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Enter to Win 1 of 35 Copies of BRAVE by Svetlana Chmakova!

In the follow-up to AWKWARD, Chmakova introduces new students, new issues and plenty of new lessons you won't want to miss.

Enter to Win 1 of 50 Copies of SPIRIT RIDING FREE by Suzanne Selfors!

In this book based on the new Netflix original series, a young girl and a wild stallion struggle to find their place in the West.

Newbery Medal Winner Kwame Alexander Shares Fun Rules for Life

In THE PLAYBOOK, Alexander shares stories of failure and success on and off the court for a quick, encouraging read.

Magic is Real in THE CASTLE IN THE MIST by Amy Ephron

Tess and her brother, Max, are shocked when their aunt's boring home turns into a magical adventure after the discovery of a magical key.

Check Out These Great Nonfiction Picture Books

You may think picture books are just for the youngest of readers, but with fascinating concepts and gorgeous illustrations, readers of all ages will love these books!

Read Our Interview with the Authors of SCI-FI JUNIOR HIGH

Scott Seegert and John Martin have turned junior high upside down in this wacky, galactic tale of aliens and smarts!

May's Features and Contests

May's Series Update includes some great new continuations to series that we love. First, we have BILLY SURE KID ENTREPRENEUR AND THE ATTACK OF THE MYSTERIOUS LUNCH MEAT written by Luke Sharpe with illustrations by Graham Ross. In this twelfth installment, Billy must invent something to stop the attack of the evil lunch meat that has been turning his classmates into zombies. Next up, we have Chris Grabenstain's WELCOME TO WONDERLAND #2: Beach Party Surf Monkey, which follows all the chaos as P.T. and Gloria try to convince their favorite celebrities to shoot a movie in the Wonderland motel. Finally, we have THE TRIALS OF APOLLO BOOK TWO: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riodan, in which Apollo embarks on a quest to reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus and save the Oracles after his father, Zeus, turns him into a mortal 16-year-old boy as a punishment.

The charming world of Berrybrook Middle School gets a little bigger in BRAVE, the highly anticipated follow-up to Svetlana Chmakova's award-winning AWKWARD with a story about a boy who learns his own way of being brave! We have 35 copies of BRAVE written and illustrated by Svetlana Chmakova to give away to readers who would like to read the book, which is out May 23rd. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, June 1st at noon ET.

SPIRIT RIDING FREE: The Adventure Begins is the story of a girl and a wild horse, equally out of place in a strange, new world, but equally fierce and brave. With each other to lean on, will these two free spirits be able to find their place in the West? We have 50 copies of SPIRIT RIDING FREE: The Adventure Begins written by Suzanne Selfors to give away to readers who would like to read the book, which is out May 2nd. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, May 30th at noon ET.

Latest Reviews

Twelve-year-old Lucky Prescott craves adventure, but as a young lady of society she’s only been allowed to experience adventure through books. That is, until one fateful day when Lucky, her father, and her aunt leave the city and travel to their new home out west --- the Wild West. SPIRIT RIDING FREE: The Adventure Begins is the story of a girl and a wild horse, equally out of place in a strange, new world, but equally fierce and brave. With each other to lean on, will these two free spirits be able to find their place in the West?
Don’t forget to tune-in to the new Netflix original series on May 5th!
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova - Graphic Novel

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...Even finding a partner for the class project is a huge problem. And the pressure's on even more once the school newspaper's dynamic duo, Jenny and Akilah, draw Jensen into the whirlwind of school news, social-experiment projects and club drama. Jensen has always played the middle school game one level at a time, but suddenly, someone's cranked up the difficulty setting. Will those daring daydreams of his finally work in his favor, or will he have to find real solutions to his real-life problems?

Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it’s her attitude that’s the problem, but after being shipped from one family to another, she’s had her fair share of adults treating her like an inconvenience. So when Molly’s forced to help an elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, Molly is wary. Just another adult to treat her like a troublemaker.
But from the very moment they meet, Molly realizes that Vivian, a well-off ninety-one-year-old, isn’t like any of the adults she’s encountered before.

The traditional Emperor’s Journey is meant to be uneventful. But as the princesses Seika and Ji-Lin --- twin sisters --- travel to pay respects to their kingdom’s dragon guardian, unexpected monsters appear and tremors shake the earth. The Hidden Islands face unprecedented threats, and the old rituals are failing. With only their strength, ingenuity, and flying lion to rely on, can the sisters find a new way to keep their people safe?

Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank - Historical Fiction

Charlie isn’t looking forward to sixth grade. If he starts sixth grade, chances are he’ll finish it. And when he does, he’ll grow older than the brother he recently lost. Armstrong isn’t looking forward to sixth grade, either. When his parents sign him up for Opportunity Busing to a white school in the Hollywood Hills, all he wants to know is "What time in the morning will my alarm clock have the opportunity to ring?"  When these two land at the same desk, it's the Rules Boy next to the Rebel, a boy who lost a brother elbow-to-elbow with a boy who longs for one.

Obe Devlin has problems. His family's farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy abandoned him for the development kids. And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn't like to talk about. So Obe hangs out at the creek by his house, in the last wild patch left, picking up litter and looking for animal tracks. One day, he sees a creature that looks kind of like a large dog, or maybe a small boar. And as he watches it, he realizes it eats plastic. Only plastic. No one has ever seen a creature like this before, because there's never been a creature like this before.

When the beloved president visited Ireland in 1963, he described it as the best four days of his life. And for a generation of Irish people, it was a trip they never forgot. This warmly told, bighearted picture book captures the fevered excitement in the buildup to the president’s visit, all seen through the eyes of a young boy named Patrick who wants to know more than anything what it would feel like to shake the president’s hand. Rooted in historical fact and marking the centennial of John F. Kennedy's birth.

Set in 1954, this compelling historical novel tells the story of a young girl’s struggles and triumphs in the aftermath of World War II. In Detroit, Michigan, twelve-year-old Marjorie Campbell struggles with the ups and downs of family life, dealing with her veteran father’s unpredictable outbursts, keeping her mother’s stash of banned library books a secret and getting along with her new older “brother." When a new girl from Germany transfers to Marjorie’s class, Marjorie finds herself torn between befriending Inga and pleasing her best friend, Bernadette. In all this turmoil, Marjorie tries to find her own voice and figure out what is right and who the real enemies actually are. 

Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called "the team that invented football," they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work.