THE LINES WE CROSS by Randa Abdel-Fattah
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"A meditation on a timely subject that never forgets to put its characters and their stories first. (Fiction. 12-17)"
An Afghani-Australian teen named Mina earns a scholarship to a prestigious private school and meets Michael, whose family opposes allowing Muslim refugees and immigrants into the country. Read full book review >
THE CLOSEST I'VE COME by Fred Aceves
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Heart-wrenching, funny, hopeful, and not-to-be-missed. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young Latino man grows up in a poor neighborhood in Tampa in this debut that follows him through his sophomore year of high school. Read full book review >

SOLO  by Kwame Alexander
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A contemporary hero's journey, brilliantly told. (Verse fiction. 14-adult)"
The 17-year-old son of a troubled rock star is determined to find his own way in life and love. Read full book review >
SAINTS AND MISFITS by S.K. Ali
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 13, 2017

"This quiet read builds to a satisfying conclusion; readers will be glad to make space in their hearts—and bookshelves—for Janna Yusuf. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Janna Yusuf has two major problems: the boy who assaults her at her friend's party is well-respected in the local Muslim community, and now the boy from school she's been crushing on likes her back. Read full book review >
LANDSCAPE WITH INVISIBLE HAND by M.T. Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Resplendent with Anderson's trademark dry, sarcastic wit, this brief, complicated read serves as a scathing social commentary and, as the title indicates, an interrogation of free market economics. (Science fiction. 14-adult)"
Humans inhabit the bottom echelons in this brief satirical novel of alien invasion that envisions a scenario more whimper than bang. Read full book review >

YVAIN by M.T. Anderson
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 14, 2017

"A compulsively readable and eminently enjoyable retelling that breathes new life into an old classic. (author's, illustrator's notes) (Graphic fantasy. 12-adult)"
The violence and romance of Arthurian legend practically pop off of the pages of Anderson (Symphony for the City of the Dead, 2015, etc.) and Offermann's (Well of Witches, 2016, etc.) striking graphic-novel adaptation of Chretien de Troyes' epic poem. Read full book review >
WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF by Elana K. Arnold
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2017

"Unflinchingly candid, unapologetically girl, and devastatingly vital. (author's note) (Fiction. 13-17)"
Pulling back the curtain on the wizard of social expectations, Arnold (Infandous, 2015, etc.) explores the real, knotted, messy, thriving heartbeat of young womanhood. Read full book review >
Released: March 28, 2017

"Captivating, powerful, and thought-provoking. (cast of characters, timeline, authors' note, sources, notes, bibliography, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 13-adult)"
This multilayered biography vividly introduces photographers Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, setting their careers in the context of the Spanish Civil War, the run-up to World War II, and the birth of modern photojournalism. Read full book review >