In this richly developed fantasy, half-human, half-dragon Seraphina, 16, confronts fear and tension in the uneasy truce between humans and dragons.This absorbing blend of intrigue, romance, and self-discovery features a creative, independent heroine.
Racial tensions in 1968 Chicago have led Maxie, 14, to volunteer at the local Black Panthers office. Convinced that the Panthers will offer her full membership if she can discover who is reporting their plans to the police, she searches. What she finds changes her life in this companion to The Rock and the River.
Ninth-grader Adonis, an overachiever born without legs, resists friendship with Autumn, a superb wrestler but failing student. Her infectious spirit and obvious interest in him slowly chip away at his reluctance in this superb present-tense tale with alternate voices examining a “brains” versus “heart” conflict.
Seventh-grader Callie adores both musical theatre and a boy performing with her. With the backdrop of their middle-school’s theater production in this colorful graphic novel with cartoonish illustrations, they must learn to navigate both their first crushes and emerging sexual identities.
Astrid Jones, rejecting labels of identity, does not know the right questions to ask others about how to find her “self.” Sending thoughts of love to airplane passengers overhead and chatting with an imaginary Socrates comfort her while she sorts her choices.
Princess-child's parents say she may stay awake all night—after she prepares for bed. Minutely-detailed, many-colored, and textured illustrations contain enchanted dreamscapes that gently transport both Princess and readers to surreal sleep.
Although “face blind,” Chuck Close has spent his life studying faces and making images of them. This colorful, beautifully designed autobiography discusses Close’s techniques and the varied media he uses. An entertaining “mix-and-match” section of his self-portraits reveals his diverse stylistic approaches to the same subject.
At twelve, Fern feels alienated from her siblings—an older brother discovering sexuality, a grumpy sister, and a pesky brother Charlie, 3—while her father works incessantly and her mother meditates. Only family tragedy makes them understand their need for each other.
The elite Elliot North, in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic rendition of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, realizes that she must manage her dysfunctional family’s country estate. Her decisions pit her against the seemingly lost, but not forgotten, love of her childhood.