Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner Macmillan / Feiwel Friends Publication Date: June 25, 2018 ISBN: 978-1250146021
After starting out as a class assignment, but turning into an unsent e-mail journal, Brynn Harper begins emailing Rachel Maddow as she works through her feelings while dealing with the death of her brother and a heated school election.
Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye Andrews McMeel Publishing Publication Date: May 1, 2018 ISBN: 978-1449489625
It took Julia years to understand herself as a trans individual and that she needed to transition in order to be happy. As a way to help herself and others, she decided to create a graphic diary of the first year of her transition and openly share her experiences. From exhilarating moments where sales people happily help her with discovering new body care products to a family member who will no longer acknowledge her, Julia chronicles the complexity of her everyday feelings in these straightforward yet powerful comic strips.
Have you been following the nominees for Quick Picks, Amazing Audiobooks, Great Graphic Novels, and Best Fiction for Young Adults on the Hub? As you’ve likely seen, the blogging teams for each of those lists have been working hard reading, writing, and sharing posts about titles that have been nominated for each of these selected lists.
And maybe you’ve thought, “I want to be on one of those teams next year!”
If that sounds like you then get excited! Because your time has come!
Even though the final lists won’t be out until the end of the year, we’re already gearing up for next year’s blogging teams. The volunteer form is live — available here! Please complete this form by September 30, 2019.
My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley, narrated by Henrietta Meira Candlewick on Brilliance Audio Publication Date: May 8, 2018 ISBN:978-1543687385
“My Name is Victoria” follows the life of Miss V. Conroy who befriends the young princess Victoria under the stringent and ever watchful Kensington system. Through the novel, Miss V. and Princess Victoria’s relationship evolves from a early childhood to young adulthood exploring friendship, trust, betrayal, love, politics, and family ties.
The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby Harper Collins / HarperTEEN Publication Date: August 7, 2018 ISBN: 9780062424246
Mari has the perfect life, at least online on her successful Instagram account. Gorgeous boyfriend, amazing food, and fit lifestyle. But when Mari turns 18, she is reminded of the unexpected death of her once-close cousin, Bri, and decides to dump social media for good. What comes next is the adventure of a lifetime when Mari decides to follow in Bri’s footsteps and hike the John Muir Trail. This 200-plus mile journey through the Sierra Nevada is no joke and Mari must survive bears, brutal elements, and what it means to find yourself.
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes Little, Brown Book for Young Readers Publication Date: April 17, 2018 ISBN: 978-0316262286
Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot and killed by a white police officer who says he felt threatened by a big, scary black man (Jerome is 12, 5′ tall, 90 lbs) with a gun (plastic). As a ghost, Jerome learns from the ghost of Emmett Till about the history of racism in America that led to his death, and tries to help his family heal.
What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete and Thalia Wallis, Illustrated by Joseph Wilkins Singing Dragon Publication date: November 21, 2017 ISBN: 978-1848193307
While heading home from school one day, a coed group of friends talks about consent: what does it really mean, and how does it apply to their lives? As they talk, it becomes clear that guys and girls face different societal pressures. However, the group quickly realizes that neither gender is exempt from the negative effects of peer pressure, pornography, and media portrayals of gender roles.
The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando Bloomsbury / Bloomsbury YA Publication Date: June 6, 2018 ISBN: 9781681197067
Natalie and her three best friends set sail on what is supposed to be a relaxing 17th birthday cruise, but Natalie is still reeling from the tragic death of her boyfriend. Enter an attractive and elusive mystery guy no one seems to know anything about. Natalie finds herself falling for him, without even knowing his name, after only one intense encounter. When he seems to go missing from the ship, Natalie begins to question her own sanity, especially since her friends do not believe he truly exists, let alone is missing. In the process, she reveals hidden secrets this mystery man and her own best friends would rather keep submerged.
All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor HarperTeen Publication Date: May 15, 2018 ISBN: 978-0062673653
Four high school friends are excited to hear that the author of their favorite book is coming to a local bookstore, and are even more thrilled when they are invited into the author’s world. Fatimo Ro asks the teens to be part of her new philosophy of being honest and open while she is writing a new book, allowing them to hang out at her house as they share their deepest secrets with her. But Fatima has secrets that she isn’t sharing, and when her new book reveals all that the teens have told her, the betrayal has ruinous consequences for all of them.