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  • The Women of Brewster Place: A Novel in Seven Stories

    Gloria Naylor, Tayari Jones

    Hardcover (Penguin Classics, May 11, 2021)
    The National Book Award-winning novel—and contemporary classic—that launched the brilliant career of Gloria Naylor “[A] shrewd and lyrical portrayal of many of the realities of black life . . . Miss Naylor bravely risks sentimentality and melodrama to write her compassion and outrage large, and she pulls it off triumphantly.” —The New York Times Book Review In her heralded first novel, Gloria Naylor weaves together the stories of seven women living in Brewster Place, a bleak-inner city sanctuary, creating a powerful, moving portrait of the strengths, struggles, and hopes of black women in America. Vulnerable and resilient, openhanded and openhearted, these women forge their lives in a place that in turn threatens and protects—a common prison and a shared home. Naylor renders both loving and painful human experiences with simple eloquence and uncommon intuition. Adapted into a 1989 ABC miniseries starring Oprah Winfrey, The Women of Brewster Place is a touching and unforgettable read.
  • Jess Not The Same: Jess In Time: Book Three

    Blake Lamar

    language (South Valley Press, May 26, 2021)
    Jess is desperate to be with Jason, the boy she loves. Too bad he lives in another reality.After enlisting her mother's help to create a device that will allow her to switch places with her alternate self, Jess finally gets her chance to be with the boy of her dreams.There's only one problem. Jason is already dating another girl. A girl who happens to be Jess's new step-sister.Can Jess get them to break up before the big dance? If she can, will Jason even want to be with her?While Jess is focused on her boy troubles, more sinister things are going on behind her back that might render her plight meaningless.
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru: The Movie Novel

    Sadie Chesterfield

    language (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, May 25, 2021)
    Relive all of your favorite moments from Minions: The Rise of Gru with this retelling that includes eight pages of full-color images from the hit movie!Minions: The Rise of Gru, the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2015 box office hit, features even more Minion mischief.© Universal City Studios LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • The Shadows Between Us

    Tricia Levenseller

    Paperback (Square Fish, May 4, 2021)
    Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King, is back with an epic YA tale of ambition and love in The Shadows Between Us…“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.”Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:1) Woo the Shadow King.2) Marry him.3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen―all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?“Tricia Levenseller’s latest, The Shadows Between Us, is a decadent and wickedly addictive fantasy, full of schemes and court intrigue, and delightful descriptions of food, which I am always a fan of.” ―Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
  • Little Zoologist

    Dan Taylor

    Board book (Running Press Kids, May 4, 2021)
    Teach your baby all about being a zoologist with this new board book published in partnership with Smithsonian.Scales. Notebooks. Habitats. Microscopes. Zoologists do a lot more than just feed and take care of animals and now young babies and toddlers will be able to learn all about what it means to be a zoologist and what tools they use as part of their job in this exciting and fun book in a new board book series published in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute.
  • Catalyst

    Sarah Beth Durst

    Paperback (Clarion Books, May 18, 2021)
    Zoe must figure out how to keep a giant kitten safe in this magical adventure about change, expectation, and accepting all for who they truly are—regardless of shape or size.Zoe named the kitten Pipsqueak, because she was so tiny, and promised to always take care of her. Then the kitten grew. And grew. Now she’s bigger than a horse—and talking as well! Fleeing into the woods to escape the curious eyes of the Internet, Zoe and her best friend, Harrison, must keep the giant cat hidden as they desperately search for a way to return her to normal size. If they don’t succeed, Pipsqueak may never be safe again. But why did she grow so large in the first place? And what if trying to change her back leads to even greater danger?
  • When You Get the Chance

    Tom Ryan, Robin Stevenson

    Hardcover (Running Press Kids, May 4, 2021)
    Follow cousins on a road trip to Pride as they dive into family secrets and friendships in this contemporary YA novel -- perfect for fans of David Levithan and Becky Albertalli.As kids, Mark and his cousin Talia spent many happy summers together at the family cottage in Ontario, but a fight between their parents put an end to the annual event. Living on opposite coasts -- Mark in Halifax and Talia in Victoria -- they haven't seen each other in years. When their grandfather dies unexpectedly, Mark and Talia find themselves reunited at the cottage once again, cleaning it out while the family decides what to do with it.Mark and Talia are both queer, but they soon realize that's about all they have in common, other than the fact that they'd both prefer to be in Toronto. Talia is desperate to see her high school sweetheart Erin, who's barely been in touch since leaving to spend the summer working at a coffee shop in the Gay Village. Mark, on the other hand, is just looking for some fun, and Toronto Pride seems like the perfect place to find it.When a series of complications throws everything up in the air, Mark and Talia -- with Mark's little sister Paige in tow -- decide to hit the road for Toronto. With a bit of luck, and some help from a series of unexpected new friends, they might just make it to the big city and find what they're looking for. That is, if they can figure out how to start seeing things through each other's eyes.
  • Curse of the Night Witch

