OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Strange Birds Book Cover

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers / Celia C. Pérez

A series of unlikely circumstances bring friendship to four tween girls for an unforgettable summer.  Each girl comes from a unique background, and struggle at first to find common ground but eventually come together to support a shared cause.  Through a series of targeted efforts, the girls learn about the history of the cultures of their town, social activism, and the bonds of friendship. …

 
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Odd Gods / David Slavin

There are Greek Gods, and then there are Greek “Odds”.  Oddonis and Adonis may be twin sons of Zeus, but they are as different as can be.  Adonis is good-looking, strong, and popular.  Oddonis isn’t sure where he fits in when it comes to the world of the gods, but he’s excited for a fresh start in middle school, where he befriends several other “odds”. …

 
Homerooms

Homerooms & Hall Passes / Tom O'Donnell

Dungeons & Dragons and other role-playing games are there for us when we want to get a little adventure in our lives, but what do actual fantasy adventurers do when THEY want to relax?  Play Homerooms & Hall Passes, of course!  Join a hilarious group of dungeoneering friends as they try to play the game of middle school… but get transported there for real! …

 
Starshepherd

The Star Shepherd / Dan Haring and MarcyKate Connolly

Forget everything you know about the stars in the night sky for this fantastic read—because in Kyro’s world, they hang up in the heavens on hooks, stored in burlap sacks for safety.  Kyro is learning his father’s trade, which involves finding fallen stars, putting them in sturdier cases, and catapulting them back into the sky where they belong.  What happens,…

 
Lalani

Lalani of the Distant Sea / Erin Entrada Kelly

Across the distant sea from Lalani’s home island of Sanlagita, exists a beautiful island that is nothing like her home.  According to the stories, the island to the north is lush, vibrant, safe, and full of useful medicinal plants—not to mention that it doesn’t have Sanlagita’s frightening mountain looming menacingly over its inhabitants.  The trouble is, not a single expedition sent to the other island has ever made it there safely. …