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October 2022 Adult List

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  1. The Atlas Paradox
    by Olivie Blake
    Tor Books
    Oct 25, 2022
    FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary
    Hardback

    Description

    The Atlas Paradox is the long-awaited sequel to Olivie Blake's New York Times bestselling dark academic sensation The Atlas Six?guaranteed to have even more yearning, backstabbing, betrayal, and chaos.

    Six magicians were presented with the opportunity of a lifetime.
    Five are now members of the Society.
    Two paths lay before them.

    All must pick a side.

    Alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and The Society of Alexandrians will be revealed for what it is: a secret society with raw, world-changing power, headed by a man whose plans to change life as we know it are already under way.

    "The Atlas Six introduced six of the most devious, talented, and flawed characters to ever find themselves in a magical library, and then sets them against one another in a series of stunning betrayals and reversals. As much a delicious contest of wit, will, and passion as it is of magic...half mystery, half puzzle, and wholly a delight."?New York Times bestselling author Holly Black

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  2. The Ghost Woods
    by C.J. Cooke
    HarperCollins
    Oct 13, 2022
    FICTION / Occult & Supernatural
    Hardback

    Description

    Look out for C.J. Cooke’s atmospheric new novel . . .

    ‘Original and compelling, The Ghost Woods is a beautifully written, chilling tale that will stay with the reader long after the book is finished’ Elizabeth Lee
    ‘[C.J. Cooke is] a master of the feminist gothic!’ Katherine May
    The Ghost Woods rattles along, with a twisty plot that defies expectations right from the start . . . highly enjoyable’ Sally Hinchcliffe

    In the midst of the woods stands a house called Lichen Hall.

    This place is shrouded in folklore – old stories of ghosts, of witches, of a child who is not quite a child.

    Now the woods are creeping closer, and something has been unleashed.

    Pearl Gorham arrives in 1965, one of a string of young women sent to Lichen Hall to give birth. And she soon suspects the proprietors are hiding something.

    Then she meets the mysterious mother and young boy who live in the grounds – and together they begin to unpick the secrets of this place.

    As the truth comes to the surface and the darkness moves in, Pearl must rethink everything she knew – and risk what she holds most dear.

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  3. Our Missing Hearts
    by Celeste Ng
    Viking
    Oct 04, 2022
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardback

    Description

    Named a Most-Anticipated Book by TIME, Vulture, Buzzfeed, The Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press, The Millions, LitHub, Goodreads, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and more...

    “As lyrical as it is chilling, as astonishing as it is empathic, Our Missing Hearts arguably achieves literary perfection.”
    Booklist (starred review)

    From the number one bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere, a deeply suspenseful and heartrending novel about the unbreakable love between a mother and child in a society consumed by fear


    Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner lives a quiet existence with his loving but broken father, a former linguist who now shelves books in Harvard University’s library. Bird knows to not ask too many questions, stand out too much, or stray too far. For a decade, their lives have been governed by laws written to preserve “American culture” in the wake of years of economic instability and violence. To keep the peace and restore prosperity, the authorities are now allowed to relocate children of dissidents, especially those of Asian origin, and libraries have been forced to remove books seen as unpatriotic—including the work of Bird’s mother, Margaret, a Chinese American poet who left the family when he was nine years old.

    Bird has grown up disavowing his mother and her poems; he doesn’t know her work or what happened to her, and he knows he shouldn’t wonder. But when he receives a mysterious letter containing only a cryptic drawing, he is drawn into a quest to find her. His journey will take him back to the many folktales she poured into his head as a child, through the ranks of an underground network of librarians, into the lives of the children who have been taken, and finally to New York City, where a new act of defiance may be the beginning of much-needed change.

    Our Missing Hearts is an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice. It’s a story about the power—and limitations—of art to create change, the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children, and how any of us can survive a broken world with our hearts intact.
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  4. Uphill
    by Jemele Hill
    Henry Holt and Co.
    Oct 25, 2022
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Hardback

    Description

    An empowering, unabashedly bold memoir by the Atlantic journalist and former ESPN SportsCenter coanchor about overcoming a legacy of pain and forging a new path, no matter how uphill life?s battles might be.

