Talk Chisme to Me, Part VI: Looking Ahead at the TBR

It’s time to say goodbye to Latinx Heritage Month, but I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I have putting it together. Today is the final day to enter my Twitter giveaway, so if you haven’t already, you can do so here. Links to my previous posts in the Talk Chisme to Me series can be found below:

Talk Chisme to Me, Part I: The TBR

Talk Chisme to Me, Part II: Favorite Books By Latinx Authors I Read This Past Year

Talk Chisme to Me, Part III: New & Upcoming Releases

Talk Chisme to Me, Part IV: Biggest Influencers

Talk Chisme to Me, Part V: Under the Radar Books Added to My TBR

For this week’s post, I am sharing ten books by Latinx authors I am planning to read in the next year. I will obviously be picking up more, but these are a priority. It’s a mix of backlist books and books that haven’t been released yet. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

TBR Books I’m Planning to Read in the Next Year:

1. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

I’m a failure. I’ve never read Isabel Allende. Judge me if you will. No one will judge me more harshly than myself. I even have this one on my shelf, but I need a bit of extra motivation, so…if you would like to buddy read this with me, let me know in the comments!

2. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

Ek, I’ve had this one for years now and even have it on my Beat the Backlist TBR (I kind of forgot that this is a thing that I’m supposed to actively be working on…whoops). I haven’t seen any reviews of this one in the blogosphere, so hopefully after I read it, I can bring it some much needed attention. 

3. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older

It’s really sad that I can only think of two MG novels by a Latinx authors that I’ve picked up. I’ve literally bought more in the last year than I’ve read. I might have to ask my niece and nephews to let me borrow all those MG Latinx books I gifted them because I am behind in this department. At the top of my list is Dactyl Hill Squad.

4. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

 How many years has this one been on my TBR? I can tell you. It was ever since I read Meg Medina’s Burn Baby Burn, which I completely fell in love with. I’ve been meaning to read this and even at one point had it checked out from the library. This year will be the year that I pick up another Meg Medina novel. I might even throw in Merci Suarez while I’m at it. 

5. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Please, people, you know this one is on my list of most anticipated releases by Latinx authors. I somehow by some miracle ended up with a physical ARC of this one. I’ve only dreamed about getting an Anna-Marie McLemore ARC. I also have to boast that I got my hands on an eARC before the physical because Anna-Marie McLemore themselves reach out to me and offered to send it to me. I’m still processing this. **screams internally**

6. Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia

You know I’d read anything written by Anna-Marie McLemore, but the fact that they are collaborating with Tehlor Kay Mejia on this one makes it even more intriguing. I love that it is magical realism because I’m always in desperate need of the genre. I heard there’s a Selena-themed diner involved as well. You can’t see my face right now, but it just lit up.

7. Pheus & Eury by Lilliam Rivera

When I first heard that Lilliam Rivera was doing an Orpheus and Eurydice retelling I just about fell out of my chair. I am ready for all the Latinx retellings and this one sounds dark and haunting and I can’t wait!

8. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X is one of my favorite novels ever and I will be forever grateful that it reintroduced me to poetry. I had the pleasure of reading Acevedo’s sophomore novel With the Fire on High during Latinx Heritage Month and can’t even tell you what this one is about, but can guarantee that I will be prerordering it. 

9. Oculta (A Forgery of Magic, #2) by Maya Motayne

Nocturna was such a pleasant surprise, and I fell head over heels in love with the two lead characters, Finn and Alfie. I’m not sure what Maya Motayne has in store for these two in the sequel, but I am desperate for this one. DESPERATE. I just need to know that Finn and Alfie are okay and that they get to be happy. 

10. Untitled (Brooklyn Brujas, #3) by Zoraida Córdova

I really enjoyed Labyrinth Lost, but absolutely fell in love with this series thanks to Bruja Born. It’s now been over a year since the second book and I am hungry for the final book in the series. I need more series about Latinx sisters and Latinx witches.

Have you read or are planning to read any of these? Which 2020 release by a Latinx author are you most looking forward to? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Talk Chisme to Me, Part V: Under the Radar Books Added to My TBR

Happy Latinx Heritage Month! Join me September 15th through October 15th as I celebrate Latinx authors with a post every Sunday in my series, Talk Chisme to Me. You can also enter my Twitter giveaway in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month. Simply head on over here. If you missed any of my previous posts, I’ve linked them below:

Talk Chisme to Me, Part I: The TBR

Talk Chisme to Me, Part II: Favorite Books By Latinx Authors I Read This Past Year

Talk Chisme to Me, Part III: New & Upcoming Releases

Talk Chisme to Me, Part IV: Biggest Influencers

For this week’s post, I am sharing ten backlist books that I discovered this year and have added to my TBR. These are books by Latinx authors that haven’t gotten a lot of hype, but I am hoping you add a few of these to your own TBR. I’m also adding a couple of 2019 releases that I don’t think have gotten a lot of attention. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

Under the Radar Books Added to the TBR:

1. Secrets of the Casa Rosada by Alex Temblador

      “Sixteen-year-old Martha and her mother move constantly, never staying anywhere for long. So she knows better than to ask if they’ve been evicted again when her mom says they’re going on a “vacation” to meet the grandmother Martha didn’t know existed.
      Laredo, Texas, is like no other city she has seen. Driving past businesses with Spanish names and colorfully painted houses with burnt lawns, Martha can’t imagine her mother living somewhere so … Mexican. At her grandmother’s pink house, she’s shocked and hurt when her mom abandons her, even though a part of her had been expecting it.
      Suddenly Martha must deal with a way of life that is completely foreign. Her grandmother doesn’t speak English, so communication is difficult, and she’s not the typical, sweet grandma who dotes on her grandchildren. Even weirder, it turns out that her grandmother is revered as a healer, or curandera. And there are tons of cousins, aunts and uncles all ready to embrace her!
      At her new school, Martha can’t be anonymous like before because everyone knows she’s Doña González’s granddaughter. Meanwhile, a girl who has it out for her makes things unpleasant. As Martha struggles to adjust to her new life, she can’t help but wonder why her mother left Laredo. No one is willing to discuss it, so she’ll have to unravel the secret herself.”

2. All the Stars Denied by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

      “In a companion novel to her critically acclaimed Shame the Stars, Guadalupe Garcia McCall tackles the hidden history of the United States and its first mass deportation event that swept up hundreds of thousands of Mexican American citizens during the Great Depression.”

3. Halsey Street by Naima Coster

      “A modern-day story of family, loss, and renewal, Halsey Street captures the deeply human need to belong—not only to a place but to one another.
      Penelope Grand has scrapped her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh and moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. She’s accepted that her future won’t be what she’d dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizable. Old haunts have been razed, and wealthy white strangers have replaced every familiar face in Bed-Stuy. Even her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic. That took courage. It’s also unforgivable.
      When Penelope moves into the attic apartment of the affluent Harpers, she thinks she’s found a semblance of family—and maybe even love. But her world is upended again when she receives a postcard from Mirella asking for reconciliation. As old wounds are reopened, and secrets revealed, a journey across an ocean of sacrifice and self-discovery begins.
      An engrossing debut, Halsey Street shifts between the perspectives of these two captivating, troubled women. Mirella has one last chance to win back the heart of the daughter she’d lost long before leaving New York, and for Penelope, it’s time to break free of the hold of the past and start navigating her own life.”

