The one and only Ruby
by Katherine Applegate
In this much anticipated novel-in-verse that picks up a few months after the events of The One and Only Bob, Ruby recounts her life before the circus when her caretaker from the elephant orphanage in Africa comes for a visit.
The Demon Sword Asperides by Sarah Jean HorwitzAfter Nack and Asperides meet unexpectedly, their journey intertwines with many dangerous people and one powerful prophecy.
Clouds Over California by Karyn ParsonsIt's the 1970s in Santa Monica, California. Eleven-year-old Stevie's best friend is ditching her, her parents are fighting about her mom going to college, her teen cousin is full of revolutionary ideas, and Stevie just wants to figure out how to keep everyone together.
Haru, Zombie Dog Hero by Ellen OhHaru the dog and his boy Luke are best friends. But they're separated after Haru is unjustly accused of violence and sent away to a creepy research lab where he sniffs out big-time danger. Can he escape to warn Luke?
Snowpea the puppy queen
by Hannah Renâe Shaw
When two fun, yet slobbery and messy, puppies arrive in Fosterland, Snowpea, who loves keeping her kingdom just how likes she it, must teach these newcomers the ropes before they ruin everything.
The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass The little free library appears overnight, guarded by a fluffy orange cat. Curious, almost-sixth-grader Evan borrows two books and discovers intriguing clues about the fire that destroyed his town's library years ago -- and about his own family history.
Consider the Octopus by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Gae PolisnerWelcome aboard... the Oceania II, a research ship testing a tool for cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. J.B. is there as the son of a scientist, and Sidney is there through mistaken identity, but these newfound friends are going to make the most of their summer at sea.
Read it for: offbeat adventure paired with real-life environmental science. (Ages 9-13.)
The Sea in Winter by Christine DayStarring: Middle schooler Maisie, who's traded ballet for physical therapy ever since a knee injury put her dance dreams on hold.
What happens: On a trip with her blended family, Maisie is surprised to find strength in the family's recent history, and in her Makah ancestors.
Who it's for: anyone who's had to wade through a painful experience, and anyone who wonders what that's like. (Ages 8-13.)
Unseen Magic by Emily Lloyd-JonesWhat it's about: Eleven-year-old Fin loves her enchanted adopted hometown of Aldermere, California. She especially loves the magical tea that relieves her anxiety. But when she tries to brew the tea herself, she accidentally creates a monstrous evil twin. Now, Fin must face her worst fears to save Aldermere...from herself.
Series alert: If you're fascinated by the magical world-building and complex characters in this fantasy series opener, be sure to check out book 2, Unspoken Magic. (Ages 8-13.)
A Soft Place to Land by Janae MarksWhat it's about: With her family short on money and her parents fighting, piano-player Joy is stressed about moving from a house to a tiny apartment. Still, she makes friends with new neighbor Nora, and discovers the Hideout, a secret space in the building where kids can just be themselves. But which kid is leaving those anonymous messages?
For fans of: realistic mysteries or the Zoe Washington series, also by author Janae Marks. (Ages 8-12.)
Weird Kid by Greg Van EekhoutMeet: Jake, a blob of alien goo just barely managing to hold the shape of a 12-year-old human guy.
What happens: Jake starts middle school hoping to seem like a boring human. Yet he can't ignore the bizarre sinkholes, the uncontrollable shapeshifting, or the strange humming sounds that surround him. With help from new friend Agnes, Jake begins an action-packed investigation that leads to a new understanding of "weird." (Ages 7-12.)
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