A LAND OF PERMANENT GOODBYES by Atia Abawi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A heartbreaking, haunting, and necessary story that offers hope while laying bare the bleakness of the world Tareq leaves and the new one he seeks to join. (Fiction. 12-18)"
From award-winning journalist Abawi (The Secret Sky, 2014) comes an unforgettable novel that brings readers face to face with the global refugee crisis. Read full book review >
THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 6, 2018

"Poignant and real, beautiful and intense, this story of a girl struggling to define herself is as powerful as Xiomara's name: 'one who is ready for war.' (Verse fiction. 14-18)"
Poetry helps first-generation Dominican-American teen Xiomara Batista come into her own. Read full book review >

IRON RIVER by Daniel Acosta
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A dense story with rich associative leaps, the novel will prompt discussions about race, class, sexuality, and gender. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Haunted by nightmares and the dangers of life in a Los Angeles barrio, Manuel Maldonado Jr.'s courageous testimony forever changes his community. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 6, 2018

"Powerful, captivating, and raw—Adeyemi is a talent to watch. Exceptional. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Seventeen-year-old Zélie and companions journey to a mythic island seeking a chance to bring back magic to the land of Orïsha, in a fantasy world infused with the textures of West Africa. Read full book review >
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Not everybody lives, and certainly not 'happily ever after'—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice's fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched. (Fantasy. 16-adult)"
A ferocious young woman is drawn into her grandmother's sinister fairy-tale realm in this pitch-black fantasy debut. Read full book review >

LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT by Becky Albertalli
Released: April 24, 2018

"A subversive take on the coming-of-age romance that will leave readers feeling like witnesses to a very special moment in Leah's life and filled with gratitude for sharing it. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Leah Burke is perched on the precipice of change in the final months of senior year, before everyone in her diverse friend group scatters off to become their college selves. Read full book review >
THE PLACE BETWEEN BREATHS by An Na
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"Thoughtful readers who appreciate literary fiction will find much to savor in this lyrical novel suffused with beauty and terror. (Fiction. 12-adult)"
Walking away from those we love most may seem like the kindest thing we can do, but it's a choice that will forever haunt those we leave behind. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Revealing our racialized past and arguing that we must refashion our nation in pursuit of a new, beloved, and just society. (discussion guide, sources, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
"It is time to rethink America." Read full book review >