From graphic novels to historic nonfiction, our monthly book roundup returns with a collection of books that will be sure to get your tween excited about reading again.
The Solvers Book 1: The Divmulti Ray Dilemma
By Jon Chad
Writer and artist Jon Chad excites even the most reluctant math students and readers with his action-packed graphic novels centering around kid superheroes Animal Jr., Cloudtamer and Zipper. In “The Solvers: The Divmulti Ray Dilemma,” the Solvers learn to master their multiplication and division skills whilst teaming up with unexpected sidekicks to defeat the supervillain Null Void. Chad illustrates step-by-step instructions for math problems, guiding readers and building a strong foundation they can carry into math class. Ages 8-12. Available Feb. 20.
The Solvers Book 2: The Shrinking Setback
By Jon Chad
The Solvers are back at it again—only this time, they’re half their usual height. After an unfortunate encounter with a shrinking potion, the team must learn about fractions and decimals in “The Solvers: The Shrinking Setback.” Animal Jr., Cloudtamer, and Zipper work through the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions and decimals in an effort to return to their usual selves and save the day. Ages 8-12. Available Feb. 20.
Exclusion and the Chinese American Story
By Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn
Most historic nonfiction books tell the story of Chinese American history through a single aspect: their work on the railroads during the 1800s. But what about the entrepreneurs, movie stars and animators? In “Exclusion and the Chinese American Story,” Blackburn is resurrecting these forgotten stories. The gold rush may have brought Chinese people to the U.S., and railroad work may have helped them stay afloat, but hope, resilience and community are the true anchors of their story. Ages 10 and up. Available March 26.
By Amy Noelle Parks
Any kids who are itching for independence will relate to Averil Frye, a 12-year-old coder, whose parents keep her on a tight rope with the “Ruby Slippers” surveillance app. Setting out to tweak the app in their favor, Averil and new kid Max McClaren learn about honesty, trust, and teamwork along the way. “Averil Offline” is recommended for ages 10 and up. Available Feb. 13.
Princess Protection Program
By Alex London
Fans of the “School for Good and Evil” and the “Chronicles of Never After” series will be hooked on “The Princess Protection Program,” Alex London’s take on classic fairy tales. Rosamund isn’t like the other princesses: she flees from her prince and finds herself at the Home Educational Academy. Trying to find her footing in the real world, Rosamund begins to speculate the true nature of the academy and the course of her own story. Readers are in for an adventure filled with friendship and magic. Ages 8-12. Available Feb. 13.