World Shakers

What does it take to change the world? Whether it was the rule that forced Muslim women athletes like Ibtihaj Muhammad to choose between competition and wearing hijab or Indigenous women like Mary Two-Axe Earley to lose their official Indigenous status when they married white men, these women made change happen.

Vee in Between

Illustrated By: Angela Poon

When Vee was nine months old, her parents flew to China to adopt her. But when she struggles to keep up in Chinese dance class and a woman at the grocery store makes Vee feel like she doesn’t belong, her white parents don’t always understand.

The Journal of Anxious Izzy Parker

Eight-year-old Izzy Parker’s biggest problem is feeling anxious and afraid. Her mom’s decision to move them across the country to Prince Edward Island didn’t help.

In her honest, awkward, and anxious journal, Izzy writes down the story of her life and how she is trying to be a little less afraid.

Up for Grabs

Thirteen-year-old Frida discovers a mysterious painting hidden in a desk in the house she and her brother inherited from their late grandmother. She tries to find out who the woman in the painting is and why she was hidden away for so many years.

I Am BIG

Illustrated By: Marley Berot

In the middle of the ice, a young Black hockey player finds joy in his talent and confidence in the cheers of his family, his coach, and the other players. Their support gives him the power to face down those who see him as a threat and to focus on the thrill of the game.

A Symphony of Remembrance

Introduction by: Katarzyna Person

In a Jewish neighborhood in Warsaw, Stefan Carter grows up without much of a connection to Judaism. The Nazi occupation of Poland changes everything, and Stefan faces the same fate as the rest of the Jewish community — forced into the Warsaw ghetto and at constant risk of violence and deportation to the Treblinka death camp.

Double Karma

Burmese-American photographer Min Lin’s first trip to Burma in 1988, during an uprising, sends him on a journey of self-examination and stirs up a secret family history when he comes face-to-face with a Burmese army captain that looks just like him.

Standing on Neptune

In fractured vignettes, Brooke Palinder describes the week she spends wondering if she’s pregnant after realizing her period is late. Her boyfriend is unable to offer support and Brooke can’t even tell her best friend. Feeling isolated, she reexamines her life and readies herself to take a pregnancy test.

Swept Away

Suspicious of her neighbor Beatrice’s untimely death, Ruth Mornay teams up with Bea’s godson Saul to figure out what happened that night on the flooded banks of the Teeswater River. Ruth, Saul, and Ruth’s pet chicken Dorcas scour the box of seemingly random junk that Bea left behind for clues.

Below the Surface

In this high-interest accessible novel for middle-grade readers, thirteen-year-old Theo finds a pocket watch linked to a local legend about a lost treasure.

Big Winner

In this high-interest accessible novel for middle-grade readers, fourteen-year-old Skye worries about her new friend, Digby, after he shares a big secret.

Échoué

Translated by: Rachel Martinez

Dans ce roman destiné aux jeunes adolescents, Dylan, quatorze ans, doit aller vivre avec son grand-père qu’il connaît peu sur une île isolée où il découvre une orque échouée sur le rivage.

Good Food, Bad Waste

Illustrated By: Suharu Ogawa

Part of the nonfiction Orca Think series for middle-grade readers, this illustrated book examines the problem of food waste around the world, its consequences for the environment and practical things young readers can do to curb food waste.

Mission to Mars

In this novel for middle readers, after tragedy strikes, fourteen-year-old Houston and two other teen astronauts must complete a mission to Mars on their own.

Wingman

In this high-interest accessible novel for teen readers, Max suspects that his friend Trace is a victim of abuse.