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New Release Spotlight: October 19, 2021

This is yet another slam-dunk week for new book releases! I’d say middle grades have the best list (again!) this week, but picture books and YA both look great, too.

My top picks:

  • Little Thieves by Margaret Owen (YA)
  • Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers by Caela Carter (MG)
  • Everybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter (picture book)

This week’s Spotlight titles are #2022-#2045 on The Ginormous book list.

*Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love–and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele’s dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back…by stealing Gisele’s life for herself.

The real Gisele is left a penniless nobody while Vanja uses an enchanted string of pearls to take her place. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Then, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to an untimely end: turning into jewels, stone by stone, for her greed.

Vanja has just two weeks to figure out how to break her curse and make her getaway. And with a feral guardian half-god, Gisele’s sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on Vanja’s tail, she’ll have to pull the biggest grift yet to save her own life.

FOUR starred reviews! I love that Vanja is definitely not a Mary Sue. She a thief who stole someone else’s life–not exactly a saint.

  • Genre(s): fantasy, retelling, fairy tales
  • Recommended for: Grades 9-12
  • Themes: stealing life, princesses, thieves, curses, grifters, “The Goose Girl” story
  • Protagonist description: female, age 17, white, likely European (Germanic?)

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Debut author! Andromeda is a debtera–an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. She would be hired, that is, if her mentor hadn’t thrown her out before she could earn her license. Now her only hope of steady work is to find a Patron–a rich, well-connected individual who will vouch for her abilities.

When a handsome young heir named Magnus Rochester reaches out to hire her, she takes the job without question. Never mind that he’s rude and demanding and eccentric, that the contract comes with a number of outlandish rules…and that almost a dozen debtera had quit before her. If Andromeda wants to earn a living, she has no choice.

But she quickly realizes this is a job like no other, with horrifying manifestations at every turn, and that Magnus is hiding far more than she has been trained for. Death is the most likely outcome if she stays, the reason every debtera before her quit. But leaving Magnus to live out his curse alone isn’t an option because–heaven help her–she’s fallen for him.

Booklist starred.

  • Genre(s): supernatural, horror
  • Recommended for: Grades 9-12
  • Themes: exorcists, death, curses, demons, Jane Eyre, Evil Eye, East Africa, social class, gothic
  • Protagonist description: teen female, Black

Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno

Luisa (Lou) Patterson grew up across the street from Sam Alvarez in the small, quirky town of Port Coral. They used to be inseparable–spending every holiday together, shooting silly YouTube videos, and rescuing stray cats. But then middle school happened, including the most disastrous (and embarrassing) serenade ever, and Lou and Sam haven’t talked in the four years since. Sam is now the golden boy with plenty of friends, while Lou is an introverted romantic who’s happy playing video games and writing fan fiction. But it’s also the summer before their senior year, and life is knocking on Lou’s door.

With her older sister having given up a scholarship to Princeton to have a baby and work at the local botanica, all of their mother’s expectations are now riding on Lou’s shoulders. She’s retaking her SAT’s, signed up for way too many AP classes, and her sights set on colleges with fancy names like Duke and Vanderbilt. But when she finds the bucket list she and Sam wrote together as kids, before Sam’s father was diagnosed with cancer, she’s shocked to see that she hasn’t accomplished any of the goals she’d set for herself. Go to a party? Nope. Pull the greatest prank of all time? Still no. Learn how to be a really good kisser? Definitely not.

​Torn between the future that her mother, sister, and younger self planned for her, Lou sets out to finish the list, and in a stroke of destiny or fate, Sam decides to tag along. Still trying to stay afloat amid the grief of losing his father, Sam himself is staring down a future that feels all too close, and is coming far too fast. But with the bucket list to guide them, Sam and Lou might just be able to find a way through the future, and also a way back to each other.

Booklist starred.

  • Genre(s): romance
  • Recommended for: Grades 8-12
  • Themes: childhood friends who no longer speak to one another, grief, death of a parent (father), high parental expectations, over-achievers, bucket lists, alternating perspectives, senior year, coming of age, rom-coms
  • Protagonist description: female, white and Cuban; male, white and Colombian; both are high school seniors; diverse secondary characters

*Rise Up!: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy by Crystal Marie Fleming

Why are white supremacists still openly marching in the United States? Why are undocumented children of color separated from their families and housed in cages? Where did racism come from? Why hasn’t it already disappeared? And what can young people do about it?

