West 44 Books™, the new hi-low middle grade and young adult fiction imprint of Enslow Publishing, is an exciting platform for new, authentic voices and gripping stories. With West 44 Books™, struggling readers, especially those from at-risk populations, no longer have to sacrifice page-turning fiction. Middle grade series for readers ages 8 to 13 deal with everything from the paranormal to basketball to the everyday challenges of middle school and family life. Young adult books tackle tough topics for readers ages 14 and up, from social justice to drug abuse to gender identity. West 44 Books™ offers young adult novels in verse, which combine the rhythmic, powerful language of poetry with a riveting storyline. Subject matter is diverse and relatable to readers from all backgrounds. West 44 Books™ ensures that every reader is able to both get lost in a book and find themselves on its pages.

Available: August 2018

3 More titles coming in this series!
April 2019
Kidnapped by Vampires
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8190-8
eBook: 978-1-5383-8295-0
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8189-2
December 2019
Ghost Town
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8192-2
eBook: 978-1-5383-8296-7
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8191-5
August 2020
Werewolves on the Loose!
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8194-6
eBook: 978-1-5383-8297-4
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8193-9
Reading Level: 2-3 • Interest Level: 4-7
When Zombies Invade
Available: August 2018
Author: D. E. Daly
Specs: 5 1/4” x 7 5/8” • 64 pp • Map, Excerpt from another book in series, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Spot illustrations, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8188-5 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8294-3 • $17.95 | $13.45
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8187-8 • $10.55 | $8.95
Chloe, Malik, and Justin have always shared a love of spooky things. They visit the supposedly haunted, abandoned railroad station on the edge of their town and accidentally unlock a portal into a supernatural realm. Their first challenge—zombies! They form the Z Team to try to save their town before the zombies take over.

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D.E. Daly can sometimes be found in her hometown of East Aurora, New York, a village full of haunted history and old railroad tracks. She studied writing in New Orleans and drifts back there once in a while for more of the city’s magic and music. She is always chasing her next story—except the times when the story chases her.
Available: August 2018

3 More titles coming in this series!
April 2019
Things That Don’t Make Sense
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8224-0
eBook: 978-1-5383-8312-4
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8223-3
December 2019
Detention Is a Lot Like Jail
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8226-4
eBook: 978-1-5383-8313-1
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8225-7
August 2020
Cutting Through the Noise
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8228-8
eBook: 978-1-5383-8314-8
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8227-1
Reading Level: 2-3 • Interest Level: 5-8
Welcome to 4B
Available: August 2018
Author: Brynn Kelly
Specs: 5 1/4” x 7 5/8” • 88 pp • “Meet the Characters” infographic, Excerpt from another book in series, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Spot illustrations, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8222-6 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8311-7 • $18.95 | $14.20
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8221-9 • $11.70 | $9.95
Mila is sent to 4B after a bad first week of school. So far, she already made her teacher cry— and it’s only Wednesday. Classroom 4B is full of angry, tough kids who are nothing like her. Mila used to be a happy-go-lucky, popular cheerleader, but that was before she was taken away from her mom and placed with her aunt. That was before moving to a whole new town and whole new school. That was before not being able to talk to her mom while she’s in treatment. Mila doesn’t want anything to do with the kids in 4B, until she realizes that maybe they all have problems, just like her. Mila may have just found her new friends.

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Brynn Kelly is a writer from Buffalo, New York, where she studied English and creative writing and received a master’s degree in social work. She is the author of three educational books, The People and Culture of Venezuela, The Layers of Earth’s Atmosphere, and Air Pressure and Wind. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga and spending time with her dog, Neno.
Available: August 2018
Reading Level: 3-4 • Interest Level: 9-12
Every Little Bad Idea
Available: August 2018
Author: Caitie McKay
Specs: 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” • 200 pp • Written in verse, Excerpt from similar verse book, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8266-0 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8333-9 • $19.95 | $14.95
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8265-3 • $12.90 | $10.95
The women in Skyler Wise’s family have a weakness for bad boys. But not Skyler. She has one thing on her mind: leaving her run-down neighborhood and going to college. When Skyler’s normally strict mom starts dating again, she feels abandoned. Skyler meets Cole, a boy who makes her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her future. Even though he has a dangerous reputation, Skyler believes she knows the real Cole, the sweet, caring boyfriend who makes her feel seen for once in her life. When Cole starts to change, Skyler realizes that she’ll do anything to keep him around, even if it means giving up her dream and losing the people closest to her.
“The author uses poetic verse to draw the reader into Skylar’s head, creating an immediacy and intimacy that make this short novel compelling and resonant. The ensuing heartbreak is mirrored by the novel’s verse, providing a clever presentation of a familiar topic…An appealing choice.” —Kirkus

