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For Grades 1-3
For Grades 4-6
For Grades 7 & Up
Books for Babies & Pre-Readers
By Taye Diggs
Summary: Relates the experiences of a dark-skinned, curly-haired child who wishes he could look more like the lighter-skinned children in his community until his mother helps him realize how wonderful he is inside and out.
All Kinds of Families
By Norma Simon
Summary: In a book far ahead of its time, All Kinds of Families celebrated the broad diversity of American families when it was first published in 1976. Now Norma Simon and Sarah S. Brannen have updated this classic for the modern age. Multicultural and multigenerational people demonstrate what being in a family means and how all families offer each other support and love
The Color of Us
By Karen Katz
Summary: Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends' skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.
Keisha Ann Can
By Daniel Kirk
Summary: Keisha Ann is proud that she can ride the school bus, share with friends, and help the teacher. As she zips through her day, she knows what fun learning and playing can be.
Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus!
Summary: Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. She can't wait to fly across the world and visit her granny in Canada. But can she find enough warm clothes for the cold winter weather? And will her family miss her?
Summary: Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. She lives with her whole family in a wonderful house. There is always somebody to laugh and play with.Anna Hibiscus loves to splash in the sea with her cousins and have parties with her aunties. But more than anything else in the world, Anna Hibiscus would love to see snow.
Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes
By Eric Litwin
Summary: Pete the cat wears his school shoes when visiting the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and more while singing his special song.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
By Eric Litwin
Summary: Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes!
Last Stop on Market Street
By Matt de la Pena
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
By Mo Willems
Summary: When the bus driver decides to take a break from driving, a wild and wacky pigeon pleads and begs to take his place, capturing the antics of a preschooler's temper tantrum.
By Gary Soto
Summary: To get the "ratoncitos," little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more.
By Stephen Savage
Summary: When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?
Billy Bloo is Stick in Goo
By Jennifer Hamburg
Summary: Told in rhyme, a parade of characters tries to help Billy Bloo free himself from the goo, but only manages to get trapped in the goo instead.
By Bell Hooks
Summary: A girl who is Girlpie to her mama and Honey Bun Chocolate Dewdrop to her daddy savors the warmth and love of her family.
By Diana Murray
Summary: A young girl walks through the bustling city, while a pigeon flies above, both spotting hidden shapes at every turn
Thunder Boy Jr.
By Sherman Alexie
Summary: Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name
By Yuyi Morales
Summary: Bilingual text, accompanied by colorful photographs, explores the famous artist's life, and illuminates the laughter, love, and tragedy that influenced her work.
By Derrick Barnes
Summary: Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.
By Kathryn Erskine
Summary: A harrowing picture biography of civil-rights activist and Grammy Award-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba. National Book Award-winning author, Kathryn Erskine, pairs up with newcomer Charly Palmer to convey Makeba's contributions to the anti-Apartheid movement, including her work with Nelson Mandela.
Black on White
By Tana Hoban
Summary: Black illustrations against a white background depict such objects as an elephant, butterfly, and leaf.
By Joyce Wan
Summary: Zoo animals hide from young readers and provide rhyming clues to their identities.
Up! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones
By Susan Hughes
Summary: Around the world, little ones are carried in many different ways: in slings, on shoulders, in backpacks, on hips, in baskets, and in loving arms. Up! depicts ten places around the world, from Afghanistan to northern Canada, Peru to West Africa. In each place, a mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling lovingly carries a baby. With various family configurations and settings ranging from a busy outdoor market to a high-rise apartment kitchen, the book wholeheartedly celebrates diversity. Gorgeous cut-paper collage art adds warmth and brightness, and brings the lyrical text to life. Repetition of the phrase "Upsy-daisy" on each spread lends familiarity, and reminds readers that love for a little one is a universal feeling.
Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions
By Abrams Appleseed
Summary:After images of baby faces introduce six facial expressions: happy, angry, surprised, silly, and sleepy, the reader is asked to make the same face and then find that baby among several other faces. Includes a mirror for babies to watch themselves make faces
Books for Grades 1-3
Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret
By Bob Shea
Summary: While Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play, they each share an important secret.
