2024 Starred Reviews Round-Up

2024 Starred Reviews Round-Up

2024 Stars (So Far!)

Does your collection include this year’s critically acclaimed books? See what Booklist, School Library Journal, Kirkus, Horn Book, Publishers Weekly, and more, say about the top reviewed books of 2024 for kids and teens!

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Time To Make Art by Jeff Mack

Time to Make Art by Jeff Mack

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Does art have to be perfect? Where do you begin? This inspiring picture book about making art doubles as an introduction to the multifaceted and diverse global history of art empowering readers to get creative.


An inspiring and empowering manifesto for young creators.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

“There are many misconceptions about what art is and what it should do. An inquisitive brown-skinned girl wants to know more about art and asks a series of simple yet profound questions about it. Each question is answered by a  different artist, ranging from ancient to modern, famous to regionally known. Unlike many art surveys, this book presents a truly global perspective, putting Indigenous and non-Western art side-by-side with well-known Western artists as well as conceptual and avant-garde work… A thoughtful look at art that will likely motivate budding artists to trust their creative intuition.“—Horn Book, starred review

There’s not a frown to be found in this celebration of art and artists; it’s delightful!” – School Library Journal, starred review

Coretta: The Autobiography of Mrs. Coretta Scott King by Coretta Scott King; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Coretta: The Autobiography of Mrs. Coretta Scott King by Coretta Scott King; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

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Adapted from her adult memoir, this is the autobiography of Coretta Scott King––wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., founder of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (the King Center), and twentieth-century American civil and human rights activist.


A moving testimonial, distilled from 2017’s Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy... Eloquent and stately.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

“Adapted from King’s autobiography, this picture book offers a new generation the remarkable story of the activist, artist, wife, and mother whose grace in the face of unspeakable loss continued the momentum of a movement… Reynolds and Holmes bring this civil rights icon to life, reminding readers of a dream yet to be fully realized.” —Horn Book, starred review

Three little 1

The Three Little Tardigrades by Sandra Fay

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In this hilarious retelling of “The Three Little Pigs”, three little tardigrades set out to find a home that’s just right for them—all while watching out for the Big Hairy Wolf Spider.


“The humor is spot-on, informative, and self-aware, and background details like Gavin donning SPF 9999 or Colin wearing mittens and drinking hot cocoa are pure fun. Give this one to kids who love learning about the weirder things nature has to offer.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

“Substituting water bears for little pigs, Fay’s playfully STEM-centric tale introduces a trio of tardigrades dwelling together ‘in a cozy little drop of H20.’ Fay’s potato-and-paint artwork gives tidy graphical verve to this laugh-out-loud story of survival superpowers, told in fittingly fact-laden, serio-comic prose.” —Publishers Weeklystarred review

When you have to wait

When You Have to Wait by Melanie Conklin; illustrated by Leah Hong

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A mindful, gentle picture book about patience and learning to find beauty in the act of waiting.


“With soft textures and a gentle palette, Hong’s gouache and crayon illustrations perfectly echo the sentiment of the text and inspire a sense of calm mindfulness. The use of white space also encourages readers to pause and focus on small details. In a world fixated on instant gratification, Conklin and Hong make a persuasive case for the sense of joy and connection that can be found when we slow down. A relatable and beautifully rendered tale about the value of patience.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Conklin and Hong compassionately limn experiences of childhood longing in an emotionally honest picture book about one of life’s truths: Sometimes, you have to wait.” —Publishers Weeklystarred review

Bye Land, Bye Sea

Bye Land, Bye Sea by René Spencer and Rodolfo Montalvo; illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo

On Sale April 30, 2024!

Two children from different backgrounds show that friendship has no language in this epic bilingual story about being lost and finding a friend who understands.


A radiant tale of adventure and friendship.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

“Text and artwork together create a sense of an adventurous dream, making this a perfect fit for a bedtime story or lapsit.” —BCCBstarred review

Freedom on the Sea

Freedom on the Sea by Michael Boulware Moore; illustrated by Bryan Collier

On Sale May 28, 2024!

