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Ikenga

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ISBN: 9780593113523
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

Ikenga reads like a blend between a folk tale and a Marvel origin story (no wonder why, since brilliant author Okorafor is also creator of more than a few Wakandan comics). When Nnamdi discovers a way to tap into incredible powers, justice is at the forefront of his mind – but he learns that the line between hero and bad guy is thinner than he could’ve imagined.

Leila


Lobizona

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ISBN: 9781250239129
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Published: Wednesday Books - August 4th, 2020

For her entire life, Manuela has had to make herself invisible--as an undocumented immigrant in Miami, an escapee from her father's crime family back in Argentina, and someone whose strange yellow eyes make it impossible to fit in. But when her life is torn apart, she finds refuge in a world that, like herself, was always lying hidden in the shadows of our own: a world of brujas, werewolves, lush magic and lurking danger. Garber, who is from Buenos Aires, weaves a compelling adventure from Argentinian folklore while addressing real-world issues. Can't wait for the sequel!

Kate


The Demon King

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ISBN: 9781423121367
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2010

I was late getting my staff pick write-up in because I was busy reading the sequel to this. The Seven Realms series is the perfect sort of classic fantasy: there are wizards, lost royalty, disguises, and a whole cast of memorable characters getting in all sorts of trouble. I can't believe I slept on this series for so long but I'm making up for lost time now!

Caleb


The Silence of Bone

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ISBN: 9781250229557
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 21st, 2020

I loved this haunting historical mystery set in 1800s Joseon Korea, and can't wait to see more from debut author June Hur. I love a teen girl protagonist who won't stop asking questions and follows her own moral compass even when it means breaking the rules. Your heart will be in your mouth as you accompany Seol on her search for the truth!

Sacha, Writer in Residence for Young Readers


Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

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ISBN: 9781643790466
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Published: Tu Books - June 30th, 2020

A missing diamond! Mystery across two continents (and several languages)! A tour around all of the neatest attractions of Paris, with plenty of shenanigans and sleuthing along the way. This story has tons of fun, plenty of fascinating tidbits, and my new favorite girl detective. Julieta immediately feels like a classic children's lit star!

Caleb


The Good Luck Girls

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ISBN: 9781250299703
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Published: Tor Teen - October 1st, 2019

You know what would make most westerns better? Ghosts, magic, and smashing the patriarchy. Aster and her sisters are on a journey to find freedom, and they're going to take their revenge on every man that has ever taken advantage on them or the other "Good Luck Girls" sold to Welcome Houses. As thrilling as any old Western with bandits and gunslingers and chases on horseback, but with a much more modern look at gender, sexuality, and class. I couldn't put it down.

Shana


You Should See Me in a Crown

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ISBN: 9781338503265
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 2nd, 2020

I haven't read much YA the past few years- it takes something special for me to pick up a YA novel. But the audio of You Should See Me in a Crown gave me the equivalent of driveway moments on my runs (okay, I just kept running so I could listen more). With dynamic, multifaceted characters, a distinctive voice, and a swoon-worthy prom love story, this novel has it all. Better yet? The strong friendships, family relationships, and romances are both quirkily real and heartwarming.

Marika 


Felix Ever After

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ISBN: 9780062820259
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 5th, 2020

Felix Ever After is a joy. Read it and dream of spending these hot summer days in Brooklyn with its lovable cast of young queer artists. This is a heartfelt exploration of love and identity, with enough drama to keep you compulsively reading. What can I say? This book just made me happy!

Kate


These Witches Don't Burn

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ISBN: 9780451480347
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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2020

Hannah is a witch—a real Elemental witch who can control the four elements—but even though she lives in Salem, MA, she has to keep her magic a closely guarded secret. But her life is upended when it seems that a blood witch has come to town and is threatening her coven—and she'll have to team up with her ex-girlfriend to investigate it. As the threats to the coven grow, the story becomes a fast-paced mystery with a side of romance. This was the perfect blend of sweet romance (and queerness), complex friendships, and thrilling mystery. And the second one's out now, so you can keep reading as soon as you're done—I promise you'll want to.

April


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