1. Bright Brown Baby
    by Andrea Davis Pinkney
    Orchard Books
    Jan 04, 2022
    JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American & Black
    Hardcover
    Bright Brown Baby
    by Andrea Davis Pinkney
    Orchard Books
    Jan 04, 2022
    JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American & Black
    Hardcover
    A rhythmic, whimsically illustrated celebration of Black and brown babies and the joy, tender moments, and boundless love shared between children and their caregivers, from New York Times bestselling and award-winning duo Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney.

    Brown baby, born bright.

    Greet the world. Spread your light.

    Sparkling eyes blink hello.

    Bright brown baby, you will GO!

    Cuddle up with your little one, read aloud, and REPEAT: This gorgeous picture book treasury is sure to become your favorite storytime anthem. Dive into these five beautiful poems that celebrate the tender, cozy, early days between parent and child, and the exuberant joy of watching a brand-new life take shape. Warm, winsome, and welcoming illustrations from Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney exude joy and love on every page. Bouncing, rhythmic text from New York Times bestselling author Andrea Davis Pinkney rolls off the tongue and begs to be read aloud, in these poems that include "Count to Love," "Hey, Baby Girl!," and "Baby Boy, You are a Star."

    A celebration of Black and brown joy, babies, and families, this beautiful picture book treasury is the perfect gift item, bookshelf staple, and long-lasting classic in the making. Just right for new and expectant parents, baby showers, birthdays, graduations, and more, this book is sure to be treasured for years to come.

    And if you're looking for a board book edition for baby? Each poem will also be released as a separate board book edition, with Count to Love out now!

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  2. Ashes of Gold
    by J. Elle
    Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Jan 11, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary
    Lexile measure HL600L
    Hardcover
    Ashes of Gold
    by J. Elle
    Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Jan 11, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary
    Lexile measure HL600L
    Hardcover
    In the “thrilling…masterful” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicole Yoon calls “bold, inventive, big-hearted, and deeply perceptive,” Rue makes her final stand to reclaim her people’s stolen magic.

    Rue has no memory of how she ended up locked in a basement prison without her magic or her allies. But she’s a girl from East Row. And girls from East Row don’t give up. Girls from East Row pick themselves back up when they fall. Girls from East Row break themselves out.

    But getting free and finding her friends is only half the battle. Rue vows that when she reunites with them, she will find a way to return the magic that the Chancellor has stolen from her father’s people. Yet even on Yiyo Peak, Rue is a misfit; with half a foot back in Houston and a heart that is half human, half god, she’s not sure she’s the right person to lead the fight to reclaim a glorious past.

    When a betrayal sends her into a tailspin, Rue must decide who to trust and how to be the leader that her people deserve, because if she doesn’t, it isn’t just Yiyo that will be destroyed—it will be Rue herself.
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  3. Heartstopper #4: A Graphic Novel
    by Alice Oseman
    Graphix
    Jan 04, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
    Lexile measure HL370L
    Hardcover
    Heartstopper #4: A Graphic Novel
    by Alice Oseman
    Graphix
    Jan 04, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
    Lexile measure HL370L
    Hardcover

    The fourth volume in the wonderfully sweet Heartstopper series, featuring gorgeous two-color artwork.

    Now streaming on Netflix!

    Charlie and Nick's relationship has been going really well, and Charlie thinks he's ready to say those three little words: I love you.

    Nick feels the same way, but he's got a lot on his mind -- especially the thought of coming out to his dad and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder.

    As a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick will have to learn what love really means.

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  4. Big as a Giant Snail
    by Jess Keating 'Canada'
    Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Jan 18, 2022
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General
    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient V, Lexile measure IG1020L
    Hardcover
    Big as a Giant Snail
    by Jess Keating 'Canada'
    Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Jan 18, 2022
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General
    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient V, Lexile measure IG1020L
    Hardcover
    Go big or go home! Meet the biggest weirdos on Earth in this colosally cool collection from the team that brought you Pink Is For Blobfish.