This is the thrilling story of Robert Smalls and the Confederate ship that he used to liberate himself, his family, and over a dozen others from enslavement.


This picture-book retelling of his courageous escape from slavery is particularly good for a young audience. The story is presented with a sense of drama while filling in background information for kids. Blue hues subtly enhance the shades of brown in Collier’s illustrations. Using deep, contrasting colors and subtle textures, the striking paintings are particularly effective in the dimly lit scenes indoors and on the water at night. A handsome, historical picture book.” —Bookliststarred review

“In an author’s note, Moore explains that Smalls later served in Congress; Moore is now seeking the same seat his ancestor held. He deftly retells this historical story, heightening the suspense and emphasizing Smalls’ tenacity, while Collier’s rich collage illustrations set the scene. Images of silhouetted faces in the sky make clear that the next generations of Black children are watching and waiting; freedom will make their existence possible. A moving tale of triumph that brings the past to life.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Threads: Zlata's Ukrainian Shirt by Lina Maslo

Threads: Zlata’s Ukrainian Shirt by Lina Maslo

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Threads is an inspiring picture book about a girl’s survival of the 1930s Ukrainian Famine-Genocide, messaging hope, pride for one’s heritage, and context for today’s War in Ukraine.

“Drawing inspiration from the experiences of her grandparents, Maslo offers a window into the Ukrainian spirit… A poignant yet accessible entry into Ukraine’s ongoing suffering—and survival.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

The fish of small

The Fish of Small Wishes by Elana K. Arnold; illustrated by Magdalena Mora

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Fall in love with a modern fairy tale inspired by a Jewish family memory in this magical picture book by award-winning picture book creators Elana K. Arnold and Magdalena Mora.

“Well suited to reading aloud, this imaginative narrative was inspired by a family story about Arnold’s great-great-grandfather. The illustrations, created with gouache paints, colored pencils, inks, and collage, glow with warmth and color. While the art has a dreamlike element, the characters are neither idealized nor ethereal. Kiki is determined to save the fish, who seems embarrassed by its limited ability to grant wishes. Their down-to-earth demeanors and emotions suit this endearing picture book well.” —Booklist, starred review


Homegrown by DeAnn Wiley

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A touching and stunningly illustrated ode to the homes—and loved ones—that raise us, perfect for fans of Black Is a Rainbow ColorSaturday, and Last Stop on Market Street.

“A sweet, meditative story of a young Black girl and her intergenerational household, and the love and care that goes into making a “home.” . . . Sparse text is on the smaller side and ranges one or two sentences per page, giving Wiley space to capture the kaleidoscope brightness of joyful Black girlhood. . . Vibrant and hopeful, ­Wiley’s author-illustrator debut about a young Black girl and her loving community belongs in every collection.” —School Library Journalstarred review

Memory Garden

Memory Garden by Zohreh Ghahremani; illustrated by Susie Ghahremani

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A lively afternoon together in Nana’s garden is full of laughter, discovery, and connection. In lyrical text that blends past and present, Memory Garden takes us to the places we leave behind but never forget.

“Children and adults will thoroughly enjoy this vivid memoir that weaves past and present in a timeless celebration of family and culture. A recommended, essential purchase.” —School Library Journalstarred review

You're Going to Love This Book!

You’re Going to Love This Book! by Jory John; illustrated by Olivier Tallec

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Sure to bring a smile to the faces of even the grumpiest readers, this laugh-out-loud picture book from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Jory John and internationally acclaimed illustrator Olivier Tallec is hilarious enough to come back to again and again.

An essential book to liven up story hours.” —School Library Journalstarred review


Dive! by Chris Gall

On Sale April 9, 2024!

Dive! is a fascinating introduction to the comprehensive world history of diving by award-winning artist Chris Gall.

 “An excellent addition for most STEAM collections.” —Booklist, starred review

Cesaria Feels the Beat

Cesaria Feels the Beat by Denise Rosario Adusei; illustrated by Priscila Soares

On Sale June 4, 2024!

