Jenny B. Jones, $12.99, Thomas Nelson; ages 9-12.
Bella Kirkwood lives in New York,
attends a private school, is on the A-list of popularity and shops
with her daddy's MasterCard. But her world crumbles when her dad
leaves for another woman and her mom falls for a man who lives in
Oklahoma with his two sons on a farm.
WHEN THE BLACK GIRL
SINGS, by Bil Wright, Simon
Pulse, paperback, $5.99; ages 12-14.
Lahni Schuler's music teacher has
nominated her to sing in the school talent show. As a way to
prepare, Lahni decides to join the church choir. She is the only
African-American in an all-white world until choir. Not only has
choir prepared her for the talent show, it has become a place where
Lahni feels she belongs and can show her true self.
WILD MAGIC (THE
IMMORTALS), Book 1, by Tamora
Pierce, Simon Pulse, paperback $6.99; ages 11-13.
Daine, a 13-year-old orphan, is running
from her past, straight into the arms of the King's horse-mistress.
With a new job at the castle, Daine's ability to communicate with
animals can't be kept hidden. With lessons from the wizard, she
must learn to face her fears and embrace her talents. As the
kingdom is attacked, Daine is at the center of the war.
THE FALL OF THE AMAZING ZALINDAS
(SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS), by
Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin, Orchard Books, paperback $6.99; ages
Tightrope walkers, The Amazing
Zalindas, fall to their deaths when the circus comes to town.
Sherlock Holmes is on the case. While Holmes and Watson investigate
at the palace, The Baker Street Irregulars spy on the circus. The
street boys, with the help of the fortune teller's daughter,
discover a connection between the deaths and a very valuable book
stolen from the king and queen.
by Anthony Horowitz, Scholastic Press,
$15.99; ages 9-12.
In this fourth novel in the Gatekeepers
series, Matt and the other three gatekeepers are in hiding. They
must find the fifth gatekeeper. The trail takes them to Hong Kong
where the fifth gatekeeper is being used as bait.
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