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By Sara Nisha Adams. 2021
A BEST OF SUMMER READ ACCORDING TO NEWSWEEK, PARADE MAGAZINE, NBC NEWS, LITHUB, AND POPSUGAR!An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about…how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people in a London suburb.Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in Wembley, in West London after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she’s facing at home.When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list…hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again.
By Kiki Swinson. 2021
National bestselling author Kiki Swinson never lets up with relentless characters, unpredictable twists, and a merciless depiction of Southern striving,…scheming—and dying. Now she takes you to the explosive beginnings of wild-card lawyer Yoshi Lomax, who discovers the easy way to success is an inescapable nightmare . . .The perfect edge . . . Brilliant, calculating, and reckless, Yoshi hungers to be a great lawyer, to make a difference—and to make her hard-working mother proud. But her prestigious law school is a rigged system of overwhelming work and hostile professors. On the outs with her best friend, and on the verge of flunking out, she soon finds a shortcut that could make all her dreams come true. The perfect elite . . . The school&’s wealthiest students live in a world where they make their own rules, are born into priceless connections, and enjoy endless entitlement. And Yoshi wastes no time infiltrating their privileged circle, learning their ways, adopting their bad habits—and getting much too close. The perfect trap . . . Until Yoshi goes one step too far—and discovers that every little lie, dirty secret, and easy betrayal has locked her into a lethal conspiracy. Now with her family, friends, and all she loves at stake, she must make a wrenching choice that could cost her more than her life . . .
By Briana Cole. 2021
Too much of a good thing . . . can be dangerous. Adventurous and open-minded, newlyweds Bridget and Roman…are determined to keep their relationship exciting. So, when they meet married swingers Corinne and Patrick, they&’re instantly drawn to their carefree glamour and warm promise of friendship. And after swapping spouses for one passionate, exhilarating night, Bridget and Roman feel fulfilled and closer together than ever . . . Until Corinne and Patrick start turning possessive, wanting more of them than Bridget and Roman can ever give. Soon, the young couple is plunged into a nightmare of suspicion, lies, and secrets in which they can&’t trust each other—or what they think they know about themselves. Pushed to the breaking point, they must uncover the truth behind the other couple&’s machinations. But when the dust settles, there&’s no guarantee Bridget and Roman will have their love—or anything else—left to save . . . Praise for Brianna Cole and her novels THE HEARTS WE BURN&“Lust, jealousy, betrayal, and desperation to survive drive this dramatic tale that will appeal to fans of contemporary multicultural romance authors De&’Nesha Diamond, Victoria Christopher Murray, and Shelly Ellis.&” —BooklistTHE WIVES WE PLAY &“Drama, drama, drama!&” —Cydney Rax &“Thrilling, unique, and so addicting! Briana Cole brings a spin to a taboo lifestyle that had me hooked from the first page. . . . A fantastic, enthralling novel that should not be missed!&” —Shanora Williams, New York Times bestseller and author of The Perfect Ruin &“Tempestuous, gripping, and downright salacious! Briana Cole explores the complexities of love while twirling on the razor&’s edge of twisted betrayals. A phenomenal, cinematically written debut!&” —N&’TYSE
By Natasha Ngan. 2021
New York Times bestselling author Natasha Ngan delivers a stunningly beautiful, heartbreaking finale to the epic Girls of Paper and…Fire series."Don't struggle, Lei-zhi. It's time to take you back to the Hidden Palce. You're going home."The final pages of Girls of Storm and Shadow brought a jaw-dropping conclusion that had the fates of Lei and Wren hanging in uncertainty. But one thing was certain - the Hidden Palace was the last place that Lei would ever consider home. The trauma and tragedy she suffered behind those opulent walls would plague her forever. She could not be trapped there with the sadistic king again, especially without Wren. The last Lei saw of the girl she loved, Wren was fighting an army of soldiers in a furious battle to the death. With the two girls torn apart and each in terrorizing peril, will they find each other again or have their destinies diverged forever?Girls of Fate and Fury is the epic conclusion to the "glittering" and "adrenaline-soaked" series by Natasha Ngan, hailed as "a stunning, new talent" for her "beautiful, lush, lyrical" writing.