4. Maria the Wanted and the Legacy of Keepers by V. Castro

      “‘Word started to get around there was a new enforcer in town. No one knew if she was a demon or an angel, perhaps a mythical mix of both. Maybe the woman in the black hat was one of the old gods that wandered this land before the lash of the cross was introduced. The only thing anyone knew was that no human could run from their devious deeds if Maria and her fist caught you in their sights.’ -Maria The Wanted
      Maria is a wanted woman. She’s wanted by an Aztec trafficker, a cartel boss, the people she fights for, and now the devil she can’t resist.
      Her journey begins as a would-be immigrant turned vampire, until the injustices of the world turn her into something else. She’s not just out for blood, she wants answers.”

5. Westwood Monster Patrol by Andrea Beatriz Arango

      “What would YOU do if you found a dismembered hand in the woods behind your house?
      Ash, Talib, Josefina, Marimar, and Alejandro are pretty used to the not-so-great aspects of life at the Westwood Trailer Park. What they’re not used to is having dead bodies pop up so close to home. Although they’re each dealing with their own complicated problems, they put these aside in order to track down a grisly killer. As the teens delve deeper into a world of haunting visions, bibliomancy, poke tattoos, and even a demon, they are forced to contend with a reality that may be a bit wilder than they anticipated. When one of their own is taken, will they manage to pull together their makeshift crime team and save the day?”

6. Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy

      “Eleven-year-old Carolina’s summer–and life as she knows it–is upended when Papi loses his job, and she and her family must move from Puerto Rico to her Tía Cuca and Uncle Porter’s house in upstate New York. Now Carolina must attend Silver Meadows camp, where her bossy older cousin Gabriela rules the social scene.
      Just as Carolina worries she’ll have to spend the entire summer in Gabriela’s shadow, she makes a friend of her own in Jennifer, a fellow artist. Carolina gets another welcome surprise when she stumbles upon a long-abandoned cottage in the woods near the campsite and immediately sees its potential as a creative haven for making art. There, with Jennifer, Carolina begins to reclaim the parts of the life she loved in Puerto Rico and forget about how her relationship with Mami has changed and how distant Papi has become.
      But when the future of Silver Meadows and the cottage is thrown into jeopardy, Carolina and–to everyone’s surprise–Gabriela come up with a plan to save them. Will it work?”

7. Other: A Collection of Poetry For the Lovelorn Outcast by Elizabeth Reyes-Duiguid

      “OTHER is a collection of poems that tackles topics such as love, loneliness, and fear. It’s for when you’re feeling ignored, small, set aside or otherwise outcasted. It’s for when you need reminding that you are not alone.
      In this collection, Elizabeth Reyes-Diuguid shares decade old experiences and celebrates, and honors those emotional moments in the past that lead to success, love, and joy like she couldn’t imagine when these pieces were written. Now her words plant a seed of hope for the reader that they too can go from moments of sorrow to true joy. A lot can change in a decade. “

8. Plastic Wings by C.T. Callahan

      “When seven-year-old Evie Weiss discovers a strange, sickly boy in her otherwise familiar forest, she has no idea what it holds for her world. He is a dark angel, one of a race of humanoid beings that feed on humanity and tear Evie’s world down around her. Years later, as humanity mounts a counter-attack against the dark angels, Evie remembers the boy in the forest and finds herself torn between her loyalty to her own people and feelings of compassion for these strange creatures that first captivated her as a child. It is the quest of one girl to unite two worlds so separated by war, but how can she close the gap between two races so determined to hate each other?”

9. The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel

      “Quijana is a girl in pieces. One-half Guatemalan, one-half American: When Quijana’s Guatemalan cousins move to town, her dad seems ashamed that she doesn’t know more about her family’s heritage. One-half crush, one-half buddy: When Quijana meets Zuri and Jayden, she knows she’s found true friends. But she can’t help the growing feelings she has for Jayden. One-half kid, one-half grown-up: Quijana spends her nights Skyping with her ailing grandma and trying to figure out what’s going on with her increasingly hard-to-reach brother. In the course of this immersive and beautifully written novel, Quijana must figure out which parts of herself are most important, and which pieces come together to make her whole. This lyrical debut from Rebecca Balcárcel is a heartfelt poetic portrayal of a girl growing up, fitting in, and learning what it means to belong.”

10. Seventh Born by Monica Sanz

      “Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.
      Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.
      The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.”

Have you heard of any of these books? Any of these pique your interest? Which under the radar books by Latinx authors have you added to your TBR recently? Let’s discuss in the comments.

Talk Chisme to Me, Part IV: Biggest Influencers

Happy Latinx Heritage Month! Here on the blog, I am celebrating with a series called Talk Chisme to Me, which aims to highlight Latinx authors and their books. I am also running a Twitter giveaway, you can head on over here for all the info. For those who might have missed it, here are links to my previous posts in this series:

Talk Chisme to Me, Part I: The TBR

Talk Chisme to Me, Part II: Favorite Books By Latinx Authors I Read This Past Year

Talk Chisme to Me, Part III: New & Upcoming Releases

I owe so much of my passion for Latinx books to some amazing people in the book community. If you told me five years ago when I first started blogging that there would be a vast array of Latinx bloggers, authors, publishing folk advocating daily for more Latinx books, I would have regarded the comment pessimistically. I am so grateful to be a part of this particular group of Latinx bookish people and can’t wait to meet more of you. In this post I am giving a shout out to the biggest influencers in my life as a Latinx blogger. In no particular order…

1. Claribel Ortega – Probably the one person I associate most with book Twitter and advocating for more diverse books is Claribel. They are also the creator of the podcast Write or Die with Kat Cho, which I’ve enjoyed listening to so much. For anyone who wants to get into the publishing business, it’s a wonderful resource for a behind the scenes look. Find Claribel on Twitter here and website for their upcoming debut, Ghost Squad, here.

2. Tehlor Kay Mejia – I’ve been following Tehlor for years now and have admired her advocacy. Her debut, We Set the Dark on Fire, which focuses on two Latina characters falling in love in a fantasy/dystopian setting was a breath of fresh air. These are the kind of books that you don’t often see Latinx writers able to write and I am really looking forward to all the other books she puts forth throughout her career. Find Tehlor on Twitter here and her website here.

3. Latinx in Kid Lit – A few year ago when I was looking to pick up more books by Latinx authors, this was one of my most important resources. They keep a list of books by and about Latinx people. Find them on Twitter here and their website here.

4. Adriana – Creator of #ReadLatinx, Adriana is one of the most hardworking bloggers out there. She’s passionate about Latinx books and there are so many that I wouldn’t have known existed without her advocacy. She’s incredibly informative because of her hard work and is always helpful. I feel really lucky to have gotten to know her this year. Find her on Twitter here; her blog Boricua Reads; and her new website which house all the amazing interviews she’s been doing for Latinx Heritage Month and information on Sensitivity Reads here.

5. David Bowles – I have learned so much following David’s Twitter account. He is always so informative and pushes me to think differently about topics. If I had to pay to follow him, I would do it. He has such a vast array of literature to his name and I for one am looking forward to learning more from him. Find David on Twitter here and on his website here.

