Main character in “Honestly Elliott” deals with ADHD, parents’ divorce and an incident too embarrassing to talk about.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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In Nic Stone’s ‘Fast Pitch,’ 12-year-old is focused on winning until she’s asked to clear her great-grandfather’s name.

  • Abby McGanney Nolan
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In Avi’s “Loyalty,” a Colonial family supports Britain, but the son must decide for himself where his allegiance lies.


Characters in these novels ask a lot of questions to get at the truth.

Maurice Broaddus used his experience as a teacher and community volunteer to shape his new novel.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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In Dhonielle Clayton’s school in the sky, students come from around the world.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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In Gregory Maguire’s new fantasy, a young rabbit deals with her father’s disappearance and an unpleasant new home.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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“The Ogress and the Orphans” is a richly layered story with imperfect characters challenged to work together.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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Amina Luqman-Dawson’s novel is set in the Great Dismal Swamp, which provided cover for people escaping plantations.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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Lawmaker Shirley Chisholm, author Octavia Butler and activist Kathlyn Kirkwood paved the way for other women.

  • Abby McGanney Nolan
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‘Cookie of Perfection’ finds character Ben Yokoyama on a quest to improve family and friends.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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Melody, the heroine of “Out of My Mind,” returns in a book about freedom.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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Children's author and illustrator Rául the Third and Washington Post book reviewers share their picks for best kids books of 2021.

Nonfiction stories highlight struggles and resilience.

  • Abby McGanney Nolan
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In “The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy,” girls question gender expectations in the magical land of Illyria.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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The award-winning author doesn’t want adults putting limits on kids’ curiosity.

Author Kwame Mbalia came up with the idea during protests of police violence against Black people.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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In “Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero,” a boy learns about the terrorist attacks as he deals with present-day bullies.

  • Lela Nargi
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Our “True Friends” theme may inspire kids to form their own book clubs.

As climate change worsens, 4 kids are determined to save what may be the United States’ last bullfrog.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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