As Brave as You - Jason Reynolds

For eleven-year-old Genie and his older brother, Ernie, spending a month of summer in rural Virginia with their grandparents is a world away from life in Brooklyn. Constantly curious Genie has a lot questions— especially about his grandfather. Through spending time with Grandpop, he learns family secrets and how the residual effects of Jim Crow have taken their toll. Filled with joy, pain, and an abundance of humor, As Brave as You (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $16.99) is Coretta Scott King and Walter Award winner Jason Reynolds’s debut middle-grade novel. Beautifully written with a sense of place and rich characterization, this is an epic to be savored long after the last days of summer. Ages 10-13.

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ISBN: 9781481415910
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - May 9th, 2017

The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

Mystery, romance, and Indian folklore and mythology are interwoven in Roshani Chokshi’s eloquent debut novel.  Seventeen-year-old Mayavati has been cursed with a horoscope that proclaims she is destined to marry “death and destruction.” When Amar, a hitherto-unknown suitor, rescues Maya from a near-death experience, he calls her The Star-Touched Queen (St. Martin’s Griffin, $18.99). Amar has chosen Maya for her cleverness, her restless spirit, and the “fury in her heart.” In this story of reincarnation and the power of memory and illusions, Maya’s quest for truth and independence ultimately leads her to believe in herself— and true love. Ages 14-18.

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ISBN: 9781250085474
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 26th, 2016

Thanks for the Trouble - Tommy Wallach

Parker Santé has seen “perfect sadness.” When his father died five years ago, Parker became mute. He is now drifting through life, spending time in hotels stealing from the rich rather than focusing on his future. Events take a dramatic turn when he meets the latest victim of his thievery, the beautiful, enigmatic Zelda, who claims to have been born in 1770. New York Times best-selling author Tommy Wallach, we’d like to say Thanks for the Trouble (Simon & Schuster, $17.99) and for this finely crafted, sardonic, but romantic tale that speaks to loss and the beauty of human connections. Ages 14-18.

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ISBN: 9781481418805
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 23rd, 2016