In this powerful and inspiring picture book, a deaf girl stands up for herself and takes off her shoes while dancing at her Carnival performance so she can feel the music through her bare feet.

 “A vibrant, poetic celebration of Deafness, dance, nature, and self-advocacy.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The Yellow Bus

The Yellow Bus by Loren Long

On Sale June 25, 2024!

Perfect for fans of Love and Hello, LighthouseThe Yellow Bus from #1 New York Times bestselling Loren Long is a tender and hopeful new classic about a forgotten school bus that finds happiness and purpose in the most unexpected places—and in the journey along the way.

 “A must-purchase, this book will leave readers looking at objects around them differently long after its covers are closed.” —School Library Journal, starred review

The Girl Who Sang by Estelle Nadel and Bethany Strout; illustrated by Sammy Savos

The Girl Who Sang by Estelle Nadel with Bethany Strout; illustrated by Sammy Savos

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A heartrending graphic memoir about a young Jewish girl’s fight for survival in Nazi occupied Poland, The Girl Who Sang illustrates the power of a brother’s love, the kindness of strangers, and finding hope when facing the unimaginable.


“Told in five parts, Nadel’s story presents readers with a picture of her life before (“I thought we would be this happy forever”), during, and—crucially—after the war. Savos’ exceptionally powerful illustrations convey the extremes of human emotion, make original use of different perspectives, and are both cinematic and intimate; they also do not shy away from accurately portraying the hardships and violence. Sweeping, stark, tragic, and triumphant.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

An excellent accompaniment to lessons on World War II, this book will help countless students examine the Holocaust on a personal level. A must-have. The graphic novel format will appeal to those whose first choice might not be history or biography, and all others will be invited to consider the full-life experiences of Holocaust survivors.” —School Library Journalstarred review

The Sixth Extinction (young readers adaptation)

The Sixth Extinction (young readers adaptation) by Elizabeth Kolbert

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In this young readers adaptation of the New York Times-bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before.


“[Kolbert] says people think that to prevent the sixth extinction they need to care more and make sacrifices, but ‘It doesn’t much matter if people care or don’t care. What matters is that people change the world.’ After reading her lively, entertaining, and very accessible book, young readers will be inspired to try.” —Booklist, starred review

“Highly expressive and vividly detailed writing conveys the tragedy that humanity is bringing on itself. . . Essential for science discussions on mass extinctions to challenge advanced middle grade readers.” —School Library Journal, starred review


DnDoggos: Get the Party Started by Scout Underhill; colors by Liana Sposto

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Four adorable dogs have picked their characters and favorite dice and are ready to save the day in DnDoggos: Get the Party Started, the middle grade graphic novel debut from online comic creator Scout Underhill.


“Underhill’s debut makes a seamless transition from webcomic to traditional graphic novel. The vibrant, full-page illustrations combined with thoughtfully placed panels allow for clear sequencing throughout. Readers are able to easily differentiate between the dogs as players versus their game characters thanks to clever distinctions in how their facial features are illustrated (these differences are also shown side by side in an introductory guide to the cast). When compared to the simpler lines and color palette of the game players’ table scenes, the detailed, vividly colored scenes portraying the in-game adventure draw readers into the campaign in the same way human players use their imaginations to immerse themselves in RPGs. The irresistibly charming dogs guide young readers through the rules of tabletop RPGs while seamlessly demonstrating meaningful lessons about teamwork. A smart, endearing tale packed with adorable dogs and useful tips for role-playing game newcomers.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Readers will devour this entertaining story and may find themselves reaching for dice and pencils while they wait for another ­adventure.” —School Library Journal, starred review

Unicorn Boy

Unicorn Boy by Dave Roman

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Go on a magical journey with this quirky, young reader’s graphic novel about a boy who sprouts a unicorn horn and uses his newfound powers to help those in need!


