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Hey there book nerds,

We three here at Booked All Night have read a great many books over the past 300+ days. With everything that has happened this year and the seasonal change, it’s time for us to read for fun and not for content.

We’ll be hibernating for a little but we do have things planned for you in the meantime.

Make sure to check out 25 Days of BookRecs, our annual posting of 4 and 5-star book reviews which we posted over the year. It’s a great way of getting ideas for the gift-giving season as well as for building up your TBR.

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The Comeback

E. L. Shen’s The Comeback is a heartfelt, #OwnVoices middle-grade debut about a young girl trying to be a champ–in figure skating and in life.

Twelve-year-old Maxine Chen is just trying to nail that perfect landing: on the ice, in middle school, and at home, where her parents worry that competitive skating is too much pressure for a budding tween. Maxine isn’t concerned, however–she’s determined to glide to victory. But then a bully at school starts teasing Maxine for her Chinese heritage, leaving her stunned and speechless. And at the rink, she finds herself up against a stellar new skater named Hollie, whose grace and skill threaten to edge Maxine out of the competition. With everything she knows on uneven ice, will Maxine crash under the pressure? Or can she power her way to a comeback?

Set in Lake Placid, New York, this is a spunky yet stirring middle-grade story that examines racism, female rivalry and friendship, and the enduring and universal necessity of love and support.

The Comeback, E. L. Shen
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Publish Date: January 19, 2021

The first line of the back copy promises me something heartfelt and that’s exactly what I got.

There’s so much to love about Maxine: her work ethic, her aspirations, and her personality.

I loved reading about a girl athlete who knew where she wanted to go and the general cost of her dreams. Maxine is well aware that rink time costs money and that money doesn’t grow on trees. She prioritizes her time on the ice, which was refreshing to see. Too often, I read books about talented kids who don’t work toward their victories. I absolutely loved that Maxine wasn’t going to let anything stand in her way.

Throughout The Comeback, Maxine is bullied for being Chinese. Her bully even goes so far as to use racial slurs. His words and actions lead Maxine into crisis which affects her self-esteem as well as her performance on the ice. But Maxine is lucky to have support at every turn.

She leaves old, problematic friends behind and makes new ones with her competitors and senior skating idols. This was another point that absolutely kept me reading: Maxine makes friends with her competition.

I thought that was a nice healthy way to build relationships in her sport. Too often, we see competition taken out of the field (or off the ice, in this case). I’m glad to see it portrayed in a different way.

There were many scenes that simply broke my heart. One, in particular, involved Maxine purchasing stickers to place on her eyes to give her less Asian-looking eyelids.

This is definitely a book I will be putting aside so that I can read it with my future child.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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EXCERPT: Girlhood

What does a teenage girl dream about in Nigeria or New York? How does she spend her days in Mongolia, the Midwest, and the Middle East?
All around the world, girls are going to school, working, dreaming up big futures–they are soccer players and surfers, ballerinas and chess champions. Yet we know so little about their daily lives. We often hear about challenges and catastrophes in the news, and about exceptional girls who make headlines. But even though the health, education, and success of girls so often determines the future of a community, we don’t know more about what life is like for the ordinary girls, the ones living outside the headlines.
From the Americas to Europe to Africa to Asia to the South Pacific, the thirty teens from twenty-seven countries in Girlhood share their own stories of growing up through diary entries and photographs, and the girls’ stories are put in context with reporting and research that helps us understand the circumstances and communities they live in. This full-color, exuberantly designed volume is a portrait of ordinary girlhood around the world, and of the world, as seen through girls’ eyes.

Girlhood
Masuma Ahuja
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publish Date: February 09, 2021
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EXCERPT: Girlhood: Teens Around The World In Their Own Voices

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Masuma Ahuja

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I tell human stories that help us understand gender, power, and politics around the world.

I’m the author of GIRLHOOD, a book documenting the lives of teenage girls around the world for Algonquin Books, out February 2021. The book is based on a newsletter and series that I wrote for The Washington Post’s The Lily.

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Girlhood: Teens Around The World In Their Own Voices

What do the lives of teenage girls look like in Cambodia and Kenya, in Mongolia and the Midwest? What do they worry about and dream of? What happens on an ordinary day?

All around the world, girls are going to school, working, creating, living as sisters, daughters, friends. Yet we know so little about their daily lives. We hear about a few exceptional girls who make headlines, and we hear about headline-making struggles and catastrophes. But since the health, education, and success of girls so often determines the future of a community, why don’t we know more about what life is like for the ordinary girls, the ones living outside the headlines? From the Americas to Europe to Africa to Asia to the South Pacific, the thirty-one teens from twenty-nine countries in Girlhood Around the World share their own stories of growing up through diary entries and photographs. They invite us into their day-to-day lives, through their eyes and in their voices, in a full-color, exuberantly designed scrapbook-like volume.

