DARING DARLEEN, QUEEN OF THE SCREEN

It's 1914, and Darleen Darling's film adventures collide with reality when a fake kidnapping set up by her studio becomes all too real. Suddenly Darleen finds herself in the hands of dastardly criminals who have just nabbed Miss Victorine Berryman, the poor-little-rich-girl heiress of one of America's largest fortunes. Soon real life starts to seem like a bona fide adventure serial, complete with dramatic escapes, murderous plots, and a runaway air balloon. Will Darleen and Victorine be able to engineer their own happily-ever-after, or will the villains be victorious? (less)

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April 14, 2020

Anne Nesbet

OTHER NOVELS:

THE ORPHAN BAND OF SPRINGDALE (2018)

IN THE ROLE OF BRIE HUTCHENS

Introducing Brie Hutchens: soap opera super fan, aspiring actor, and so-so student at her small Catholic school. Brie has big plans for eighth grade. She’s going to be the star of the school play and convince her parents to let her go to the performing arts high school. But when Brie’s mom walks in on her accidentally looking at some possibly inappropriate photos of her favorite actress, Brie panics and blurts out that she’s been chosen to crown the Mary statue during her school’s May Crowning ceremony. Brie’s mom is distracted with pride—but Brie’s in big trouble: she has not been chosen. No one has. Worse, Brie has almost no chance to get the job, which always goes to a top student. Desperate to make her lie become truth, Brie turns to Kennedy, the girl everyone expects to crown Mary. But sometimes just looking at Kennedy gives Brie butterflies. Juggling her confusing feelings with the rapidly approaching May Crowning, not to mention her hilarious non-star turn in the school play, Brie navigates truth and lies, expectations and identity, and how to—finally—make her mother really see her as she is.

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April 21, 2020

Nicole Melleby

OTHER NOVELS:

HURRICANE SEASON (2019)

RIVAL MAGIC

Antonia may not be the most powerful wizard the world has ever seen, but she's worked hard to win her place as apprentice to renowned sorcerer Master Betrys. Unfortunately, even her best dancing turnip charm might not be enough when Moppe the scullery maid turns out to be a magical prodigy. Now that Betrys has taken Moppe on as a second apprentice, Antonia's path to wizarding just got a bit more complicated. But when Betrys is accused of treason, Antonia and Moppe are forced to go on the run. To prove their master's innocence--and their own--the rivals must become allies. As their island province teeters on the brink of rebellion, they'll face ancient spells, vengeful mermaids, enchanted turnips, voice-stealing forests, and one insatiable sea monster.

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April 21, 2020

Deva Fagan

OTHER NOVELS:

CIRCUS GALACTICUS (2011)

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

The middle grade novel follows star-obsessed Abby as she navigates her older sister's eating disorder, a wave of tourists overtaking her small Wisconsin town to watch a total eclipse, and a friendship with a world-famous astronomer who is after the same buried treasure that she is. 

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May 19, 2020

Claire Swinarski

OTHER NOVELS:

GIRL, ARISE (2019)

 

TEAM GRAVY

Grace and her single father, Davy call themselves Team Gravy. They spend all their time together doing cool building projects, cooking badly, and studying presidential history. But when Davy decides it's time to start dating again, Grace is determined to sabotage all his attempts. When she finally realizes her dad is truly lonely, Grace has to consider if there is room on the team for one more.

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June 1, 2020

Niki Lenz

OTHER NOVELS:

BERNICE BUTTMAN, MODEL CITIZEN (2019)

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