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  • In the Country of Queens

    Cari Best

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    A shy and sheltered girl learns to stand up for herself, and rights several wrongs in her life, in this timeless middle-grade novel.Eleven-year-old Shirley Alice Burns lives with her domineering mother, Hurricane Anna, and loving Grandmother. One day she unexpectedly discovers that her beloved father isn’t in Absentia as her family would have her believe, but dead. And she understands all too well why they haven’t told her; she’s always been shy and quiet, and Anna has always been protective of her. But if Shirley doesn’t start speaking up, she isn’t going to be able to do the things she wants to do: go on vacation to Lake Winnipesaukee with her cousins, stop taking ballet lessons, and talk about her father. Through the help of a mouse, her hero Pippi Loingstocking, and her cousin Phillie, Shirley finds the strength to give her dreams a voice and convince everyone, even Hurricane Anna, that she doesn’t need to be sheltered, especially from the truth. In the Country of Queens is the debut novel from acclaimed picture-book author Cari Best.Praise for In the Country of Queens:“Picture-book author Best's first middle-grade novel sparkles and pops like a Fourth of July firecracker.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review“Will tug at readers’ heartstrings.” ―School Library Journal“An engaging story . . . Best does do a good job of capturing a time and place and showing readers how confidence builds―Shirley’s and perhaps their own.” ―Booklist“Period details bring Shirley’s world to life. [She] is an honest and relatable narrator.” ―Publishers Weekly
  • Spirit of the Jungle

    Bear Grylls

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    This middle-grade re-imagination of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is a nod to the original with a fresh adventure and survival story from the #1 survivalist himself, Bear Grylls. Thirteen-year-old Mak and his conservationist mother have the opportunity to travel from their home in London to a remote part of India, a village on the Wainganga River. Mak feels most at home outdoors, the wind in his hair and the chill pinching his face. But once they arrive, Mak finds India to be staggeringly different from what he expected, the suffocating heat, and the constant calls of the jungle. It’s worlds away from Britain. The villagers tease Mak with folk stories about a boy named Mowgli who went missing in the jungle as a baby and was raised by wild wolves. He knows it’s just a folk story, but Mak can’t help but be threatened by so many wild animals. When a routine outing turns treacherous, a monsoon divides Mak from his parents, leaving him alone and exposed to the dangers of the wild. He pulls himself together and throws himself into survival. A wolf befriends Mak and guides him on his journey. Mak’s quest to find his parents and his way back to the village is fraught with peril, poachers, adventure, and a new appreciation for this exotic and fearsome jungle. Spirit of the Jungle is a thrilling way to introduce new readers to The Jungle Book, written by the star of such hit wildnerness survival and reality TV shows as The Island with Bear Grylls, Man vs. Wild / Born Survivor, Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, and Running Wild with Bear Grylls.
  • Chadwick's Epic Revenge

    Lisa Doan, Natalie Andrewson

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    The victim of endless pranks turns the tables on his nemesis―Chadwick Musselman decides it’s time to get revenge in this hilarious middle-grade school story.Chadwick Musselman has spent years being terrorized by Terry Vance, aka the Nile Crocodile. His luck changes when it appears that Terry has flunked the fifth grade―Chadwick will swagger into sixth grade as a ruler of the school without him. Sadly, Terry has no intention of ending his reign of terror, and Chadwick decides to turn the tables and finally get revenge! In Chadwick's Epic Revenge by Lisa Doan, a battle of wits, pranks, misunderstandings, and embarrassing moments abound in this quirky and uproarious novel.Praise for Chadwick's Epic Revenge: "The underlying message, that it’s better to admit wrongdoing and apologize early, is a mature one; the implicit idea that warring with a bully is futile has a realistic sting as well." ―Publishers Weekly
  • The Monster's Daughter: Book 2 of the Ministry of SUITs

