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Congratulations to the ALA Youth Media Award Winners

Check out all the winners at this year's ALA Youth Media Awards, including MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS, which won the coveted Newbery Medal.

Yoon Ha Lee Takes Readers on an Epic Sci-Fi Adventure in DRAGON PEARL

When Min's brother disappears from his space station, she is forced to rely on her forbidden fox-magic to search for a mystical object and save him.

In HIGH, David and Nic Sheff Explain Addiction to Young Readers

Drawing on their experiences and the experiences of other teens, David and Nic Sheff explain how drugs and alcohol can affect young people.

NEVER EVERS is a Story About iIgloos, Friendship and Growing Up

Mouse is growing and learning to deal with disappointment with some help from new friends on a winter trip in this book from Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen.

The Newest Science Comics Books Explores the Frozen Homes of Polar Bears

The arctic is a magical place full of excitement and a lot of science! SCIENCE COMICS explains and entertains the world of polar bears.

Check Out Some of the Great Series We've Updated this Month!

Whether you love adventures on the high seas, spooky mysteries or fun tales of friendship, there's something for everyone in this month's update!

This Month's Features and Contests

 

Series Update: In this month's series update, we have some great additions to our favorite series! Click here to see our full series list.

Latest Reviews

Science Comics: Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice written by Jason Viola with illustrations by Zack Giallongo - Graphic Novel

Do you have what it takes to live in one of the harshest places in the world? What if you had just a couple years to gain the knowledge you'll need to survive on your own? Join two curious polar bear cubs as they play, hunt and navigate life in the Arctic. With each season, they learn polar bear biology and behavior, as well as strategies and skills that will help them thrive in a landscape that is rapidly changing beyond their control. Living with super insulated bodies in a world that's melting? For polar bears, keeping cool is the name of the game!

Growing up in Hawaii, Bethany Hamilton loved to surf. But one day, she was in her favorite place, out on the waves, when a tiger shark suddenly attacked. Thirteen-year-old Bethany lost her left arm. As she fought to recover, Bethany wondered: Would she ever surf again? Follow Bethany as she got back on her board and fearlessly chased her surfing dreams. With the strength of her family and faith behind her, Bethany knew she could become not only a professional athlete, but a champion and a role model. Meet Bethany. Get inspired.

Malala Yousafzai always knew she wanted to become a doctor someday. But a new extremist group in her home country of Pakistan wanted to stop girls from going to school. Malala knew what was important, and so she spoke out. Even after she was attacked on a bus for her views, she persisted. Learn about Malala's incredible recovery and her journey to becoming a world-famous advocate of girls' rights and education --- and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize winner. Meet Malala. Get inspired.

In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, 14-year-old Jo Ann Allen was one of 12 African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another. Jo Ann --- clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both black and white students --- found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group. But what about just being a regular teen?

1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I and black soldiers returned to the violent racism and the Red Summer. The suffrage movement gained women the right to vote. Laborers took to the streets to protest working conditions; nationalistic fervor led to a communism scare; and temperance gained such traction that prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year. 100 years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever. 

For thousands of years, people have been writing poetry. But what is poetry? Award-winning wordsmith Michael Rosen has spent decades thinking about that question, and in this helpful guide he shares his insights with humor, knowledge and appreciation --- appreciation for poetry and appreciation for twenty-first-century children embarking on their own poetic journeys. Young readers are invited to join him on a welcoming exploration of the British poetic canon, replete with personal insights into what the renowned poet thinks about as he writes and advice on writing their own poetry. When he’s finished, readers will be able to say with confidence: this is poetry.

From David Sheff, author of BEAUTIFUL BOY (2008), and Nic Sheff, author of TWEAK: Growing Up on Methamphetamines (2008), comes the ultimate resource for learning about the realities of drugs and alcohol for middle grade readers. This book tells it as it is, with testimonials from peers who have been there and families who have lived through the addiction of a loved one, along with the cold, hard facts about what drugs and alcohol do to our bodies. From how to navigate peer pressure to outlets for stress to the potential consequences for experimenting, Nic and David Sheff lay out the facts so that middle grade readers can educate themselves.

On Gabriel's twelfth birthday, he gets a new bike --- and accidentally rides it right into the path of a car. Fortunately, a Black man named Meriwether saves him. As a thank you, Gabriel gets him a job at his dad's auto shop. Gabriel's dad anticipates trouble with the other mechanic, who makes no secret of his racist opinions. Gabriel soon learns that Meriwether drove a tank in the Army's all-Black 761st Tank Battalion in WWII, but has to keep it a secret because talking about it could be dangerous When Meriwether's family receives a frightening threat, there's no guarantee that the police will help --- and Gabriel doesn't know what will happen if Meriwether feels forced to take the law into his own hands.

Grace and Ellie have been best friends since second grade. Ellie's always right in the center of everything, and Grace is usually happy to be Ellie's sidekick. But this time it's Grace who suddenly has everyone's attention when she accidentally starts a new fad at school. It's a fad that has the entire school collecting and trading and even fighting over...buttons?! But Ellie's not used to being one-upped by anybody. With the help of Hank, the biggest button collector in the sixth grade, she will have to figure out a way to end the fad once and for all. But once a fad starts, can it be stopped?