Children & Teens Books of the Week

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ISBN: 9780807560761
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 1st, 2020

The rhythmic sport of Double Dutch jumping becomes a gateway into 11-year-old Jayla’s family history, especially for her mother who was once a Double Dutch champion but now struggles with her health. When passion for the sport leads Jayla to form her own team, she struggles with her expectations and her motivation—does she want to compete for the sake of popularity or to connect with her family? With a fresh, no nonsense voice Joy Jones' middle grade novel Jayla Jumps In (Albert Whitman & Company, $16.99) embraces the joy in Black families, ties between generations, and the importance of never giving up on your dreams. Ages 8-11. Heidi Ashton Yoon

Blast from the Past
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By Cynthia Kadohata, Maurizio Zorat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481446624
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 12th, 2019

"Hockey is in my soul," says Conor, the main character in Checked (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $9.99, by Cynthia Kadohata. He, his father, and his beloved Doberman Pincer, Sinbad, live in fire-ravaged Canyon Country but that's not the only problem. His mom died when he was two, his father recently got divorced from his second wife, and now Sinbad has been diagnosed with cancer. To pay for the treatments, Conor decides to give up his hockey dream and put all the money it takes for coaching, training, and ice time towards Sinbad's treatments. While not a dead-dog book we know by the end that Sinbad's life will be over soon. From elite athletics, to his Japanese heritage, Conor is left wondering what makes us special when we don't have that one thing that we think makes us--us. This is for readers who want a heartwarming story that depicts the life of young athletes. Ages 10 to 13. Anna Jordan

YA Pick
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ISBN: 9780525556206
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

Ever since she saw her first performance at church, Ada has been obsessed with dancing. She’s good, too—not that this would convince her father to let her switch her major from business to dance. It’s her first semester at Howard University, and Ada feels pulled in a thousand directions at once—her father’s heavy expectations, her needy and unpredictable mother’s sudden demands, the way a trauma that she thought was in the past still has a way of slicing through her. At the same time, her newfound freedom gives her the chance to discover who she really wants to be. As she falls deeper in love with dance—and maybe with a girl who loves the studio as much as Ada does—an unforgettable protagonist begins to forge her own path. With Candice Iloh’s propulsive, imagery-rich verse, Every Body Looking (Dutton Books for Young Readers, $17.99) is a breathtaking coming-of-age novel. Ages 14 and up. Elli Bloomberg.