AMLE 2020 Virtual Booth

Thanks for visiting our #AMLEVirtual booth! We invite you to download new and forthcoming books, meet the authors and request their books, discover great resources, take a quick tour of our booth, and register for our beloved Book Basket O’Fun! You’ll find books to delight the eye and speak to the heart here!


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Author Signings & Interviews

Click to request a copy. Supplies are limited so we will do random drawings at the close of the conference and request addresses for the lucky ones!

Black Heroes of the Wild WestJames Otis Smith
Author
Black Heroes of the Wild West
TOON Graphics
“This lively collection introduces readers to three figures frequently overlooked in the history books.”—Booklist, starred review
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Dion Graham

Dion Graham
Director and Narrator
Rise, Overground Railroad, 5 O’Clock Band
Live Oak Media
Have you ever wondered how an audiobook production comes together? Booklist’s “Voice of Choice” tells us how he brought the words to life for these new and now iconic audiobook productions from the acclaimed Live Oak Media.
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All ThirteenChristina Soontornvat
Author
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team
Candlewick/Brilliance
“Readers who already know the outcome will nonetheless be enthralled by this singular tale that captures the importance of STEM education, the beauty of Thailand, and the best of humanity, collaboration, innovation, sacrifice, family, and love.”—Booklist starred review
Classroom guide

Read a sample chapter of A Wish in the Dark.
Download a Classroom Guide for A Wish in the Dark.

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Brother's KeeperJulie Lee
Author
Brother’s Keeper
Holiday House
“A surefire recommendation all around, this title will be of particular interest to readers seeking excellent historical fiction, survival stories, family drama, or a good tearjerker.”—School Library Journal starred review
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Jason Adam Katzenstein
Author
Camp Midnight
Reluctant Skye is accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp. Not wanting to please her “step monster,” Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. That won’t be a problem, as everyone at Camp Midnight-with the exception of fellow camper and fast-friend Mia-is a full-fledged monster!
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Booth Walkabout
Missing the booth walkabout experience? Join Ellen Myrick as she shows off some of the gems in our virtual booth, as captured in our Nashville, Tennessee office.

Nonfiction

Diverse Voices


Read It Now

Do you miss the stacks of free advanced reading copies at the conference? Never fear!
Build your virtual bookstack here!

These digital galleys are housed on Edelweiss and NetGalley, membership is free and easy for both.

Graphic Novels and Nonfiction

Mister Invincible
Mister Invincible
By Pascal Jousselin
Magnetic Press
“Need ice? Cat up a tree? Giant robot on the attack? There’s no job too large or too small for “the one and only true comic book superhero!” Masked, caped, chubby, and imperturbable, Mister Invincible earns his moniker here in dozens of mind-and narrative-bending graphic mini-adventures…”—Kirkus, starred review

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Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables
Manga Classics
Experience Anne’s story with most of the original dialog preserved in the new Manga Classics edition of this beloved story. The only manga adaptation approved by the L.M. Montgomery estate, readers will fall for the irrepressible Anne and her exploits as if they are her kindred spirits. And they probably are.

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Black Heroes of the Wild West
Black Heroes of the Wild West
By James Otis Smith, Introduction by Kadir Nelson
TOON Graphics

“This lively collection introduces readers to three figures frequently overlooked in the history books.”—Booklist, starred review

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Fiction

Amima's Song
Amina’s Song
By Hena Khan
Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads
In the companion novel to the beloved and award-winning Amina’s Voice, Amina once again uses her voice to bridge the places, people, and communities she loves—this time across continents.

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Alone
Alone
By Megan Freeman
Simon & Schuster
Perfect for fans of Hatchet and the I Survived series, this harrowing middle grade debut novel-in-verse from a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet tells the story of a young girl who wakes up one day to find herself utterly alone in her small Colorado town.

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The Memory Thief
The Memory Thief
By Jodi Lynn Anderson
Simon & Schuster
From acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes the fantastical and heartfelt first installment in a new trilogy about the thirteen witches who are responsible for all the evil in the world—and the girl who sets out to defeat them. Full of magic and bittersweet truths, this tale is perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

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Never After
Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy
By Melissa de la Cruz
Macmillan/Roaring Brook
Real life and fairy tales collide in Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy, book one in the new middle-grade Never After series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Descendants series, Melissa de la Cruz.

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Premeditated Myrtle
Premeditated Myrtle
By Elizabeth C. Bunce
Algonquin Young Readers
Introducing Myrtle Hardcastle, your favorite new amateur detective: a wickedly smart 12-year-old with a keen interest in the new tools of criminology and a nose for murder in the Victorian English village where her father is the local prosecutor.

