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Congratulations to Ruth Spiro on the publication of her new picture book, Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever!

A huge hooray for Ruth Spiro on the publication of her second MAXINE picture book! Best friends Maxine and Leo combine their maker and artistic skills to create (and save!) the ultimate garden in this empowering, STEM-focused picture book After sketching and plotting and planting, Maxine and Leo know they’ve made The Greatest Garden Ever! But they’re not the only ones who think so. Soon, all sorts of animals make their way in, munching on carrots and knocking over pots. When Leo and Maxine can’t agree on a way to deter these unwelcome critters, it looks like there’s more on the line than saving their garden–they just might need to save their friendship too. PRAISE for Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever! “Offers kids lots of minutiae to look at, including clever endpapers with comical one-liners…Detailed,…

Congratulations to Sarah Lariviere on the publication of her debut YA novel, TIME TRAVEL FOR LOVE AND PROFIT!

When Nephele has a terrible freshman year, she does the only logical thing for a math prodigy like herself: she invents a time travel app so she can go back and do it again (and again, and again) in this funny love story, Groundhog Day for the iPhone generation. Fourteen-year-old Nephele used to have friends. Well, she had a friend. That friend made the adjustment to high school easily, leaving Nephele behind in the process. And as Nephele looks ahead, all she can see is three very lonely years. Nephele is also a whip-smart lover of math and science, so she makes a plan. Step one: invent time travel. Step two: go back in time, have a do-over of 9th grade, crack the code on making friends and become beloved and popular. Does it work? Sort of. Nephele…

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PSA: What NOT to say to Black people

We are thrilled to share this first look at Adam Smyer’s newest book, YOU CAN KEEP THAT TO YOURSELF: A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF WHAT NOT TO SAY TO BLACK PEOPLE. Kirkus calls it: “A bitingly humorous compendium of the absurd subtle racism of the American workplace.” Read. Watch. Laugh. Feel uncomfortable. Out September 1. Preorder now!  

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to Sue Soltis’ THE STARS JUST UP THE STREET!

HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Sue Soltis on the publication of her newest picture books, THE STARS JUST UP THE STREET, with gorgeous illustrations by Christine Davenier! A grandpa’s memories of brilliant night skies inspire a little girl to take action in a tale for budding community organizers and star lovers alike. Mabel loves stars. She counts five from her window and thirty-seven from her backyard. But her grandfather tells her that, as a child, he could see thousands. Could it be true? Mabel climbs a hill looking for more stars — only to discover that the glow from the nearby town makes them hard to see. What would it take for her neighbors to turn off their lights, just for one night, so that everyone could see the starlit sky? Sue Soltis’s…

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