July Releases

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2 July Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo. D C Ink. ages 12-16
When a tragic accident takes the life of the only family she’s ever known, 16-year-old Raven is sent to New Orleans to start over. She soon discovers that she can hear the thoughts of others around her … and another, more disturbing, voice in her head.

2 July Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra. Imprint. ages 12-18
The youngest doctor in America, an Indian-American teen makes her rounds — and falls head over heels — in the contemporary romantic comedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak. Fresh from med school, sixteen-year-old medical prodigy Saira arrives for her first day at her new job: treating children with cancer. She’s always had to balance family and friendships with her celebrity as the Girl Genius — but she’s never had to prove herself to skeptical adult co-workers while adjusting to real life-and-death stakes. And working in the same hospital as her mother certainly isn’t making things any easier. But life gets complicated when Saira finds herself falling in love with a patient: a cute teen boy who’s been diagnosed with cancer. And when she risks her brand new career to try to improve his chances, it could cost her everything. It turns out “heartbreak” is the one thing she still doesn’t know how to treat.

2 July Bloody Seoul  by Sonia Patel Cinco Puntos. ages 12-18
A Korean teen must face the truth about his gangster father and his meth addict mother.

2 July The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu. Simon Pulse. ages 12-18 DEBUT AUTHOR
Told in alternating timelines, this twisted psychological thriller explores the dark side of obsessive friendship.

16 July Avatar, the Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee. Amulet Books. ages 13-up
The first of two novels based on Kyoshi, an Earth Kingdom-born Avatar who pursues justice.

16 July They Called Us Enemy by George Takei. Top Self Comics.
In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten “relocation centers,” hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei’s firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

What does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime.

16 July Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones ages 12-18
An adaption of the author’s adult book about the opiate crisis for young readers.

30 July Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars) by Elizabeth Lim. Knopf Books. ages 12 and up
Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job. Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court enchanter, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise. And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

30 July Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud. Point.
New Jersey girl Zora Emerson is attending her pre-college prep at Halstead University, where the incredibly wealthy and stuck-up students go, and after only a week she is feeling academically confident but socially out of place; then an awkward mix-up of cell phones brings her into closer contact with Owen Whittelsey (prince of a small European country) and his security guards–but it is when Owen asks her to be his date at his brother’s royal wedding that life becomes really complicated

30 July After the Fall by E. C. Myers, Kerry Shawcross and Miles Luna. Scholastic. ages 12-18
A year after the destruction of Beacon Academy, Team CFVY answers a distress call and are forced to relive their former battles, from both the fall of Beacon and from everything that came before.

30 July The Hero Next Door by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkivich. Random/Crown. ages 8-12
Linda Sue Park, Ronald L. Smith, and more contribute to this roundup of stories about bravery from We Need Diverse Books.

30 July Standing Strong (Pathfinders) by Gary Robinson. 7th Generation. ages 12-17
Like some other Native American teens on Montana reservations, Rhonda Runningcrane attempted suicide. To her, life seemed bleak and pointless. But when she learns that donations are needed to support a large protest against an oil company running a pipeline through sacred Native land, something inside her clicks. Unlike her friends, Rhonda is inspired to join the fight, even though she knows it could be dangerous. Using skills she learned from her uncle, Rhonda becomes part of the crew that keeps the protesters’ camp running. With inspiration from a wise Native elder, the teen commits herself to an important cause, dedicating her life to protecting the sacred waters of Mother Earth.

30 July My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail Villanueva. Scholastic. DEBUT AUTHOR ages 8-12
Superstitious soon-to-be 11-year-old Sab believes her fate is sealed when she spots an ominous black butterfly. Determined to reconcile her journalist older sister and their father before her time is up, Sab embarks on a quest that sends her on a collision course with the realities of Manila and the war on drugs.

30 July For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux. DEBUT AUTHOR ages 9-11.
In this lyrical coming-of-age story about family, sisterhood, music, race, and identity, Mariama J. Lockington draws on some of the emotional truths from her own experiences growing up with an adoptive white family. For Black Girls Like Me is for anyone who has ever asked themselves: How do you figure out where you are going if you don’t know where you came from?