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Tommy Siegel's Candy Hearts comics offer a hysterical window into the many ways romantic couples are not at all on the same page.From the awkwardness of flirting during a pandemic to scrolling through disastrous dating profiles, Candy Hearts hilariously captures the secrets, lies, and misunderstandings behind every relationship. With dozens of never-before-seen comics and a special Candy Hearts sticker set, this book is the perfect Valentine’s Day (or Anti-Valentine’s Day) gift for your friends, lovers, or even yourself.
The world may have many languages but the one that remains the same is love.
For Ana, a sixteen-year-old girl from Argentina, it’s the only way that she is able to be understood when she moves to New Jersey. Being unhappy in her new life, she struggles to find her place. From a new class schedule to new friends, she doesn’t feel like she fits in to a world that doesn’t “get” her. But as she tries to adjust to her new life, she finds herself falling in love with Harrison from her math class and Neo from ESL and realizes that the language of love is universal. When words seem to escape her and she can’t transcribe her thoughts, her heart and her love are what speak louder than she can. Love in English is a fresh, breakout YA novel that is layered with themes of immigration, cultural identity, and finding your voice in any language. Get a sneak peek inside of the book here!
Andreu has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, NJ.com, and the Newark Star Ledger and her debut YA novel, The Secret Side of Empty (July 2015) is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a National Indie Excellence Book Award winner.
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Excerpted from LOVE IN ENGLISH by Maria E. Andreu, on sale February 2, 2021. Copyright © 2021 Maria E. Andreu. Reprinted with permission of HarperCollins Children’s Books.
From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Snug and the bestselling Little Moments of Love comes an all-new collection, In Love & Pajamas by Catana Chetwynd of Catana Comics!When you've reached that sweatpants-wearing cozy place in your relationship, it's all In Love & Pajamas! This brand-new collection of Catana Comics presents some fan favorites and half of the book features never-before-seen comics that delight and amuse readers of all ages. Wholesome, sweet, feel-good humor!
A moving and triumphant middle grade contemporary debut from award-winning author Matt Wallace about a heroic young girl—who dreams of becoming a pro wrestler—learning to find courage and fight for what she loves. Perfect for fans of Kelly Yang, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds' Track series!MJ knows what it means to hurt. Bruises from gymnastics heal, but big hurts—like her dad not being around anymore—don’t go away. Now her mom needs to work two jobs, and MJ doesn’t have friends at school to lean on.There is only one thing MJ loves: the world of professional wrestling. She especially idolizes the luchadores and the stories they tell in the ring. When MJ learns that her neighbor, Mr. Arellano, runs a wrestling school, she has a new mission in life: join the school, train hard, and become a wrestler.But trouble lies ahead. After wrestling in a showcase event, MJ attracts the attention of Mr. Arellano’s enemy at the State Athletic Commission. There are threats to shut the school down, putting MJ’s new home—and the community that welcomed her—at risk. What can MJ do to save her new family?
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PROLOGUE: FÉNIXEverything hurt.That was what MJ quickly learned about professional wrestling.It was always hot in Victory Academy, where she had spent most of her after-school hours and weekends for the past month, learning the secrets of pro wrestling. The walls were metal, and after a short while she began to think of the old warehouse like one giant oven in which she was slowly being cooked. The several large fans constantly turning their bladed heads did little to banish the heat. She’d almost gotten used to sweating buckets every day.MJ stood in one of the wrestling ring’s four corners, holding the ropes where they connected to the top turnbuckle. The “ropes” were really steel cables covered by a garden hose slit up its middle and then wrapped in duct tape. MJ still wasn’t sure why everyone insisted on calling them ropes. She could barely see over the top of the corner. Even the youngest student in the academy was almost three years older than her, and she wasn’t big for her age besides.MJ ran in place, her feet pumping as if she were sprinting around the track at school even though she stayed planted in the same spot.On the cement floor beyond the ropes, Mr. Arellano stalked like some kind of predatory animal in a jungle, circling the ring. The skin around his eyes may’ve been wrinkled and sagging from age, but those eyes remained clear and sharp, and they seemed to see everything.