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Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead so you can pre-order or reserve them? Then click on the months below.

Please note we have not included every book that is coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

January 2019

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi - African American Interest, Anthology, Coming of Age, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Racism, Short Stories, Social Issues, Teen Anthology, Young Adult 13+

Balzer + Bray | 9780062698728 | Published January 8, 2019

Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today --- BLACK ENOUGH is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America. Black is urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants and more --- because there are countless ways to be Black enough.

Hardcover

The Me I Meant to Be by Sophie Jordan - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Love & Marriage, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9781328977069 | Published January 1, 2019

Willa Evans has no intention of breaking girl code. So what if she’s always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he’s there, tempting her. Flor Hidalgo has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad’s new dating life and her struggling grades. So why can’t she stop thinking about her hot, know-it-all tutor? At least she’s got Willa, her constant in the chaos.

The Similars by Rebecca Hanover - Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Sourcebooks Fire | 9781492665106 | Published January 1, 2019

This fall, six new students are joining the junior class at the elite Darkwood Academy. But they aren't your regular over-achieving teens...they're clones of Darkwood students. The Similars are all anyone can talk about, but Emmaline couldn't care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and it's all she can do to get through each day without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi --- Oliver's exact DNA copy and one of the Similars. Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, except she can't escape the dark truths about the clones or her prestigious school. No one can be trusted...not even the boy she is falling for with Oliver's face.

A Sky for Us Alone by Kristin Russell - Coming of Age, Family, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062697028 | Published January 8, 2019

When 18-year-old Harlowe Compton’s brother is killed by the Praters --- the family who controls everything, from the mines to the law to the opioid trade --- he wonders if the future will ever hold more than loss. Until he meets Tennessee, who makes Harlowe believe that they can dare to forge their own path. But as Harlowe searches for the answers behind his brother’s death, his town’s decay and his family’s dysfunction, he discovers truths about the people he loves --- and himself --- that are darker than he ever expected. Now, Harlowe realizes, there’s no turning back.

Even if I Fall by Abigail Johnson - Coming of Age, Family, Fiction, Love & Romance, Young Adult 13+

Inkyard Press | 9781335541550 | Published January 8, 2019

A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. When Brooke encounters Calvin’s younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. Soon, they’re meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she’s willing to live with --- her family’s or Heath’s. Because she can’t heal one without hurting the other.

In Paris with You by Clémentine Beauvais - Contemporary Fiction, Dating, Fiction, Love & Romance, Poetry, Young Adult 13+

Wednesday Books | 9781250299161 | Published January 8, 2019

For fans of ELEANOR & PARK and EMERGENCY CONTACT comes a sweeping romance about the love that got away. Eugene and Tatiana could have fallen in love, if things had gone differently. If they had tried to really know each other, if it had just been them and not the others. But that was years ago and time has found them far apart, leading separate lives. Until they meet again in Paris. What really happened back then? And now? Could they ever be together again after everything?

Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden - African American Interest, Culture, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Bloomsbury YA | 9781681198071 | Published January 8, 2019

As a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, Essie's dreams are very much at odds with her reality. Ashamed of her beginnings, but unwilling to accept the path currently available to her, Essie is trapped between the life she has and the life she wants. Until she meets a lady named Dorcas Vashon, the richest and most cultured black woman she's ever encountered. When Dorcas makes Essie an offer she can't refuse, she becomes Victoria. Transformed by a fine wardrobe, a classic education, and the rules of etiquette, Victoria is soon welcomed in the upper echelons of black society in Washington, D. C. But when the life she desires is finally within her grasp, Victoria must decide how much of herself she is truly willing to surrender.

Match Me if You Can by Tiana Smith - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Swoon Reads | 9781250168719 | Published January 8, 2019

Mia's best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams for homecoming, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn's service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her. Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn't count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose and make sure Robyn doesn't find out that Mia's been matchmaking behind her back. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?

Slayer by Kiersten White - Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Mystery, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

Simon Pulse | 9781534404953 | Published January 8, 2019

It’s hard to be normal when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers --- girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic. Until Nina becomes the newest Chosen One --- and the last Slayer, ever. Period. As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied… But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested --- because someone she loves might be next. One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Young Adult 13+

Balzer + Bray | 9780062824110 | Published January 8, 2019

Norris is clever, cynical and too smart for his own good. A Black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those things don’t bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas. At his new school, Norris catalogues everyone he meets…like loner Liam, who makes it his mission to befriend Norris or Madison the beta cheerleader, who is so nice that it has to be a trap. Not to mention Aarti the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, who might, in fact, be a real love interest in the making. When Norris screws everything up royally, he realizes it might be time to stop hiding behind his snarky opinions and start living his life.

The Girl King by Mimi Yu - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Young Adult 13+

Bloomsbury YA | 9781681198897 | Published January 8, 2019

Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: Lu will become the dynasty's first female ruler, while Min will lead a quiet life in Lu's shadow. Until their father names their male cousin Set his heir instead. Lu has no choice but to go on the run, leaving Min to face the volatile court alone. Lu soon crosses paths with Nokhai, a survivor of the Ashina, a clan of wolf shapeshifters. Nok never learned to shift, but working with the princess might be the only way to unlock his power. As Lu and Nok form an alliance, Min's own hidden power awakens, a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set's reign...or win her the throne instead.

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

Sourcebooks Landmark | 9781492666868 | Published January 8, 2019

Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. At lavish Vienna dinner parties, she overhears the Third Reich's plans. One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband's castle. She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But Hedy is keeping a secret even more shocking than her Jewish heritage: she is a scientist. She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone --- if anyone will listen to her.

The Wicked King by Holly Black - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316310352 | Published January 8, 2019

After the revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe, so she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Delacorte Press | 9781524714727 | Published January 8, 2019

Ellery's never been to Echo Ridge, but she knows her aunt went missing there at age 17. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. Before school even begins for Ellery, someone has declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing. Ellery, who has secrets of her own, soon learns that in Echo Ridge, it's safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai - Biography, Culture, Inspirational, Nonfiction, Women's History, Young Adult 13+

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316523646 | Published January 8, 2019

Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author Malala Yousafzai introduces some of the people behind the statistics and news stories we read or hear every day about the millions of people displaced worldwide. In WE ARE DISPLACED, which is part memoir, part communal storytelling, Malala not only explores her own story, but she also shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her journeys --- girls who have lost their community, relatives and often the only world they've ever known. 

We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults Written by Susan Kuklin with Illustrations by Susan Kuklin - Current Affairs, Human Rights, International Relations, Nonfiction, Politics, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Candlewick | 9780763678845 | Published January 8, 2019

Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, fleeing violence, and escaping poverty. All have heartbreaking and hopeful stories about leaving their homelands and starting a new life in America. And all are weary of living in the shadows. Since the last presidential election and the repeal of DACA, it is no longer safe for these young adults to be identified in photographs or by name. Their photographs have been replaced with empty frames, and their names are represented by first initials. We are honored to publish these brave accounts that encourage open conversation about the complexities of immigration --- and the uncertain future of immigrants in America.

When the Truth Unravels by RuthAnne Snow - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mental Health, Romance, Social Issues, Suspense, Young Adult 13+

Sky Pony Press | 9781510733572 | Published January 8, 2019

Last month, Elin tried to kill herself. Jenna, Rosie, and Ket will do anything to keep Elin’s secret --- and to make sure it never happens again. That’s why they’re determined to make prom night feel just like it would have if this past spring hadn’t been as eventful. This could be the night that convinces Elin that life can go back to what it was. Except, at prom, Elin goes missing.Now it’s up to her friends to find her. But each of the girls has her own demons to face. Ket is being blackmailed by an ex. Rosie is falling in love for the first time. And Jenna... Jenna is falling apart. And no one, not even her best friends, knows why.

