CREATURE CAMPERS, EPIC! ORIGINALS, THE WALL OF DOOM, by Joe McGee, Bea Tormo, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Big or small, facing challenges are easier with friends.

SONG OF THE COURT, by Katy Farina, Colors by Ashanti Fortson, Sterling Children’s Books

Inspiring! A charming fairy tale—told in graphic novel style—about two unlikely friends who encourage each other to pursue their dreams. “Katy’s work is so expressive and fun! The way she seamlessly blends high drama, big laughs, and tender family moments blows me away . . .” Gale Galligan, New York Times bestselling author of The Baby-Sitters Club graphic … Continue reading SONG OF THE COURT, by Katy Farina, Colors by Ashanti Fortson, Sterling Children’s Books

ON SNOWDEN MOUNTAIN, by Jeri Watts, Candlewick Press

Twelve-year-old Ellen learns the quiet strength of family when her mother's deep depression prompts her to ask an estranged aunt for help. Ellen's mother has struggled with depression before, but not like this. With her father away fighting in World War II and her mother unable to care for them, Ellen's only option is to … Continue reading ON SNOWDEN MOUNTAIN, by Jeri Watts, Candlewick Press

A LITTLE CHICKEN, by Tammi Sauer, Illustrated by Dan Taylor, Sterling Children’s Books

Dot is a little chicken, who is, let’s face it, a little chicken. Can she find a way to pluck up her courage? “A gently humorous take on conquering fear that's also a fine read-aloud.” —Kirkus Dot is scared of lots of things: wolves, bears, the occasional lawn ornament. But when one of her mother’s … Continue reading A LITTLE CHICKEN, by Tammi Sauer, Illustrated by Dan Taylor, Sterling Children’s Books

BENEATH THE CITADEL, by Destiny Soria, Amulet Books/Abrams – REREAD!!!

In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade. In the … Continue reading BENEATH THE CITADEL, by Destiny Soria, Amulet Books/Abrams – REREAD!!!

AFTER ZERO, by Christina Collins, Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks jabberwocky

Elise carries a notebook full of tallies, each page marking a day spent at her new public school, each stroke of her pencil marking a word spoken. A word that can't be taken back. Five tally marks isn't so bad. Two is pretty good. But zero? Zero is perfect. Zero means no wrong answers called … Continue reading AFTER ZERO, by Christina Collins, Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks jabberwocky

BORN SCARED, by Kevin Brooks, Candlewick Press

Elliot has lived his first thirteen years confined to his home, incapacitated by fear. Now he's out of pills, snow is falling, and his only safe person is missing. A terrifying thriller from Carnegie Medalist Kevin Brooks. From the moment of his birth, Elliot's life has been governed by fear of almost everything, even of … Continue reading BORN SCARED, by Kevin Brooks, Candlewick Press

SHADOW WEAVER, by Marcy Kate Connolly, Book One, Duology, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and The Night Gardener will devour Shadow Weaver, the first in a dark middle-grade fantasy duology that's filled with shadows, danger, magic, and has the feel of a new classic. Emmeline's gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the rest of the world, but she's grown to … Continue reading SHADOW WEAVER, by Marcy Kate Connolly, Book One, Duology, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky