Gulledge, Laura Lee, author, artist
Mona Starr is a highly sensitive person. She's sweet, geeky, and creative, but sometimes, the world just gets to be too much and it's hard for her to feel comfortable in her own skin. For a while, she had a rhythm going: She'd go to therapy, doodle, hang out with her best friend and fellow weirdo Nash, and play her violin. But when Nash moves away, Mona feels alone and doesn't know how to combat that little voice in her head that tells her she's not good enough. So she gives a name to that negative voice: her Matter. Through therapy, art, and writing to catalog her emotions, Mona begins to understand what triggers her Matter-and how she can turn her fears into strengths.
"From the very cover of this picture book, a funny blue monster pleads with readers not to keep reading. As his pleas grow more impassioned, however, readers will delight in doing exactly what they are asked not to do -- no matter the consequences for the blue monster!"-- Provided by publisher.
Greenslade, Frances, 1961- author.
"Francie and her parents are on a spring road trip: driving from British Columbia, Canada, to hike in the Grand Canyon. Her mom and dad are fighting because her dad is relying on GPS, while her mom wants to follow a (paper) map. When the GPS leads them down an old logging road, disaster strikes. Their truck hits a rock and wipes out the oilpan. They are stuck in the middle of nowhere. Francie can't help feeling a little excited, as she'd often imagined how she'd survive if she got stranded in the bush, and now here they are. Her dad sets off to walk for help. Francie and her mom are left on their own, with little food, but that's okay: her dad will be back in a few hours, with help -- and hot chocolate, he promised. But hours go by. And then a day. And then another. Francie relies on her outdoor living lessons and her keen interest in nature for distraction, gathering dandelion leaves and fir needles for tea. Then one morning Francie wakes up all alone."-- Provided by publisher.
Hauck, Rachel, 1960-
Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace in the North Sea's Lauchtenland. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed. Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy's living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the capital city, and a handsome, successful boyfriend. The last person on her mind is Gus, the prince she once called her best mate. HRH Prince Augustus is no longer "Prince Pudgy," as caricatured by the press--he's charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But after he's jilted at the altar, then dumped by his second fianceé, the spare heir to Lauchtenland's ancient House of Blue finds solace on a Florida beach. A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He's half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar rather than serve his country and the Family. But a wild Frisbee toss down the beach changes his destiny. Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince. She reminds Gus of his heritage and assures him that he's needed in Lauchtenland. When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment at Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother's wedding ball, their friendship blooms into affection. Then secrets are exposed, and Gus must choose between his past hurts and his future hope. And Daffy must trust her heart to forever love a prince.
Johnson, Varian, author
Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects. But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran — a girl who wants to join the chorus, run for class president, and dress in fashionable outfits that set her apart from Maureen. A girl who seems happy to share only two classes with her sister! Maureen and Francine are growing apart and there's nothing Maureen can do to stop it. Are sisters really forever? Or will middle school change things for good?
Gray Smith, Monique, 1968- author
"This beautiful picture book looks at how the simple act of being kind, to others and oneself, affects all aspects of a child's life."-- Provided by publisher.