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Cover design: Kristie Radwilowicz

Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer girl

Debbi Michiko Florence; Illus. by Elizabet Vukovic

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

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


MITali perkins

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

The first book in a new chapter book series featuring a spunky Japanese-American heroine!

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

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


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


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



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.

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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!



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


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