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Caitie McKay is a writer and children’s book editor from Buffalo, New York. She graduated with a degree in creative writing from Canisius College, where she was awarded the G.E. Murray Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. She’s written and edited more than 500 educational books for children. This is her first novel. For more information, visit caitiemcwritesalot.com.
Available: August 2018
Reading Level: 3-4 • Interest Level: 9-12
The Same Blood
Available: August 2018
Author: M. Azmitia
Specs: 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” • 200 pp • Written in verse, Excerpt from similar verse book, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8252-3 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8326-1 • $19.95 | $14.95
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8251-6 • $12.90 | $10.95
Twin sisters Elena and Marianella couldn’t be more different. Marianella goes out of her way to actively participate in their Puerto Rican culture, whereas Elena is embarrassed by their traditions. Marianella is also fighting a very private battle with mental illness, and takes her own life not long after their fifteenth birthday. As Elena mourns her sister, she tries to live her life without the limitations and rules Marianella set for her. When her life spirals out of control, Elena realizes the depth of her roots and the guilt of not helping her sister before it was too late.
“Evocative poems—all narrated from Elena’s perspective—connect readers to her overwhelming guilt and shame…An examination of Latinx identity, family bonds, mental health, suicide, grief, and guilt that will hopefully spark much-needed dialogue. Necessary.” —Kirkus

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M. Azmitia is a government employee by day and a poet/cat lady by night in New York City. She holds a degree in English and creative writing. Azmitia writes about Latinidad and mental health in the hopes of starting a conversation about the stigma of mental illness in communities of color.
Available: October 2018

3 More titles coming in this series!
June 2019
This Place Is Not My Home
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8232-5
eBook: 978-1-5383-8231-8
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8316-2
February 2020
Not Home for the Holidays
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8234-9
eBook: 978-1-5383-8317-9
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8233-2
October 2020
Just Maybe
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8236-3
eBook: 978-1-5383-8318-6
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8235-6
Reading Level: 2-3 • Interest Level: 5-8
Taken Away
Available: October 2018
Author: Cyn Bermudez
Specs: 5 1/4” x 7 5/8” • 88 pp • “Meet the Characters” infographic, Excerpt from another book in series, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Spot illustrations, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8230-1 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8315-5 • $18.95 | $14.20
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8229-5 • $11.70 | $9.95
Victor, Isaac, Vanessa, and Sara have been taken away from their mother. They’ve been forced to leave behind their home, school, friends, and — worst of all — each other. Vanessa and Sara have been placed in the same foster home, but Victor and Isaac have been separated from their younger siblings and each other. As Victor and Isaac grapple with the many challenges of their new lives, they try to keep in touch through email. But will their messages be enough to get them through the hard times and keep them together?

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Cyn Bermudez is a writer from Bakersfield, California. She attended college in Santa Barbara, California, where she studied physics, film, and creative writing. Her work can be found in anthologies such as Building Red: Mission Mars, The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal (2014), and more. Her fiction and poetry can also found in Middle Planet, Perihelion SF, Strangelet, Mirror Dance, and 805 Literary and Art Journal, among others. For more information about Cyn, visit her website at www.cynbermudez.com.
Available: October 2018

3 More titles coming in this series!
June 2019
My Home Is a Battlefield
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8198-4
eBook: 978-1-5383-8299-8
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8197-7
February 2020
Star of the Show
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8200-4
eBook: 978-1-5383-8300-1
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8199-1
October 2020
Best Friends For-Never
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8202-8
eBook: 978-1-5383-8301-8
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8201-1
Reading Level: 2-3 • Interest Level: 4-7
New School, New Me!
Available: October 2018
Author: J.M. Klein
Specs: 5 1/4” x 7 5/8” • 64 pp. • “Meet the Characters” infographic, Excerpt from another book in series, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Spot illustrations, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8196-0 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8298-1 • $17.95 | $13.45
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8195-3 • $10.55 | $8.95
Dani’s parents have just separated, and she moved with her mom to a new town. Not only does she live with her grumpy grandparents now, she also has to start at a new school. Dani pretends that she was a popular drama club star at her old school and starts to attract new, cool friends. Can she keep up her lies forever, or will she totally blow her cover?