By Ann Petry. 1953
BY THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE STREETWith a new introduction by Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of Libertie'Petry is the writer we…have been waiting for, hers are the stories we need to fully illuminate the questions of our moment, while also offering a page-turning good time' Tayari Jones'Her work endures not only because it illuminates reality, but because it harnesses the power of fiction to supplant it' Parul Sehgal, New York TimesLink Williams is a handsome, brilliant Dartmouth graduate whose promise is unfulfilled; because of the lack of opportunities for a young Black man, he tends bar in his New England town. The routine of his life is interrupted when he intervenes to save a woman from a late-night attack. The thick fog rolls in from the river, and it is only when the couple enters a bar that the couple can see each other. And it is as if the if the oxygen has left the room: Camilo is a wealthy, white married heiress, who has crossed the town's racial divide to relieve the tedium of her life. Brought together by chance, Link and Camilo draw each other into furtive encounters that violate the rigid and uncompromising social codes of their times.
By Richard Lewis. 2006
Ruslan slipped away from the café and the curious onlookers. He began to run, not knowing exactly why, but instinct…making him head away from the sea.... And in the distance, along the seafront of Ujung Karang, screams rose from a hundred, a thousand, mouths. Aceh, Indonesia. December 2004. Ruslan, an Indonesian boy, and Sarah, an American girl, are brought together in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami. Ruslan is searching for his missing father, while Sarah is trying to get medical treatment for her sick brother. Together they travel through the destruction, barely believing all that they see. The Killing Sea is a high-stakes survival story that puts a human face on a terrible tragedy. Richard Lewis, who lives in Indonesia, was there during the tsunami and worked as a relief worker in Aceh in the days and weeks following it. This novel is based on his firsthand experiences.
By Marion Kummerow. 2021
1944, Germany. Two sisters seek to overcome impossible odds to be reunited, in this utterly devastating and unforgettable novel about…sisterhood, courage and survival.All they had left was each other. Until the Nazis tore them apart.After years of hiding from the Nazis, Rachel Epstein and her little sister Mindel are captured by the Gestapo and sent to the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen. The only ray of light for either girl is that they are together.But on arrival they are separated. As she&’s seventeen and deemed an adult, Rachel is sent to work in a brutal factory whilst four-year-old Mindel is sent into the so-called &“star&” camp for Jewish prisoners. All on her own, Rachel knows her sister will have no chance of survival—unless she can find someone to take care of her.Working in the windowless, airless factory—filling munitions casings with chemicals that burn her fingers and make her eyes sting—the only thing that keeps Rachel going is the thought of her little sister. Because if there&’s even a chance Mindel is alive, Rachel knows she must try to save her.But, separated by barbed wire, and treated brutally by SS guards who do not even see them as human beings, can either of the orphaned sisters ever dare to hope that they&’ll find their way back to each other? And to freedom?A completely heartbreaking, utterly gripping tale of courage, loss and overcoming impossible odds, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Ragged Edge of Night and The Orphan&’s Tale.Readers are loving Not Without My Sister:&“Incredible… I couldn&’t stop reading… It would be a great movie… [It] made me cry.&” Rachel Wesson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“It made me weep… a roller coaster of emotions.&” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“[A] beautiful, heart-breaking story… a poignant story that will tug at even the most hardened heart strings, with beautifully drawn characters, and filled with raw emotion, it&’s a book that will stay with you long after you&’ve reached the last page.&” The Book Review Café&“A heartbreaking read that brought tears to my eyes… Both beautiful and harrowing.&” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“Heart-wrenching… such an emotional read, have your tissues ready.&” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“Beautifully told and heart wrenching… inspirational—one that you will not be able to put down and that will stay with you for a long time.&” Christian Novel Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“A story that will both break your heart and also have you hoping…
By Marion Kummerow. 2021
