The breakers were yellow, wide, and heavy. It would be worth it, the boy reasoned. He reached out and grabbed the first breaker. The ship even smelled similar—metallic and a little bit stale, despite the air he could feel filtering through the vents. But there was no ignoring that exit signs here would lead to escape pods, not ice sheets. Only a carefully engineered hull and fully functioning air locks separated the crew from the endless and deadly expanse of space.
A shiver slid over his limbs. Toby had read about ship manufacturers on New Earth who were using weakened materials to build the rigs they exported to the Trios, saving the best-made vessels for the Cradle. It was just a theory, of course, yet to be proven, but it sounded about right. The Cradle was the heart of the Union, and so they got the best, while the Trios was just a series of veins, being bled dry for their corrarium. Toby crashed on an armchair, kicking his feet up on the table.
Sullivan did the same, and the intern sat beside Tarlow on the couch like a loyal lapdog. A complete and utter waste of time and resources, if you asked him, but no one had. Dylan nodded. Toby leaned forward in his seat, suddenly interested. Well, look at that, she speaks! Toby thought. And clearly she had a spine after all—or was just plain dumb—because everyone knew better than to argue with Dylan Lowe.
Dylan jerked her jaw toward the intern, her glare pointed. He knew what she was thinking. It was what they were all thinking: There was nothing on Achlys. It was tidally locked to the red dwarf star, F1, meaning one side of the rock always faced the sun, burnt out, and the other side was plagued by nightfall. It was basic knowledge, taught in every universe history class. The bulky security detail was still hovering behind Dylan, his semiautomatic ray-rifle held so the barrel pointed at the floor. It made our Dr. Tarlow here a legend. Everyone knows about Witch Hazel. Wanna give us all a rundown?
Did Tarlow tell you how she survived yet? I heard she killed the whole crew in their sleep. She had to be smart to have snagged her internship, and yet she rarely showed it. A massive storm had struck while the crew was taking samples, and when the rescue team finally arrived, they found Lisbeth Tarlow locked in the bunker, shaking like a leaf. Speculations flooded the Interhub and continued to pop up on forums to this day. Bad tastes were like foul odors—they meant something was being covered up. Even now, he felt like Tarlow was hiding something, her hands clasped in her lap, her posture ridiculously sharp.
She was too calm. Boots clanked back near the bridge, and Nova joined the group. It was the only explanation for why a crew might be there. The doctor bristled again, but when she spoke, her voice was calm. Unpredictable weather, an insurance nightmare, profit margins too small to outweigh the risks; all the same reasons the Union never seriously considered colonizing the planet. It makes no sense for a crew to be drilling there now. Look, Hevetz is five billion unnes stronger than they were at the time of Witch Hazel.
We have an obligation to look into that. Setting up the drilling site took longer than expected because of poor weather. We were nearest, and luckily, we were able to hit the skies before that storm kept us grounded. Or maybe, if Sullivan was really lucky, just suspended for a few months. Toby had always taken the safest route: fuming in silence. Until today. And you, Dylan , Toby felt like saying. A Company darling, on account of your father, who runs surveys and is highly underqualified to captain a rescue mission.
As for our crew, I rounded up the best-looking team that Northwood Point had to offer, and that included our only interstellar pilot, and yes, a high school intern, because Hevetz strongly suggested I bring Tarlow. He was the only reason she had her job, and she had to protect that. Maybe she even cared for him a little, too, but Toby doubted it. Get them out of your head. Right now. Black Quarry has software to predict volatile weather, and the crew knows when to hunker down. After adding water to the three compartments of her dehydrated dinner pack, Thea was rewarded with soggy peas, runny mashed potatoes, and bland pork, all of it the same watery consistency.
While most of the crew sat crammed around the mess table, she remained in the lounge, eating beside Dr. Tarlow while attempting to stifle her anger. Maybe Hevetz employees were used to sacrificing time like this. It was merely a long commute, a lengthy meeting, time on the clock. But to Thea, it was her world, and Dylan Lowe had just hijacked her future. A future in which every step mattered. Thea had planned it out oh-so carefully. Having grown up in a foster home, Thea knew she had to fight for herself. Tarlow wrote her a favorable reference letter. Maybe it would even earn her a healthy scholarship.
