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West 44 Books, the new hi-lo middle grade and young adult fiction imprint of Enslow Publishing, is an exciting platform for new, authentic voices and gripping stories. With West 44 Books, struggling readers, especially those from at-risk populations, no longer have to sacrifice page-turning fiction. West 44 Books offers young adult novels in verse, which combine the rhythmic, powerful language of poetry with a riveting storyline. Subject matter is diverse and relatable to readers from all backgrounds. West 44 Books ensures that every reader is able to both get lost in a book and find themselves on its pages.

What People Are Saying About West 44 Some Girls Bind

H“James proves the power of the novel in verse as a vehicle

to convey rich characterization, complex themes, and a reading experience that levels the field between struggling and skilled readers… Jamie’s friends each have their own issues, and Jamie is a sympathetic friend as well as a teen caught in the private drama of self-awareness that makes adolescence and identity construction frightening to so many. VERDICT: Highly recommended for school and public libraries.” —School Library Journal, STARRED Review

Little Pills “Dodds presents a genuine, complicated, and struggling teenage protagonist in Charlotte...An engrossing, lyrical debut with strong appeal for reluctant readers that confronts the realities of addiction through an absorbing first-person narrative.” —Kirkus

Sanctuary Somewhere “Debut author Dimmig produces a deep and meaningful story in verse for reluctant readers about a young man who is shocked to discover that he is undocumented....The narrative is powerful, informative, and insightful...An undeniably moving read recommended for absolutely everyone—Dreamer or not.” —Kirkus

Milo On Wheels (series The Club) “An aspiring biologist who’s bullied because of his disability finds friends when he enters a go-kart competition… the optimistic open ending implies that Milo’s growth, like the resilient oak’s, is an ongoing process that’s ‘hard, but not impossible.’ A realistic, hopeful take on meeting challenges and making friends.” —Kirkus

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Reading Level: 2–3 • Interest Level: 2–5

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MINECRAFT EXPLORERS

MINECRAFT ® EXPLORERS AUTHOR: JILL KEPPELER 5 1/4” x 7 1/8” • 64 pp • Fact Boxes, Illustrations, Step-by-Step Instructions, Excerpt from another book in series, About the Author

PUB DATE: July 2019

Author bio available on west44books.com

What would you do if you found yourself in the world of Minecraft®? In this set of adventures, four students find out just how smart and organized they’ll have to be to succeed! Filled with informative fact boxes and tips on Minecraft® gameplay and the STEM principles involved in the game, these stories will be sure to fascinate any student who’s ever tangled with a creeper, gotten lost in a cave system, or hurried to build a shelter before the monsters come out at night.

First Night: An Unofficial Minecraft® Adventure $17.95 | $13.45 $17.95 | $13.45 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8408-4 $10.55 | $8.95

Making It Home: An Unofficial Minecraft® Adventure $17.95 | $13.45 $17.95 | $13.45 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8411-4 $10.55 | $8.95

Setting Forth: An Unofficial Minecraft® Adventure

Staying Alive: An Unofficial Minecraft® Adventure

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MAX BOOTH: FUTURE SLEUTH AUTHOR: CAMERON MACINTOSH ILLUSTRATED BY: DAVE ATZE 6” x 8 1/4” • 128–144 pp • Map, Excerpt from another book in series, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Spot illustrations

It’s 2424. Max Booth, an 11-year-old resourceful orphan, is struggling to survive. With the chance to make some money by uncovering the secrets of mysterious “gadgets” from the 20th century, Max and his faithful, but slightly neurotic, robodog Oscar start investigating. But the path to success is never easy, and there are sinister tricks, strange characters, and lots of challenges along the way. • • • • •

Easy-to-read sci-fi series full of surprises and suspense Features a subtle environmental theme to inspire curiosity and guide readers to consider the future of the planet Written in an engaging first-person voice, with language that developing readers will tackle with confidence Each fun and engaging story is supported by Dave Atze’s funny, entertaining illustrations This new at-level, high-interest series is perfect for proficient readers, and provides a stepping stone for developing readers PUB DATE: July 2019