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publish Date: February 09, 2021
Pages: 256

Thirty girls and twenty-seven countries, just to remind us all that every girl has big dreams.

What I enjoyed the most were the similarities in all of the stories. This is in part from the formulaic interviews they each answered, but also the general universality of being a teenage girl.

They all rely on their friends.

They love their families.

Their surroundings have inspired their dreams to be athletes, teachers, doctors, and mothers.

I think this is publishing at the right time. When so many of us are focused on what makes us different, here is a book that shows us how we all relate.

One of my favorite things about it was how it felt like a scrapbook, which you can see in the excerpts on our Patreon (or you can wait until tomorrow when we post them publicly). There are pictures, quotes, and diary entries from each of the thirty girls who were interviewed.

There are some entries and statistics which I wish had come with a content warning, but it is still information we need to hear.

What is shared in Girlhood, is directly from these teens with little to no moderation. It makes it feel honest and genuine.

My Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Girlhood: Teens Around The World
Edited by Masuma Ahuja

“Full of pictures and the unique voices of teenage girls in a variety of situations and cultures, this book provides a snapshot of teens’ lives around the world.”
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“These girls’ heartfelt, hopeful, and inspiring narratives will resonate with teenage girls everywhere.”
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“An inviting and appealing collection.”
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February Middle-Grade Book Covers To Hang On Your Wall

Don’t lie and say you don’t judge a book by its cover. WE. LOVE. COVER. ART. And there are plenty of books on my shelf that I have no intention of reading but they sure do look pretty. So here are some for yours! Plus, a printable!

Red, White, and Whole – Rajani Larocca

A heartbreakingly hopeful #ownvoices novel in verse about an Indian American girl whose life is turned upside down when her mother is diagnosed with leukemia.

Reha feels torn between two worlds: school, where she’s the only Indian American student, and home, with her family’s traditions and holidays. But Reha’s parents don’t understand why she’s conflicted—they only notice when Reha doesn’t meet their strict expectations. Reha feels disconnected from her mother, or Amma, although their names are linked—Reha means “star” and Punam means “moon”—but they are a universe apart.

Then Reha finds out that her Amma is sick. Really sick.

Reha, who dreams of becoming a doctor even though she can’t stomach the sight of blood, is determined to make her Amma well again. She’ll be the perfect daughter, if it means saving her Amma’s life.

From Indies Introduce author Rajani LaRocca comes a radiant story about the ties that bind and how to go on in the face of unthinkable loss. This is the perfect next read for fans of Jasmine Warga and Thanhhà Lại.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S – Davis Levithan

New York Times bestselling author David Levithan takes young readers on twisting journey through truth, reality, and fantasy and belief.

Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears. Where has he been? The story he tells is simply. . . impossible. But it’s the story Aidan is sticking to.

His brother, Lucas, wants to believe him. But Lucas is aware of what other people, including their parents, are saying: that Aidan is making it all up to disguise the fact that he ran away.

When the kids in school hear Aidan’s story, they taunt him. But still, Aidan clings to his story. And as he becomes more of an outcast, Lucas becomes more and more concerned. Being on Aidan’s side would mean believing in the impossible. But how can you believe in the impossible when everything and everybody is telling you not to?

One Jar of Magic – Corey Ann Haydu

From the critically acclaimed author of Eventown comes a hopeful and empowering tale set in an enchanting world of magic and mysterious family secrets—perfect for fans of Anne Ursu, Rebecca Stead, and Wendy Mass.

Magic is like a dream. Delightful. Terrifying. Unreal.

Rose Alice Anders is Little Luck. Lucky to be born into the Anders family. Lucky to be just as special and magical as the most revered man in town—her father. The whole town has been waiting for Rose to turn twelve, when she can join them in their annual capturing of magic on New Year’s Day and become the person she was born to be.

But when that special day finally comes, Rose barely captures one tiny jar of magic. Now Rose’s dad won’t talk to her anymore and her friendships have gotten all twisted and wrong. So when Rose hears whispers that there are people who aren’t meant for magic at all, she begins to wonder if that’s who she belongs with.

Maybe if she’s away from all the magic, away from her dad telling her who she’s meant to be, who she has to be, Rose can begin to piece together what’s truly real in a world full of magic.

