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

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

WHERE THE HEART IS, by Jo Knowles, Candlewick Press

If home is where the heart is, what would happen if you lost it? Compassion and humor infuse the story of a family caught in financial crisis and a girl struggling to form her own identity. It’s the first day of summer and Rachel’s thirteenth birthday. She can’t wait to head to the lake with … Continue reading WHERE THE HEART IS, by Jo Knowles, Candlewick Press

WHEN YOUR KID IS HURTING: HELPING YOUR CHILD THROUGH THE TOUGH DAYS, by Dr. Kevin Leman, Revell/Baker Publishing Group

Out September, 2018 Children today live in an unpredictable, disruptive, and often violent world. Many of them live in two different homes with different sets of expectations. They face bullying at school and online. They hear news of school shootings, and racially or religiously motivated violence. They may have lost a friend or a loved … Continue reading WHEN YOUR KID IS HURTING: HELPING YOUR CHILD THROUGH THE TOUGH DAYS, by Dr. Kevin Leman, Revell/Baker Publishing Group

EASY PREY, by Catherine Lo, Amulet Books, Abrams

Only three students had access to a teacher’s racy photos before they went viral. There’s Mouse, a brainy overachiever so desperate to escape his father and go to MIT that he would do almost anything, legal or not. Then there’s Drew, the star athlete who can get any girl’s number—and private photos—with his charm but … Continue reading EASY PREY, by Catherine Lo, Amulet Books, Abrams

OPHELIA, by Charlotte Gingras, Illustrations by Daniel Sylvestre, Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press

The kids at school call her rag girl because she hides under layers of oversized clothing, but she calls herself Ophelia. She hardly speaks to anyone — until one day a visiting author comes to give a talk in the school library. The writer speaks about what it means to create art, and at the … Continue reading OPHELIA, by Charlotte Gingras, Illustrations by Daniel Sylvestre, Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press

EVERY SHINY THING, by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison, Amulet Books/Abrams Book/Abramskids

In this beautifully constructed middle-grade novel, told half in prose and half in verse, Lauren prides herself on being a good sister, and Sierra is used to taking care of her mom. When Lauren’s parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school for teens on the autism spectrum and Sierra moves to a foster … Continue reading EVERY SHINY THING, by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison, Amulet Books/Abrams Book/Abramskids