Thornhill - Pam Smy

Staff Pick

In 1982 at an orphanage named Thornhill (Roaring Brook, $19.99), Mary fills the pages of her diary with shocking accounts of her suffering at the hands of another girl who lives downstairs. Mary only feels safe in her attic bedroom, where she spends her time reading and making puppet companions. Decades later, Ella has just moved to a new home that overlooks the abandoned orphanage. No one has lived there since an orphan girl was murdered years ago—so why does Ella keep seeing a figure in the lit attic window and finding puppets in the garden? Author/illustrator Pam Smy cleverly tells Mary and Ella’s stories in alternating journal entries and plot-propelling illustrations until the girls’ worlds finally collide in an unexpected and spine-tingling twist. Ages 10-13.


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By Pam Smy, Pam Smy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626726543
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 29th, 2017

Running Full Tilt - Michael Currinder

Staff Pick

Caleb’s autism sometimes makes it difficult for Leo to be his brother, especially when public outbursts and late-night screeching are a regular occurrence. Caleb, Leo, and their parents eventually have to move because of Caleb’s behavior towards their neighbors, and Caleb isn’t responding well to the change in routine. He begins taking his frustration out on Leo, sometimes hitting him to the point of leaving bruises. Leo begins literally running away from his problems, Running Full Tilt (Charlesbridge, $17.99) mile after mile when being around Caleb is just too much. He discovers that he’s fast, and soon Leo finds himself on the school cross country team, training hard, making friends, and spending less time with Caleb— a decision that he may soon regret when tragedy strikes. Michael Currinder’s debut novel is packed with running action perfect for every athlete, as well as relationships, drama, and emotion that will satisfy all readers. Ages 14-18.

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ISBN: 9781580898027
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Charlesbridge Teen - September 5th, 2017

Spinning - Tillie Walden

Staff Pick

A figure skater for twelve years, Tillie Walden has been Spinning (First Second, $17.99) through life as she desperately tries to navigate the intensity of her training schedule while also living the life of a normal suburban teen. In a world where it’s so important to appear flawless, how can a person feel so uncomfortable in her own skin? In a sport where independence matters and it’s every girl for herself, how is a competitor supposed to build lasting relationships? A graphic memoir of friends, family, figure skating, and coming out, Walden’s tale of self-doubt becoming personal triumph is raw, gripping, and sure to spark emotion. Ages 14-18.


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By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626729407
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: First Second - September 12th, 2017