Rise Up! breaks down the origins of racial injustice and its continued impact today, connecting dots between the past and present. By including contemporary examples ripped from headlines and actionable ways young people can help create a more inclusive world, sociologist Crystal Fleming shares the knowledge and values that unite all antiracists: compassion, solidarity, respect, and courage in the face of adversity.

Kirkus and booklist starred.

  • Genre(s): nonfiction
  • Recommended for: Grades 7-12
  • Themes: white supremacy, racism, anti-racism, immigration, injustice, social issues, current news, US history, indigenous peoples, genocide, displacement

That Dark Infinity by Kate Pentecost

By night, the Ankou is a legendary, permanently young mercenary–the most fearsome sword for hire in all of the Five Lands, and its most abiding mystery. But when the sun rises, a dark magic leaves him no more than bones. Cursed with this cycle of death and resurrection, the Ankou wants only to find the final rest that has been prophesied for him, no matter the cost.

When the kingdom of Kaer-Ise is sacked, Flora, handmaiden to the royal family, is assaulted and left for dead. Wounded, heartbroken, and the sole survivor of the massacre, Flora wants desperately to be reunited with the princess she served and loved. She and the Ankou make a deal: He will help Flora find her princess, and train Flora in combat, in exchange for her aid in breaking his curse. But it isn’t easy to kill an immortal, especially when their bond begins to deepen into something more.

  • Genre(s): fantasy, romance
  • Recommended for: Grades 9-12
  • Themes: curses, death, resurrection, mercenaries, massacres, immortality, sexual assault, witchcraft, elemental magic, mental illness
  • Protagonist description: teen female, bisexual, white

Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu

1964. Houston, Texas.

Evie Barnes is a bad girl. So are all her friends. They’re the sort who wear bold makeup, laugh too loud, and run around with boys. Most of all, they protect their own against the world. So when Evie is saved from a sinister encounter by a good girl from the “right” side of the tracks, every rule she’s always lived by is called into question. Now she must redefine what it means to be a bad girl and rethink everything she knew about loyalty.

  • Genre(s): historical fiction, retelling
  • Recommended for: Grades 7-12
  • Themes: Houston, Texas, 1960s, strong girls, traditional gender roles, girl power, feminism, The Outsiders, Vietnam War, misogyny, strong female friendships
  • Protagonist description: female, age 15, white, working class family

The Color of Dragons by R. A. Salvatore and Erika Lewis

Magic needs a spark. And Maggie’s powers are especially fickle. With no one to help her learn to control her magic, the life debt that she owes stretches eternally over her head, with no way to repay it.

Until she meets Griffin, the king’s champion, infamous for hunting down the draignochs that plague their kingdom.

Neither has any idea of the destiny that they both carry, or that their meeting will set off a chain of events that will alter every aspect of the life they know–and all of history thereafter.

No starred reviews on this one, but the reviews I read are quite positive. That cover is one of the prettiest I’ve seen! Between the gorgeous cover and the name R.A. Salvatore, this will be an easy sell for fantasy readers.

  • Genre(s): fantasy, romance
  • Recommended for: Grades 8+
  • Themes: dragons, debts, destiny, fate, epics, orphans, King Arthur prequel, moon, powers, magicians
  • Protagonist description: teen male and female, both orphans, both age 17, both white

Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline

Years ago, when plagues and natural disasters killed millions of people, much of the world stopped dreaming. Without dreams, people are haunted, sick, mad, unable to rebuild. The government soon finds that the Indigenous people of North America have retained their dreams, an ability rumored to be housed in the very marrow of their bones. Soon, residential schools pop up–or are re-opened–across the land to bring in the dreamers and harvest their dreams.

Seventeen-year-old French lost his family to these schools and has spent the years since heading north with his new found family: a group of other dreamers, who, like him, are trying to build and thrive as a community. But then French wakes up in a pitch-black room, locked in and alone for the first time in years, and he knows immediately where he is–and what it will take to escape.