6. Las Musas – If you haven’t heard of this group made up of new Latinx authors on the MG and YA scene, you need to follow them now. I love how supportive they are of one another, but how they are also lifting up up-and-coming writers as well. They just launched a mentorship program for Latinx writers and I’m excited to see how these new faces shape the publishing scene. Find them on Twitter here and their blog here.

7. Latinx Book Club – This is a project I didn’t know I needed in my life. When Cande @ Latinx Magic sent out the bat signal for potential cohosts for this, I never imagined how quickly I would grow so fond of those in the group. Working so closely with everyone has been incredibly rewarding. You can find us on Twitter here and on our blog here. Special shout out to all my cohosts:

Cande – Twitter: @iamrainbou; Blog: Latinx Magic

Caro – Twitter: @santanareads; Blog: Santana Reads ; Also check out their new book tour project Sazón Book Tours, which focuses on Latinx books and book bloggers.

Dani – Twitter: @metamorphodani; Blog: Metamorphoreader

Jocelyn – Twitter: @joceraptor; YouTube Channel: yogiwithabook

Sofia – Twitter: @sofiainbookland; Blog: Bookish Wanderess

8. Latinx Squad gc – I joined this group chat only a few months ago and being a part of it has done wonders for me. I love having a place to vent if I have to without judgment. I love how supportive everyone is of one another. I can’t remember what life was like before this gc was born. I can’t name everyone, but you all know who you are and I love you 💕💕💕

9. Anna-Marie McLemore – Shout out to the one author who continually puts out content that makes me feel seen. If I had to choose only one author I could read for the rest of my life, it would be them. Anna-Marie McLemore has gone out of their way to make sure I got an ARC of their upcoming release and I will be forever grateful to have these kinds of authors in the community who see bloggers and appreciate them even when it feels like publishers do not.

10. Latinxbookbingo and @latinxathon – This year I am participating in both of these events for Latinx Heritage Month. The Latinx Book Club is also working with both groups as we read The Grief Keeper by Alexander Villasante this month, which we are calling #LatinxLitTakeover. I’m so glad we were able to organize this because it can sometimes feel like the Latinx bookish community is so small, but when we work together, I think we can do amazing things. I am really looking forward to any future events these groups do together.

**Special Note #1: I wasn’t able to include everyone, but want to make a quick shout out to Latinx in Publishing, We Need Diverse Books, The Bronx is Reading who are all out here doing the work of bringing diverse reads, including those by Latinx writers, to the community.**

**Special Note #2: Hey, if you’re a Latinx blogger and I don’t follow you on Twitter, I want to make sure I do, so drop your handle in the comments!***

Talk Chisme to Me, Part III: New & Upcoming Releases (Sept.’19 – 2020)

Happy Latinx Heritage Month! Come celebrate Latinx authors and books all month long (September 15th through October 15th) with my series Talk Chisme to Me. This is the second year I’ve compiled a list of new and upcoming books by Latinx authors (focused mostly on YA and MG) that I am most looking forward to and it is always the most satisfying. There’s something about seeing all these books together that gets me really excited about the year ahead. I hope you add some or all of these to your TBR and that you support Latinx authors beyond this month!

**Also note that Adriana @ Boricua Reads puts together a comprehensive list of books by Latinx authors (from picture books to adult novels) every season that you can check out on her blog. Follow her and check out her fall list here!**

Previous posts in this series you might have missed:

Talk Chisme to Me, Part I: The TBR

Talk Chisme to Me, Part II: Favorite Books By Latinx Authors I Read This Past Year

Be sure to check out my annual Twitter giveaway for Latinx Heritage Month as well. You can win any book by a Latinx author: see tweet here. Covers below are linked to Goodreads.

September 2019 through 2020 Books by Latinx Authors:

1. The Fire Keeper by J.C. Cervantes

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

      “Zane Obispo’s new life on a beautiful secluded tropical island, complete with his family and closest friends, should be perfect. But he can’t control his newfound fire skills yet (inherited from his father, the Maya god Hurakan); there’s a painful rift between him and his dog ever since she became a hell hound; and he doesn’t know what to do with his feelings for Brooks. One day he discovers that by writing the book about his misadventures with the Maya gods, he unintentionally put other godborn children at risk. Unless Zane can find the godborns before the gods do, they will be killed. To make matters worse, Zane learns that Hurakan is scheduled to be executed. Zane knows he must rescue him, no matter the cost. Can he accomplish both tasks without the gods detecting him, or will he end up a permanent resident of the underworld?
      In this cleverly plotted sequel to The Storm Runner, the gang is back together again with spirited new characters, sneaky gods, unlikely alliances, and secrets darker than Zane could ever have imagined. Secrets that will change him forever.”

2. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

      “Co-written by sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite, and told in epistolary style through letters, articles, emails, and diary entries, this exceptional debut novel captures a sparkling new voice and irrepressible heroine in a celebration of storytelling sure to thrill fans of Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi and Jenna Evans Welch!
      When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime…
      You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything?
      Actually, a lot.
      Thanks to ‘the incident’ (don’t ask), I’m spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a ‘spring volunteer immersion project.’ It’s definitely no vacation. I’m toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own…and to hide a rather devastating secret.
      All things considered, there are some pretty nice perks…like flirting with Tati’s distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. I’m even exploring my family’s history—which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse.
      You know, typical drama. But it’s nothing I can’t handle.”

3. The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

      “A powerful exploration of love, identity, and self-worth through the eyes of a fierce, questioning Puerto Rican teen.
      Fifteen-year-old Verdad doesn’t think she has time for love. She’s still struggling to process the recent death of her best friend, Blanca; dealing with the high expectations of her hardworking Puerto Rican mother and the absence of her remarried father; and keeping everyone at a distance. But when she meets Danny, a new guy at school–who happens to be trans–all bets are off. Verdad suddenly has to deal with her mother’s disapproval of her relationship with Danny as well as her own prejudices and questions about her identity, and Danny himself, who is comfortable in his skin but keeping plenty of other secrets.”

4. Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

      “From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk comes the story of four kids who form an alternative Scout troop that shakes up their sleepy Florida town.
      When three very different girls find a mysterious invitation to a lavish mansion, the promise of adventure and mischief is too intriguing to pass up.
      Ofelia Castillo (a budding journalist), Aster Douglas (a bookish foodie), and Cat Garcia (a rule-abiding birdwatcher) meet the kid behind the invite, Lane DiSanti, and it isn’t love at first sight. But they soon bond over a shared mission to get the Floras, their local Scouts, to ditch an outdated tradition. In their quest for justice, independence, and an unforgettable summer, the girls form their own troop and find something they didn’t know they needed: sisterhood.”

5. Rated by Melissa Grey

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

      “Societies thrive on order, and the Rating System is the ultimate symbol of organized social mobility.
      The higher it soars, the more valued you are. The lower it plummets, the harder you must work to improve yourself. For the students at the prestigious Maplethorpe Academy, every single thing they do is reflected in their ratings, updated daily and available for all to see.
      But when an act of vandalism sullies the front doors of the school, it sets off a chain reaction that will shake the lives of six special students — and the world beyond.”

