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I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST
By Mason Deaver

On Sale: May 28, 2019

WHEN BEN DE BACKER COMES OUT TO THEIR PARENTS AS NON-BINARY, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

At turns heartbreaking and joyous, Mason Deaver’s brilliant debut is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity. For anyone who has ever struggled with identity, or felt unworthy of love and happiness, this book is for you.

"Heartfelt, romantic, and quietly groundbreaking. This book will save lives." — Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

"Both a window into a deeply human and beautifully complex experience, and a mirror reflecting some of the simplest, yet most powerful desires of my own heart, I Wish You All the Best is a beacon of hope in a broken world. If there's one thing I learned from Ben De Backer's struggles and triumphs, it's this: loveboth for yourself and for othersis always worth the fight. We all need this book." — Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

"A truly unique and beautiful debut." — Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost

"Profoundly poignant and often swoon-worthy . . . a stunning gift to the world." — Jay Coles, author of Tyler Johnson Was Here

"Mason Deaver’s debut is an important and inspiring novel about identity, acceptance, friendship, familial relationships, and the people who become your family." — Sabina Khan, author of The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali


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I LOVE YOU SO MOCHI
By Sarah Kuhn

On Sale: May 28, 2019

Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement.

She’s obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother disapproves, and when they get into an explosive fight, Kimi’s entire future seems on the verge of falling apart. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi’s estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.

When she arrives in Japan, she’s met with a culture both familiar and completely foreign to her. She loses herself in the beautiful sights and delicious dishes of Kyotoand meets Akira, a cute aspiring med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. And what begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind and to figure out where her own heart lies.

In I Love You So Mochi, author Sarah Kuhn has penned a delightfully sweet and irrepressibly funny novel that will make you squee at the cute, cringe at the awkward, and show that sometimes you have to lose yourself in something you love to find your Ultimate self.

"As sweet and satisfying as its namesake, I Love You So Mochi is a tender love story wrapped up in food, fashion, and family. I gobbled it up." — Maurene Goo, author of the The Way You Make Me Feel

"Filled with fashion, heart, family, and romance . . . Sarah Kuhn is a bright new voice in YA." — Cecil Castellucci, New York Times bestselling author of Don't Cosplay With My Heart

"As delightful as its title, I Love You So Mochi is a nuanced exploration of the struggle between where you come from and who you are, and how together they define where you're going. I connected with this book so mochi!" — Gloria Chao, author of American Panda

"A walk through Japan, a swoon-worthy boy, and an amazing journey of self-discovery. It was adorably perfect!"
— Kasie West, author of P. S. I Like You

"Just as sweet and delectable as mochi! A delightful, tender romance full of humor and humanity that will take you on a heart-warming journey through the streets and dishes of Kyoto." — Britta Lundin, writer on CW’s Riverdale and author of Ship It

"Travel! Fashion! Romance! I Love You So Mochi has it all. Sarah Kuhn combines flirty fun with the deep questions of purpose and familial loyalty. Filled with wonderfully unique characters and the equally intricate and varied relationships between them, this book is a dish you want to keep devouring." — Keiko Agena, actress and author of No Mistakes

"A deft, fun, and heartfelt coming-of-age story about finding yourself even when you don’t know where to start looking. There is a real depth here that—when balanced with Sarah Kuhn's tart sense of humor—creates a transcendent, compelling read."
— Amber Benson, actress, director, and author of The Witches of Echo Park series

"I Love You So Mochi is a sassy, delightful, heartwarming love story about navigating familial expectations, finding yourself in-between two cultures, and following your true happiness . . . while eating delicious Japanese food along the way. I wish I could travel back in time to gift this book to my teenage self." — Yumi Sakugawa, author of The Little Book of Life Hacks


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THE LOVE AND LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI
By Sabina Khan

On Sale: January 29, 2019

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents' expectations, but lately she's finding that impossible to do. She rolls her eyes when they blatantly favor her brother and saves her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don't know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech. But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana's plans fall apart.