Meanwhile, out in the world, his found family searches for him and dodges new dangers–school Recruiters, a blood cult, even the land itself. When their paths finally collide, French must decide how far he is willing to go–and how many loved ones is he willing to betray–in order to survive.

This is the sequel to The Marrow Thieves (2017). I mostly don’t include sequels in the “top section” of the Spotlight, but I decided to include it because I haven’t personally heard of the original book. This books sounds so interesting, and the first book has a solid 4+ stars Goodreads rating. I figure if I don’t know the first book, others probably don’t either.

  • Genre(s): science fiction, dystopia, post-apocalypse
  • Recommended for: Grades 9-12
  • Themes: dreams, plagues, natural disasters, indigenous peoples, bone marrow, residential schools for indigenous people, found families, survival, future, environmental disasters
  • Protagonist description: male, age 17, indigenous Canadian

On Top of Glass: My Stories as a Queer Girl in Figure Skating by Karina Manta

Karina Manta has had a busy few years: Not only did she capture the hearts of many with her fan-favorite performance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, she also became the first female figure skater on Team USA to come out as queer. Her Modern Love essay “I Can’t Hate My Body if I Love Hers” was published in the New York Times, and then she joined the circus–Cirque du Soleil’s on-ice show, AXEL.

Karina’s memoir covers these experiences and much more. Attending a high school with 4,000 students, you’d expect to know more than two openly gay students, but Karina didn’t meet an out-lesbian until she was nearly seventeen–let alone any other kind of queer woman. But this isn’t just a story about her queerness. It’s also a story about her struggle with body image in a sport that prizes delicate femininity. It’s a story about panic attacks, and first crushes, and all the crushes that followed, and it’s a story about growing up, feeling different than everybody around her and then realizing that everyone else felt different too.

  • Genre(s): biography, memoir, sports
  • Recommended for: Grades 7-12
  • Themes: LGBTQIA+, ice skating, figure skating, sports, bisexuality, mental health, extreme competition, female athletes, eating disorders, Team USA, Cirque du Soleil
  • Protagonist description: female, bisexual, figure skater

*African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History by Tracey Baptiste

Meet ten real-life kings, queens, inventors, scholars, and visionaries who lived in Africa thousands of years ago and changed the world.

Black history began long ago with the many cultures and people of the African continent.

Through portraits of ten heroic figures, author Tracey Baptiste takes readers on a journey across Africa to meet some of the great leaders and thinkers whose vision built a continent and shaped the world.

Illustrator Hillary D. Wilson’s portraits accompany each profile, along with vivid, information-filled landscapes, maps, and graphics for readers to pore over and return to again and again.

THREE starred reviews! This looks absolutely beautiful and interesting!

  • Genre(s): collected biography
  • Recommended for: Grades 4-10
  • Themes: world history, Africa, Black history, Aesop, Imhotep, Ancient Egypt, pharaohs
  • Protagonist description: six men, four women, all Africans in history

*Barakah Beats by Maleeha Siddiqui

Twelve-year-old Nimra Sharif has spent her whole life in Islamic school, but now it’s time to go to “real school.”

Nimra’s nervous, but as long as she has Jenna, her best friend who already goes to the public school, she figures she can take on just about anything.

Unfortunately, middle school is hard. The teachers are mean, the schedule is confusing, and Jenna starts giving hijab-wearing Nimra the cold shoulder around the other kids.

Desperate to fit in and get back in Jenna’s good graces, Nimra accepts an unlikely invitation to join the school’s popular 8th grade boy band, Barakah Beats. The only problem is, Nimra was taught that music isn’t allowed in Islam, and she knows her parents would be disappointed if they found out. So she devises a simple plan: join the band, win Jenna back, then quietly drop out before her parents find out.

But dropping out of the band proves harder than expected. Not only is her plan to get Jenna back working, but Nimra really likes hanging out with the band–they value her contributions and respect how important her faith is to her. Then Barakah Beats signs up for a talent show to benefit refugees, and Nimra’s lies start to unravel. With the show only a few weeks away and Jenna’s friendship hanging in the balance, Nimra has to decide whether to betray her bandmates–or herself.

Booklist and SLJ starred.

