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Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead so you can pre-order or reserve them? Then click on the months below.

Please note we have not included every book that is coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

September 2018

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree written by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani with an afterword by Viviana Mazza - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Katherine Tegen Books | 978-0062696724 | Published September 4, 2018

A new pair of shoes, a university degree, a husband --- these are the things that a girl dreams of in a Nigerian village. And with a government scholarship right around the corner, everyone can see that these dreams aren’t too far out of reach. But the girl’s dreams turn to nightmares when her village is attacked by Boko Haram, a terrorist group, in the middle of the night. Kidnapped, she is taken with other girls and women into the forest where she is forced to follow her captors’ radical beliefs and watch as her best friend slowly accepts everything she’s been told. Still, the girl defends her existence. As impossible as escape may seem, her life --- her future --- is hers to fight for.

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Words We Don't Say by K. J. Reilly - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 13+

Disney-Hyperion | 9781368016339 | Published September 2, 2018

Joel has 901 unsent text messages saved on his phone. Ever since the thing that happened, there are certain people he hasn't been able to talk to in person. Instead of hanging out with people in real life, he drafts text messages. As dismal as sophomore year was for Joel, he doesn't see how junior year will be any better. But as Joel spends more time at the soup kitchen with Eli, the most amazing girl in the world, and Benj, the new kid whose mouth seems to be unconnected to his brain, he forms bonds with the people they serve there and begins to understand that the world is bigger than his own pain.

A Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma - Fiction, Horror, Magical Realism, Young Adult 13+

Algonquin Young Readers | 978-1616203733 | Published September 4, 2018

Bina's mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother. Eight years later, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. 

And The Ocean Was Our Sky Written by Patrick Ness and Illustrated by Rovina Cai - Adventure, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

HarperTeen | 978-0062860729 | Published September 4, 2018

With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself... As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.

Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch - Family, Fiction, Mystery, Social Issues, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Tor Teen | 978-0765397676 | Published September 4, 2018

When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather. That means going back to the small town that turned its back on her and the boy who betrayed her after the photo scandal two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her. Determined to expose the town's hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. Somone's about to learn that they messed with the wrong girl.

Ignite The Stars by Maura Milan - Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Young Adult 13+

Albert Whitman & Co | 978-0807536254 | Published September 4, 2018

No one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cōcha is a 17 year-old girl. A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control. Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?

Keeper of the Bees (Black Bird of the Gallows) by Meg Kassel - Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Entangled: Teen | 978-1640634084 | Published September 4, 2018

Dresden has been cursed for centuries --- since he was eighteen and magic flowed through his homeland, corrupting its people.. His chest houses a hive of bees that he can’t stop from stinging people with psychosis-inducing venom. His face is a shifting montage of all the people who have died because of those stings. He follows harbingers of death, but when he arrives in a Midwest town marked for death, he encounters Essie, a 17-year-old girl who suffers from debilitating delusions and hallucinations. His bees want to sting her on sight. But Essie doesn’t see a monster when she looks at Dresden and is fascinated by his changing features. Risking his own life, he holds back his bees and spares her. What Tbecomes an impossible romance might even be powerful enough to unravel a centuries-old curse.

Meet The Sky by McCall Hoyle - Adventure, Coming of Age, Fiction, Love & Romance, Young Adult 13+

Blink | 978-0310765707 | Published September 4, 2018

It all started with the accident. The one that caused Sophie’s dad to walk out of her life. The one that left Sophie’s older sister, Meredith, barely able to walk at all. With nothing but pain in her past, all Sophie wants is to plan for the future. But when a hurricane forms off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and heads right toward their island, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can’t control. After she gets separated from her family during the evacuation, Sophie finds herself trapped on the island withthe reckless and wild Finn Sanders. He may be the perfect person to remind Sophie how to embrace life again, but only if their newfound friendship can survive the storm.

Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage Foreword by Amy Klobuchar - Biography, Nonfiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 978-1524771966 | Published September 4, 2018

A powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers and teens, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gender, or sexual identity --- but persisted.

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer - Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Young Adult 14+

HMH Books for Young Readers | 978-1328863546 | Published September 4, 2018

Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet --- her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” Until her mom brings home a live specimen and Nita decides she wants out; dissecting a scared teenage boy is a step too far. But when she decides to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold in his place --- because Nita herself isn’t exactly “human.” She has the ability to alter her biology, a talent that is priceless on the black market. Now on the other side of the bars, if she wants to escape, Nita must ask herself if she’s willing to become the worst kind of monster.

Part of Your World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell - Adventure, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Disney Press | 978-1368013819 | Published September 4, 2018

It's been 5 years since the infamous sea witch defeated the little mermaid... and took King Triton's life in the process. Ariel is now the voiceless queen of Atlantica, while Ursula runs Prince Eric's kingdom on land. But when Ariel discovers that her father might still be alive, she finds herself returning to a world   --- and a prince --- she never imagined she would see again.

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Margaret K. McElderry Books | 9781481442930 | Published September 4, 2018

A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression? One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?

Sadie by Courtney Summers - Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Wednesday Books | 978-1250105714 | Published September 4, 2018

Growing up on her own, Sadie's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When West McCray --- a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America --- overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything by Alexandra Styron - Nonfiction, Politics, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Viking Books for Young Readers | 978-0451479372 | Published September 4, 2018

Alexandra Styron's stirring call for resistance and citizen activism will be clearly heard by young people who don't accept "it is what it is," who want to make sure everybody gets an equal piece of the American pie and who know that the future of the planet is now.  Styron's irreverent and informative primer on how to make a difference is organized into three sections: The Why, The What, and The How. The book opens with a personal essay and a historic look at civil disobedience and teenage activism in America. That's followed by a deep dive into several key issues: climate change, racial justice, women's rights, LGBTQIA rights, immigration, religious understanding, and intersectionality. Each chapter is introduced by an original full page comic and includes a summary of key questions, interviews with movers and shakers --- from celebrities to youth activists --- and spotlights on progressive organizations. The book's final section is packed with how-to advice on ways to engage, from group activities such as organizing, marching, rallying, and petitioning to individual actions like voting with your wallet, volunteering, talking with relatives with different viewpoints, and using social activism to get out a progressive message. 

