New Release Books by Elissa Brent Weissman

Elissa Brent Weissman is the author of The Renegade Reporters (2022), The Length of a String (2020), Our Story Begins (2017), The Short Seller (2014) and other 4 books.

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The Renegade Reporters

release date: Jun 21, 2022
The Renegade Reporters
Sixth-graders Ashley and her best friend Maya were banished from the live "News at Nine" broadcast at John Dos Passos Elementary in Baltimore after an embarrassing incident in the previous year; at loose ends the pair, together with their classmate Brielle, decide to become investigative reporters with their own online broadcast: "The Underground News"--and soon they stumble upon a major story about an educational software company that is illegally tracking and selling student data.

The Length of a String

release date: Apr 07, 2020
The Length of a String
Imani is adopted, and she''s ready to search for her birth parents. Anna has left behind her family to escape from Holocaust-era Europe to meet a new family--two journeys, one shared family history, and the bonds that make us who we are. Perfect for fans of The Night Diary. Imani knows exactly what she wants as her big bat mitzvah gift: to find her birth parents. She loves her family and her Jewish community in Baltimore, but she has always wondered where she came from, especially since she''s black and almost everyone she knows is white. Then her mom''s grandmother--Imani''s great-grandma Anna--passes away, and Imani discovers an old journal among her books. It''s Anna''s diary from 1941, the year she was twelve and fled Nazi-occupied Luxembourg alone, sent by her parents to seek refuge in Brooklyn, New York. Anna''s diary records her journey to America and her new life with an adoptive family of her own. And as Imani reads the diary, she begins to see her family, and her place in it, in a whole new way.

Our Story Begins

release date: Jul 04, 2017
Our Story Begins
From award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators—revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today. Everyone’s story begins somewhere… For Linda Sue Park, it was a trip to the ocean, a brand-new typewriter, and a little creative license. For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, it was a third grade writing assignment that ignited a creative fire in a kid who liked to draw. For Kwame Alexander, it was a loving poem composed for Mother’s Day—and perfected through draft after discarded draft. For others, it was a teacher, a parent, a beloved book, a word of encouragement. It was trying, and failing, and trying again. It was a love of words, and pictures, and stories. Your story is beginning, too. Where will it go?

The Short Seller

release date: May 06, 2014
The Short Seller
While seventh-grader Lindy Sachs is recovering from mononucleosis, her father gives her access to his etrading account as a way to pass the time and she discovers that she has a knack for buying and selling stocks.

Nerd Camp 2.0

release date: May 06, 2014
Nerd Camp 2.0
Gabe’s happily headed back to Nerd Camp—but can he handle a cool-kid invasion? For Gabe, the equation for summer bliss equals six glorious weeks of rigorous learning immersion at the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment—aka, Nerd Camp. Last year was amazing, and this summer will be even better. At least, that’s what Gabe thinks…until a new variable is introduced. Zack, Gabe’s cool stepbrother, was supposed to attend a camp nearby, but in the aftermath of a recent wildfire, Zack’s camp and nerd camp will be sharing territory. As these two very different worlds collide, can both camps—and both stepbrothers—survive the summer?

Nikhil and the Geek Retreat (Nerd Camp Briefs #1)

release date: Oct 01, 2016
Nikhil and the Geek Retreat (Nerd Camp Briefs #1)
The award-winning NERD CAMP series continues! Nikhil''s mischievous little sister causes trouble at the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment retreat.

The Trouble With Mark Hopper

release date: Jul 09, 2009
The Trouble With Mark Hopper
Mark Hopper is the smartest student in the sixth grade, and he knows it. When another Mark Hopper moves to town (the same age, with similar looks), Mark Hopper makes trouble for Mark Hopper. The Mark everyone knows isn''t very nice, so the other Mark finds no one will talk to him. The new Mark isn''t very brainy, so the other Mark worries that people will think he''s a dummy. When a teacher forces them to be study partners, they realize that they can benefit from one another''s strengths - and maybe win the Mastermind Challenge together. Trouble is, one of the Marks wants to win so badly that he''s willing to steal from Mark.

Standing for Socks

release date: Mar 24, 2009
Standing for Socks
At the end of fifth grade, Fara decides to wear mismatched socks as a statement of individuality, but once middle school starts and she wants to be known for her ideas rather than her clothing, she feels burdened by an image that she no longer wants.
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