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Skunk & Badger
Skunk & Badger
By Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Algonquin Young Readers
Winnie-the-Pooh meets Wallace and Gromit in this fresh odd-couple series. Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake has created an instant classic with illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen (This Is Not My Hat, Pax)

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The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
By Sheera Chani
Candlewick/Brilliance
Based on the Peabody Award-winning podcast, this tech-filled adventure series pits intrepid Mars Patel and his outcast friends against a brilliant, enigmatic billionaire as they race to figure out why kids are disappearing from their school.
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Wishes and Wellingtons
Wishes and Wellingtons
By Julie Berry
Sourcebooks Young Readers
Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master. Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery. It’ll take all of her quick thinking and sass to set matters right. Maeve Merritt is one feisty heroine you won’t soon forget.
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Zora and Me
Zora and Me
By Victoria Bond
Candlewick/Brilliance
In this fictionalized tale, award-winning author Victoria Bond explores the end of childhood and the bittersweet goodbye to Eatonville by preeminent author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960). In so doing, she brings to a satisfying conclusion the story begun in the award-winning Zora and Me and its sequel, Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground, sparking inquisitive readers to explore Hurston’s own seminal work.
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Nonfiction

Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood
Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood
By Gary Paulsen
Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

A middle grade memoir from a living literary legend, giving readers a new perspective on the origins of Gary Paulsen’s famed survival stories.

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Radium Girls
Radium Girls
By Kate Moore
Sourcebooks
An inspiring and engaging historical nonfiction book, this newly adapted young readers’ edition of the acclaimed national bestseller tells the story of America’s glowing girls and their brave fight for justice.

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So Embarrassing
So Embarrassing : Awkward Moments and How to Get Through Them
by Charise Mericle Harper
Workman Publishing Company
Laugh-out-loud funny yet enormously compassionate, So Embarrassing is a comics-style compilation of stories about awkward and embarrassing situations for kids. It combines humor, science facts (what happens when we blush, for example), tips for quickly recovering from a cringe-worthy situation, and practical advice––like what to say to comfort a totally embarrassed friend.

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All About Audio

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Absolutely Everything!
Absolutely Everything!: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention
By Christopher Lloyd. Narrated by the author
What on Earth Books
From the Neanderthals to the Wright Brothers, from the Silk Trade to the Industrial Revolution, from dinosaurs to plastic, embark on an entertaining journey across millennia and continents.

AMLE Listen Now

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Sound Learning

Soundlearningapa.org has research and resources for audio literacy. Find the latest research along with selection lists for each grade at https://www.audiopub.org/sound-learning.
Audiobook infographic


Free Resources

teachingbooks.net
Kidlit TV at home


Everything You Need to Ace…Big Fat Notebooks

Great news! The popular “Big Fat Notebook” series has now been adapted for middle school! At a time when so many students are distance learning, these books can help save the day.

Big Fat Notebooks Standards Mapping:
Coding | ELA | ELA Summer Reading Guide | World History | American History | Science | Math

Big Fat Notebooks


The Britannica All-New Kids’ Encyclopedia

Earth? Space? Animals? History? STEM?

The Britannica All New Kids’ Encyclopedia has them all. Telling the story of the world from the beginning of time to the present day, this book is a must-have addition to every classroom. This beautifully illustrated, 424-page compendium of amazing facts you can trust provides hundreds of hours of fun learning for curious children and their families.


Read & Learn

Did you know that Simon & Schuster had a “Read and Learn” channel featuring new author and illustrator videos every day? There are resources for every grade, but middle school educators should especially check out the “Take a Page” and “Summer Writing Workshop” playlists. Watch it here.

Enlighten Your Bookshelf

Looking to diversify your bookcases? Check out the “Enlighten Your Shelf” website from Simon & Schuster where you will find thematic book groups, guides, videos and more. Topics include Asian, Black, Latino, People with Disabilities, and more. Find it here.

Additional Resources

Please visit the educational resources section on our AMLE Pinterest board for more resources to help you and your students!


Publishers in the Spotlight
Agnes & Aubrey ◆ Brilliance Audio ◆ Britannica Books ◆ Candlewick ◆ Diamond Book Distributors ◆ Disney Publishing ◆ Floris ◆ Flowerpot ◆ Holiday House ◆ Live Oak Media ◆ Macmillan ◆ Manga Classics ◆ Peachtree Publishing Company ◆ School of Life ◆ Skyscrape ◆ Sourcebooks ◆ Tiger Tales ◆ Toon Books ◆ Tor Teen ◆ What on Earth Publishing


Staff Picks

Ellen Myrick

Ellen Myrick
Marvelwood Magicians
The Marvelwood Magicians
By Diane Zahler, narrated by Sarah Zimmerman
Live Oak Media
What happens when your family’s magic act is actually based on reality and not tricks? What happens when unscrupulous people figure out that fact and want all the magic for themselves? This circus adventure page-turner becomes the audio that ensures extra minutes in the driveway (audio fans, you know what I’m talking about) as Mattie strives to save her family from an out-and-out villain. Sarah Zimmerman narrates the action with just the right balance of excitement and introspection, making for a satisfying family listening journey.

