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Stella Book Jacket - Girl Hugging Beagle dog in front of a tree

Stella / McCall Hoyle

Stella has a lot of regret in her little beagle body—she used to sniff for bombs, until one day, she got distracted, and her beloved handler paid the price for her inattention.  Nobody seems to have the will or the right skills to help Stella get better and trust herself again.  Will Stella find a person to love again, and maybe even find a new purpose and way to be useful? …

 
Hideandseeker

Hide and Seeker / Daka Hermon

Have you ever bent the rules during a game with your friends?  You may not want to after reading about what happens to Justin and his friends when they break the rules for Hide and Seek at a backyard party that was meant to celebrate the return of another friend, Zee, who had been missing for a year.  Justin can tell right away that something is very off with Zee,…

 
Howtobee

How to Bee / Bren MacDibble

Can you imagine what it might be like if we no longer had honeybees?  Peony lives on a farm in a future in which this has happened—and her fondest wish is to become a Bee herself.  To be a Bee in Peony’s time means that you are a small, nimble young person who can climb trees and use a wand to pollinate fruit trees so that crops can grow–and so that the farm where most of her family lives and works can prosper. …

 
Inkling

Inkling / Kenneth Oppel

Ethan’s graphic novel artist dad is having trouble coming up with anything new for his job, and Ethan is having trouble getting started on his own illustrations for a school art project.  Thankfully, timely inspiration comes to them both in the form of a living blob of ink from Ethan’s dad’s studio.  Does their new friend Inkling have a more important purpose,…

 
Placeatthetable

A Place at the Table / Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan

Sara is a very quiet artist from a Muslim family, and Elizabeth is an extrovert who is interested in cooking and is from a Jewish family.  As the two sixth-graders get to know more about each other in Sara’s mom’s cooking class, they discover they have much more in common than they might have thought.  Their new friendship will be tested many times,…