January 2021

Angel of Greenwood
Written by Randi Pink
“A historical YA novel that takes place during the Greenwood Massacre of 1921, in an area of Tulsa, OK, known as the “Black Wall Street.”” – Feiwel and Friends (publisher)

Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community
Written by Lady Gaga
“Lady Gaga has always believed in the importance of being yourself, being kind to yourself, and being kind to others, no matter who they are or where they come from…Individually and collectively, these stories prove that kindness not only saves lives but builds community. Kindness is inclusion, it is pride, it is empathy, it is compassion, it is self-respect and it is the guiding light to love. Kindness is always transformational, and its never-ending ripples result in even more kind acts that can change our lives, our communities, and our world.” – Feiwel and Friends (publisher)

Concrete Rose
Written by Angie Thomas
“International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.” – Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (publisher)

Early Departures
Written by Justin A. Reynolds
“Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always, returns with another charming and powerful YA contemporary novel with a speculative twist, perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon, Becky Albertalli, and Adam Silvera.
What if you could bring your best friend back to life–but only for a short time? Early Departures weaves together loss, grief, friendship, and love to form a wholly unique homage to the bonds that bring people together for life–and beyond.” – Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (publisher)

Here the Whole Time
Written by Vitor Martins
“The charm and humor of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Dumplin’ in this body-positive YA love story between two boys who must spend 15 days living with each other over school break.” – PUSH (publisher)

In Case You’re Curious:
Questions about Sex from Young People with Answers from the Experts
Written by Molly Alderton
“In Case You’re Curious is a big book of answers—with funny and educational illustrations—to the most popular and most interesting questions young people have about birth control, development, sexually transmitted diseases, and so much more. Within these pages you will find nonjudgmental (and fun!) answers meant to educate teens without the uncomfortable silence or weird eye contact often associated with “The Talk.”” – Viva Editions (publisher)

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
Written by Mariko Tamaki
“Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.” – First Second (publisher)

Love is a Revolution
Written by Renee Watson
“From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Renee Watson comes a love story about not only a romantic relationship but how a girl finds herself and falls in love with who she really is. In Love Is a Revolution, plus size girls are beautiful and get the attention of the hot guys, the popular girl clique is not shallow but has strong convictions and substance, and the ultimate love story is not only about romance but about how to show radical love to the people in your life, including to yourself.” – Bloomsbury (publisher)

Written by Akwaeke Emezi
“The award-winning, genre-defying novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Death of Vivek Oji that explores themes of identity and justice and asks: How do you share the truth when the world around you is in denial? This award-winning novel from a rising-star author asks: What really makes a monster, and how do you save the world from something if no one will admit it exists?” – Knoph (publisher)

The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color
Written by Virgie Tovar
“Girls of color are at heightened risk for poor body image due to the compounded realities of racism, sexism, and fatphobia. In The Self-Love Revolution, leading body image expert and fat activist Virgie Tovar offers a radical guide to help teen girls of color cultivate unapologetic body positivity. With this groundbreaking book, readers will learn to challenge unattainable beauty standards fueled by the media; understand the unique ways that negative body image manifests in people of color; and build real, lasting body confidence to last a lifetime.” – Instant Help Books, an imprint of New Harbinger Publications, Inc. (publisher)

Slaughterhouse-Five (Graphic Novel)
Written by Ryan North
“The first-ever graphic novel adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great anti-war books. Billy Pilgrim’s journey is at once a farcical look at the horror and tragedy of war where children are placed on the frontlines and die (so it goes), and a moving examination of what it means to be fallibly human.” – Archaia (publisher)

Smash It!
Written by Francina Simone
“Filled with heart, humor and a heroine to root for, Smash It! is a perfect read for fans of Julie Murphy, Ibi Zoboi and Ashley Poston. Olivia “Liv” James is done with letting her insecurities get the best of her…However, with change comes a lot of missteps, and being bold means following her heart. So what happens when Liv’s heart is interested in three different guys; and two of them are her best friends? What is she supposed to do when she gets dumped by a guy she’s not even dating? How does one Smash It! after the humiliation of being friend-zoned?” – Inkyard Press (publisher)

This will be Funny Someday
Written by Katie Henry
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel comes to high school in acclaimed author Katie Henry’s coming-of-age YA contemporary about a girl who accidentally falls into the world of stand-up comedy. Perfect for fans of John Green and Becky Albertalli!” – Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers (publisher)