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!
By Bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale Series
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Kirkus and Publishers Weekly
Named a Best Book for Chicago Public Libaries
Published September 2018 | 224 pp
After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn't think--she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with "the smiling man," a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.
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.
Books by Caron Levis
Stop That Yawn (October 2018)
May I Have a Word? (May 2017)
Ida, Always (February 2016)
Stuck With The Blooz (October 2012)
Caron is the winner of the CLC Book Award, Christopher Award, Sakura Medal, Goodreads Choice Award Finalist, Cybils Award Finalist, and a Florida Reading Association Children’s Book Award Nominee.
BOOKS BY ZACHARIAH OHORA
Niblet & Ralph (June 2018)
The Not So Quiet Library (July 2016)
Wolfie the Bunny (Feb 2015)
No Fits, Nelson! (June 2013)
Zachariah is the winner of the 2011 Society of Illustrator’s Founders Award, and has been named The Huffington Post Best Children’s Book of 2013, a Kirkus Best Picture Book, The Boston Globe Best Picture Book of 2015, and won the PALA Carolyn W. Field Awards.
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 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.
BOOKS BY MATT TAVARES
Zachary's Ball, Candlewick, 2000
Oliver's Game, Candlewick, 2004
Mudball, Candlewick, 2005
Henry Aaron's Dream, Candlewick, 2010
There Goes Ted Williams, Candlewick, 2012
Becoming Babe Ruth, Candlewick, 2013
Growing Up Pedro, Candlewick, 2015
Crossing Niagara, Candlewick, 2016
Red & Lulu, Candlewick, 2017
Matt is the winner of three Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, an Orbis Pictus Honor, and two ALA Notable Books. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration, the Brandywine River Museum, and the Mazza Museum of Picture Book Art.