Splendors and Glooms Booklist Editor’s Choice. Books for Youth Awards

Candlewick #ad - When clara vanishes that night, by association, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall. As they seek to puzzle out clara’s whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisini’s criminal past and wake up to his evil intentions. In fact, clara’s life is shadowed by grief, guilt, and secrets.

Winner of the newbery honor award, fantasy, Splendors and Glooms will captivate middle grade readers with mystery, magic and friendship in a Victorian gothic setting. Seira wilson, amazon editornewbery medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sorcery to a Victorian gothic thriller — an enthralling, darkly comic tale that would do Dickens proud.

Splendors and Glooms Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth Awards #ad - The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. Clara seems to have everything they lack — adoring parents, warmth, and plenty to eat.

. Lizzie rose and Parsefall are dazzled by the Wintermute home. Newbery medal winner laura amy schlitz’s Victorian gothic is a rich banquet of dark comedy, scorching magic, and the brilliant and bewitching storytelling that is her trademark. Fleeing london, they find themselves caught in a trap set by Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it’s too late.

Seeing his chance to make a fortune, puppets, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with caravan, and his two orphaned assistants.


It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

Clarion Books #ad - Set in the late 1970s this is a story about a girl from Iran trying to fit in to her new California home, a task made all the more difficult as the Iran hostage crisis unfolds. Headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Clarion Books. For the fourth time. California’s newport beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy.

Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi. Dumas gives us plenty of lighthearted laughter while telling a story that still resonates with the difficult experience of many young immigrants today.

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel #ad - Seira wilson, amazon EditorZomorod Cindy Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U. S.


Hope in The Holler

Nancy Paulsen Books #ad - This is a wonderful, big-hearted story of friendship, resilience, and kindness. Seira wilson, amazon editor* "this is a masterpiece of middle grade fiction, at once summoning the timelessness of life in rural America while blending in modern elements. School library journal, starred reviewThe poignant--and funny--story of a girl trying to be brave and find her place in the world after she's sent to live with scheming relatives.

Right before wavie's mother died, so find it! but little did wavie's mom know that events would conspire to bring Wavie back to Conley Hollow, including this one: Be brave, she gave Wavie a list of instructions to help her find her way in life, Wavie B! You got as much right to a good life as anybody, the Appalachian hometown her mother tried to leave behind.

Clarion Books. Now wavie's back in the Holler--and in the clutches of her Aunt Samantha Rose. But wavie's mother taught her to always be brave and this spunky heroine isn't one to let poor circumstances hold her down. Must now contend with the scheming relatives she's been sent to live with. After suffering the loss of her mother, Wavie B.

Hope in The Holler #ad - Life with the devilish samantha rose and her revolting cousin Hoyt is no picnic, and making friends with the funny, but there's real pleasure in sleeping in her own mother's old bed, easygoing kids her aunt calls the "neighborhood-no-accounts. With their help, wavie just might be able to prevent her aunt from becoming her legal guardian, and find her courage and place in the world.


My Side of the Mountain

Dutton Books for Young Readers #ad - Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever. An extraordinary book. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. A novel of survival, bravery, and self-discovery that still resonates with kids about to enter their teen years.

Seira wilson, amazon editor"Should appeal to all rugged individualists who dream of escape to the forest. The new york times book review sam gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods—all by himself. For anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to run away and live in the woods, Jean Craighead George's award-winning classic is still appealing to hearts and minds with her story of a young man who does just that.

My Side of the Mountain #ad - It will be read year after year. The horn Book Clarion Books.


Walk Two Moons: A Harper Classic

HarperCollins #ad - Along the way, who received mysterious messages, who met a "potential lunatic, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, " and whose mother disappeared. As sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold—the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

. In her own singularly beautiful style, one funny, to create a heartwarming, loss, one bittersweet, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, and utterly moving story of love, compelling, and the complexity of human emotion. Clarion Books. This harper classic edition features new back matter, including a teacher’s guide with discussion questions and exclusive information about the author.

Walk Two Moons: A Harper Classic #ad - Thirteen-year-old salamanca tree hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "Indian-ness in her blood, " travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents.


The Mark of the Dragonfly World of Solace Series

Delacorte Books for Young Readers #ad - Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home. The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. This is a book that is sure to leave readers eager for the next installment. Seira wilson, the new york times bestseller the mark of the dragonfly is a fast-paced adventure story about a mysterious girl and a fearless boy, and The School of Good and Evil, The City of Ember, Amazon EditorFor fans of Frozen, set in a magical world that is both exciting and dangerous.

Piper has never seen the mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields. The girl doesn't remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she's from the Dragonfly Territories and that she's protected by the king. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year.

