Grace Elizabeth Kendall

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  Cover design:  Kevin Cornell and Anne Diebel

Cover design: Kevin Cornell and Anne Diebel

lucy fell down the mountain

kevin cornell

Lucy is having a terrible day. She’s falling down a mountain. As she passes various characters―a mountain man, a bungeeing duck, and a pile of shuffling bears―she tries to ask for help. But everyone misinterprets her requests. As Lucy gains velocity, the story grows in silliness. Ending eventually in a giant, rolling snowball that lands Lucy safely at a hot-chocolate chalet. No harm done!

With a perfect blend of Looney Tunes–style comedy and breezy short text, Lucy Fell Down the Mountain offers a simple solution to bad days: Just roll with it!

In the tradition of When Sophie Gets Angry and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible . . . Very Bad Day, Lucy's ability to face the day head-on―and then move on―will prove itself a new classic.

FSG / October 2018

 
  Cover design:  Elizabeth H. Clark

Cover design: Elizabeth H. Clark

the boneless mercies

april genevieve tucholke

Kirkus starred review

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies―girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.

When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies' one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.

Full of fierce girls, bloodlust, tenuous alliances, and unapologetic quests for glory, this elegantly spun tale challenges the power of storytelling―and who gets to be the storyteller. 

FSG / October 2018

 
  Cover design : Elizabeth H. Clark

Cover design: Elizabeth H. Clark

black wings beating (skybound saga, Book 1)

alex london

"Epic thrills, heart-punching romance, and a marvel of a hero" --Adam Silvera, New York Times-bestselling author of They Both Die at the End

Kirkus starred review

The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists.

Brysen strives to be a great falconer―while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe.

Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he's long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother's future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power.

In this first young-adult fantasy novel in a trilogy, Alex London launches a soaring saga about the memories that haunt us, the histories that hunt us, and the bonds of blood between us.

FSG / September 2018

 
  Cover design : Elizabeth H. Clark

Cover design: Elizabeth H. Clark

unbroken: 13 Stories starring disabled teens

New York times-bestselling author marieke nijkamp 

A Junior Library Guild Selection * Kirkus starred review * Booklist starred review

This anthology explores disability in fictional tales told from the viewpoint of disabled characters, written by disabled creators. With stories in various genres about first loves, friendship, war, travel, and more, Unbroken will offer today's teen readers a glimpse into the lives of disabled people in the past, present, and future.

The contributing authors are award-winners, bestsellers, and newcomers including Kody Keplinger, Kristine Wyllys, Francisco X. Stork, William Alexander, Corinne Duyvis, Marieke Nijkamp, Dhonielle Clayton, Heidi Heilig, Katherine Locke, Karuna Riazi, Kayla Whaley, Keah Brown, and Fox Benwell. Each author identifies as disabled along a physical, mental, or neurodiverse axis―and their characters reflect this diversity.

FSG / September 2018

 
  Cover design : Anne Diebel

Cover design: Anne Diebel

Sterling, best dog ever

aidan cassie

Sterling the dog has always wanted a home. But no home has ever wanted him. So when Sterling sees a sign on the side of the Butlery Cutlery Company advertising free "shipping to homes around the world," he is determined to become the most terrific fork ever! For what home doesn't need flatware?

Sterling is delivered on time and undamaged to the Gilbert family's front door. He is not, however, what they ordered. . . . But he may be exactly what they need. Here is a humorous, heart-tugging picture book about finding a family who wants you just as you are.

FSG / July 2018

 
  Cover design:  Christina Dacanay

Cover design: Christina Dacanay

jasmine toguchi, flamingo keeper

Debbi michiko florence; illus. by elizabet vukovic

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Jasmine's best friend, Linnie, has just gotten a puppy. And now Jasmine wants a pet of her own―a flamingo! So when her grandmother sends Jasmine a daruma doll as a surprise gift, Jasmine colors in one doll eye and wishes for a flamingo to keep.

Next, Jasmine tries to convince her parents that she’s responsible enough for a pet. She cleans her room, brushes her teeth, takes out the trash, and, most importantly, researches everything she can about flamingos. But soon it becomes clear that her wish may never come true! Will Jasmine's daruma doll ever get its second eye? Luckily her big sister, Sophie, has a surprise planned that fulfills Jasmine’s wish beyond her wildest dreams.

Debbi Michiko Florence is at her best in this sweet, special story of sisterhood and new responsibilities!