But none of that seemed to matter. All her carefully laid plans were collapsing, imploding like a dying star, and by the time she returned from Achlys, the application deadline for Linneaus would have passed. The foster warden back home would be so smugly pleased. I prefer Thea.
You following? Just move on already. She felt it again now. She was unprepared. She was in over her head. Tarlow, shoving that negative voice aside. The doctor scooped up some runny potatoes, her fork wavering in her grasp. With her history on that planet, Thea suspected it might be the latter.
I have university applications due in early fall. Where you go, your intern goes. I never had a choice. Thea was taking out her frustrations on the wrong party. It was true that this would be an incredible learning experience. Working an internship alongside Dr. Lisbeth Tarlow was one thing, but assisting the doctor all the way into the folds of space? Those were the type of credentials that would make a renowned university seriously consider an application— even one submitted post-deadline. Thea would amount to so much that no one in the whole universe would be able to ignore her.
Not Hevetz. Not Linneaus. Not a single damn soul. Lisbeth Tarlow retired to bed as soon as she finished eating. And yet they were already headed there, at Company orders. What was he playing at? She should have known about the project when it was first proposed. She should have known the instant it was even being entertained. Lisbeth would have done her damnedest to see that it was never green-lit.
She stepped into her quarters, shutting the door. The room was narrow and drab. Two beds and one desk and a strip of track lighting that threw everything into a sickly yellow glow. The intern would likely share this room with her, and if Lisbeth was going to cry, now was the time to do it. She sat on the bed and stared at her hands. They trembled as she unbuttoned her lab coat. In the process, she might even find answers.
Perhaps returning to Achlys, while terrifying, was also a blessing. Even in the darkness, she saw them. And Achlys. And an inky blackness that swam and twisted and curled like ribbons. She pressed her fingers to her eyelids until the image was gone. As she scraped them clean, the crew rambled behind her. My temp wages are criminal. If we pull out of the Union, the import taxes on pharm and tech products from the Cradle alone would bankrupt us.
I could get you fired. Your meat. Are you gonna eat it? Sullivan was constantly criticizing Dylan, though never to her face like this. Nova and Toby were always arguing about politics. Thea was of the same mindset as Nova: the planets that made up the Trios were strongest when they were part of the United Planetary Coalition. Thea had just hung up the dishtowel when a signal blared from the bridge, halting the bickering behind her. Sullivan pointed a fork her way. Cryo- stasis.
Feels as quick as a yawn. But to engage FTL, to speed between star systems, covering sixty light-years in roughly two months. Oh, shoot! Numbers and data made sense, but people were impossible. The shields were up to deflect smaller matter, and the larger asteroids in the belt were roughly fifty thousand kilometers apart—nowhere near a threat. In fact, the ship was already back on autopilot. But Nova remained in the chair, staring into the abyss. Just chart a course and come to the debriefing. Yes, time was of the essence due to the incoming blizzard, but Nova was the only person capable of piloting Odyssey and she was now flying them toward a planet known for weather so volatile it had claimed the lives of the entire Witch Hazel crew, minus Tarlow.
Hell, it might have already claimed the lives of some of the Black Quarry drillers. It was a lot of responsibility to shoulder, and the very least Dylan could have done was explain exactly what was at stake to begin with. So turn around. Hevetz will send a different crew. A coward. Not the type of person Nova wanted to be. She heard someone on the stairs outside the bridge, and a moment later, hands cupped her shoulders, squeezed reassuringly. Or maybe it was just working for Dylan. It was a thankless job, with strict schedules and lots of time spent in transit.
The obvious solution was to pair off the women: Dylan and Nova, the doctor and the intern. But if Nova had learned anything about her boss these past few months, it was that Dylan Lowe could talk her way out of every corner, turn a catastrophe on its head, somehow make you believe the worst thing to ever happen to you was actually the best. She was queen of silver linings.
