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

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

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

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

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

    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
    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
    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
    Still This Love Goes On
    by Buffy Sainte-Marie 'Canada'
    Greystone Kids
    Sep 27, 2022
    JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
    Hardback

    “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
    A Scatter of Light
    by Malinda Lo
    Dutton Books for Young Readers
    Oct 04, 2022
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBTQ+
    Hardback
    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
    Finding My Dance
    by Ria Thundercloud
    Penguin Workshop
    Sep 13, 2022
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
    Hardback
    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
    Moonflower
    by Kacen Callender
    Scholastic Press
    Sep 06, 2022
    JUVENILE FICTION / General
    Hardback
    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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