Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray Penguin Random House / G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Publication Date: September 28, 2021 ISBN: 978-0593405680
Koffi and her mother live with and work for the Night Zoo, caring for the magical, monstrous creatures within. When her mother’s life is threatened one night, Koffi accidentally unleashes a power she didn’t know she possessed and must run for her life. Meanwhile, Ekon, second son of a famed military hero, is desperate to prove to his brother that he belongs in the ranks of the Sons of the Six after a disastrous interruption to his final rite of passage. Koffi and Ekon meet by chance and each recognizes a potential path forward if they can locate the Shetani – a magical, murderous beast that has been plaguing the area for almost 100 years. Koffi wants to find the Shetani to sell it in exchange for freedom; Ekon wants to find the Shetani to kill it to prove his mettle as a warrior. Neither is honest with the other about their true motivations, but they will have to find a way to work together if either of them is to survive.
Though we champion Black voices all year long, February is Black History Month, and YALSA member Annierra Matthews has pulled together a list to commemorate and elevate this celebration. Annierra is a Research Services Library at Mercer University in Douglasville, Georgia, and has a passion for YA!
For those who prefer to cuddle up with a book, here’s a list of compelling fiction written by Black authors and featuring Black characters.
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Malik must save his sister from a sinister spirit, and in order to do so, he must kill Crown Princess Karina. Karina, on the other hand, must offer a king’s heart to revive her mother. When Malik and Karina face-off in the Solstasia competition, they contend with falling in love and completing their goal.
Click here to see all of the current Amazing Audiobooks nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune; narrated by Daniel Henning Macmillan Audio Release date: 03-17-20 ISBN: 9781250264299
Linus Baker takes his job as overseer of magical children’s orphanages very seriously. His by-the-book approach to visits and reports gets him noticed by Extremely Upper Management. They select him for a special job visiting a house at what seems like the end of the world to report on a particularly special group of kids. But while there, he finds that there might be more to life than filling out forms and boxes, and in this case, the children and their enigmatic master are teaching him more than he expected to find.
Click here to see all of the current Best Fiction for Young Adults nominees along
with more information about the list and past years’ selections.
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster Publication Date: September 3, 2019 ISBN: 978-1534431997
Theodora has treasure hunting in her blood.
She used to spend her days exploring dig sites with her parents, but since her
mother died, her father has left her behind. When her father goes missing and
his protégé (and her former best friend) reveals he was searching for the lost
ring of Vlad Dracul, finding him becomes top priority. Members of a dangerous
secret society are also searching for the ring of power and she must get to the
ring before they do.