You could at least try to mask your disappointment. I promise. You like her. That night of cards flashed in her mind. Dylan betting bold, throwing back drinks, shooting coy smiles across the table. She looked away from Sullivan, her cheeks feeling warm. Tragic endings. Working research was supposed to fix this problem. At the next morning, Dylan called for cryostasis. Thea reported to a small room positioned below the bridge and at the very nose of the ship, where cylindrical glass compartments lined the perimeter.
Thea had felt a subtle pressure as they accelerated, then nothing. Now, in the windowless cryostasis room, there was no way of sensing that Odyssey was barreling toward Achlys at nearly one hundred times the speed of light. The doors to each chamber slid open. Thea chose one beside Dr. After she stepped inside, the doors slid shut, and Thea leaned back, resting her head in the designated area, her arms in the wrist cuffs.
A fan kicked on. A few minutes later, she sensed reality shifting. It was like that moment between dreaming and waking, a realm of limbo. Thea grew vaguely cold. Her eyelids became heavy. And then Thea, too, was drifting. It was not as quick as yawning, like Sullivan had promised. Thea moved in and out of sleep. The distress call. What they might find on Achlys. She only knew that she existed, that her body filled space, that she was trapped as the ship drew steadily nearer to its destination.
Thea was floating.
A sample in a jar of formaldehyde. Nova dreamed of stars and flying. She was alone on a small transport ship, chasing a beacon that led her to a space station with a massive breach. Inside, objects floated in zero gravity—droplets of water, droplets of blood, a thin silver bracelet. Something hovered near the far air lock. A person, wearing a leather jacket and fitted pants.
Short, dark hair splayed out around their head like a halo, and a stun gun was holstered at their thigh. Nova pushed through the space station, propelling herself off ladders and walls until she reached the woman. She grabbed her, spun her around. And then there was a beacon again, and a space station on the radar. The dream repeated. Lisbeth Tarlow swam through darkness. It was thick, viscous. It choked and smothered. Just before snatching her last breath of air, the liquid thinned, transforming into clear water.
Dark seaweed danced below, tendrils glinting. Tell, tell them, tell them now. Waking was what felt like yawning. Satisfying, eager, an overdue stretch. When Thea opened her eyes the world was blinding. Her limbs felt detached from her body and heavy. So heavy. The door to her chamber was open, and she could hear a distant sound, ebbing, flowing. Two months ago. Had it really been that long? Nova shot by her line of vision, a blur of brown skin and moss-green jumpsuit as she tore for the stairs.
The others descended from their chambers, stretching and groaning. Achlys loomed in the distance. The day side was a scorched expanse of barren, endless brown; the night side was bathed in shadow, seemingly black from their position. From Odyssey , the land between the day and night sides simply looked brownish gray. They will be arriving in roughly twenty-six hours.
Backup should have been reassuring, but all it did was make her wonder why backup was even needed to begin with. This all felt suddenly much larger than her internship and the experience point she was hoping to add to her applications when returning home. Toby had been right all along, just like the foster warden. The planet reminded Nova of a massive eyeball, the terminator roping around the rock like a murky, brown iris.
It stared, and she stared back. Active and running strong. Here comes the fun part. She engaged the rear thrusters and the ship roared. Inertia suppressor readings spiked on the dashboard during entry, then dropped off as the g-force exerted on the ship also lessened. The pressure came from all angles, though, her blood beating like a fury in response.
Grip firm on the yoke, Nova pulled them out of their dive, and her heart hammered in her chest. Cruising some three thousand meters above the scorched side of the planet, Nova turned her attention to the radar. Nova grabbed the radio. Do you read me? Do you copy? Nova adjusted their course and flew on.
As they left the scorched side of the planet behind them, visibility grew worse, slipping into something akin to twilight. What Nova could make out of the planet below appeared rugged—mountains and ravines, crevices and craters—and the sonar mapping depicted something similar on her dash. The in- famous Achlys storms were absent. For now. Well into the terminator and nearly on the dark side of the rock, they finally came upon the research and exploration ship that had transported the Black Quarry crew to Achlys months earlier.
