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J OPPEL
When the world is overtaken by monster alien plants that emit toxic pollens and swallow up people, three kids on a remote island look for clues in their unusual allergies to understand their immunity to the invaders.
J CONNOR
Moving in with her welcoming last family members after losing both parents, 13-year-old Lydia struggles to bond with a disruptive rescue dog while dealing with increasingly painful secrets.
J STONE
An original middle grade novel starring T’Challa’s younger sister, breakout character Shuri, details her treacherous journey from Wakanda to discover what is killing the plants her people depend on for their survival.
J VAIL
Devastated when her former best friend ditches her for a more popular crowd, eighth grader Niki Ames finds her efforts to pursue other friendships and interests complicated by her mother’s refusal to believe that Niki’s brother is on the autism spectrum.
GRAPHIC J JAMIESON
A Somali refugee who spent his childhood at the Dadaab camp and the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl present the graphic-novel story of a young refugee who struggles with leaving behind his nonverbal brother when he has an opportunity to help his family by going to school.
J FIRESTONE
Fed up with sexist dress codes and unfair conduct standards at a school where girls’ bodies are considered a distraction, Molly starts a podcast to protest the school’s disciplinary inequality before her small rebellion swells into a full-blown empowerment revolution.
J MALDONADO
Biracial sixth-grader Stephen questions the limitations society puts on him after he notices the way strangers treat him when he hangs out with his white friends and learns about the Black Lives Matter movement.
J PATRICK
When her former best friend abruptly disappears, a neurodiverse seventh grader who struggles with sensory limits and routine changes attempts to follow clues to find the missing girl before it is too late.
HIST J LEVINE
Excitedly joining her stern grandfather on a journey across 15th-century Spain, a clever young Jewish girl meets King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella while discovering how dangerous the world is for people of Jewish heritage.
J GOING
Aspiring to become a famous author like her role model, Jane Austen, a teen seeks the advice of a visiting writer before her world is upended by a hurricane, an unlikely new friendship and her mother’s sudden plans.
J WOLKENSTEIN
A seventh grader struggles through a new school year marked by bullying, his teacher’s insistence that he return captured turtles to the wild and a bar mitzvah community service project that requires him to spend time visiting a terminally ill boy in the hospital.
J KING
Seventh-grader Sara wants to be normal but her panic attacks and other episodes cause her to isolate herself until, in group therapy, she meets talkative and outgoing Erin, her first friend.
GRAPHIC J PRIMER
While living with her latest set of foster parents, Ashley Rayburn mistakenly applies some found body paints which give her a wide range of special powers, but soon the military discovers what happened to their secret weapon and this puts Ashley and her newfound family and friends in danger.
J CONKLIN
Suspecting the worst when she encounters a mysterious boy and his booby traps throughout the North Carolina woods, a cautious young girl is unable to convince the adults in her life that the person she saw might be a boy who went missing months earlier.
J BIRD
Targeted by bullies for his escalating OCD, Collin is sent to live with his biological mother on an Ojibwe reservation where his differences are accepted and where he finds companionship in a physically challenged girl whose circumstances inspire Collin to make a difficult choice.
J POBLOCKI
Informed by a psychic classmate that her ghost-hunter father has been abducted, a girl who does not believe in ghosts and her new friend journey to the town of Hush Falls, where legend claims that disappearances are tied to a mysterious man in a tattered coat.