If I Lie – Corrine Jackson
Quinn’s boyfriend leaves for Afghanistan and she’s caught cheating a few weeks later — a gripping look at loyalty, honor, friendship, betrayal, family, forgiveness, and courage.
Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things – Kathryn Burak
Learning to live in the middle of life brings Claire not only closer to heartache but healing and love in this poetic, contemplative debut.
Glory Be – Augusta Scattergood
A realistic look at the Civil Rights movement coming to a small Mississippi town, told through the pitch-perfect voice of an everyday girl navigating the ways inequality impacts her world and her entire community.
A Breath of Eyre – Eve Marie Mont
Eve Marie Mont deftly tackles themes like identity and redemption while letting us glimpse Jane Eyre’s story (as Emma’s life unfolds in a similar fashion) — a true literary feat written with deep love and respect for the work of Charlotte Bronte.
The Mapmaker and the Ghost – Sarvenaz Tash
Goldenrod Morem plans to map every inch of her town during summer vacation, but instead stands up to a band of goofily-named bullies, discovers a rare flower, and does the ghost of Merriweather Lewis proud in this fun debut.
Small Medium at Large – Joanne Levy
Lilah Bloom’s lightning-induced skills as a psychic mean contact with her dead Bubby and a chance to date Andy Finkel in this adorably funny dead-on mid-school read.