By now, many of you have the March/April issue of New Moon Girls magazine in your hands (or on your screen!) with the theme “Believe it or Not.” If you’re looking for more incredible stories after you’ve finished your mag, check out these Believe it or Not Books for Girls!

You Are Eating Plastic Every Day

Book cover image for You Are Eating Plastic Every Day by Danielle Smith-Llera

Yikes! You might need a strong stomach to tackle this book, which talks about how plastic sneaks into all kinds of food. Why? Because we throw away so much plastic that it’s hard to get it out of our ecosystem — the water and the soil that nourish our food. But this book lets you know how you can be part of the solution, too.

Everyday Science

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The wonders of science can seem pretty unbelievable, but the 66 experiments in this book will help you get a handle on them. Learn to melt ice even when the temperature is below freezing, draw with sound, build a “bee” hotel, and more!

The Next Great Jane

Book cover image for The Next Great Jane by K.L. Going

Nothing interesting ever happens in Jane’s town … until everything happens at once. A hurricane hits on the same night as a best-selling author visits, a new boy moves in, and Jane’s mom returns from Hollywood. Although Jane loves living with her dad, now her mom wants custody. She looks to the new boy, her friend, and even the visiting author for help in her quest to stay in her home.

Count Me In

Book cover image for Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj

Karina never believed she’d be friends with her neighbor Chris, especially since he started hanging out with a group of bullies. But when her grandfather starts tutoring Chris, Karina gets to know him and finds that he might be friend material after all. And when an attacker targets Indian American Karina and her grandfather in a hate crime, the three vow not to let hate win. Speaking out is scary … but staying silent may be worse.

The Blackbird Girls

Book cover image for The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman

Classmates Valentina and Oksana can’t believe it when they wake up one morning to find that an explosion at a nuclear power plant has killed both their fathers. Soon, the girls are shipped off to stay with Valentina’s grandmother in Leningrad, far from the plant’s dangerous radiation. But there’s one big problem — Valentina and Oksana have always been enemies. Valentina’s family is Jewish, and Oksana’s parents have warned her that “all Jews are liars.” Far from home, the girls must discover the meaning of truth and friendship.

More Believe it or Not Books for Girls

Betsy is the daughter of a mermaid and an ice cream maker, and it’s up to her to turn the moon blue, appease a grumpy giant, and make the rarest ice cream in the world in Mr. Tiger, Betsy, and the Blue Moon by Sally Gardner.

Who would vandalize a library? That’s what Pearl needs to find out to save the beloved library where her mom works from being closed in A Girl, A Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon by Karen Romano Young and Jessixa Bagley.

Things haven’t been the same since kit’s friend Clem was injured in an acrobatics accident … and kit began turning into a naked mole rat without a warning in Naked Mole Rat Saves the World by Karen Rivers.

Want to impress your friends and family with unbelievable tricks? You can learn everything you need to know in Amazing Magic Tricks! by Norm Barnhart.

Glue shooting, hypnotism, clever disguises … these are just a few of the real-world tricks of the amazing bugs in Insect Superpowers by Kate Messner and Jillian Nickell.

What about you? Do you have favorite Believe it or Not books for girls? Have you read any of the books above? Share in the comments below!

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Lacey Louwagie is an adult writer and editor who got her first editing job with New Moon Girls in 2002. She is currently a freelance writer and editor and stay-at-home parent of a little boy. She has also been a teen services librarian and coordinates book-related goodies for New Moon Girls. She is the author of “Rumpled,” a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin for ages 14 and up, and the co-editor of “Hungering & Thirsting for Justice: True Stories from Young Adult Catholics.”

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  • I haven't read any of these but I do know that I want to check out "The Next Great Jane" once the library reopens and quarantine is over
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