But nothing winked from within. No lights, no signs of activity. Nova took Odyssey in wide circles, searching out a place to land. Achlys was a mess of crevices and cracks and spears of rock that shot upward from the ground like angry blades, but with careful work at the yoke, she eventually set them down several kilometers west of Celestial Envoy. But in time, empathy touched his heart. A changed man, he used his powerful words to help end slavery in England. But is she the Princess of Pranks? That title is held by none other than the Tooth Fairy. But when Kaylee loses a tooth and the Tooth Fairy goes about her usual tooth-taking business, Kaylee pranks her with a fake frog.
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Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. Thank You, Omu! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent.
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When the bus boycotts broke out in Montgomery after Rosa Parks was arrested, Georgia knew just what to do. She organized a group of women who cooked and baked to fund-raise for gas and cars to help sustain the boycott. When Martin Luther King Jr. This picture book highlights a hidden figure of the civil rights movement who fueled the bus boycotts and demonstrated that one person can make a real change in her community and beyond. His father, a beloved mariachi performer, teaches his son how to play the violin when he is only six years old.
But when Carlos discovers American blues, he is captivated by the raw honesty of the music. Unable to think of anything else, he loses all interest in the violin. When Carlos finally receives his first guitar, his whole life begins to change. Love Like Sky by Leslie C. G-baby misses her best friend back in Atlanta, and is crushed that her glamorous new stepsister, Tangie, wants nothing to do with her.
Part of the BabyLit Alphabet Series. Auntie and Me by Karen Katz Someone special is at the door! Who could it be? Baby is ready for a fun-filled day with Auntie in this new interactive lift-the-flap board book from bestselling author Karen Katz! Baby Says by John Steptoe Spare text and lively illustrations tell the story of two brothers at opposite ends of a room. The older brother plays with blocks on the floor, while a curious baby boy watches intently from his crib.
Tired of not being chosen to hold the flag, she makes it her mission to finally get picked. Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their fists in the air. Woke babies cry out for justice. Woke babies grow up to change the world. This lyrical and empowering book is both a celebration of what it means to be a baby and what it means to be woke. This empowering alphabet-style book celebrates a wide range of skills and masteries in the arts, politics and activism, STEM, and more, providing accessible facts about these heroic women—and inspiring young readers to make the change they want to see in the world.
This is the true story of Lil Hardin Armstrong: pianist, composer, and bandleader in the early days of jazz. Ahead of her time, Lil made a career for herself—and for Louis Armstrong, her modest, unassuming husband. Scat-inspired verse celebrates how Lil overcame race and gender barriers to become the first lady of the Chicago jazz scene.
Will their dreams of pizza be dashed when the sub suspects that some of them have been cheating? With beautiful artwork by Chinese illustrator Alina Chau, this festive board book teaches readers that Lunar New Year invites us to spend time with family and friends, to light lanterns, and set off fireworks, dance with dragons, and to live the new year in harmony and happiness.
Mina vs. Nothing comes close to it. In doing so, she makes an unexpected discovery. Soccer will never be the same again for Mina! Words to Love By by Rick Warren With warmth and wisdom, this inspirational book takes a heartfelt look at language and how children use words to encourage, forgive, express gratitude, heal, and love.
Little ones will be inspired by the many challenges Robinson gracefully rose to, while they learn important baseball and civil rights history. That is totally not okay with Sarai. She decides to organize a benefit concert to raise money! Can Sarai save the music? She absolutely loves the idea of targeting a certain someone—the practically perfect Ava. Practicing on her parents and sisters, Ellie May begins to brainstorm harmless pranks.
The March on Washington by Bonnie Bader In , people from all over the country came together to fight for equal rights for African Americans. But what did it take to get there? Learn about the inspiring people and incredible acts of courage that led to this historic march. Janet pursued dance with a passion, despite being rejected from discriminatory dance schools. When she was accepted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a teenager on the condition that she paint her skin white for performances, Janet refused.
