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

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

A DESPERATE HOPE, by Elizabeth Camden, Bethany House, Baker Publishing Group, Nuts About Books, Graf-Martin Communications

Eloise Drake's prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she's finally put behind her—or so she thinks. A mathematical genius, she's now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak. Alex … Continue reading A DESPERATE HOPE, by Elizabeth Camden, Bethany House, Baker Publishing Group, Nuts About Books, Graf-Martin Communications

THE STONE COLLECTION: THE DEBWE SERIES, by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Highwater Press

In the Anishnaabe language and worldview, stones are alive, infused with life force or spirit. Although many of the stories are about loss, under that surface they are alive, celebrating the beauty and preciousness of life. —Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm In these 14 unique stories, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm takes on complex and dangerous emotions, exploring the gamut of … Continue reading THE STONE COLLECTION: THE DEBWE SERIES, by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Highwater Press

THE GIFT IS IN THE MAKING: ANISHINAABEG STORIES: THE DEBWE SERIES, Retold by Leanne Simpson, Highwater Press

The Gift Is in the Making retells previously published Anishinaabeg stories, bringing to life Anishinaabeg values and teachings to a new generation. Readers are immersed in a world where all genders are respected, the tiniest being has influence in the world, and unconditional love binds families and communities to each other and to their homeland. … Continue reading THE GIFT IS IN THE MAKING: ANISHINAABEG STORIES: THE DEBWE SERIES, Retold by Leanne Simpson, Highwater Press

THE CHRISTMAS EVE TREE, by Delia Huddy, Illustrated by Emily Sutton, Candlewick Press

When the ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him; they prefer the big tall trees. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take the tree, and down by the river in a cardboard box, decorated with a few candles, the tree finds itself at the center of a magical Christmas Eve it will never forget. A Christmas tale with a classic feel but a modern theme at its heart.

THE MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL, by Stacy McAnulty/ Random House

Middle school is the one problem Lucy Callahan can't solve in this middle-grade novel perfect for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish, Rain Reign, and Counting by 7s. Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has … Continue reading THE MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL, by Stacy McAnulty/ Random House