The author of multiple popular children’s books has teamed up with the illustrator currently working on the beloved Baby-Sitters Club
comics to create a new graphic memoir that is perfect for readers who loved recent books like Allergic.
by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, illustrated by Gabriela Epstein
Can five overlooked kids make one big difference? There’s George: the brain. Sara: the loner. Dayara: the tough kid. Nico: the rich kid. And Miguel: the athlete. And they’re stuck together when they’re forced to complete their school’s community service hours. Although they’re sure they have nothing in common with one another, some people see them as all the same: just five Spanish-speaking kids. Then they meet someone who truly needs their help, and they must decide whether they are each willing to expose their own secrets to help… or if remaining invisible is the only way to survive middle school.
What’s New This Month
Tehlor Key Mejia’s latest Paola Santiago
book, one of the series in the fantastic Rick Riordan Presents line of kids’ fantasy adventures, is on the way to library shelves. Also incoming are new Yasmin, Kitty Quest,
stories; a Jane Yolen picture book; and new middle-grade books from authors like Patricia MacLachlan, Kelly J. Baptist, Natalie Lloyd, David A. Robertson, Julie Abe, Sonia Manzano, and more.
What We’re Reading
Here are some quotes from library staff about their latest recommended picks:
Why do We Cry?
by Fran Pintadera: “Emotional literacy is so vital, and this wonderful book shows all the different reasons why a person might cry, with some STEM bonus pages at the back showing the different crystal structures of 3 types of tears!”
The Bridge Home
by Padma Venkatraman: “I LOVED this book. It deftly handles heavy themes like youth homelessness in India with a light touch, and plenty of friends!”
You are Awesome!
by Susann Hoffman: “This book celebrates all the many different ways we are awesome!”
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out.