Kids Next List: Spring

Features the top 10 children's titles for the spring publishing season and an additional 42 titles organized by age group. All Indie Next List picks are based on recommendations at independent bookstores across the country.

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The List of Things That Will Not Change Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101938096
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 7th, 2020

EIGHT STARRED REVIEWS! The reassuring book kids and families need right now.

"An absolute original . . . a story that kids will love." --R. J. Palacio, bestselling author of Wonder


Chirp Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547602810
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - February 4th, 2020

"[A] deftly layered mystery about family, friendship, and the struggle to speak up." - Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak and Shout

From acclaimed author Kate Messner comes the powerful story of a young girl with the courage to make her voice heard, set against the backdrop of a summertime mystery.


Tigers, Not Daughters Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616208967
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 24th, 2020

“Move over, Louisa May Alcott!


Yes No Maybe So Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062937049
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

A book about the power of love and resistance from New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed.

YES


Coo Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062955975
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 3rd, 2020

In this exceptional debut, one young girl’s determination to save the flock she calls family creates a lasting impact on her community and in her heart. Gorgeous and literary, this is an unforgettable animal story about friendship, family, home, and belonging. For readers who love books by Kate DiCamillo and Katherine Applegate.


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Havenfall Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547603794
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - March 3rd, 2020

"Vibrant." – Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints

"An enchanting and thrilling contemporary fantasy." – Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely


They Went Left Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316490573
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

The New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed, tour de force historical mystery from Monica Hesse, the award-winning author of Girl in the Blue Coat.


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Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

From award-winning and bestselling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition.


The Gravity of Us Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547600144
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - February 4th, 2020

"I'm so starry-eyed for this wise, romantic gem of a book." - Becky Albertalli, bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

In this smart, heart-warming YA debut perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, two teens find love when their lives are uprooted for their parents' involvement in a NASA mission to Mars.


Stand Up, Yumi Chung! Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525554974
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Published: Kokila - March 17th, 2020

One lie snowballs into a full-blown double life in this irresistible story about an aspiring stand-up comedian.


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The Bear Must Go On Cover Image
By Dev Petty, Brandon Todd (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984837479
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Published: Philomel Books - February 11th, 2020

In this hilarious story of theatrical hijinks, plans go awry when four woodland friends stage a show--unless Bear can step up and save the day!


A Book for Escargot Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374312862
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 7th, 2020

In A Book for Escargot, the standalone sequel to Escargot--written by award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author Dashka Slater and illustrated by Sydney Hanson--we follow a funny and charming French snail through a library to find the book of his dreams.

Bonjour!
It is moi, Escargot, your favorite French snail.


The Box Turtle Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735230507
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Published: Dial Books - February 11th, 2020

An irresistibly cute story about finding the confidence to be yourself, starring a turtle in search of the perfect shell.


Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family Cover Image
By Nelly Buchet, Andrea Zuill (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984848994
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - April 28th, 2020

Here is the oh-so-hilarious and adorable story of a blended family-- using just a few words in various configurations-- from the pets' point-of-view!


Child of the Universe Cover Image
By Ray Jayawardhana, Raul Colón (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524717544
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Published: Make Me a World - March 17th, 2020

Perfect for fans of The Wonderful Things You Will Be and That's Me Loving You, this picture book by a renowned astrophysicist is a lyrical meditation on the preciousness of one child and the vastness of the universe.

Just like the sun gives shine to the moon,
you light up the world beyond this room . . .


How to Be a Pirate Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681197784
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - March 3rd, 2020

A National Bestseller!

"A beautiful, generous, fun collaboration of story and illustration and pirate tattoos. Seriously wise pirate advice for everyone." - Jon Scieszka, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature


I Found A Kitty! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984831866
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

It doesn't get any cuter! This sequel to the New York Times bestseller Can I Be Your Dog? (which appeared on the TODAY show) has Arfy the dog trying to find a forever home for an abandoned kitten!


Little Monster Trucks GO! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936669837
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Published: blue manatee press - April 21st, 2020

Little monster trucks are met with challenge after challenge and must find a way to stay on the road and finish the race! Will they all make it, and who will win?