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PUB DATE: December 2019

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Tape Escape $19.95 | $14.95 $19.95 | $14.95 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8462-6 $12.90 | $10.95

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Selfie Search HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8464-0

eBook: 978-1-5383-8466-4

Stamp Safari $19.95 | $14.95 $19.95 | $14.95 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8468-8 $12.90 | $10.95 HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8467-1

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Reading Level: 6 • Interest Level: 5–8

ALANA OAKLEY AUTHOR: POPPY INKWELL 5” x 7 3/4” • 256–352 pp • About the Author

Alana Oakley is a fresh and upbeat mystery series. Gutsy and bold, teen sleuth Alana Oakley, along with her unique group of friends, deftly wrangles misdeeds, mysteries, and her slightly absurd mother. The series is fast-paced with just the right balance of comedy, crazy antics, and serious messages for readers.

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Alana isn’t your typical teenager—loyal, lippy, and level-headed, she’s the best person to have around in a crisis Smart, cool mystery series for readers ages 10 to 13 Multicultural theme with characters who will empower girls and encourage them to feel good about their individuality This new at-level, high-interest series is perfect for proficient readers, and provides a stepping stone for developing readers PUB DATE: July 2019

PUB DATE: October 2019

PUB DATE: December 2019

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Mystery and Mayhem

Torment and Trickery

Bloodsuckers and Blunders

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x–x • Interest Level: x–x Reading Level: 2–3 4–7

PUB PUBDATE: DATE:February Month

STAR OF THE SHOW AUTHOR: J. M. KLEIN 5 1/4” x 7 1/8” • 64 pp • Illustrations, Meet the Characters Infographic, Excerpt from another book in series, About the Author, Hi-lo text

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Dani tries to get her parents back together by lying about how much one person loves and misses the other. Her dad even comes to visit. Dani thinks her plan worked perfectly and they can be one happy family again. However, old problems creep in. Dani’s parents are fighting more than ever, and she’s in the middle of it. Can she keep her family together, or will she have to accept that it might never work?

About the author:

REVIEWS:

“The reading level will appeal to both younger readers and struggling older middle graders…This brief book’s pat message: Be yourself." —Kirkus (On New School, New Me!)

J. M. Klein is a former journalist who has lived all around the country and moved half a dozen times. Like Dani, she learned how to make new friends and tried out for the school play. She didn’t make that play, but she did develop a lifelong love of theater and now has good friends in many states. She’s always written in diaries and journals, the contents of which are still totally secret.

"Straight-forward narrative best suited to emerging chapter-book readers." —The Midwest Book Review (On New School, New Me!)

$17.95 | $13.45 $10.55 | $8.95

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8200-4 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8300-1

1 more title coming in this series!

Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8199-1

October 2020

Best Friends For-Never

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8202-8 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8301-8 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8201-1

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New School, New Me!

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8196-0 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8298-1 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8195-3

My Home Is a Battlefield

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8198-4 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8299-8 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8197-7

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SWISH AUTHOR: DAVID ARO 5 1/4” x 7 1/8” • 64 pp • Excerpt from another book in series, Meet the Characters Infographic, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Spot illustrations, Hi-lo text

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What happens when a school cuts its basketball team? The kids who live in the Alton Heights housing complex need to come up with a plan fast. That’s how the Alton Heights All-Stars team is born. They may not have matching jerseys, a coach, or even a regular court to practice on, but they make up for it with perseverance and heart. Cam, Jasmine, Brianna, Tyler, and Markus prove to everyone that they’re not just playing around; they’re out to be all-stars.

About the author:

REVIEWS:

“Simple vocabulary and sentence structure, combined with frequent inset illustrations and short chapters, make this a classic high/low transitional chapter book for older readers.” —Booklist (On Alton Heights All-Stars)

David Aro is a former Collegiate All-American basketball player and conference player of the year. In college, he scored over 1,900 points, broke his school’s record for the most three-pointers ever made, and also finished in the top 10 in rebounds, steals, and assists. While coaching college basketball, he earned a master’s degree in executive leadership and change. Today, he coaches his kids and follows his passion of writing children’s books. You can visit him online at www.davidaro.com.

2 more titles coming in this series!

