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In basketball-crazed Walthorne, rival middle school stars Austin Chambers and Carter Haswell are both feeling the pressure when school sports reporter Alfie Jenks reveals scandals that jeopardize the whole season. Told through flashbacks, newspaper reports, social media posts, and interviews


Mikayla has grown up with a house full of brothers, so roughhousing and wrestling are in her blood. Many people don't want a girl to be on the school team, but that won't stop her. Lev is a boy wrestler who is not happy about being paired with Mikayla as a wrestling partner--but even though they find a way to become friends, there can only be one State champion.

Take Back the Block

Wes Henderson would much rather be playing video games than going protests with his parents. But when a real estate developer makes an offer to buy Kensington Oaks, the neighborhood Wes has grown up in, the anti-gentrification protests his mom makes him march in take on a whole new meaning. Now, all the adults seem to do is argue, and the residents of the neighborhood are divided. Even Wes's friends are fighting, and some of them may be moving away. Wes realizes he finally has a cause he can believe in, and he has to find a way to save the only home he's ever known before it's too late.

Superman Smashes the Klan

When a Chinese-American family moves to the suburbs of Metropolis, children Roberta and Tommy Lee struggle to fit in among their white neighbors. Tension escalates from racial slurs to a wooden cross set afire in their front yard by the Klan of the Fiery Kross. Superman steps in to put a stop to the crime, and teaches Roberta and Tommy to be proud of their heritage.

Stella by Starlight

After years of relative peace, the Ku Klux Klan returns to Bumblebee, North Carolina. Stella and her brother Jojo are out late one night when they see the white-robed figures burning a cross. Bumblebee's African American community is gripped with fear. They know that they are alone and must deal with this problem themselves. Stella sees all this, but she has a fiery spirit and refuses to give in to fear. Stella focuses on the good things like family, friends, potluck dinners in neighbors' backyards—and finally a peaceful march to a voting place, where three registered black voters make history.

Something to Say

Eleven-year-old Jenae doesn't have any friends at school and she's happy about that, preferring to be out of the limelight. But when boisterous, red-headed Aubrey has an encounter with her and then won't leave her alone, he ends up as a friend by default. For a class assignment, Aubrey is paired with Jenae in a class debate about a school name change. Aubrey is excited, because he wants to join the debate team, but Jenae is terrified of speaking in front of others. Jenae will have to grapple with which scenario is worse, overcoming her fears or losing her only friend.

Something in Between

When Jasmine de los Santos is presented the opportunity to be considered for a national scholarship award, her Filipino immigrant parents reveal the truth that their visas expired many years ago, making Jasmine an illegal alien. Now facing the threat of deportation rather than a full-ride to college, Jasmine rebels as she tries to understand her place in a world she may not be allowed to stay in.

Someone Like Me

Julissa Arce describes her childhood as an undocumented immigrant in Texas and the social, cultural, and language barriers she had to overcome in order to achieve what she believes is the American Dream.

The Smartest Kid in the Universe

Jake is your regular average middle schooler until he eats jellybeans belonging to a scientist who is developing ingestible information pills, and Jake suddenly becomes a genius. In addition to keeping his newfound intelligence under wraps, Jake's middle school is at risk of being shut down. It's up to Jake, his best friend Kojo, and his crush Grace to save their school.


After David accidentally puts $2,000 on his mom's credit card, he begins training as a competitive eater in order to win the money back. And as he trains, he has to keep an eye on his kid brother, who has special needs, and on his friends, Cyn and HeyMan, who are becoming more than friends.

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything

Three years ago Sia's mother was deported back to Mexico and she hasn't seen her since. When she makes an annual trip to the desert to light spiritual candles for her mother, she discovers her mother is very much alive and government officials are hiding terrible secrets.

El Temerario Jack

While Jack is babysitting his autistic younger sister Maddy, she talks for the very first time--and tells Jack to trade their mom's car for a bag of mysterious seeds. Soon, Jack and Maddy's backyard grows into a wild, magical jungle, and when the two notice a dragon creeping in the trees, they know everything's about to change.

The Prodigy

Seventeen-year-old Frank Baker is a golfing sensation. He’s set to earn a full-ride scholarship to play at the university of his choice, but his single dad wants him to skip college and turn pro—golf has taken its toll on the family bank account, and his dad is eager to start cashing in on his son’s prowess. Frank knows he isn’t ready for life on the pro tour—regardless of the potential riches—so his swing coach enlists a professional golfer turned journalist to be Frank’s secret adviser.


