Partly Cloudy

English & Creole MG SEL Family Friendship New Schools Forest Fires Racism Tanita S. Davis Cover Art: Geneva Bowers summary From Tanita S. Davis of Serena Says (which has a melodramatic and lovely narrator) comes Madalyn from Partly Cloudy. Madalyn really loves naps, and I appreciate that personality quirk. She’s moved in with her Great…

Amari and the Night Brothers

Written & Illustrated by:  B.B. Alston For ages: MG Language: English Topics Covered: Black Protagonists Women in STEM Fantasy Magic Single Parent Families Bravery Courage   Summary:  Ya’ll, especially after this past summer filled with gross transphobic tweets from JKR, I’ve been on the hunt for a Harry Potter replacement. Let me tell you, I’ve found…

Tune it Out

Written By: Jamie Sumner Cover Art by: Celia Krampien For Ages: 10 and up Language: English Topics Covered: Homelessness, Growing Up, Sensory Processing Disorder, Moving, Family, Temporary Custody, Anxiety, Singing, Music, Performance, Poverty. Summary: Lou Montgomery lives with her mother in their pickup truck in a lot of different places. Right now, however, they live…

Five Things About Ava Andrews

Written By: Margaret Dilloway Cover Art by: Yaoyao Ma Van As For Ages: Middle Grade Language: English Topics Covered: Invisible Disabilities, Interracial Families, Anxiety, Growing Up, Acting, Improv, Friendship, Gentrification, Activism, Community Organizing, Japanese-American, Own Voices. Summary: Half-Japanese Ava Andrews has two invisible disabilities that complicate her life: a pacemaker from a genetic heart condition,…

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work

Written by: Tiffany Jewell Illustrated by: Aurélia Durand For ages: YA middle grades and up Language: English Topics Covered: BIPOC Narratives, Social Justice, Activism, Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias, Education, Community Organizing, Self-Empowerment, Self-Reflection, Race Theory, Own Voices. Summary:  Alright so we might be a little late on this book coming out, but our lives are a bit wonky (just like everyone else’s!) and…

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

Written by: Stacy McAnulty Cover Art by: We can’t find this, if you know-let us know!! For ages: YA Book-middle grades Language: English Topics Covered: Middle School, Neurodivergence, OCD, Friendship, Fitting In, Self-Acceptance, STEM, Synesthesia, Social-Emotional Learning & Development.  Summary: This book was great!  Lucy Callahan got struck by lightning, and because of this gained extraordinary mathematical abilities, as well as…