Margarete stumbles out of the bombed-out house, the dust settling around her like snow. Mistaking her for the dead officer&’s…daughter, a guard rushes over to gently ask her if she is all right and whether there&’s anything he can do to help her. She glances down at where the hated yellow star had once been, and with barely a pause, she replies &“Yes&”.Berlin, 1941: Margarete Rosenbaum is working as a housemaid for a senior Nazi officer when his house is bombed, leaving her the only survivor. But when she&’s mistaken for his daughter in the aftermath of the blast, Margarete knows she can make a bid for freedom…Issued with temporary papers—and with the freedom of not being seen as Jewish—a few hours are all she needs to escape to relative safety. That is, until her former employer&’s son, SS officer Wilhelm Huber, tracks her down.But strangely he doesn&’t reveal her true identity right away. Instead he insists she comes and lives with him in Paris, and seems determined to keep her hidden. His only condition: she must continue to pretend to be his sister. Because whoever would suspect a Nazi girl of secretly being a Jew?His plan seems impossible, and Margarete is terrified they might be found out, not to mention worried about what Wilhelm might want in return. But as the Nazis start rounding up Jews in Paris and the Résistance steps up its activities, putting everyone who opposes the regime in peril, she realizes staying hidden in plain sight may be her only chance of survival…Can Margarete trust a Nazi officer with the only things she has left though… her safety, her life, even her heart?A totally heartbreaking and unputdownable story about how far someone would go to save one life, that fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See will adore.Readers are loving A Light in the Window:&‘Wonderful, wonderful… I was blown away by this book. I couldn&’t put it down. I ignored everything and everyone until I finished it.&” Nicki&’s Book Blog, 5 stars&“Blew me away… You get engulfed in the storytelling until the end!… Perfect!… I loved this book – I lost my whole day reading – just couldn't bear to put it down!&” NetGalley reviewer&“I can&’t put into words how incredible A Light in the Window is… Extraordinary, well written, beautiful story.&” Goodreads reviewer&“This story was heartbreaking and riveting. I was up until wee hours of the morning reading it. It couldn&’t put it down until I found out what was happening next.&” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars&“Emotional… Will pull at your heart strings with each turn of the page…
1936, Nazi-ruled Berlin. A heartbreaking and stunningly powerful novel of friendship, courage and betrayal, about two girls whose lives collide…in war-torn Berlin, and whose friendship is the only thing that might get them out alive.They sat together on the roof, watching Berlin burn, as traces of smoke and cloud floated through the air. &“I just want to be free,&” Rosa said quietly, &“Even if only for a few minutes. It might be the last chance I have.&”From her beautiful new home in Berlin, a young woman named Liesel Scholz barely notices the changes to the city around her. Her life is one of privilege and safety thanks to her father&’s job working for the new government.But a chance encounter with Rosa, the daughter of their Jewish housekeeper, confirms Liesel&’s fears that something isn&’t right. That the Nazi government&’s brutal rules are cruel and dangerous, and that others aren&’t as safe as she is. When Rosa begs Liesel to help—pressing her grandfather&’s gold pocket watch into Liesel&’s hand—Liesel recklessly agrees.She will help hide Rosa and her loved ones—in the dusty, unused rooms at the top of their house—even if it means putting everyone she loves in danger. Even if it means risking her own life.Frankfurt, 1946: An idealistic American captain, Sam Houghton, arrives in Germany to interrogate prominent Nazis on trial and to help rebuild a battered country. When he hires an enigmatic, damaged interpreter named Anna, he doesn&’t expect sparks to fly between them. Perhaps there is a chance of love for both of them. But then the question of what happened to Anna in the war raises its head.Because Anna has secrets—ones that link her to Berlin, the Nazi party, and the story of one gold pocket watch and two young women who became friends, even when they were told it was impossible…A compelling and haunting story about courage, love and betrayal set in war-torn Berlin. Fans of The Alice Network, All the Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale will be not be able to put this down.Readers are loving The Girl from Berlin:&“Beautiful, strong and absorbing… I confess to shedding tears… This is a powerhouse of emotions, activity and full of heart… An absorbing read, intelligently written, pacey and a real page turner. It gripped me from the very beginning.&” Reviewing Recommended Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“I was utterly engrossed from the start… so haunting and raw, it hits you deep into your very core… Aheartbreaking and yet powerful novel… utterly amazing… I devoured it and felt so upset when I finished it… I cannot praise it enough… [A] raw and heart wrenching novel that pulls at your heart strings but it&’s hard not to adore it for its power…
By Marion Kummerow. 2021
