Category Archives: Children & Young Adults

Announcements of new books for children and young adults

Beacon Hills High by Mo’Nique

Beacon Hills High
A Novel
By Mo’Nique, Sherri McGee McCovey

On Sale: 9/23/2008

Getting into Millwood High, the “tightest” high school in Baltimore, is all that’s been consuming thirteen-year-old F.A.T. (Fabulous And Thick, that is) Eboni Michelle Imes. When she’s accepted, all that she can think about are four years of fun with her best friends, Michelle, Yolanda, and Charisse—the TTC (the Too Tight Crew).

But life has other plans for Eboni. When her father finally lands his dream job, everyone is excited—except Eboni. While Dad’s new business venture means moving the family to glamorous Los Angeles, for Eboni it means moving away from her friends, her crush Vincent, and everything she has ever known.

A charming coming-of-age story that deals with common adolescent issues such as body image, being the “new girl” in school, and adjusting to a new neighborhood, Beacon Hills High is sure to resonate with not only Mo’Nique‘s young fans, but also teenage girls everywhere.

Fair-Weather Friends By ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Fair-Weather Friends
By ReShonda Tate Billingsley

This Edition: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: September 16, 2008
Our Price: $9.95

Availability: Ships on or around September 16

Welcome to the club….

The Theta Ladies are the hottest new high school sorority, and Camille wants in! After seeing the girls perform a fantastic show at her school, Camille’s dreaming of donning the pink satin T-shirt of the Thetas…and is beyond flattered when the sorority sisters actually acknowledge her existence. If only she could persuade her best friends — Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel — to join with her….

Is it worth the price of admission?

Jasmine has always butted heads with Tori Young, the Theta Ladies president, and she wants no part of the exclusive sorority scene. Camille, Alexis, and Angel are excited to be pledging and are up for any challenge. When it is time to announce new members, Camille and Alexis are accepted and Angel’s left out in the cold. Despite her disappointment, Angel encourages her friends to enjoy themselves. But when the real reason for Angel’s rejection comes to light, Alexis and Camille must choose: Do they break their commitment to their newfound “sisters” to take a stand for their sister at heart?

Barack Obama by Nikki Grimes

Barack Obama by Nikki Grimes

Barack Obama
Son of Promise, Child of Hope
By Nikki Grimes
Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Publication Date: August 26, 2008

Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn’t quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together.

This is the moving story of an exceptional man, as told by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier, both winners of the Coretta Scott King Award. Barack Obama has motivated Americans to believe with him, to believe that every one of us has the power to change ourselves and change our world.

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow

Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow
Author: James Sturm
Illustrator: Rich Tommaso

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Leroy “Satchel” Paige (1905?–1982) changed the face of the game in a career that spanned five decades. Much has been written about this larger-than-life pitcher, but when it comes to Paige, fact does not easily separate from fiction. He made a point of writing his own history . . . and then rewriting it. A tall, lanky fireballer, he was arguably the Negro Leagues’ hardest thrower, most entertaining storyteller, and greatest gate attraction. Now the Center for Cartoon Studies turns a graphic novelist’s eye to Paige’s story. Told from the point of view of a sharecropper, this compelling narrative follows Paige from game to game as he travels throughout the segregated South.

In stark prose and powerful graphics, author and artist share the story of a sports hero, role model, consummate showman, and era-defining American.

Ruby and the Booker Boys by Derrick Barnes

Ruby and the Booker Boys

Book One: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby
Reading Level: Ages 7-11
July 1, 2008

Introducing Ruby Marigold Booker!

In the first book of the series, Ruby will be in the third grade, and attending Hope Road Academy this school year. The performing arts school she attended the year before has closed down, so now she’ll have to find her way at the school where her three big brothers rule.

Will she be pushed to the side and buried by her brothers’ pop star status and popularity, or will she use her wits and talents to steal some of her own shine?

Ruby and the Booker Boys

Book Two: Trivia Queen, Third Grade Supreme
Reading Level: Ages 7-11
July 1, 2008

After the head zoo keeper at the Bellow Rock zoo visits Hope Road Academy and announces a big animal trivia contest, Ruby views it as thee opportunity to make a name for herself. She’ll be the rep for the entire third grade. The winner we’ll receive free year-round passes for every student in their grade level.

Even though she is the self-appointed Trivia Queen, she’ll be challenged big-time by her brothers, Ty and Marcellus as the reps from their grade in the big contest.

Could there be any way possible that little sis could score the biggest upset ever in the Booker household?