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The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz

Simply put, Clementine Morcerous is absolutely charming—not an adjective that would please a future Dark Lord, but after a couple chapters, you’ll agree. Clementine’s been groomed since birth to take her father’s place as Dark Lord, but when he falls under a curse, she must grapple with what’s expected of her versus what she really wants…and realizes that she might not want what’s expected of her. Great for fantasy fans who want something a little bit different. - J Gallo

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ISBN: 9781616208943
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

This story had me crying the whole way through. Edie’s discovery of her Native American heritage as she deals with changing friendship dynamics is beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I couldn’t put this one down. The characters felt so real and relatable, I fell in love with them all. The perfect next read for Sharon Creech and Kate DiCamillo fans. - Emma

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ISBN: 9780062871992
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Published: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

Fourteen-year old Beverly buries her dog Buddy and tells no one she’s leaving. She doesn’t want to depend on anyone and doesn’t want anyone depending on her. Iola, who offers Beverly shelter, says, “Just because you can’t stand to think about something, doesn’t mean it ain’t happening, that it ain’t true. People wait on other people. People rely on other people.” This book is about love, trust, resiliency, and friendship. Like the other two books in the trilogy, it’s real. - Noreen

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ISBN: 9780763694647
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Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2019

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds

In 10 blocks, very different kids find themselves connected in strange and interesting ways. Dogs are avoided, comedy is tested, lists are made, and new love blossoms. Jason Reynolds’s way with words is enviable. Each kid is real and raw, dealing with issues most adults assume children can’t possibly have a grasp of. I took my time and savored every moment with this slim novel. Trust me, you will, too. - Ivy

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By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy

Middle-grade readers will find a relatable voice with Rahul, a seventh-grader in Indiana who’s having a hard time fitting in with his classmates. He has a support system in his friends and family but still deals with serious bullying. Despite tackling the heavy issue of bullying, this book is a very sweet look into being proud of you, because you’re the only one who’s going to be the best at it. - MJ

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ISBN: 9780062866417
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 8th, 2019

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

Newbery medalist Erin Entrada Kelly has conjured a vivid fantasy world inspired by Fillipino folklore, full of people and creatures wonderful and terrible. Lalani is an ordinary girl kept down by tradition and fear, but neither ordinariness nor being afraid will keep her from risking it all to save her home. The result is a wonderful, authentic adventure of dark currents and bright points perfect for lovers of fairy tales and of the fight for what is right. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062747273
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 3rd, 2019

Strange Birds by Celia C. Pérez

Pérez transports readers to a summer of discovery with four girls as they develop into independent women, connect with their community, and realize how much they can impact their own futures and that of their community. This book is sure to please anyone looking for a realistic story of girl power and friendship. - Kathy

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ISBN: 9780425290439
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Published: Kokila - September 3rd, 2019

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Tristan Strong (what a great name!) didn’t expect his summer exile in the countryside to lead him to an alternate dimension where African American folktale characters are gods. He also didn’t expect that he could punch a hole in the sky. But relatable, reluctant hero Tristan has a summer full of all this and more, in a story that’s exciting and hilarious, with lots of depth and heart. Perfect for fans of adventure fantasy and especially for Rick Riordan enthusiasts. - Stephanie

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ISBN: 9781368039932
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 15th, 2019

Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) by Sharon Robinson

In 1963, the Children’s March brought urgency to the Civil Rights Movement and the March on Washington planted Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream in the world’s heads and hearts. Thirteen-year old Sharon, daughter of baseball legend and activist Jackie Robinson, yearned to do her part, but felt small in a large movement. Robinson offers an amazing front row seat to some of the greatest moments in history. Her memoir is an excellent and necessary reminder for this uncertain age. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781338282801
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 3rd, 2019

Cog by Greg Van Eekhout

Like a typical 12-year-old, Cog (short for “cognitive development”) is a learning machine. However, he’s also an actual machine who takes his job of gaining knowledge by making mistakes quite seriously. In this futuristic version of The Incredible Journey, readers get to experience an epic road trip through the eyes of Cog and his motley robot crew. While fans of The Wild Robot will certainly eat this up, all of us will relish its timely message about the dangers of uniMIND. - Michelle

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By Greg van Eekhout, Beatrice Blue (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062686077
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Published: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019

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