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The Best Children’s and YA Books of August 2020

by the Brightly Editors

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As we head into the dog days of summer, we’re recommending the best new books of August to keep the whole family entertained. From explorations into space to crucial talks on race and a queer love story sequel set in Iran, these exciting new titles for young readers will usher you through to cooler days ahead.

  • Middle Grade

  • Pacey Packer: Unicorn Tracker

    by J.C. Phillipps

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    In the first of a new graphic novel series, Pacey Packer fantasizes about battling foes while she babysits her little sister, Mina, who’s never without her stuffed unicorn named Slasher. Pacey rolls her eyes whenever Mina insists that Slasher is an actual unicorn — until Mina winds up in unicorn land (which isn’t all rainbows and sunshine) and Pacey must rescue her little sister, for real this time.
    (On Sale: 8/4/2020)

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  • Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket

    by Chris Grabenstein

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    The fifth book in the action-packed Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series is a riotous ode to a certain Mr. Wonka and his candy factory. For the first time ever, infamous game maker Luigi Lemoncello is opening the doors to his Gameworks Factory in order to give four kids the chance to win a special titanium ticket. But what does the ticket bequeath the winner? Just wait and see!
    (On Sale: 8/4/2020)

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  • Fighting Words

    by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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    The Newbery Award–winning author of The War That Saved My Life returns with a vital story about the resilience of two sisters. Ten-year-old Della and her older sister, Suki, have been dealt a traumatic hand in life: when their mother was sent to prison, they went to live with her boyfriend, whose supposed kindness turned to abuse. Now, after years of Suki’s protection and learning to stay quiet, Della is ready to speak out and protect her sister, too.
    (On Sale: 8/11/2020)

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  • The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth

    edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson

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    Featuring the voices of 30 acclaimed authors and illustrators, The Talk is an essential anthology about race, privilege, and identity. Both a message of solidarity for Black and indigenous children and children of color, as well as a call for anti-racism, the work collected — from creators such as Nikki Grimes, Meg Medina, Grace Lin, and Raúl Colón — will empower, affirm, and educate.
    (On Sale: 8/11/2020)

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  • Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid

    by Mikaila Ulmer

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    At just 15 years old, Mikaila Ulmer is the CEO of a multi-million dollar business, Me & the Bees Lemonade, which also exists to conserve endangered honeybees. In her part-memoir, part–business manifesto, Mikaila encourages other kids and teens to listen to their values, follow their passions, and achieve their wildest dreams. It can all start with a simple lemonade stand.
    (On Sale: 8/18/2020)

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  • Pippi Longstocking

    by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Ingrid Vang Nyman, translated by Susan Beard

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    If your reader hasn’t yet fallen in love with the antics of Pippi Longstocking — the strongest girl in the world, with freckles to match — introduce them with this newly released edition for middle grade readers. The dare-devilish redhead remains a reader favorite since her first appearance 75 years ago. Keep a lookout for the pending sequels: Pippi Goes on Board and Pippi in the South Seas.
    (On Sale: 8/18/2020)

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  • Triple Threat

    by Mike Lupica

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    In this action-packed story full of heart, 12-year-old Alex decides to join the school football team — even though she’ll be the only girl. Alex knows she has the skills to become the next quarterback, but she’s shocked when her teammates outwardly ridicule her and band together to block Alex from succeeding. Will she persevere, and will the boys learn what truly makes a team?
    (On Sale: 8/25/2020)

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