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ROOT MAGIC

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Eden Royce

January 5, 2021

Jezebel and her twin brother Jay begin their lessons in rootwork and must learn to embrace their darkness to keep their family safe as they battle against malevolent spirits and the specter of racism in pre-Civil Rights-era Charleston.

MEOW OR NEVER: A WISH NOVEL

by

Jazz Taylor

January 5, 2021

A girl unexpectedly lands the lead role in her school's musical and finds help with her stage fright and anxiety from a girl who might be her first crush—and a stray cat who lives backstage.

THE NIGHTMARE THIEF

by

Nicole Lesperance

January 12, 2021

Maren Partridge loves working in her family’s dream shop, where she can hand-craft any dream imaginable. Dragonfly wings and tree pollen for flying dreams, goose down and nutmeg for calming dreams, cemetery dirt and spider eggs for nightmares—all with a dash of her family’s dream magic.

The shop has only one rule. Dreams cannot be given to a person without their consent. Maren has no problem with this—until her sister, Hallie, has an accident that leaves her in a coma. Maren’s certain she can cure Hallie with a few well-chosen dreams. And when no one is watching, she slips her a flying dream.

But a strange new customer from the shop has been following Maren and knows what she did. Now she’s laid the perfect trap to blackmail Maren into creating custom nightmares for a dark and terrible purpose. As Maren gets drawn further into the woman's sinister scheme, she must make a choice: to protect her family or to protect the town from her family’s magic.

365 DAYS TO ALASKA

by

Cathy Carr

January 19, 2021

Eleven-year-old Rigel Harman loves her life in off-the-grid Alaska. She hunts rabbits, takes correspondence classes through the mail, and plays dominoes with her family in their two-room cabin. She doesn’t mind not having electricity or running water—instead, she’s got tall trees, fresh streams, and endless sky.
But then her parents divorce, and Rigel and her sisters have to move with their mom to the Connecticut suburbs to live with a grandmother they’ve never met. Rigel hates it in Connecticut. It’s noisy, and crowded, and there’s no real nature. Her only hope is a secret pact that she made with her father: If she can stick it out in Connecticut for one year, he’ll bring her back home.
At first, surviving the year feels impossible. Middle school is nothing like the wilderness, and she doesn’t connect with anyone . . . until she befriends a crow living behind her school. And if this wild creature has made a life for itself in the suburbs, then, just maybe, Rigel can too.

 

VALE OF SECRETS

by

Sam Subity

February 2021

A 12-year-old Viking girl must face down foes like a ping-pong playing sea monster with a wicked backhand and a dark Valkyrie with killer oven mitts to save her father and her school.

 

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