“Underlying themes of self-love, friendship, and acceptance, and the responsible use of great power, make this superhero-adjacent series opener ideal for readers seeking an upbeat blend of magic and character growth.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“With the humor of Meggie Ramm’s Batcat and the layered hero’s journey of Ben Hatke’s Things in the Basement, this is a true hero of a tale.” —School Library Journalstarred review


Olivetti by Allie Millington

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A heartfelt novel praised by Tom Hanks in the New York Times as including “a conclusion nearly impossible to divine and yet so perfect it includes that most tactile of memories…”


An introverted boy and his missing mother’s cherished typewriter plumb forgotten family stories while journeying toward acceptance in this touching middle-grade mystery. The Brindle family swarms distractedly around seventh-grader Ernest, everyone fixed in their ways until the morning Beatrice, his mom, vanishes. This isn’t the family’s first trauma, but, after “Everything That Happened,” Ernest finds an unexpected ally: Olivetti, Beatrice’s classic typewriter, who explains, “We [typewriters] hold thousands of stories. Worlds full of words.” … As inanimate narrators go, Olivetti is especially well suited to the task and takes turns with Ernest in lending his perspective to the short chapters. And, as stories about stories go, Olivetti’s and Ernest’s insights about the power of memories, both held and shared, speak volumes. Offering a Where’d You Go, Bernadette vibe, with its unspooling of a youth perspective on the adult world, this melancholic yet hopeful pick will appeal to fans of books with nonhuman protagonists and readers who enjoy emotional stories with alternating perspectives, such as A Rover’s Story and The Lost Library.—Booklist magazinestarred review

“Debut author Millington skillfully delivers a complex storyline that deals with heavy topics. With plenty of quotable wisdom, richly textured language, and dry humor, this work reads like a classic.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review “With the humor of Meggie Ramm’s Batcat and the layered hero’s journey of Ben Hatke’s Things in the Basement, this is a true hero of a tale.” —School Library Journalstarred review


Three Summers by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess with Laura L. Sullivan

On Sale April 9, 2024!

An epic middle-grade memoir about sisterhood and coming-of-age in the three years leading up to the Bosnian Genocide.


An insightful and solemn yet hopeful memoir that will hook readers…Remarkable.” —School Library Journalstarred review

“Sensitively crafted and thought-provoking memoir…This searching, introspective work—a timely tale of resilience—presciently observes that ‘words, ideas, hate can kill people.'” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt by Andrea Balis & Elizabeth Levy; illustrations by Tim Foley

On Sale April 16, 2024!

A cutting-edge look into a pivotal moment in US history: McCarthy’s infamous “witch hunt” for communists during the 1950’s Red Scare.


A scorcher that exposes shameful attitudes, personalities, and events that might seem eerily familiar.—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A fast-paced, even suspenseful read that brings history dramatically alive.” —Booklist, starred review

Plain Jane and the Mermaid

Plain Jane and the Mermaid by Vera Brosgol

On Sale May 7, 2024!

From Anya’s Ghost and Be Prepared author Vera Brosgol comes an instant classic graphic novel that flips every fairy-tale you know on its head, and shows one girl’s crusade for the only thing that matters—her own independence.


This rollicking tale of an insecure girl finding her strength and breaking from tradition is another triumph for Brosgol.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In a story bolstered by a wonderful cast, an otherworldly setting, and poignantly accessible feelings, Brosgol once again captures magic, menace, and humanity.Booklist, starred review

Mountain of Fire

Mountain of Fire by Rebecca E. F. Barone

On Sale May 14, 2024!

Mountain of Fire is the narrative nonfiction account of the violent volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, the story of the people who died, those who survived, and the heroes who fought to raise an alarm.


Pulse racing history that’s sure to fascinate any reader.” —Bookliststarred review

Rock-solid history and science, high-octane action, and vivid descriptions—the book will inspire as much as it entertains.” —Kirkusstarred review


Eowulf: Of Monsters and Middle School by Mike Cavallaro

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From Mike Cavallaro comes a story set in the Nico Bravo universe that spotlights an unforgettable, iconic new heroine!