&“Please, let me help. I won&’t tell anyone.&” It was madness to help an escaped prisoner in Nazi Germany, but…how could she not? If it weren&’t for a lucky strike of fate, she might be the woman on the ground shivering with fear. A light of hope entered the prisoner&’s eyes and she knew what she had to do… 1942, Germany: When a young woman calling herself Annegret Huber unexpectedly inherits a huge fortune, including a house and factory just outside Berlin, her first thought is to try to see out the war quietly, avoiding the Gestapo and SS as best she can. No one needs to know her dark secret. She must focus on staying hidden. Because she can&’t risk being exposed for who she truly is. Not really Annegret. But a girl living a secret life. A girl who was once called Margarete. But then an encounter with an escaped prisoner changes everything, as Margarete discovers what is happening at the factory and its attached labor camp. Witnessing first-hand the suffering of prisoners—shivering, with faces gaunt from hunger, as they work in brutal and cruel conditions—she realises she must act. If she can save just one life, she knows she has to. Because the truth is that Margarete resembles the prisoners in the camp in ways she daren&’t admit. And on the other side of the fence, she has seen a face that is achingly familiar… An absolutely gripping and devastating story, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, All the Light We Cannot See, and My Name is Eva. Readers are loving From the Dark We Rise: &“Totally immersing… Pure escapism… If you enjoyed Schindler&’s List and love a fast-paced 5-star historical fiction featuring a strong female protagonist, this book needs to be on your radar.&’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ &“I devoured this book within about a 24-hour period… Gut-wrenching scenes… I felt really tense as I was reading… There is heartache and hope and at times I felt as if I could hardly take a breath.&” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ &“This author is seriously becoming one of my favorite historical fiction WW2 authors… I was feeling all of the emotions, and fear that our main character was feeling, plus the story just came off the page and came to life.&” Spooky's Maze Of Books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ &“Brilliant… Both incredibly sad and encouragingly hopeful.&” Christian Novel Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ &“Highly addictive… Plenty of suspense, drama, mystery, intrigue, and surprises to keep even the seasoned historical fiction reader on their toes. Margarete is such a strong and complex lead character that I devoured her story…
By Kate Hewitt. 2021
1938, Salzburg. A powerful story of hope, forbidden love, and incredible courage, about three sisters who will risk everything—even their…own lives—as part of the resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Austria.Johanna, Birgit and Lotte Eder have always lived quiet lives, working in their father&’s clockmaking shop and helping their mother in the house. But like many other Austrians, they find it impossible to ignore the changes in the world around them.At first Johanna finds it hard to believe the Nazis pose a real threat. But then her father hires Franz to help in his shop. He&’s kind and soulful, with dark eyes that twinkle with intelligence. But he&’s Jewish, and as Johanna falls for him, she realizes that loving him puts them all in danger.Then comes the Anschluss—the reunification of Austria and Germany under Nazi rule. The three sisters&’ lives have become ever more separate with Lotte joining the convent at Nonnberg Abbey and Birgit&’s secret involvement with the Resistance. But as Johanna realizes how mistaken she was about the level of danger, she begins to see that it may be down to her to protect the man she loves.She knows that she can&’t do it alone though. She will have to turn to the people she trusts the most: her sisters.The three of them work together to try to get Franz to the safety of Switzerland, and they soon prove invaluable to the Resistance. But they&’re risking everything. Can three women who would die for each other, also be prepared to die for what is right?The sisters&’ subsequent journey from Nazi-occupied Salzburg to the devastating concentration camps of Ravensbruck and Mauthausen will show the strength of human spirit like never before. As, out of the darkness, a tiny seed of hope flowers…A totally heartbreaking and impossibly powerful story about love, tragedy, and the power of humanity. Perfect for fans of The Nightingale, The Lilac Girls and The Sound of Music.Readers are loving The Edelweiss Sisters:&“A heart-breaking, tear-jerking and emotional book... I was so hooked into the story that I felt I was living with these sisters during that time!! The ending was so sad, heart-breaking that I felt like I wanted to cry… I stayed up all night reading… and didn&’t want to let this book go!… A tear-jerking, heart-breaking emotional tale of three sisters who are brave and courageous women… Will keep you up all night.&” Tropical Girl Reads Books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“Soooo hauntingly raw & captivating, it was so hard to put it down. Reading this, I felt instantly transported… This is one novel I would 100% recommend putting on your TBR list this summer… It will completely move you and pull at your heart strings…
By James Patterson, Mindy McGinnis. 2021
Hawk, the daughter of Maximum Ride, teams with her mother up to help save their beloved but dangerous city in…this action-packed thriller.For Hawk, being a hero weighs heavily on her wings. In the City of the Dead, life happens in the shadows. That's why a war is brewing against an enemy no one can see. Hawk and Maximum Ride never back down from a conflict, or from each other, and they argue more than they agree.But as the dead begin to outnumber the living, a mother's experience and a daughter's instinct can make one powerful arsenal.
