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Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399252518
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2014

A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner

Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of
Red at the Bone, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.
 


The Witch's Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781507209141
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Published: Adams Media - December 11th, 2018

“From Wiccan author Arin Murphy-Hiscock comes this fantastic guide to spiritual self-care with a witchy bent. The Witch’s Guide to Self-Care contains recipes for products and spells for self-restoration.” —Bustle

Self-care and magic work together in this guide to help you become the best version of yourself.


Transcendent Kingdom: A novel Cover Image
$25.16
ISBN: 9780525658184
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Published: Knopf - September 1st, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK! • Finalist for the WOMEN'S PRIZE

Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama
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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race Cover Image
$18.04
ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

The classic, New York Times-bestselling book on the psychology of racism that shows us how to talk about race in America.

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy?


Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781523092291
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - March 9th, 2021

"Dear Black Girl is the empowering, affirming love letter our girls need in order to thrive in a world that does not always protect, nurture, or celebrate us. This collection of Black women's voices...


Polite Protest: The Political Economy of Race in Indianapolis, 1920-1970 Cover Image
$55.93
ISBN: 9780253345875
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Published: Indiana University Press - February 15th, 2005

This history of the black community of Indianapolis in the 20th century focuses on methods of political action--protracted negotiations, interracial coalitions, petition, and legal challenge--employed to secure their civil rights. These methods of polite protest set Indianapolis apart from many Northern cities. Richard B.


Let's Talk About Race Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780064462266
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Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

"This wonderful book should be a first choice for all collections and is strongly recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences.” —School Library Journal (starred review)


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A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence: Key Thinkers, Activists, and Movements for the Gospel of Peace Cover Image
$18.69
ISBN: 9781540960122
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Published: Baker Academic - February 8th, 2022

Christian nonviolence is not a settled position but a vibrant and living tradition. This book offers a concise introduction to diverse approaches to, proponents of, and resources for this tradition.


Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets, and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781416628200
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Published: ASCD - August 14th, 2019

They don't care about their education. They are not capable of learning. I can't work with them. I can't get through to them. Just as you may have thought these things about your students, they, too, may have similar thoughts about you: She doesn't care about my education. He is not capable of understanding me. I can't work with her. I can't get through to him.


Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781492623168
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - August 1st, 2017

The first book in the Latinx-infused Queer fantasy series from highly acclaimed author Zoraida C rdova that follows three sisters--and teen witches--as they develop their powers and battle magic through epic questing in the realms beyond.


The Paper Palace: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593329825
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 6th, 2021

REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

THE PAPER PALACE IS:


“Filled with secrets, love, lies and a summer beach house. What more could you ask?”—Parade


How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.


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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America Cover Image
$26.10
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

Instant #1 New York Times bestseller. "The Atlantic writer drafts a history of slavery in this country unlike anything you’ve read before” (Entertainment Weekly).

Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and tho


My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies Cover Image
$17.05
ISBN: 9781942094470
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Published: Central Recovery Press - September 19th, 2017

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

My Grandmother's Hands will change the direction of the movement for racial justice.— Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility

In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.


Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781788172042
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Published: Hay House Inc. - March 5th, 2019

Everywhere, the witches are rising. Are you ready to answer the call and embrace your own inner witch?


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Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools Cover Image
By Monique Morris, Mankaprr Conteh (Foreword by), Melissa Harris-Perry (Foreword by)
$17.06
ISBN: 9781620973424
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Published: New Press - January 16th, 2018

The powerful (Michelle Alexander) exploration--featured by The Atlantic, Essence, the Washington Post, New York magazine, NPR, and others--of the harsh and harmful experiences confronting Black girls in schools

In a work that Lisa Delpit calls imperative reading, Monique W.


Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781604695939
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Published: Timber Press - November 16th, 2016

Native Plants of the Midwest, by regional plant expert Alan Branhagan, features the best native plants in the heartland and offers clear and concise guidance on how to use them in the garden.


Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541581203
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - February 2nd, 2021

A must-have--Booklist (starred review)


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501161933
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 29th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“If youre looking for a book to take on holiday this summer, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has got all the glitz and glamour to make it a perfect beach read.” —Bustle

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six—an entrancing and &ldq


Beloved (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding New York Times bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.


The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER!
A 2021 Alex Award winner!
The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!
An Indie Next Pick!
One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"
One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”


Snapdragon Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250171115
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Published: First Second - February 4th, 2020

Kat Leyh's Snapdragon is a magical realist graphic novel about a young girl who befriends her town’s witch and discovers the strange magic within herself.

Snap's town had a witch.


Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (King Legacy #2) Cover Image
By Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King (Foreword by), Vincent Harding (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807000670
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Published: Beacon Press - January 1st, 2010

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript.


