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2019 Milwaukee County Teen Book Award

Long Way Down

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: October 24, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is...

2020 Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee

There's Something about Sweetie

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 “Adorable, joyous.” —BuzzFeed “I’m head-over-heels for this charming, funny, romantic, life-affirming book.” —Becky...

2020 Just One More Page Recommendation List

More to the Story

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: September 03, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes a new story inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, featuring four...

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...

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows

(Book #1 of Charlie Hernández)
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: October 23, 2018
Ages: 10 - 14

“This is a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan’s many series, particularly for those eager for mythologies beyond Greek and Roman stories.”...

Lu

(Book #4 of Track)
This edition: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publication date: October 23, 2018
Ages: 10 - 99

Lu must learn to leave his ego on the sidelines if he wants to finally connect with others in the climax to the New York Times bestselling and...

Genesis Begins Again

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: January 15, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A Newbery Honor Book Winner of the Correta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award A Morris Award Finalist An NPR Favorite Book of 2019...

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 An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019 A Time...

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...

Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge

George and Martha Washington's Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Readers Edition
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: January 08, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

“A brilliant work of US history.” —School Library Journal (starred review) “Gripping.” —BCCB (starred review) “Accessible…Necessary.” —Kirkus Reviews...

A Place to Belong

Illustrated by Julia Kuo
This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Ages: 10 - 14

A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 A Japanese-American family, reeling from their ill treatment in the Japanese internment camps, gives up...

Kiwi Cannot Reach!

(Part of Ready-to-Reads)
Illustrated by Jason Tharp
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: May 07, 2019
Ages: 4 - 6

From the endless imagination of Jason Tharp comes a brand-new, interactive Level 1 Ready-to-Read that’s perfect for fans of Mo Willems, Jim Benton, and...

Dry

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: October 02, 2018
Ages: 12 - 99

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing...

A Heart in a Body in the World

This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: September 18, 2018
Ages: 14 - 99

“This is one for the ages.” —Gayle Forman, author of the #1 bestseller If I Stay “A book everyone should read right now.” —The New York Times Book...

Love from A to Z

This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 30, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

A Today Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2019 A YALSA 2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult...

There's Something about Sweetie

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 “Adorable, joyous.” —BuzzFeed “I’m head-over-heels for this charming, funny, romantic, life-affirming book.” —Becky...

The Weight of Our Sky

This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: February 05, 2019

A music loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,...

2020 Picture This Recommendation List

Found

Illustrated by Larry Day
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: November 20, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

A wordless picture book about what we lose, what we find, and what we give back.Jenn’s beloved dog was lost sometime ago. Long enough that she has...

Leila in Saffron

Illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: June 18, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

“Glorious.” —Kirkus Reviews A colorful journey of self-discovery and identity, this sweet, vibrant picture book follows young Leila as she visits her...

One Dark Bird

Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: July 16, 2019
Ages: 0 - 8

From award-winning author Liz Garton Scanlon and celebrated artist Frann Preston-Gannon comes a gorgeously illustrated, lyrical counting book that will...

The Bell Rang

Illustrated by James E. Ransome
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 15, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019 A young slave girl witnesses the heartbreak and...

Bilal Cooks Daal

Illustrated by Anoosha Syed
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2019

A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019 An Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book 2019 Six-year-old Bilal introduces his friends to...

I'm Worried

(Part of The I'm Books)
Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

A girl, a flamingo, and a worried potato star in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbie Ridpath...

Spencer's New Pet

Illustrated by Jessie Sima
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a classic tale of a boy and his dog—except in this unique story, one of them is a balloon!When Spencer gets...

Sulwe

Illustrated by Vashti Harrison
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: October 15, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

A New York Times bestseller! Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices! Recipient of a Coretta Scott...

Truman

Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: July 09, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children’s book of 2019 A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019 A School Library Journal Best...

Inky's Amazing Escape

How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home
Illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: September 25, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

“Montgomery’s expertise and the gorgeous illustrations make this a fine purchase for libraries serving early elementary students.” —School Library...

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?

The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 25, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

“When Barbara Jordan talked, we listened.” —Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident...

Just Like Rube Goldberg

The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines
Illustrated by Robert Neubecker
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: March 12, 2019
Ages: 3 - 8

Discover how Rube Goldberg followed his dreams to become an award-winning cartoonist, inventor, and even an adjective in the dictionary in this...

Moonshot

The Flight of Apollo 11
Illustrated by Brian Floca
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: April 09, 2019
Ages: 4 - 99

“An extraordinary delight for a reader of any age.” —The New York Times Book Review Brian Floca explores Apollo 11’s famed moon landing with this newly...

Bloom Boom!

Photographs by April Pulley Sayre
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 05, 2019
Ages: 3 - 8

Discover the magic—and the science—behind spring flower blooms with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll, Best in Snow, and Full of...