  • Genre(s): realistic fiction
  • Recommended for: Grades 4-8
  • Themes: Muslims, middle school, wearing hijab, fitting in, mean girls, bullying, rock bands, music, talent shows, school stories, going against parents
  • Protagonist description: female, age 12, Muslim

*This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us by Katherine Locke and Nicole Melleby (Editors)

A boyband fandom becomes a conduit to coming out. A former bully becomes a first-kiss prospect. One nonbinary kid searches for an inclusive athletic community after quitting gymnastics. Another nonbinary kid, who happens to be a pirate, makes a wish that comes true–but not how they thought it would. A tween girl navigates a crush on her friend’s mom. A young witch turns herself into a puppy to win over a new neighbor. A trans girl empowers her online bestie to come out.

From wind-breathing dragons to first crushes, This Is Our Rainbow features story after story of joyful, proud LGBTQA+ representation. You will fall in love with this insightful, poignant anthology of queer fantasy, historical, and contemporary stories from authors including: Eric Bell, Lisa Jenn Bigelow, Ashley Herring Blake, Lisa Bunker, Alex Gino, Justina Ireland, Shing Yin Khor, Katherine Locke, Mariama J. Lockington, Nicole Melleby, Marieke Nijkamp, Claribel A. Ortega, Mark Oshiro, Molly Knox Ostertag, Aisa Salazar, and AJ Sass.

THREE starred reviews!

  • Genre(s): anthology, short stories
  • Recommended for: Grades 3-8
  • Themes: boybands, coming out, LGBTQIA+, nonbinary, wishes, pirates, witches, transgender, Pride
  • Protagonist description: various LGBTQIA+ characters; diverse skin tones and ethnicities

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

Debut author! Ever since Ms. Murphy told us about the witch trials that happened centuries ago right here in Juniper, I can’t stop thinking about them. Those people weren’t magic. They were like me. Different like me.

I’m autistic. I see things that others do not. I hear sounds that they can ignore. And sometimes I feel things all at once. I think about the witches, with no one to speak for them. Not everyone in our small town understands. But if I keep trying, maybe someone will. I won’t let the witches be forgotten. Because there is more to their story. Just like there is more to mine.

SLJ starred.

  • Genre(s): realistic fiction
  • Recommended for: Grades 4-7
  • Themes: autism, witches, witch trials, small-mindedness, Scotland, bullying, special needs, neurodivergence
  • Protagonist description: female, age 11, white, Scottish

*Dust & Grim by Chuck Wendig

Thirteen-year-old Molly doesn’t know how she got the short end of the stick–being raised by her neglectful father–while Dustin, the older brother she’s never met, got their mother and the keys to the family estate. But now the siblings are both orphaned, she’s come home for her inheritance, and if Dustin won’t welcome her into the family business, then she’ll happily take her half in cash.

There’s just one problem: the family business is a mortuary for monsters, and Molly’s not sure she’s ready to deal with mysterious doors, talking wolves, a rogue devourer of magic, and a secret cemetery. It’s going to take all of Dustin’s stuffy supernatural knowledge and Molly’s most heroic cosplay (plus a little help from non-human friends) for the siblings to figure it out and save the day…if only they can get along for five minutes.

Kirkus and Booklist starred.

  • Genre(s): fantasy, supernatural, thriller, horror
  • Recommended for: Grades 3-8
  • Themes: parental neglect, siblings, orphans, inheritance, monsters, magic, cemeteries
  • Protagonist description: female, age 13, white; most of cast is white except for one Black character and one Latinx character

*Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers by Caela Carter

No one can figure out what Gwendolyn Rogers’s problem is–not her mom, or her teachers, or any of the many therapists she’s seen. But Gwendolyn knows she doesn’t have just one thing wrong with her: she has fifty-four.

At least, according to a confidential school report (that she read because she is #16. Sneaky, not to mention #13. Impulsive). So Gwendolyn needs a plan, because if she doesn’t get these fifty-four things under control, she’s not going to be able to go to horse camp this summer with her half-brother, Tyler.

But Tyler can’t help her because there’s only one thing “wrong” with him: ADHD.

And her best friend Hettie can’t help her because there’s nothing wrong with Hettie. She’s perfect.

So Gwendolyn is hopeless until she remembers the one thing that helped her mother when her own life was out of control. Or actually, the twelve things. Can these Twelve Steps that cured her mother somehow cure Gwendolyn too?