    Jemele Hill?s world came crashing down when she called President Trump a ?white supremacist?; the White House wanted her fired from ESPN, and she was deluged with death threats. But Hill had faced tougher adversaries growing up in Detroit than a tweeting president. Beneath the exterior of one of the most recognizable journalists in America was a need?a calling?to break her family?s cycle of intergenerational trauma.

    Born in the middle of a lively routine Friday night Monopoly game to a teen mother and a heroin-addicted father, Hill constantly adjusted to the harsh realities of not only her own childhood but the inherited generational pain of her mother and grandmother. Her escape was writing.

    Hill?s mother was less than impressed with the brassy and bold free expression of her diary, but Hill never stopped discovering and amplifying her voice. Through hard work and a constant willingness to learn, Hill rose from newspaper reporter to columnist to new heights as the coanchor for ESPN?s revered SportsCenter. Soon, she earned respect and support for her fearless opinions and unshakable confidence, as well as a reputation as a trusted journalist who speaks her mind with truth and conviction.

    In Jemele Hill?s journey Uphill, she shares the whole story of her work, the women of her family, and her complicated relationship with God in an unapologetic, character-rich, and eloquent memoir.

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  5. Madly, Deeply
    by Alan Rickman
    Henry Holt and Co.
    Oct 18, 2022
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
    Hardback

    Description

    Harry Potter and Sense and Sensibility actor Alan Rickman builds upon his legacy as a world-class actor, a tireless political activist, an avid traveler, and more through his diaries—a twenty-five-year passion project in which Rickman invites readers backstage and into his life.

    Alan Rickman remains the one of the most beloved actors of all time across almost every genre in the American and British markets, from his breakout role as Die Hard’s Hans Gruber to his heart-wrenching run as Professor Severus Snape, and beyond. His air of dignity, his sonorous voice, and the knowing wit he brought to each role have captivated viewers across nearly every generation alive today.

    But Rickman’s artistry wasn’t confined to just his performances. Fans of movies, theater, and memoirs at large will delight in the intimate experience of Rickman detailing the extraordinary and the ordinary in a way that is “anecdotal, indiscreet, witty, gossipy and utterly candid.” He grants us access to his thoughts and insights on theater performances, the craft of acting, politics, friendships, work projects, and his general musings on life. Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman was written with the intention to be shared, and reading it feels as if Rickman is chatting to a close friend.

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  6. Lavender House
    by Lev AC Rosen
    Forge Books
    Oct 18, 2022
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
    Hardback

    Description

    A delicious story from a new voice in suspense, Lev AC Rosen's Lavender House is Knives Out with a queer historical twist.

    Lavender House, 1952: the family seat of recently deceased matriarch Irene Lamontaine, head of the famous Lamontaine soap empire. Irene?s recipes for her signature scents are a well guarded secret?but it's not the only one behind these gates. This estate offers a unique freedom, where none of the residents or staff hide who they are. But to keep their secret, they've needed to keep others out. And now they're worried they're keeping a murderer in.

    Irene?s widow hires Evander Mills to uncover the truth behind her mysterious death. Andy, recently fired from the San Francisco police after being caught in a raid on a gay bar, is happy to accept?his calendar is wide open. And his secret is the kind of secret the Lamontaines understand.

    Andy had never imagined a world like Lavender House. He's seduced by the safety and freedom found behind its gates, where a queer family lives honestly and openly. But that honesty doesn't extend to everything, and he quickly finds himself a pawn in a family game of old money, subterfuge, and jealousy?and Irene?s death is only the beginning.

    When your existence is a crime, everything you do is criminal, and the gates of Lavender House can?t lock out the real world forever. Running a soap empire can be a dirty business.