The Last Bear – Hannah Gold

An instant classic with a bear-sized heart, Hannah Gold’s debut novel is a touching story of kindness, adventure, and forging your own path—perfect for fans of Pax and A Wolf Called Wander.

There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to a faraway Arctic outpost.

But one night, April catches a glimpse of something distinctly bear shaped loping across the horizon. A polar bear who shouldn’t be there—who is hungry, lonely and a long way from home.

An excellent choice for readers in grades 3 to 7, this fierce celebration of friendship includes full-page black-and-white illustrations throughout, as well as information about the real Bear Island and the plight of the polar bears.

Ancestors Approved – Cynthia Leitich Smith

Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.

Native families from Nations across the continent gather at the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In a high school gym full of color and song, people dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. Young protagonists will meet relatives from faraway, mysterious strangers, and sometimes one another (plus one scrappy rez dog).

They are the heroes of their own stories.

Featuring stories and poems by:
Joseph Bruchac
Art Coulson
Christine Day
Eric Gansworth
Carole Lindstrom
Dawn Quigley
Rebecca Roanhorse
David A. Robertson
Andrea L. Rogers
Kim Rogers
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Monique Gray Smith
Traci Sorell,
Tim Tingle
Erika T. Wurth
Brian Young

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Sky Beyond The Storm

Prepare for the jaw-dropping finale of Sabaa Tahir’s beloved New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, and discover: Who will survive the storm? Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off…The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.

By his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory–or to an unimaginable doom.

And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life–and love–he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save–or destroy–all that he knows.

Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: December 01, 2020
Pages: 528
Sky Beyond The Storm

I own three different copies of every book in this series. I have a physical copy for my bookshelves, I have an e-copy for reading, and an audiobook for listening. It has been a long time since I have loved a series from page one to the end and I still can’t believe the wild ride this one has been.

To try and avoid one long primal scream, let’s pick some highlights from the series:

  • When Elias saved Laia from the Commandant.
  • When Helene healed Elias by singing.
  • When Elias almost killed Helene but she was lucky enough to be wearing special armor.
  • When Helene had to hunt Elias down but was slowly growing attached to Harper.
  • When the Commandant poisoned Elias
  • When Laia first turn invisible
  • When Izzie dies
  • When Keenan turns out to be the Nightbringer
  • Everything about the Nightbringer
  • When Elias becomes the Soul Catcher
  • When Marcus goes completely insane
  • When the ghosts escape and attacked the tribal caravans
  • When we learned what the Scholars did to the Jinn
  • When we learned that Cook was actually Laia’s mother
  • When Helene takes off her mask and gives it to the Nightbringer
  • When Elias meets his grandmother’s ghost
  • When we learned that the Augurs were actually among the Scholars who tricked the jinn 1,000 years ago

And that’s just the first three books. So let’s talk about Sky Beyond the Storm now.

But first.

Deep breath in.

And scream.

As always, Sabaa Tahir’s prose is unfathomably beautiful and full of new and wonderful words. As a writer myself, Tahir’s work has been, and continues to be, a reminder not to look down on my audience.

Throughout the series her characters have emoted on the page like actors in a movie. Her writing is so clear that I have clear memories in my head of these emotional scenes. I have never felt like I have read her work, more like I experienced it.

And Sky Beyond The Storm is no different.

I spent a long time coming out of my depressive funk by reading through Part 1, which makes up roughly 50% of the book. If anything, I will say that Helene’s sections, although action packed, really slowed the pacing of the book as a whole. And yet, I still don’t feel like I should take a star for it. Even the slowest sections of A Skey Beyond The Storm had meaningful moments (*AHEM* AVITAS HARPER *AHEM*).

Sabaa Tahir has an amazing talent for plot reveals and I cannot discuss it further without ruining multiple books for you (as I may have already with my list at the start of this review).

As the series is over now, I urge you all to get the audiobooks, buy your hardbacks or paperbacks (whichever you prefer), and sit down to enjoy the ride.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Lobizona

Some people ARE illegal.

Lobizonas do NOT exist.

Both of these statements are false.

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Until Manu’s protective bubble is shattered.

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past–a mysterious “Z” emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.

As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it’s not just her U.S. residency that’s illegal. . . .it’s her entire existence.

Lobizona, Romina Garber
August 4th, 2020
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Lobizona was the book that broke my pandemic reading block. Because Lobizona was one of the best books I read in 2020.

It’s got beautiful prose and a tight pacing, tension in all the right places, and I felt so connected to Manu immediately that I didn’t want to put the book down.

