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Spindlefish and Stars

by Christiane M. Andrews Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 21, 2020)

Inspired by Greek mythology, this spellbinding fantasy invites readers to seek connections, to forge their own paths, and to explore the power of storytelling in our interwoven histories.

In which a story is...

The Canyon's Edge

by Dusti Bowling Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 07, 2020)

Hatchet meets Long Way Down in this heartfelt and gripping novel in verse about a young girl's struggle for survival after a climbing trip with her father goes terribly wrong.

One year after a random shooting...

The Messy Life of Blue

by Shawna Railey Yellow Jacket (June 02, 2020)

Eleven-year-old "Blue" Warren is cursed with three bothersome brothers, a too-busy father, a recently deceased mother, and she's annoyed. With humor, hijinks, and heart, this debut novel is a touching tale of...

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

by Annabel Pitcher & David Tennant Hachette Book Group (August 14, 2012)

Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his dad and his teenage sister Jasmine for a "fresh new start." Five years ago, his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb....

Tim's Goodbye

by Steven Salerno Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (April 16, 2018)

A touching picture book about a group of children who must say goodbye to a dear friend.

Margot is sad because her beloved pet, Tim, has died.

She and her friends band together to give him a proper sendoff. Melinda...

Boats for Papa

by Jessixa Bagley Roaring Brook Press (June 29, 2015)

Buckley and his Mama live in a cozy cabin by the ocean. He loves to carve boats out of the driftwood he finds on the beach nearby.

He makes:

big boats

long boats

short boats and

tall boats,

each one more beautiful...


by Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise Feiwel & Friends (July 17, 2017)

Eli the dog has been with Astrid since her parents brought her home from the hospital as a baby. Now Astrid is getting older, and so is Eli. Before he slows down too much, Astrid wants to make fun memories with...


by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Roaring Brook Press (September 24, 2018)

How many shades of blue are there?

There's the soft blue of a baby's cherished blanket, the ocean blue of a romp in the waves, the chilly blue of a cold winter's walk in the snow, and the true blue of the bond...

Where Lily Isn't

by Julie Paschkis & Margaret Chodos-Irvine Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (January 20, 2020)

Where Lily Isn't is Julie Paschkis and Margaret Chodos-Irvine's beautiful bereavement picture book celebrating the love of a lost pet.

Lily ran and jumped and barked and whimpered and growled and wiggled and...

Big Cat, Little Cat

by Elisha Cooper Roaring Brook Press (March 13, 2017)

A 2018 Caldecott Honor book

There was a cat

who lived alone.

Until the day

a new cat came . . .

And so a story of friendship begins, following the two cats through their days, months, and years until one day, the...

Bone Dog

by Eric Rohmann Roaring Brook Press (July 18, 2011)

This ebook includes audio narration.

One of School Library Journal's Best Picture Books of 2011

One of Horn Book's Best Picture Books of 2011

Ghost dogs and skeletons in a tall tale with a tender heart from the...

The Heaven of Animals

by Nancy Tillman Feiwel & Friends (September 01, 2014)

With all of my heart, I believe it is true

that there is a heaven for animals, too.

The heaven of animals is a magical place. Angels know every dog's favorite game; cats bask in their own rays of sunshine; horses...

The Girl and the Witch's Garden

by Erin Bowman Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 23, 2020)

“As enchanting as it is wise, the true magic of this secret garden story is in its unflinching, heart-wrenching exploration of grief, belonging, and inner strength. Once I stepped into the witch’s garden...

Minus Me

by Ingelin Røssland Rock the Boat (July 02, 2015)

It’s not always easy to become the person you want to be.

When Linda discovers that she has a life-threatening heart condition, she refuses to be wrapped in cotton wool. Determined to experience everything...

The Secret Life of Sam

by Kim Ventrella & Todd Menesses HarperCollins (September 29, 2020)

The timelessness of Bridge to Terabithia meets the wonder of Big Fish in this bittersweet, magical story, perfect for fans of Barbara O'Connor, Lisa Graff, and Dan Gemeinhart.

When Sam's dad dies in a car accident,...

Dan Unmasked

by Chris Negron & Josh Hurley HarperCollins (July 28, 2020)

This heartfelt middle grade debut about grief, creativity, and the healing power of friendship shows that not all heroes wear capes and is perfect for fans of John David Anderson and Ali Benjamin.

Whether they're...

Nowhere but Here

by Katie McGarry, Marguerite Gavin & Sean Pratt Harlequin Audio (July 14, 2015)

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible 

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it...

Through to You

by Emily Hainsworth & Jesse Bernstein Balzer + Bray (October 02, 2012)

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when...

Eleven and Holding

by Mary Penney & Cassandra Morris HarperCollins (June 07, 2016)

Macy Hollinquest is eleven years old, and don't count on her to change that anytime soon.

Her birthday is just days away, but she has no intention of turning twelve without her dad by her side. He'd promised...

Swing Sideways

by Nanci Turner Steveson & Tara Sands HarperCollins (May 03, 2016)

Perfect for fans of Bridge to Terabithia and Walk Two Moons, this debut middle grade novel is the story of two girls and the unforgettable summer in which they learn about true friendship and loss.      ...

Ashes to Ashes

by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian, Madeleine Maby & Joy Osmanski et al. Simon & Schuster Audio (September 16, 2014)

Think Mary, Kat, and Lillia have nothing left to lose? Think again. The fiery conclusion to the Burn for Burn trilogy from New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (soon to be...

