AKISSI by Marguerite Abouet
Released: May 8, 2018

"An unforgettable, boundary-busting, falling-over-funny collection that defies the narrow representations English-language readers receive of growing African girls—we stand desperately in need of more Akissi and more Abouet. (recipes) (Graphic short stories. 8-14)"
Compiled from a bestselling comics franchise in France, this import captures the hilarious misadventures of a township girl as she rewrites the bounds of African girlhood one comical short story at a time. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS by Sophie Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Heartbreaking, uplifting, and absolutely beautiful. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
In this reimagining of Russian tales of Baba Yaga, Yagas act as benevolent Guardians of The Gate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Read full book review >

THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE by M.T. Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Monty Python teams up with Maxwell Smart for a wrestling match with Tolkien—splendid. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Spy thrills meet fantasy rivalries as an elitist elf and a bookish goblin strike up a cross-cultural kerfuffle in Anderson and Yelchin's collaborative meditation on prejudice. Read full book review >
SMALL SPACES by Katherine Arden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Chillingly tender. (Horror. 8-13)"
A girl steals a book and is swept up in its eerie origins. Read full book review >
IVY ABERDEEN'S LETTER TO THE WORLD by Ashley Herring Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2018

"Ivy's story is no mere niche-filler in LGBTQ middle-grade realism—it's a standard-setter. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen finds comfort in drawing; she keeps a private sketchbook the way other kids her age keep written diaries. Read full book review >

FACING FREDERICK by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A spirited biography that fully honors its redoubtable subject. (author's note, timeline, source notes, selected sources, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
The story of one of the most iconic and photographed figures in American history. Read full book review >
SANITY & TALLULAH by Molly Brooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Interlaced with spot-on dialogue that is full of humor, this page-turner delivers. (Graphic science fiction. 8-12)"
Hijinks ensue when a clandestine "carnivorous bioengineering experiment" escapes on a space station. Read full book review >
ANA MARIA REYES DOES NOT LIVE IN A CASTLE by Hilda Eunice Burgos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Readers will find places in their hearts for this strong and multifaceted character. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ana Maria dreams of going to a top-notch private school, but with her family's income, only a full scholarship will make her dream come true. Read full book review >