Lobizona has it all. A beautiful, diverse cast, magic and romance, werewolves and witches, crushing gendered stereotypes! It’s the YA werewolf version of The Witch Boy. It’s been months since I’ve read the book (don’t blame me, blame pandemic brain) and I’m still gushing about how great it was. It’s one of those I need to reread constantly. It’s got a magic school far better than Hogwarts and a stellar world.

The second I finished it, I yelled into the Twitter void about it and my need for book 2 that the author, Romina Garber, provided links to it’s sequel, Cazadora! It releases August 2021, so you better get your paws on Lobizona ASAP.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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My Year In Books

2020 felt longer than it actually was. I’m both surprised and unphased by my Goodreads statistics. I only read 23 books. But I also finished writing one, so I guess that evens out. I felt the pressure to read as the pandemic grew and lockdown occurred. But about two months in, inside my house, I found that reading wasn’t joyous anymore.

I wish for this year to be different.

I hope everyone stays safe and healthy, but also that no book nerd burns out. We’ll be seeing all sorts of reading challenges and pledges this month and I just want everyone to remember that even if all you do is buy a book because it looks pretty, or read one chapter and put it down, that’s okay.

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Of Silver and Shadow

Ren Kolins is a silver wielder—a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. Ren is just trying to survive, sticking to a life of petty thievery, card games, and pit fighting to get by. But when a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret, he offers her a fortune to join his revolution. The caveat: she won’t see a single coin until they overthrow the King.

Behind the castle walls, a brutal group of warriors known as the King’s Children is engaged in a competition: the first to find the rebel leader will be made King’s Fang, the right hand of the King of Erdis. And Adley Farre is hunting down the rebels one by one, torturing her way to Ren and the rebel leader, and the coveted King’s Fang title.

But time is running out for all of them, including the youngest Prince of Erdis, who finds himself pulled into the rebellion. Political tensions have reached a boiling point, and Ren and the rebels must take the throne before war breaks out.

Of Silver and Shadow, Jennifer Gruenke
February 16th, 2021
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The concept behind Of Silver and Shadow was so intriguing! I love weird magic concepts, and who can turn away from a royal competition?

But maybe it was the pandemic, maybe it was me, but I just couldn’t get into this one.

I kept finding myself rereading paragraphs constantly. I couldn’t get past chapter one, even though the prose was good. It had to be pandemic brain that kept me from truly enjoying this book.

The cover is beautiful, and I LOVE the trend of having the title look like the thing it describes–the “Of Silver” looks like its made of silver and the “and Shadow” looks like shadows. It’s so pretty.

I recommend this one on concept alone; I find it unfair for me to rate this one due to the situation. I wasn’t able to read a single book between March and November.

Originally slated for a May 2020 release, Of Silver and Shadow releases February 16, 2021. Maybe I’ll give this one a second chance this year when the physical copy hits shelves.

My Rating: DNF

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9 Books That Should Be On Your Radar For 2021

Welcome to 2021! Hopefully, this year is better than the year that must not be named. We might be just coming off our vacation here at Booked All Night but that doesn’t mean I haven’t spent the last month and a half drooling over soon to be published books. So to get us started, here are some books I’m totally excited for this year.

The Come Back by E. L. Shen

E. L. Shen’s The Comeback is a heartfelt, #OwnVoices middle-grade debut about a young girl trying to be a champ–in figure skating and in life.Twelve-year-old Maxine Chen is just trying to nail that perfect landing: on the ice, in middle school, and at home, where her parents worry that competitive skating is too much pressure for a budding tween. Maxine isn’t concerned, however–she’s determined to glide to victory. But then a bully at school starts teasing Maxine for her Chinese heritage, leaving her stunned and speechless. And at the rink, she finds herself up against a stellar new skater named Hollie, whose grace and skill threaten to edge Maxine out of the competition. With everything she knows on uneven ice, will Maxine crash under the pressure? Or can she power her way to a comeback? Set in Lake Placid, New York, this is a spunky yet stirring middle-grade story that examines racism, female rivalry and friendship, and the enduring and universal necessity of love and support.

The Stars of Whistling Ridge by Cindy Baldwin

In this new novel from the Indies Introduce author of Where the Watermelons Grow and Beginners Welcome, an almost-thirteen-year-old with an almost-complete sentence for a name embraces her destiny to search for a forever home.

