December 2020 (Part 1: Fiction)

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea
Written by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
“Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s sweeping fantasy debut, full of stolen memories, illicit mermaid’s blood, double agents, and haunting mythical creatures conjures an extraordinary cast of characters and the unforgettable story of a couple striving to stay together in the face of myriad forces wishing to control their identities and destinies.” – Candlewick Press (publisher)

How It All Blew Up
Written by Arvin Ahmadi
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda goes to Italy in Arvin Ahmadi’s newest incisive look at identity and what it means to find yourself by running away.” – Viking (publisher)

We Are Not Free
Written by Traci Chee
“From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II…In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.” – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (publisher)

Until Friday Night
Written by Abbi Glines
“The first novel in a brand-new series–from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines–about a small Southern town filled with cute boys in pickup trucks, Friday night football games, and crazy parties that stir up some major drama.” – Simon Pulse (publisher)

Be Not Far From Me: A Novel
Written by Mindy McGinnis
“Hatchet meets Wild in this harrowing YA survival story about a teenage girl’s attempt to endure the impossible, from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Female of the Species, Mindy McGinnis.” – Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (publisher)

The Black Kids: A Novel
Written by Christina Hammonds Reed
“Perfect for fans of The Hate U Give, this unforgettable coming-of-age debut novel explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots.” – Simon & Schuster BFYR (publisher)

Written by Jordan Ifueko
“The epic debut YA fantasy from an incredible new talent–perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir…With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.” – Amulet Books (publisher)

Charming as a Verb
Written by Ben Philippe
“From the award-winning author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager comes a whip-smart and layered romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han…This is a sharply funny and insightful novel about the countless hustles we have to keep from doing the hardest thing: being ourselves.” – Balzer + Bray, an imprint of an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (publisher)

Written by Darcie Little Badger
“[Elatsoe] can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry.” – Levine Querido (publisher)

Written by L.C. Rosen
“A sweet and sharp screwball comedy that critiques the culture of toxic masculinity within the queer community.” Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (publisher)

All This Time
Written by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott
“From the team behind #1 New York Times bestseller Five Feet Apart comes a gripping new romance that asks: Can you find true love after losing everything?” – Simon & Schuster BFYR (publisher)

Super Fake Love Song
Written by David Yoon
“From the New York Times bestselling author of Frankly in Love comes a young adult romantic comedy about identity and acceptance. Perfect for fans of John Green and To All the Boys I’ve Love Before.” – G.P. Putnam’s Sons (publisher)

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