By Jo Piazza, Christine Pride. 2021
A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK "[A] propulsive, deeply felt tale of race and friendship." — People " We…Are Not Like Them will stay with you long after you turn the last page." —Laura Dave, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me Told from alternating perspectives, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event—a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives. Jen and Riley have been best friends since kindergarten. As adults, they remain as close as sisters, though their lives have taken different directions. Jen married young, and after years of trying, is finally pregnant. Riley pursued her childhood dream of becoming a television journalist and is poised to become one of the first Black female anchors of the top news channel in their hometown of Philadelphia. But the deep bond they share is severely tested when Jen's husband, a city police officer, is involved in the shooting of an unarmed Black teenager. Six months pregnant, Jen is in freefall as her future, her husband's freedom, and her friendship with Riley are thrown into uncertainty. Covering this career-making story, Riley wrestles with the implications of this tragic incident for her Black community, her ambitions, and her relationship with her lifelong friend. Like Tayari Jones's An American Marriage and Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things , We Are Not Like Them explores complex questions of race and how they pervade and shape our most intimate spaces in a deeply divided world. But at its heart, it's a story of enduring friendship—a love that defies the odds even as it faces its most difficult challenges
By Heather Morris. 2021
This program includes exclusive archival audio. From Heather Morris, the New York Times bestselling author of the multi-million copy bestseller…The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka's Journey : a story of family, courage, and resilience, inspired by a true story. Against all odds, three Slovakian sisters have survived years of imprisonment in the most notorious death camp in Nazi Germany: Auschwitz. Livia, Magda, and Cibi have clung together, nearly died from starvation and overwork, and the brutal whims of the guards in this place of horror. But now, the allies are closing in and the sisters have one last hurdle to face: the death march from Auschwitz, as the Nazis try to erase any evidence of the prisoners held there. Due to a last minute stroke of luck, the three of them are able to escape formation and hide in the woods for days before being rescued. And this is where the story begins. From there, the three sisters travel to Israel, to their new home, but the battle for freedom takes on new forms. Livia, Magda, and Cibi must face the ghosts of their past—and some secrets that they have kept from each other—to find true peace and happiness. Inspired by a true story, and with events that overlap with those of Lale, Gita, and Cilka, The Three Sisters will hold a place in listeners' hearts and minds as they experience what true courage really is. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press
By Kelly J. Baptist. 2021
Xavier Moon is stepping out of the shadows when his great-uncle gives him some outlandish socks and some even stranger…requests. A story about heart, confidence, and standing on your own two feet that is perfect for fans of The Season of Styx Malone and The Parker Inheritance. "An excellent read-alike to Jacqueline Woodson&’s Harbor Me or Janae Marks&’ F rom the Desk of Zoe Washington. &” –Booklist, Starred Review "A warm but authentic picture of a middle schooler figuring out who he is and who he wants to be." –The Bulletin Xavier Moon is not one to steal the show. He&’s perfectly content to play video games and sit at his bedroom window watching the neighborhood talk outside. But for Xavier&’s twelfth birthday, he receives a pair of funky socks and a challenge from his great-uncle, Frankie Bell, saying it&’s time to swag out and speak up. First on the list: get into the legendary Scepter League. Xavier&’s grandfather, great-uncle, and father were all invited to join the elite boys&’ after-school club that admits only the most suave and confident young men. Xavier has never had the courage to apply before, but his wild socks are getting him some big attention, so maybe it&’s time to come out of the shadows and follow in his family's footsteps. Or maybe Xavier will march down a new path altogether
By Tiffany D. Jackson. 2021
The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic…haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson! Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper. The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That's only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there's a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone. But "running from ghosts" is just a metaphor, right? As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn't limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks
By Ryan Douglass. 2021
