Travel to Australia and meet a boy with anti-immigrant views who falls for an Afghan refugee girl in The Lines We Cross (Scholastic, $18.99) by Randa Abdel-Fattah. Or follow 16-year-old Fabiola in American Street (Balzer & Bray/Harper Teen, $17.99) by Ibi Zoboi when her family emigrates from Haiti to Detroit and faces the stark realities of one girl’s struggles trying to find her way in a new world. Ages 13-17.
The countdown begins at 29 days. 29 days until Felix and the four-dimensional creature with which he shares his 13-year-old body will be separated. It was his father’s failed science experiment that landed Zyx within Felix when he was only three years old, and now Felix and Zyx are risking death in order to lead separate lives. Readers come to know Felix through his “secret blog” posts; Zyx provides acerbic commentary when he directs Felix to type. All of Felix’s family members are quirky, fresh, and often funny; this memorable debut novel by Lisa Bunker explores wholly original lives that move beyond binaries. A wide range of readers will enjoy the countdown to the Zero Moment and the epilogue of Felix Yz (Viking, $16.99). Ages 11-13.
We all know that fairytale stepmothers are supposed to be evil, but what about step-stepfathers? Anya, the second princess of the kingdom of Trallonia, prefers to avoid her boy-crazy older sister Morven and instead spends her time in the castle library with Gottfried, a wizard-turned-librarian, and the royal dog, Ardent. Her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her stepmother’s new husband, Duke Rikard, casts a spell that turns Morven’s latest princely love interest into a frog. Anya, Gottfried, and Ardent reluctantly embark upon a quest to gather the ingredients for the magic lip balm needed to change the prince back to human form. Frogkisser! (Scholastic, $18.99), the newest work of beloved fantasy author Garth Nix, is a fractured fairytale sure to satisfy. Ages 11-13.