Ivy Mae Bloom, whose name is one letter away from a complete sentence, has lived her entire life on the road. Her mama is a fallen star who travels near and far to tend to the magic that underpins our world. When Ivy steals Mama’s entire supply of wish jars in the hopes of finding a forever home, a series of disasters strands the Blooms in Whistling Ridge, North Carolina, with Mama’s two star sisters. Ivy knows her wish has been granted and that Whistling Ridge is her forever home—she just needs to convince her parents to stay.

But something is draining the magic from Whistling Ridge, and the star sisters can’t stop it. With help from some new friends, Ivy stumbles across a clue in the town’s history that might explain the mysterious force threatening Whistling Ridge . . . but if the town’s magic is healed, Mama will want to move on. Ivy must choose: Can she help her mama and aunts lift Whistling Ridge’s curse—even if it means losing the only place she’s ever called home?

From award-winning author Cindy Baldwin comes an enchanting story about magic, family, and the meaning of home.

The Last Windwitch by Jennifer Adam

Fans of Shannon Hale and Kelly Barnhill will delight in this charming and richly imagined middle grade fantasy debut, featuring a wicked queen, magical animals, a henchman with a golden heart, and a small girl with a great destiny.

Many years ago, in the kingdom of Fenwood Reach, there was a powerful Windwitch who wove the seasons, keeping the land bountiful and the people happy. But then a dark magic drove her from the realm, and the world fell into chaos.

Brida is content in her small village of Oak Hollow. There, she’s plenty occupied trying to convince her fickle magic to actually do what it’s meant to in her work as a hedgewitch’s apprentice–until she accidentally catches the attention of the wicked queen.

On the run from the queen’s huntsman and her all-seeing Crow spies, Brida discovers the truth about her family, her magic, and who she is destined to be–and that she may hold the power to defeating the wicked queen and setting the kingdom right again.

The Sea in Winter by Christine Day

In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again.

It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.

Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows that they just can’t understand how hopeless she feels. With everything she’s dealing with, Maisie is not excited for their family midwinter road trip along the coast, near the Makah community where her mother grew up.

But soon, Maisie’s anxieties and dark moods start to hurt as much as the pain in her knee. How can she keep pretending to be strong when on the inside she feels as roiling and cold as the ocean?

One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu

From the critically acclaimed author of Eventown comes a hopeful and empowering tale set in an enchanting world of magic and mysterious family secrets–perfect for fans of Anne Ursu, Rebecca Stead, and Wendy Mass.

Magic is like a dream. Delightful. Terrifying. Unreal.

Rose Alice Anders is Little Luck. Lucky to be born into the Anders family. Lucky to be just as special and magical as the most revered man in town–her father. The whole town has been waiting for Rose to turn twelve, when she can join them in their annual capturing of magic on New Year’s Day and become the person she was born to be.

But when that special day finally comes, Rose barely captures one tiny jar of magic. Now Rose’s dad won’t talk to her anymore and her friendships have gotten all twisted and wrong. So when Rose hears whispers that there are people who aren’t meant for magic at all, she begins to wonder if that’s who she belongs with.

Maybe if she’s away from all the magic, away from her dad telling her who she’s meant to be, who she has to be, Rose can begin to piece together what’s truly real in a world full of magic.

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

When children start to go missing in the local woods, a teen girl must face her fears and a past she can’t remember to rescue them in this atmospheric YA novel, Lost in the Never Woods from the author of Cemetery Boys.

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road…

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

Pumpkin by Julie Murphy

Return to the beloved world of Julie Murphy’s #1 New York Times bestselling Dumplin’—now a popular Netflix feature film starring Jennifer Anistonin this fabulously joyful, final companion novel about drag, prom, and embracing your inner Queen.

Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth.

So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right after Waylon gets dumped, he throws caution to the wind and creates an audition tape for his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. What he doesn’t count on is the tape getting accidentally shared with the entire school. . . . As a result, Waylon is nominated for prom queen as a joke. Clem’s girlfriend, Hannah Perez, also receives a joke nomination for prom king.

Waylon and Hannah decide there’s only one thing to do: run—and leave high school with a bang. A very glittery bang. Along the way, Waylon discovers that there is a lot more to running for prom court than campaign posters and plastic crowns, especially when he has to spend so much time with the very cute and infuriating prom king nominee Tucker Watson.

Waylon will need to learn that the best plan for tomorrow is living for today . . . especially with the help of some fellow queens. . . .

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

Rose Szabo’s thrilling debut is a dark and thrilling novel about a teen girl who returns home to her strange, wild family after years of estrangement, perfect for fans of Wilder Girls.

Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds.

Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together — in order to save them all, Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her.

Exquisitely terrifying, beautiful, and strange, this fierce gothic fantasy will sink its teeth into you and never let go.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

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