Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, these stories involve characters living in the same world as we do (minus COVID-19). The books below are brand new to the library collection. Will you be their first readers? All of the books are available to request for curbside pickup.

One Last Shot by John David Anderson
Malcolm has never felt like he was good enough. Especially not for his dad, whose competitive drive and love for sports Malcolm has never shared. That is, until Malcolm discovers miniature golf, and something about mini golf just clicks. (Ages 9+)

Raising Lumie by Joan Bauer
Newly orphaned and living with the half sister she hardly knows, twelve-year-old Olive rediscovers her hope when she starts training a guide dog puppy. (ages 10+)

We Could be Heroes by Margaret Mary Finnegan
Fourth-graders Maisie and Hank, become friends as they devise schemes to save a neighbor’s dog, Booler, from being tied to a tree because of his epilepsy. (Ages 8+)

Wink by Rob Harrell
After being diagnosed with a rare eye cancer, twelve-year-old Ross discovers how music, art, and true friends can push him through treatment and survive middle school. (Ages 9+)

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
When eleven-year-old Yumi Chung stumbles into a kids’ comedy camp she is mistaken for another student, so she decides to play the part. (Ages 9+)

The Turnover by Mike Lupica
When a young basketball star decides to research his grandfather–and coach–for a school project, he uncovers a decades-old scandal that changes everything he thought he knew about his grandfather. (Ages 8+)

What Lane? by Torrey Moldinado
Biracial sixth-grader Stephen questions the limitations society puts on him after he notices the way strangers treat him when he hangs out with his white friends and learns about the Black Lives Matter movement. (Ages 10+)

Any Day with You by Mae Respicio
During the summer before seventh grade, Kaia, who enjoys visiting the beach with her family and creating movie make-up effects, makes a film with her friends to win a contest and hopefully prevent her beloved great-grandfather from moving back to the Philippines. (Ages 8+)

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place. (Ages 8+)

The Colossus of Roads by Christina Uss
Eleven-year-old Rick Rusek, nearly homebound by motion sickness, wants to help his family’s catering business by unsnarling Los Angeles traffic, but first he must help a Girl Scout troop with an art project. (Ages 9+)

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson
The Hart family of Portland, Oregon, faces many setbacks after Ryan’s father loses his job, but no matter what, Ryan tries to bring sunshine to her loved ones. (Ages 8+)