SHAME THE STARS by Guadalupe García McCall
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Pura Belpré winner McCall delivers an ambitious, sardonically relevant historical novel—a must-read, complex twist on a political Shakespearean tragedy. (cast of characters, author's note, further reading, sources, glossary) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
In the early 1900s in Texas, the Mexican Revolution crosses the border, dividing the brown-skinned gente (people) from the white authority of the Texas Rangers. Read full book review >
SP4RX by Wren McDonald
Kirkus Star
by Wren McDonald, illustrated by Wren McDonald
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A pulls-no-punches techno-thriller; think Mr. Robot meets The Stepford Wives. (Graphic science fiction. 15 & up)"
In a gritty future, hackers must fight an evil corporation trying to turn humans into mechanically altered zombies. Read full book review >

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Readers will be ensnared in this ethereal narrative long before they even realize the net has been cast. (Magical realism. 13-17)"
McLemore (The Weight of Feathers, 2015) mesmerizes once again with a lush narrative set at the thresholds of identity, family, and devotion. Read full book review >
BURN BABY BURN by Meg Medina
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 8, 2016

"An important story of one of New York City's most dangerous times. (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
A Cuban-American girl comes of age in Flushing, Queens, in 1977, against the backdrop of the Son of Sam murder spree. Read full book review >
ALL WE HAVE LEFT by Wendy Mills
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Both a poignant contemplation on 9/11 and a necessary intervention in this current political climate. (timeline, author's note) (Fiction. 13-18)"
This election cycle, with its exacerbated Islamophobia, makes author Mills' (Positively Beautiful, 2015) fictive meditation on 9/11 and the 15 years after especially timely. Read full book review >

GEMINI by Sonya Mukherjee
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 26, 2016

"Compelling and suspenseful from Page 1; Clara and Hailey pull readers into their unique world and don't let go. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Twins Clara and Hailey, 17, are as close as it gets—conjoined at the lower back, entangled internally, sharing lower body sensations—but each harbors different dreams. Read full book review >
REPLICA by Lauren Oliver
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A reading experience not to be missed—or forgotten. (Science fiction. 15 & up)"
Two girls from very different backgrounds find autonomy, strength, and identity as they fight against corporate greed and medical corruption. Read full book review >
RANI PATEL IN FULL EFFECT by Sonia Patel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A powerfully particular, 100 percent genuine character commands this gutsy debut. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Rani Patel, daughter of Gujarati immigrants, feels isolated for more than one reason on the Hawaiian island of Molokai in 1991. Read full book review >