With summer coming up, we’re stocking up on new books for our shelf to kick off summer reading. Whether you like graphic novels, fantasy, poetry, series or standalone you’ll find something new on this list to add to your May TBR list!
May 7, 2019
Just Jaime by Terri Libenson
From Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy author Terri Libenson, this is the story of Jaime and Maya, two friends who, on the last day of seventh grade, are wondering who their real friends are.
Jaime knows something is off with her friend group. They’ve started to exclude her and make fun of her.
Maya feels more and more annoyed with Jaime, who seems babyish compared to the other girls in their popular group. It’s like they have nothing in common anymore.
Now they’ll have to figure out if their friendship is worth fighting for, or if their days as BFFs are numbered.
Endling #2: The First by Terri Libenson
The second book in Katherine Applegate’s epic Endling series finds Byx and her friends traveling into the snow-covered mountains of the country of Dreyland, where they hope to uncover the truth behind the legend of a hidden dairne colony.
With dangers at every turn, the adventurers end up uncovering a treacherous plot that involves the other powerful governing species. Soon they find themselves the unlikely leaders in a simmering rebellion that risks everything they hold dear.
Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Delsie loves tracking the weather–lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She’s always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she’s looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a “regular family.” Delsie observes other changes in the air, too–the most painful being a friend who’s outgrown her.
Luckily, she has neighbors with strong shoulders to support her, and Ronan, a new friend who is caring and courageous but also troubled by the losses he’s endured. As Ronan and Delsie traipse around Cape Cod on their adventures, they both learn what it means to be angry versus sad, broken versus whole, and abandoned versus loved. And that, together, they can weather any storm.
Bravelands #4: Shifting Shadows by Erin Hunter
A false leader has been destroyed—but Bravelands is still in grave danger in the fourth book in Erin Hunter’s Bravelands series.
Stinger’s death should have brought peace to the land; but no Great Parent has stepped forward, and now the fate of Bravelands hangs in the balance. With a mysterious threat lurking in their midst, all members of the Great Herd must find the strength to walk the right path or risk the end of Bravelands forever.
TBH #4: TBH, IDK What’s Next by Lisa Greenwald
The drama continues in Lisa Greenwald’s TBH series!
BFFAEs Prianka, Cece, and Gabby are ready to have an unforgettable summer—but they don’t agree on what that means.
For Cece and Gabby, everything is CAMP, CAMP, CAMP! But Prianka wants to forget about sleeping in the woods and hang out at the pool before her big family trip to India. Gabby won’t stop obsessing over the likes on her camp photos while Cece won’t pick up her phone at all.
May 14, 2019
Odd Gods by David Slavin & Daniel Weitzman
If you like Percy Jackson or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, then you’ll love Odd Gods, the first book in a funny new series about the most unusual Gods ever to grace the halls of Mount Olympus Middle School.
Oddonis may be the son of Zeus, but he’s a little bit…odd for a God, and it doesn’t help that his twin brother, Adonis, is the most popular, athletic, and otherworldly handsome God of them all. When Oddonis decides to run against Adonis for class president, he and his friends, Mathena (Goddess of math and poultry), Germes (God of all things sniffling and snotty), Puneous (the smallest God of the all), and Gaseous (enough said?). Together they set out to win the race and prove they’re as good as any Greek God!
May 21, 2019
The Usual Suspects by Maurice Broaddus
Thelonius Mitchell is tired of being labeled. He’s in special ed, separated from the “normal” kids at school who don’t have any “issues.” That’s enough to make all the teachers and students look at him and his friends with a constant side-eye. (Although his disruptive antics and pranks have given him a rep too.)
When a gun is found at a neighborhood hangout, Thelonius and his pals become instant suspects. Thelonius may be guilty of pulling crazy stunts at school, but a criminal? T isn’t about to let that label stick.
Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker
Zenobia July is starting a new life. She used to live in Arizona with her father; now she’s in Maine with her aunts. She used to spend most of her time behind a computer screen, improving her impressive coding and hacking skills; now she’s coming out of her shell and discovering a community of friends at Monarch Middle School. People used to tell her she was a boy; now she’s able to live openly as the girl she always knew she was.
When someone anonymously posts hateful memes on her school’s website, Zenobia knows she’s the one with the abilities to solve the mystery, all while wrestling with the challenges of a new school, a new family, and coming to grips with presenting her true gender for the first time.
May 28, 2019
Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga
Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.
At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. But the American movies she’s always loved didn’t prepare her for starting over at a new school or for her new label as “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before.
Warriors: SkyClan and the Strangers by Erin Hunter
Also by Erin Hunter, this is the full-color bind-up of the SkyClan and the Strangers trilogy.
Newleaf is coming, and Leafstar is proud to see SkyClan thriving under her leadership. But when the arrival of a mysterious stranger throws SkyClan into turmoil, Leafstar must figure out what is best for her Clan—once and for all.
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