El Principe y la Modista

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age: Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world!

Pájaro Blanco / White Bird

Tells the story of Julian's Grandmere's childhood when she was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village because she was Jewish and how a boy that she and her classmates once teased and shunned became her best friend and savior.

One of Us Is Next

The Bayview Four were cleared of responsibility for Simon's death, but the void left from Simon's gossip app has spawned copycats. It's then that a truth or dare game emerges with real-life consequences. But someone is pulling the strings, the dares grow deadly, and the attacks are strangely personal, as though that person is out for revenge.

Nowhere Boy

In Brussels, Belgium, fourteen-year-old Syrian refugee, Ahmed, meets thirteen-year-old American, Max, and the two become friends, bound by a secret that forces the disparate boys to overcome their differences and embark on an adventure that changes their destiny.

Now Is the Time for Running

When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.

Nate el Grande

A collection of comic strips following the adventures of Nate the Great

Naruto: Itachi's Story, Vol. 2

Itachi and Shisui undertake a mission to assassinate a spy in the village so that they can join the Anbu, but as they do the rivalry between the Uchiha clan and the village becomes perilous, and Shisui faces death. Itachi heads into the night in despair with the resolve to make things right.

Naruto: Itachi's Story, Vol. 1

After witnessing war at a young age, Uchiha Itachi makes a resolution to rid the world of all violence, with an ultimate goal of becoming the first Uchiha Hokage.

Los Tipos Malos en Misión Improbable

Still yearning to be seen as heroes, Wolf, Shark, Snake, and Piranha set out to rescue ten thousand chickens from a high-tech cage farm--but one unexpected problem is Mr. Snake himself, also known as "The Chicken Swallower."

Zita, la Viajera Espacial

When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.

The Wonderling

At Miss Carbunkle's home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, a fox-like eleven-year-old with no name lives as an orphan in the miserable conditions of "the Home." But when he meets a young bird named Trinket, who finally gives him the name Arthur, he escapes "the Home" with the help of an invention of Trinket's and together they set out on an adventure to see the world for the first time.

With the Fire on High

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

When Stars Are Scattered

Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is hard there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs. So when Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future . . . but it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day.

What Lane?

Biracial sixth-grader Stephen feels like he's living in two worlds, each with different rules. He's starting to notice that strangers treat him differently than his white friends and as he learns about the Black Lives Matter movement, he discovers how to navigate race and friendships.

We Are Not from Here

Three teenage immigrants risk the trip from Guatemala through Mexico to the United States southern border in search of a better life.


As the son of the world’s most famous tech billionaire, spoiled Jett Baranov has always gotten what he wanted. So when his father’s private jet drops him in the middle of the Arkansas wilderness, at a place called the Oasis, Jett can’t believe it. He’s forced to hand over his cell phone, eat grainy veggie patties, and participate in wholesome activities with the other kids, who he has absolutely no interest in hanging out with.

The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle

Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade and can barely read or write. Fifteen months ago, Mason's best friend, Benny, was found dead in the Buttle family orchard and as the investigation drags on, Mason can't understand why the police won't believe his story about what happened. When Mason and his new friend Calvin make an underground club space in order to escape the neighborhood bullies, Mason finds himself in even more trouble and becomes desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin and Benny.

Trust Your Name

Bobby Byington and Cherokee Johnny, high school basketball teammates and best buds, are surprised and happy when Coach Robison tells them he has been asked by the Choctaw Nation to form the first all-Indian basketball team that will play in the national basketball tournament. Trouble comes even as the team becomes tight-knit and victorious as a team they defeated seeks payback on them in devious ways.

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1

In a world where eighty percent of the population is born with "quirks" which give them superpowers, and battles between heroes and villains are an everyday occurrence, the twenty percent born without quirks are simply "quirkless." Quirkless fourteen-year-old Izuku Midoriya wishes he had a power, and when he meets All Might, the greatest hero in the world, his life changes forever.

Los Tipos Malos en el Conejillo Contraataca

Dr. Rupert Marmalade, guinea pig and evil mad scientist, kidnaps Mr. Wolf and his buddies, forcing the once bad guys to become heroes by saving the world from Marmalade's secret weapon.