6. Mirror Bound Monica Sanz

Publication Date: September 10, 2019

      “Conspirator. Failure. Murderer.
Dovetail is used to being called all these things. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, and the cause of her mother losing both her powers and her life, Sera has always felt isolated. Until Nikolai Barrington.
      The young professor not only took an interest in Sera—he took her into his home, hired her for his moonlighting detective agency, and gave her the one thing she’d always dreamed of: a chance. Under Barrington’s tutelage, Sera can finally take the School of Continuing Magic entrance exam to become an inspector and find her family. Now if only she could stop her growing attraction to her maddening boss—which is about as easy as this fiery elementalist quitting setting things on fire.
      But when ghosts start dragging Sera into possessions so deep she can barely escape, and then the souls of lost witches and wizards appear trapped in mirrors, these two opposites will have to work together to uncover a much deeper secret that could destroy the Witchling world…”

7. Becoming Beatriz by Tami Charles

Publication Date: September 17, 2019

Beatriz dreams of a life spent dancing–until tragedy on the day of her quinceañera changes everything.
      Up until her fifteenth birthday, the most important thing in the world to Beatriz Mendez had been her dream of becoming a professional dancer and getting herself and her family far from the gang life that defined their days–that and meeting her dance idol Debbie Allen on the set of her favorite TV show, Fame. But after the latest battle in a constant turf war leaves her gang leader brother, Junito, dead and her mother grieving, Beatriz has a new set of priorities. How is she supposed to feel the rhythm when her gang needs running, when her mami can’t brush her own teeth, and when the last thing she can remember of her old self is dancing with her brother, followed by running and gunshots? When the class brainiac reminds Beatriz of her love of the dance floor, her banished dreams sneak back in. Now the only question is: will the gang let her go?
      Set in New Jersey in 1984, Beatriz’s story is a timeless one of a teenager’s navigation of romance, gang culture, and her own family’s hard past. A companion novel to the much-lauded Like Vanessa.”

8. Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdez

Publication Date: September 17, 2019

      “A hilarious, offbeat debut space opera that skewers everything from pop culture to video games and features an irresistible foul-mouthed captain and her motley crew, strange life forms, exciting twists, and a galaxy full of fun and adventure.
      Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra cruise the galaxy delivering small cargo for even smaller profits. When her sister Mari is kidnapped by The Fridge, a shadowy syndicate that holds people hostage in cryostasis, Eva must undergo a series of unpleasant, dangerous missions to pay the ransom.
      But Eva may lose her mind before she can raise the money. The ship’s hold is full of psychic cats, an amorous fish-faced emperor wants her dead after she rejects his advances, and her sweet engineer is giving her a pesky case of feelings. The worse things get, the more she lies, raising suspicions and testing her loyalty to her found family.
      To free her sister, Eva will risk everything: her crew, her ship, and the life she’s built on the ashes of her past misdeeds. But when the dominoes start to fall and she finds the real threat is greater than she imagined, she must decide whether to play it cool or burn it all down.”

9. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Publication Date: September 17, 2019

      “Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.
      Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?
      With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.”

10. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

Publication Date: September 24, 2019

      “Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.
      At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.
      Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.
      One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.”

11. River of Love by Aimée Medina Carr

Publication Date: September 24, 2019

      “River of Love is a supernatural Love story about a fierce Indigenous Mexican American girl growing up in a white Colorado town during a youth-led cultural revolution of the 1970s. It’s a Love letter to the Southern Rocky Mountains, to the Spirits, to a close-knit family, and even to youth itself. The Arkansas River is a vital character, as is the environment, and wisdom of the ancestors. Things that happen when you’re young seem so much more important because they’re happening for the first time. Indigenous Mexican Americans straddle two very different cultures; this River of Love explores how we are all connected.”

12. Malcriada & Other Stories by by Lorraine Avila

Publication Date: September 27, 2019

      “In the middle of the Caribbean Sea, aboard an illegal voyage from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, a twelve year old learns her name; a former cacao farmer finds a constellation on his lover’s thighs; best friends become strangers and find the essence of themselves in the face of deception; an old man exchanges his homeland for a New York City bodega storefront; preteen boys grapple with authority; female cousins come to terms with their first shared sexual experience; an alcoholic woman finds serenity at the bottom of the sea; feminism is deconstructed by opposing views; on the back of a motorcycle, self-awareness is found; and a woman discovers that healing is a series of choices.”

13. By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

      “An honest reflection on cultural identify, class, and gentrification. Fans of Nic Stone and Elizabeth Acevedo will eagerly anticipate Torrey.
      On the day Torrey officially becomes a college freshman, he gets a call that might force him to drop out before he’s even made it through orientation: the bee farm his beloved uncle Miles left him after his tragic death is being foreclosed on.
      Torrey would love nothing more than to leave behind the family and neighborhood that’s bleeding him dry. But he still feels compelled to care for the project of his uncle’s heart. As the farm heads for auction, Torrey precariously balances choosing a major and texting Gabriel—the first boy he ever kissed—with the fight to stop his uncle’s legacy from being demolished. But as notice letters pile up and lawyers appear at his dorm, dividing himself between family and future becomes impossible unless he sacrifices a part of himself.”

14. The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

      “From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.
      While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she worksand straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.
      Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. But securing her own happily-ever-after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth–even if it’s messy…”

15. Dreams of Many Rivers: A Hispanic History of the United States Told in Poems by Margarita Engle, Illustrated by Beatriz Gutierrez Hernandez

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

      “From award-winning poet Margarita Engle comes Dreams from Many Rivers, an middle grade verse history of Latinos in the United States, told through many voices, and featuring illustrations by Beatriz Gutierrez Hernandez.
      From Juana Briones and Juan Ponce de León, to eighteenth century slaves and modern-day sixth graders, the many and varied people depicted in this moving narrative speak to the experiences and contributions of Latinos throughout the history of the United States, from the earliest known stories up to present day. It’s a portrait of a great, enormously varied, and enduring heritage. A compelling treatment of an important topic.”

16. The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torres

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

      “A moving coming-of-age novel about one girl’s struggles after her parents lose their home, and her journey to find hope in family and friendship, from Jennifer Torres, the author of Stef Soto, Taco Queen.
     Griselda ‘Geez’ Zaragoza has a love for beautiful things, like her collection of vintage teacups and the flower garden she and her dad planted in the front yard. But when his business fails, Griselda loses not just her home, but also her confidence and her trust in her unflappable parents.
      Tagging along with big sister Maribel, who postponed college for a job selling Alma Cosmetics, Geez dreams up a way to reclaim the life she thinks she lost. If she can sell enough tubes of glistening, glittery Alma lip gloss, she’ll win a cash prize that could help jump start her dad’s business.
      With ups and downs along the way, Geez will discover that beauty isn’t just lost or found, but made and re-made.”

17. In the Dream House by Carmen Marie Machado

Publication Date: November 5, 2019

      “A startling, moving, and innovative memoir from the National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.
      For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to create an entirely unique piece of work which is destined to become an instant classic.”

