Meet Nick Brooks, author of the breakout YA thriller of 2023, Promise Boys. This is a vital read for educators that shines a glaring light on how the system too often condemns Black and Latinx teen boys to failure before they’ve even had a chance at success. Request Promise Boys on NetGalley here!Read our Q&A with nick brooks here →
Meet K. Tempest Bradford, a Black, queer, cis woman (pronouns: she/her), a fantasy and science fiction author who writes tales steeped in Black Girl Magic. In this month’s author spotlight, preview Tempest’s upcoming book Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion, publishing on September 29, 2022.Read our Q&A with K. Tempest Bradford here →
Meet Susie Jaramillo, children’s book author and CEO of Encantos, an award-winning storyteaching platform. In this month’s author spotlight, preview Susie’s upcoming book Skeletina and the In-Between World, publishing simultaneously in English and in Spanish on September 6, 2022.Read our Q&A with Susie Jaramillo here →
Jas Hammond’s stunning YA debut We Deserve Monuments is a swoon-worthy romance and a slow-burn mystery set in a smalltown full of secrets. This layered and powerful coming-of-age story is a love letter to queer Black teenagers. It celebrates the beauty of community and friendship, while also exploring generational trauma and how racial violence can ripple down through history.
Read on to learn more about Jas’s inspiration for their must-read debut + request a digital review copy of We Deserve Monuments on NetGalley!Read our Q&A with Jas Hammonds here →
Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena is a middle grade action-packed laser tag adventure that follows Clip and Sadie Chu, siblings who must learn that they’re far better off working together than competing for the ultimate victory.
Meet the author, Julie C. Dao, and read about the inspiration behind the book below!Read our Q&A with Julie C. Dao here →
The Whale Who Swam Through Time is a sweeping nonfiction picture book explores the 200-year lifespan of a bowhead whale and the changing environment that surrounds her.
Meet the creators, Alex Boersma and Nick Pyenson and go behind the scenes of this gorgeous non-fiction book for kids.Read our Q&A with Alex Boersma and Nick Pyenson here →
Judy I. Lin’s sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.
Judy shares more about her inspiration for the story and her advice for young writers here! Plus, request a digital review copy of A Magic Steeped in Poison on NetGalley!Read our Q&A with Judy Lin here →
Bestselling author, former teacher and librarian, COO of We Need Diverse Books, and owner of CAKE literary Dhonielle Clayton makes her magical middle grade debut in The Marvellers! This fantasy adventure set in a global magic school in the sky completely redefines the genre — the Arcanum Institute is like no magic school you’ve ever visited before! This is an inclusive, global celebration of the unique magic that lives within each us. ✨
#1 New York Times bestselling–author Rick Riordan says, “The Marvellers deserves the highest compliment I can give a book: I want to live in this world. You can stop looking at admissions brochures for all those other schools of magic. The Arcanum Training Institute for Marvelous and Uncanny Endeavors is definitely where you want to apply.”
Dhonielle shares more about her inspiration for the story and the enchanting world of The Marvellers here! Plus, request a digital review copy of The Marvellers on NetGalley!Read our Q&A with Dhonielle Clayton here →
Meet the author of the middle grade series The Teddies Saga, Daniel Kraus! Daniel shares more about his inspiration for this series, his most memorable teachers and librarians, his favorite childhood books, and more in this Q&A!
Book 2 of the Teddies Saga, They Stole Our Hearts is now available! Plus Book 1, They Thew Us Away, is now available in paperback! Five teddy bears set out on an epic journey to figure out why they were left behind—and maybe learn the meaning of life, too—in this action-packed middle grade trilogy from New York Times-bestselling author Daniel Kraus. Perfect for Five Nights at Freddy’s fans!Read a Q&A with Daniel here →