FSG / July 2018

 
  Cover design : Elizabeth H. Clark and Dan Santat

Cover design: Elizabeth H. Clark and Dan Santat

LIONS & LIARS

KATE BEASLEY; illus. by Caldecott medalist dan santat

A Junior Library Guild Selection * Amazon Best Book of the Month * Booklist Starred Review

"Tender at heart and laugh-out-loud entertaining." -- The Wall Street Journal

Frederick Frederickson has a food-chain theory about life. There are lions, like the school bully. Gazelles, like the bullied kids. There are meerkats, and the fleas that live on the butts of meerkats. Frederick's a flea.

Fifth grade is off to a terrible start when Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp for troublesome boys. His fellow troop mates―Nosebleed, Specs, The Professor, and little-yet-lethal Ant Bite―are terrifying. But in between trust-building exercises and midnight escape attempts, a tenuous friendship grows between them. Which is lucky, because a Category 5 hurricane is coming and everyone will have to work together―lions and fleas alike―to survive!

Kate Beasley outdoes herself in this hilarious, whip-smart tale of brotherhood, survival, and what it really means to be a friend.

FSG / May 2018

 
  Cover design:  Aimee Fleck  Cover artist:  Shannon Wright   

Cover design: Aimee Fleck Cover artist: Shannon Wright

 

Betty before x

ilyasah shabazz, with Renee Watson

A Junior Library Guild Selection * 3 starred reviews

In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty’s house doesn’t quite feel like home. She believes her mother loves her, but she can’t shake the feeling that her mother doesn’t want her. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. The singing, the preaching, the speeches from guest activists like Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, an organization that supports black-owned businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born.

Inspired by Betty's real life--but expanded upon and fictionalized through collaboration with Newbery Honor author Renée Watson--Ilyasah Shabazz illuminates four poignant years in her mother’s childhood with this book, painting an inspiring portrait of a girl overcoming the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today.

Backmatter included.

FSG / January 2018

 
  Cover design : Christina Dacanay

Cover design: Christina Dacanay

LOU lou & pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza

Jill diamond; illus. by lesley vamos

BFFs Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl are busy preparing for the Bicentennial Bonanza, their city’s two-hundredth birthday bash! And this year, the party will take place in their beloved neighborhood of El Corazón. With a baking contest, talent show, and a new gazebo planned, the community can’t wait to celebrate the founders (and historical BFFs), Diego Soto and Giles Wonderwood. But when Vice-Mayor Andy Argyle claims the festivities belong to Verde Valley, using a mysterious diary as evidence, Lou Lou and Pea smell trouble. Will the friends be able to uncover the secrets of their city’s founding, and bring the Bonanza back to El Corazón?

Fun back matter includes a Spanish-language glossary!

FSG / April 2018

 

Cover design: Kristie Radwilowicz

Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer girl

Debbi Michiko Florence; Illus. by Elizabet Vukovic

A Junior Library Guild Selection

It's talent show time at school, and Jasmine is excited to show her stuff. But as she runs through her list of strengths—tree-climbing, mochi making—none of them feel quite right. 

Tommy yo-yo's, Daisy dances, and Linnie plays piano, but Jasmine can’t do anything. Meanwhile, Maggie Milsap (aka Miss Perfect) is saying she'll have the best talent. What is a talent anyway?

When Jasmine’s mom introduces her to the taiko, a traditional Japanese drum, everything changes. But will she be good enough at taiko to beat Maggie Milsap? 

Join Jasmine Toguchi as she discovers her talent—and the difference between being the best and trying your best.

FSG / April 2018

 

Cover design: Anne Diebel

Mama africa!: how miriam makeba spread hope with her song

Kathryn erskine; illus. by Charly Palmer

Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustration * Africana Book Award Best Book of 2018 * ALSC Notable Book * 3 starred reviews

Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award–winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid—a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa, as they called her, raised her voice to help combat these injustices at jazz clubs in Johannesburg; in exile, at a rally beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and before the United Nations. 

Set defiantly in the present tense, this biography offers readers an intimate view of Makeba’s fight for equality. Kathryn Erskine’s call-and-response style text and Charly Palmer’s bold illustrations come together in a raw, riveting duet of protest song and praise poem. A testament to how a single voice helped to shake up the world—and can continue to do so.

FSG / October 2017

 

Cover design: Elizabeth H. Clark

YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR

MITali perkins

National Book Award nominee * Walter Honor Book * South Asia Book Award Winner * Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * YALSA Best Book for Young Adults * New York Public Library Notable Top 50 Books for Teens * Amelia Bloomer Project List * 6 starred reviews

This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse.