18. The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel José Older

Publication Date: November 5, 2019

      “An evocative multigenerational Cuban American family story of revolution, loss, violence, and family bonds
      Marisol vanished during the Cuban Revolution, her fate unknown and lost to time. Now, haunted by atrocities long-forgotten, her foul-mouthed spirit visits her nephew, Ramon, in modern-day New Jersey. Her hope: That her presence will prompt her descendant to unearth their painful family history.
      Ramon launches a haphazard investigation into the story of his ancestor, unaware of the forces driving him on his search. Along the way, he falls in love, discovers a new sense of his own identity, faces a run-in with a murderous gangster, and learns of each ‘lost saint’ who helped Marisol during her imprisonment under Batista’s reign.
      Uplifting and evocative, The Book of Lost Saints is a meditation on family, forgiveness, and the violent struggle to be free.”

19. Charlie Hernández the Castle of Bones by Ryan Calejo

Publication Date: November 12, 2019

      “Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity.
      Charlie Hernandez still likes to think of himself as a normal kid. But what’s normal about being a demon-slaying preteen with an encyclopedic knowledge of Hispanic and Latino mythology who can partially manifest nearly any animal trait found in nature? Well, not much. But, Charlie believes he can get used to this new ‘normal,’ because being able to sprout wings or morph fins is pretty cool.
      But there is a downside: it means having to constantly watch his back for La Mano Peluda’s sinister schemes. And when the leader of La Liga, the Witch Queen Jo herself, is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie’s sure they’re at it again.
      Determined to save the queen and keep La Liga’s alliances intact, Charlie and his good friend Violet Rey embark on a perilous journey to track down her captors. As Charlie and Violet are drawn deeper into a world of monstruos and magia they are soon left with more questions than answers—like, why do they keep hearing rumors of dead men walking, and why is Charlie suddenly having visions of an ancient evil: a necromancer priest who’s been dead for more than five centuries?
      Charlie’s abuela once told him that when dead men walk, the living run in fear. And Charlie’s about to learn the truth of that—the hard way.”

20. Random Acts of Kittens by Yamile Saied Méndez

Publication Date: December 26, 2019

      “A heartwarming story about learning to love cats (and friends) of all stripes!
      When Natalia finds a lost cat with newborn kittens, she desperately wants to keep one. Whether or not her mami agrees to a new pet, Natalia will have to find homes for the rest of the litter. So she and her friend Reuben hatch the perfect plan: Using an anonymous account, Natalia announces to her classmates that she’ll be gifting kittens on Valentine’s Day.
      As students vie to be matched with a cat, Natalia’s secrets pile up. Then, her former best friend, Meera, applies for a kitten. Suddenly, playing kitty match-maker gets a lot more complicated. Will her attempts to spread kindness help heal her friendships, or simply tear them farther apart?”

21. Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel José Older

Publication Date: January 7, 2020

      “A house divided
      Sierra and the shadowshapers have been split apart. Juan, Anthony, and Izzy are in jail, anxiously waiting to find out what will become of them. Back in Brooklyn, the other shadowshapers have been getting threatening messages from whisper wraiths, catching strangely shaped figures stalking them, and fending off random spirits. A war is brewing among the houses, and the very magic of the shadowshapers is at stake.
      The fate of the worlds
      Sierra is determined to protect her own in the coming conflict. Even if that means keeping secrets from them. But a deal with Death by one of Sierra’s ancestors has far-reaching consequences in the battles of the present, and as old fates tangle with new powers, Sierra will have to harness the Deck of Worlds and confront her family’s past if she has any hope of saving the future and everyone she loves. Only doing so will mean following the magic to places the shadowshapers have never gone before . . . and may never return from.
      New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older spins a masterful conclusion to his evocative and captivating Shadowshaper Cypher series in a finale of searing rebellion, the power of fate, and a magic unlike anything you’ve ever imagined.”
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22. Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Publication Date: January 7, 2020

      “A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.
      Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.
      When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.
      She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa. “

23. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Publication Date: January 14, 2020

      “Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.
      Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.
      With McLemore’s signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.”

24. Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Publication Date: January 14, 2020

      “Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.
      Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.
      Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.
      Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.
      Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.”

25. Diamond City by Francesca Flores

Publication Date: January 28, 2020

      “Welcome to Diamond City, where secret magic could save your life or get you killed.
      Meet Aina Solís, whose wit is as sharp as her blade.
      At twelve years old, Aina Solís was pulled off of the streets she slept on and trained to be one of the most feared assassins in Sumerand, a kingdom founded by immigrants and built by magic―and in recent years transformed by an industrial revolution. When Aina is given the most lucrative and dangerous job of her career―killing a wealthy industrialist named Kouta―she knows it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leave her impoverished roots in her past once-and-for-all: the payout is enough to free her from under her boss Kohl’s thumb. But when the job goes wrong and Kouta escapes, she is left without a penny to her name and in the crosshairs of Kohl, who is eager to show the world what happens to those that fail him.
      With Kohl on her heels, Aina is running out of time to find Kouta and finish what she started. But the closer she gets to killing him, the more she begins to ask the questions assassins are never meant to ask: who wants Kouta dead? And why? In a city full of half-constructed subway tunnels, hidden magical dens, secret weapons markets, and wolf-sized spiders, Aina discovers a conspiracy that could rewrite her city’s history and―if it isn’t stopped―sink her country into a catastrophic war.”

26. Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

Publication Date: January 28, 2020

      “Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the game’s vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, she’s trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help her struggling single mom pay the rent.
      Gaming is basically Aaron Jericho’s entire life. Much to his mother’s frustration, Aaron has zero interest in becoming a doctor like her, and spends his free time writing games for a local developer. At least he can escape into Reclaim the Sun—and with a trillion worlds to explore, disappearing should be easy. But to his surprise, he somehow ends up on the same remote planet as celebrity gamer D1V.
      At home, Divya and Aaron grapple with their problems alone, but in the game, they have each other to face infinite new worlds…and the growing legion of trolls populating them. Soon the virtual harassment seeps into reality when a group called the Vox Populi begin launching real-world doxxing campaigns, threatening Aaron’s dreams and Divya’s actual life. The online trolls think they can drive her out of the game, but everything and everyone Divya cares about is on the line…
      And she isn’t going down without a fight.”

27. Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda (with Valynne E. Maetani)

Publication Date: January 28, 2020

      “Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess.
      But Kira’s life is shattered on the night her family’s shrine is attacked by a vicious band of yokai demons. With the help of Shiro—the shrine’s gorgeous half-fox, half-boy kitsune—Kira discovers that her shrine harbors an ancient artifact of great power . . . one the yokai and their demon lord, Shuten-doji, will use to bring down an everlasting darkness upon the world.
      Unable to face the Shuten-doji and his minions on her own, Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—to help stop the brutal destruction of humankind. But some of the death gods aren’t everything they initially seemed, nor as loyal to Kira’s cause as they first appeared.
      With war drawing nearer by the day, Kira realizes that if this unlikely band of heroes is going to survive, they’re going to have to learn to work together, confront their demons, and rise as one to face an army of unimaginable evil.”

28. Love Sugar Magic: A Mixture of Mischief by Anna Meriano

Publication Date: February 4, 2020

      “No synopsis available.