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  7. Amish Soups & Casseroles
    by Byler Linda
    Good Books
    Oct 04, 2022
    COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / American / General
    Paperback / softback

    Description

    75 authentic Amish soups, stews, casseroles—and delicious bread to go with them.
    Gathered from interviews with real Amish grandmothers, tattered recipe boxes, and old books and diaries, here is an assortment of delicious baked goods that have been and continue to be popular in eastern Pennsylvania, particularly in the Lancaster area. Now you too can experience the warm, comforting recipes of old order Amish cooks. Prepare to make wonderful treats such as:
    • Chicken Corn Soup
    • Ham, Green Beans, and Potato Stew
    • Beef Vegetable Soup
    • Rivvel Soup
    • Breakfast Casserole
    • Green Bean and Sausage Casserole
    • Roasht (or Chicken Filling)
    • Becky Zook Bread
    • Potato Rolls
    • And more!

    These recipes will soon become your family favorites and go-to meals for church suppers or potluck dinners. With simple ingredients and instructions that are easy to follow, you'll find yourself whipping up the same wonderful and comforting meals you'll find in Amish country.
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  8. Tastes Like Schitt
    by Rachel Floyd
    Media Lab Books
    Oct 25, 2022
    COOKING / Media Tie-In
    Hardback

    Description

    Pay homage to the quaintest hamlet in Elmdale County in this fun, unofficial cookbook inspired by the show.

    Whether you're experienced in the kitchen, or basically eat at the local café for every meal, Tastes Like Schitt has a recipe for you. Specials from Café Tropical, Jocelyn?s down-to-earth dishes, and meals from the Rosebud Motel have inspired this collection of recipes.

    With 75 full color recipes, this cookbook features appetizers, drinks, entrees, desserts, and more. Cook your way through them all as you rewatch your favorite episodes. This book makes the perfect gift for any fan of the tv show Schitt?s Creek. As you work your way through the chapters, you will be doing a lot more than just folding in the cheese for the enchilada recipe. Other dishes include:

    - Rosebud Motel Cinnamon Rolls
    - Sloppy Jocelyns
    - There?s a Dead Guy in Room 4-Cheese Macaroni
    - Twyla?s Meadow Harvest Smoothie
    - Farm Witches' Peanut Butter Things
    - Herb Ertlinger's Wine Spritzer
    - Budd's Bourbon BBQ Sauce
    - And many more!

    You'll find a variety of recipes for chefs of all levels. Easy-to-follow recipes make it possible to cook, bake and eat your way through Schitt?s Creek. Grab an apron, preheat the oven, and put on your favorite episode. Let?s make a meal that Tastes Like Schitt!

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  9. Cold Case BC
    by Eve Lazarus 'Canada'
    Arsenal Pulp Press
    Oct 11, 2022
    HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
    Paperback / softback

    Description

    In her BC bestseller Cold Case Vancouver, crime historian and reporter Eve Lazarus used investigative skills to shine a light on the city's most baffing unsolved murders. In Cold Case BC, Lazarus casts her gaze more widely on long forgotten and unsolved murder cases throughout British Columbia. These include teenager Molly Justice, who was murdered on the outskirts of Victoria after taking the bus home from work, and a follow-up to the tragic 1953 Babes in the Woods story of two children found murdered in Stanley Park, whose names were finally revealed this year in a story broken by Lazarus herself. There's also the tale of four police officers in the 1960s who committed a string of robberies that culminated in the biggest heist in Vancouver's history. Their reign of terror ended with one of the officers murdering his family before killing himself. Or were they all killed by someone else?

    Lazarus also looks at some of the province's most intriguing missing person cases, such as three-year-old Casey Bohun, who vanished from her bed in the middle of the night, and the Jack family of four, who left Prince George to work in a logging camp along the infamous Highway of Tears but were never seen again.

    Interviews with law enforcement, forensic experts, and family and friends of the victims add new life to these historical cases, some of which date back to World War II. The book also includes some cases that have been solved, revealing the painstaking investigative work and new forensic technology that ultimately brought about closure for victims' families.

