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Moon Shadow

Ages 8 and up

Ever wonder what would happen if - in one tiny twist of the earth - someone else was suddenly living your life with you? Someone who looks like you, sounds like you, but acts like...who?

Something strange happened to Lucia Frank on the night of her thirteenth birthday, the night of a total lunar eclipse. Though she doesn't remember much, Lucia knows something strange is going on - for in the days that follow, Lucia spends her waking hours feeling as though she has a bit of catching up to do...with herself.

At first, Lucia is desperate to figure out what happened to her that night so she can understand why everything has been so outrageously off since. But then she hits a snag: Lucia starts to wonder if she wants to find answers. Because her life has been different since the eclipse - and the change isn’t all bad. People have begun to treat her in a whole new way. Suddenly, Lucia is seen as the kind of girl who steps out of the shadows and shines...the kind of person she never thought she could be. Moon Shadow is the story of a girl on the outer orbit and the magic of a lunar eclipse that changed all that.


"Moon Shadow is a gem of a novel that celebrates not only the enchantment of the night sky, but the magic of finding your own power and shining through life's challenges. Readers will fall in love with Lucia and cheer for her even after the last page is turned." - Kate Messner, author of The Seventh Wish

"Lucia Frank has a lot on her mind, but she's afraid to tell anyone how she's feeling...until one magical moonlit night when her voice is ignited. Moon Shadow is a tender story about being brave and finding the courage to speak up." - Suzanne Selfors, author of the Imaginary Veterinary series

Moon Shadow is amazing...Kids are going to love it." - Colby Sharp, teacher and Nerdy Book Club cofounder

"Must add to your middle-grade classroom...Five stars; loved it so much." - Pernille Ripp, teacher and founder of the Global Read Aloud

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SPACEPOP: Not Your Average Princesses

Ages 7 and up

Five galactic princesses go into hiding when the evil Empress Geela invades their home planets and captures their parents. Athena, Luna, Rhea, Hera, and Juno decide they can't stand by and watch Geela destroy their homeworlds! Five awesome makeovers later, the girls form a band called SPACEPOP to spread the rebel message of freedom and resistance through music. But when the princesses are recruited as secret agents, can they keep their true identities under wraps?

This middle-grade adventure series includes two full-color illustrated graphic novel sections in each book. The perfect series for readers who love fashion, music, friendship, and fun!

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SPACEPOP: Rocking the Resistance

Ages 7 and up

Pop stars by day, secret agents by night!

The band called SPACEPOP gains fame across the galaxy, spreading a message of rebellion through music. But with huge fame comes huge problems! The five princesses of the Pentangle, Athena, Luna, Rhea, Hera, and Juno, are finding it harder to keep their secret identities under wraps between TV appearances, commercials, and the upcoming Battle of the Bands!

Everyone is taking notice - especially the evil Empress Geela, who grows jealous of the hot new band. When Geela launches an offensive, SPACEPOP embarks on their most dangerous mission yet. These five undercover princesses need to save their planets and their parents! With the stakes higher than ever, SPACEPOP’s ready to rock the resistance!

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Best Friends (Until Someone Better Comes Along)

Ages 9-12

Izzy is used to being queen bee — but will she ditch her mean girl status for a chance at true friendship?

Isabella Caravelli is dreading summer. She doesn’t want to spend a month at a remote lakeside resort with her parents and the families of her dad’s coworkers, especially when she discovers that two of the kids go to her school. She thinks Bailey and Ava are beyond weird — and they’re not exactly thrilled to see Izzy, either. Izzy has been their tormentor, the leader of the pack of girls who made their first year of middle school so unpleasant.

Once Izzy discovers that the other kids at the resort have been spending their summers together for years and she’s the outsider, she realizes she’s going to have to change her bossy, stubborn ways if she wants to fit in. Bailey and Ava turn out to be kind and welcoming, and Izzy actually begins to like hanging out with them.

But when summer ends, Izzy realizes that things are probably going to be different when they get home. Ava and Bailey were great summer friends — but are they really forever friends? Can Izzy prove that she really does have the potential to be a true friend? Or is she stuck playing the mean girl forever?

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For Soccer-Crazy Girls Only

Ages 7 & up

"To be a great soccer player, you must be in love with the game." – Mia Hamm

Do you love lacing up your cleats for the first game of the season - and do you love it even more when they’re caked with mud after the game? Are there many nights when you dream about kicking the ball, and watching as it soars through the air toward the goal? Would your perfect day include hours on the soccer field? Do you love to watch people play, soaking up everything you can from other soccer-crazy players? Have you ever felt like your soccer team is a second family? Then you’re definitely soccer-crazy...and this book is definitely for you!