29. Untamed by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Publication Date: February 11, 2020

      “Baja California, 1979. Viridiana spends her days watching the dead sharks piled beside the seashore, as the fishermen pull their nets. There is nothing else to do, nothing else to watch, under the harsh sun. She’s bored. Terribly bored. Yet her head is filled with dreams of Hollywood films, of romance, of a future beyond the drab town where her only option is to marry and have children.
      Three wealthy American tourists arrive for the summer, and Viridiana is magnetized. She immediately becomes entwined in the glamorous foreigners’ lives. They offer excitement, and perhaps an escape from the promise of a humdrum future.
      When one of them dies, Viridiana lies to protect her friends. Soon enough, someone’s asking questions, and Viridiana has some of her own about the identity of her new acquaintances. Sharks may be dangerous, but there are worse predators nearby, ready to devour a naïve young woman who is quickly being tangled in a web of deceit.
      Silvia Moreno-Garcia is one of the most exciting voices in fiction, and with her first crime novel, UNTAMED SHORE, she crafts a blazing novel of suspense with an eerie seaside setting and a literary edge that proves her a master of the genre.”

30. This Train Is Being Held by Ismée Amiel Williams

Publication Date: February 11, 2020

      “When private school student Isabelle Warren first meets Dominican-American Alex Rosario on the downtown 1 train, she remembers his green eyes and his gentlemanly behavior. He remembers her untroubled happiness, something he feels all rich kids must possess. That, and her long dancer legs. Over the course of multiple subway encounters spanning the next three years, Isabelle learns of Alex’s struggle with his father, who is hell-bent on Alex being a contender for the major leagues, despite Alex’s desire to go to college and become a poet. Alex learns about Isabelle’s unstable mother, a woman with a prejudice against Latino men. But fate—and the 1 train—throw them together when Isabelle needs Alex most. Heartfelt and evocative, this romantic drama will appeal to readers of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen.”

31. With a Star in My Hand: Rubén Darío, Poetry Hero by Margarita Engle  

Publication Date: February 18, 2020

      “From acclaimed author Margarita Engle comes a gorgeous new novel in verse about Rubén Darío, the Nicaraguan poet and folk hero who initiated the literary movement of Modernismo.
      As a little boy, Rubén Darío loved to listen to his great uncle, a man who told tall tales in a booming, larger-than-life voice. Rubén quickly learned the magic of storytelling, and discovered the rapture and beauty of verse.
      A restless and romantic soul, Rubén traveled across Central and South America seeking adventure and connection. As he discovered new places and new loves, he wrote poems to express his wild storm of feelings. But the traditional forms felt too restrictive. He began to improvise his own poetic forms so he could capture the entire world in his words. At the age of twenty-one, he published his first book Azul, which heralded a vibrant new literary movement called Modernismo that blended poetry and prose into something magical.
      In gorgeous poems of her own, Margarita Engle tells the story of this passionate young man who revolutionized world literature.”

32. We Unleash the Mericless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Publication Date: February 25, 2020

      “In this nail-biting sequel to Tehlor Kay Mejia’s critically acclaimed fantasy novel We Set the Dark on Fire, La Voz operative Carmen is forced to choose between the girl she loves and the success of the rebellion she’s devoted her life to.
      Being a part of the resistance group La Voz is an act of devotion and desperation. On the other side of Medio’s border wall, the oppressed class fights for freedom and liberty, sacrificing what little they have to become defenders of the cause.
      Carmen Santos is one of La Voz’s best soldiers, taken in when she was an orphaned child and trained to be a cunning spy. She spent years undercover at the Medio School for Girls, but now, with her identity exposed and the island on the brink of civil war, Carmen returns to the only real home she’s ever known: La Voz’s headquarters. There she must reckon with her beloved leader, who is under the influence of an aggressive new recruit, and with the devastating news that her true love might be the target of an assassination plot. Will Carmen break with her community and save the girl who stole her heart—or fully embrace the ruthless rebel she was always meant to be?”

33. Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Maya Cuevas

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

      “‘Happiness, like love, arrives through the kitchen. At least that’s what my abuela Lala used to say. I may not know much about love, but I definitely got the kitchen part down.’
      Seventeen-year-old aspiring chef Isabella Fields’ family life has fallen apart after the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents. She moves in with her dad and his new wife in France, where Isabella feels like an outsider in her father’s new life, studiously avoiding the awkward, ‘Why did you cheat on Mom’ conversation.
      The upside of Isabella’s world being turned upside down? Her father’s house is located only 30 minutes away from the restaurant of world-famous Chef Pascal Grattard, who runs a prestigious and competitive international kitchen apprenticeship. The prize job at Chef Grattard’s renowned restaurant also represents a transformative opportunity for Isabella, who is desperate to get her life back in order.
      But how can Isabella expect to hold it together when she’s at the bottom of her class at the apprenticeship, her new stepmom is pregnant, she misses her abuela dearly, and a mysterious new guy and his albino dog fall into her life?”

34. Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit by Lilliam Rivera

Publication Date: March 17, 2020

      “Move over, Nancy Drew–there’s a new sleuth in town! Inspired by the beloved comic series, Goldie Vance is ready to sleuth her way through never-before-seen mysteries in this original middle-grade series by Lilliam Rivera!
      Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives and works at the Crossed Palms Resort Hotel in Florida with a whole slew of characters: her dad, Art, the manager of the joint; Cheryl Lebeaux, the concierge and Goldie’s best friend; and Walter Tooey, the hired hotel detective. Her mom, Sylvia, works nearby at the Mermaid Club.
      While life at the Crossed Palms is always busy, the resort is currently overrun with Hollywood-types filming the hottest new creature feature, and tensions are at an all-time high. Even Goldie’s mom is in on the movie act, doing what she does best: playing a mermaid. Just when Goldie thinks the movie biz couldn’t get any more exciting, a diamond-encrusted swimming cap goes missing, and all fingers point to Goldie’s mom as the culprit. Can Goldie uncover the true thief before it’s too late?
      Hope Larson and Brittney William’s critically acclaimed Goldie Vance comic series explores never-before-seen mysteries in this thrilling, original middle-grade debut by Lilliam Rivera. Features a full-color comic chapter that’s essential to unraveling the mystery.”

35. The First 7 by Laura Pohl

Publication Date: March 2020

      “In the thrilling conclusion to the Last 8 duology, the Last Teenagers on Earth return home to find a colony of survivors who aren’t who they seem.”

36. Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Publication Date: March 2020

      “No synopsis available.”

37. Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

      “A girl journeys across her family’s land to save her grandmother’s life in this captivating and magical debut that’s perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish.
      Yolanda Rodríguez-O’Connell has a secret. All the members of her family have a magical gift—all, that is, except for Yolanda. Still, it’s something she can never talk about, or the townsfolk will call her family brujas—witches. When her grandmother, Wela, falls into an unexplained sleep, Yolanda is scared. Her father is off fighting in a faraway war, her mother died long ago, and Yolanda has isolated herself from her best friend and twin sister. If she loses her grandmother, who will she have left?
      When a strange grass emerges in the desert behind their house, Wela miraculously wakes, begging Yolanda to take her to the lone pecan tree left on their land. Determined not to lose her, Yolanda sets out on this journey with her sister, her ex-best friend, and a boy who has a crush on her. But what is the mysterious box that her grandmother needs to find? And how will going to the pecan tree make everything all right? Along the way, Yolanda discovers long-buried secrets that have made their family gift a family curse. But she also finds the healing power of the magic all around her, which just might promise a new beginning.”

38. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

      “Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy. For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.
      Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late.
      With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.”

