Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
Filled with important questions for our modern world, this middle-grade novel sings with a voice all its own.
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
This is a beautifully written and deep novel for middle grade readers who will long to visit Crow’s island themselves.
The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
Filled with adventure, wilderness and plenty of icky moments, this is a gripping and fabulous look at the Amazon.
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
A masterpiece of fantasy writing, this book is rather like the True Delicacies of the novel, something that may change your life forever.
Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker
A dynamic mix of LGBT, science fiction and growing up, this novel is entirely unique just like its main character.
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
A fresh and fun new read that blends Mexican Americans with punk rock in a winning formula.
Forest World by Margarita Engle
Another adept verse novel from a true master, this is a book that explores home, habitat and family.
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
An intelligent adventure of a book that is about friendships that seem impossible but happen anyway.
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
Masterful, skilled and very timely, this book of poetry elevates us all and sings to the skies that African-American children are valuable and vital in this world.
Patina by Jason Reynolds
Every public library should have this series on their shelves. It will run right off the shelves.
The Song from Somewhere Else by A. F. Harrold
A novel that combines horror and fantasy into one dark summer, this book is simply amazing.
Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
A great pick for fans of Ghostbusters or scary stories, I look forward to more adventures with these characters.
Stealing Our Way Home by Cecilia Galante
Beautifully written and intelligently crafted, this novel is a remarkable look at grief and families.
Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley
A vibrant and strong story of failure and heroism.
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A sequel that is just as good as the first, get this into the hands of fans.
When My Sister Started Kissing by Helen Frost
A beautiful verse novel that captures summer days on a lake and a family becoming stronger.
York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
This mix of magic, technology, mysteries and ciphers is exceptional and just right for summer reading.