Here are thirteen of them:
It's Not Like It's a Secret, by Misa Sugiura
Lots of things change for sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara when her father moves the family from Wisconsin to California—not the least of which is suddenly living in a much more diverse community. She’s living with some heavy secrets—suspicions about her father’s long term affair, growing discomfort with her mother’s casual racism, and her own desire to openly date another girl—and it sounds like this one is a coming-of-age story that acknowledges just how complicated family and friendship and growing up and LIFE IN GENERAL can be. Starred review.
Triple Threat, by Gwenda Bond
I’m always here for more stories about everyone’s favorite teen reporter/detective, Lois Lane. Kirkus doesn’t appeared to have covered this one yet, but the two previous books in the series—Fallout and Double Down—received Kirkus stars.
The Foretelling of Georgie Spider, by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Now that the final installment in Kwaymullina’s The Tribe trilogy—books one and two being The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf and The Disappearance of Ember Crow, both of which were quite warmly received at Kirkus—is finally here, I’m thinking it’s time to sit down and blow through all three. Australian.A Face Like Glass, by Frances Hardinge
The Fashion Committee, by Susan Juby
Thick as Thieves, by Megan Whalen Turner
The Pearl Thief, by Elizabeth Wein
A month with four auto-order authors is always an event worth celebrating…even if my wallet feels EXTRA EMPTY for a while. Starred reviews for the Hardinge and the Wein.
That Thing We Call a Heart, by Sheba Karim
As high school ends, Shabnam Qureshi and her best friend Farah have a falling out; as summer progresses, Shabnam falls for a college student, and she and Farah start to reconnect. The Kirkus review praises the book’s characterization across the board and ALSO suggests that it’s the friendship story that drives the story, and I’m always, always here for that. Starred review.
Grit, by Gillian French
Rumors and secrets and girls with capital-R Reputations. A mystery set in small town Maine, written by AN ACTUAL MAINER? Yes, PLEASE! I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time. Starred review. (Full disclosure: while we haven’t seen each other in ages, Gillian and I worked together at the same library for years.)
Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World, by Sarah Prager, illustrated by Zoë More O'Ferrall
A collective biography of 23 queer people who, as the subtitle states, changed—or, in the case of the three subjects who are still living, are CHANGING—our world. Starred review.
Crossing Ebenezer Creek, by Tonya Bolden
Historical fiction set during and around General Sherman’s march through Georgia. The story focuses on the experiences of teenaged Mariah and her younger brother Zeke, both recently emancipated. The Kirkus review notes that this book acknowledges not only the violence and horror of slavery, but also how the Union Army exploited the very people it was supposed to be helping—which is something that I’ve seen a lot of other novels gloss over. Starred review.
House of Furies, by Madeleine Roux
BOARDINGHOUSE FOR THE DAMNED, OOOoooooooooOOOOOOoooooOOOO.
Eliza and Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia
Online fame versus real-life anonymity; anxiety and mental illness; friendship and family and fandom. As I have a real soft spot for stories about fanfiction and online friendships AND I happen to have an ARC of this one on hand, I’m planning on starting it immediately upon finishing this column. Starred review.
Oh, LOOK! Time to go read Eliza and Her Monsters. (As usual, let me know if I’ve missed any gems!)
In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom and The Backlist, is currently serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee, is a contributor at Book Riot, hangs out on Twitter a lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.