39. The Water Bears by Kim Baker

Publication Date: April 21, 2020

      “A quirky, empowering story about a boy recovering from a bear attack with the help of his friends and maybe, some magic. For fans of Lemons by Melissa Savage, Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, and The Canning Season by Polly Horvath.
      All Newt Gomez wants for his thirteenth birthday is a bike. After surviving a bear attack last year, he thinks this isn’t an unreasonable request. Instead, his hardworking parents give him a former taco truck to help him get around the wacky island where they live in the Pacific Northwest. And then Newt and his best friend Ethan find a life-sized wooden bear washed up on the shore. Ethan is convinced the bear grants wishes; Newt doesn’t know what to think.
      Newt also has a big decision ahead: go to middle school on the island, or to the mainland where his warm extended family lives? There, he won’t be the only Latinx kid; he doesn’t have bad dreams about the attack, and not everyone knows what happened to him. Newt secretly plots to move to his abuela’s house, but his truck is stolen with the maybe-magic bear inside. He must confront his fears and adapt to the reality of a world that’s often uncertain, but always full of salvageable wonders.”

40. Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

Publication Date: April 28, 2020

      “An epic tale of revenge and redemption in a world where a memory thief must fight against terrifying monarchs bent on the destruction of her people..
      When the royal family of Puerto Leones sets out to destroy magic through a grand and terrible inquisition, spy and memory-thief Renata seeks to kill the prince, leader of the King’s Justice, who plans to use a terrible new weapon to wipe out the magic of the Moria…
      For fans who enjoyed the ferocity of Ember in the Ashes, INCENDIARY explores the double-edged sword of memory and the triumph of hope and love in the midst of fear and oppression.”

41. Running by Natalia Sylvester

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

      “When fifteen-year-old Cuban American Mariana Ruiz’s father runs for president, Mari starts to see him with new eyes. A novel about waking up and standing up, and what happens when you stop seeing your dad as your hero—while the whole country is watching.
      In this thoughtful, authentic, humorous, and gorgeously written novel about privacy, waking up, and speaking up, Senator Anthony Ruiz is running for president. Throughout his successful political career he has always had his daughter’s vote, but a presidential campaign brings a whole new level of scrutiny to sheltered fifteen-year-old Mariana and the rest of her Cuban American family, from a 60 Minutes–style tour of their house to tabloids doctoring photos and inventing scandals. As tensions rise within the Ruiz family, Mari begins to learn about the details of her father’s political positions, and she realizes that her father is not the man she thought he was.
      But how do you find your voice when everyone’s watching? When it means disagreeing with your father—publicly? What do you do when your dad stops being your hero? Will Mari get a chance to confront her father? If she does, will she have the courage to seize it?”

42. Nestor’s Guide to Unpacking by Adrianna Cuevas

Publication Date: May 2020

      “FSG has acquired Adrianna Cuevas’s debut middle grade novel, Nestor’s Guide to Unpacking, about a Cuban-American boy named Nestor with a secret ability to speak to animals. Nestor and his mother move to New Haven, Tex., while his father is deployed in Afghanistan, where he must use his ability when the town is threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that transforms into animals. Publication is set for spring 2020.”

43. The Dream Weaver by Reina Luz Alegre

Publication Date: May 2020

      “This middle grade novel is about a Latinx girl searching for a way to save her grandfather’s bowling alley while navigating the tricky waters of friendship and family. Perfect for fans of Meg Medina and Donna Gephart.”

44. Emblem Island: Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster

Publication Date: June 2, 2020

      “On Emblem Island all are born knowing their fate. Their lifelines show the course of their life and an emblem dictates how they will spend it.
      Twelve-year-old Tor Luna was born with a leadership emblem, just like his mother. But he hates his mark and is determined to choose a different path for himself. So, on the annual New Year’s Eve celebration, where Emblemites throw their wishes into a bonfire in the hopes of having them granted, Tor wishes for a different power.
      The next morning Tor wakes up to discover a new marking on his skin…the symbol of a curse that has shortened his lifeline, giving him only a week before an untimely death. There is only one way to break the curse, and it requires a trip to the notorious Night Witch.
      With only his village’s terrifying, ancient stories as a guide, and his two friends Engle and Melda by his side, Tor must travel across unpredictable Emblem Island, filled with wicked creatures he only knows through myths, in a race against his dwindling lifeline.”

45. Thunder Run (Dactyl Hill Squad, #3) by Daniel José Older

Publication Date: June 2, 2020

      “New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older concludes Magdalys’s seat-clenching adventures in the world of Dactyl Hill Squad.”

46. All These Monsters by Amy Tintera

Publication Date: July 7, 2020

      “From New York Times best-selling author Amy Tintera, a high-stakes sci-fi adventure about a teen girl who will do anything to escape her troubled home—even if that means joining a dangerous monster-fighting squad. Perfect for fans of Warcross and Renegades.
      Seventeen-year-old Clara is ready to fight back. Fight back against her abusive father, fight back against the only life she’s ever known, and most of all, fight back against scrabs, the earth-dwelling monsters that are currently ravaging the world. So when an opportunity arises for Clara to join an international monster-fighting squad, she jumps at the chance.
      When Clara starts training with her teammates, however, she realizes what fighting monsters really means: sore muscles, exhaustion, and worst of all, death. Scrabs are unpredictable, violent, and terrifying. But as Clara gains confidence in her battle skills, she starts to realize scrabs might not be the biggest evil. The true monsters are the ones you least expect.”

47. Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse by Chantel Acevedo

Publication Date: July 7, 2020

      “This middle grade novel is about a Latinx girl searching for a way to save her grandfather’s bowling alley while navigating the tricky waters of friendship and family. Perfect for fans of Meg Medina and Donna Gephart.”

48. Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

      “A family torn apart.
      A young woman desperate to find a home—and unburden her heart.
      A land of nightmares.
      Somewhere underneath the stars, not far enough away from the ruins of the past, and too far from even uncertain dreams of the future—this is the timely story of those caught in between.”

49. Paola Santiago and the Drowned Palace by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Publication Date: August 2020

      “Space-obsessed 12-year-old Paola Santiago and her two best friends, Emma and Dante, know the rule: Stay away from the river. It’s all they’ve heard since a schoolmate of theirs drowned a year ago. Pao is embarrassed to admit that she has been told to stay away for even longer than that, because her mother is constantly warning her about La Llorona, the wailing ghost woman who wanders the banks of the Gila at night, looking for young people to drag into its murky depths.
      Hating her mother’s humiliating superstitions and knowing that she and her friends would never venture into the water, Pao organizes a meet-up to test out her new telescope near the Gila, since it’s the best stargazing spot. But when Emma never arrives and Pao sees a shadowy figure in the reeds, it seems like maybe her mom was right. . . .
      Pao has always relied on hard science to make sense of the world, but to find her friend she will have to enter the world of her nightmares, which includes unnatural mist, mind-bending monsters, and relentless spirits controlled by a terrifying force that defies both logic and legend.”

50. Untitled (Brooklyn Brujas, #3) by Zoraida Córdova

Publication Date: 2020

      “No synopsis available.”

51. Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia

Publication Date: August 2020

      “Claudia Gabel at HarperCollins has bought Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia, in which two friends, one made of stardust and one fighting to save her family’s diner, take on their small town’s 50th annual pageant and talent competition in the hopes that they can change their town’s destiny, and their own.”