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8216-5 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8308-7 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8215-8

December 2020

Fast Break

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8218-9 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8309-4 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8217-2

April 2021

Big Shots

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8220-2 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8310-0 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8219-6

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Meet Me On the Court

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8212-7 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8306-3 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8211-0

Nothing But Net

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8214-1 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8307-0 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8213-4

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Reading Reading Level: Level: 2–3 x–x • Interest Level: 4–7 x–x

PUB PUBDATE: DATE:Month June

MACI MASAKI MAKES HER MARK AUTHOR: CHARLEY PICKLE 5 1/4” x 7 1/8” • 64 pp • Excerpt from another book in series, Meet the Characters Infographic, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Spot illustrations, Hi-lo text

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Four kids sit together at the outcast lunch table on the first day of middle school. Amy has a stutter, but wants to be class president. Maci would rather draw manga than talk to people. Eli is a pastor’s kid who has been labeled a “goody two-shoes.” Jayden often lashes out at people and gets upset in class, but he actually wants friends very badly. The kids have almost nothing in common, except one thing: they’re the class weirdos. If they want to rise above their reputations, they’re going to need to do it together.

About the author: Charley Pickle holds an MFA and is a published poet and short fiction author. In sixth grade, Pickle wore a historically accurate Shakespeare costume to school on Halloween. Sadly, no one else dressed up. Feeling rather pathetic, Pickle quickly changed into inspirational Shaquille O’Neal gym clothes. Charley Pickle definitely knows what it’s like to be a weirdo and often seeks weirdo friends, as they usually have tremendously good senses of humor. Pickle can be found on Twitter at @charley_pickle.

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8208-0 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8304-9 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8207-3

1 more title coming in this series! February 2021

Eli Michaels, Rule Breaker

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8210-3 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8344-5 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8209-7

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Amy Price for President!

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8204-2 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8302-5 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8203-5

What’s the Matter with Jayden Jackson?

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8206-6 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8303-2 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8205-9

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Reading Level: 2–3 • Interest Level: 4–7

PUB DATE: December 2019

GHOST TOWN AUTHOR: D. E. DALY 5 1/4” x 7 1/8” • 64 pp • Map, Excerpt from another book in series, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Spot illustrations, Hi-lo text

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Chloe, Malik, and Justin are best friends, drawn together by their love of all things weird and spooky. One night, the abandoned railroad station in town becomes a portal to a supernatural world. Zombies have come to town, and the three friends form the Z Team to find the zombies and save the day. Along the way, they stumble into other supernatural situations involving ghosts, werewolves, vampires, and more. What’s next on board the Eerie Express?

About the author: D. E. Daly can sometimes be found in her hometown of East Aurora, New York, a village full of haunted history and old railroad tracks. She studied writing in New Orleans and drifts back there once in a while for more of the city’s magic and music. She is always chasing her next story—except the times when the story chases her.

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the highway

the River

to the Lake

torn down train bridge

the loose fence

Long Street

Zephyr Terminal

Chloe’s House

Bridgeside Middle

Justin’s House

Broad Street

Bridgeside Grocery

Mud Stop Coffee Shop

Bridgeside Hair Salon

Bridgeside Pharmacy

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8192-2 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8296-7 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8191-5

Bridgeside Pet Supply

1 more title coming in this series! old factories

Malik’s House

Hopper Creek

Bridgeside High

August 2020

Werewolves on the Loose!

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8194-6 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8297-4 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8193-9

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When Zombies Invade

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8188-5 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8294-3 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8187-8

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Kidnapped by Vampires

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8190-8 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8295-0 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8189-2

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Reading Level: Level: 2–3 x–x • Interest Level: x–x Reading 5–8

PUB PUBDATE: DATE:February Month

NOT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

BROTHERS

AUTHOR: CYN BERMUDEZ 5 1/4” x 7 1/8” • 88 pp • Illustrations, Meet the Characters Infographic, Excerpt from another book in series, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text

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Victor and Isaac aren’t sure how long they’ll make it in their foster homes. Isaac is comfortable around his foster parents, but afraid they’ll give him up. Victor has just landed in a new, crowded home with lots of rules, and is accused of stealing. The brothers make a secret plan to run away from their foster parents and make a home of their own. Will their plan work or will they lose everything trying?