    Meticulously researched, Cold Case BC is a fascinating true crime book that reveals startling details about the province's criminal past.

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  10. Midnight Storm Moonless Sky
    by Alex Soop 'Canada'
    UpRoute
    Oct 31, 2022
    FICTION / Horror
    Paperback / softback

    Description

    Blackfoot storyteller Alexander Soop plunges us into a shocking well of imagination in his debut collection of short stories, Midnight Storm Moonless Sky. From hauntings on the Highway of Tears to fearful gatherings of ghosts and the sorrows of racism, Soop combines the social anxieties of Indigenous life with spellbinding flights and frights of speculative fiction. Through these enthralling stories of reality mixed with terror, readers get a wicked glimpse into the genre of Indigenous Horror – a combination of First Nations legends, dark fantasy, apocalyptic and paranormal enchantment, and monstrous secrets. In addition to his hungering to scare the wits out of readers, Alexander Soop also examines the overlooked matters affecting First Nations across the diverse world of Turtle Island. Midnight Storm Moonless Sky is Volume One in the Indigenous Horror series, a spinoff of the UpRoute Indigenous Spirit of Nature imprint.

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September & October 2022 Juvenile and Young Adult List

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  1. I Hope
    by Monique Gray Smith 'Canada'
    Orca Book Publishers
    Sep 13, 2022
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues
    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient J, Guided Reading Level J, Lexile measure NP
    Hardback

    Description

    Poignant words from award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith about all the hopes adults have for the young people in their lives.

    The hopes we have for the children in our lives are endless. We want our young people to thrive and experience all that life has to offer, but we also feel protective of them. Using simple but powerful statements, Monique Gray Smith delivers a touching message about loving, nurturing and wishing the best for our children. Paired with Gabrielle Grimard's warm and enchanting illustrations, the message in I Hope will resonate with all parents, grandparents and caregivers.


    Praise for Monique Gray Smith:

    ★“Joyful and tender...celebrates the activities that bring gladness through family and cultural connections.”—School Library Journal, starred review for My Heart Fills With Happiness

    “Smith's text is heartwarming!”—Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature for You Hold Me Up

    “Gentle…Notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activities—and encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others.”—Publisher's Weekly for When We Are Kind

    ★“Smith tackles difficult and complex conversations with straightforwardness and compassion.”—School Library Journal, starred review for Speaking Our Truth

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  2. I Miss You, I Hate This
    by Sara Saedi
    Poppy
    Oct 11, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
    Hardback

    Description

    Five Feet Apart meets Kate in Waiting in this timely story of two best friends navigating the complexities of friendship while their world is turned upside down by a global pandemic, from the author of Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card.

    The lives of high school seniors Parisa Naficy and Gabriela Gonzales couldn't be more different. Parisa, an earnest and privileged Iranian American, struggles to live up to her own impossible standards. Gabriela, a cynical Mexican American, has all the confidence Parisa lacks but none of the financial stability. She can't help but envy Parisa's posh lifestyle whenever she hears her two moms argue about money. Despite their differences, as soon as they met on the first day of freshman year, they had an "us versus the world" mentality. Whatever the future had in store for them—the pressure to get good grades, the litany of family dramas, and the heartbreak of unrequited love—they faced it together. Until a global pandemic forces everyone into lockdown. Suddenly senior year doesn't look anything like they hoped it would. And as the whole world is tested during this time of crisis, their friendship will be, too.

    With equal parts humor and heart, Parisa's and Gabriela's stories unfold in a mix of prose, text messages, and emails as they discover new dreams, face insecurities, and confront their greatest fears.

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  3. Meet Me in Mumbai
    by Sabina Khan 'Canada'
    PUSH
    Sep 06, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Pregnancy
    Hardback

    Description

    Two generations, eighteen years apart

    Ayesha is a world away from home when she meets the boy of her dreams. Like her, Suresh is from India but going to high school in Illinois. Once they get together, they are inseparable... until a twist of fate takes Suresh back to India right when Ayesha discovers she's pregnant. Suddenly she feels she's on her own, navigating the biggest decision she'll ever make.