52. Clockwork Curandera by David Bowles, Illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez III

Publication Date: August 2020

“A YA steampunk graphic novel reimagining of Frankenstein set in an alternate colonial Mexico.”

53. Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

Publication Date: 2020

      “HarperCollins has acquired Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros. The #ownvoices middle grade debut novel follows middle schooler Efrén as he takes on increased home responsibilities, while also dealing with a contentious school election and a fight with his best friend, after his mother is deported to Mexico and his father takes on a second job to earn the money to bring her back to the U.S. Publication is slated for early 2020.”

The Following Titles Do Not Have Covers Yet/Have Tentative Release Dates (Titles linked to Goodreads)

54. By the Water by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Publication Date: 2020

      “The book follows sisters Lola and Rosie in the wake of a car accident that landed them at the bottom of a lake, as they struggle to find a new relationship amid brain damage and the lingering fear that the accident wasn’t an accident at all. The book is set for publication in summer 2020.

55. On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez

Publication Date: 2020

      “Minerva wants to be a normal kid and grow up to be the first Latina president of the U.S. But with her mother missing and no family to help her, she fights to keep her sisters safe and out of foster care—with the help of a friend and some fairy dust.

56. Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

Publication Date: 2020

      “Algonquin preempted Yamile Saied Méndez’s Furia, pitched in the vein of Bend It Like Beckham. Set in Argentina, the story centers on Camila “Furia” Hassan, who longs to play professional soccer in the United States and not only has to contend with deeply disapproving parents, but with a blossoming love interest that threatens to tempt her away from her dream. Publication is planned for 2020.

57. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Publication Date: 2020

      “Pitched as a Mexican Jessica Jones racing through a David Arnold novel with a pitstop in Roswell, the novel centers on a Mexican-American girl who discovers that her mother was abducted by aliens. Publication is planned for summer 2020.”

58. Cemetery Boys by Aidan Thomas

Publication Date: 2020

      “Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and he can’t get rid him.
      Bestowed by the ancient gods of Maya, Yadriel and the gifted members of his Latinx community can see spirits: women have the power to heal bodies and souls, while men can release lost spirits to the afterlife. But Yadriel, a trans boy, has never been able to perform the tasks of the brujas – because he is a brujo.
      When his cousin suddenly dies, Yadriel takes matters into his own hands and successfully summons a ghost. The only problem is, it’s not his cousin, it’s Julian Diaz, the resident bad boy of his high school. Worse, he’s pissed about his death and demands answers.
      Yadriel agrees to help Julian discover how he died. In exchange, Julian will let Yadriel release his spirit, finally proving himself a brujo. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less Yadriel wants to let him go, and time is running out.”

59. #Krisette by Sofia Quintero

Publication Date: 2020

      “Knopf has bought Sofia Quintero’s #Krisette, about a teenage girl’s struggle to understand why the police killing of her older sister Krisette fails to spark demands for justice. Inspired by #SayHerName, it features the central theme: “Krisette was deeply flawed and undeniably deserved to live.” Publication is planned for fall 2020.

60. Oculta (A Forgery of Magic, # 2) by Maya Motayne

Publication Date: 2020

      “No synopsis available.

61. The Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar

Publication Date: 2020

      “Nick Thomas at Scholastic/Levine has acquiredThe Moon Within author Aida Salazar’s novel, The Land of the Cranes, a story inspired in part by her own childhood as an undocumented immigrant. This free verse middle grade novel tells the story of 9-year-old Betita, who believes that she and other migrants follow an Aztec prophecy to fly as free as cranes. When her father is deported to Mexico and she and her mother are detained by ICE, she turns to writing picture poems as her own way to fly above the deplorable conditions that she and other cranes experience while they are caged.”

62. What If a Fish? by Anika Fajardo

Publication Date: 2020

      “Amanda Ramirez at Simon & Schuster has acquired Anika Fajardo’s debut middle grade WHAT IF A FISH, featuring 11-year-old, half-Colombian Eddie Aguado. When his older half-brother’s trip to visit Eddie in Minnesota is canceled, Eddie – who’s never left his hometown – is sent to spend the summer in Colombia instead. What follows is a generational story of family, identity, and all the things you can find at the end of a fishing line.

63. Pheus & Eury by Lilliam Rivera

Publication Date: 2020

      “Bloomsbury has acquired Lilliam Rivera’s Pheus & Eury, a YA retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice set in the Bronx. Pheus is a bachata-singing dreamer who falls in love with Eury, a girl who lost everything in Hurricane Maria and is haunted by the trauma—and by an evil spirit. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020.”

64. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Publication Date: 2020

      “Clap When You Land is a dual narrative novel in verse about two girls who learn of each other, and discover that they are half-sisters, after their father’s death in a plane crash. The book will publish in spring 2020.”

65. Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera

Publication Date: 2020

      “Scholastic/Levine has bought debut author Donna Barba Higuera’s middle grade novel Lupe Wong Won’t Dance. When square dancing threatens 12-year-old baseball phenom Lupe’s guaranteed A in PE, she goes to extreme lengths to prevent the American tradition from taking place at her school, all while navigating the complexities of middle school friendships, gender biases, and her own bi-cultural identity. Publication is slated for 2020.”

66. What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado

Publication Date: 2020

      “Featuring a biracial boy losing his innocence as he grapples with the injustices of racial profiling (Publishers Weekly)”

67. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Sweater and Stars by Laura Taylor Namey

Publication Date: 2020

      “After her post-graduation plans fall apart, Lila Flores is sent away to spend the summer with family friends in England. But what Lila expects to be a summer devoid of proper Cuban food and sun turns into one of unexpected love when she falls for teashop clerk Orion Maxwell and, most surprising, England itself. Publication is set for fall 2020.”

68. Brooms Up by Anna Meriano

Publication Date: 2020

      “The novel follows an introverted teen girl who joins a Quidditch team to spend time with her best friend before they both leave for college, but family tensions, changing friendships, and an unexpected romance threaten to turn her last summer at home into a disastrous one. Publication is slated for Fall 2020.”

69. Untitled by Maritza Moulite and Maika Moulite

Publication Date: 2020

      “In which a teen girl decides to honor the memory of her sister who died in police custody by taking a road trip inspired by her history buff sister’s heirloom copy of the Green Book, the civil rights-era guide to safe traveling for African-Americans. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020.”

70. girasol by Gretchen Gomez

Publication Date: 2020

      “No synopsis available.”

71. Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo

Publication Date: 2020

      “Scholastic/Graphix has acquired Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo. Miss Quinces features Sue, a Honduran-American girl who, instead of going to sleepaway camp with her friends, gets stuck visiting family in Honduras and having a surprise quinceañera, which is the last thing Sue wants—until she grows to appreciate both her family and their traditions. Simultaneous publication in both English and Spanish is planned for 2020.”

72. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Publication Date: 2020

“No information or Goodreads page available.”

73. The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas by María García Esperón, Illustrated by Amanda Mijangos, translated by David Bowles

Publication: 2020

“No information or Goodreads page available.”

Are any of these titles on your TBR? Any that caught your eye? Something I’ve missed that you’re excited about? Let’s discuss in the comments.