Los Tipos Malos en el ataque de los zombigatitos

It's a zombie kitten apocalypse!

Can the Bad Guys save the world from evil Dr. Marmalade's meowing monsters?!? They'll need help from foxy Agent Fox, a swampy secret zombie antidote, and the feistiest, toothiest, hungriest granny around. Get ready to watch the fur fly!

Los Tipos Malos En Combustible Intergalactico

The Bad Guys must save the world again, but Mr. Piranha might have eaten too many bean burritos and left something stinky in a space suit.

Los Tipos Malos

The bad guys: Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound--but their plan soon goes awry.

This Will Be Funny Someday

Confined by high-powered parents, overachieving siblings, and a controlling boyfriend, sixteen-year-old Izzy has learned to keep a low profile and her thoughts to herself. When she accidentally enters a comedy club on open mic night, Izzy performs and meets a new group of aspiring comedians who quickly become her friends. Keeping her newfound activities a secret, Izzy begins a desperate ploy to keep her two lives separate, but must eventually reckon with her suspicious boyfriend and best friend.

This Time Will Be Different

Seventeen-year-old CJ Katsuyama's family sold their flower shop to a white man for next to nothing while they were interned during World War II. Thirty years later, the family bought the store back from that family, the McAllisters, who had prospered in the interim. Now the shop is in financial trouble and CJ's mother works for McAllister Venture Capital. CJ's mother pushes CJ to make something of her life, but CJ only seems to excel at arranging flowers, and she feels aimless. When secrets about the McAllister patriarch come to light, CJ and a group of student activists find something to rally behind, though it causes friction in the community and between CJ and her mother.

This Is Your Time

Addressed as a letter to "young peacemakers," civil rights activist Ruby Bridges describes her experiences as the first black child to integrate into an all-white elementary school in New Orleans when she was six years old. Striking black-and-white photographs and brief paragraphs relate her encounters through the years with inspiring young school children, reflect on current racial struggles, and call on young people to bring healing and peace to the nation.

This Is My Brain in Love

High school juniors Jocelyn Wu and Will Domenici fall in love while trying to save the Wu family restaurant. However, family prejudices and the teens' own mental health issues threaten to derail their new relationship.

Thirty Talks Weird Love

Either she's hallucinating or the woman who's been visiting Mexican teen Anamaria Aragon Sosa, really is who she says she is: her future, thirty-year-old self. As Anamaria listens to the woman's advice and her warnings, she beings to examine her own life, as a self-absorbed and driven-to-succeed middle schooler who doesn't sleep and is ignoring her own depression.

Claudia and the New Girl (the Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel #9)

Claudia has always been the most creative kid in her class... until Ashley Wyeth comes along. Ashley's really different: She wears hippie clothes and has multiple earrings, and she's the most fantastic artist Claudia has ever met.

Game Changer

While thirteen-year-old Teddy fights for his life after a football injury at training camp, his friends and family gather to support him and discuss events leading to his coma. Told through dialogue, text messages, newspaper articles, transcripts, an online forum, and Teddy's inner thoughts.

The Electric Kingdom

After a flu pandemic spread by flies ravages the earth, a small group of survivors from New England embark on journeys for safe havens and encounter mysterious and supernatural elements. Twelve-year-old artist Kit is searching for a rumored safe zone when she meets eighteen-year-old Nico who is searching for a portal her parents told her about.

Dress Coded

In this debut middle-grade girl-power friendship story, an eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellion.

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

While dealing with racism at her new nearly all-white school, Liliana Cruz must also face a family secret after it is exposed and her family must find a way to come together in order to survive the aftermath.


While on vacation in San Francisco, sixteen-year-old Kiku finds herself displaced to the Japanese-American internment camp that her late grandmother was forcibly relocated to during World War II. After finding herself "stuck" in the 1940s, Kiku adjusts to the harsh life of the camp and experiences how the internees managed to create a community and commit small acts of resistance in order to survive. When she eventually returns back to her time, she realizes that the lessons she learned in camp about racism and civil liberties are still relevant.


Moon is everything Christine isn't. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic... and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known. Moon tells Christine her secret: that she has visions, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars.

Defy the Worlds

Sequel to Defy the Stars
An outcast from her home -- Shunned after a trip through the galaxy with Abel, the most advanced cybernetic man ever created, Noemi Vidal dreams of traveling through the stars one more time.

