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Top 10 New Year Books Inspiring Joy, Happiness, Encouragement and Hope by Shawna Della Cerra

The start of each new year is a time to reflect on the year just past and make plans for the future. It holds a special magic, with a promise of new opportunities and the possibility to change our lives for the better. Lawley Publishing presents The Top 10 New Year Books with special messages that will fill your year with joy, happiness, encouragement, and hope as you honor your new year's resolution(s).

Amari and the Night Brothers

by B. B. Alston

The first in a trilogy, Amari and the Night Brothers, is a middle-grade fantasy that will surely cause you to keep flipping pages. After the mysterious disappearance of her brother, Amari receives an invitation to a secret supernatural bureau. Very quickly, her world gets turned upside down. She goes from a normal life to a world full of dragons, talking elevators, and supernatural creatures. She also finds that every part of who she is, is considered illegal in this new world.

A Wrinkle in Time Hardcover

by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time is both a sci-fi story and a coming-of-age story. Meg,

an awkward and insecure girl, finds the courage and resourcefulness to

travel through space and time and learns about the importance of family

and love. L'Engle uses fantastic imagery. This excellent book teaches figurative language and is a fun read. A Wrinkle in Time will remind you to say yes to life, be brave even when frightened, not make decisions based on fear, and accept people as they are.

The Cat Man of Aleppo

by Karim Shamsi-Basha and Irene Latham

The Cat Man of Aleppo is a beautiful story about an amazing man doing heroic work with compassion, love, hope, and humanity in the very worst of conditions. This beautiful story shows not only the devastation of war but also the humanity that leads us to care for animals and each other. What a great way to introduce kids to a difficult topic like war, through the story of a hero who does what he can to make the world better.

Curious World of Dandy-Lion

by Lorraine Hawley

Meredith Smart, a gifted and curious fifth-grader, has some imaginary friends. Meredith is on a mission to help her widow neighbor who's been trapped in his house since his wife passed away. This lovely tale honors the importance of showing kindness and compassion to the sad and lonely people around us. It teaches children to believe in themselves, embrace their uniqueness, and the importance of friendship.