“Bump!” he barked at the students inside the ring.MJ stopped running in place and let go of the ropes-that-weren’t-really-ropes. She let herself fall backwards, keeping her feet firmly planted where they were on the canvas. She tucked her chin tight against her chest as she landed on the upper part of her back between her shoulders. MJ extended her arms as she fell and slapped her hands against the mat at the same moment her back hit it. She was careful to keep her elbows turned out so they didn’t painfully smack the ring floor. It had taken her weeks to master that one small mechanic of taking a bump, and her elbows wore dark bruises that still served as her best reminders.Landing hurt, just a little, far less than it was supposed to look like it hurt, but far more than people who dismissed wrestling as fake would ever know. Mr. Arellano had told MJ that bumping, especially taking bigger bumps than a simple fall backwards, would be harder on her because there was so little padding over her bones, and that it would get easier when she had more meat on her.It hurt, but it also felt good in a strange way. It sent a rush through her body every time. The truth, as bananas as MJ knew it would sound to most other kids she knew, was that it all felt good. The oppressive heat, taking bumps, running drills, bouncing off the ring ropes until the skin under her right arm and across her back wore a red stripe.After the brief shock of the bump passed, MJ stood up as fast as she could. She grabbed the ropes and began running in place again.“You need to be back on your feet faster than that!” Mr. Arellano shouted at her from the floor.Even his yelling at her and the rest of the students all the time felt good. In fact, it was one of the things MJ enjoyed the most. It was the first time in her life that someone yelling didn’t make her feel smaller, didn’t make her want to shrink away from the source of that yelling and hide. When Mr. Arellano shouted and cursed at them, there was no anger, but there was also nothing held back. He treated his students like adults, even her, and that was the part that felt good.“Bump!”MJ planted her feet and let herself fall again, welcoming it, gravity guiding her back to the warm mat that almost seemed to hug her, like a friend.As she landed, MJ could barely remember her life before the ring, or maybe she just didn’t want to.
A MONTH EARLIER
That was what MJ quickly learned about being twelve years old.
Even if the big hurts were fewer and far between, every day seemed to be filled with little hurts. When the rest of the team had a sleepover and didn’t invite you, it hurt. When they friended you on social media just to send you messages that kept you awake at night, it hurt. When a group of older girls shoved you into the lockers as they sprinted down the school hallway, it hurt. When you woke up in the morning and remembered what yesterday was like and you knew today would be more of the same, it hurt.
All those little hurts added up quickly, until they felt like carrying a big concrete block you couldn’t put down.
MJ always kept the blinds in her room shut tight, as tightly as she could pull their rough drawstring. It wasn’t that she didn’t like light; she didn’t like sunlight. More than that, she hated the way the world looked in the sunlight, and the way she looked. Sunlight was too bright. It was too honest. Everything showed in it, especially imperfections; dirt and dust and stains on furniture, and scratches and bruises and bumps on skin. The fake light from lamps was more forgiving. You could hide things in the soft, muted glow of fake light. Sunlight was like the harsh stare of the kids at her school, always looking for weaknesses in everything and everyone they saw.
So it was dark when she woke up that morning, and she liked it that way.
Her mother felt differently. She marched into MJ’s bedroom at 7:01 a.m. just as she did every morning, ignoring MJ stirring in her bed and walking right over to the window, snapping the blinds open and letting the sun invade every corner of the room.
MJ’s eyes only shut tighter. She turned away from the light, moaning and pulling her pillow around her head.
“Mom, come on!”
“You keep it too dark in here. It’s not healthy.”
“The sun gives you cancer, you know.”
“That’s not funny, Maya.”
“It’s true,” she grumbled.
“If you’re late again you’re going to find out I’m scarier than cancer.”
MJ sat up in bed indignantly. “How is that okay, but what I said isn’t?”
“Because I’m the mom,” her mother insisted.
Still grumbling, MJ crawled out of bed and stumbled across the floor to her dresser. Pulling open the drawer, she fished out a pair of jeans and a baseball-style shirt that had “MJ” printed on the front. Her parents named her Maya Jocelyn. Papi always called her MJ, he said because it reminded him of the character from the Spider-Man comics he read as a kid.
MJ didn’t like the old comics much, but she loved her father.
GENETIC MODIFICATION HAS BEEN OUTLAWED.THE REMAINING ALTEREDS WANT REVENGE.When Silver’s mother is abducted by a rogue scientist who releases a deadly new virus on the populace, she and her now unadjusted friends are faced with an impossible choice.They can hide from the virus for as long as possible, or they can regain their abilities and take the battle to the mountains. But Silver doesn’t count on a new, rogue power growing within her. She can’t control it and soon all her friends are in danger. And there is something evil hiding in the snowy Sierras.Can Silver learn to control her new, deadly power in time to rescue her mother as well as defeat the one who seeks to destroy them all?