Sell, Chad. The Cardboard Kingdom. 2018. 281p. Knopf/Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $20.99 (9781524719371). Gr. 3-6
A group of children use their imaginations and a lot of cardboard to transform their neighborhood, explore their identities, and embark on thrilling adventures together.
Martin, Maggie Ann. To Be Honest. 2018. 293p. Swoon Reads, $16.99 (9781250183156). Gr. 7-up.
After her beloved sister leaves for college, Savannah must navigate living alone with her weight-obsessed mother’s increasingly intense diet and body-shaming commentary.
Taylor, Sonya Renee. Celebrate Your Body (And Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls. Illus. by Cait Brennan. 2018. 174p. Rockridge Press, paper, $12.99 (9781641521666). Gr. 4-7
This body-positive and inclusive puberty guide offers information and advice to girls as they learn to understand and celebrate their changing bodies.
Prout, Chessy with Jenn Abelson. I Have the Right to: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope. 2018. 416p. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $18.99 (9781534414433). Gr. 9-up.
In May 2014, Chessy Prout, a 9th grader at the elite St. Paul’s School, was raped by a senior boy. As she and her family seek justice and healing, Chessy finds her voice as an activist.
Acevedo, Sylvia. Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist. 2018. 320p. Houghton Mifflin/Clarion, $17.99 (9781328809568). Gr. 5-up.
From her early childhood, scientist and CEO of the Girls Scouts Sylvia Acevedo challenged the sexist and racist barriers facing her as a Latinx woman pursuing education and a STEM career.
Taylor, Sonya Renee. The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love. 2018. 160p. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, $17.95 (9781626569768). Gr. 10-up.
Poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor explores the power of radical self-love to help everyone recognize, disrupt and heal from the systems that perpetuate body-based shame, oppression, and violence.
McCarthy, Cori. Now a Major Motion Picture. 2018. 400p. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire, $10.99 (9781492652380). Gr. 8-up.
While visiting the set of a movie based on her grandmother’s popular fantasy novels, Iris finds her own creative voice and gains new perspective on her grandmother’s legacy.