“This new series hits a masterful note in its complex symphony of tween angst; Eowulf knows that something is amiss, and watching her forge ahead with candor and impulsivity makes her a compulsively relatable and endearing hero. Vivid, kinetic illustrations propel the adept plotting, and the coloring by Yeom makes the exciting battles positively blaze on the page. Nico Bravo aficionados will be pleased with winking nods to the trilogy throughout, and the clever, cliffhanging epilogue will certainly hook all readers. A pitch-perfect tale of friendship and fantastical foes.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Asguardians: Odin by George O'Connor

Asgardians: Odin by George O’Connor

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Following his smash-hit the Olympians series, New York Times bestseller George O’Connor embarks on a new saga about the Norse gods. This first volume tells the story of the warrior god Odin!

Anchored, as in the brilliant previous series, by bountiful source notes and commentary at the end, O’Connor’s account sets the tone at once with Valkyries swooping down to lift the unseen reader up from a battlefield strewn with corpses, then flashes back to chronicle a whirl of worlds and peoples arising from a huge and doughy frost giant floating in the void of Ginnungagap… A rainbow bridge to a fresh set of mythological places and faces.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Maybe It’s a Sign

Maybe It’s a Sign by E. L. Shen

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An uplifting middle-grade novel about loss, luck . . . and deep-dish chocolate chip cookies—perfect for fans of King and the Dragonflies and The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise.

Tender and deeply personal . . . Maybe It’s a Sign is an earnest and memorable story about grieving and growing up.” —Shelf Awarenessstarred review

Outdoor School: Gardening

Outdoor School: Gardening by Bridget Heos; illustrated by John D. Dawson

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In this next gift-worthy, full-color, definitive guide in the Outdoor School line, discover the rich possibilities of gardening.

“Throughout the book, readers will find activities labeled “Try It,” “Track It,” and “Take It to the Next Level” that encourage active participation. Copious attractive full-color illustrations show both individual plants and garden scenes. Clearly and encouragingly presented; superb for any outdoorsy young person.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Continental Drifter

Continental Drifter by Kathy MacLeod

On Sale April 2, 2024!

With a Thai mother and an American father, Kathy lives in two different worlds. She spends most of the year in Bangkok, where she’s secretly counting the days till summer vacation. That’s when her family travels for twenty-four hours straight to finally arrive in a tiny seaside town in Maine.

“The simple yet expressive art style is charming and at times poignant, showing the family dynamics and the secrets locked within people’s hearts… A heartfelt story honestly and evocatively told.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Survival of the Fittest

Survival of the Fittest by Rebecca Donnelly; illustrated by Misa Saburi

On Sale April 23, 2024!

In this high-interest full-color graphic novel chapter book, embark on an engineering extravaganza and discover all that animals can do in a science competition!

Shark Tank has nothing on this wild creature smackdown.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review


Kid-ventors by Kailei Pew; with illustrations by Shannon Wright

On Sale April 23, 2024!

From Popsicles® and swim fins to robots and glitter shooting prosthetics, Kailei Pew’s middle grade nonfiction debut is full of fun and inspiring stories, illustrated by Shannon Wright, about real kid inventors who proved that even the youngest people can change the world.

An absolutely vital purchase for libraries that want to inspire and inform kids about their power to make a difference.—School Library Journalstarred review

Queens of the Jungle

Queens of the Jungle by Dr. Carly Anne York; illustrated by Kimberlie Clinthorne-Wong

On Sale May 7, 2024!

Discover the coolest female animals in the natural world with biologist Dr. Carly Anne York.

Revelatory reading for audiences of every gender.—Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Detective Sweet Pea: The Case of the Golden Bone

Detective Sweet Pea: The Case of the Golden Bone by Sara Varon

On Sale June 11, 2024!

Can Detective Sweet Pea sniff out the suspect and crack the case? From beloved author Sara Varon comes a new graphic novel series for young readers!

“These characters and this town feel bursting with more stories to tell; readers will be grateful that this charming and smartly crafted mystery is just the start of a new series.—Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Lunar New Year love Story

Lunar New Year Love Story by Gene Luen Yang; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

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Graphic novel superstars Gene Luen Yang and LeUyen Pham join forces in this heartwarming rom-com about fate, family, and falling in love.


