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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.”—Dashk...

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...

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 much-n...

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 Plann...

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

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

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 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

Geeger the Robot
(Part of QUIX)
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...