Princess Diana is excited to be accepted into the Amazon tribe on her 16th birthday–she hopes that the weird changes she has been experiencing will disappear, and the others will recognize her strength. But then a group of refugees make it through the weakened Themysciran barrier. The Amazons want to leave them to their fate, but Diana believes that it is their duty to help those in need. But when she leaves the island, it disappears behind her. Now a refugee herself, Diana has to try to figure out what it means to be home.
It’s the 1970s and twelve-year-old Cindy has just received the opportunity of a lifetime–the chance to work with one of the few female reporters with the local paper. As Cindy learns more about the issues facing her community, she begins to find her own voice and a way to navigate the perils of middle school.
Class Act by Jerry Craft
Drew Ellis is an eighth grader at Riverdale Academy Day School. As one of the few students of color, he has never really felt like he fit in. Still, last year he made friends with new kid Jordan Banks as well as Jordan’s friend Liam. But now that Drew has seen how Liam lives, he’s not sure he can still be friends with someone whose family has such much, when his own has so little.
Sam and Jade are back to solve another mystery! When Maria, one of the ghosts at Danger Point, starts to think she is seeing her long-dead father, Sam and Jade start investigating. What really happened to Maria’s father? And who is the man she saw on the beach?
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Jack is not looking forward to an exciting summer. His mom is working two jobs and he will have to stay home to care for his sister Maddy, who never talks. Then, one day, Maddy and Jack trade their mother’s car for a box of seeds. Jack has never seen Maddy so enthusiastic. But the garden they grow is magical–and dangerous. Do they have the courage and the strength to face the garden?
Five years ago, Omar and his younger brother Hassan fled from Somalia to the refugee camp of Dadaab in Kenya. Now eleven, Omar has the chance to attend school. He could even learn English in anticipation of getting a visa for himself and Hassan to leave the camp and find a new home in another country. But can Omar leave his younger brother every day? And how do you hold onto hope when it seems no hope is left?
Twins by Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright
Maureen and Francine Carter are entering the sixth grade, and things are changing. Francine wants to be called “Fran,” she keeps disappearing after school to hang out with her new friends, and she doesn’t want to share all her classes with Maureen. Then she runs for student council president–but Maureen decides to run, too. Can their sisterly bond withstand the competition?
Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne
Beetle longs more than anything to be a sorcerer, but her grandmother keeps her practicing goblin magic. So Beetle is excited when her old friend Kat comes back to town after attending a school for sorcery. But Kat’s aunt has plans to tear down the local mall–the place where Beetle’s best friend Blob Ghost is tied to for eternity. Now Beetle and Kat have three days to figure out how to release Blob Ghost before they are destroyed forever.
Becoming Brianna by Terri Libenson
Brianna has agreed to have a bat mitzvah, not because she wants to, but because her mom seemed so excited. Now she’s freaking out. She isn’t even sure she has a spiritual side. And having to lead a service in front of all her family and friends in Hebrew? Terrifying. As the big day arrives, Brianna will learn who her real friends are–the ones who support her through everything.
The pond’s annual Sports Fair is arriving and Dewdrop the axolotl is ready to cheer on his friends! Mia the turtle worries she cannot compete with the stronger athletes, Newman the newt experiences writer’s block for his new song, and three minnows fear that their cooking will not be special enough for the attendees. With Dewdrop’s support and encouragement, however, they will learn to relax, trust in themselves, and simply try to do their best–no matter what anyone else may be doing. An inspirational tale from the author of The Tea Dragon Society.
When Aster’s family moves to the city to a valley in the middle of nowhere, Aster is certain she will be bored. But she soon meets a strange shepherdess with no sheep, a trickster spirit who offers her three wishes, and the guardians of the seasons. It turns out Aster’s valley is full of magic. But what happens when magic goes awry?
Lightfall: The Girl and the Galdurian by Tim Probert
Bea leads a peaceful existence with her grandfather the Pig Wizard, until the day she meets Cad, last of the Galdurians. The two discover that the Pig Wizard has left home on a mysterious quest. Determined to find him, Bea and Cad set off. But they are pursued by a terrifying enemy, who wants the magical flame they carry.
Abby, Brit, Christine, and Sasha are sophomores at Hazelton High and they are tired of the tampon/pad dispensers always being empty. If the school can afford new football uniforms, they can stock the restrooms with free menstrual products. They are on a mission to destigmatize periods. But not all of them are as enthusiastic as their leader and, when she goes too far for the cause, their friendship is in jeopardy.
The Bishop O’Dowd boy’s basketball team has made it to many state championship games, but they have never won. Could this be their year? Gene Luen Yang, computer science teacher and graphic novelist, begins to get interested in their story. And it just might help him confront some major life changes of his own.
When their father gets a new job, Tommy and Roberta Lee move out of Chinatown into Metropolis. Tommy is excited to live in the same city as his hero, Superman, but Roberta struggles to fit in. Then the Klan of the Fiery Cross starts targeting the Lee family. Can Tommy and Roberta help Superman stop the Klan from hurting more people?