Ten After Closing by Jessica Bayliss - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Sky Pony Press | 9781510732070 | Published September 4, 2018

10PM: Closing time at Café Flores. The door should be locked, but it isn't, Scott Bradley and Winsome Sommervil are about to become hostages. TEN MINUTES BEFORE CLOSING: Scott's girlfriend breaks up with him in the café's basement storeroom. Meanwhile, Winny wanted one night to let loose, but instead she's stranded at the café after her best friend ditches her in a misguided attempt at matchmaking. TEN MINUTES AFTER CLOSING: The first gunshot is fired. Someone's dead. And if Winny, Scott and the rest of the hostages don't come up with a plan soon, they may not live to see morning.

The 48 by Donna Hosie - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Holiday House | 978-0823438563 | Published September 4, 2018

Twins Charlie and Alex Taylor are the newest time travelers recruited to the Forty-Eight, a clandestine military group in charge of manipulating history. The brothers arrive in 1536 feeling confident, but the Tudor court is not all banquets and merriment: it is a deep well of treachery, torture, lust, intrigue and suspicion. The boys' mission to prevent Henry VIII from marrying Jane Seymour is further complicated when Alice, a fellow trainee, appears under mysterious and brutal circumstances --- and when whispers of an uprising within the Forty-Eight reach their ears. 

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) by Philip Pullman - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9781984830579 | Published September 4, 2018

Malcolm Polstead’s parents run an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue. He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust --- and the spy it was intended for finds him. When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he sees suspicious characters everywhere, and all are asking about the same thing: a baby girl named Lyra. Malcolm will brave any danger, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Fiction

Balzer + Bray | 9780062872340 | Published September 4, 2018

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does --- or does not --- say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones - Coming of Age, Fiction, Romance, Sex, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

HarperTeen | 978-0062370310 | Published September 4, 2018

Lily was only 12 when Luke, a family friend, left. But now, at 14, she feels transformed. She can’t wait to see how Luke will react when he sees the new her. And when her mother tells her that Luke will be staying with them for a while, in the bedroom right next to hers, her heart nearly stops. Having Luke back is better than Lily could have ever dreamed. But then, when they’re alone, he kisses her. Then he kisses her again. Lily’s friends think anyone his age who wants to be with a 14-year-old must be really messed up. Maybe even dangerous. But Luke would never do anything to hurt her...would he?

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake - Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Magic, Romance, Young Adult 13+

HarperTeen | 978-0062686145 | Published September 4, 2018

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead --- or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne. Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the minland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn. Jules, too, is in a strange place --- in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep.

Uncharted by Erin Cashman - Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult 13+

Page Street Kids | 978-1624145933 | Published September 4, 2018

17-year-old Annabeth prefers the fantasy of her books and paintings to reality --- because in reality, her mom is dead, and it was all her fault. She vows to make her dad’s life easier in return. But upon accompanying him to his friends' secluded manor, he goes missing in the woods. Annabeth suspects the manor’s heir Griffin knows more about the disappearance than he’s letting on. He’s irritable, removed and he’s under police investigation for the mysterious “accidents” happening at his family’s estate. Annabeth fears her father isn’t lost, but rather a victim of something sinister. She launches her own investigation, tracing clues that whisper of myth and legend and death, until she stumbles upon a secret. One that some would die to protect, others would kill to expose.

When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Mental Health, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Harlequin Teen | 978-1335012364 | Published September 4, 2018

When Lily Decker was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. A secret has revealed that Lily’s odds for inheriting the disorder are even worse than she thought. Still, there’s a chance to avoid triggering the mental health condition, if Lily can live a careful life from ages 18 to 30, when schizophrenia most commonly manifests. But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can’t abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf’s life, perhaps finding her own version of freedom along the way.

White as Silence, Red as Song: A Novel by Alessandro D'Avenia - Fiction, Literary, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Thomas Nelson | 9780785217060 | Published September 4, 2018

Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams. And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how --- and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.
1968: Today's Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change Edited by Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti - History, Nonfiction, Politics, Social Sciences, Young Adult 13+

Candlewick | 978-0763689933 | Published September 11, 2018

Essays, memoirs and more by 14 award-winning authors offer unique perspectives on one of the world’s most tumultuous years. In 1968, as thousands of Vietnamese and Americans were killed in war, students across four continents took over colleges and city streets. Assassins murdered Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. Demonstrators turned out in Prague and Chicago and in Mexico City, young people and Olympic athletes protested. In those intense months, generations battled and the world wobbled on the edge of some vast change that was exhilarating one day and terrifying the next.

As She Ascends (Fallen Isles) by Jodi Meadows - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Katherine Tegen Books | 978-0062469434 | Published September 11, 2018

Mira the Dragonhearted is on the run with her friends following a fiery escape from the prison where she’d been condemned for speaking out against dragon trafficking. And she wants answers. Has the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sold out the Fallen Isles to their enemies? Did her own parents lie to her? Will she lose control of her power and hurt the ones she loves? The only way to find the truth is to go home again, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust. Home, where she must learn to rise above her fears. Or be consumed.