Booklist and Publishers Weekly starred.

  • Genre(s): realistic fiction
  • Recommended for: Grades 3-7
  • Themes: therapy, ADHD, dyslexia, 12-step programs, ableism, problems at school
  • Protagonist description: female, age 11, 5th grade, American (Wisconsin), white

*The Swallows’ Flight by Hilary McKay

Originally published in the UK in 2021. Erik and Hans are German boys. Ruby and Kate are English girls. They grow up in worlds that would never meet, until war tumbles their lives together.

Then one September afternoon there are choices to be made.

How is courage lost, and found?
Who is really the enemy?
And what does friendship truly mean, in the middle of a war?
Meanwhile Rupert and Clarry work secretly for peace–and a brighter future for them all…

Kirkus and Publishers Weekly starred.

  • Genre(s): historical fiction
  • Recommended for: Grades 3-8
  • Themes: WWII, Oxford, England, Berlin, Germany, best friends, dogs, 20th Century, war, Hitler Youth, birthmarks
  • Protagonist description: two females, both English, both white; two males, both German, both white

Besties: Work It Out by Kayla Miller and Jeffrey Canino (Authors) and Kristina Luu (Illustrator)

Spin-off of Miller’s Click series. Meet Beth and Chanda, two stylish best friends on their way to building their fashion empire! An unexpected business opportunity presents itself when the girls are asked to dogsit at Ms. Langford’s luxurious house while she’s away, but it quickly turns into a disaster after an accident leaves one of Ms. Langford’s prized possessions in pieces!

Now Beth and Chanda have to take on as many odd jobs as they can in order to afford a replacement. Car washing, book sales, interior decorating–you name it, Beth and Chanda are there! Will they be able to patch up their mistake in time?

No starred reviews, but this is sure to be a hit with graphic novel readers.

  • Genre(s): graphic novel, realistic fiction
  • Recommended for: Grades 3-7
  • Themes: fashion, friends, business, entrepreneurship, dogs, pet sitting, kids with jobs, responsibility, communication
  • Protagonist description: two females, both sixth graders; one is white and one is Indian American

Keeping It Real by Paula Chase

Marigold Johnson can’t wait to attend a special program at her family’s business, Flexx Unlimited, for teens who love fashion. But Mari quickly realizes that she’s out of place compared to the three other trainees–and one girl, Kara, seems to hate her on sight.

As tension builds and the stakes at the program get higher, Mari uncovers exactly why Kara’s been so spiteful. She also discovers some hard truths about herself and her family.

Paula Chase explores complex themes centering on friendships, family, and what it means to conform to fit in. Keeping It Real is also a powerful exploration of what happens when parents pick and choose what they shield their children from.

  • Genre(s): realistic fiction
  • Recommended for: Grades 3-8
  • Themes: fashion, family businesses, female friendships, fitting in, sisters, secrets, fathers and daughters, class, privilege, text messages
  • Protagonist description: female, ninth grade, age 14, Black

The Shadow Prince by David Anthony Durham

Growing up as an orphan in a remote village in the Egyptian desert, Ash’s life is pretty ordinary–sort of. He spends most of his time working in irrigation canals and avoiding bullies, but he is also being secretly trained by his mentor Yazen for some great purpose. Yazen has never said what that is, until now: the night before Ash’s twelfth birthday.

According to Yazen, Ash was born on the same day as Prince Khufu, which makes him eligible to compete to be the prince’s shadow, a lifelong confidante and bodyguard. Ash doesn’t really believe Yazen, but when a floating royal barge, driven by solar-powered sails, arrives to take Ash and his mentor to the bustling, magical, and solar-powered capital, things get real.

What awaits Ash is deadly–five days of dangerous tests, each overseen by a different Egyptian god. Unfortunately, they’ve been told, not all will survive. On top of the tests, Ash is up against Set, the devious god of chaos, secretly working toward the candidates’ demise. If they fail, a different prince will inherit the throne, one Set can manipulate for his evil schemes. Ash finds two friends willing to fight by his side, but he’s been warned. Some candidates lie, cheat, and even try to harm others to win. Can Ash and his friends do what it takes to save the kingdom? And will there be anyone left to become the Shadow Prince?

