Preoccupied by her crush on middle-school-baseball-heart-throb Jack Woynerowski, Em tries to ignore the chaos of her busy house. But when international foster child Miguel falls seriously ill on the night of the big Homecoming dance, Em's definition of "family" is put to the ultimate test.
[THEMES: FRIENDSHIP, FIRST CRUSH, COMING-OF-AGE, CHRONIC ILLNESS, FOUND FAMILY]
Cordy is both/and. Poor/beautiful, wild/caged, admired/untethered. Despite love from her best friend Finn, Cordy follows her curiosity to the bottom of a well. But when Finn finds new love after tragedy, Cordy must choose between holding him close, or losing him forever. [THEMES: LOVE, LOSS, GRIEF, HEALING]
Bob is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem—Bob has a Boogie. What starts out as a mild nuisance turns into a full-blown catastrophe as Boogie shuffles, shakes, and shimmies throughout Bob's day. But when Bob learns to embrace his new moves instead of fighting them, he learns that Boogie is s'not so bad after all. He even shares his problem-solving tricks with new girl, Tish. Finally, with a little help from Boogie, Bob and Tish are on a roll. [THEMES: PROBLEM-SOLVING, DANCE, HUMOR]
Lauren lost her cool during her final exam this year. Her punishment? A summer working at the pool concessions stand, where it's hot and sweaty and there are no cell phones allowed--and oh yeah, her boss is a jerk. While her BFF and family carry on without her, Lauren is forced to face the thing that's been eating her alive ever since her twin siblings were born, the very thing that destroyed her academic focus. While she grapples with her own mental health and questions of pressure and unexpected change, an unexpected new friend helps Lauren discover the concessions being made all around her, and the concession she must make in order to be truly at peace.
When local legend collides with the transformation of magic-skeptic Kate’s signature birthmark, she must choose between the only family she's ever known, and an underwater adventure that threatens to reignite a century-old pirate vs. sea monster clash—and draw a line in the sand that can never be erased.
[THEMES: MAGICAL REALISM, CHRONIC ILLNESS, SELF DOUBT, THERAPY-POSITIVE, FRIENDSHIP, FIRST CRUSH, COMING-OF-AGE]
When Frank comes home from Bermuda with more than a sunburn, the hive must figure out a way to control his pesky problem or risk bee-coming his next victim. [THEMES: PROBLEM-SOLVING, HUMOR]
El doesn't walk with a cane, she wields a wand that makes the world a more magical place. When buddy Will has trouble believing her, it's up to El to prove that being magical isn't always easy—but it is always worth it. [THEMES: HUMOR, MAGIC, CHRONIC ILLNESS]
Dex loves kicking up his wheels at the beach–almost as much as he loves taking care of his pals. But after a day of letting friends scooch ahead, Dex is out of gas. Tony Tow Truck reminds Dex that you can’t take care of others without filling up your own tank, first.[THEMES: SELF CARE, SELF LOVE]
Dyson Bison longs to break free from the herd-mentality and choose anything. But when a shiny new sign for SWEATERS appears on the side of the plain, Dyson discovers that perusing polyester is far less powerful than PICKING HIS PACK. [THEMES: HUMOR, DECISION-MAKING, STANDING OUT IN A CROWD]
So you want to plant an avocado tree? Sloth can teach you. He just needs to use the bathroom first. Where were we? Shoot, Sloth can't remember! But where did these avocados come from?! Discover the avocado seed's REAL journey from poop to plant! [THEMES: HUMOR, STEM]
GoGo loves to host boo-tiful parties, but human company is hard to come by. When an Open House brings warm bodies through GoGo's bone-chilling manor, she realizes that being Ghostess with the Mostest isn't all skele-fun and games. [THEMES: SPOOKY, PARTIES]
Hole-in-the-wall can't wait to celebrate! But when friends forget her big day, Hole feels empty inside. As the Jones kids fondly reminisce about moving day, Hole realizes she doesn't need a party to fill her up. Until…SURPRISE! [THEMES: BIRTHDAYS, APPRECIATION]
Tommy’s overworked Thumb is not lifting a finger until further notice. But after wrist-and-relaxation gets a little boring, an epic thumb war shows Thumb that hard work will always give him the upper hand. [THEMES: HUMOR, HARD WORK]