From training techniques formations and strategies — this book has it all!

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Juicy Gossip

Ages 9-12

Jenna Sampson, perfectly normal seventh grader and editor of the school newspaper, is mortified. Her parents are opening a super-embarrassing juice bar at the mall. Jenna has to work there . . . and wear a ridiculous uniform. She's pretty sure her life can't get worse, until she finds out that the school paper might shut down.

But the gossip Jenna overhears from the juice bar is totally newsworthy, which gives her a great idea. A gossip column could be a huge hit and save the paper - or cause a ton of trouble!

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None of the Regular Rules

Ages 12 & up

Sometimes, a few dares can change lives…

The weekend before the start of senior year, Sophie Erickson and her best friends, Ella and Grace, discover a handwritten list of dares tucked away in the glove compartment of Sophie’s beat-up old Toyota. But this isn’t just any list; it’s a dead girl's bucket list.

Sophie's beloved aunt Suzy died as a teenager in a fatal fall, leaving Sophie with an overly cautious family, a few fading photographs, and a bucket of bolts that barely passes for a car. But now, Sophie has Suzy’s list of the things she wanted to do in her last year of high school. Sophie can't help but wonder: What would happen if she tried to fulfill Suzy’s last wishes, to live out the longed-for life of her aunt, her hero?

As Sophie and her friends attempt to knock off the things on Suzy's list of dares, love blossoms in unexpected places and Sophie begins to feel that her life is finally coming together...when in fact, everything is slowly unraveling around her. When the truth about a long-held family secret threatens to shatter everything she believed to be true, Sophie is forced to question everything she knew about the life and people she believed in, and ultimately herself.

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Kiss It

Ages 14 & up

Chastity Bryan has never been shy about going after what she wants. And when sexy, mysterious, so-not-from-this-town Sebastian walks into Chaz’s life, she knows in an instant that what she wants next is him. Chaz has no intention of playing for keeps — but she most definitely has intentions. Who needs true love when you’ve got true lust?

Sebastian has no idea what he’s in for — but maybe neither does Chaz...

From THE BULLETIN: "[Kiss It] is a contemporary version of the book that Judy Blume wanted "Forever" to be — a book of good sex and good memories for an assertive girl who knows what she wants and goes after it with gusto and without apology."

From Children's Literature: "[Kiss It] is a great read. It is lighthearted even in dealing with heavy issues... Chaz has a great voice — she is funny, sarcastic, confident, and determined."

From School Library Journal: "Chastity is a likable protagonist, and her tongue-in-cheek observations are funny and smart. Her running commentary on the absurdity of small-town life sets a playful mood."

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A Funny Thing About Love: Drive Me Crazy, Prom Crashers, & Dancing Queen

Ages 12 & up

Three girls. Three adventures. Three chances at love.

In Dancing Queen, Olivia can’t believe it when she lands an internship at a hot music television station in London! But she really has to pinch herself when she captures the heart of a mega pop star. Is he the right one for her?

In Prom Crashers, Emily has lost the number of the cutest guy she’s met in ages. All she knows is his first name and that he’s going to a prom. So she throws on a dress, hails a limo — and crashes every prom in town on her search for love!

In Drive Me Crazy, Kate’s not happy when hot-but-he-knows-it Adam crashes her all-girls road trip. But it’s a long way to the lake house, and the road to Love sometimes takes an unexpected turn....

From the first look to the final kiss, this collection has three stories for you to fall in love with.

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Cheating on Myself

A Romantic Comedy for Adults

What happens when good enough just isn't enough anymore?

Stella Dahl assumed her life was as good as it was ever going to get. But after twelve years with a man who’s more a habit than husband material, she walks out on her bland existence, determined to start over. Goaded by her friends and a group of crass retirees she befriends at water aerobics, Stella plunges back into the dating pool. After a few false starts, she meets Joe, the sexy banjo player in a popular children’s band. He’s cocky, a smirking flirt, and a musician...everything she’s not looking for in a guy. Even still, she begins to fall — hard.

Just when Stella is beginning to think she could find true happiness, a family tragedy turns her world upside down. As she tries to hold together everything that’s crumbling around her, Stella starts slipping back into old habits — and away from Joe. Soon, she begins to wonder: Is she really destined for anything more than a life that’s good enough?

For fans of Jennifer Weiner and Kristan Higgins, Cheating on Myself is a touching, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about starting over and finding your happily ever after.

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