#1 New York Times Bestseller | IndieNext List Book Club Favorite | Frequent Community Reads Selection Soon to be a Major Motion Picture Published February 2018 | 448 pp
Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Next Year in Havana
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick Book Club Favorite | Published February 2018 | 400 pp
After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity--and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution...
The Lost Wife
IndieNext Pick | Optioned for Film Frequent Community Reads Selection Published September 2011 | 368 pp
In pre-World War II Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, an unexpected encounter leads to an inescapable glance of recognition, and the realization that providence has given Lenka and Josef one more chance...
In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills
Frequent Community Reads Selection | Book Club Favorite Published April 2018 | 384 pp
In 1968, a disillusioned and heartbroken Lillian Carlson left Atlanta after the assassination of Martin Luther King. She found meaning in the hearts of orphaned African children and cobbled together her own small orphanage in the Rift Valley alongside the lush forests of Rwanda. Set against the backdrop of a country grieving and trying to heal after a devastating civil war, follow the intertwining stories of three women who discover something unexpected: grace when there can be no forgiveness.
International Bestseller | Bellweather Prize for Fiction Now an Academy Award Nominated Major Motion Picture Frequent Community Reads Selection | Book Club Favorite Published March 2008 | 368 pp
In Jordan's prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm—a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land.
Lunch Lady Series
New York Times Bestseller | IndieNext List Frequent School Reads Selection Published July 2009 | 96 pp
Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered about their school lunch lady. What does she do when she isn’t dishing out the daily special? Where does she live? Does she have a lot of cats at home? Little do they know, Lunch Lady doesn’t just serve sloppy joes—she serves justice! Whatever danger lies ahead, it’s no match for LUNCH LADY!
Jedi Academy Series
Frequent School Reads Selection | National Bestseller Published July 2016 | 176 pp
Victor Starspeeder is psyched to be starting school at the Jedi Academy. His sister, Christina does not share an enthusiasm for Victor's newfound educational path. She's horrified that her annoying baby brother will be there to cramp her style. While Victor means well, his excess energy leads him to spend a lot of time in detention with the little, green sage, Yoda. Yoda wants to channel Victor's talents, so he makes the young Padawan join the drama club.
Platyupus Police Squad Series
Frequent School Reads Selection | National Bestseller Published May 2013 | 240 pp
Fans of Adam Rex, Jon Scieszka, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s own Lunch Lady graphic novels will flip for Jarrett’s series of funny illustrated Platypus Police Squad middle grade novels!
Outrun the Moon
2017 PEN Center Literary Award in Young Adult Lit Asian Pacific American Library Association Award Library Association Award for Young Adult Lit Published May 2016 | 400 pp
In this new novel set against a unique historical backdrop, Mercy Wong, a strong-willed and spirited Chinese-American girl leads a cast of diverse characters in this extraordinary tale of survival.
Under a Painted Sky
Winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award | Amelia Bloom Book American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults Published March 2015 | 384 pp
All Samantha wanted was to move back to New York and pursue her music, which was difficult enough being a Chinese girl in Missouri, 1849. Then her fate takes a turn for the worse after a tragic accident leaves her with nothing and she breaks the law in self-defense. With help from Annamae, a runaway slave she met at the scene of her crime, the two flee town for the unknown frontier.
Frequent Community Reads Selection | Book Club Favorite Published February 2017 | 320 pp
Impeccably researched and a "must-read for fans of Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale and Paula McLain's Circling the Sun" (Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Stolen Beauty intertwines the tales of two remarkable women across more than a hundred years. It juxtaposes passion and discovery against hatred and despair, and shines a light on our ability to love, to destroy, and above all, to endure.
IndieNext List | Books Club Favorite Frequent Community Reads Selection Published May 2017 | 368 pp
Full of great big heart and unexpected humor, Ludwig's debut introduces the lovable, wholly original Ginny Moon who discovers a new meaning of family on her unconventional journey home.
When Books Went To War
Frequent Community Reads Selection | Book Club Favorite Published December 2014, 288 pp
When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war.
The Seventh Wish
Frequent Community & School Reads Selection Published June 2016 | 256 pp
Charlie feels like she's always coming in last. From her Mom's new job to her sister's life away at college, everything else always seems to be more important than Charlie's upcoming dance competition or science project. Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing . . . in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom.
Frequent School Reads Selection Published June 2018 | 448 pp
Told in letters, poems, text messages, news stories, and comics--a series of documents Nora collects for the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule Project--Breakout is a thrilling story that will leave readers thinking about who's really welcome in the places we call home.
Over and Under the Snow
Frequent School Reads Selection Published September 2014 | 44 pp
Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow lies a secret world of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals making their winter home under the snow. This beloved nonfiction picture book exploring the subnivean zone reveals the tunnels and caves formed beneath the snow but over the ground, where many kinds of animals live through the winter, safe and warm, awake and busy, but hidden beneath the snow.
The 57 Bus
Stonewall Book Award Winner | YALSA Award for Excellence Frequent Community & School Read Selection Published October 2017 | 320 pp
If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.
What the Night Sings
National Book Award Longlist Published February 2018 | 272 pp
After losing her family and everything she knew in the Nazi concentration camps, Gerta is finally liberated, only to find herself completely alone. Without her papa, her music, or even her true identity, she must move past the task of surviving and on to living her life. In the displaced persons camp where she is staying, Gerta meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor who she just might be falling for, despite her feelings for someone else. With a newfound Jewish identity she never knew she had, and a return to the life of music she thought she lost forever, Gerta must choose how to build a new future.
The Same Sky
Frequent Community Reads Selection | Book Club Favorite Published January 2015 | 288 pp
Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach. Carla is a strong-willed young girl who's had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla's grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, facing great peril for the chance at a better life.
The Birds of Opulence
Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature Frequent Community & Campus Reads Selection Published February 2016 | 216 pp
From the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of Blackberries, Blackberries and Water Street comes an astonishing new novel. A lyrical exploration of love and loss, The Birds of Opulence centers on several generations of women in a bucolic southern black township as they live with and sometimes surrender to madness.
The Seventh Most Important Thing
2016 ALA Notable Children’s Book | ILA Teacher’s Choice Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year Frequent Community & School Reads Selection Book Club Favorite | Published Sept 2015| 288 pp
The story of how a random act of violence brings together an angry, thirteen year old boy and a reclusive “Junk Man” in his neighborhood. When the teenager is sentenced to work for the trash picker he injured, he begins to unravel the Junk Man’s surprising secrets. Readers will be uplifted by this powerful tale of friendship, loss, art, and redemption. Can art transform lives? Find out.
Everyone Knows You Go Home
Latinidad Best Debut Book | International Latino Book Award Winner Frequent Campus Reads Selection Published April 2016 | 400 pp
From the acclaimed author of Chasing the Sun comes a new novel about immigration and the depths to which one Mexican American family will go for forgiveness and redemption.
New York Times Bestseller Frequent Academy & Campus Reads Selection Published October 2016 | 304 pp
Cartoonist Sarah Glidden accompanies her two friends—reporters and founders of a journalism non-profit—as they research potential stories on the effects of the Iraq War on the Middle East and, specifically, the war’s refugees. Joining the trio is a childhood friend and former Marine whose past service in Iraq adds an unexpected and sometimes unwelcome viewpoint, both to the people they come across and perhaps even themselves.
Rising: Dispatches From the New American Shore
2018 National Outdoor Book Award Frequent Campus Reads Selection | IndieNext Pick Published June 2018 | 320 pp
Hailed as "deeply felt" (New York Times), "a revelation" (Pacific Standard), and "the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing" (Chicago Tribune), Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.