Solitary: A Biography (National Book Award Finalist; Pulitzer Prize Finalist) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802148308
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Published: Grove Press - December 3rd, 2019

Praise for Solitary:

FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE IN GENERAL NONFICTION
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION
Named One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2019
Winner of the Stowe Prize
Named the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year


All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom Cover Image
By Angela Johnson, E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780689873768
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

Experience the joy of Juneteenth in this celebration of freedom from the award-winning team of Angela Johnson and E.B. Lewis.

Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South.


What Is God Like? Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593193310
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Published: Convergent Books - June 15th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The late, beloved Rachel Held Evans answers many children's first question about God in this gorgeous picture book, fully realized by her friend Matthew Paul Turner, the bestselling author of When God Made You.


The Gifts of Imperfection: 10th Anniversary Edition: Features a new foreword and brand-new tools Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593133583
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Published: Random House - September 8th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In hardcover for the first time, this tenth-anniversary edition of the game-changing #1 New York Times bestseller features a new foreword and brand-new tools to make the work your own.


Bodies Are Cool Cover Image
By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator)
$17.09
ISBN: 9780593112625
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Published: Dial Books - June 1st, 2021

This cheerful love-your-body picture book for preschoolers is an exuberant read-aloud with bright and friendly illustrations to pore over.
 


Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525620808
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Published: Del Rey Books - June 15th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "It's Lovecraft meets the Bront's in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird."--The Guardian


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The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9780525509561
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Published: One World - February 16th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.
 


The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$17.09
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!


Each Kindness Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399246524
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 2nd, 2012

WINNER OF A CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR AND THE JANE ADDAMS PEACE AWARD!

Each kindness makes the world a little better


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We Can: Portraits of Power Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374389666
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 28th, 2021

"When I was born, the doctors told my mom that if I did survive I would have lots of health problems and be blind, deaf and severely mentally delayed . . . Boy were they wrong!" —Tyler Gordon


Pecan Pie Baby Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780147511287
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Published: Puffin Books - October 17th, 2013

A sweet addition to the family is coming! Written by National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Sophie Blackall.


White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143129677
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Published: Penguin Books - April 4th, 2017


The New York Times Bestseller, with a new preface from the author

“This estimable book rides into the summer doldrums like rural electrification. . . . It deals in the truths that matter.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times


Blackout Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063088092
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 22nd, 2021

Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teens in love to this charming, hilarious, and heartwarming novel that shines a bright light through the dark.

A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks…


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062976581
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Published: HarperOne - October 22nd, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER · WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER  · USA TODAY BESTSELLER


Reborn in the USA: An Englishman's Love Letter to His Chosen Home Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062958693
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Published: Dey Street Books - June 29th, 2021

The #1 New York Times Bestseller


Eyes That Kiss in the Corners Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915627
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

A New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller

This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
$17.09
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

8 starred reviews · Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ·  William C. Morris Award Winner · National Book Award Longlist · Printz Honor Book · Coretta Scott King Honor Book · #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds


Deep Magick: A Guide and Spellbook for the New Witch Cover Image
By Anaïs Munier (Illustrator), Sonia K. Woods
$18.19
ISBN: 9798609680310
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Published: Independently Published - February 6th, 2020

Deep Magick -A Guide and Spellbook for the New Witch opens up the mystical world of witchcraft. Explore what power lies hidden in the depths of your mind and is waiting to be awakened. This book offers an introduction to the occult basics, a variety of ritual instructions for love, success, health and protection, as well as tips and tricks for the use of herbs and crystals.


Transcendent Kingdom: A novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984899767
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Published: Vintage - July 6th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK! • Finalist for the WOMEN'S PRIZE

Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national bestseller Homegoing is "a book of blazing brilliance" (The Washington Post)—a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama
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Kiki's Delivery Service Cover Image
By Eiko Kadono, Emily Balistrieri (Translated by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781984896698
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Published: Yearling - June 8th, 2021

Soar into the modern classic about a young witch and her clever cat--the inspiration for the Hiyao Miyazaki film that became a phenomenom!

Half-witch Kiki never runs from a challenge. So when her thirteenth birthday arrives, she's eager to follow a witch's tradition: choose a new town to call home for one year.


Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984818324
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 7th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “This book is a gift! I’ve been practicing their strategies, and it’s a total game-changer.”—Brené Brown, PhD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dare to Lead


The Taking of Jake Livingston Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984812537
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - July 13th, 2021

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

Get Out meets Holly Jackson in this YA social thriller where survival is not a guarantee.


Long Division: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982174828
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Published: Scribner - June 1st, 2021

From Kiese Laymon, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Heavy, comes a “funny, astute, searching” (The Wall Street Journal) debut novel about Black teenagers that is a satirical exploration of celebrity, authorship, violence, religion, and coming of age in post-Katrina Mississippi.


Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982152796
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Published: Atria Books - April 14th, 2020

“Author and poet Cleo Wade will make your day with her inspiring and uplifting outlook on life” (People) and she returns with another moving collection of poems, mantras, and illustrations encouraging you to remain hopeful and harness your inner power and create change through self-care and social justice.