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J.M. Klein is a former journalist who has lived all around the country and moved half a dozen times. Like Dani, she learned how to make new friends and tried out for the school play. She didn’t make that play, but she did develop a lifelong love of theater and now has good friends in many states. She’s always written in diaries and journals, the contents of which are still totally secret.
Available: October 2018
Reading Level: 3-4 • Interest Level: 9-12
Dreams on Fire
Available: August 2018
Author: Annette Daniels Taylor
Specs: 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” • 200 pp • Written in verse, Excerpt from similar verse book, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8248-6 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8324-7 • $19.95 | $14.95
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8247-9 • $12.90 | $10.95
With an incarcerated father and an estranged drug-addicted mother, Shanequa’s dreams of higher education feel like a fantasy. When Shanequa gets the chance to attend a prestigious private prep school, she feels like her dreams might become reality. Shanequa finds it easier to lie to her new friends than tell them the truth about her family. When her lies are found out, and Shanequa strikes back in blind rage, her path changes forever.

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Annette Daniels Taylor is a spoken-word artist from Staten Island living in Western New York. An Arthur A. Schomburg fellow, Annette studies media arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Pink Door Poetry alum and graduate of Empire State College. The author of Street Pharmacist and Hush Now...Poems to Read Aloud, she leads spoken-word workshops with teenagers at youth detention centers modeling creative expression.
Available: October 2018
Reading Level: 3-4 • Interest Level: 9-12
Fifteen and Change
Available: October 2018
Author: Max Howard
Specs: 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” • 200 pp. • Written in verse, Excerpt from similar verse book, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8260-8 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8330-8 • $19.95 | $14.95
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8259-2 • $12.90 | $10.95
Zeke would love to be invisible. His mother is struggling to make ends meet and stuck with a no-good boyfriend. Zeke knows he and his mom will be stuck forever if he doesn't find some money fast. When Zeke starts working at a local pizza place, he meets labor activists who want to give him a voice–and the living wage he deserves for his work. Zeke has to decide between living the quiet life he's carved for himself and raising his voice for justice.

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Max Howard loves woods and words and finds them both in books. Max has worked lots of day jobs including pizza delivery driver, fashion show stagehand, and AP test scorer, but still finds the time to write for kids and adults. Currently, Max is writing a picture book called The Book Formerly Known As Barf. This is Max’s first novel.
Available: December 2018

4 More titles coming in this series!
August 2019
Nothing But Net
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8214-1
eBook: 978-1-5383-8307-0
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8213-4
April 2020
Swish
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8216-5
eBook: 978-1-5383-8308-7
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8215-8
December 2020
Fast Break
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8218-9
eBook: 978-1-5383-8309-4
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8217-2
April 2021
Big Shots
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8220-2
eBook: 978-1-5383-8310-0
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8219-6
Reading Level: 2-3 • Interest Level: 4-7
Meet Me on the Court
Available: December 2018
Author: David Aro
Specs: 55 1/4” x 7 5/8” • 64 pp • “Meet the Characters” infographic, Excerpt from another book in series, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Spot illustrations, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8212-7 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8306-3 • $17.95 | $13.45
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8211-0 • $10.55 | $8.95
Cam, Tyler, and Markus are upset that their school cut the basketball team because of lack of funding. They decide to make their own! They don’t have jerseys, a coach, or even a regular court to practice on. There’s one more problem—they need at least two more people on the team to play. Can the team find two more players? Can they win their first game against the snooty prep school kids that keep stealing their court?

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David Aro is a former Collegiate All-American basketball player and conference player of the year. In college, he scored over 1,900 points, broke his school’s record for the most three-pointers ever made, and also finished in the top 10 in rebounds, steals, and assists. While coaching college basketball, he earned a master’s degree in executive leadership and change. Today, he coaches his kids and follows his passion of writing children’s books.
Available: December 2018

4 More titles coming in this series!
August 2019
Javi Takes a Bow
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8246-2
eBook: 978-1-5383-8323-0
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8245-5
April 2020
Addy’s Big Splash
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8244-8
eBook: 978-1-5383-8322-3
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8243-1
December 2020
Noah the Con Artist
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8240-0
eBook: 978-1-5383-8320-9
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8239-4
April 2021
Club Zoe
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8242-4
eBook: 978-1-5383-8321-6
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8241-7
Reading Level: 2-3 • Interest Level: 5-8
Milo on Wheels
Available: December 2018
Author: Elizabeth Gordon
Specs: 5 1/4” x 7 5/8” • 88 pp. • “Meet the Characters” infographic, Excerpt from another book in series, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Spot illustrations, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8238-7 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8319-3 • $18.95 | $14.20
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8237-0 • $11.70 | $9.95
Milo doesn’t need friends. He’s got his journal, which he fills with sketches of plants and animals. When Milo’s mom makes him go to The Club, he keeps his distance from the others. That is, until the annual go-kart rally. Milo has used crutches to walk his whole life, but could he be the fastest for once? Milo wants to find out.
“An aspiring biologist who’s bullied because of his disability finds friends when he enters a go-kart competition… the optimistic open ending implies that Milo’s growth, like the resilient oak’s, is an ongoing process that’s ‘hard, but not impossible.’ A realistic, hopeful take on meeting challenges and making friends.” —Kirkus