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
By Bill Martin and Eric Carle
Summary: Illustrations and rhyming text portray a young bear searching for its mother and meeting many North American animals along the way.
Pete Won't Eat
By Emily Arnold McCully
Summary:Pete the pig does not want to eat his slop, but cannot go out to play with his brother and sisters until he does.
Charlie & Mouse
By Laurel Snyder
Summary: Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks.
By Gwendolyn Hooks
By Patricia MacLachlan
Barkus is a large and very smart dog who comes to live with seven-year-old Nicky when Nicky's Uncle Everton goes traveling--and soon he is a family and school favorite.
Get a hit, Mo!
By David Adler
Summary: "Mo Jackson is excited for his baseball game, but Coach Marie tells him he is batting last and playing right field, again. Will Mo ever get a hit?"-- Provided by publisher.
Pete the Cat
By Eric Litwin
Summary: Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.
A big guy took my ball!.
By Mo Willems
Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.
It's shoe time!
B Bryan Collier & Mo Willems
Summary: If you choose to wear unmatched shoes, can they still be a pair?
King Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth
By Butler, Dori Hillestad
Kayla places her tooth in a Tooth Fairy pillow, but it disappears before the Tooth Fairy has a chance to visit--can her dog King help Kayla find the missing tooth?
Fly Guy and the Frakenfly
By Tedd Arnold
Buzz has a nightmare that his best friend Fly Guy has created a gigantic Frankenfly monster.
The Infaous Rastos
By Kara LaReau
Summary: Louie and Ralphie Ratso’s dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough, tough, tough, just like Big Lou, and they’re going to prove it. But every time they try to show just how tough they are, the Ratso brothers end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. What’ll Big Lou do when he finds out they’ve been acting like softies all over the Big City? Perfect for emerging and reluctant readers, this clever and surprisingly warmhearted chapter book shows that being tough all the time can be really tough.
By Troy Andrews
A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.
By Dv Pilkey
George and Harold create a new comic book hero in Dog Man, a crimefighter with the head of a police dog and the body of a policeman, who faces off against his archnemesis Petey the cat.
By Gaia Cornwall
"Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board.
The Bad Guys
By Aaron Blabey
The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound--but their plan soon goes awry.
Ada Twist, scientist
Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.
By Bruel Nick
Bad behavior reigns when Kitty's owners leave Kitty and Puppy at home for a week with Uncle Murray as their pet sitter.
Blue Sky White Stars
By Naberheus Sarvinder
"A stirring poetic tribute to the beauty and wonder of America's symbols, history, landscape"-- Provided by publisher.
By Kelly Lynos
Fourth-grader Jada's best friend moved away but a class project on rocks and minerals, her favorite topic, could mean new friends, if only one of her teammates would stop being mean.
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville
By Pat Xietlow Miller
By Phil Bildner
A man known as the "Trashcan Wizard" sings and dances his way through the French Quarter in New Orleans, keeping his beloved city clean, until Hurricane Katrina's devastation nearly causes him to lose his spirit.
By O'Neal, Shaquille
"Little Shaq doesn't love trying new things, especially if he might not be very good at them. So when his class is assigned projects for the school's upcoming art show, he's not sure that his skills will transfer from the basketball court to the art studio. Can Little Shaq find the confidence to embrace his own style and create a piece for the show?"-- Provided by publisher.
The Water Princess
By Susan Verde
"The story of one young girl's quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village"--
Books for Grades 4-6
By Amar'e Stoudemire
Between sports, school, and working for his father, eleven-year-old Amar'e's life is full and he is not yet ready to concentrate on basketball--but when a group of older boys start hogging the local basketball court he knows that he has to do something to help his friends.
Nikki & Deja
By Karen English
When an arrogant new girl comes to school, third-graders and best friends Nikki and Deja decide to form a club that would exclude her but find the results not what they expected.
The Carver Chronicles: The New Kid
By Karen English
Summary: Third-grader Gavin and his friends aren't sure what to make of the new boy in their class, Khufu. He doesn't look or act like other kids. When Gavin's bike goes missing, they think Khufu stole it, but did he?
