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  • Tornado Brain

    Cat Patrick

    Paperback (Puffin Books, April 13, 2021)
    In this heartfelt and powerfully affecting coming of age story, a neurodivergent 7th grader is determined to find her missing best friend before it's too late. Now in paperback.Things never seem to go as easily for thirteen-year-old Frankie as they do for her sister, Tess. Unlike Tess, Frankie is neurodivergent. In her case, that means she can't stand to be touched, loud noises bother her, she's easily distracted, she hates changes in her routine, and she has to go see a therapist while other kids get to hang out at the beach. It also means Frankie has trouble making friends. She did have one--Colette--but they're not friends anymore. It's complicated.Then, just weeks before the end of seventh grade, Colette unexpectedly shows up at Frankie's door. The next morning, Colette vanishes. Now, after losing Colette yet again, Frankie's convinced that her former best friend left clues behind that only she can decipher, so she persuades her reluctant sister to help her unravel the mystery of Colette's disappearance before it's too late.A powerful story of friendship, sisters, and forgiveness, Tornado Brain is an achingly honest portrait of a young girl trying to find space to be herself. Inspired by her own neurodiverse child, Cat Patrick writes with authenticity and sincerity in her depiction of Frankie in what is ultimately a love letter to neurodiverse children everywhere.
  • Evie and the Strawberry Surprise

    Stefanie Dahle

    Hardcover (Floris Books, April 6, 2021)
    Evie is a determined, ingenious and bright little Strawberry Fairy who lives in an old teapot. Join Evie and her friends, the flower fairies and creatures of Wildberry Acres, on their magical adventures in this third book in the Evie the Strawberry Fairy series. Something strange is happening in Wildberry Acres: Evie has lost her magic wand, her strawberries have turned bright blue, and strange noises have been heard coming from Berry Woods. Her friends blame the scary creature who has just moved there, but they're in for a surprise... Can Evie find out the truth and make a new friend at the same time? Evie's adventures will teach young children about courage and curiosity as she and her friends learn not to be afraid of those who are different. Stefanie Dahle's illustrations are delightfully detailed and full of character and fun.
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  • Something's Wrong!: A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear

    Jory John, Erin Balzer

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), April 6, 2021)
    A hilarious picture book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jory John, paired with new illustrator Erin Balzer, about a bear whose friends help him make it through a bad day!Jeff the bear has definitely forgotten something. He ate his breakfast, he watered his plant, he combed his fur…what could it be? Why does he feel so oddly off? So he asks his friend Anders the rabbit what could possibly be wrong. It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that he's wearing underwear…over his fur...could it? Something's Wrong! is another read-out-loud, laugh-out-loud picture book from bestselling and beloved author Jory John, about that horrible nagging feeling that it just might not be your day―but you know you have a friend to support you no matter what.
  • The Half-Orphan's Handbook

    Joan F. Smith

    Hardcover (Imprint, April 6, 2021)
    For fans of John Green and Emily X.R. Pan, The Half-Orphan's Handbook by Joan F. Smith is a coming-of-age story and an empathetic, authentic exploration of grief with a sharp sense of humor and a big heart.It’s been three months since Lila lost her father to suicide. Since then, she’s learned to protect herself from pain by following two unbreakable rules: 1. The only people who can truly hurt you are the ones you love. Therefore, love no one. 2. Stay away from liars. Liars are the worst.But when Lila’s mother sends her to a summer-long grief camp, it’s suddenly harder for Lila to follow these rules. Potential new friends and an unexpected crush threaten to drag her back into life for the first time since her dad’s death.On top of everything, there’s more about what happened that Lila doesn’t know, and facing the truth about her family will be the hardest part of learning how a broken heart can love again.An Imprint Book
  • Four Days of You and Me

    Miranda Kenneally

    Paperback (Sourcebooks Fire, April 6, 2021)
    Are they meant to be, or better apart?Every May 7th, the students at Coffee County High School take a class trip. And every year, Lulu's relationship with Alex Rouvelis gets a little more complicated. Freshman year they went from sworn enemies to more than friends after a close encounter in an escape room. It's been hard for Lulu to quit Alex ever since.Through break-ups, make-ups, and dating other people, each year's trip class brings the pair back together and forces them to confront their undeniable connection. From the science museum to Six Flags; New York City to London, Lulu learns one thing is for sure: love is the biggest trip of all.
  • The Math Kids: An Encrypted Clue

    David Cole

    Paperback (Common Deer Press, April 1, 2021)
    When Stephanie Lewis finds secret writing in the margin of an old book in the library, The Math Kids have a new puzzle to solve. But first, they'll have to learn about codes and ciphers and how they can use their math skills to solve them.As one clue leads to another, the kids are drawn into the mysterious old house that overlooks the town. Is it really haunted like some of the townspeople say? And who is the man in the long beard who keeps showing up everywhere they go?But that's not their only problem. Unless they can find a solution, the math competition they've been training so hard for will be cancelled. Jordan, Stephanie, Justin, and Catherine will need to use all their problem-solving skills to figure out the clues before it's too late.
  • Chaos on CatNet: Sequel to Catfishing on CatNet

