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HMH Young Readers Fall 2018

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The New Kid
The Carver Chronicles, Book Five
By (author): Karen English Illustrated by: Laura Freeman
9781328497970 Paperback, Trade English Age (years) from 6 - 9 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American Dec 18, 2018 Print Run: 15000
$9.99 CAD
Active 5.16 x 7.66 x 0.35 in | 100 gr 128 pages black-and-white illustrations Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Clarion Books
Third-grader Gavin and his friends aren’t sure what to make of the new boy in their class, Khufu. He sure doesn’t look or act like the other kids . . . and they suspect that he stole Gavin's bike! Meanwhile, Gavin’s great-aunt Myrtle is coming to stay with his family again, and Gavin is sure she’ll be teaming up with his big sister to boss him around the whole time.

Offering spot-on storytelling, relatable characters and situations, and plenty of action, this gently humorous story about a diverse group of elementary-schoolers shows that even someone who seems strange can turn out to be a good friend, if you give them a chance.

Coretta Scott King honoreeKaren English is the author ofIt All Comes Down to Thisand the Carver Chronicles and Nikki and Deja series. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Laura Freeman has illustrated many books, including her ownNatalie’s Hair Was Wild!and the Carver Chronicles series. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.www.lfreemanart.com

"Combining inviting storytelling with a warm message of friendship and accountability, this entry is a welcome addition to a pretty near perfect series for independent readers."—Kirkus

Praise for The Carver Chronicles

"Many independent readers, particularly boys, will identify with these . . . appealing and likeable characters."—Kirkus

"A much-needed story in which African American boys can see themselves reflected in a positive light, completely free of the usual tropes."—Booklist

"Chapter book readers have few options if they want to read about urban boys of color; here's hoping for more.”—The Horn Book

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