Seasonal Spotlight

Girls with Sharp Sticks

By Suzanne Young

From the author of The Program series comes a new story with a timely message confronting some of today’s most pressing ethical questions of sexism and gender equality. Mena and her friends attending the Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved. They are trained in manners, etiquette, and gardening, their moods monitored via pills and vitamins from an analyst, and watched by an over-protective guardian. When one of the girls disappears, Mena is distraught, and the school’s insistence on covering her friend’s abrupt and unusual absence leads Mena to question other aspects of the school’s control over them, uncovering dark secrets about what the school is doing and what the girls are really capable of. Girls With Sharp Sticks is full of tension, mystery, romance, and violence that’s sure to keep the pages turning and have readers begging for the second book in the series.

The Remarkable Inventions
of Walter Mortinson

By Quinn Sosna-Spear

With twelve-year-old Walter Mortinson’s creative tinkering and infallible drive, anything is possible: a hot air balloon made of butterfly wings, a robotic rabbit sent out to wander the yard, an adventure into caves of glowing green liquid. But even talented young inventors can’t undo what’s already been done—not to his new friend Cordelia, who’s been sick for a long time, or to his mother’s fears after watching his father die at the hands of his own creation. Yet in this fascinating and magical world, perseverant and observant Walter changes us as with his candor and generosity as he inadvertently follows his parents’ path on a quest to find the famous inventor who has invited him to be his apprentice.

Nonfiction for the Classroom

Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge

George and Martha Washington's Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Readers Edition

By Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve

A National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction, Never Caught is the eye‑opening narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave, who risked everything for a better life—now available as a young reader’s edition! This incredible narrative reveals a fascinating and heartbreaking behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons when they were the First Family—and an in-depth look at their slave, Ona Judge, who dared to escape from one of the nation’s Founding Fathers.

Kaleidosocope diversity spotlight

The Bell Rang

Written and Illustrated by James E. Ransome

A young slave girl witnesses the heartbreak and hopefulness of her family and their plantation community when her brother escapes for freedom in this brilliantly conceived picture book by Coretta Scott King Award winner James E. Ransome.

An ode to hope and a powerful tribute to the courage of those who ran for freedom, The Bell Rang is a stunning reminder that our past can never be forgotten.

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