15-year-old Zoe ducks into a bank simply to get out of the rain and witnesses a robbery gone horrifyingly wrong. The good news is that Zoe has a unique ability: she can play back time and repeat events. But it's not an unlimited deal -- she can only jump 23 minutes, and her first playback creates an even more disastrous outcome. Zoe has only 10 tries to get it right before this particular 23 minutes becomes irreversible. In the process of trying to become the heroine she doesn't believe she can be, Zoe learns about herself and realizes that there is more to who she is than she thought. Gripping, breakneck pace, ideal for reluctant readers!
MG: WEEKENDS WITH MAX AND HIS DAD by Linda Urban April 5
Acclaimed author Linda Urban deftly portrays a third-grader's inner world during a time of transition in this sweet and funny illustrated story that bridges the early reader and middle grade novel. From the PW *starred* review: "Urban's subtle and perceptive take on divorce will resonate with children facing similar predicaments as she blends Max's worries and someone-sitting-on-his-chest feelings with a vivid imagination and good intentions that take father and son on some very entertaining adventures with future ones planned."
PB bio: ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY ADDIE by Mara Rockliff April 12
Be astonished and dazzled by the true story of Adelaide Herrmann, the Queen of Magic! A dazzling celebration of one of the first female conjurers in show business. From the creators of "Mesmerized, " this rollicking romp tells the true story of one fearless magician's rise to glory, featuring exquisitely lavish illustrations by Iacopo Bruno. * Starred * reviews from Booklist: "Adelaide's independent spirit is inspiring". . . "Pure magic"! SLJ: "Sure to please readers, young and old"! and PW: "Spectacular"!