New in Hardcover (Elementary)

Refreshingly unexpected: a children’s book that explores the vibrant yet controversial art of graffiti. Author and illustrator Theodore Taylor III shares the heart behind the story with an informative closing note. His aim “is not for children to tag up their neighborhoods, but to inspire those who feel like outsiders to find their voice and place within their communities.” The result? A charming love letter to anyone who ever felt like an outsider. In Off the Wall (Roaring Brook Press, $19.99), Sam’s family moves from the busy city to the quiet country. It’s only when she catches a glimpse of bright purple and gold graffiti that Sam begins to feel at home. When she discovers an old factory bustling with local artists, she tries her hand at street art, and in doing so, finds a community. Ages 4 - 8. Michelle Allen

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ISBN: 9781626722941
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 11th, 2022

New in Hardcover (Middle Grade)

Andréa Hernández-Baldoquín is an ordinary 14-year-old. Well, if belonging to a family of spies working for "The Factory"—an agency of superspies who protect people of color—is in any way ordinary. In a family involved in spy work, Andréa has been assigned her first solo mission as the Undercover Latina (Candlewick Press, $18.99). Chosen because of her light complexion, she passes as a white girl in order to befriend the son of a white supremacist terrorist. Can she keep her cover as she becomes friends with her target as well as a beginning to have a crush on Rámon, his Latino best friend? And can she retain her sense of self as she pretends to be someone she's not? Aya de León has written a fast-paced spy thriller with a serious undercover premise about racial identity and growing up. Ages 10-14. Susan Schatten

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ISBN: 9781536223743
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Published: Candlewick - October 11th, 2022

One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

The year 1968 was one of the most fraught, tumultuous years in recent U.S. history. But when sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern hop on a plane to Oakland, CA, they’re not concerned with social issues but with re-uniting with their mother. They haven’t seen her since she abandoned them and moved across the country, and will spend One Crazy Summer (Harper Collins, $6.99) getting to know her and uncovering the secrets of their pasts. Rita Williams-Garcia’s award-winning novel is an engaging journey through histories both political and familial. Ages 11-13
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ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011