I can't wait to share this picture book biography about Jewish South African freedom fighter Ruth First, illustrated by the incredilely talented Gabhor Utomo. It follows Ruth's journey from her early call to action to join the fight against Apartheid, to her work as a journalist and her quest to expose the truth. Publication date is Fall 2023 by Kar-Ben/Lerner. The book will be available for pre-order on May 15, 2023.
This picture book is about a young boy's wish to ride the tap tap, set in Haiti, published by FSG/Macmillan.
Tap Tap Book Buzz:
Luminous, textured illustrations invite children to imagine themselves sliding around on the seat of the tap tap bus with Claude, looking out its heart-shaped windows, and bouncing down the street. The characters’ brown skin shines with dancing color, and the endpapers evoke the tropical urban landscape in all its warmth. Haitian Creole turns of phrase pepper the text, a glossary in the back supplementing contextual clues. Every young reader will resonate with Claude’s happy day. Bon bagay!
GREAT NEWS: I Want to Ride the Tap Tap was named a 2021 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year and a 2021 NOTABLE SOCIAL STUDIES TRADE BOOK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE (Children's Book Council).
You can order the book now https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374312145
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Danielle Joseph is the author of the young adult novels Shrinking Violet, Indigo Blues and Pure Red. When she's not writing, you can find Danielle relaxing with her family, traveling, or chasing after her dog, Ringo. Danielle was born in Cape Town, South Africa and currently lives in Maryland with her husband, who is from Haiti, and their three kids.
Olivier Ganthier was born in Pétion-ville, Haiti. He got his degree in fine arts from the National School of Arts (ENARTS) and is inspired by tropical urban life, Afro and Haitian culture. Olivier is art director at Les Ateliers Ganthier and lives in Petionville, Haiti.
Sydney Frankel, soon to be a sixth-grader, is looking forward to a summer of fun with her best friend, Maggie. She figures she deserves some time to herself to do what she wants before her mom delivers Sydney's new sibling in just four months. Too bad Sydney's mom has other plans for her.
Sydney's forced to take a summer course at the South Miami Community Center. She's allowed to take any class, except for what she really wants―a reading course. But when Maggie comes up with a switcheroo plan so that they can both take the classes they like, unexpected complications arise.
Sydney A. Frankel’s Summer Mix-Up
(Recipient of the PJ Our Way Author Incentive Award)
"Big secrets, best friends, and pitch-perfect characters drive this funny, touching story.
Shy, book-loving Sydney Frankel wants to spend her last summer before middle school lying around reading and hanging out with her best friend, Maggie. But Sydney’s mother wants her to be confident and ready for the big transition; she makes her sign up for a summer course at the community center instead. Making it worse, her mom won’t even let her take the one course she is interested in—the one about books. Maggie, on the other hand, is signed up for the reading course but would prefer to take dance. The girls hatch a plan to cleverly solve both their problems by switching identities, in the process creating a raft of mishaps, chaos, and opportunities to grow. Will the friends have what it takes to keep their deception going? It’s hard to pretend to be someone you aren’t when you are still trying to figure out who you are in the first place. Sydney must also navigate her feelings about her mother’s pregnancy, adding some urgency to her need for independence and creating the conditions for the girls’ madcap plan for coping with their summer disappointments. The book’s treatment of the complexities of tweendom are pitch perfect: the need for autonomy, the intensity of friendships, crushes, and the messy process of growing up. Main characters are White and Jewish.
A sweet, heartfelt story about friendship and family. --KIRKUS REVIEWS
“A book with heart, about finding the bravery to be your true self.”
—Jennifer Cervantes, New York Times bestselling author of The Storm Runner trilogy
“Danielle Joseph has created wonderful characters showcasing humor, sensitivity, and independence, all while highlighting the importance of friendship. Readers who have enjoyed the humor of Ramona Quimby will fall in love with Sydney Frankel.”
—Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of The Red Umbrella and Moving Target
“A warm and funny story that shows just how not alone we are, even when it feels otherwise.”
—Chris Tebbetts, author of Public School Superhero and coauthor of the Middle School series
High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest, and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize, Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare. . . .
"Bella, eat your heart out. Tere is the girl every young woman truly wants to be. . . . Brilliant work, Danielle Joseph." -Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Identical
"Danielle Joseph takes readers into the glamorous world of Top 40 radio, with a character who is both funny and relatable. Readers will cheer when Tere finds her voice!" -Alex Flinn, author of Breathing Underwater and A Kiss in Time
"A funny, romantic, and truly inspirational Cinderella tale for any teen who's ever been shy, loved music, or dreamed of going to the ball. Wait, that's pretty much everybody." -Gaby Triana, author of The Temptress Four
Indigo Blues is a young adult novel told in two points of view, in which a songwriter's hit tune tells the world about his break-up with his girlfriend, but the two have no concept how much their lives are going to change.
Indigo Blues Book Buzz:
"strongly appealing, emphasizing honesty and kindness toward others"
"The tale of romance on the rocks unfolds realistically as teenage love clashes with overnight musical celebrity."
—THE ALAN REVIEW
"Fans of John Green’s Paper Towns (Dutton, 2008) will likely enjoy this quirky novel that shares similar elements of exploring why some relationships just don’t have a happy ending."
– School Library Journal
"Readers will likely be drawn into the scintillating premise and will get a real sense of Adam and Indigo from their alternating narration..."
-- Publishers Weekly
Orange is for energy, pink means love, and I, Cassia Bernard, do solemnly swear to find pure red—my passion—this summer. Dad's raison d'être is art. When he's painting, no one can reach him, not even me.
I'm giving basketball a chance. But what I really want to score this summer is the adoration of Graham Hadley—a.k.a. Cutebutt. Then when Dad agrees to mentor Graham with his art project, all of Cutebutt's attention is on Dad—leaving me feeling as colorless as the Miami sky on a rainy day. But I'm not giving up just yet.
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