An Instant New York Times Bestseller! Get Out meets Holly Jackson in this YA social thriller where survival is not…a guarantee. Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people everywhere. But he can't decide what's worse: being a medium forced to watch the dead play out their last moments on a loop or being at the mercy of racist teachers as one of the few Black students at St. Clair Prep. Both are a living nightmare he wishes he could wake up from. But things at St. Clair start looking up with the arrival of another Black student—the handsome Allister—and for the first time, romance is on the horizon for Jake. Unfortunately, life as a medium is getting worse. Though most ghosts are harmless and Jake is always happy to help them move on to the next place, Sawyer Doon wants much more from Jake. In life, Sawyer was a troubled teen who shot and killed six kids at a local high school before taking his own life. Now he's a powerful, vengeful ghost and he has plans for Jake. Suddenly, everything Jake knows about dead world goes out the window as Sawyer begins to haunt him. High school soon becomes a different kind of survival game—one Jake is not sure he can win
By Alessandra Narváez Varela. 2021
"Fans of The House on Mango Street and The House of Spirits will be riveted"- Booklist , Starred Review A…13-year-old girl growing up in Mexico is visited by her 30-year-old future self in this powerful Young Adult novel in verse about accepting yourself. Out of nowhere, a lady comes up to Anamaria and says she&’s her , from the future . But Anamaria&’s thirteen, she knows better than to talk to a stranger. Girls need to be careful, especially in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico-it&’s the 90&’s and fear is overtaking her beloved city as cases of kidnapped girls and women become alarmingly common. This thirty-year-old &“future&” lady doesn&’t seem to be dangerous but she won&’t stop bothering her, switching between cheesy Hallmark advice about being kind to yourself, and some mysterious talk about saving a girl. Anamaria definitely doesn&’t need any saving, she&’s doing just fine. She works hard at her strict, grade-obsessed middle school-so hard that she hardly gets any sleep; so hard that the stress makes her snap not just at mean girls but even her own (few) friends; so hard that when she does sleep she dreams about dying-but she just wants to do the best she can so she can grow up to be successful. Maybe Thirty&’s right, maybe she&’s not supposed to be so exhausted with her life, but how can she ask for help when her city is mourning the much bigger tragedy of its stolen girls? This thought-provoking, moving verse novel will lead adult and young adult readers alike to vital discussions on important topics-like dealing with depression and how to recognize this in yourself and others-through the accessible voice of a thirteen-year-old girl
By Lauren Blackwood. 2021
* REESE'S BOOK CLUB FALL 2021 YA PICK * "Lauren Blackwood's can't-miss debut is a magical, Ethiopian-inspired remix of Jane…Eyre ." - Harper's Bazaar What the heart desires, the house destroys... Andromeda is a debtera—an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. She would be hired, that is, if her mentor hadn't thrown her out before she could earn her license. Now her only hope of steady work is to find a Patron—a rich, well-connected individual who will vouch for her abilities. When a handsome young heir named Magnus Rochester reaches out to hire her, she takes the job without question. Never mind that he's rude and demanding and eccentric, that the contract comes with a number of outlandish rules... and that almost a dozen debtera had quit before her. If Andromeda wants to earn a living, she has no choice. But she quickly realizes this is a job like no other, with horrifying manifestations at every turn, and that Magnus is hiding far more than she has been trained for. Death is the most likely outcome if she stays, the reason every debtera before her quit. But leaving Magnus to live out his curse alone isn't an option because—heaven help her—she's fallen for him. Stunningly romantic, Lauren Blackwood's heartstopping debut, Within These Wicked Walls, ushers in an exciting new fantasy voice. "An intricate magic system, a grimly humorous Black heroine, AND a heart-thumping romance? This book leaves nothing wanting." - Jordan Ifueko, New York Times bestselling author of Raybearer
By Elisabet Velasquez. 2021
"The energy. The clarity. The beauty. Elisabet Velasquez brings it all. . . . Her voice is FIRE!"— New York…Times bestselling author Jacqueline Woodson An unforgettable, torrential, and hopeful debut young adult novel-in-verse that redefines what it means to "make it,&” for readers of Nicholasa Mohr and Elizabeth Acevedo. Sarai is a first-generation Puerto Rican eighth grader who can see with clarity the truth, pain, and beauty of the world both inside and outside her Bushwick apartment. Together with her older sister Estrella, she navigates the strain of family traumas and the systemic pressures of toxic masculinity and housing insecurity in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Sarai questions the society around her, her Boricua identity, and the life she lives with determination and an open heart, learning to celebrate herself in a way that she has been denied. When We Make It is a love letter to anyone who was taught to believe that they would not make it. To those who feel their emotions before they can name them. To those who still may not have all the language but they have their story. Velasquez&’ debut novel is sure to leave an indelible mark on all who read it.