If you are ready to be a part of building a society


Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982141493
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 8th, 2021

From popular LGBTQ advice columnist and writer John Paul Brammer comes a hilarious, heartwarming memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw” of his generation.

“[Brammer] is both kind and piercingly funny, often in the same sentence….Personal and affe


Séance Tea Party: (A Graphic Novel) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984894151
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Published: Random House Graphic - September 15th, 2020

Lora wants to stay a kid forever, and she'll do anything to make that happen . . . including befriending Alexa, the ghost who haunts her house. A middle-grade graphic novel about growing up that's perfect for fans of Ghosts and Making Friends.

Growing up sounds terrible.


Your Life Matters Cover Image
By Chris Singleton, Taylor Barron (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781952239311
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Published: Bushel & Peck Books - March 9th, 2021

?"Equal parts homage to Black historical and contemporary figures and a reminder of the greatness that lives within each Black child, this is a title for every collection." --School Library Journal, starred review


From the Desk of Zoe Washington (Hardcover)

From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
$16.99
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Winter 2019 Kids Indie Next List


“Zoe Washington is my new favorite middle-grade heroine! When she receives a letter from Marcus, her birth father, on her 12th birthday, Zoe begins corresponding with him in secret. Marcus is in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit, and Zoe is determined to find out the truth while also trying to excel in her baking internship and manage middle-school friendship drama with her neighbor Trevor. In her excellent debut novel, Marks skillfully balances a difficult social justice theme with lighthearted elements and lovingly rendered familial relationships.”
— Anna Millsaps, bbgb books, Richmond, VA

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#1 Kids Indie Next List * Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year * Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book of the Year * SLJ Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * Junior Library Guild Selection * Edgar Award Nominee * Four Starred Reviews

From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating story full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right—even in the face of great opposition. 

Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime?

A crime he says he never committed.

Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe’s worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she’s worthy of auditioning for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge.

But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus’s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies.

"When Marcus tells Zoe he is innocent, and her grandmother agrees, Zoe begins to learn about inequality in the criminal justice system, and she sets out to find the alibi witness who can prove his innocence." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List")

About the Author


Janae Marks graduated from the New School with an MFA in writing for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she’s spending time with her husband and daughter at home in Connecticut. From the Desk of Zoe Washington is her debut novel. Visit Janae online at www.janaemarks.com.

Praise For…


“This powerful debut packs both depth and sweetness, tackling a tough topic in a sensitive, compelling way. An extraordinary, timely, must-read debut about love, family, friendship, and justice.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This exceptionally sweet debut from Marks illustrates profound cracks in the American criminal justice system while telling an affecting story grounded in the middle-grade experience. The troubling ways race affects the characters…will facilitate important conversations about racial profiling and incarceration rates for people of color. Fortunately, Marks’ capable storytelling and engaging characters also combine into a wondrous confection of a book, full of heart and hope and promise.” 
Booklist (starred review)

"Debut author Marks seamlessly weaves timely discussions about institutionalized racism into this uplifting and engaging story that packs an emotional punch."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A smart, necessary, and hopeful middle grade debut that expertly balances a gentle, heartwarming tone with searing insight into systemic racism.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)

“Marks delivers a spirited central character whose determination to get to the truth is admirable. An involving family story, this novel could also serve as an introduction to social justice for elementary schoolers."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Never heavy-handed, Marks’ prose is as sweet as one of Zoe’s confections. And as the icing on the cake, From the Desk of Zoe Washington imparts important lessons about judging other people, whether by the color of their skin or by their presumed guilt or innocence."
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“Marks tackles the complex costs of the pursuit of justice and motivates readers to feel equipped—and energized—to stand up for what’s right, right now. Readers will recognize that, like Zoe Washington, they need not wait until they grow up to make their actions count.”
— Tanita S. Davis, author of Mare’s War

“A delightful confection of a novel! Zoe is a wondrous heroine who inspires a deeper love for food, family, and friends. Advocating for social justice, she creates a new recipe for a better, sweeter world. An enticing and enthralling debut from Janae Marks.”
— Jewell Parker Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Boys

“A touching, tender, and absorbing read!”
— Jodi Kendall, author of The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

“With a dash of mystery, sprinkle of passion, and whole lot of heart, From the Desk of Zoe Washington has found a winning recipe.”
— Coe Booth, author of Kinda Like Brothers

"[A] marvelous debut novel by Janae Marks for middle-grade readers... a compelling mystery... Marks has managed to write a middle-grade novel that explores racial justice issues and addresses the routine bias Zoe faces while also dealing with coming-of-age issues... The book serves as a valuable introduction to The Innocence Project for its target audience."
— Buffalo News


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062875853
ISBN-10: 006287585X
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 14th, 2020
Pages: 304
Language: English