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Elizabeth Gordon has a master’s degree in children’s literature from Hollins University. She was a finalist for the Hunger Mountain Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, the winner of the Hollins University Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Scholarship, and winner of the SCBWI Barbara Karlin Grant. She has published nine middle grade books so far, including a five-book superhero series.
Available: December 2018
Reading Level: 3-4 • Interest Level: 9-12
One Too Many Lies
Available: December 2018
Author: L.A. Bowen
Specs: 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” • 200 pp. • Written in verse, Excerpt from similar verse book, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8250-9 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8325-4 • $19.95 | $14.95
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8249-3 • $12.90 | $10.95
Paige and her friends tell the subtle lies that are a part of daily life. White lies to avoid insulting friends. Fibs to escape unwanted judgment from classmates. Half-truths to evade their parents’ watchful eyes. But could their lies become dangerous? What happens when the lies become a matter of life and death?

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L.A. Bowen is a writer and artist, among other things. In addition to creating works of fiction, she designs children’s books, plays in a rock band, and raises ostriches. One of these things is a lie. Bowen’s stories are inspired by the adventures and misadventures of her teenage years. She lives with her husband and three cats in Buffalo, New York. Check out more at labowen.com.
Available: December 2018
Reading Level: 3-4 • Interest Level: 9-12
What If?
Available: December 2018
Author: Anna Russell
Specs: 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” • 200 pp. • Written in verse, Excerpt from similar verse book, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8258-5 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8329-2 • $19.95 | $14.95
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8257-8 • $12.90 | $10.95
Josh Baker isn’t sure why his brain tells him to do things that other people don’t need to do: checking his locker again and again, counting cracks in ceilings, and always needing to finish a song, for starters. He is a talented drummer, a math genius, and he knows everything about rock and roll. Yet, he knows his problems have the power to hurt his family and make him fail at school. When Josh is diagnosed with OCD, it’s a blessing and a curse. Can he overcome his thoughts, or will they break him?

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Anna Russell is a writer from Buffalo, New York. She received a degree in English and creative writing, and it is her goal to create stories for readers of all backgrounds and abilities. She has experienced OCD within her personal life, and she hopes to bring awareness about mental health to literature.
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4 Future titles in the series!
House of a Million Rooms
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8358-2
eBook: 978-1-5383-8353-7
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8363-6
The Time Trap
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8359-9
eBook: 978-1-5383-8354-4
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8364-3
Where Did My Family Go?
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8360-5
eBook: 978-1-5383-8355-1
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8365-0
The Girl Who Grew Nasty Things
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8361-2
eBook: 978-1-5383-8356-8
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8366-7
Reading Level: 2-3 • Interest Level: 5-8
Twisted: The Videomaniac
Author: Wil Mara
Specs: 5 1/4” x 7 5/8” • 120 pp • For Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers • Hi-Lo, Page-turning Fiction • Authentic Voices and Gripping Stories • Subject matter is diverse and relatable to all backgrounds
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8357-5 • eBook: 978-1-5383-8352-0 • $19.95 | $14.95
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8362-9 • $12.90 | $10.95
At a local flea market, thirteen-year-old Brian Hart meets a creepy old man who gives him computer software that can predict future football NFL games. But is the power to see the future really as beneficial as Brian believes?

Read if you dare, but prepare for the worst. This middle grade thriller series unleashes twisted tales of the paranormal. From time traps to haunted houses to out-of-this-world video games, the characters in each Twisted book come face-to-face with supernatural situations that will change their lives forever. Will each unlucky character be stuck in a weird world of magic and mayhem? Will they survive to tell the story? Readers are in for one twisted ride.
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Wil Mara is a veteran author with more than 200 books to his credit, both fiction and nonfiction, for children and adults. His work for children includes more than 150 educational titles for the school and library markets, and he has also ghostwritten five of the popular Boxcar Children mysteries. His titles have received excellent reviews not only from consumers but also in all respected journals, such as SLJ, Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book, Children's Literature, and others. His first novel for adults, 2005’s Wave, won the New Jersey Notable Book Award. More recently, his thriller Frame 232 reached the #1 spot in its category on Amazon, won the Lime Award for Excellence in Fiction, and was a finalist for the Christy Award. The hit 2014 feature film Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, was based on his novel The Draft, published by St. Martin's Press in 2006. He is also an associate member of the NJASL, and an executive member of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Center for the Book; an affiliate of the US Library of Congress.

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