A WISH IN THE DARK, by Christina Soontornvat, Candlewick Press

A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. All light in Chattana is created by one man — the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the city. For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the … Continue reading A WISH IN THE DARK, by Christina Soontornvat, Candlewick Press

TWO GIRLS A CLOCK, AND A CROOKED HOUSE, by Michael Poore, Random House

Combine the thought-provoking time travel of When You Reach Me with the humorous storytelling of Lemony Snicket, and you get a wholly original journey through time, space, and the depths of the human heart. This is a story of things that are not possible. It's not possible for Amy to see spirits. (She does.) It's … Continue reading TWO GIRLS A CLOCK, AND A CROOKED HOUSE, by Michael Poore, Random House

COLD DAY IN THE SUN, by Sara Biren, Amulet Books, Abrams, Hachette Book Group

Holland Delviss wants to be known for her talent as a hockey player, not a hockey player who happens to be a girl. But when her school team is selected to be featured and televised as part of HockeyFest, her status as the only girl on the boys’ team makes her the lead story. Not … Continue reading COLD DAY IN THE SUN, by Sara Biren, Amulet Books, Abrams, Hachette Book Group

LUCY SPEAK OUT! A PEANUTS COLLECTION, by Schulz, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Move over, Charlie Brown! Lucy takes the spotlight in this latest collection of Peanuts comics for kids. In this delightful collection of classic Peanuts comics for younger readers, Lucy rallies her friends to speak out for equal rights for women. Between social causes and dropping fly balls in the outfield, Lucy decides to write a … Continue reading LUCY SPEAK OUT! A PEANUTS COLLECTION, by Schulz, Andrews McMeel Publishing

COMING HOME, by Michael Morpurgo, Illustrated by Kerry Hyndman, Candlewick Press

  A plucky little robin sets out on an epic journey. Through dark forests, driving rain, clapping thunder and flashing lightning. Across frozen wastes, huge mountains and stormy seas he flies. And all the while he's dreaming of home. Of her. But will he ever get there? Find out in this wonderfully lyrical Christmas story … Continue reading COMING HOME, by Michael Morpurgo, Illustrated by Kerry Hyndman, Candlewick Press

THE DISAPPEARANCE, by Gillian Chan, Annick Press

This novel centers on the unlikely friendship between two boys, Jacob Mueller and Mike McCallum. Jacob seems to be from a different world. After mystifying experts and doctors, who finally decide that he is an elective mute, Jacob ends up in a juvenile group home, isolated and withdrawn, the butt of teasing by the other … Continue reading THE DISAPPEARANCE, by Gillian Chan, Annick Press

NO HUGS FOR PORCUPINE, by Zoe Waring, Running Press/Kids

Embrace what makes you unique and encourage compassionate friendships with Porcupine and Armadillo in this delightful picture book that makes a great gift for Valentine's Day or for any day when a hug (or kiss) is needed. Poor Porcupine just cannot be hugged-his quills are too spikey! Each night, before settling down to sleep, all … Continue reading NO HUGS FOR PORCUPINE, by Zoe Waring, Running Press/Kids

THE QUEEN OF BLOODY EVERYTHING, by Joanna Nadin, Pan Macmillan

Dido Sylvia Jones is six years and twenty-seven days old when she moves from London squat to suburban Essex and promptly falls in love with Tom Trevelyan, the boy next door. It's not just Tom that Dido falls for, though: it's also his precocious sister, Harry, and their fastidious, controlling mother, Angela. Because Angela is … Continue reading THE QUEEN OF BLOODY EVERYTHING, by Joanna Nadin, Pan Macmillan

PHILIPPA FISHER’S FAIRY GODSISTER, by Liz Kessler, Orion, UK

Philippa Fisher tries and fails to summon a fairy, but is taken aback when Daisy, the new girl at school, announces that she is her fairy godmother - or godsister, since they are the same age. Daisy is not best pleased with Philippa, but she has a mission to fulfil and is obliged to stick … Continue reading PHILIPPA FISHER’S FAIRY GODSISTER, by Liz Kessler, Orion, UK

FISH GIRL, by Wiesner & Napoli, Clarion Books

Who is Fish Girl? What is Fish Girl? She lives in a tank in a boardwalk aquarium. She is the main attraction, though visitors never get more than a glimpse of her. She has a tail. She can't walk. She can't speak. But she can make friends with Livia, an ordinary girl, and yearn for … Continue reading FISH GIRL, by Wiesner & Napoli, Clarion Books