    It's a big wide world, full of critters that are larger than life! Sure, there are the usual suspects: blue whales, polar bears, elephant seals . . . but others will take you by surprise. The giant snail, for instance, or the ginormous Atlas moth. Like Pink Is for Blobfish and Cute as an Axolotl, Big as a Giant Snail will cover a wide variety of species, while subtly delving into misconceptions and stereotypes associated with size. Best of all? These tall tales are totally true!

    "Awe-inspiring... This work fits into so many lessons, from endangered species to climate change and habitat preservation, that it’s hard to imagine a collection that would not benefit from having it on its shelves." —School Library Journal
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  5. Akata Woman
    by Nnedi Okorafor
    Viking Books for Young Readers
    Jan 18, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches
    Hardcover
    Akata Woman
    by Nnedi Okorafor
    Viking Books for Young Readers
    Jan 18, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches
    Hardcover
    Akata Woman is the New York Times bestselling third book in the series that started with Akata Witch, named one of Time magazine's "100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time" and "100 Best YA Books of All Time," from award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor.

    "In this series, Okorafor creates a stunningly original world of African magic that draws on Nigerian folk beliefs and rituals instead of relying on the predictable tropes of Western fantasy novels."
    —Time magazine

    From the moment Sunny Nwazue discovered she had mystical energy flowing in her blood, she sought to understand and control her powers. Throughout her adventures in Akata Witch and Akata Warrior, she had to navigate the balance between nearly everything in her life—America and Nigeria, the "normal" world and the one infused with juju, human and spirit, good daughter and powerful Leopard Person.

    Now, those hard lessons and abilities are put to the test in a quest so dangerous and fantastical, it would be madness to go...but may destroy the world if she does not. With the help of her friends, Sunny embarks on a mission to find a precious object hidden deep in an otherworldly realm. Defeating the guardians of the prize will take more from Sunny than she has to give, and triumph will mean she will be forever changed.
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  6. The Ivory Key
    by Akshaya Raman
    Clarion Books
    Jan 04, 2022
    Hardcover
    The Ivory Key
    by Akshaya Raman
    Clarion Books
    Jan 04, 2022
    Hardcover

    In this epic YA fantasy debut, magic, a prized resource, is the only thing between peace and war. When magic runs out, four estranged royal siblings must find a new source before their country is swallowed by invading forces. The first in an Indian-inspired duology that’s perfect for fans of There Will Come a Darkness, The Gilded Wolves, and We Hunt the Flame.

    Vira, Ronak, Kaleb, and Riya may be siblings, but they've never been close or even liked each other that much. Torn apart by the different paths their lives have taken, only one thing can bring them back together: the search for the Ivory Key, a thing of legend that will lead the way to a new source of magic.

    Magic is Ashoka's biggest export and the only thing standing between them and war with the neighboring kingdoms—as long as their enemies don't find out that the magic mines are nearly depleted.

    The siblings all have something to gain from finding the Ivory Key, and even more to lose if they don't. For Vira, the Ivory Key is the only way to live up to the legacy of her mother, the beloved former maharani. Ronak plans to get out of his impending political marriage by selling the Ivory Key to the highest bidder. Kaleb has been falsely accused of assassinating the former maharani, and this is the only way to clear his name. And Riya needs to prove her loyalty to the Ravens, the group of rebels that wants to take control away from the maharani and give it to the people.

    With each sibling harboring secrets and conflicting agendas, figuring out a way to work together may be the most difficult task of all. And in a quest this dangerous, working together is the only way to survive.

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  7. Signs of Survival: A Memoir of the Holocaust
    by Renee Hartman
    Scholastic Nonfiction
    Jan 04, 2022
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Holocaust
    Hardcover
    Signs of Survival: A Memoir of the Holocaust
    by Renee Hartman
    Scholastic Nonfiction
    Jan 04, 2022
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Holocaust
    Hardcover

    RENEE: I was ten years old then, and my sister was eight. The responsibility was on me to warn everyone when the soldiers were coming because my sister and both my parents were deaf.

    I was my family's ears.

    Meet Renee and Herta, two sisters who faced the unimaginable -- together. This is their true story.