Give Us the Vote
Give Us the Vote! Over 200 Years of Fighting for the Ballot
by Susan Goldman Rubin
Holiday House
Rubin, the author of Freedom Summer, takes her canvas and stretches it back 200 years to throw light on the constant struggle for enfranchisement. From Native Americans in North Dakota, to African Americans in Alabama, and other Americans across the land, we see the ways people in power strive to subjugate those who would vote them out. Illustrations throughout and copious backmatter make this a must-have in election season or any time students need to understand the power and right to vote.

Stacey Ashby

Stacey Ashby
City Spies
City Spies Volume 1
By James Ponti
Simon & Schuster
This spy thriller incorporates mystery, suspense, humor, and a diverse cast of young heroes who are recruited to join an elite, and very secret, group of spies for MI6. This irresistible page turner will enthrall any reader who likes nonstop action and has dreamed of being the next James Bond.

Emma Schneider

Emma Schneider
Artie Conan Doyle and the Scarlet Phantom
Artie Conan Doyle and the Scarlet Phantom
by Robert J. Harris
Floris/Kelpies
In the third installment of the clever detective series, twelve-year-old schoolboy Artie Conan Doyle investigates the case of the Scarlet Phantom–an invisible jewel thief who seems to attack and disappear instantaneously. With his best friend and a new, quick-witted girl in tow, Artie sets off down a trail of danger and baffling clues with the hopes of trapping the mastermind before it’s too late. As a fan of Nancy Drew and Enola Holmes, this charming book had me hanging on the edge of my seat and was an irresistible read.

Elania Trimble

Elania Trimble
Never After
Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy
By Melissa de la Cruz
Macmillan/Roaring Brook
Enchanting fairytale retellings never get old, especially in the hands of a master storyteller like Melissa de la Cruz. Filomena Jefferson-Cho finds herself living in the world of her favorite book series entitled Never After. Who wouldn’t want to set off on a quest with your favorite characters at your side? Filomena is a strong female protagonist, while still being vulnerable and insecure like most middle schoolers. This book has it all–adventure, danger, magic, and fun!

Want to read Never After for yourself? Thank you Macmillan/Roaring Brook for making the digital galley available to AMLE attendees!
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Tracy Gallagher

Tracy Gallagher
Premeditated Myrtle
Premeditated Myrtle: A Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery
By Elizabeth C. Bunce
Algonquin Young Readers
Mysteries are always a hit at our house and the introduction of a new amateur female detective in Victorian England intrigued me. This quick read about Myrtle, the daughter of a prosecuting lawyer, solving a mystery with her (multilingual and biracial) governess while also attempting to marry her father off (to the same governess) was a welcome escape. Myrtle is definitely the star with a strong and likeable supporting cast. The sophistication blended with snarkiness will appeal to many readers. Luckily for quick converts, book two (How to Get Away with Myrtle) is also available for instant gratification.”

Jamie Schmitt

Jamie Schmitt
Wolf of Cape Fen
The Wolf of Cape Fen
By Juliana Brandt
Sourcebooks
The Wolf of Cape Fen is a story of a young girl who must break a magical bargain before an enchanted wolf steals her sister away. It’s an amazing fairytale retelling that will thrill middle grade readers and educators alike.

What Can I Do When I Grow Up
What Can I Do When I Grow Up
School of Life
In this beautifully illustrated guide to the world of work, educators and parents alike can approach the age-old of question of “What do I want to Be when I Grow Up?” With excellent exercises and activities to teach children about the world of jobs, What Can I Do When I Grow Up is a great book to add to the classroom or the home library.”

Francisca Goldsmith

Francisca Goldsmith
Mister Invincible
Mister Invincible
By Pascal Jousselin
Magnetic Press
Whether you’re encouraging students to consider dimension, the relationships between time and space, or storytelling development, Mister Invincible is YOUR Local Hero. With the body of a chubby couch potato and the superpower of altering now and then and here and there through panel hopping, these graphic novel stories entertain and inspire in equal doses. Have fun! Discover Mr. Invincible!

A Wish in the Dark
A Wish in the Dark
By Christina Soontornvat
Candlewick/Brilliance
A Wish in the Dark offers fine evidence of how audiobooks make #OwnVoices more accessible than ever. Author Christina Soontornvat weaves threads from her Thai heritage into this fantasy, which comes to listening readers through the skillful voice acting of Korean American actor Greta Jung. Get outside the voices you create in your own head by listening to experts in authentic cultural accenting and tone sweep you away in this audiobook.

Read a sample chapter of A Wish in the Dark.
Download a Classroom Guide for A Wish in the Dark.

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