Holy cow, there are a TON of exciting new releases due out in August!
Here are the ones I’m most looking forward to:
When I Am Through With You, by Stephanie Kuehn
Little & Lion, by Brandy Colbert
In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan
First things first: My auto-buys. I will buy and read anything by these authors—and the fact that all three books got Kirkus stars doesn’t hurt, either! The Kuehn is about a high school camping trip gone wrong. The Colbert is about siblings and sexuality and mental illness and loyalty. The premise of the Brennan sounds like a riff on Harry Potter, but promises to be something entirely different.
Miles Morales, by Jason Reynolds
Wonder Woman: Warbringer, by Leigh Bardugo
Two comic book novels by heavy-hitting YA authors; Kirkus stars on both!
Patina, by Jason Reynolds
Speaking of Jason Reynolds, he’s actually got TWO books out in August—Patina is part of his middle grade Track series, a companion to last year’s Ghost. It follows Patina “Patty” Jones as she navigates a new school, her ongoing family upheaval, and her relationships with the other girls on her school’s relay team. Starred review here as well!
Solo, by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess
The First Rule of Punk, by Celia C. Pérez
Two music-themed books, one YA, the other middle grade. Solo is a verse novel about a 17-year-old boy who wants to get out from under his rock star father’s bad boy reputation, only to have his world turned upside-down when some family secrets are unexpectedly aired; The First Rule of Punk is about a 12-year-old girl who’s dealing with a move from Florida to Chicago, a new school, and her constant clashes with her professor mother over her love of punk music. Starred reviews on both.
The Authentics, by Abdi Nazemian
Another story that hinges on family secrets! This one is about a fifteen-year-old girl who discovers, among other things, that complete honesty from ANYONE is a pretty rare thing. Starred review.
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, by F. C. Yee
Debut contemporary fantasy that pulls on Chinese folklore about the Monkey King—I’m in for that alone, but Kirkus ALSO highly praised it for being wonderfully funny. And I do adore funny fantasy. Starred review.
Thornhill, by Pam Smy
A Properly Unhaunted Place, by William Alexander
Scary stories are just as great in summer as they are in fall! Thornhill follows girls in two different timelines—the present day and the early ‘80s—connected to the now-closed and super-creepy Thornhill Institute. A Properly Unhaunted Place is a fantasy about a girl who’s in training to convince restless souls to move along… and what happens when she moves to a town with no hauntings. Starred reviews on both!
Us, In Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos, by Lulu Delacre
All of these stories are based on real-life events. Starred review.
The Magician and the Spirits, by Deborah Noyes
Nonfiction about Harry Houdini, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and spiritualism by the author of Ten Days a Madwoman. Not only did I love that Nellie Bly book, I am always here for any and all things about Houdini and Doyle and spiritualism!
Did I miss anything? Which ones are you most breathlessly anticipating?
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.