  • Genre(s): science fiction, mythology, adventure
  • Recommended for: Grades 3-8
  • Themes: orphans, Egypt, princes, destiny, solar power, Egyptian mythology, survival, renewable energy
  • Protagonist description: male, age 12, Egyptian

*Everybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter (Author) and Oge Mora (Illustrator)

Debut author! Everybody in the red brick building was asleep. Until…

WaaaAAH!

Rraak! Wake up!

Pitter patter STOMP!

Pssheew!

A chain reaction of noises wakes up several children (and a cat) living in an apartment building. But it’s late in the night, so despite the disturbances, one by one, the building’s inhabitants return to their beds–this time with a new set of sounds to lull them to sleep.

THREE starred reviews!

  • Genre(s): picture book
  • Recommended for: PreS-Grade 3
  • Themes: sleeping, nighttime, noise, chain reactions, apartment buildings, onomatopoeia, bedtime
  • Protagonist description: diverse community of people in an apartment building

*How to Change the World in 12 Easy Steps by Peggy Porter Tierney (Author) and Marie Letourneau (Illustrator)

Kids teaching kids how to make the world happier, prettier, friendlier, kinder, safer, smarter, accepting, and loving. It’s easy!

Taken from the life lessons of Eva Kor, Auschwitz child survivor, this title empowers children by offering concrete, simple actions that can change reader’s own lives, their community, and even the world.

Kirkus and SLJ starred. Inspired by Eva Kor, a Holocaust survivor who inspired people to forgive their oppressors.

  • Genre(s): picture book
  • Recommended for: PreS-Grade 3
  • Themes: Holocaust survivor, kindness, social change, justice, forgiveness, empathy
  • Protagonist description: multiple racially-diverse children

My Art, My World by Rita Winkler

Approaching her daily life with enthusiasm and a dry sense of humor, Rita rides public transit to her job working at a university coffee shop. She takes yoga and folk dance classes and enjoys drama and music at a day program, and she continues to practice using sign language. Rita’s great passion is making art. Here she shows her love for the world in fun and beautiful works of art.

Kirkus starred.

  • Genre(s): picture book
  • Recommended for: PreS-Grade 4
  • Themes: art, sign language, Down Syndrome, special needs, painting, Ontario, Toronto, Canada
  • Protagonist description: adult female, Down Syndrome

*Sonny Rollins Plays the Bridge by Gary Golio (Author) and James Ransome (Illustrator)

Sonny Rollins loved his saxophone. As a teenager, he was already playing with jazz stars and making a name for himself. But in 1959, at age twenty-nine, he took a break from performing–to work on being a better, not just famous, musician. Practicing in a city apartment didn’t please the neighbors, so Sonny found a surprising alternative–the Williamsburg Bridge. There, with his head in the clouds and foghorns for company, Sonny could play to his heart’s content and perfect his craft. It was a bold choice, for a bold young man and musician.

Sonny’s passion for music comes alive in jazzy text and vivid, evocative paintings of New York City. His story celebrates striving to be your very best self, an inspiration to music lovers young and old.

THREE starred reviews!

  • Genre(s): picture book biography
  • Recommended for: PreS-Grade 4
  • Themes: musicians, saxophone, jazz, bridges, New York City, complaining neighbors
  • Protagonist description: male, Black

Nobody Owns the Moon by Tohby Riddle

Originally published in Australia in 2008. Clive Prendergast is a fox who lives successfully in the city, in a one-room apartment in a busy part of town. Humphrey is a donkey who works odd jobs and doesn’t always have a fixed address. Nobody Owns the Moon is the story of their friendship.

Kirkus starred.

  • Genre(s): picture book
  • Recommended for: PreS-Grade 3
  • Themes: foxes, donkeys, homelessness, friendship, acceptance
  • Protagonist description: male fox and male donkey

 

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ABOUT THE SPOTLIGHT

The New Release Spotlight began in May 2016 as a way to help librarians keep up with the many new children’s and YA books that are released each week. Every Tuesday, school librarian Leigh Collazo compiles the New Release Spotlight using a combination of Follett’s Titlewave, Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes and Noble. As always, titles with a * by them received two or more starred professional reviews. Recommended grade levels represent the range of grade levels recommended by professional book reviewers.

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