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2019 Massachusetts Book Award Honor Title

Lucy Castor Finds Her Sparkle

This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: February 20, 2018
Ages: 8 - 12

“A quietly reassuring story showing that change can be a good thing at times.” —Kirkus Reviews “This is a feel-good story…a wonderful read-aloud,...

2020 Massachusetts Book Award Must Read Title

Revenge of the Red Club

This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: October 22, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A tween reporter discovers an important and beloved club at school is being shut down—and uses the power of the pen to try and activate some...

What Every Girl Should Know

Margaret Sanger's Journey
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: February 12, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

This compelling historical novel spans the early and very formative years of feminist and women’s health activist Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned...

Tiny Feet Between the Mountains

Illustrated by Hanna Cha
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: November 05, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

A young Korean girl must come up with a clever idea to help a spirit tiger who has swallowed the sun by mistake in this fun, charming debut picture...

What Miss Mitchell Saw

Illustrated by Diana Sudyka
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 03, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Discover the amazing true story of Maria Mitchell, America’s first professional female astronomer.Every evening, from the time she was a child, Maria...

2020 Cartwheel Book Awards

Lifeboat 12

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 04, 2018
Ages: 8 - 13

“This page-turning true-life adventure is filled with rich and riveting details and a timeless understanding of the things that matter most.”—Dashka...

2021 Cartwheel Book Awards Nominee

Maybe He Just Likes You

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A 2020 ALA Notable Children’s Book A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019 Barbara Dee explores the subject of #MeToo for the middle grade...

Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation

(Part of Charlie Thorne)
This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: September 17, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

“Fast-paced, smart, and action-packed...a real page-burner.” —Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestelling author of the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library...

Look Both Ways

A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Illustrated by Alexander Nabaum
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: October 08, 2019
Ages: 10 - 14

A National Book Award Finalist Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Carnegie Medal winner An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children’s...