All Ages

The Best Children’s and YA Books of June 2020

by the Brightly Editors

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June’s best new books for kids and teens include a little bit of everything: intergalactic adventures, hilarious hijinks, important history, revisited classics, and heartening messages about looking out for each other and staying true to ourselves. Encourage growth, self-reflection, and good-hearted fun with these fantastic new reads.

  • Chapter Books & Middle Grade

  • Once Upon a Space-Time!

    by Jeffrey Brown

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    Get ready for a new out-of-this-world graphic novel series from the creator of the Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series. Along with their families, Jide and Petra are recruited on an intergalactic mission to Mars. Meant to bond with their new alien classmates, the students accidentally launch themselves on a solo mission with no parents aboard.
    (On Sale: 6/2/2020)

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  • Who Was Ida B. Wells?

    by Sarah Fabiny and Who HQ, illustrated by Ted Hammond

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    How did a girl born into slavery grow up to be one of the most prominent Black journalists of her time? The newest title in the Who Was? series answers that question and more as it delves into the extraordinary life of Ida B. Wells, who was also an activist and co-founder of the NAACP.
    (On Sale: 6/2/2020)

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  • The Woman’s Hour: Our Fight for the Right to Vote

    by Elaine Weiss

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    With this young reader adaptation, growing readers and tweens can experience the historical and chaotic summer of 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which would grant women the right to vote, was on the precipice of ratification. The stage was Nashville, Tennessee, and suffragists were fighting not only for the right to vote but to change society’s attitudes about women. A 72-year journey reaches its peak in Weiss’s captivating account.
    (On Sale: 6/2/2020)

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  • Doodleville

    by Chad Sell

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    There’s something special about Drew’s doodles: they’re so lifelike that they sometimes leave her sketchbook to explore the real world. One of Drew’s doodle creations is the Leviathan — Levi for short — who starts to take out his negative feelings on Drew’s other doodles and the artwork of her classmates, too. Are Levi’s feelings somehow tied to how Drew’s been feeling lately? And can her art club friends help Drew and Levi feel better? This fantastical graphic novel packs real heart about friendship, tough emotions, and therapeutic art.
    (On Sale: 6/9/2020)

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  • The Times Machine!

    by Danica McKellar, illustrated by Josee Masse

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    Memorizing multiplication tables can actually be fun with the help of math whiz (and Wonder Years star) Danica McKellar. Taking a creative approach with stories, rhymes, and more, her one-of-a-kind guide simplifies the oft-confusing worlds of multiplication and division.
    (On Sale: 6/30/2020)

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  • YA

  • Again Again

    by E. Lockhart

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    The bestselling author of We Were Liars takes her signature plot twists to a philosophical level with Again Again, in which Adelaide Buchwald’s summer of near-death and new love plays out across multiple universes. How many chances do two people have to find each other? And how many possibilities do they have of losing each other?
    (On Sale: 6/2/2020)

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  • Beyond the Break

    by Heather Buchta

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    Lovette starts her junior year of high school with two rules for herself: no surfing — not after what happened to her brother — and no dating. She wants to be a good Christian, and she’s not sure dating and Christianity go hand in hand. But when an old friend from her childhood returns, grown-up and handsome, and encourages Lovette to get back on the waves, she’ll have to reconcile her self-imposed rules with her true feelings.
    (On Sale: 6/2/2020)

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  • The Court of Miracles

    by Kester Grant

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    In this Les Misérables retelling, the French Revolution has failed, and in its place has formed nine underworld criminal guilds. Nina Thénardier is a member of the Thieves Guild who has her hands full protecting her adopted sister, Ettie. When Ettie inadvertently catches the eye of a nefarious guild lord, Nina will have to choose between her sister’s safety and an all-out war between the guilds.
    (On Sale: 6/2/2020)

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  • Jo & Laurie

    by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz

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    The original story of Little Women was originally two books: the first, published in 1868, told of Jo March’s life with her family at Orchard House. The second, published in 1869, went on to tell the rest of the story we now know so well. The gap between those volumes is where this story jumps in, following Jo’s creative struggles as she attempts to pen a sequel, and her romantic struggles incited by her dear friend Laurie.
    (On Sale: 6/2/2020)

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  • Influence

    by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham

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    Co-written by the author of Pretty Little Liars and a teen influencer herself (albeit one who hates the label), Influence is a thrilling mystery set in the exotic and ruthless culture of internet fame. Though they’re presumably transparent online, each character has something to hide: Delilah, who’s just gone viral; former child star Jasmine Walters-Diaz; the always laughing Fiona Jacobs; and Scarlet with the famous boyfriend. Everything moves faster on the internet, and they’re about to learn that’s not always a good thing.
    (On Sale: 6/30/2020)

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  • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed

    by Laurie Halse Anderson

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    In this reimagining of Wonder Woman, Princess Diana is anticipating her 16th birthday, when she’ll be accepted into the warrior tribe of Amazons who live together on the island of Themyscira, cut off from the rest of the world. But then the unthinkable happens: when Diana goes against her tribe’s wishes to rescue a raft carrying refugees, she’s swept away to an unknown world, where she becomes a refugee herself. A poignant story starring an iconic heroine.
    (On Sale: 6/2/2020)

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