A sparkling romance anchored by a poignant coming-of-age story.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

“Pham’s art embodies every essence of his narrative, every page enhanced with unstoppable, Technicolor energy. Enough effusive praise just isn’t possible here for what is sure to be a runaway hit. Yang and Pham boast impressive credentials in the graphic novel space, and together they’ll be unstoppable.” —Bookliststarred review

“Readers will fall in love with this heartwarming, fun rom-com… A positive and beautiful work of art that will make an impression on readers.” —School Library Journal, starred review

Yang and Pham do a wonderful job of weaving fractured families and romantic yearning with fantasy elements that show emotional states and growth, with plenty of humor throughout. Pham’s digital illustrations adeptly mix realistic scenes with celestial animals and ghosts. Her gorgeous, kinetic depictions of Chinese and Korean lion dancers are joyful, and the section in which Valentina first learns about Tết and meets her love interest is especially vibrant.” —Horn Bookstarred review

Poignant moments amplified by evocatively colored digitally rendered panels address deep issues of parental abandonment and grief, while interjections of comic relief and a riveting subplot surrounding lion dancing result in a well-paced, well-balanced dual effort.” —Publishers Weeklystarred review

Lunar New Year Love Story is a buoying tale about being open to the pain of love.” — Shelf Awareness, starred review

“Graphic novel lovers who find themselves immersed in richly illustrated, culturally resonant intergenerational stories…will be unable to resist the intricate dance between love, grief, and learning staged in this fiercely empathetic instant classic.” —BCCBstarred review

Lunar New Year Love Story will appeal to a broad audience, including younger teens. Though it is a love story, it embraces all kinds of love: romantic, yes, but also familial, intergenerational, spiritual and the special love between trusted friends.” —Bookpagestarred review

The Last Bloodcarver by Vanessa Le

The Last Bloodcarver by Vanessa Le

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The tantalizing romance of These Violent Delights meets the mechanical wonders of Cinder in Vanessa Le’s The Last Bloodcarver, the first in a two-book debut – with a riveting medical magic system and lush Vietnam-inspired fantasy world.


“Le writes with meticulous care. The richly detailed worldbuilding is infused with Vietnamese cultural elements, and the characters, viewed through Nhika’s jaded yet desperately hopeful eyes, are sympathetic and complex, expressing conflicting emotions and motivations. The story demands, in the best possible ways, that readers think, posing questions of identity, family, and trust for them to ponder. The insidiously twisty ending packs a punch, leaving an opening for a sequel.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Le expertly crafts a Vietnamese-inspired dark fantasy debut via visceral and exquisitely rendered prose, intertwining a murder investigation with themes of unresolved grief, medical ethics, and lost heritage.” —Publishers Weeklystarred review

Deeply romantic, and darkly biological.” —Booklist, starred review

All collections will benefit from this unequivocal first purchase.” —School Library Journal, starred review


Call Me Iggy by Jorge Aguirre; illustrated by Rafael Rosado

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Ignacio “Iggy” Garcia is an Ohio-born Colombian American teen living his best life. After bumping into Marisol (and her coffee) at school, Iggy’s world is spun around. But Marisol has too much going on to be bothered with the likes of Iggy. She has school, work, family, and the uphill battle of getting her legal papers. As Iggy stresses over how to get Marisol to like him, his grandfather comes to the rescue. The thing is, not only is his abuelito dead, but he also gives terrible love advice. The worst. And so, with his ghost abuelito’s meddling, Iggy’s life begins to unravel as he sets off on a journey of self-discovery.