Crossing the Farak River

Hasina and her family are Rohingyas, which means they live in constant fear of the Sit Tat--the Myanmar army persecuting their people. When Hasina, her cousin, and her brother Araf flee to the forest during a nighttime raid, they return to a destroyed village and no clues as to what may have happened to their family. Hasina clings to the words of her father, exhorting her to keep the family together, and must figure out how to survive amid the constant threat of violence.

Color Me In

Fifteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz is torn between two worlds, passing for white while living in Harlem, being called Jewish while attending her mother's Baptist church, and experiencing first love while watching her parents' marriage crumble.

Cloe y su Unicornio: Una Amiga Muy Especial / Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Fourth-grader Phoebe meets a unicorn named Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, which grants her one wish to be best friends. Together Phoebe and Marigold embark on a series of adventures dealing with the ordinary and extraordinary parts of life.

Ground Zero

On September 11, 2001, Brandon is visiting his dad at work in the World Trade Center when the first plane hits. He begins a harrowing journey to escape and survive. On September 11, 2019, Reshmina has grown up in Afghanistan surrounded by war, but she dreams of peace. When her village is attacked, she comes across a wounded American soldier named Taz, and she must make an impossible choice that could put her family in grave danger.

The Cat I Never Named

In Bihac, Bosnia, in 1992, sixteen-year-old Amra and her family face starvation and the threat of brutal ethnic violence as Serbs and Bosnians clash, while a stray cat, Maci, provides solace.

The Brave

Collin has a compulsive behavior to count every letter spoken to him. After he is kicked out of yet another school, his father is fed up and sends him to go live with the mother he's never met in Minnesota. His mother lives on an Ojibwa reservation, and Collin soon finds a warm and welcoming environment unlike anything he has ever known. He befriends his neighbor, Oredna, and soon embraces his new family and way of life.

The Boys in the Back Row

Best friends Matt Park and Eric Costas are band geeks and comic nerds, which makes life at Hilltop Summit K-8 School tolerable. That is all coming to an end when this year is over--when Eric and his family are set to move away. As one last hurrah, the best friends decide to sneak out of the regional marching band competition at World of Amazement and decide to sneak into DefenderCon next door.

Blackbird Girls

On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work--Chernobyl--has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who've always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina's estranged grandmother, Rita Grigorievna. In their new lives in Leningrad, they begin to learn what it means to trust another person.

The Black Friend: on Being a Better White Person

Chronicles the reflections of Frederick Joseph, award-winning marketing professional and writer, and other prominent African American artists, writers, and activists on their experiences with racism and white supremacy. Discusses ways for white people to be anti-racist through their behavior and knowledge.

Black Brother, Black Brother

Twelve-year-old Donte is the darker-skinned brother of Trey, which in his racist, mostly-white school has earned him the nickname Black Brother. When the captain of the school fencing team successfully frames him for something he didn't do, Donte is arrested and suspended from school. Joining a local youth center, Donte meets former Olympic fencer Arden Jones and begins training to defeat his school bully and find courage to confront the racist system that got him arrested.

Big Nate: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

In this collection of over 300 Big Nate comic strips, find out what happens when Nate comes up with a master plan to search his teacher's desk to remember his research paper topic, but he has to sneak past her first

All Thirteen

Explores the true story of the ordeal that twelve members of the young Wild Boars soccer team, along with their assistant coach, went through from June 23 to July 2 in 2018, when they got stuck inside a flooded cavern in Thailand. A team of people from around the world mobilized to save them.

28 Days: a Novel of Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto

Warsaw, 1942. Sixteen-year old Mira smuggles food into the Ghetto to keep herself and her family alive. When she discovers that the entire Ghetto is to be \"liquidated\"—killed or \"resettled\" to concentration camps—she desperately tries to find a way to save her family.


Hombre Perro Se Desata

Dog Man is back and he's got a bone to pick with the world's fiercest feline felon!

Love Is a Revolution

Nala Robertson reluctantly agrees to go outside her comfort zone to an open mic night with her friend Imani for her birthday, but finds herself falling for the cute emcee Tye Brown. Unfortunately, Nala has almost nothing in common with Tye--where she loves watching movies and trying out fun new flavors of ice cream, Tye loves doing activist work over the summer.