About the author:

REVIEWS:

“The series presents a realistic yet accessible look at a family encountering stressful circumstances. VERDICT: Written at a second and third grade reading level, “Brothers” is an unflinching exploration of a family navigating foster care.” —School Library Journal (on Taken Away)

Cyn Bermudez is a writer from Bakersfield, California. She attended college in Santa Barbara, California, where she studied physics, film, and creative writing. Her work can be found in anthologies such as Building Red: Mission Mars, The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal (2014), and more. Her fiction and poetry can also found in Middle Planet, Perihelion SF, Strangelet, Mirror Dance, and 805 Literary and Art Journal, among others. For more information about Cyn, visit her website at www.cynbermudez.com.

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8234-9 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8317-9 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8233-2

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October 2020

Just Maybe

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8236-3 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8318-6 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8235-6

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Taken Away

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8230-1 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8315-5 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8229-5

This Place Is Not My Home

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8232-5 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8316-2 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8231-8

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Reading Level: 2–3 • Interest Level: 5–8

PUB DATE: December 2019

DETENTION IS A LOT LIKE JAIL AUTHOR: BRYNN KELLY 5 1/4” x 7 1/8” • 88 pp • Meet the Characters infographic, Excerpt from another book in series, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Spot illustrations, Hi-lo text

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The kids in classroom 4B have a reputation as the “baddest” kids in school. What no one sees is that each kid has a reason for acting that way. Mila has been removed from her mom’s care and placed with her aunt, whom she doesn’t trust. Landon has trouble learning, but doesn’t want anyone to know. Jordan’s father was recently sent to jail. Jayme has been taking care of her younger siblings while her mother starts dating again. Together, the “bad kids” in 4B learn about acceptance, stepping out of their molds, and confronting life’s challenges.

About the author: Brynn Kelly is a writer from Buffalo, New York,

REVIEW:

“One of those impressive fictional stories that is exceptionally entertaining while dealing with what is basically serious subject matter. As a result, Welcome to 4B is unreservedly recommended for family, school and community library fiction collections.” —The Midwest Book Review (On Welcome to 4B)

where she studied English and creative writing and received a master’s degree in social work. She is the author of three educational books, The People and Culture of Venezuela, The Layers of Earth’s Atmosphere, and Air Pressure and Wind. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga and spending time with her dog, Neno.

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8226-4 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8313-1

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Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8225-7

August 2020

Cutting Through the Noise

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8228-8 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8314-8 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8227-1

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Welcome to 4B

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8222-6 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8311-7 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8221-9

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Things That Don’t Make Sense HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8224-0 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8312-4 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8223-3

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Reading Level: 2–3 • Interest Level: 5–8

PUB DATE: January

TWISTED AUTHOR: WIL MARA 5 1/4” x 7 1/8” • 120 pp • Illustrations, Excerpt from another book in series, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text

Read if you dare, but prepare for the worst. This middle grade thriller series unleashes twisted tales of the paranormal. From time traps to haunted houses to out-of-this-world video games, the characters in each Twisted book come face-to-face with supernatural situations that will change their lives forever. Will each unlucky character be stuck in a weird world of magic and mayhem? Readers are in for one twisted ride.

About the author:

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Wil Mara

has been an author for over 30 years and has more than 200 books to his credit. His works for children include more than 150 educational titles for the school and library markets, and five of the popular Boxcar Children mysteries ghostwritten by him. His 2013 thriller Frame 232 reached the #1 spot in its category on Amazon and won the Lime Award for Excellence in Fiction. He is also an associate member of the NJASL, and an executive member of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Center for the Book, an affiliate of the US Library of Congress. He lives with his family in New Jersey. The Girl Who Grew Nasty Things

Where Did My Family Go?

