COMPANY, by Dale Lucas, Orbit Books, Hachette Book Group

Humans, orcs, mages, elves, and dwarves all jostle for success and survival in the cramped quarters of Yenara, while understaffed Watch Wardens struggle to keep its citizens in line. Now, Rem and Torval must escort a notorious thief through a dangerous forest to the nearby city from where the thief escaped. But the thief's companions … Continue reading FIFTH WAR: GOOD COMPANY, by Dale Lucas, Orbit Books, Hachette Book Group

BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR, by A.M. Strickland, Imprint

Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn't listen ... Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people's souls while they sleep. But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every … Continue reading BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR, by A.M. Strickland, Imprint

EPIC ORIGINALS, DIARY OF A 5TH GRADE OUTLAW, by Gina Loveless, Andrea Bell, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Robin Loxley, the 5th grade outlaw of Nottingham Elementary, tells all! From Epic! Originals comes a comic-inspired illustrated novel series that treats growing up as an adventure. Fifth grade has just started, and the school bully, Nadia, already rules recess with an unfair Playground Tax. Robin refuses to be pushed around, but all she can … Continue reading EPIC ORIGINALS, DIARY OF A 5TH GRADE OUTLAW, by Gina Loveless, Andrea Bell, Andrews McMeel Publishing