Nugget has high hopes and double-decker dreams–he wants to be a TENDER. But after Nugget honey-mustards the strength to save Little Biscuit from the fryer, Nugget discovers that being small is a pretty tall order. [THEMES: BRAVERY, CONFIDENCE, HUMOR]
C-Z-Y-N-S-K-I. Aleks is tired of sauerkraut and spelling his last name over and over. But when Babcia takes Aleks to pick up a package, his heart swells with pride–and so does his stomach. Być Polakiem never tasted so sweet. [THEMES: CULTURAL LEARNING, CULTURAL APPRECIATION]
Good things come to those who wait–but winter is over, and Mom is still sick. Exploring chronic illness and optimism, Kiki discovers that good things are happening all around her, and although mom’s illness lingers, Mom’s love for Kiki burns bright. [THEMES: CHRONIC ILLNESS, WAITING]
Liam’s wiggles always get him into trouble. But when a mysterious trouble bubble floats into town, Liam must learn to channel his wiggles into good CLEAN fun before the bubble destroys his town. [THEMES: SELF-CONTROL, SELF-LOVE, SELF-MOTIVATION]
George dreams of becoming a famous inventor, but when it comes to ideas, he’s stuck–until he discovers that being STUCK is the key to everything! The true story of VELCRO inventor George de Mestral and his catchy idea. [THEMES: PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHY]
I am Teacup, enchanté! I was belle of the ball until a chip in my blue enamel sent me steaming back to the cabinet. But when Mrs. Beauliel’s succulent needed a home, I was a parfaite fit. Now, I am no longer blue. Je suis green. [THEMES: ESL LEARNING, UP-CYCLING, PERFECTIONISM]
Emma, otherwise known as "Hair," is a newly-pretty sophomore enjoying typical sophomore things—parties, guys, and the occasional drink. Unfortunately she overslept fall registration (eight-in-the-morning after the season opener?!) and wound up in Poetry 202. As Emma begins to explore free verse poetry more deeply, she is caught in a tug-of-war between her inner thoughts and her outer shell. But when alopecia rears its ugly head and threatens to destroy her newfound bliss, Emma's need to maintain control morphs into addiction as the men she hung her hopes on turn to ghosts. [THEMES: ADDICTION, SELF-ABSORPTION, YA ROMANCE, CHRONIC ILLNESS]
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"My Husband And I Have Nothing In Common, But That Doesn't Matter To Us. We Are Still Madly In Love," Fall 2023
"My Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis Came After My 5th Child's Birth. I Mistook the Early Signs for Postpartum Symptoms," Fall 2023
"A Stranger Criticized My 2-Year-Old Son's Thumb-Sucking Habit. My Daughter Helped Me See She Was Probably Projecting," Fall 2023
"Bumper Sticker Alternatives to 'Baby On Board," "Every Suburban Mom in Every Starbucks at the End of Every Summer," Fall 2023
"When I Tried Online Dating, The Guy Wouldn't Stop Talking About His Ant Farm On Our First Date. Then, An Ant Crawled Out Of His Shirtsleeve," Summer 2023
"Boutique Spa Services Marketed To Women Or Medieval Torture Techniques?," Summer 2023
"Definitions Of Popular Gen-Z Terms From The Founding Fathers' Dictionary Of Patriotic English," Summer 2023
"I'm The World's Youngest Home Inspector, And I'm Here To Assess Your New Digs," Summer 2023
"Red Balloon," "Snow," "Illusion," Summer 2023
"Nicknames For My Precious Breatfed Baby Inspired By Common Garden Weeds," Spring 2023
"I'm Your Childhood Boy Band Crush, And I'm Finally Available To Date You," Spring 2023
"Your Local Ten-Day Parenting Forecast," Spring 2023
"Twelve Apostles Review The Cadbury Creme Egg Sandwich," Spring 2023
"The Nine Circles Of Helloton," Spring 2023
"A Form Thank You For Coming To Lilibet's Christening, Love Meghan," "Smash, Blend, Or Slice With Ina Garten And Stanley Tucci," Spring 2023
"How to Have The Potty Talk [Special Mad Libs Edition]," Spring 2023
"Meet Bored, An Early Google Experiment," Spring 2023
"Self-Guided Meditation for Control-Minded Bros," Winter 2023
"Things That No Longer Scare Me Since Becoming a Mom," Winter 2023
"Pull," Winter 2023
"Solid [Liquid]," Winter 2022
"Bite," Winter 2022
"Mercy," Fall 2022
"The Deer Stand," Fall 2022
"Summer Adventure," Summer 2022
"5 Tips For Getting Your Foot in the Door as a Kid Lit Writer," Summer 2022