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New Kid

New Kid

Craft, Jerry
$12.99

Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature!

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft.

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.

As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

This middle grade graphic novel is an excellent choice for tween readers, including for summer reading.

New Kid is a selection of the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List.

Plus don't miss Jerry Craft's Class Act!

Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere

Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere

Gravel, Elise
$13.99

A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year!

Meet Olga, the amazing child scientist who LOVES animals (because they are super-cute)! Brightly put this heavily illustrated don't-miss book on their Ultimate Summer Reading List for 9- to 12-Year-Olds.

Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere is jam-packed with fun: vibrant illustrations, word bubbles, quirky humor, olgamus facts, and plenty of excitement for readers who love making discoveries and meeting new friends. Olga is a charming combination of independent, curious, and smart--making her the coolest girl scientist around--perfect for fans of Dork Diaries and Captain Underpants.

When Olga crosses paths with a weird creature and becomes the first kid to discover the species olgamus ridiculus, she is ecstatic! What does an olgamus eat? How does it poop? Why does its burp sound like the word rubber? With her trusty observation notebook and the help of a librarian, a shopkeeper, and some friends, Olga sets out to do science--learning the facts about her smelly, almost-furry pal and searching for him when he goes missing. The scientific method is the best way to discover anything!

--Publishers Weekly
Engaged Management Volume 1: Inspiring Your Team To Win

Engaged Management Volume 1: Inspiring Your Team To Win

Hannon, John
$19.97
Engaged Management, Volume 1: Inspiring Your Team To Win (2nd edition) is the first book in John Hannon's Engaged Management Series. It is written for all levels of television broadcast and cable sales management, and for those aspiring to one day secure a management title and leadership role in the TV business. Inside these pages you will find immediately executable leadership, coaching, management, sales preparation, customer service, and career improvement suggestions. This is not a business book where each chapter is an organized step to becoming a better manager. Each chapter of Engaged Management features self-contained articles packed with anecdotes, stories, and "voice of experience" lessons. The writing is crafted in a style that makes it easy to stop reading mid-chapter to reflect, digest, and act on the new information. Other books in the series include Volume 2: Maximizing Your Team's Sales Performance and Volume 3: Awakening Sales Confidence In Your Team also on Amazon.
Engaged Management, Volume 2: Maximizing Your Team's Sales Performance

Engaged Management, Volume 2: Maximizing Your Team's Sales Performance

Hannon, John
$19.97
Engaged Management, Volume 2: Maximizing Your Team's Sales Performance (2nd edition) is the follow-up to the Amazon best-seller, Engaged Management, Volume 1: Inspiring Your Team To Win. This series is written for all levels of television broadcast and cable management and for those aspiring to one day secure a management title and leadership role in the TV business. Inside these pages you'll find immediately executable leadership, coaching, management, sales preparation, customer service, and career improvement suggestions. The Engaged Management series features self-contained articles packed with anecdotes, stories, and "voice of experience" lessons. This is not a business book where each chapter is an organized step to becoming a better manager. The writing is crafted in a style that makes it easy to stop reading mid-chapter to reflect, digest, and act on the new information. Here's what industry execs have to say: "One of the best new TV sales & marketing management books I have seen of late. John Hannon's 'Engaged Management, Volume 2: Maximizing Your Team's Sales Performance' is a great new bible for the current media climate." (Russell Myerson, Network Television Executive) "In our business, revenue solves all issues. Nobody understand that better than John Hannon. In this book he reveals how to connect with and motivate professionals to perform at levels they never thought possible. This should be mandatory reading for every sales and management professional in your organization." (Nick Waller, EVP & COO, Gray Television) "John is a gifted, passionate broadcast sales management trainer, who loves the television business. He has personally been on the front lines, and truly understand and relates to the challenges of today's broadcast media professional. His knowledge and experience comes through loud and clear in this must-read book." (Mark Gordon, President & CEO, Missouri Broadcasters Association). Other books in the Engaged Management series include Volume 1: Inspiring Your Team To Win and Volume 3: Awakening Sales Confidence In Your Team.
We Don't Eat Our Classmates

We Don't Eat Our Classmates

Higgins, Ryan T.
$17.99
It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . . Readers will gobble up this hilarious new story from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.
Stealing the Sword

Stealing the Sword

Mass, Wendy
$4.99
New York Times bestselling author Wendy Mass's action-packed early chapter book series is perfect for newly independent readers!
Pick a book. Grow a Reader!
This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
Chase and Ava find an old suitcase filled with strange objects. One of the objects looks like a dragon-headed doorknob... Suddenly Chase and Ava find themselves jumping back in time to King Arthur's castle! They meet the king's wizard Merlin and soon discover what the dragon-headed doorknob really is. It turns out they have an important job to do: They must save the king! But a bad guy is after them... How will Chase and Ava get back home? They will need to act fast to find out! Oriol Vidal's engaging illustrations appear on every page. Newly independent readers will eat up this time-travel series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Mass!
Cat Tale

Cat Tale

Pittman, Craig
$27.99
"Witty and passionate." --Lauren Groff

"Craig Pittman has a remarkable talent for telling stories set in the Sunshine State that never fail to fascinate and entertain."--Gilbert King

"The definitive book on one of America's least understood apex predators. The story of how Florida's panthers were saved from extinction is one that both deserves and needs to be told." --Dane Huckelbridge

It wasn't so long ago when a lot of people thought the Florida panther was extinct. They were very nearly right. That the panther still exists at all is a miracle--the result of a desperate experiment that led to the most remarkable comeback in the history of the Endangered Species Act. And no one has told the whole story--until now.

With novelistic detail and an eye for the absurd, Craig Pittman recounts the extraordinary story of the people who brought the panther back from the brink of extinction, the ones who nearly pushed the species over the edge, and the cats that were caught in the middle. This being Florida, there's more than a little weirdness, too.

An engrossing narrative of wry humor, sharp writing and exhaustive reportage, Cat Tale shows what it takes to bring one species back and what unexpected costs such a decision brings.

City Spies, Volume 1

City Spies, Volume 1

Ponti, James
$17.99
A New York Times bestseller!
A GMA3 Summer Reading Squad Selection!
"Ingeniously plotted, and a grin-inducing delight." --People
"Will keep young readers glued to the page...So when do I get the sequel?" --Beth McMullen, author of Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls

In this thrilling new series that Stuart Gibbs called "a must-read," Edgar Award winner James Ponti brings together five kids from all over the world and transforms them into real-life spies--perfect for fans of Spy School and Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls.

Sara Martinez is a hacker. She recently broke into the New York City foster care system to expose her foster parents as cheats and lawbreakers. However, instead of being hailed as a hero, Sara finds herself facing years in a juvenile detention facility and banned from using computers for the same stretch of time. Enter Mother, a British spy who not only gets Sara released from jail but also offers her a chance to make a home for herself within a secret MI6 agency.

Operating out of a base in Scotland, the City Spies are five kids from various parts of the world. When they're not attending the local boarding school, they're honing their unique skills, such as sleight of hand, breaking and entering, observation, and explosives. All of these allow them to go places in the world of espionage where adults can't.

Before she knows what she's doing, Sara is heading to Paris for an international youth summit, hacking into a rival school's computer to prevent them from winning a million euros, dangling thirty feet off the side of a building, and trying to stop a villain...all while navigating the complex dynamics of her new team.

No one said saving the world was easy...