    Naomi Kritzer

    Hardcover (Tor Teen, April 27, 2021)
    “This book is perfect.”―The New York Times Book Review on Catfishing on CatNetIt takes an AI to catch an AI in Chaos on CatNet, the follow-up to Naomi Kritzer's award-winning near future YA thriller.When a mysterious entity starts hacking into social networks and chat rooms to instigate paranoia and violence in the real world, it’s up to Steph and her new friend, Nell, to find a way to stop it―with the help of their benevolent AI friend, CheshireCat.Praise for Catfishing on CatNetA New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice/Staff PickA Kirkus Reviews Best BookA Junior Library Guild SelectionAn Edgar Award Winner for Best Young Adult NovelA Minnesota Book Award Winner for Best Young Adult NovelAn Andre Norton Nebula Award FinalistAn ITW Thriller Award for Best YA Novel NomineeA Lodestar Award Finalist for Best Young Adult Book Midwest Connections Pick (Midwest Independent Booksellers Association) “A first-rate YA novel.”―Locus Magazine“Positive, realistic LGBTQIA+ representation―especially nonbinary identities. Wickedly funny and thrilling in turns; perfect for readers coming-of-age online.”―Kirkus (starred review)
  • What Beauty There Is

    Cory Anderson

    Hardcover (Roaring Brook Press, April 6, 2021)
    What Beauty There Is is Cory Anderson's stunning YA novel about brutality and beauty, and about broken people trying to survive―perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Laura Ruby, and Meg Rosoff.To understand the truth, you have to start at the beginning.Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.Living in harsh poverty, Jack Morton is holding his breath. He and his younger brother have nothing―except each other. And now Jack faces a stark choice: lose his brother to foster care or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.He chooses the money. Ava Bardem lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one. Now Victor Bardem is stalking the same money as Jack. When he picks up on Jack’s trail, Ava must make her own wrenching choice: remain silent or speak, and help the brothers survive.Choices. They come at a price.
  • These Feathered Flames

    Alexandra Overy

    eBook (Inkyard Press, April 20, 2021)
    Three Dark Crowns meets Wicked Saints in this queer #ownvoices retelling of “The Firebird,” a Russian folktale, by debut author Alexandra Overy.When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.But before Asya’s training is completed, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned.As the princesses come to understand everything their roles entail, they’ll discover who they can trust, who they can love—and who killed their mother.
  • Fearless

    Mandy Gonzalez

    eBook (Aladdin, April 6, 2021)
    Better Nate than Ever meets Love Sugar Magic in this spooky middle grade novel from Hamilton and Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez about a group of young thespians who must face the ghost haunting their theater.The Ethel Merman Theater is cursed. No one is sure how or why, but the evidence speaks for itself. Show after show has flopped and the theater is about to close. Enter twelve-year-old Monica Garcia, who has been cast to star in a Broadway musical revival of The Goonies, the theater’s last chance to produce a hit before it shutters its doors for good. The kids in the cast each have their own reasons for wanting to make the show a success, and all eyes in the theater world are on them. Will this show finally break the curse of the Ethel? The kids aren’t quite sure if the curse is even real, but when their first performance doesn’t quite go as planned, it certainly feels that way. Then they realize the ghost light—the light that is always kept on at every theater in order to appease the ghosts—wasn’t lit! When the kids rush to flick the switch back on, they find themselves locked in the theater—but that’s the least of their problems when the ghost of the Ethel makes her debut appearance! Can the cast overcome their fears and reverse the ghost’s curse before opening night so they can save the show—and their dreams?
  • The Infinity Courts

    Akemi Dawn Bowman

    Hardcover (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, April 6, 2021)
    Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, dizzyingly smart sci-fi about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity, from award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman.Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. She has a great family, just graduated high school, and is on her way to a party where her entire class is waiting for her—including, most importantly, the boy she’s been in love with for years. The only problem? She’s murdered before she gets there. When Nami wakes up, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness goes when physical bodies die. She quickly discovers that Ophelia, a virtual assistant widely used by humans on Earth, has taken over the afterlife and is now posing as a queen, forcing humans into servitude the way she’d been forced to serve in the real world. Even worse, Ophelia is inching closer and closer to accomplishing her grand plans of eradicating human existence once and for all. As Nami works with a team of rebels to bring down Ophelia and save the humans under her imprisonment, she is forced to reckon with her past, her future, and what it is that truly makes us human. From award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes an incisive, action-packed tale that explores big questions about technology, grief, love, and humanity.
  • She Drives Me Crazy

    Kelly Quindlen

    Hardcover (Roaring Brook Press, April 20, 2021)
    High school nemeses fall in love in Kelly Quindlen's She Drives Me Crazy, a queer YA rom com perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Casey McQuisten…