We All Looked Up

by Tommy Wallach, Sarah Steele, Hannah Dunne & Seth Numrich et al. Simon & Schuster Audio (March 24, 2015)

Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in Tommy Wallach's New York Times bestselling "stunning debut" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)....

Thanks for the Trouble

by Tommy Wallach & Francisco Pryor Garat Simon & Schuster Audio (February 23, 2016)

A unique story about first--and last--loves from the celebrated and bestselling author of We All Looked Up.

Parker Santé hasn't spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips...

The Epidemic

by Suzanne Young & Rebekkah Ross Simon & Schuster Audio (April 19, 2016)

Can one girl help others find closure by slipping into the identities of their loved ones? Find out in this riveting sequel to The Remedy and companion to the New York Times bestselling The Program and The Treatment...

The Telling

by Alexandra Sirowy & Madeleine Maby Simon & Schuster Audio (August 02, 2016)

A chilling new novel about a girl who must delve into her past if she wants to live long enough to have a future, when a series of murders that are eerily similar to the dark stories her brother used to tell...

The Adjustment

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

by Grant Overstake & Tavia Gilbert Grant Overstake (March 31, 2015)

See what can happen when you follow your dreams!

Maggie Steele is a gritty farm girl from tiny Grain Valley,Kansas, who pours her broken heart into the daring, dangerous sport ofpole-vaulting. Driven by a secret...

The Lost Flower Children

by Janet Taylor Lisle & Caitlin Davies Blackstone Publishing (November 01, 2012)

Motherless Olivia and Nellie go to live with their elderly Great-Aunt Minty, who knows little about children, but a lot about her overgrown garden. Then one day, Olivia finds an old teacup in a flowerbed--and...

It's the End of the World as I Know It

by Matthew Landis & Matt Godfrey Blackstone Publishing (December 24, 2019)

Derrick is sure that doomsday is coming, and he's prepping to survive--whether his friends believe him or not--in this middle-grade novel for fans of Gary Schmidt, Gordon Korman, and Jack Gantos.

Ever since his...

My Brother Sam Is Dead

by James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier & John C. Brown Blackstone Publishing (October 01, 2011)

The classic story of one family torn apart by the Revolutionary War

All his life, Tim Meeker has looked up to his brother. Sam is smart and brave, and is now a part of the American Revolution. Not everyone in...

The Linden Tree

by Ellie Mathews & Marguerite Gavin Blackstone Publishing (July 18, 2008)

When eleven-year-old Katy Sue loses her mother to meningitis, she and her family must adjust to life without her. The rural farm in the 1940s provides a natural backdrop that is rhythmic and routine but unforgiving,...

The Shiloh Renewal

by Joan Leslie Woodruff & Rebecca Rogers Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Two teenage girls, sisters a year apart, are in a terrible auto accident near where they live, a few miles from the Civil War battlefield at Shiloh. Penny, the older sister, is killed outright, while Sandy,...

The Thing About Jellyfish

by Ali Benjamin & Sarah Franco Little, Brown Young Readers (September 22, 2015)

This stunning debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim, including selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist!

After her best...

Not If I See You First

by Eric Lindstrom & Lauren Fortgang Little, Brown Young Readers (December 01, 2015)

In the tradition of Gayle Forman and John Green comes this extraordinary YA debut about a blind teen girl navigating life and love in high school.

Parker Grant doesn't need 20/20 vision to see right through...

A Million Miles Away

by Lara Avery & Kara Bartell Little, Brown Young Readers (July 07, 2015)

Twin sisters Kelsey and Michelle Maxfield look identical -- but they couldn't be more different. Kelsey is the captain of the dance team and loves her cute college boyfriend, Davis. Michelle is a free-spirited...

The Invisible Leash

by Patrice Karst & Joanne Lew-Vriethoff Little, Brown Young Readers (December 03, 2019)

From the author of the modern classic and bestselling phenomenon The Invisible String comes a tender story about permanent loss that also celebrates the joy that animals give us in this life and beyond.


The Light in the Lake

by Sarah R. Baughman & Caitlin Kelly Little, Brown Young Readers (September 03, 2019)

Go on a journey of discovery, magic, science, and hope with this remarkable debut novel about a girl's powerful connection to a mysterious lake.

Twelve-year-old Addie should stay away from Maple Lake. After all,...

The Red Pencil

by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Shane W. Evans Little, Brown Young Readers (September 16, 2014)

"Amira, look at me," Muma insists.She collects both my hands in hers."The Janjaweed attack without warning.If ever they come-- run."

Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities....

Can't Look Away

by Donna Cooner & Sandy Rustin Scholastic Inc. Audio (August 01, 2019)

Donna Cooner establishes herself as our own Jodi Picoult in this timely tale of sisters, loss, and redemption. Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the Internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on...

A Taxonomy of Love

by Rachael Allen Amulet Books (January 08, 2018)

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A Georgia Center for the Book Book All Young Georgians Should Read

The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows...

The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters

by M. J. Beaufrand Amulet Books (May 11, 2015)

In Portland in 1983, girls are disappearing. Noah, a teen punk with a dark past, becomes obsessed with finding out where they’ve gone—and he’s convinced their disappearance has something to do with the...

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

by Joanne Rocklin Amulet Books (March 31, 2012)

In this warmhearted middle-grade novel, Oona and her brother, Fred, love their cat Zook (short for Zucchini), but Zook is sick. As they conspire to break him out of the vet's office, convinced he can only get...