Nesting Cover Image
By Henry Cole, Henry Cole (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062885920
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 3rd, 2020

Award-winning author-illustrator Henry Cole soars to new heights in this stunning picture book about robins: their homes, their lives, and their families.


A New Kind of Wild Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525553892
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Published: Dial Books - April 21st, 2020

This sweet author-illustrator debut celebrates imagination, the magic of friendship, and all the different ways we make a new place feel like home.

For Ren, home is his grandmother's little house, and the lush forest that surrounds it. Home is a place of magic and wonder, filled with all the fantastical friends that Ren dreams up. Home is where his imagination can run wild.


No More Naps!: A Story for When You're Wide-Awake and Definitely NOT Tired Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524771287
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 4th, 2020

Imagine if you could steal your toddler's nap? This picture book debut from a #1 New York Times bestselling author turns the universal dilemma of getting kids to sleep upside down!


The Paper Kingdom Cover Image
By Helena Ku Rhee, Pascal Campion (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525644613
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 18th, 2020

An office at night is reimagined as a fantastical kingdom of paper complete with friendly dragons in this own voices picture book.


Snail Crossing Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062878007
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

In a book that is as cheerful and charming as Snail himself, Corey Tabor tells a winning tale of slow but steady Snail, whose determination and kindness bring him the best reward of all: friendship.

When Snail spies a plump, crisp cabbage across the road, nothing will stop him—not a speeding car or even a hungry crow.


This Way, Charlie Cover Image
By Caron Levis, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419742064
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 21st, 2020

Vote for Our Future! Cover Image
By Margaret McNamara, Micah Player (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984892805
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - February 18th, 2020

In this charming and powerful picture book about voting and elections, the students of Stanton Elementary School learn how we can find--and use--our voices for change.


Aster and the Accidental Magic Cover Image
By Thom Pico, Karensac (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593118849
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Published: Random House Graphic - March 3rd, 2020

A fun, action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl, her dog, and magic gone wrong!

Quiet . . . birds . . . nature. . . .

That's what Aster expects when her parents move their whole family to the middle of nowhere. It's just her (status: super-bored), her mom and dad (status: busy with science), her brother (status: has other plans), and . . .

. . . magic?


Aster and the Accidental Magic Cover Image
By Thom Pico, Karensac (Illustrator)
$20.99
ISBN: 9780593124178
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Published: Random House Graphic - March 3rd, 2020

A fun, action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl, her dog, and magic gone wrong!

Quiet . . . birds . . . nature. . . .

That's what Aster expects when her parents move their whole family to the middle of nowhere. It's just her (status: super-bored), her mom and dad (status: busy with science), her brother (status: has other plans), and . . .

. . . magic?


Bloom (The Overthrow #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524773007
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

"The perfect book right now for young readers searching for hope, strength, inspiration — and just a little horticultural havoc."—New York Times
 
The first book in a can't-put-it-down, can't-read-it-fast-enough action-thriller trilogy that's part Hatchet, part Alien!


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Bug Boys Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781984896766
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Published: Random House Graphic - February 11th, 2020

Join two bug friends as they learn about the science of the world around them and the meaning of friendship in this early graphic novel series perfect for fans of Narwhal and Jelly!


Efrén Divided Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062881687
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 31st, 2020

“We need books to break open our hearts, so that we might feel more deeply, so that we might be more human in these unkind times. This is a book doing work of the spirit in a time of darkness.” —Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street 


Here in the Real World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062698957
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

From the author of the highly acclaimed, New York Times bestselling novel Pax comes a gorgeous and moving middle grade novel that is an ode to introverts, dreamers, and misfits everywhere.


A Home for Goddesses and Dogs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062796783
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 25th, 2020

A unique masterpiece about loss, love, and the world’s best bad dog, from award winner Leslie Connor, author of the National Book Award finalist The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle.