Aguirre and Rosado’s thoughtful graphic novel unapologetically depicts the discrimination and attacks against the Latinx community at that time, as well as the complexities of legal status and the wide range of political opinions among Latinx voters. It even touches on the difference between race and ethnicity, as Iggy is often assumed to be Puerto Rican or Mexican. While focusing on challenging topics, this graphic novel simultaneously explores Iggy’s journey of self discovery, and some comical moments from Abuelito add the perfect amount of levity. Pristine artwork and a witty, nuanced story make this an unforgettable reading experience.” —Bookliststarred review

“Set against the backdrop of the 2016 election, this evocatively illustrated graphic novel delves into the cultural alienation that can happen to the children of immigrants when their parents try to erase humble beginnings and realize the so-called American dream. This powerful, timely story delicately balances an authentic teenage voice with a nuanced message about embracing and straddling multiple identities while thoughtfully portraying racism, microaggressions, and anti-immigrant ideology. The dynamic, expressive artwork draws readers in and emphasizes the characters’ complex emotions. A pitch-perfect example of teenage explorations of cultural identity.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Tempest of tea

A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal

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From the New York Times–bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame comes the first book in a hotly-anticipated fantasy duology teeming with romance and revenge, led by an orphan girl willing to do whatever it takes to save her self-made kingdom.


“This compelling read offers interesting commentary on our society while feeling entirely real within the context of its own worldbuilding. Crowd-pleasing fun laced with political fire: a winner.“—Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

“In this captivating duology opener, Faizal crafts a steadfast love letter to the security of found family, the strength and struggles of immigrants thriving in the face of violent colonialism and white supremacy, and the wondrous experience of a good cup of tea. Faizal draws on well-known adventure tropes then delightfully subverts them via sumptuous writing, making for a sublime heist novel and revenge tale.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Dear Wendy

Dear Wendy by Ann Zhao

On Sale April 16, 2024!

Dear Wendy’s Sophie and Jo, two aromantic and asexual college students, engage in an online feud while unknowingly becoming friends in real life, in this dual POV Young Adult contemporary debut from Ann Zhao.


“Zhao curates a realistic setting at a women’s college full of angsty queer students caught in the throes of romance, self-doubt, and self-discovery, culminating in a gently sweet aro-ace rom-com and a raw and emotionally resonant debut.” —Publishers Weeklystarred review

This book is a love letter to chosen family, platonic love, and the aromantic and asexual communities. If you have ever wished that more romances were about friends, or if you’ve ever found yourself thinking that Jo March from Little Women was probably aromantic, then you need to do yourself a favor and pick it up.” —Bookliststarred review


Thirsty by Jas Hammonds

On Sale May 14, 2024!

From Jas Hammonds, award-winning author of We Deserve Monuments, comes an unflinching novel about addiction that Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie and I’m the Girl, called “sensitively wrought and gorgeously written.”


“Readers will be gripped from the very beginning. A gut-wrenching story.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Hammonds expertly weaves explorations of class, family, queer identity, race, and substance reliance into a glittering, harrowing narrative that is compulsively readable, gorgeously written, and intricately crafted.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Song of the Six Realms

Song of the Six Realms by Judy I. Lin

On Sale April 23, 2024!

Judy I. Lin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Magic Steeped in Poison, weaves a dreamy gothic romance worthy of the heavens in Song of the Six Realms.

“Lin (A Venom Dark and Sweet) weaves together poetry, music, and Chinese folklore to compose a gorgeously written, captivating story of love, grief, and family that’s anchored in a vibrant world of danger and intrigue.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Stolen Fates

For the Stolen Fates by Gwendolyn Clare

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In this heart-pumping sci-fi sequel to In the City of Time, two people have to work together to prevent the cataclysm that will soon break the laws of physics and render Earth uninhabitable.

“An interesting parallel between Aris and Willa regarding vulnerability, which gives both characters emotional resonance, enhances rather than distracts from the narrative tension as Willa and Saudade get ever closer to finding out who caused the cataclysm and how to prevent it. A fantastically woven, intelligent story with real gems of characters.” —Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Most Ardently: A Pride & Prejudice Remix

Most Ardently: A Pride & Prejudice Remix by Gabe Cole Novoa

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In the Remixed Classics series, authors from marginalized backgrounds reinterpret classic works through their own cultural lens to subvert the overwhelming cishet, white, and male canon. This bittersweet Pride & Prejudice remix follows a trans boy yearning for the freedom to live openly, centering queerness in a well-known story of longing and subverting society’s patriarchal and cisheteronormative expectations.