    Seventeen years later, Ayesha's daughter Mira finds an old box with letters addressed to her from her birth mother. Although Mira loves the moms who adopted her, she's intrigued to discover something more about her history. In one letter, Ayesha writes that if Mira can forgive her for what she had to do, she should find a way to travel to India for her eighteenth birthday and meet her.

    Mira knows she'll always regret it if she doesn't go. But is she actually ready for what she will learn?

    Meet Me in Mumbai is the extraordinary story of two teenage girls forced to understand the power and the consequences of their choices, and how family can be both formed and found over time.

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  4. A Wee Boo
    by Jessica Boyd 'Canada'
    Orca Book Publishers
    Sep 13, 2022
    JUVENILE FICTION / Ghost Stories
    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient M, Guided Reading Level M, Lexile measure AD510L
    Hardback

    Description

    This heartwarming ghost story will make readers laugh out loud and sympathize with a ghost who is too cute to be scary.

    Wee Boo is a ghost who wants nothing more than to earn her haunting license like all the other accredited ghosts. The problem? She’s far too cute to scare anyone! She’s given one last chance, with extraordinarily low standards: Boo doesn’t need to make anyone scream or gasp or shudder, she just needs one “whoa” to earn her place as a certified ghost. But she's running out of chances and her final haunting is not going well—that is until she meets a baby. When Boo makes the baby laugh, she realizes something: although she’s terrible as a scary ghost, she might just make an outstanding imaginary friend. And a baby laughing in a crib at an invisible friend might just be enough to spook someone after all—the baby's parents.

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  5. Beautiful You, Beautiful Me
    by Tasha Spillett-Sumner 'Canada'
    Owlkids
    Oct 15, 2022
    JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General
    Lexile measure AD520L, Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient I, Reading Recovery Level 16
    Hardback

    Description

    A child who looks different from her mother finds beauty and belonging in this new book from the creator of the New York Times bestseller I Sang You Down from the Stars

    Izzy’s favorite place to be is in Mama’s arms—skin to skin, safe and warm. One night, cuddled up on Mama’s lap, Izzy notices something she’s never noticed before: her skin is the color of chocolate, but Mama’s skin is the color of sand.

    When Izzy realizes she’s different from Mama in other ways, too, she feels sad and confused. She wants to be beautiful like Mama! But Mama addresses Izzy’s disappointment with a gentle, loving refrain: You’re part of me, and I’m part of you. I’m beautiful like me, and you’re beautiful like you. Finding lessons from nature and repeating her affirming message, Mama encourages Izzy to see her own unique beauty.

    This story about a multiracial child navigating identity and belonging draws from author Tasha Spillett-Sumner’s own experience growing up as an Afro-Indigenous girl. Lyrical text and warm, lively illustrations show Izzy’s journey as she learns to celebrate the differences that make her uniquely beautiful, and the connection to her mother that transcends physical traits.

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  6. Scaredy Squirrel Visits the Doctor
    by Melanie Watt 'Canada'
    Tundra Books
    Oct 25, 2022
    JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Squirrels
    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient M, Lexile measure 660L
    Hardback

    Description

    Scaredy Squirrel is exactly the character kids need today — a little bit anxious, a lot adorable and totally lovable. Join Scaredy on a hilarious adventure as he learns to brave the doctor for a check-up!

    Scaredy Squirrel keeps himself in peak physical condition. He exercises, eats a balanced diet, sings opera (to keep his lungs in shape, of course) and brushes his teeth. You might think it's to stay fit, but no — he'd rather keep a healthy distance from the doctor's office! After all, who'd want to expose themselves to the the aches and pains of pricking, poking and squeezing? It's a prescription for disaster!

