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Ask the Author: Denise Williams

“Dr. Naya Turner is a professor who threw herself into work following the end of an abusive relationship. Feeling in a rut, her friends encourage her to make a to-do list to aid in her attempts to “get a life.” After her initial failed attempts at flirting lead her to Jake, Naya finds herself falling in love. Unfortunately, her new happiness comes with strings that could endanger her career.”

Ask the Author: Elisa Bonnin

“a Filipino-inspired YA fantasy about a girl named Seri who just wants to start a new life somewhere far away from her hometown. But along the way, Seri gets roped into a heroic adventure. She meets and falls in love with Tsana, a girl who comes from a place Seri never thought existed, but in order for the two of them to keep their love alive, they have to keep their peoples from going to war.

It’s an epic fantasy full of magical, sentient beasts, high-stakes battles and heroic characters, but it’s also the story of a girl learning to be herself, no matter what anyone else says.”

Ask the Author: Elizabeth Kilcoyne

“WAKE THE BONES is a YA Southern Gothic about the ugliness and beauty of the rural South and the complicated feelings that arise when the place you call home becomes hostile. Nineteen-year-old Laurel Early drops out of college, hoping to resume life as a tobacco hand and taxidermist, but the sleepy little farm she grew up on has awakened in her absence. The woods are shifting, the soil is dead under her hands, and her bone pile has stood up and walked away. Even worse, a devil from her past has returned to court her, as he did her late mother years earlier. Now Laurel must unravel her mother’s terrifying legacy and tap into her own innate magic before her own future, and the fate of everyone she loves, is doomed.”

Ask the Author: Kristin Wright

“Kira Grant, a woman who is accused of poisoning another mother at the PTA-sponsored fifth grade graduation party, and Allison Barton, the single mom lawyer she hires to represent her. It’s a courtroom thriller told in alternating points of view with lots of PTA-mom juiciness along the way. Both women desperately need a victory, but as the court case proceeds, it becomes clear that this case isn’t as simple as innocent or guilty, and that a win may be the worst thing ever to happen to them both.”

Ask the Author: Angelo Surmelis

“It’s about a young Greek boy (Evan Panos) who comes back home after spending time at summer camp, and his best friend (Henry) all of sudden is hot. Evan struggles to be himself in a strict, conservative home while trying to pretend everything is fine. Ultimately, it’s about finding the power is standing out as you are.”

Ask the Author: Candace Ganger

“Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyone back the-eff off while she separates her Lucky Charms marshmallows into six, always six, Ziploc bags, while she avoids friends and people and living the life her father so desperately wanted for her. 
Dew respectfully requests a little more time to process the sudden loss of his parents. It’s causing an avalanche of secret anxieties, so he counts on his trusty voice recorder to convey the things he can’t otherwise say aloud. He could really use a friend to navigate a life swimming with pain and loss and all the lovely moments in between. And then he meets Naima and everything’s changed—just not in the way he, or she, expects. 
Six Goodbyes We Never Said is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye.” 

Ask the Author: Joe Gatto

“a coffee table book that is a mixture of my photography, personal stories from my childhood growing up in an Italian household, and most importantly, my fabulous dogs affectionately known as The Gatto Pups. Each of them are named after an Italian dessert.”

Ask the Author: Leslie Vedder

“The Bone Spindle is a genderflipped Sleeping Beauty x Indiana Jones!

Fi, a bookish treasure hunter out to break a dark curse, teams up with Shane, a queer ax-wielding huntswoman with a lot of attitude and a dangerous treasure map!

Together they take on a lost ruin—but instead of riches, all Fi gets is more trouble when she pricks her finger on a bone spindle and comes face to face with the mysterious spirit of the sleeping prince, Briar Rose. Now she’s stuck with him until she can break the ancient curse.

Traps, ruins, riddles—a little bit of true love—and a whole lot of snark!”

Ask the Author: Lisa Moore Ramée

“Jenae is certain she’s caused her brother’s basketball injury and something even worse and she just wants to be left alone. To be invisible. But then along comes Aubrey who is determined to be her friend and even worse, wants to drag her into the limelight. Jenae is shocked to find herself enjoying Aubrey’s exuberance and before she knows it, she realizes they’ve become friends. But when Aubrey tests their friendship by pushing Jenae to participate in a debate over a proposed school name change, Jenae has to decide if she’s willing to risk the first real friendship she’s ever had in order to avoid speaking up and being seen.”

Ask the Author: Robbie Couch

“Sky is a high school senior who’s head over heels in love with his classmate, Ali. Sky wants to stick it to his homophobic haters and ask Ali to Prom, but his embarrassing list of Promposal ideas gets leaked to the whole school by an anonymous hacker. Sky is crushed—but his classmates give him a reason to fight back.”

Ask the Author: Laura Segal Stegman

“Summer of L.U.C.K. is a middle-grade story about three kids finding their way to self-acceptance with the help of a ghost who haunts a magical carnival. Stuttering Darby is never perfect enough for her mother. Justin’s been silent since his dad died. Naz is struggling to learn English. But after they meet at summer camp, they’re granted power to communicate without words by mysterious calliope music from an abandoned warehouse. When they sneak inside to find out why, the dark, empty space bursts into a carnival that echoes with sounds of happy children. They’re greeted by the ghost of Leroy Usher, who asks for their help reconciling his estranged family. In return, he takes the kids on magical adventures where they learn to find their voices.”

Ask the Author: Ash Van Otterloo

“Cattywampus tells the story of two young witches—Delpha McGill and Katybird Hearn—who desperately want to learn magic, but it’s been forbidden by their rival witch families due to a magical truce.

But after Delpha’s grandma dies and Delpha finds her family magic book, she decides to teach herself magic in secret. Katybird Hearn finds out about Delpha’s book and demands to tag along.

Trouble is, the girls are different as night and day—each with a challenging history that interferes with their ability to do magic well. During an argument in a cemetery over Delpha’s spellbook, they accidentally cast a hex that wakes all their witch ancestors as destructive feuding zombies.

In order to master the counter-curse that puts the zombies to rest, the girls, with the help of their friend Tyler, have to learn lessons of trust, vulnerability, and self-acceptance.”

Ask the Author: Auriane Desombre

“I Think I Love You is a YA enemies-to-lovers rom com set over the course of a summer film competition. The book alternates between Emma and Sophia as narrators as they fight it out through their camera lenses. Emma is a die-hard romantic who wants to make a short film with bi representation and a happily ever after. Sophia, who’s just gotten back from a year in Paris after her parents’ divorce, wants to make an artsy (read: pretentious) film with a message. They both hate the other’s artistic vision — at least at first.”

Ask the Author: Jamie Beth Cohen

“WASTED PRETTY is a coming of age YA novel about sixteen-year-old Alice, who juggles wanted and unwanted attention when she inadvertently goes from blending in to standing out. It’s also about families, addiction, body image, and how complicated it can be for girls to define themselves within and outside of the male gaze.”

Ask the Author: Lisa Schroeder

“DON’T JUDGE ME is coming in November and is about a 6th grade girl who is off to a rocky start at middle school because she misses her cozy-feeling elementary school. When she finds a notebook being passed around the middle school that rates girls on their looks, she has to try and figure out what to do. She’s not the kind to make waves but she also doesn’t want it to keep circulating. It’s very much a book about learning to find strength in community and speaking up for what’s right.”