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon

As time plays tricks and night falls without warning, Johnny, Dizzy, and Charlie, who are lost in the woods, must elude the danger that lurks in shadows and work together to find a way out

The Lines We Cross

Michael's parents are leaders of a new anti-immigrant political party called Aussie Values which is trying to halt the flood of refugees from the Middle East; Mina fled Afghanistan with her family ten years ago, and just wants to concentrate on fitting in and getting into college--but the mutual attraction they feel demands that they come to terms with their family's concerns and decide where they stand in the ugly anti-Muslim politics of the time.

Like Home

Chinelo is all about her neighborhood Ginger East, but when her friend Kate's parent's store is vandalized and the vandal still at large, Nelo and her beloved Ginger East are shaken to their core.


After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.


Told in assonant free verse, Levi was once a premature baby who suffered from respiratory problems; he recovered, and now in seventh grade, he struggles to demonstrate to his divorced mother and over protective brother that he is okay--so when his father suggests he take up boxing he falls in love with the sport, but he still must find a way to convince his family to set him free to follow his dream.

It's Trevor Noah: Born A Crime

This fascinating memoir blends drama, comedy, and tragedy to depict the day-to-day trials that turned a boy into a young man. In a country where racism barred blacks from social, educational, and economic opportunity, Trevor surmounted staggering obstacles and created a promising future for himself, thanks to his mom's unwavering love and indomitable will.

How It Went Down

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.

Hombre Perro y Supergatito

Dog Man and his kitty Li'l Petey are getting along great until a suspicious sitter arrives to care for Li'l Petey.

23 Minutes

When fifteen-year-old Zoe steps into the bank to get out of the rain, she never imagines she's walking into a crime scene. In the midst of robbery spiraling out of control, Zoe finds her strange ability to travel back in time twenty-three minutes a possible way of preventing the ultimate horrible outcome. But she only has a certain number of tries to get it right, and the fear that she could be living the final twenty-three minutes of her life becomes very real.

Hombre Perro: Por Quién Rueda la Pelota (Dog Man: for Whom the Ball Rolls )

Dog Man has been working hard to overcome his bad habits, but when his obsessions turn to fears, he finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain, while Petey the Cat, who was just released from jail, starts a new life with Li'l Petey.

Hombre Perro: la Pelea de la Selva

Last time they clashed, Dog Man's latest evil villains Crunky, Bub, and Piggy--a gorilla, alligator, and pig respectively--had been shrunk to the size of real fleas to match the name they gave themselves as a group of evil villains, the Fleas. They could be hiding anywhere, but when Dog Man goes searching he ends up getting framed and going to jail.

Hombre Perro: El Señor de las Pulgas (Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas)

A new batch of villains have descended on the town, and Dog Man is called to action, this time with a cute kitten and a robot for his sidekicks--but even they may not be enough to tackle the World's Most Evil Cat, Petey.

Hombre Perro: Atrapa 22

When Petey the cat is finally released from jail, he tries to start a new life but finds himself the victim of identity theft! Li'l Petey and Dog Man try to save the reformed feline from his copycat.

Hombre Perro

In this humorous graphic novel, Officer Knight and Greg the dog are in an explosion and can only be saved by attaching Greg's dog head onto Knight's human body, thus making Dog Man, a superhero who fights crime and the plots of Petey the cat. Includes drawing activities.

Hombre Perro: A Historia de Dos Gatitos

Follows the adventures of Dog Man, a half-dog/half-human police officer who works hard to keep his city safe.

The Hero Next Door

Presents an anthology of short stories about everyday heroes, some who teach martial arts, some who are inventors, others who talk to ghosts, and some who are siblings, neighbors, and friends of all kinds of diverse backgrounds. Though they are all different, these heroes are shown to make the world a better place by who they are and what they do.

The Henna Wars

When teenager Nishat comes out to her Bangladeshi parents, they are less than supportive, so she hides her disappointment by throwing herself into an entrepreneurial school challenge for which she creates a business showcasing henna tattoo art.

The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious : 3)

In this final book of the trilogy, three people are dead and David has gone voluntarily missing at the same time a blizzard approaches Ellingham Academy. Stevie decides to stay behind after the school is evacuated, and along with her eclectic misfit friends, she puts her sleuthing abilities to work. But as she follows the clues, she realizes that the murderer might be trapped at Ellingham with her, and at the same time, she might be able to solve a mystery seventy-five years in the making.