What it’s about: When Earth is menaced by tentacled aliens AND angry giants, intergalactic heroine Zita joins forces with modern fairy tale hero Jack to defend the planet.
Who it’s for: Fans of Zita’s and Jack’s solo series (both by author Ben Hatke) can jump right in to this crossover adventure, while newcomers may want to start at the beginning with Zita the Spacegirl and Mighty Jack.
Starring: 12-year-old Lalani Sarita, the last hope of Sanlagita Island.
What happens: After Sanlagita is plagued with disaster and illness, Lalani sets out across the sea on a quest from which no man has ever returned: to bring back good fortune from the legendary Mount Isa.
Did you know? Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly based this enchanting, hopeful fantasy on folktales from her Filipino heritage.
What it’s about: Stella Diaz loves drawing, betta fish, and her family. She doesn’t love being in a different 3rd-grade class than her best friend, especially not after she’s assigned to give a speech in front of the whole class.
Who it’s for: new chapter book readers who like realistic stories about school, family, and friends.
You might also like: Juana Medina’s Juana & Lucas, which also has cartoon art and a Spanish-speaking heroine who's frustrated by English.
Introducing: 12-year-old friends Loop, Dominic, and Z, who are each dealing with complicated family issues when they discover a new magic shop in their town and decide to train for a statewide stage magic contest.
Read it for: the excitement of competition, characters who talk like real people, and practical tips for doing magic tricks.
What it’s about: Instead of letting her take the bus to school, Stef Soto’s papi drops her off in the family’s battered, embarrassing old taco truck, Tia Perla. Stef hates being seen as the “Taco Queen,” but when the family business is threatened, she might have to step up in Tia Perla's defense.
Why you might like it: Breezy and sprinkled with Spanish, Stef Soto, Taco Queen serves up a fresh, warm-hearted slice of life.
Contact your librarian for more great books for ages 8-11!