    Paul Gamble

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Memo: For Ministry of Strange, Unusual, and Impossible Things Operatives OnlyRe: The Monster's Daughter by Paul GambleThere is more trouble in Belfast: odd things are happening at the aquarium, giant crabs are staging jail breaks, and formerly harmless bath bombs are destroying bathrooms left and right.Fortunately, our brave new recruits―Jack, a curious boy skilled at logical thinking, and Trudy, the most dangerous girl in school―are on the case. Armed with the best Ministry training (as long as you don't panic everything will be fine) and full access to Ministry supplies (those that weren't ruined in the recent flood), we are confident that they can discover and foil this villainous plot.Please give them all possible assistance. Oh, and be sure not to share their location, as Jack is still on the run from the Tooth Fairy.
  • Genius: The Revolution

    Leopoldo Gout

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Three diverse teen geniuses must take down an online terrorist ring, rescue an imprisoned father, and prepare for their final showdown with a misguided mastermind in this third and final book in the Genius young adult trilogy by Leopoldo Gout.How do we stop him? We beat him at his own game. Painted Wolf: Mysterious activist blogger and strategist from China. Faces off against dangerous online terrorists in an attempt to free her father from prison. Tunde: Fourteen-year-old engineering genius. Liberated his Nigerian village from a vicious warlord only to discover a much more dangerous threat. Rex: Sixteen-year-old Mexican-American programmer and hacker. Bands together with his friends and long lost brother to stop a mastermind from destroying the internet. The Revolution: Outwit evil organizations. Expose the truth. Rescue their families. Save the world. If we work together, we can change the world.Praise for the Genius series:"Genius is exciting, provocative, fresh, innovative, and smart, smart, smart. Please don't wait until Genius is a cult classic to read it." ―James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maximum Ride novels“There is simply too much here to like. . . . Gout's characters are believable and immensely likable and their friendship serves as a delightful and realistic anchor amid the fast-moving chaos. Science and technology may take center stage in Gout’s fictional Game, but it's the less flashy craft of writing that sells the story.” ―The New York Times
  • If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say: A Novel

    Leila Sales

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    First and foremost a young adult novel about public shaming in the internet age, If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say is also an exploration of the power of words, the cumulative destructiveness of microaggressions, and the pressing need for empathy. Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person. We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. But what happens when we’re seen and heard saying or doing the wrong things?When Winter Halperin―former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer, and daughter of a parenting expert―gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people know what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her.With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Did she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough?Decide for yourself.Praise for If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say:"A nuanced approach to how the internet encourages the dehumanization of users gives this novel its realistic tone and serves as a strong warning to teens (and their parents)." ―Publishers Weekly"[A] thoughtful coming-of-age story that underlines the power of empathy, community, and believing in one’s own capacity for positive change." ―The Horn Book
  • The Emperor of Mars

    Patrick Samphire, Jeremy Holmes

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
  • The Giant Smugglers

    Matt Solomon, Chris Pauls

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Charlie Lawson's only summer excitement in small-town Wisconsin came from kicking butt in video games, where he's the undisputed Total Turbo champ. Now it's time to go back to middle school, where nine long months of boredom await. But then Charlie stumbles onto something big happening inside the abandoned warehouse across the street from his house. Specifically, someone big. He befriends Bruce, a twenty-foot-tall teenage giant, who Charlie must keep a secret. Charlie isn't the only one in town who knows what's hiding in the warehouse. Powerful, ruthless forces are closing in, and they'll stop at nothing to acquire a giant. But Charlie will do whatever it takes to protect the best―and biggest―friend he's ever had.In The Giant Smugglers, Matt Solomon and Chris Pauls take you on a fantasy adventure like no other, showing the lengths a young boy will go for friendship.
  • Einstein the Class Hamster Saves the Library

