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Long Division by Kiese Laymon

From the author of the incredible memoir Heavy, this debut novel is spectacular. Kiese Laymon’s writing is so fast, so smooth, so electrifying; the story he tells so odd and heavy, satirical and raw; the characters so perfectly described. Long Division is poetry in prose form, and it’s also a rich examination of one Black teenager’s encounters with sexuality, racism, bullying, complex family dynamics, friendship, and the surreal. A deeply affecting, tender, and funny read. — Jess

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ISBN: 9781982174828
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Published: Scribner - June 1st, 2021

Red Island House by Andrea Lee

I first stumbled upon Andrea Lee in 2019 when I read her incredibly haunting short story “The Children” in the New Yorker. When I saw that she had a novel coming out, I scooped it up immediately and was pleased to see that “The Children” was actually the second chapter. The novel tells the story of Shay, a Black woman from the US, who marries an older wealthy man from Italy. When her husband decides to build them a dream house on an idyllic beach on an island near Madagascar, Shay is determined to remain a “tourist” in her new home. But soon she's drawn into the affairs and intrigues of the surrounding community and is forced to confront, in very real ways, issues of heritage and identity, and the colonial legacy of a nearly forgotten corner of the world. — Rico

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ISBN: 9781982137809
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Published: Scribner - March 23rd, 2021

How to Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other by Naomi Klein, with Rebecca Stefoff

Naomi Klein and Rebecca Stefoff’s new book is absolutely engrossing and informative. Inspired by stories of activists around the globe (especially from the Southern hemisphere and Indigenous communities), and galvanized by tales of corporate greed and historical analysis, I closed How to Change Everything and started immediately brainstorming what to do next. For any human (young or otherwise) who cares about climate change, the environment, and social justice, and wants to know more, this is a great place to start. —Jocelyn

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By Naomi Klein, Rebecca Stefoff (Adapted by)
ISBN: 9781534474529
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 23rd, 2021

Out of Nowhere by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

I raced through this, so anxious to know the fate of Chris Naylor-Ballesteros’s beetle narrator and their red friend—and then had to go back to linger over the art and moments making up their story. A deceptively simple book with a huge emotional impact, its brief pages navigate friendship, courage, change, and the joy that finds you when you let it. This is one of those books you will read again and again, and it only gets better with age. —Jocelyn


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ISBN: 9781534481008
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

How to Not Die Alone by Logan Ury

This is not your parents’ dating book. Maybe you’re waiting for the right person, the end of the pandemic, or exhausted from trying to connect from behind a screen. Finding love is harder than it has ever been before. Director of Relationship Science at Hinge and freelance dating coach Logan Ury brings dating advice to the 21st century. A scientist and at heart, she embraces research before dating lore. With hilarious and empowering advice, it’s for the “why has everyone found love but me?” readers. How To Not Die Alone is a refreshing take on modern love. — Charlotte

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ISBN: 9781982120627
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 2nd, 2021

Infinite Country: A Novel by Patricia Engle

Navigating the story of love, loss, migration, deportation, and justice, Patricia Engel, the daughter of Columbian immigrants, weaves a heartfelt, beautiful, and haunting novel that speaks truth to our times. Each character embodies the push and pull of immigration—the longing for a sense of home and of belonging and the toll of being shut out from where your heart remains. A powerful novel that will be on everyone's best of list by year's end. —Casey

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Read more here.

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ISBN: 9781982159467
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Tracy Deonn has presented us with a fresh fantasy, the first in a new series. In these pages, readers find a classic story with a modern setting and a vibrant magic system. It’s young adult fiction that will catch the interest of adult readers as well. Nuanced characters take my favorite (but often played out) Arthurian mythology and twist it up into something new, filled with action and, as the publisher says, Southern Black girl magic!
— MJ

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ISBN: 9781534441606
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 15th, 2020

Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel Written by Jason Reynolds Illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff

Fifteen-year-old Will gets on the elevator with a gun in his waistband. On his 60-second journey to the lobby, Will has “the Rules” in mind: No crying, no snitching, and get revenge. Who he meets on the elevator will help determine what Will does when he hits the lobby. This graphic novelization of the award-winning novel in verse chronicling one Black boy’s dilemma will grab you and not let go. A great choice for middle-grade to adult readers. — Noreen

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ISBN: 9781534444959
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 13th, 2020

Crossings Written by Katy S. Duffield Illustrated by Mike Orodán

This one’s for all the animal lovers! Engineers worldwide have created ways to help animals cross to safety in places where human construction infringes on animal habitats. Overpasses, underpasses, rope bridges, tunnels, and more all help animals migrate safely across human structures. Orodán’s art captures the dignity and the adorableness of the animals as well as details of the crossings. I loved traveling the globe and learning about the interesting animals and structures in this fascinating and informative book. — Stephanie

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By Katy S. Duffield, Mike Orodán (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534465794
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 13th, 2020

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

An atmospheric, dark fantasy surrounding new and ancient religions and the intersection of science and faith, told from multiple perspectives. A haunting and at times violent exploration of trust, love, and authority. Fans of Rebecca Roanhorse, rejoice with me! One of my favorite books, period. — MJ

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ISBN: 9781534437678
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 13th, 2020


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