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2021 Massachusetts Book Award Must Read Title

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Illustrated by Elena Garnu
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: August 18, 2020
Ages: 14 - 99

“A funny, perceptive, and much-needed book telling a much-needed story.” —Celeste Ng, author of the New York Times bestseller Little Fires Everywhe...

Geeger the Robot Goes to School

Illustrated by Serge Seidlitz
This edition: Hardcover, 80 pages
Publication date: September 22, 2020
Ages: 5 - 8

Amelia Bedelia meets James Patterson’s House of Robots series in the adventures of Geeger, a robot who goes to school for the very first time, in t...

The Maps of Memory

Return to Butterfly Hill
Illustrated by Lee White
This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: September 22, 2020
Ages: 10 - 14

In this inspiring sequel to the Pura Belpré Award–winning, “dazzling and insightful” (BCCB) I Lived on Butterfly Hill, thirteen-year-old Celeste Ma...

2021 Massachusetts Book Award

Wherever I Go

Illustrated by Munir D. Mohammed
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: April 21, 2020
Ages: 6 - 9

A hopeful and timely picture book about a spirited little girl living in a refugee camp.Of all her friends, Abia has been at the Shimelba Refugee C...

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 a...

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 Librar...

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 UK Carnegie Medal winner An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Chi...