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The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553511031
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 4th, 2020

Best-selling author/illustrator of The Wonderful Things You Will Be, Emily Winfield Martin, shares her "Imaginaries": paintings from over the last ten years, captioned with one enigmatic sentence, designed to inspire.


Into the Tall, Tall Grass Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534449671
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 7th, 2020

A girl journeys across her family’s land to save her grandmother’s life in this captivating and magical debut that’s perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish.

Yolanda Rodríguez-O’Connell has a secret. All the members of her family have a magical gift—all, that is, except for Yolanda.


The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984893833
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

This sparkling middle-grade debut is a classic-in-the-making!

Maybelle Lane is looking for her father, but on the road to Nashville she finds so much more: courage, brains, heart--and true friends.


Mañanaland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338157864
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

Newbery Honoree Pam Muñoz Ryan weaves an entrancing tale of courage and self-discovery.

"Uniquely magical...Timely and timeless." -- New York Times

* "This tightly packed, powerful fantasy contains resonant truths." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Another unforgettable work from a master storyteller." -- Booklist, starred review


Rick Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338048100
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 21st, 2020

From the award-winning author of George, the story of a boy named Rick who needs to explore his own identity apart from his jerk of a best friend.


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ISBN: 9781250171115
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Published: First Second - February 4th, 2020

Kat Leyh's Snapdragon is a magical realist graphic novel about a young girl who befriends her town’s witch and discovers the strange magic within herself.

Snap's town had a witch.


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Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom Cover Image
By Louis Sachar, Tim Heitz (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062965387
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Published: HarperCollins - March 3rd, 2020

For the first time in twenty-five years, Wayside School is back in session in this brand-new, fourth installment in the perennially beloved and bestselling series by Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar.  This early middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 3 t


When Stars Are Scattered Cover Image
By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525553908
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Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2020

Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.


A Wish in the Dark Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781536204940
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Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice.


Be Not Far from Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062561626
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 3rd, 2020

Hatchet meets Wild in this harrowing YA survival story about a teenage girl’s attempt to endure the impossible, from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Female of the Species, Mindy McGinnis.


Dancing at the Pity Party Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525553021
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Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2020

Part poignant cancer memoir and part humorous reflection on a motherless life, this debut graphic novel is extraordinarily comforting and engaging.


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Dragon Hoops Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626720794
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Published: First Second - March 17th, 2020

In his latest graphic novel, Dragon Hoops, New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches.

Gene understands stories—comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins.


Foul is Fair: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250239549
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Published: Wednesday Books - February 18th, 2020

Hannah Capin's Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Perfect for fans of Karen M. McManus and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.


A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984896360
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Published: Delacorte Press - February 4th, 2020

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! 

For readers of Kara Thomas and Karen McManus, an addictive, twisty crime thriller with shades of Serial and Making a Murderer about a closed local murder case that doesn't add up, and a girl who's determined to find the real killer--but not everyone wants her meddling in the past.


Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616959890
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Published: Soho Teen - April 7th, 2020

Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men.


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Only Mostly Devastated: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250315892
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Published: Wednesday Books - March 3rd, 2020

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


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Raybearer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419739828
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Published: Amulet Books - August 18th, 2020

The epic debut YA fantasy from an incredible new talent—perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir
 
Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
 
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family.


Ruthless Gods: A Novel (Something Dark and Holy #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250195692
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Published: Wednesday Books - April 7th, 2020

The stunning sequel to instant New York Times bestseller, Wicked Saints

"Ruthless Gods opens the door to a world of fallen gods and eldritch horrors... Gruesome, grotesque, and so, so glorious." - Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows


The Silence of Bones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250229557
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 21st, 2020

June Hur's elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody YA historical mystery tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.

I have a mouth, but I mustn't speak;
Ears, but I mustn't hear;
Eyes, but I mustn't see.


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!

A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America


This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.


Witchlight Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593119990
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Published: Random House Graphic - April 14th, 2020

Love -- loss -- witches -- this YA fantasy graphic novel has it all! This thoughtful, emotional story will entrance you with its moving story and organic artwork.

Lelek is a witch.