    As Jews living in 1940s Czechoslovakia, Renee, Herta, and their parents were in immediate danger when the Holocaust came to their door. As the only hearing person in her family, Renee had to alert her parents and sister whenever the sound of Nazi boots approached their home so they could hide.

    But soon their parents were tragically taken away, and the two sisters went on the run, desperate to find a safe place to hide. Eventually they, too, would be captured and taken to the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. Communicating in sign language and relying on each other for strength in the midst of illness, death, and starvation, Renee and Herta would have to fight to survive the darkest of times.

    This gripping memoir, told in a vivid "oral history" format, is a testament to the power of sisterhood and love, and now more than ever a reminder of how important it is to honor the past, and keep telling our own stories.

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  8. Coming Back
    by Jessi Zabarsky
    Random House Graphic
    Jan 18, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient X, Lexile measure HL520L
    Hardcover
    Coming Back
    by Jessi Zabarsky
    Random House Graphic
    Jan 18, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient X, Lexile measure HL520L
    Hardcover
    A beautiful graphic novel fantasy romance that follows two young women who have to go on their own separate adventures to discover the truth about themselves and about each other.

    Preet is magic.

    Valissa is not.

    Everyone in their village has magic in their bones, and Preet is the strongest of them all. Without any power of her own, how can Valissa ever be worthy of Preet’s love? When their home is attacked, Valissa has a chance to prove herself, but that means leaving Preet behind. On her own for the first time, Preet breaks the village’s most sacred laws and is rejected from the only home she’s ever known and sent into a new world.

    Divided by different paths, insecurities, and distance, will Valissa and Preet be able to find their way back to each other?

    A beautiful story of two young women who are so focused on proving they're meant to be together that they end up hurting each other in the process. This gorgeous graphic novel is an LGTBQ+ romance about young love and how it can grow into something strong no matter what obstacles get in the way.
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  9. African Town
    by Charles Waters
    G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
    Jan 04, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
    Hardcover
    African Town
    by Charles Waters
    G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
    Jan 04, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
    Hardcover
    Chronicling the story of the last Africans brought illegally to America in 1860, African Town is a powerful and stunning novel-in-verse.

    In 1860, long after the United States outlawed the importation of enslaved laborers, 110 men, women and children from Benin and Nigeria were captured and brought to Mobile, Alabama aboard a ship called Clotilda. Their journey includes the savage Middle Passage and being hidden in the swamplands along the Alabama River before being secretly parceled out to various plantations, where they made desperate attempts to maintain both their culture and also fit into the place of captivity to which they'd been delivered. At the end of the Civil War, the survivors created a community for themselves they called African Town, which still exists to this day. Told in 14 distinct voices, including that of the ship that brought them to the American shores and the founder of African Town, this powerfully affecting historical novel-in-verse recreates a pivotal moment in US and world history, the impacts of which we still feel today.
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  10. 5 Worlds Book 5: The Emerald Gate
    by Mark Siegel
    Random House Books for Young Readers
    Jan 18, 2022
    JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient U
    Hardcover
    5 Worlds Book 5: The Emerald Gate
    by Mark Siegel
    Random House Books for Young Readers
    Jan 18, 2022
    JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient U
    Hardcover
    Oona and her friends face their ultimate challenge in the final installment of the graphic sci-fi fantasy series that's Star Wars meets Avatar: The Last Airbender!

    In the epic conclusion to the 5 Worlds series, the final battle looms as Oona, Jax, and An Tzu travel to the treacherous world of Grimbo (E)! There, Oona must light the last beacon to save the 5 Worlds, but first she has to find it! When Jax saves an old friend, Oona is given a clue to the green beacon's location.

    Unfortunately, the journey to lighting it on this strange, watery planet is the most dangerous yet. Meanwhile, Stan Moon has one more trick up his sleeve as his frightening powers and mysterious connection to An Tzu continue to grow. How can Oona ever hope to beat him? Can she count on her friends or will a terrible betrayal mean the 5 Worlds will be lost to evil forever?

    The 5 Worlds series: #1: The Sand Warrior, #2: The Cobalt Prince, #3: The Red Maze, #4: The Amber Anthem, #5: The Emerald Gate
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