    Janet Tashjian, Jake Tashjian

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    With the school library in danger of closing, it's up to one classroom pet and his friends to save the day.It's another day at Boerring Elementary, and Einstein the class hamster, lover of fun facts, is getting ready for his game show when in walks Principal Decker with some bad news. Due to severe budget cuts, the school library will be closed for the rest of the year.How is this possible? The library is the heart of the school! Einstein is determined to find a way to save the library. With the help of Marlon the turtle, his friend Ned, and Ms. Moreno's entire class, plans are put in motion! Janet and Jake Tashjian are back with another winning story starring the lovable walking encyclopedia, Einstein the class hamster. Full of quirky humor from a talking animal with lots of personality, this illustrated chapter book will have reluctant readers laughing and asking for more of Einstein's zany adventures.This title has Common Core connections.Titles in the Einstein the Class Hamster series: Einstein the Class HamsterEinstein the Class Hamster and the Very Real Game ShowEinstein the Class Hamster Saves the LibraryMore from Janet Tashjian:The Sticker Girl series:Sticker GirlSticker Girl Rules the SchoolThe My Life series:My Life as a BookMy Life as a StuntboyMy Life as a CartoonistMy Life as a JokeMy Life as a GamerMy Life as a Ninja My Life as a YoutuberThe Marty Frye, Private Eye series:Marty Frye, Private Eye: The Case of Stolen PoodleMarty Frye, Private Eye: The Case of the Missing Action Figure
  • China: A History

    The Field Museum, Cheryl Bardoe

    Paperback (Abrams Books for Young Readers, Jan. 1, 2022)
    One of the world’s most influential superpowers—China—is brought to life by the Field Museum China: A History traces the 7,000-year story of this diverse land. Young readers learn about prehistoric China, follow the rise of emperors and the fall of dynasties, and come to understand how China became the world powerhouse for trade that it is today. The book also explores the role of children and women in everyday life as well as how religion, politics, and economics shaped the deep traditions and dynamic changes of modern China. Inspired by the Cyrus Tang Hall of China at the Field Museum, Chicago, the book includes full-color maps, photos, and illustrations. This is a go-to resource for young readers looking to learn more about this powerful nation. It includes a timeline, a bibliography, and an index.
  • Holly Jolly Summer

    Tiffany Stewart

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    In this lighthearted young adult beach read about family, friendship, and fa-la-la, it's up to lovestruck teen Darby to save the spirit of a Southern town called Christmas.Four huge disasters, Three months of tourists, Two gorgeous boys, And a partridge in a palm treeChristmas, Kentucky, is a summer tourist destination known for its holiday-themed shops, ornament-sprouting potted palms, giant Snow Globe display, and cheerful residents―including the mayor's daughter, fifteen-year-old Darby Peacher. But as Darby stumbles her way into a job at the town's run-down amusement park, Holly Jolly Land, her summer quickly goes from merry to miserable: the boy of Christmas present is absent, a boy of Christmas past is her supervisor, and the town seems to be losing its cheer as it strives to become more commercial. As she tries to sort out her love life, Darby grows positively Scroogey until she gets wrapped up in reinventing Holly Jolly Land―and the town―as the wonderlands they once were. Tiffany Stewart's debut novel Holly Jolly Summer is brimming with humor, heart, and a sprinkling of summer romance.Praise for Holly Jolly Summer:“It’s the setting that shines in this well-paced debut. Christmas, Kentucky, calls to mind Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow with its range of cantankerous to surprisingly handsome denizens . . . A sweet country-tinged romance for Christmas fanatics.” ―Booklist“[A] lighthearted, plot-driven, coming-of-age novel.” ―Kirkus Reviews
  • When My Sister Started Kissing

    Helen Frost

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    From Printz Honor author Helen Frost, a middle-grade novel in verse about two sisters and the summer that changed everythingClaire and Abi have always loved their summers at the lake house, but this year, everything's different. Dad and Pam, their stepmom, are expecting a new baby, and they've cleared out all of Mom's belongings to make room. And last summer, Abi was looking at boys, but this summer, boys are looking back at her. While Abi sneaks around, Claire is left behind to make excuses and cover up for her. Claire doesn't want her family to change, but there doesn't seem to be a way of stopping it. By the end of their time at the house, the two sisters have learned that growing up doesn't have to mean their family growing apart. In When My Sister Started Kissing, Helen Frost's beautiful poetry tells a tale about summertime and coming of age.“[W]hile the poetic element will give the book a place in curricula, the story of summer change and growth will resonate with any kid negotiating adolescence directly or by proxy.” ―Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, starred review“For tween readers who appreciate lyrical writing and coming-of-age tales.” ―School Library JournalA Margaret Ferguson Book