From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve Bengali tigers, Perkins weaves together the threads of a family growing into an American identity.

Here is a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.

FSG /  September 2017

 

 

Cover design: Kristie Radwilowicz

Jasmine toguchi, super sleuth

Debbi Michiko Florence; Illus. by Elizabet Vukovic

The second heartfelt story of friendship and sisterhood in this charming new chapter book series, starring a Japanese-American girl!

It's a big weekend for Jasmine Toguchi! She's excited to celebrate Girl's Daya Japanese holiday honoring women and girlswith her sister, mother, and best friend, Linnie. On Friday after school, Linnie comes over to plan their outfits for the Girl's Day celebrations. And Jasmine's neighbor, Mrs. Reese, lets them search through her old clothes for the perfect accessories. But the clothes are in her dark garage, which is kind of scary. And Linnie decides to go home early, which is kind of weird. And Jasmine's big sister, Sophie, doesn't seem to want to join in the Girl's Day fun this year, which is kind of confusing. WHAT is going on?

As her big weekend plans start to unravel, Jasmine must use her sleuthing skills to spot the clues around herand within herself. Then maybe, just maybe, she can put everything back in order before Girl's Day is over!

FSG / July 2017

 

Cover designKristie Radwilowicz

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen

Debbi Michiko Florence; illus. by Elizabet Vukovic

Junior Library Guild Selection * Amazon’s Best Children’s Books * Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids List * Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books * Nerdy Book Club Award Winner * Amelia Bloomer Project List

Eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is a flamingo fan, tree climber, and top-notch mess-maker! 

She's also tired of her big sister, Sophie, always getting to do things first. For once, Jasmine wishes SHE could do something before Sophiesomething special, something different. The New Year approaches, and as the Toguchi family gathers in Los Angeles to celebrate, Jasmine is jealous that her sister gets to help roll mochi balls by hand with the women. Her mom says that Jasmine is still too young to join in, so she hatches a plan to help the men pound the mochi rice instead. Surely her sister has never done THAT before. 

But pounding mochi is traditionally reserved for boys. And the mochi hammer is heavier than it looks. Can Jasmine build her case and her mochi-making muscles in time for New Year's Day?

FSG / July 2017

 

Cover design: Roberta Pressel

Green Green: A community Gardening story

Marie Lamba and baldev lamba; Illus. by Sonia Sanchez

CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

Green grass is wide and fresh and clean for a family to play in, and brown  dirt is perfect for digging a garden. But when gray buildings start to  rise up and a whole city builds, can there be any room for green space? The neighborhood children think so, and they inspire the community to join together and  build a garden for everyone to share in the middle of the city.

FSG / May 2017

 

Cover design: Elizabeth Clark

HUG IT OUT!

louis thomas

Mom has had enough with Woody and Annie's incessant fighting. When her pleas for sharing and apologizing are ignored, she demands they "hug it out." At first, the warring siblings are confused. Hugging? But after a long afternoon of forced embraces, the brother and sister decide to call a truce to avoid yet another icky hug. However it doesn't take long for them to miss that new-found
closeness. And soon they're looking for something to fight about so they can hug it out once more!

With subversive humor and smart, eye-catching illustrations, Louis Thomas's debut is a cheeky tribute to sibling rivalry and (cuddly) compromise. Adults will delight in a new solution to conflict, and kids
will enjoy yelling "HUG IT OUT!" at each familiar situation.

FSG / January 2017

 

Series design: Kristie Radwilowicz

 

Cover design: Anne Diebel

 

Cover design: Kristie Radwilowicz

LOU LOU & PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY

Jill diamond; illus. by lesley vamos

Perfect for readers outgrowing Ivy & Bean and the Nancy Clancy books!

BFFs Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl love their PSPP (Post-School Pre-Parents) tea parties on Friday afternoons, where they recap the school week, chat about Pea's latest fashions, and tend to Lou Lou's burgeoning backyard garden. But when a series of small crimes crop up around El Corazon, their quaint and quirky town, right before the Dia de Los Muertos Parade, the girls must join forces (horticultural know-how and artistic genius) to solve the mystery.

Debut author Jill Diamond weaves a delightful romp, full of colorful characters and gentle intrigue, while artist Lesley Vamos punctuates the story with black-and-white illustrations throughout. Backmatter includes crafting activities and a glossary of Spanish terms!

FSG / October 2016

 

gertie's leap to greatness

Kate Beasley; illus. by jillian tamaki

For fans of Three Times Lucky and The Penderwicks, this endearing new classic spins together sparkling humor, sizzle-pop writing, and a sassy main character with an unforgettable voice.

Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in the universe to show her mother exactly what she'll be leaving behind. There's just one problem: Seat-stealing new girl Mary Sue Spivey wants to be the best fifth grader, too. And there is simply not enough room at the top for the two of them.

From debut author Kate Beasley, and with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Jillian Tamaki, comes a classic tale of hope and homecoming that will empty your heart, then fill it back up again--one laugh at a time.

FSG / October 2016

 
 

I SEE REALITY: TWELVE SHORT STORIES ABOUT REAL LIFE

Jay Clark, Kristin ClarkHeather DemetriosStephen EmondPatrick Flores-ScottFaith HicksTrisha LeaverKekla MagoonMarcella PixleyJames PrellerJason Schmidt, and Jordan Sonnenblick

An anthology of twelve original short stories by top authors exploring real issues for real teens.

Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories for young adults ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, I See Reality will resonate with today's teens long after the last page has been turned.

More at ReaLITyReads.com!

FSG / January 2016

 

Cover design: Marijka Kostiw

HOT ROD HAMSTER Early reader line

cynthia lord; illustrations by greg paprocki                     based on the art of derek anderson

A new early reader series from dynamic duo, Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson, featuring Hot Rod Hamster!

With the same bouncing rhythms, fun choice rhymes, and daredevil antics that made the picture books so popular, these original Level 2 readers will be a sturdy stepping-stone for Hot Rod Hamster fans as well as series newcomers as they move on to independent reading. The years Ms. Lord spent as a first-grade teacher have given her the perfect sense for what language and storylines work best for emerging readers. These new adventures skillfully emphasize word families and rhyming structures with pedal-to-the-metal flare! Little boys and girls will race to collect these latest stories from their favorite furry friend.

Hop into the early-reading driver's seat and join Hot Rod Hamster and his buddies for a fun-filled race days with thrilling surprises at the finish line!

SCHOLASTIC PRESS / August 2014 & January 2015

 

Cover design: Marijka Kostiw

HOT rod hamster: Monster truck mania!

cynthia lord; illus. by derek anderson

Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and New York Times Bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson are back with the best Hot Rod Hamster adventure yet: Monster Truck Mania!

It's Fair Day, and Fearless Franco's famous Monster Truck Mania has come to town. Hot Rod Hamster and his friends are geared up for a roaring, soaring great time, so they set out to find the best ride at the fair. The water boats, spinning teacups, and bumper cars are great, but Hamster can't seem to find the BEST ride. That is, of course, until Fearless Franco needs a last-minute back-up driver for his monster truck. Can Hot Rod Hamster help him out, and still find the best ride of all? In this rollicking new adventure, Hot Rod Hamster proves once again that being small doesn't mean you can't think BIG!

SCHOLASTIC PRESS / March 2014

 

a bunny in the ballet

robert beck

With Paris-inspired pen-and-ink illustrations, this charming picture-book debut by an American ballet dancer stars Désirée, a spirited rabbit reaching for her dreams

Désirée Rabbit LOVES to dance, and her sleek bunny form makes her a natural! But her dream to be a famous ballet dancer in her hometown of Paris, France, is always met with one response: "There are no bunnies in the ballet!" Not a rabbit to be discouraged, Désirée marches herself down to the ballet studio to begin classes. Soon enough, she has won over her classmates and mastered all her positions. And on the opening night of "The Nutcracker," she may finally get her chance to shine!

With the quiet charm of Madeline and the sweet sass of Eloise, here is a classic in the making. Debut author/illustrator Bob Beck brings us into Désirée's world with graceful, playful lines and splashes of color as vivid as Paris itself.

ORCHARD BOOKS / January 2014

 

Cover design: Chelsea Donaldson

EIGHT DAYS: A STORY OF HAITI

EDWIDGE DANTICAT; illus. by Alix delinois

From National Book Award nominee Edwidge Danticat comes a timely, brilliantly crafted story of hope and imagination--a powerful tribute to Haiti and children around the world!

Hope comes alive in this heartfelt and deeply resonating story. While Junior is trapped for 8 days beneath his collapsed house after an earthquake, he uses his imagination for comfort. Drawing on beautiful, everyday-life memories, Junior paints a sparkling picture of Haiti for each of those days--flying kites with his best friend or racing his sister around St. Marc's Square--helping him through the tragedy until he is finally rescued. Love and hope dance across each page--granting us a way to talk about resilience as a family, a classroom, or a friend.

ORCHARD BOOKS / September 2010