by Jerry Craft
Jordan is starting seventh grade at a new school—an expensive private school in a high-end neighborhood—when he’d rather go to art school. He must survive middle school, make new friends, and reconnect with old ones, all while navigating his primarily white school as a person of color.
This Newbery-Award-winning graphic novel was a lot of fun—the art was awesome, and the sense of humor made even the big issues relatable. It explored themes of race, diversity, and giving new things—and new people—a chance. To survive his school year, Jordan must find a way to blend separate aspects of his life so that they don’t pull him apart. All of these lessons are worth learning at any age.
by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
This historical fantasy follows two cousins, Kate and Cecy, in a Regency London where magic is real, magicians are everywhere, and some of them aren’t very nice. It all starts with an attempted poisoning via hot chocolate and gets more complicated than either girl expects.
I’ve read this book several times (I own a copy), and I love the characters, the intertwined storylines, and the fact that this story is told entirely in letters between the two cousins. It’s a light, fun read with plenty of action and suspense.
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(I borrowed each of these books from the library because I wanted to, all opinions are 100% honestly mine, and I’m not compensated in any way for writing them.)
My goal is to help you find books that you–or the young readers in your life–will love.