Sofia Martinez: My Fantastica Family
By Jacqueline Jules
Sofia Martinez and her family head for the beach, but she has packed too many games; she makes a family time capsule to which Abuela contributes; and the family is shopping for back-to-school supplies when four-year-old Manuel disappears.
By Jacqueline Woodson
In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.
Out of Wonder
By Kwame Alexander
Presents a collection of twenty poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world.
The First Rule of Punk
By Celia Pérez
Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.
The Losers Club
By Andrew Clements
Alec, a sixth-grade bookworm always in trouble for reading instead of listening and participating in class, starts a book club, solely to have a place to read, and discovers that real life, although messy, can be as exciting as the stories in his favorite books.
By Sheela Chari
"Along the train lines north of New York City, twelve-year-old neighbors Myla and Peter search for the link between Myla's necklace and the disappearance of Peter's brother, Randall. Thrown into a world of parkour, graffiti, and diamond-smuggling, Myla and Peter encounter a band of thugs who are after the same thing as Randall. Can Myla and Peter find Randall before it's too late, and their shared family secrets threaten to destroy them all?"
50 Wacky Things Animals Do
By: Wagner, Tricia Martineau
Summary: Describes fifty strange animal behaviors, including how cuckoo birds lay their eggs in other birds' nests, how male penguins offer stones to female penguins, and how electric eels defend themselves with electric shock waves.
By: Kelkar, Supriya
Summary: Gandhi asks for one member of each family to join the fight for independence from the British, and when ten-year-old Anjali's mother is jailed for doing so, Anjali must step out of her comfort zone to take over her mother's work.
Dara Palmer's Major Drama
By: Shevah, Emma
Summary: Dara Palmer dreams of being an actress, but when she does not get a part in the school play she wonders if it is because of her different looks as an adopted girl from Cambodia, so Dara becomes determined not to let prejudice stop her from being in the spotlight.
A Dash of Trouble
By: Meriano, Anna
Summary: Wanting to be a part of her family's Dia de los Muertos preparations, Leonora sneaks out of school to discover her mother, aunt, and older sisters have been keeping a secret.
Full Cicada Moon by Hilton
By: Hilton, Marilyn
Summary: In 1969 twelve-year-old Mimi and her family move to an all-white town in Vermont, where Mimi's mixed-race background and interest in "boyish" topics like astronomy make her feel like an outsider.
Gone to Drift
By: McCaulay, Diana
Summary: Gone to Drift tells the story of a 12-year-old Jamaican boy, Lloyd, and his search for his beloved grandfather, Maas Conrad, a fisherman who is lost at sea
Inside Out & Back Again
By: Lai, Thanhha
Summary: Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
By: Warner, Sally
Summary: Eight-year-old EllRay Jakes of Oak Glen Primary School is looking for a new best friend, and he decides that the best way to find one is to come up with a bunch of amazing things to do at recess--and see who shares in the fun.
The last kids on Earth
By: Brallier, Max
Summary: "Jack teams up with the evil King Wretch in order to convince his friends to stay with him instead of going in search of others who may have survived the monster apocalypse"-- Provided by publisher.
The Night Diary
By: Hiranandani, Veera
Summary: Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.
By: Kurtz, Jane
Summary: Jupiter and her family have spent their lives on the road, moving from town to town in a trusty old van and earning their living by playing music for tourists.
Ruby Lee & Me
By: Hitchcock, Shannon
Summary: When a formerly segregated North Carolina town hires its first African-American teacher in 1969, two girls--one black, one white--confront the prejudice that challenges their friendship.
By: Lawrence, Mike
Summary: Accidentally abducted by an alien named Mabel, Avani joins Mabel at Camp Andromeda, a camp for Star Scouts where she has the adventure of a lifetime.
Stella Diaz has Something to Say
By: Dominguez, Angels
Summary: When her class is assigned a project where each student must speak on their favorite subject, Stella Diaz, who sometimes lapses into Spanish and pronounces words wrong, must overcome her fear of public speaking.
Rip And Red
By: Bildner, Phil
Summary: "Rip and Red find that fifth grade continues to challenge them in brand-new ways and discover that sometimes radical change is nothing to be afraid of"-- Provided by publisher.
