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The Evil Princess vs. The Brave Knight by Jennifer L. Holm
This is an imaginative and humorous story of sibling rivalry. When they are sent to their separate rooms, the siblings realize it's not fun being evil or brave by themselves and they have a moment in which they unite for a common purpose, but in the end being rivals is much more fun. It's an amusing read that readers with a sibling may be able to relate to.
Fairy Science by Ashley Spires
Esther sees the world different from all the other fairies - she is a believer of science, not magic. She is frustrated when the other fairies don't understand the science she tries to teach them. Although she can't convince them entirely of the power of science, her scientific skills don't go completely unnoticed. This is a fun introduction to the scientific method that will inspire inquisitive and creative minds. Thanks to Random House for a review copy. The book publishes in September.
My Tiny Pet by Jessie Hartland
When it is time for the narrator's family to downsize, they give all their pets to good homes because there is not room in their much smaller house. The child still wants a pet and gets the perfect idea during science class. The very tiny pet will surprise readers and intrigue them. I have no doubts that many students will want to do some research about the microscopic creature they read about. Thanks to the Penguin Young Readers for a review copy.
Stargazing by Jen Wang
Christine and Moon are both Chinese-American, yet they are very different from each other. As the two become friends and spend time with each other, Christine expands her understanding of who she is. This is a heart-warming tale, in graphic novel format, that explores friendship, family, identity, and forgiveness. The author's note at the end explains that the inspiration for the story came partly from her own childhood. Thanks to publisher, I received an advance reader's copy at the American Library Association Annual Conference. The book publishes in September.