    Scaredy can't avoid the doctor forever though, and when he realizes that he needs to make a quick visit to Dr. Vet to get his health certificate, he does whatever it takes to keep safe while he waits at the clinic . . . including covering himself in bubble wrap. Things don't go according to plan, and Scaredy ends up discovering that his doctor’s visit leaves him feeling better than ever!
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  7. Still This Love Goes On
    by Buffy Sainte-Marie 'Canada'
    Greystone Kids
    Sep 27, 2022
    JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
    Hardback

    Description

    “A love letter to family, home, and Indigenous traditions … This story reminds readers of the joy we experience upon returning to those whom we love and who love us.”—Kirkus STARRED Review

    From Cree-Métis artist Julie Flett and Academy Award-winning icon Buffy Sainte-Marie comes a celebration of Indigenous community, and the enduring love we hold for the people and places we are far away from.

    Based on Sainte-Marie’s song of the same name, Still This Love Goes On combines Flett’s breathtaking art with vivid lyrics to craft a stunning portrait of a Cree worldview. At the heart of this picture book is a gentle message about missing our loved ones, and the promise of seeing each other again.

    This gem of a picture book features:

    • Sheet music of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s beloved song
    • Notes from Sainte-Marie and Flett about their inspiration for the song and illustrations

    Brimming with love for community and the land, Still This Love Goes On is destined to be read and sung for generations

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  8. A Scatter of Light
    by Malinda Lo
    Dutton Books for Young Readers
    Oct 04, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBTQ+
    Hardback

    Description

    Last Night at the Telegraph Club author Malinda Lo returns to the Bay Area with another masterful queer coming-of-age story, this time set against the backdrop of the first major Supreme Court decisions legalizing gay marriage.

    Aria Tang West was looking forward to a summer on Martha’s Vineyard with her best friends—one last round of sand and sun before college. But after a graduation party goes wrong, Aria’s parents exile her to California to stay with her grandmother, artist Joan West. Aria expects boredom, but what she finds is Steph Nichols, her grandmother’s gardener. Soon, Aria is second-guessing who she is and what she wants to be, and a summer that once seemed lost becomes unforgettable—for Aria, her family, and the working-class queer community Steph introduces her to. It’s the kind of summer that changes a life forever.

    And almost sixty years after the end of Last Night at the Telegraph Club, A Scatter of Light also offers a glimpse into Lily and Kath’s lives since 1955.
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  9. Finding My Dance
    by Ria Thundercloud
    Penguin Workshop
    Sep 13, 2022
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
    Hardback

    Description

    In her debut picture book, professional Indigenous dancer Ria Thundercloud tells the true story of her path to dance and how it helped her take pride in her Native American heritage.

    At four years old, Ria Thundercloud was brought into the powwow circle, ready to dance in the special jingle dress her mother made for her. As she grew up, she danced with her brothers all over Indian country. Then Ria learned more styles--tap, jazz, ballet--but still loved the expressiveness of Indigenous dance. And despite feeling different as one of the only Native American kids in her school, she always knew she could turn to dance to cheer herself up.

    Follow along as Ria shares her dance journey--from dreaming of her future to performing as a professional--accompanied by striking illustrations that depict it while bringing her graceful movements to life.
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  10. Moonflower
    by Kacen Callender
    Scholastic Press
    Sep 06, 2022
    JUVENILE FICTION / General
    Hardback

    Description

    Kacen Callender, National Book Award winner of King and the Dragonflies, delivers a stunning novel that invites readers into a child’s struggles with mental health, and their journey to wholeness.

    Moon’s depression is overwhelming. Therapy doesn’t help, and Moon is afraid that their mom hates them because they’re sad. Moon’s only escape is traveling to the spirit realms every night, where they hope they’ll never return to the world of the living again.

    The spirit realm is where they have their one and only friend, Wolf, and where they’re excited to experience an infinite number of adventures. But when the realm is threatened, it’s up to Moon to save the spirit world.

    With the help of celestial beings and guard­ians, Moon battles monsters and shadows, and through their journey, they begin to learn that a magical adventure of love and acceptance awaits them in the world of the living, too.

    This story of hope shows readers that our souls blossom when we realize that we are as worthy and powerful as the universe itself.

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