new releases: March

3 Mar Anna K: A Love Story by Jenny Lee. Flatiron. A love story!
Dazzlingly opulent and emotionally riveting, Anna K: A Love Story is a brilliant reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, Anna Karenina—but above all, it is a novel about the dizzying, glorious, heart-stopping experience of first love and first heartbreak.

3 Mar Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Little, Brown.
Two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, train for a fencing competition at their school.

3 Mar Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM by Tonya Bolden. Abrams.
Tonya Bolden explores the black women who have changed the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in America. Including groundbreaking computer scientists, doctors, inventors, physicists, pharmacists, mathematicians, aviators, and many more, this book celebrates more than 50 women who have shattered the glass ceiling, defied racial discrimination, and pioneered in their fields. In these profiles, young readers will find role models, inspirations, and maybe even reasons to be the STEM leaders of tomorrow.

3 Mar Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura. Tor Teen. After Olivia’s Olympic figure-skating dreams end, she falls for a speed skater training at her family’s ice rink.

3 Mar How To Make Friends With the Sea by Tanya Guerrero. FSG. MG Fiction; disabilities
Pablo is homesick.
He’s only twelve years old, but he’s lived in more countries than he can count. After his parents divorced, he and his mother have moved from place to place for years, never settling anywhere long enough to call it home. And along the way, Pablo has collected more and more fears: of dirt, of germs, and most of all, of the ocean.
Now they’re living in the Philippines, and his mother, a zoologist who works at a local wildlife refuge, is too busy saving animals to notice that Pablo might need saving, too. Then his mother takes in Chiqui, an orphaned girl with a cleft lip―and Pablo finds that through being strong for Chiqui, his own fears don’t seem so scary.
He might even find the courage to face his biggest fear of all…and learn how to make friends with the sea.

3 Mar The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. G.P.Putnam’s Sons. Tells of musical prodigy Nanneri Mozart, older sister of Wolfgang, and the dangerous lengths she’ll go to make history remember her.

3 Mar Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Scholastic. Will Max’s discovery of a family secret involving a network of people who guide refugees to safety lead him to his absent mother?

3 Mar Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park. Clarion Books. Hanna, who is half-Asian and half-white, dreams of becoming a dressmaker while navigating prejudice in her town in 1880.

3 Mar Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas. Blink.
Isabella tries to piece her life back together following the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents.

3 Mar Wicked as You WIsh (A Hundred Names for Magic#1) by Rin Chupeco. Sourcebook Fire. Years after the evil Snow Queen desolated the magical kingdom of Avalon, Prince Alexei, his friend Tala, and a ragtag band, inspired by the appearance of the Firebird, try to reclaim their land.

4 Mar Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros. After American-born Efrén’s undocumented mother is deported across the border to Mexico, he tries to reunite his family.

4 Mar Imagine Me (Shatter Me #6) by Tahereh Mafi. HarperCollins. This concludes the Shatter Me series, as Juliette—who now goes by Ella—and Warner do whatever it takes to bring down the Reestablishment.

4 Mar We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia. Harper Teen. Nandan’s perfect plan for junior year goes awry after he hooks up with a guy for the first time.

10 Mar Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman. Ink Road. A multiracial teen risks everything to follow her dreams of becoming a trapeze artist by joining the circus.

10 Mar A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell. Viking Books
Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected.

10 Mar Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Little Brown Books. Reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future.

10 Mar WokeA Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo & Olivia Gatwood, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III. Roaring Brook Press.
Historically poets have been on the forefront of social movements. Woke is a collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out.

15 Mar Pop Flies, Robo-Pets, and Other Disasters by Suzanne Kamata, illus. by Tracy Nishimura Bishop. Red Chair Press. After living in Atlanta for three years, a Japanese boy returns to his homeland to discover that his old friends are suspicious of his new foreign ways.

17 Mar Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang. First Second. The author turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the men’s varsity basketball team at the high school where he teaches.