The Sweetest Sound
By: Winston, Sherri
Summary: "Shy ten-year-old Cadence grapples with an overprotective father, a mother who's skipped town to pursue stardom, and what to do when a recording of her amazing voice leaks before she's ready to share it with the world".
By: Mowry, Tia
Summary: "Cassie and Caitlyn Waters may be identical twins, but everything else about them is completely different. The only thing they can agree on is that neither of them is happy that have to move to middle-of nowhere Aura, Texas.
By: Palacio, R. J
Summary: Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Gabby Garcia's series
By: Palmer, Iva-Marie
Summary: Summer is here, and pitching phenom Gabby Garcia has another hot streak all planned out! After she's invited to join an elite baseball league and asked out by her crush, it seems like Gabby is bound to achieve her MVP dreams. But life loves throwing Gabby curveballs.
By: Applegate, Katherine
Summary: A red oak tree and a crow help their human neighbors work out their differences.
Life of a cactus
By: Bowling, Dusti
Summary: New friends and a mystery help Aden, thirteen, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges.
Books for Grades 7 & Up
The Hate U Give
By: Thomas, Angie
Summary: After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
By: Woodson, Jacqueline
Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.
The 57 Bus
By: Slater, Dashka
Summary: "One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met.
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By: Linda Williams Jackson
Summary: In Stillwater, Missippi, in 1955, thirteen-year-old African American Rose Lee Carter looks to her family and friends to understand her place in the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement.
After the Shot Drops
By: Randy Ribay
Summary: Told from alternating perspectives, Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help his family, leaving behind Nasir, his best friend, in their tough Philadelphia neighborhood.
By: Chmakova, Svetlana
Summary: On her first day in a new school, Peppi Torres trips into a shy boy in the hall. Peppi is mortified when the other kids laugh at them and nickname Peppi "Nerder Girlfriend." To prove she isn't the boy's girlfriend, Peppi shoves him and runs away.
Ban This Book
By: Gratz, Alan
Summary: "In Ban This Book by Alan Gratz, a fourth grader fights back when From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don't mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world.
By: Lu, Marie
Summary: "The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.... Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer"
Between the Lines
By: Grimes, Nikki
Summary: A group of high school students grow in understanding of each other's challenges and forge unexpected connections as they prepare for a boys vs. girls poetry slam. Includes author's note about foster home care.
By: Clayton, Dhonielle
Summary: Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control beauty, and beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
Black Panther: the young prince
By: Smith, Ronald L.
Summary: T’Challa of Wakanda is a king and the wearer of the title Black Panther. The Black Panther is the protector of Wakanda, and T’Challa is the most revered and respected of those who have held the throne. That is, of course, he will be, when he grows up and the title is passed down to him.
By: Chmakova, Svetlana
Summary: In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different--math is hard, getting along with friends is hard...
Calling My Name
By: Tamani, Liara
Summary: "Taja Brown, growing up in a conservative and tightly knit African American family, battles family expectations to discover a sense of self and find her unique voice and purpose"
Children of Blood and Bone
By: Adeyemi, Tomi
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
By: Stone, Nic
Summary: Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.
By: Ireland, Justina
Summary: When families go missing in Baltimore County, Jane McKeene, who is studying to become an Attendant, finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy that has her fighting for her life against powerful enemies.
By: Reynolds, Jason
"Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds. Ghost. Lu. Patina.
By: Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Summary: "After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till".
For Every One
By: Reynolds, Jason
Summary: "Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds's rallying cry to the dreamers of the world..."
Long Way Down
By: Reynolds, Jason
Summary: As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
Love, Hate & Other Filters
By: Ahmed, Samira
Summary: Maya Aziz, seventeen, is caught between her India-born parents world of college and marrying a suitable Muslim boy and her dream world of film school and dating her classmate, Phil, when a terrorist attack changes her life forever.
March. Book one
By: Lewis, John
Summary: The book is presented in the form of a graphic memoir of John Lewis's life. The traditional graphic book frames depict the various aspects of Lewis's early life and his early role in the Civil Rights Movement, set against his role in 2009 as a Congressman when Barack Obama was about to be sworn in as the United States President.