“Novoa’s interpretation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a testament to the power of queer spaces and community. … Brimming with wit and chemistry, this queer revision of a much-beloved source text is nothing short of masterful. A must-purchase.” —School Library Journalstarred review

Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes by Goldy Moldavsky

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From the New York Times–bestselling author Goldy Moldavsky comes a charming rom-com about your average high school senior in search of . . . a husband?

Here is a novel that brightly celebrates resilience, determination, and the universal desire for a place to call home.—School & Library Journal, starred review


Bunt! by Ngozi Ukazu; illustrated by Mad Rupert

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Molly Bauer’s first year of college is not the picture-perfect piece of art she’d always envisioned. On day one at PICA, Molly discovers that—through some horrible twist of fate—her full-ride scholarship has vanished! But the ancient texts (PICA’s dusty financial aid documents) reveal a loophole. If Molly and 9 other art students win a single game of softball, they’ll receive a massive athletic scholarship. Can Molly’s crew of ragtag artists succeed in softball without dropping the ball?

The diverse ensemble cast is hilariously written, ingeniously personifying and exaggerating the delightfully weird, bombastic student body of an art school.—BCCB, starred review

Daughter of the Bone Forest

Daughter of the Bone Forest by Jasmine Skye

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Two girls reluctantly bound by fate must weather a dangerous courtship as a prophesied war grows ever closer in Jasmine Skye’s high-stakes, queernormative dark fantasy debut, Daughter of the Bone Forest.

“This is Skye’s debut, the first of a planned duology, and it ends on a cliff-hanger. Give it to teens who love high fantasy and get incredibly invested in series books. It’s not to be missed.—Booklist, starred review


Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

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In Where Sleeping Girls Lie — a YA contemporary mystery by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, the New York Times-bestselling author of Ace of Spades  a girl new to boarding school discovers dark secrets and coverups after her roommate disappears.

“Àbíké-Íyímídé (Ace of Spades) presents a powerful look at grief, rape culture, and moving on from loss in this exquisitely crafted paranormal mystery.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

We Are Mayhem

We Are Mayhem by Beck Rourke-Mooney

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Filled with messy, complicated characters, We Are Mayhem is a debut YA novel about finding your strength, embracing your weird, and being who you truly are – no matter what.

Fans of GLOW and WWE will catch familiar names, but readers who don’t care about wrestling shouldn’t dismiss this highly entertaining, knockout debut packed with vivid characters, fun wordplay, and the perfect amount of heart.” —Booklist, starred review

Karate Prom

Karate Prom by Kyle Starks

On Sale May 7, 2024!

Fast-paced, madcap, and completely free of any kind of redeeming or morally thoughtful content, KARATE PROM is a loving homage to teen comedies of the ’80s as well as badly dubbed kung-fu films.

True to its title, ­Karate Prom creates a joy-filled story about two teens who want to be together so badly, they are willing to fight for it. A tale for ­lovers and fighters alike.—School Library Journal, starred review

I Wish You Would

I Wish You Would by Eva Des Lauriers

On Sale May 21, 2024!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets You’ve Reached Sam—with all the feels of a Taylor Swift song—in this love story in which explosive secrets threaten to tear everyone apart, including best friends (or maybe more?), Natalia and Ethan.

Des Lauriers’ brilliant debut novel will set readers’ hearts aflutter. Romantic, compelling, and optimistic, I Wish You Would isn’t to be missed.” —Bookliststarred review

Maelstrom: A Prince of Evil

Maelstrom: A Prince of Evil by Lorian Merriman

On Sale May 28, 2024!

In this action-packed, hilarious fantasy graphic novel perfect for fans of Nimona and The Adventure Zone, Maelstrom, the demon son of an evil tyrant improbably teams up with the Hero of Virtue to take his mother down—that is, unless, Maelstrom decides to betray the Hero first.

“Fans of ND Stevenson’s Nimona will adore Merriman’s graphic novel debut, which is a sheer delight that mixes a wholly original and cleverly wrought fantasy with deeper issues of self-acceptance, friendship, found family, and identity.” —Kirkusstarred review