New Titles to Spark Young Readers

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| By Thorndike Staff |

Encourage your readers to stop skimming screens in search of something shiny and instead bury themselves in engaging, large print books. Our newest releases feature bestselling authors, poignant teen topics, a reimagined classic, and a personal essay from an all-star cast of Latinx contributors. Read on for more about new titles for your collection that will delight young readers as they chase away the dark and dank days of winter.

Birdie’s Bargain by Katherine Paterson

Birdie has questions for God. For starters, why couldn’t God roll history back to September 10, 2001, and fix things—so the next day was an ordinary sunny day and not the devastating lead-in to two wars? Daddy has already been to Iraq twice. Now he’s going again. (Why do grown-ups lie?) To save money, Birdie, Mom, and baby Billy have moved to Gran’s, where shy Birdie must attend a new school. Doesn’t God remember how hard it was for Birdie to make friends at bible camp? Has Birdie been praying wrong? Why else would God break their bargain? Readers of all faiths and backgrounds, especially children of military families, will identify with and root for the unforgettable Birdie, given an incomparable voice by a master storyteller.

“Paterson’s writing is smooth and nuanced . . . Lovely prose and an intriguing family situation.”
Kirkus Reviews

Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Five-starred reviews! In this beautifully reimagined story by NSK Neustadt laureate and New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Creek), Native American Lily and English Wendy embark on a high-flying journey of magic, adventure, and courage to a fairy-tale island known as Neverland.

Lily and Wendy have been best friends since they became stepsisters. But with their feuding parents planning to spend the summer apart, what will become of their family—and their friendship?

Little do they know that a mysterious boy has been watching them from the oak tree outside their window. A boy who intends to take them away from home for good, to an island of wild animals, fairies, and kidnapped children, to a sea of merfolk, pirates, and a giant crocodile.

“A sharp, contemporary retelling of a classic that puts the focus on the Indigenous kids this round.”  —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Also available: P.S. I Still Love You | 9781432890049
Always and Forever, Lara Jean | 9781432890056

New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han’s beloved novels are now available in large print!

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them—all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote to her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Welcome Back, Maple Mehta-Cohen by Kate McGovern

Maple Mehta-Cohen has been keeping a secret: she can’t read all that well. She has an impressive vocabulary and loves dictating stories into her recorder—especially the adventures of a daring sleuth who’s half Indian and half Jewish, like Maple herself—but words on the page just don’t seem to make sense to her. Despite all Maple’s clever tricks to hide her troubles with reading, her teacher is on to her, and now Maple has to repeat fifth grade. Maple is devastated—what will her friends think? Will they forget about her? Readers who have faced their own trials with school and friendships will enjoy this heartwarming story and its bright, creative heroine.

“Poignant . . . For young people who struggle with reading or feeling different because of other academic issues, Maple is a welcome protagonist.”
School Library Journal

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

These 15 original pieces delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes to memories in the kitchen and travel around the world to addiction and grief to identity and anti-Blackness to finding love and speaking your truth. Full of both sorrow and joy, it is an essential celebration of this rich and diverse community.

Bestselling and award-winning contributors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Cristina Arreola, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Naima Coster, Natasha Diaz, Saraciea J. Fennell, Kahlil Haywood, Zakiya Jamal, Janel Martinez, Jasminne Mendez, Meg Medina, Mark Oshiro, Julian Randall, Lilliam Rivera, and Ibi Zoboi.

“Candid . . . nuanced . . . Each theme is worthy of its own volume, but the standout is undeniably colorism, a crucial topic within the Latinx community, herein brought to light with strength and vulnerability. The deeply personal approach of each contributor will connect with readers of all backgrounds and empower those seeking to define their own experiences.” ―Booklist

Find these titles (and more!) through Thorndike PressAmazon, and all major wholesalers.

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