March. Book Two
By: Lewis, John
Summary: Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle. Now, March brings the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence - but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the movement's young activists place their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart. But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy... and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the "Big Six" leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
March. Book Three
By: Lewis, John
Summary: Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning andbest-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one ofthe key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin andartist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a newgeneration, urgently relevant for today's world.
By the fall of 1963, theCivil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, andas chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis isguiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continuesto force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every stepforward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legaltricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change isto give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression:"One Man, One Vote."
Midnight without Moon
By: Jackson, Linda Williams
Summary: It's Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter can't wait to move north. But for now, she's living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man's cotton plantation.
Then, one town over, an African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. When Till's murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change . . . and that she should be part of the movement.
Miles Morales Spider-Man
By: Reynolds, Jason
Summary: "As a student at Brooklyn Visions Academy, Miles Morales knows he's lucky. Not all kids get this opportunity, especially not kids from his neighborhood. With his quirky best friend Ganke, this school year is gonna be a blast. Right? Wrong. Miles has a secret. He's actually Spider-Man. Well not THE Spider-Man but A Spider-Man.
By: Bendis, Brian Michael
Summary: Miles Morales, the ultimate Spider-Man, is back in action! It's the anniversary of Peter Parker's death, but as the world mourns the original Spider-Man, a gathering of Spidey's friends and foes reveal some shocking truths about Peter! A villain from Peter's past is alive and well and about to turn New York upside down! Miles must come face to face with the worst nightmare of the Spider-Man legacy: the Green Goblin the man who killed Peter Parker or did he? Plus, Miles has made a huge choice about the woman he loves. Will he live to regret it?
Ms. Marvel. 2, Generation Why?
By: Wilson, G. Willow
Summary: Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! If Kamala can stop fan-girling out about meeting her favorite super hero, that is. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity--by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. Kamala bands together with some unlikely heroes to stop the maniacal villain before he does real damage, but has she taken on more than she can handle? And how much longer can Ms. Marvel's life take over Kamala Khan's? Kamala Khan continues to prove why she's the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is!
Ms. Marvel. 1
By: Wilson, G. Willow
"Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm!
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
By: Shen, Prudence
By: Chanani, Nidhi
Indian-American teen, Priyanka "Pri" Das, attempts to reconnect with her mother's homeland through a magical pashmina shawl.
By: Reynolds, Jason
Summary: A newbie to the track team, Patina "Patty" Jones must learn to rely on her family and teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons.
Planet Middle School
By: Grimes, Nikki
Summary: A series of poems describes all the baffling changes at home and at school in twelve-year-old Joylin's transition from tomboy basketball player to not-quite-girly girl.
In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
By: Moore, David Barclay
Summary: Unable to celebrate the holidays in the wake of his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting, Lolly Rachpaul struggles to avoid being forced into a gang himself while constructing a fantastically creative LEGO city at the Harlem community center.
The Sun Is Also a Star
By: Yoon, Nicola
Summary: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
By: McCormick, Patricia
Summary: Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this is the story of 13 year-old Lakshmi, whose life with her family in Nepal is peaceful until Himalayan monsoons wash away her family's crops and she is sold into prostitution in the city.
Summary: Sunny, the Defenders' best runner, only runs for his father, who blames Sunny for his mother's death, but with his coach's help Sunny finds a way to combine track and field with his true passion, dancing.
The Poet X
By: Acevedo, Elizabeth
Summary: Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
Turtles All the Way Down
By: Green, John
Summary: It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
By: Booth, Coe
Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.
Tyler Johnson Was Here
By: Coles, Jay
Summary: When Marvin Johnson's twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom.
Well, That Was Awkward
By: Vail, Rachel
There are unexpected consequences when thirteen-year-old Gracie sends texts pretending to be her bashful best friend, Sienna, and their friend Emmett starts texting back pretending to be shy A.J.
A Wrinkle In Time: the GN
By: Larson, Hope
A graphic novel adaptation of the classic tale in which Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
I Am the Weapon
By: Zadoff, Allen
Summary: When his current target reminds him of the normal life he craves, sixteen-year-old assassin Boy Nobody considers sabotaging his latest mission for the shadowy government organization, The Program.