She continued to go after her dreams, never compromising her values along the way. From her early childhood lessons to the height of her success as the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, this is the story of a remarkable pioneer.
Bonus book published December ! Did you enjoy this list? If so, why not share it with your family, friends, fellow teachers or librarians. What books should I add to the list? Feel free to share in the comments. Another year has passed and once again, thanks a lot for this. A lot of effort compiling this annual list.
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- Reflections on two seasons of loss.;
- See a Problem?.
- Die Summe aller Schatten (German Edition);
My pleasure! Yes, lots of work, but I enjoy producing it every year to help others. Thanks for checking it out! What a great list. Thanks for including Little Red Fort on it. A superb list. Please check out the variety of PBs here: pennycandybooks. You will find a sneak peak of the releases so far in the online catalog. Thank you! Illustrations by Merisha Sequoia Clark. Author and illustrator are both Oklahoma Choctaw.
That looks like a beautiful book, but this list is only for upcoming titles. My apologies — was so excited to see such a rich and vibrant list of diverse titles! Very good the site I liked the tips and also the contents of the articles helped me a lot won another reader!!! I love this list! So happy I found you through IG. Is it possible to make this list in a pdf printable format? Thank you so much for checking it out! I can email you a printable PDF of this current list though. I am excited to discover these books!
May I also suggest a middle grade novel that comes out June ? Thank you for this inspiring list! I love the list! Janet Halfmann recently posted… Welcome! I love this list and your site. But I also notice there are never any Jewish books. I would love if you would add these stories too. Thank you so much! My little son is very pasionate about music and learning to play electric guitar these days.
He really loves to read this book. Tom Perfhi recently posted… We are Coming Soon. I hope the industry will take note. Thanks for stopping by! What lovely list to be a part of! Fantastic list. As a library employee I can honestly say this is one of the best I have found and you have included a ton of my faves.
May I make a few suggestions for some additions? Just bought Go Show the World for a birthday gift! I remember visiting this list last year while on vacation. I wanted my students to have all of these books for Christmas. Well, I decided to write one of my own. I decided another incredibly diverse story needed to be told. The main character, Dylan, loves colors and struggles with being confident in his choices when his friends do not agree with his decision to wear nail polish.
Nailed It is based off a student I worked with who wears nail polish. His story is the story of many and will touch the hearts of each and every reader. I have received a lot of appreciation from parents and teachers who believe that my book is a valuable lesson for children to learn. I am so grateful to be able to be an advocate for our students and to share this valuable story and lesson with the world.
Nailed It encourages conversations that our future world-changers need to be having along with all the conversations that come from the books on this list. I find them a treasure trove of […]. Oh my! Such an amazing resource! Now I will have books on hand for my 4 year old godson that include people who look like him, and have amazing stories to tell. I just found your list. Thank you so much for doing all this work! Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Notify me of new posts by email. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid. Sunny Track by Jason Reynolds Ghost. Tags: children's books , diverse books. Previous Post Next Post. November 13, at pm. Reply Mrs. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check it out. Reply Cornelius Jackson Another year has passed and once again, thanks a lot for this.
G My pleasure! Reply Brenda Maier What a great list. November 14, at am. November 14, at pm. Reply Amy A superb list. G Thank you so much! And so useful. G Thank you so much for stopping by! We look forward to reading your new book! I am only focusing on titles in this list. G That looks like a beautiful book, but this list is only for upcoming titles. Reply Jeanne Devlin My apologies — was so excited to see such a rich and vibrant list of diverse titles!
Jeanne November 14, at pm. Reply John Very good the site I liked the tips and also the contents of the articles helped me a lot won another reader!!! November 15, at pm. G Wonderful! Reply Jennell Lozin I love this list! G Thank you so much for checking it out! Reply Lizette H. November 16, at am. G Thank you for checking it out and recommending this book. I added it to the list! November 17, at pm. Reply Diego Lopes I love the list!