    Alex Aster

    Paperback (Sourcebooks Young Readers, May 4, 2021)
    An #ownvoices fast-paced series starter steeped in Columbian mythology and full of adventure, perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time and Percy Jackson. Filled with fantasy, action, adventure, and an unforgettable trio of friends.An Amazon Best Book of the Year So Far - 2020!An Amazon Best Book of the Month!A Most Anticipated Book of Summer!A Zibby Owens Summer Reading Pick on Good Morning America!On Emblem Island all are born knowing their fate. Their lifelines show the course of their life and an emblem dictates how they will spend it.Twelve-year-old Tor Luna was born with a leadership emblem, just like his mother. But he hates his mark and is determined to choose a different path for himself. So, on the annual New Year's Eve celebration, where Emblemites throw their wishes into a bonfire in the hopes of having them granted, Tor wishes for a different power.The next morning Tor wakes up to discover a new marking on his skin...the symbol of a curse that has shortened his lifeline, giving him only a week before an untimely death. There is only one way to break the curse, and it requires a trip to the notorious Night Witch.With only his village's terrifying, ancient stories as a guide, and his two friends Engle and Melda by his side, Tor must travel across unpredictable Emblem Island, filled with wicked creatures he only knows through myths, in a race against his dwindling lifeline.You'll love Curse of the Night Witch if you're looking for:Summer reading for tweens and teens ages 11-14Multicultural books for children (especially Latinx books)Stories based on fascinating mythologyYour next favorite fantasy series for girls ages 9-12"Debut author Aster takes inspiration from Colombian folklore to craft a rousing series opener that's both fast-paced and thrilling. As her protagonists face off against a host of horrors, they learn the value of friendship and explore the possibility of changing one's fate in a world where destiny is predetermined."―Publishers Weekly, STARRED review"Worthy of every magical ounce."―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
  • Enemy of the People

    Henrik Ibsen, Robert F. Kennedy

    eBook (Skyhorse, May 11, 2021)
    Environmentalist, activist, and attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. contributes a foreword to this Skyhorse edition of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s renowned 1882 play, An Enemy of the People. Regarded as one of the foremost playwrights of the nineteenth century, Ibsen tells the story of the idealist Doctor Thomas Stockmann, the medical officer of a recently opened spa in a small town in southern Norway, who finds that the water is seriously contaminated. He notifies members of the community and initially receives support and thanks for the discovery. Threatened by the possible impact of such a revelation, his brother, the town mayor, conspires with local politicians and the newspaper to suppress the story and pressure Dr. Stockmann to retract his statements. At a public meeting, an attempt is made to keep Dr. Stockmann from speaking, but he launches into a tirade condemning the corruption of the town and the tyranny of the majority. Finding his speech offensive, he is shouted down by the masses and reviled as ‘an enemy of the people.’ In his foreword, Kennedy alerts readers to the undeniable fact that the persecution of those who tell uncomfortable truths, which Ibsen described one hundred years ago, continues to this day and is as relevant now as it ever was. We face environmental deregulation and degradation, politicians in lobbyists’ pockets, attacks on facts that are agreed upon by reputable scientists, corporate funded and controlled research, and attempts to impede and suppress whistleblowers. The battle continues and Kennedy joins Ibsen on the front lines.
  • The Goldsmith and the Master Thief

    Tonke Dragt, Laura Watkinson

    Hardcover (Pushkin Children's Books, May 25, 2021)
    The first English translation of a classic adventure involving two very different twins by the celebrated author of The Letter for the KingLaurenzo and Jiacomo are identical twins, as alike as two drops of water. No one can tell them apart (which comes in very handy for playing tricks on their teachers). And no one can split them up. But when tragedy strikes their carefree young lives, they must make their own way in the world. As each brother chooses his own path - hardworking Laurenzo to make beautiful objects from gold and silver, and fearless Jiacomo to travel, explore and become an unlikely thief - it is the start of a series of incredible escapades that will test them to their limits.Along the way they will face terrible danger, solve cunning riddles, become prisoners in a castle, sail across the ocean, fall in and out of love, stay at an enchanted inn, help save a priceless pearl, even become kings by mistake. They must use all their talents, wiles and wisdom to survive.Are you ready to join them?
  • Sick Kids In Love

    Hannah Moskowitz

    Paperback (Entangled: Teen, May 4, 2021)
    Isabel has one rule: no dating.It’s easier―It’s safer―It’s better――for the other person.She’s got issues. She’s got secrets. She’s got rheumatoid arthritis.But then she meets another sick kid.He’s got a chronic illness Isabel’s never heard of, something she can’t even pronounce. He understands what it means to be sick. He understands her more than her healthy friends. He understands her more than her own father who’s a doctor.He’s gorgeous, fun, and foul-mouthed. And totally into her.Isabel has one rule: no dating.It’s complicated―It’s dangerous―It’s never felt better――to consider breaking that rule for him.
  • Cherub Class a 2: Class A: the Graphic Novel

    Robert Muchamore, David Combet, Baptiste Payen

    Paperback (Hachette Books, May 11, 2021)
    Experience the second CHERUB international bestseller in graphic novel format! James Adams' mission is to succeed where dozens of attempts by undercover police officers have failed ... When CHERUB kids go undercover, no one suspects that they are trained professionals, working to infiltrate criminal organisations that have eluded MI5 and the police for years. James Adams is on his biggest mission yet, working to nail Europe's most powerful cocaine dealer. He'll need all his specialist training if he's going to bring down the man at the top. The reason for CHERUB's existence is simple: adults never suspect that children are spying on them. For official purposes, these children do not exist.