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8361-2

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8360-5

eBook: 978-1-5383-8355-1

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The Videomaniac

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8357-5 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8352-0 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8362-9

House of a Million Rooms

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8358-2 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8353-7 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8363-6

The Time Trap

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8359-9 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8354-4 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8364-3

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Reading Level: Level: 2–3 x–x • Interest Level: x–x Reading 5–8

PUB PUBDATE: DATE:Month April

THE CLUB AUTHOR: ELIZABETH GORDON 5 1/4” x 7 1/8” • 88 pp • Meet the Characters Infographic, Excerpt from another book in series, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Spot illustrations, Hi-lo text

Every day after school, kids in the Parkwood neighborhood hang out at the community rec center, which they call The Club. Milo, Noah, Zoe, and Addy couldn’t be more different, but they have one thing in common: they spend every day at The Club. The Club has a way of pushing their comfort zones and making them try new things, from diving off the high dive to creating art from trash. Together, they’ll learn some tough life lessons and break their molds.

About the author: Elizabeth Gordon has a

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master’s degree in children’s literature from Hollins University. She was a finalist for the Hunger Mountain Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, the winner of the Holins University Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Scholarship, and winner of the SCBWI Barbara Karlin Grant. She has published nine midle grade books so far, including a five-book superhero series. REVIEWS:

"An aspiring biologist who’s bullied because of his disability finds friends when he enters a go-kart competition… the optimistic open ending implies that Milo’s growth, like the resilient oak’s, is an ongoing process that’s ‘hard, but not impossible.’ A realistic, hopeful take on meeting challenges and making friends." —Kirkus (On Milo on Wheels)

2 more titles coming in this series!

Javi Takes a Bow $18.95 | $14.20 eBook: 978-1-5383-8323-0 $18.95 | $14.20 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8245-5 $11.70 | $9.95

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8246-2

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Addy’s Big Splash $18.95 | $14.20 $18.95 | $14.20 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8243-1 $11.70 | $9.95

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8244-8 eBook: 978-1-5383-8322-3

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December 2020

Noah the Con Artist

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8240-0 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8320-9 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8239-4

April 2021

Club Zoe

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8242-4 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8321-6 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8241-7

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Milo On Wheels

HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8238-7 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8319-3 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8237-0 • ATOS: 3.4

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Reading Level: x–x • Interest Level: x–x Reading Level: 3–4 • Interest Level: 9–12

PUB DATE: February

A PERFECT BLANK AUTHOR: RYE DURAN 5 1⁄2” x 8 1 ⁄4” • 200 pp • Suggestions for Further Reading, Written in Verse, Excerpt from Similar Verse Books, About the Author, Hi-lo text

Project Apogee had one mission: to create biologically engineered perfect teenagers. The teenagers were supposed to be expressions of a perfect genetic mapping of traits, an example of the New Human. But when the teens go before the project committee, they are found to be utterly normal and unremarkable, a disappointment. Then there’s Alex, the lost teen who failed years ago, who might just be the most remarkable of them all.

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8286-8 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8343-8 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8285-1

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About the author: Rye Duran is a trans writer and multidisciplinary artist from Atlanta, Georgia. Duran studied creative writing at University of Massachusetts Amherst and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Duran’s fabulist hybrid-genre work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Salt Hill, and Bat City Review. Favorite authors include Octavia Butler and Matthew Salesses.

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Reading Level: x–x • Interest Level: x–x Reading Level: 3–4 • Interest Level: 9–12

PUB DATE: February

YOU AND ME AND MISERY AUTHOR: RAYEL LOUIS-CHARLES 5 1⁄2” x 8 1 ⁄4” • 200 pp • Suggestions for Further Reading, Written in Verse, Excerpt from Similar Verse Books, About the Author, Hi-lo text

Gin has recently accepted that she is a lesbian. She also may just remain a loner for all of eternity. Meanwhile, across from her in class, Johnny is battling life at school and at home. His day-to-day life consists of a heavy dose of bulimia, self-hate, and abuse from his father. The two loners come together, connected by shared misery, but can they admit how much they need each other before it’s too late?

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8278-3 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8339-1 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8277-6

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About the author: Raised by her Haitian grandmother, Rayel Louis-Charles is a multiracial, queer author who identifies as, first and foremost, a poet. She has participated in spoken word competitions and drama performances. Much of her writing is a result of her personal traumas and struggles with identity and abandonment, as well as her own discoveries, hopes, and accomplishments. She hopes to reach young teens with her novel in order to remind a lonely young heart that this loneliness exists in others as well. Also, to stress the importance of consideration for others, not knowing that their story could be similar to your own.

