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The Best Children’s & YA Books of March 2020

by the Brightly Editors

Best Children's and YA Books of March 2020

Get ready to expand those libraries because March’s best new books for kids and teens are bursting with titles that will educate, inspire, and entertain every sort of reader. Ring in spring with fabulous new picture books, motivating middle grade reads, and trailblazing YA novels!

  • Chapter Books & Middle Grade

  • The Very Short, Entirely True History of Mermaids

    by Sarah Laskow, illustrated by Reimena Yee

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    Of course, mermaid fandom knows no age limit, and this historically-based middle grade read will satisfy curiosities about these mythical creatures. Where does the “mer” in mermaid come from? How far back do these legends go? Sarah Laskow answers those questions and more in this lusciously illustrated guide.

    (On Sale: 3/3/20)

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  • The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane

    by Kate O’ Shaughnessy

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    Plucky 11-year-old Maybelle Lane embarks on a road trip to meet the father she has never known. Maybelle’s collected sounds all her life, including a voicemail that captures her father’s laugh, and she recognizes his voice as a Nashville-based radio DJ. She’s joined on her journey by two unlikely characters, each with a secret held close to their heart.

    (On Sale: 3/3/20)

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  • Rad American History A-Z

    by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl

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    From the creators of Rad Women comes an unmissable collection of transformative movements from American history, and the courageous, ordinary people who led them. Some of the faces are familiar — Colin Kaepernick, Harriet Tubman, James Baldwin — while others are much-needed refreshers on the people and protests that have shaped our country.

    (On Sale: 3/3/20)

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  • The Shadow Arts

    by Damien Love

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    In the heart-pounding sequel to Monstrous Devices, Alex and his grandfather plunge into the depths of Germany’s haunting Black Forest, trying to solve the mystery of a series of global art thefts and the disappearance of their friend, Harry. The stakes are high, and the is tension higher, in this page-turning read.

    (On Sale: 3/3/20)

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  • On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

    by Andrew Peterson

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    An immersive and imaginative epic the whole family will enjoy, The Wingfeather Saga introduces readers to an unforgettable sibling trio — Janner, Tink, and Leeli — the only ones who can protect their land from the Fangs of Dang and unlock the legend of King Wingfeather. Best of all, you don’t have to wait for the sequel: North! Or Be Eaten releases in tandem with Book 1.

    (On Sale: 3/10/20)

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  • What Are the Paralympic Games?

    by Gail Herman and Who HQ, illustrated by Andrew Thomson

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    Though the 2020 Summer Paralympics games have been postponed until 2021, you can still learn all about how this exciting event got its start. As part of Who HQ’s What Was? series, author Gail Herman dives into the first iteration of the event (held in 1948 and comprised of WWII veterans), its evolution into today’s Paralympics, and athletes to cheer for in 2021.

    (On Sale: 3/17/20)

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  • Stand Up, Yumi Chung!

    by Jessica Kim

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    Prepare to meet your new favorite protagonist in Yumi Chung, a shy yet sassy girl who accidentally stumbles into a double life. In one life, Yumi’s a diligent daughter of immigrant parents who’s spending the summer studying for a private-school scholarship while her family’s restaurant weathers a rough patch. In the other, she’s attending a comedy camp hosted by her favorite YouTube star — though under a name that’s not her own. Will Yumi figure out how to merge her double lives into one?

    (On Sale: 3/17/20)

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  • Wink

    by Rob Harrell

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    A poignant and bighearted story based on the author’s own experience, Wink follows seventh-grader Ross Maloy as he navigates a rare eye cancer diagnosis during the already tumultuous era of middle school. Full of comics and musical references, Ross’s journey balances resilience and humor, awkwardness and hard-won emotional insights.

    (On Sale: 3/31/20)

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  • YA

  • Stargirl Movie Tie-In Edition

    by Jerry Spinelli

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    Just in time for its 20th anniversary, Jerry Spinelli’s bestselling YA novel is being adapted into a film for Disney+. The timeless story of young love and unabashed individuality in an era of conformity has been stealing hearts since it first published. Revisit the beloved story or discover the hype in this new movie tie-in edition.

    (On Sale: 3/3/20)

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  • The Kingdom of Back

    by Marie Lu

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    Perhaps best known for her futuristic Legend series, Marie Lu turns back the clock with a magical, historical fiction tale of sibling rivalry and high ambitions. Nannerl Mozart dreams of being a composer, but in 18th-century Europe, her future — unlike her younger brother, Wolfgang’s — is limited. When a mysterious stranger offers to solve Nannerl’s problems at a steep price, will she accept the double-edged deal?

    (On Sale: 3/3/20)

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  • When You Were Everything

    by Ashley Woodfolk

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    It’s rare to find narratives of friendship breakups, as painful and ubiquitous as they are, but in When You Were Everything, Ashley Woodfolk approaches the topic with nuance and empathy. Cleo and Layla were once inseparable, but then their relationship broke. The two can’t seem to get the distance they need, however, as Cleo’s assigned to be Layla’s tutor, and their painful past keeps resurfacing. A moving coming-of-age story that feels vulnerable and achingly relatable.

    (On Sale: 3/10/20)

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  • A Phoenix First Must Burn

    edited by Patrice Caldwell

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    “Black women are phoenixes,” Patrice Caldwell writes in the introduction to this must-read anthology. Inspired by the work of Octavia Butler, 16 writers center black women and gender-nonconforming individuals in folktales, science fiction, and fantasy, inviting readers to embrace their power and create their own wild, limitless futures.

    (On Sale: 3/10/20)

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