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by Paula Chase

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by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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by Heather Fawcett

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Butterfly Yellow

By: Thanhhà Lai

In the final days of the Việt Nam War, Hằng takes her little brother, Linh, to the airport, determined to find a way to safety in America. In a split second, Linh is ripped from her arms—and Hằng is left behind in the war-torn country.

Six years later, Hằng has made the brutal journey from Việt Nam and is now in Texas as a refugee. She doesn't know how she will find the little brother who was taken from her until she meets LeeRoy, a city boy with big rodeo dreams, who decides to help her. Hằng is overjoyed when she reunites with Linh. But when she realizes he doesn't remember her, their family, or Việt Nam, her heart is crushed. Though the distance between them feels greater than ever, Hằng has come so far that she will do anything to bridge the gap.

Author’s note.

ISBN: 9780062229212

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Mild sexual themes, Violence, Implied rape
Topics: Family , Siblings , Refugees , Overseas adoption , Vietnamese Americans , Amarillo, Texas , Rodeos , Cowboys , Ranches , The 1980s

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Dough Boys

By: Paula Chase

Deontae “Simp” Wright has big plans for his future. Plans that involve basketball, his best friend, Rollie, and making enough money to get his mom and four younger brothers out of the Cove, their low-income housing project. Long term, this means the NBA. Short term, it means being a dough boy—getting paid to play lookout and eventually moving up the rungs of the neighborhood drug operation with Rollie as his partner.

Rolland “Rollie” Matthews used to love playing basketball. He loved the rhythm of the game, how he came up with his best drumbeats after running up and down the court. But playing with the elite team comes with extra, illegal responsibilities, and Rollie isn’t sure he’s down for that life. The new talented-and-gifted program, where Rollie has a chance to audition for a real-life go-go band, seems like the perfect excuse to stop being a dough boy. But how can he abandon his best friend?

ISBN: 9780062691811

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: Criminal culture, Drugs, Mild language, Gun violence
Topics: Basketball , Best friends , Friendship , Gangs , Brothers , African Americans , Music and musicians , Urban schools , Housing projects , Adolescence

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Remarkables

By: Margaret Peterson Haddix

One minute they’re there, laughing and having fun at the house next door. The next minute the teens are gone. Like magic. Marin can’t believe her eyes. Who are they? Can anyone else see them? What makes them so happy?

Marin is lonely in this new town of hers and eager to figure out more. Then she meets Charley, who reveals that he knows about them, too. He calls them the “Remarkables.” Charley warns her to stay away from the Remarkables—and him. Charley and Marin both have painful secrets they’re holding on to, but could solving the mystery of the Remarkables help them? How can they ever get any answers if whenever they’re too close, the Remarkables instantly disappear…?

ISBN: 9780062838469

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Friendship , Family life , Siblings , Moving households , Guilt

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Ember and the Ice Dragons

By: Heather Fawcett

Ember St. George is a dragon. At least, she was, before her adoptive father—a powerful but accident-prone Magician—turned her into a human girl to save her life. Unfortunately, Ember’s growing tendency to burst into flames at certain temperatures—not to mention her invisible wings—is making it too dangerous for her to stay in London. The solution: ship Ember off to her aunt’s research station in frigid Antarctica.

Though eccentric Aunt Myra takes getting used to, Ember quickly feels at home in a land of ice storms, mischievous penguins, and twenty-four-hour nights. She even finds herself making friends—with a girl genius called Nisha and a mysterious orphan named Moss. Then she discovers that Antarctica is home to the Winterglass Hunt, a yearly tradition in which rare ice dragons are hunted for their jeweled scales. Furious, Ember decides to join the hunt to sabotage it from the inside. But being an undercover dragon isn’t easy—especially among dragon hunters. Can a twelve-year-old fire dragon survive the many dangers that come her way in the Antarctic wilderness and protect the ice dragons from extinction?

“A Note on the World.”

ISBN: 9780062854513

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: Violence
Topics: Dragons , Endangered species , Magic , Orphans , Adventure and adventurers , Antarctica , Fantasy , Mythical animals , Action and adventure

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Bernard Pepperlin

By: Cara Hoffman

The drowsy Dormouse has been stuck inside a perpetual Sunday afternoon with the Hatter and the March Hare for what seems like forever. But when a girl in a blue dress crashes the Hatter’s tea party, the Dormouse feels more awake than he has in a long time. He wishes he could follow her and be a part of her adventure.

As luck would have it, a surprising twist of fate sends the Dormouse on an adventure of his own, where he must not—cannot—fall asleep. For he is destined to save a magical world outside Wonderland, and it will take all his courage (and a few new friends) to do it.

Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780062865441

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Dormice , Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , New York City , Adventure , Animals , Weasels , Friendship , Fantasy and magic

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Wintercake

By: Lynne Rae Perkins

Thomas is all set to make his famous wintercake, but his basket of dried fruit has disappeared! His good friend Lucy promises that they can still have a joyful holiday celebration without the cake. But when Lucy ducks into a neighborhood tea room to wait out a storm, she spots a stranger holding a basket of dried fruit. Thomas’s fruit! Certain that the stranger has stolen it, she follows him as he heads out into wintery forest. But to her surprise, he leads her right to Thomas’s door, where he returns the basket. Ashamed of how she jumped to conclusions, Lucy helps Thomas bake his wintercake and together they track down the mysterious visitor and share a slice together.

Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780062894878

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Lost and found possessions , Friendship , Animals , Birds , Winter , Holidays

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