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Reading Level: x–x • Interest Level: x–x Reading Level: 2–3 • Interest Level: 9–12

PUB DATE: April

THE VANISHING PLACE AUTHOR: THERESA EMMINIZER 5 1⁄2” x 8 1 ⁄4” • 200 pp • Suggestions for Further Reading, Written in Verse, Excerpt from Similar Verse Books, About the Author, Hi-lo text

When Brooke, Eva, Nate, and Jay take a nighttime sail off the Florida coast, they never imagined that their lives are about to change forever. Shipwrecked by a storm at sea, the teenagers become castaways on an island that seems designed to test their very natures. Faced with loss, trauma, and the harsh reality of day-to-day survival, will they find the strength to confront their inner demons and escape the Vanishing Place? Or are mysterious forces at work to keep them stranded for all time?

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8509-8 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8510-4 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8508-1

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About the author: Theresa Emminizer is a writer and editor from Buffalo, New York where she earned her degree in history and creative writing. She is the author of several educational nonfiction books including HMS Beagle Voyage and the Galápagos Islands. She enjoys traveling to new places, wandering in nature, and spending time with her husband and cats. This is Theresa’s first novel.

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Reading Level: x–x • Interest Level: x–x Reading Level: 2–3 • Interest Level: 9–12

PUB DATE: June

CLEAR CUT AUTHOR: MELODY DODDS 5 1⁄2” x 8 1 ⁄4” • 200 pp • Suggestions for Further Reading, Written in Verse, Excerpt from Similar Verse Books, About the Author, Hi-lo text

Heather Wright is always all right. That’s what people say. But if she’s always all right, then why is life so hard? Heather starts cutting as a way to deal with the difficult emotions she locks inside. But what starts out as casual cutting turns into a dangerous addiction. When Heather goes away to summer theater camp, she meets Josie. Josie is a tough, sassy diva who is not just a cutter, but a cutting advocate online. Heather looks up to Josie until the darkness of Josie’s inner world threatens to spill out over the side and drown both of them. Until she does the unthinkable.

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8515-9 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8516-6 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8514-2

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About the author: Melody Dodds is a chemist and former substitute teacher. In addition to this book, she is the author of another verse novel Little Pills. She shares her home with two cats and one husband, and is building a foil ball exclusively from candy wrappers. It is currently the size of a small pumpkin.

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Reading Level: 3–4 • Interest Level: 9–12

PUB DATE: October 2019

I AM WATER AUTHOR: MEG SPECKSGOOR 5 1⁄2” x 8 1 ⁄4” • 200 pp • Written in Verse, Excerpt from Similar Verse Books, Suggestions for Further Reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text

Hannah works as the only female river-rafting guide in her closed-minded small town. Labeled a tomboy, she often struggles to reconcile the way she fits into normal gender stereotypes. Hannah meets Ezra, who blurs the lines between woman and man. They begin an exciting new relationship, but soon Ezra starts pushing Hannah’s limits and her definition of love.

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8280-6 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8340-7 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8279-0

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About the author: Meg Specksgoor is a poet and river-rafting guide in northern New Mexico. She graduated from Houghton College with a degree in English and writing with minors in art and intercultural studies. She likes campfires, breakfast, adventuring, and people who tell her interesting stories in combination with any of those activities.

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Reading Level: 3–4 • Interest Level: 9–12

PUB DATE: October 2019

MANNING UP AUTHOR: BEE WALSH 5 1⁄2” x 8 1 ⁄4” • 200 pp • Written in Verse, Excerpt from Similar Verse Books, Suggestions for Further Reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text

Jack is at the top of his game. He’s a senior running back on the football team, dominating every opponent in his way. To everyone else, Jack is totally in control. In reality, he struggles with an eating disorder that controls every aspect of his daily life. When Jack starts using steroids, he feels invincible, but will the steroids help him win the big game or will he lose everything he’s ever worked for?