The Mark of the Dragonfly World of Solace Series #ad - A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey. Praise for the mark of the dragonfly:  ★ “This magnetic middle-grade debut…is a page-turner that defies easy categorization and ought to have broad appeal. Publishers weekly, brains, starred  ★ “Heart, and courage find a home in a steampunk fantasy worthy of a nod from Baum.

Kirkus reviews, starred  ★ “A fantastic and original tale of adventure and magic.


A Tale Dark and Grimm

Dutton Books for Young Readers #ad - As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, edible houses, they learn the true story behind and beyond the bread crumbs, and outwitted witches. Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.

Adam gidwitz's creative re-telling of the Brothers Grimm tales will keep middle grade readers spellbound all the way to the end. Seira wilson, amazon editorin this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. The story of hansel and Gretel as you've never seen it.

A Tale Dark and Grimm #ad - . Clarion Books.


Lost in the Sun

Philomel Books #ad - Trent’s pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he's not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is. If only trent could make that fresh start happen. It isn’t until trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little—the girl with the mysterious scar across her face—that things begin to change.

Because fresh starts aren’t always easy. This is a powerful novel of finding the courage to tell hard truths, and not letting the past define us. Seira wilson, amazon editorfrom the author of A Tangle of Knots and Absolutely Almost, a touching story about a boy who won't let one tragic accident define him.

Lost in the Sun #ad - Praise for lost in the sun:  a publishers weekly Best Book of the Year! * "Graff writes with stunning insight and consistently demonstrates why character-driven novels can live from generation to generation. Kirkus reviews *starred** "graff creates layered, vulnerable characters that are worth getting to know.

Booklist *starred** "An ambitious and gracefully executed story. Publishers weekly *starred*    * "Weighty matters deftly handled with humor and grace will give this book wide appeal. School library journal *STARRED* * "Characterization is thoughtful. Bccb *starred* “in lost in the sun, trent decides that he will speak the truth: that pain and anger and loss are not the final words, that goodness can find us after all—even when we hide from it.


Hour of the Bees

Candlewick #ad - Readers who dream that there’s something more out there will be enchanted by this captivating novel of family, renewal, and discovering the wonder of the world. A beautifully written novel about a 12-year-old girl named Carol who spends the summer with her parents at her grandfather's ranch as he falls under the fog of dementia.

. At first, carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots. Clarion Books. Candlewick Press MA. While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia.

Hour of the Bees #ad - But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, Carol finds herself drawn to him, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. The stories carol's grandfather shares become part of Carol's story too, and this moving introduction to magical realism and coming-of-age is a good fit for pre-teens.

Seira wilson, amazon editorwhat does it mean to be fully alive? Magic blends with reality in a stunning coming-of-age novel about a girl, a grandfather, wanderlust, and reclaiming your roots. Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them.


Pennyroyal Academy

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers #ad - Larson’s pennyroyal academy masterfully combines adventure, humor, and magical mischief—perfect for fans of The School for Good and Evil. Pennyroyal academy: seeking bold, courageous youths to become tomorrow's princesses and knights… Come one, come all!A girl from the forest arrives in a bustling kingdom with no name and no idea why she is there, only to find herself at the center of a world at war.

She enlists at pennyroyal academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons. And with the witch forces moving nearer, she discovers that the war between princesses and witches is much more personal than she could ever have imagined. A modern twist on fairy tale characters that's full of girl power.

Pennyroyal Academy #ad - Putnam Publishing Group. Pennyroyal academy trains future knights and princesses, not for high tea but for battle with dragons and witches. Candlewick Press MA. There, ” she must endure a harsh training regimen under the steel glare of her Fairy Drillsergeant, given the name “Evie, while also navigating an entirely new world of friends and enemies.

An action-packed portal for readers to explore middle grade fantasy from a familiar point of view. Seira wilson, amazon EditorSet in Grimm’s fairytale world, M. A.


Tumble & Blue

Dial Books #ad - Putnam Publishing Group. But in 1817, when two fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. And their descendants. Clarion Books. When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him.

Candlewick Press MA. With disastrous consequences for both. They’re going to face Munch the gator themselves, and they’re going to reclaim their destinies. Now, tumble wilson and blue montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish the bad luck that’s followed them around for all of their lives.

Tumble & Blue #ad - Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones. Tumble & blue combines folklore, magic, and friendship in a rich tale of destiny and adventure perfect for tween readers. Seira wilson, amazon editorfrom the new york times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus comes the magic-infused story of a golden gator, two cursed kids, and how they take their destinies into their own hands.

But what if the legend of munch is nothing but a legend, after all? full of friendship, Cassie Beasley’s newest middle grade book is another crowd-pleasing heart-warmer—perfect for reading by yourself, family, and the everyday magic and adventure that readers of Savvy and A Snicker of Magic love, or sharing with someone you love.