White Stag: A Novel by Kara Barbieri - Adventure, Animals , Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Young Adult 13+

Wednesday Books | 9781250149589 | Published January 8, 2019

On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and sent to work for his nephew Soren. Janneke’s survival has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.

You Won't See Me Coming (The Black Angel Chronicles, Book 3) by Kristen Orlando - Adventure, Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Fiction, Social Issues, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Swoon Reads | 9781250123633 | Published January 8, 2019

After finally taking down her mother’s merciless killer, Reagan and Luke are forced into hiding. With new names, looks and cover stories, they’re living quiet, “safe” lives, but revenge comes at a steep price. When Reagan discovers her best friend Harper is on the verge of being kidnapped, she and Luke defy Black Angel orders and risk blowing their cover to save their friend. After the rescue attempt goes wrong, the three friends must go on the run with an army of assassins hot on their trail and the list of trust-worthy Black Angels getting smaller and smaller. Will they make it out alive? And at what cost?

96 Words for Love written by Rachel Roy and Ava Dash with a foreword by James Patterson - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Jimmy Patterson | 9780316477789 | Published January 15, 2019

Ever since her acceptance to UCLA, 17-year-old Raya Liston has been quietly freaking out. Then her beloved grandmother dies, and Raya jumps at the chance to spend her last free summer at the ashram in India where her grandmother met and fell in love with her grandfather. Raya hopes to find her center and her true path. But she didn't expect to fall in love...with a country of beautiful contradictions, her fiercely loyal cousin, a local girl with a passion for reading, and a boy who teaches her that in Sanskrit, there are 96 different ways to say the word "love."

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Young Adult 14+

Page Street Kids | 9781624147159 | Published January 15, 2019

Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf --- the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an ultimatum: if she lives with him for one year, he will ensure her father makes it home safely. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes. As the year ticks by, Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf’s enchantment before her time is up, otherwise Echo, the wolf, and a mysterious prisoner will be lost forever.

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills - Contemporary Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | 9781250179630 | Published January 15, 2019

When Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get her and her four best friends all the way to LA. Her plan is to persuade singer Megan Pleasant, their town’s only claim to fame, to come back to headline a fundraising festival. The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return. What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks and revelations that could change everything --- along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy.

Firestarter by Tara Sim - Fantasy, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Steampunk, Young Adult 13+

Sky Pony Press | 9781510706200 | Published January 15, 2019

The crew of the Prometheus is intent on taking down the world’s clock towers so that time can run freely. Now captives, Colton, Daphne and the others have a stark choice: join the Prometheus’s cause or fight back in any small way they can and face the consequences. As new threats emerge, loyalties must shift. Nowhere is safe, and every second ticks closer toward the eleventh hour. Walking the line between villainy and heroism, each will have to choose what's most important: saving those you love at the expense of the many, or making impossible sacrifices for the sake of a better world.

Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399547614 | Published January 15, 2019

When Abdi's family is kidnapped, he's forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. For weeks, Abdi trains with them, witnessing atrocity after atrocity, becoming a monster himself, wondering if he's even pretending anymore. He only escapes after he is forced into a suicide bomber's vest. Eventually, he finds himself on the streets of Kenya, stealing what he can find, sleeping in alleyways and wondering what's become of his family. But everything changes when Abdi's picked up for a petty theft, which sets into motion a chain reaction that forces him to reckon with a past he's been trying to forget.

Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Simon Pulse | 9781481497763 | Published January 15, 2019

Sophie would do anything for Peter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she’s a match, donating a kidney is an easy choice. But Peter’s life post-transplant isn’t what either of them expected. Though he once had feelings for Sophie, too, he’s now drawn to Chase, the guitarist in a band looking for a keyboardist. Then one heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question their past, their future and whether their friendship is even worth fighting for.