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8268-4 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8334-6 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8267-7

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About the author: Bee Walsh is a poet, freelance editor, and introvert from the Bronx, NY. She attended SUNY Fredonia and received a degree in English language and literature, as well as international studies. She has been published in such literary journals as Velvet Tail, Vagabond Lit, Wyvern Lit, and Synaesthesia Magazine, where she is currently the poetry editor. Walsh wanted to write a book about something she understands very well (eating disorders) and something she knows little about (football). You can find her at beewalsh.com.

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Reading Level: 3–4 • Interest Level: 9–12

PUB DATE: December 2019

MORE THAN ANGER AUTHOR: LEXI BRUCE 5 1⁄2” x 8 1 ⁄4” • 200 pp • Written in Verse, Excerpt from Similar Verse Books, Suggestions for Further Reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text

It is no secret that Anna’s parents are going through a rough patch. When that rough patch turns positively volatile, Anna starts to wonder why her parents are staying together at all. Will their anger destroy everything Anna has ever known? Can Anna allow herself to fall in love when she sees how it can turn so easily to hate?

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8264-6 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8332-2 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8263-9

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About the author: Lexi Bruce is from Buffalo, New York, and received a degree in English and creative writing from Canisius College. She enjoys bicycling around her city and hiking whenever she can get out of the city. Lexi knows firsthand the toll divorce can take on a family and on a young person hoping to find a healthy relationship. She wants this book to be a sign of hope for anyone who is going through this.

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Reading Level: 3–4 • Interest Level: 9–12

PUB DATE: August 2019

NOT HUNGRY AUTHOR: KATE KARYUS QUINN 5 1⁄2” x 8 1 ⁄4” • 200 pp • Suggestions for Further Reading, Written in Verse, Excerpt from Similar Verse Books, About the Author, Hi-lo text

June tells one lie. A simple one. A huge one. She’s not hungry. When she doesn’t eat, her friends and family see a fat girl on a diet, not someone starving herself. June thinks her eating disorder is invisible…until the new boy next door discovers her secret. June is terrified he will expose her shame, but Toby has secrets of his own. A story about harmful secrets, Not Hungry delves into the tumultuous mind of a struggling girl.

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8270-7 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8335-3 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8269-1

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“Exquisite writing allows each poem to be savored individually as readers find bits of themselves reflected in the situations and characters and cheer on the unlikely hero.” —Kirkus (On Not Hungry)

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About the author: Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. After living in both California and Tennessee, she returned to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, and now lives there with her husband, three children, and one enormous dog. She is the author of young adult novels Another Little Piece, (Don’t You) Forget About Me, and Down with the Shine.

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Reading Level: 3–4 • Interest Level: 9–12

PUB DATE: August 2019

WATCHES AND WARNINGS AUTHOR: RYAN WOLF 5 ⁄2” x 8 ⁄4” • 200 pp • Written in Verse, Excerpt from Similar Verse Books, Suggestions for Further Reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text 1

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Sixteen-year-old Philip is the son of two Evangelical youth pastors. He also secretly helps his older brother pay for his heroin addiction. When a massive tornado touches down in their small town, Philip’s family becomes heavily involved in the post-disaster cleanup as Philip struggles with the return of his detoxing brother. With his life swept into sudden chaos, Philip grapples with questions that cut him to the core.

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8272-1 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8336-0 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8271-4

REVIEWS:

“Philip’s voice feels authentic to the teen experience, alternately conflicted, profound, and critical. Intense, emotionally charged realism for reluctant readers.” —Kirkus (On Watches and Warnings)

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About the author: Ryan Wolf works as a grant writer for nonprofits in the Chicago area. He holds a master’s degree in the humanities from the University of Chicago, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English, communication studies, and creative writing. Ryan has previously published work in The Buffalo News and Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with his wife, Jenna.