17 Mar Silverworld by Diana Abu-Jaber. Crown Books for Young Readers.
Sitti, Sami’s Lebanese grandmother, has been ill for a while, slipping from reality and speaking in a language only Sami can understand. Her family thinks Sitti belongs in a nursing home, but Sami doesn’t believe she’s sick at all. Desperate to help, Sami casts a spell from her grandmother’s mysertious charm book and falls through an ancient mirror into a world unlike any other.

Welcome to Silverworld, an enchanted city where light and dark creatures called Flickers and Shadows strive to live in harmony. But lately Flickers have started going missing, and powerful Shadow soldiers are taking over the land. Everyone in Silverworld suspects that Shadow Queen Nixie is responsible for the chaos, which is bad enough. But could Nixie be holding Sami’s grandmother in her grasp too? To save Sitti and Silverworld, Sami must brave adventure, danger, and the toughest challenge of all: change.

17 Mar Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim. Kokila. MG Comic Fiction
On the outside, Yumi Chung suffers from #shygirlproblems, a perm-gone-wrong, and kids calling her “Yu-MEAT” because she smells like her family’s Korean barbecue restaurant. On the inside, Yumi is ready for her Netflix stand-up special. Her notebook is filled with mortifying memories that she’s reworked into comedy gold. All she needs is a stage and courage.

Instead of spending the summer studying her favorite YouTube comedians, Yumi is enrolled in test-prep tutoring to qualify for a private school scholarship, which will help in a time of hardship at the restaurant. One day after class, Yumi stumbles on an opportunity that will change her life: a comedy camp for kids taught by one of her favorite YouTube stars. The only problem is that the instructor and all the students think she’s a girl named Kay Nakamura–and Yumi doesn’t correct them.

17 Mar Who Got Game?: Baseball: Amazing but True Stories! by Derrick Barnes and John John Bajet. Workman Publishing.
Who Got Game?! Baseball celebrates the unheralded, unrecognized, and forgotten — but no less remarkable — people and stories that are integral to the history of the game.

Barnes’ first nonfiction book (and the first in a sports series) celebrates the unheralded, unrecognized, and forgotten — but no less remarkable — people and stories that are integral to the history of the game. He shines a spotlight on 45 fascinating baseball records, personalities, and anecdotes rarely mentioned in popular baseball lore.

24 March Brown Girl Ghosted by Mintie Das. Versify
Violet Choudhury may be part of the popular clique at school, but as one of a handful of brown girls in a small Illinois town, all she really wants to do is blend in and disappear. Unfortunately for her, she’s got a knack for seeing spirits, including the dead—something she’s tried to ignore all her life. But when the queen bee of Violet’s cheerleading squad ends up dead following a sex tape that’s not as consensual as everyone wants to believe, Violet’s friends from the spirit world decide it’s the perfect time for Violet to test her skills and finally accept the legacy of spiritual fighters from whom she’s descended. Her mission? Find the killer.

24 Mar The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert. Little, Brown
Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only black girl in town for years. Alberta’s best friend, Laramie, is the closest thing she has to a sister, but there are some things even Laramie can’t understand. When the bed and breakfast across the street finds new owners, Alberta is ecstatic to learn the family is black-and they have a 12-year-old daughter just like her. Alberta is positive she and the new girl, Edie, will be fast friends. But while Alberta loves being a California girl, Edie misses her native Brooklyn and finds it hard to adapt to small-town living. When the girls discover a box of old journals in Edie’s attic, they team up to figure out exactly who’s behind them and why they got left behind. Soon they discover shocking and painful secrets of the past and learn that nothing is quite what it seems.

24 Mar Thorn by Intisar Khanani. HarperTeen
Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life, but when her mother betroths her to a powerful prince in a distant kingdom, she has little hope for a better future. Until Alyrra arrives at her new kingdom, where a mysterious sorceress robs her of both her identity and her role as princess—and Alyrra seizes on the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But as Alyrra uncovers dangerous secrets about her new world, including a threat to the prince himself, she knows she can’t remain silent forever. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds, and ultimately must decide who she is and what she stands for.

24 Mar A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat. Candlewick. This fantasy inspired by Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables explores issues of privilege, protest, and justice.