Her parents are devastated and decide to whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Through reading her grandmother's old diary, Rukhsana gains some much-needed perspective and realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love without losing the connection to her family as a consequence.

With a welcome mix of humor, heart, and high-stakes drama, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali provides a timely and honest portrait of what it's like to grow up feeling unwelcome in your own culture.

"This book will break your heart and then, chapter by chapter, piece it back together again. Chock-full of diversity and powerful representation, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali is a much-needed addition to any YA shelf." — Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi

"Heart-wrenching yet hopeful . . . An insightful and honest look at the tangled web of identity, culture, familial loyalty, and love. Sabina Khan crafts a powerful, poignant story about finding yourself, about speaking your truth, and about stepping out of the shadows and into the light. Readers will be cheering for Rukhsana from the moment they meet her on the page." 
— Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, and Other Filters

"The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali is bold, heartbreaking, yet hopeful, and is a story that will stay with you for years to come."
— Sara Farizan, Lambda Award-winning author of If You Could Be Mine

"A daring and timely novel, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali delves head-and-heart-first into the universal complexities of navigating duty and desire, tradition and modernity, and friends and family—the one we are born into and the one we choose; the friends who are family, and the family we strive to befriend—all through the prism of multi-cultured identity. Political, personal, page-turning. Sabina Khan is one to watch." — Tanuja Desai Hidier, author of Born Confused

"The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali unapologetically explores the complex ties between families, friends, and intersectional diversity. Khan brings talent and voice in this brilliant debut that will keep you reading until the very last page." — Nisha Sharma, author of My So-Called Bollywood Life


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PIXEL RAIDERS #1: DIG WORLD
By Stephanie Bendixsen and Steven O'Donnell
Illustrated by Chris Kennett

Enter Dig World, Level One of a virtual reality game where things are all too real!

Rip and Mei have been invited to play a beta release of the top secret new game from INREAL GAMES. Once they start playing, they're amazed by how true to life everything feels, looks, and smells. They collect materials to build a house, find food, and craft weapons.

But soon they're faced with real danger. If they don't find a way out in three days, they'll be stuck FOREVER.

Can they survive attacks from goblins, flametigers, fire lizards, and massive spiders to win the game?

"A solid bet for the Minecraft set." Kirkus Reviews


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PIXEL RAIDERS #2: DRAGON LAND
By Stephanie Bendixsen and Steven O'Donnell
Illustrated by Chris Kennett

On Sale: October 30, 2018

Enter Dragon Land, Level Two of a virtual reality game where things are all too real!

Rip and Mei escaped Dig World, only to find themselves still trapped inside the game. And it's only getting harder to stay alive!

Now known as the Dragon Riders, Rip and Mei are stuck in a fantasy land with bandit bullies, spying firebugs, and warring dragon clans -- while being followed by a grumpy dragon who owes them a life debt!

Can they survive an epic battle and complete their quest for the Etherstone?


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BAKER STREET ACADEMY: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE DISAPPEARING DIAMOND
Written and illustrated by Sam Hearn

John Watson has barely settled into his new school, Baker Street Academy, when his teacher announces a trip to one of London's top museums, home to the Alpine Star, the world's most famous jewel. 

But the gem has been stolen! The police are soon on the trail and the whole of the country is talking about the crime. 

When police catch the thief along with the stolen gem, it seems the case is closed. But Sherlock Holmes has other ideas. With John and Martha at his side, can he uncover the mystery behind this extraordinary gem?

Told through Watson's blog, detective notes, school assignments, media reports, and energetic comic-strip illustrations, this introduction to Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters will have every young super-sleuth hooked!

"Perfect for young graphic novel fans and mystery aficionados alike . . . Hearn's take [on Sherlock] stands out for its approachability, mixed-media format, fast pace, and devotion to the spirit of its source material." — School Library Journal

"Drawn in by the non-stop action and twists and turns as Sherlock and his friends solve the mystery… both reluctant readers and lovers of mystery and adventure will surely enjoy this selection and look forward to the next in the series." — School Library Connection