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Reading Level: 3–4 • Interest Level: 9–12

PUB DATE: December 2019

THE WICKED EDGE AUTHOR: NICOLE ELIZABETH 5 1⁄2” x 8 1 ⁄4” • 200 pp • Written in Verse, Excerpt from Similar Verse Books, Suggestions for Further Reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text

Helen White is out of her element. She’s moved with her mother from a white, middle-class neighborhood to a reservation to live with her mother’s new boyfriend. Helen starts at the tribal high school, where she feels out of place and lonely. Then she meets King. Helen starts a twisted relationship with King, breaking the mold she’s always known, and changing in ways she never thought possible.

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8256-1 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8328-5 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8255-4

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About the author: Nicole Elizabeth grew up in Central New York and received a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing. She served as an AmeriCorps volunteer through Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at Paschal-Sherman Indian School in Omak, Washington, on the Colville Indian Reservation. There she fostered significant relationships with the kids, community members, and fellow volunteers while teaching and tutoring in reading.

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Reading Level: x–x • Interest Level: x–x Reading Level: 2–3 • Interest Level: 9–12

PUB DATE: April

THE WATER YEAR AUTHOR: MAX HOWARD 5 1⁄2” x 8 1 ⁄4” • 96 pp • Written in prose. About the Author, Hi-lo text

Sophie lives on the border between the United States and Mexico. She spends most of her time taking care of her little sister and working at the family restaurant, hoping to catch the eye of Ruben, the Mexican boy who delivers baked goods. Her father and uncle spend their free time scouring the desert as part of a civilian militia, hoping to stop undocumented immigrants from entering the United States. When Sophie becomes involved with an immigrant-aid organization called Human Kind, it challenges everything she’s ever known. Suddenly, Sophie is stuck at the borderline of family and justice.

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8512-8 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8513-5 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8511-1

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About the author: Max Howard lives in Wisconsin and is the author of Fifteen and Change. Every day, Max tries to remember three things: a) the pen is mightier than the sword, b) the first step toward building a better world is having a dream of how things could be different, and c) the second step is inviting other people to share in that dream.

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Reading Level: x–x • Interest Level: x–x Reading Level: 2–3 • Interest Level: 9–12

PUB DATE: June

ON THE PLUS SIDE AUTHOR: P. A. KURCH 5 1⁄2” x 8 1 ⁄4” • 96 pp • Written in prose, About the Author, Hi-lo text

Bryan Park is a “good guy.” He’s smart, driven, and has a picture-perfect future ahead of him when he graduates. That is, until Bryan’s longtime friend and now-girlfriend, Alyssa, tells him she’s pregnant with his child. Bryan and Alyssa have countless decisions to make that will change their lives forever. When Alyssa decides to continue the pregnancy, Bryan stays by her side. Still facing the pressures of high school, Bryan now has to think of diapers, money, his first real relationship, and reimagining the future he built for himself.

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8518-0 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8519-7 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8517-3

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About the author: P. A. Kurch is proud to share On the Plus Side with readers as his second published novel. He currently lives in Buffalo, New York where he teaches full-time. When he’s not teaching, he writes, collects old toys, and plays video games for fun.

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Reading ReadingLevel: Level:2–3 x–x •• Interest InterestLevel: Level:9–12 x–x

PUB DATE: August 2019

JUSTICE AUTHOR: KYMBALI CRAIG 5 1⁄2” x 8 1 ⁄4” • 96 pp • Written in prose, About the Author, Hi-lo text

Justice knows how it can go down for African American young men, and it isn’t always fair. Still, he’s pretty sure living on the straight and narrow will keep him safe. Pining over his crush Ebony, writing rap lyrics, and looking forward to chess games in the park, Justice never imagines he could be labeled a criminal. Then his teacher’s phone and wallet are stolen, and Justice finds himself at the center of the investigation. Can Justice prove he’s innocent or will he be wrongly convicted of a crime he never committed?

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HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8423-7 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8424-4 Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8422-0

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About the author: Kymbali Craig is a writer, actor, musician, spokenword performance artist, visual artist, and educator. She is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and now resides in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Kymbali was the artist-in-residence at Paul Robeson High School in Brooklyn and the creative director of Bailey’s Cafe, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit. Through her years of experience working with urban youth as an artist and educator, Kymbali has cultivated meaningful relationships with her students, who affectionately call her “Miss Kymbali” or “Miss K.” This is her first novel.

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