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See Which Books Our Reviewers Enjoyed Most in 2018

The year is coming to a close and we're having a blast looking back at all of the good times, including the books our reviewers liked the most!

Return to Berrybrook Middle School with CRUSH

In the third installment of Svetlana Chmakova's hit series, we meet Jorge, a big softhearted guy who is dealing with a major crush.

Wimpy Kid is Back in His 13th Book

When snow shuts down Greg’s school, his neighborhood becomes a wintry battlefield. It’s a fight for survival as Greg & Rowley navigate the neighborhood meltdown.

Read Our Interview with Molly Brooks, Author of SANITY & TALLULAH

A three-headed kitten, two best friends and one dilapidated space station --- what could go wrong? Find out in SANITY & TALLULAH.

Return to the World of Magnus Chase in 9 FROM THE NINE WORLDS

The Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy may have concluded, but we haven't heard the last of our favorite peeps.

BUMBLEBEE AT SUPER HERO HIGH is an Action-Packed Tale of Girl Power

Lisa Yee’s series continuation is jam-packed with iconic female superheroes in their high school years, solving crimes with sass and sting!

This Month's Features and Contests

Special Feature: CRUSH by Svetlana Chmakova
Jorge seems to have it all together. He's big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl... But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him versus what he actually wants?

 

Series Update: In this month's series update, we have some great additions to our favorite series! Click here to see our full series list.

Latest Reviews

Sixth-grader Lu Olivera just wants to keep her head down and get along with everyone in her class. Trouble is, Lu’s old friends have been changing lately — acting boy crazy and making snide remarks about Lu’s talent for running track. Lu’s secret hope for a new friend is fellow runner Belinda Gresham, but in 1970 Alabama, blacks and whites don’t mix. As segregationist ex-governor George Wallace ramps up his campaign against the current governor, growing tensions in the classroom mean that Lu can’t stay neutral about the racial divide at school. Will she find the gumption to stand up for what’s right?

In February 1968, two African American sanitation workers were killed by unsafe equipment in Memphis, Tennessee. Outraged at the city's refusal to recognize a labor union that would fight for higher pay and safer working conditions, sanitation workers went on strike. The strike lasted two months, with help from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Inspired by the memories of a teacher who participated in the strike as a child, author Alice Faye Duncan reveals the story of the Memphis sanitation strike from the perspective of a young girl with a riveting combination of poetry and prose.

Ever since Cass drowned, she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead and enter the world of spirits. So things are already strange, but they're about to get much stranger. When Cass's parents start hosting a TV show about the world's most haunted places, the family heads off to Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. When Cass meets a girl who shares her "gift," she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil --- and herself. And the city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

Chaya Lindner is a Jewish teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. She becomes a courier and travels between the Jewish ghettos of Poland, smuggling goods. After a mission goes terribly wrong, Chaya's network shatters. She is alone and unsure of where to go, until a member of her cell finds her and delivers a message that chills Chaya to her core, and sends her on a journey toward an even larger uprising in the works --- in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed is stuck in a city that wants nothing to do with him. Newly arrived in Brussels, Belgium, Ahmed fled a life of uncertainty and suffering in Syria, only to lose his father on the perilous journey to the shores of Europe. Now Ahmed’s struggling to get by on his own, but he’s starting to lose hope. Then he meets Max, a 13-year-old American boy. Max is struggling at his new school, but with one startling discovery, Max and Ahmed’s lives collide and they become friends. Together, Max and Ahmed' will learn from each other what it means to be brave and how hope can change your destiny.

Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood - Historical Fiction
With Nazis bombing London every night, it’s time for thirteen-year-old Ken to escape. He suspects his stepmother is glad to see him go, but his dad says he’s one of the lucky ones --- one of ninety boys and girls to ship out aboard the SS City of Benares to safety in Canada. Life aboard the luxury ship is grand --- nine-course meals, new friends, and a life far from the bombs, rations, and his stepmum’s glare. And after five days at sea, the ship’s officers announce that they’re out of danger. They’re wrong. Late that night, an explosion hurls Ken from his bunk. They’ve been hit. Torpedoed! The Benares is sinking fast. 

Follow the adventures of these young female pioneers as they battle not only enemies in the skies but sexism and inequality in their own teams, and encounter legends like Jackie "Speed Queen" Cochran. Risking their lives countless times in feats of incredible bravery, the Women Airforce Service Pilots --- WASPs --- of the Second World War are honored in this beautiful story based on actual events, illustrated in Sally Deng's raw, dynamic style.

Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest presidents of all time. But what did it take to rise from frontier poverty? To lead his country through the Civil War? To alter the course of history forever? Father-daughter team Tom and Leila Hirschfeld's tongue-in-cheek biography explores 10 crucial decisions in one amazing life. With over 100 pieces of archival and original art, fun facts, sidebars, historical trivia and more, this book follows Abe's footsteps through the close calls that defined his leadership and shaped America as we know it today.

Highlighting notable and inspiring women from across the globe and throughout time, THE A-Z OF WONDER WOMEN features biographies of trailblazers and groundbreakers, including Ada Lovelace, Oprah Winfrey, Ruth Ginsberg and Wajeha al-Huwaider. This empowering alphabet-style book celebrates a wide range of skills and masteries in the arts, politics and activism, STEM and more, providing accessible facts about these heroic women --- and inspiring young readers to make the change they want to see in the world.

A family moves into an old, abandoned house. Jules's parents love the house, but Jules is frightened and feels a sense of foreboding. When she sees a pale face in an upstairs window, though, she can't stop wondering about the eerie presence on the top floor --- in a room with a locked door. Could it be someone who lived in the house a century earlier? Her fear replaced by fascination, Jules is determined to make contact with the mysterious figure and help unlock the door. Past and present intersect as she and her ghostly friend discover the fate of the family who lived in the house all those many years ago.