I’ve just added several new titles to my new book list, so why not just post the upcoming POC titles? Please feel free to add titles I’m missing in the comments.
Silhouetted by the blue by Traci L. Jones; Farrar Straus and Giroux: Seventh-grader Serena Shaw is trying to keep up at school while rehearsing for the lead role in the spring musical and dealing with a father so “blue” he is nearly catatonic. With the aid of a not-so-secret admirer as well as a growing sense of self-confidence, she faces the challenges of caring for herself and her ball-of-charm younger brother, all while attempting to lead the life of a normal pre-teen. Readers will be drawn into this convincing portrait of a vivacious young person who is on a path to discovering that taking on responsibility sometimes means finding the best way to ask for help. from the publisher’s site MG
Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia; Simon and Schuster, 12 July Brought together each summer at a boarding school in Switzerland, three girls learn a lot more than just French and European culture. Shirin, an Iranian princess; Ingrid, a German-Canadian eccentric; and Vivien, a Cuban-Jewish New Yorker culinary phenom, are thrown into each other’s lives when they become roommates. This is a story of 3 paths slowly beginning to cross and merge as they spend the year apart, but the summers together. Through navigating the social-cultural shoals of the school, developing their adolescence, and learning the confusing and conflicting legacies of their families’ past, Shirin, Ingrid, and Vivien form an unbreakable bond. publishers website
Mayhem (Mystyx #3) by Artist Arthur; Harlequin Jake Kramer never had much growing up, but his biggest loss was that of his mother. Now he’s being raised in a single parent household, growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Lincoln, Connecticut—not exactly his dream life. Supernatural powers and a group of others just like him didn’t really ruffle Jake’s feathers, but when his powers start to grow in ways he never imagined, he starts to believe there’s nothing he can’t do. Now, with a father who doesn’t understand him, bullies striking hard in Settleman’s High, a grandfather who’s trying to protect him and a growing urge to do things he’s never thought of doing before, Jake finally starts to fight back. But is that only making things worse? With the evil threat bearing down harder on the Mystyx Jake needs to get a handle on his life and the power that may just destroy them all. from author’s website
Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. By Medeia Sharif; Flux During Ramadan, we’re not allowed to eat from sunrise to sunset, for a whole month. My family does this every year, even though I’ve been to a mosque exactly twice in my fifteen years. My exercise-obsessed mom—whose hotness skipped a generation, sadly—says I could stand to lose a few. But is torture really an acceptable method? I think not. Things wouldn’t be so bad if I had a boyfriend, but my oppressive parents forbid me to date. This is just cruel and wrong. Especially since Peter, a cute and crushable artist, might be my soul mate. Figures my bestest friend Lisa likes him, too. To top it off, there’s a new Muslim girl in school who struts around in super-short skirts, commanding every boy’s attention—including Peter’s. How can I get him to notice me? And will I ever feel like a typical American girl? from the author’s website This one was actually released a little early and my copy is on the way!
Sylvia and Aki by Winifred Conkling; Tricycle Press MG Sylvia never expected to be at the center of a landmark legal battle; all she wanted was to enroll in school. Aki never expected to be relocated to a Japanese internment camp in the Arizona desert; all she wanted was to stay on her family farm and finish the school year. The two girls certainly never expected to know each other, until their lives intersected in Southern California during a time when their country changed forever. Here is the remarkable story based on true events of Sylvia Mendez and Aki Munemitsu, two ordinary girls living in extraordinary times. When Sylvia and her brothers are not allowed to register at the same school Aki attended and are instead sent to a “Mexican” school, the stage is set for Sylvia’s father to challenge in court the separation of races in California’s schools. Ultimately, Mendez vs. Westminster School District led to the desegregation of California schools and helped build the case that would end school segregation nationally. Through extensive interviews with Sylvia and Aki—still good friends to this day—Winifred Conkling brings to life two stories of persistent courage in the face of tremendous odds. This is the one I’m most looking forward to reading because it’s about a piece of history we rarely hear about. This important case set the groundwork for Brown v. Board of Education.
Boyfriend season by Kelli London; Kensington 26 July First boyfriends, first love, first mistakes—and an invitation to the hottest teen society party of the year send three friends into a tailspin. Can they handle the pressure of getting everything they think they want? SANTANA JACKSON is one of the flyest chicks in her Atlanta ’hood. At least until her golddigger mother snags a lawyer, and they move to the other side of the tracks. Worse, Santana’s boyfriend has made a move, too—on her rival. Now Santana’s obsessed with winning him back in time to shine—until she unexpectedly finds herself falling for a brainy nerd… DYNASTY YOUNG has learned about life the hard way, thanks to her drug-addicted mother and MIA father. Then she meets City, a boy with as much money-making potential as swagger—and who could be her ticket to a better life. But when he stands her up, Dynasty realizes that sometimes true love is right next door… PATIENCE BLACKMAN is going to hell. Just ask her father, the famous Bishop Blackman. Torn between what’s good for her and what feels good, Patience just wants to have fun—and a hot date for the party—until she stumbles upon a gorgeous church boy who has her rethinking her bad girl ways… author’s website
Putting make-up on the fat boy by Bil Wright; Simon and Schuster, 26 July Carlos Duarte knows that he’s fabulous. He’s got a better sense of style than half the fashionistas in New York City, and he can definitely apply makeup like nobody’s business. He may only be in high school, but when he lands the job of his dreams–makeup artist at the FeatureFace counter in Macy’s–he’s sure that he’s finally on his way to great things. But the makeup artist world is competitive and cutthroat, and for Carlos to reach his dreams, he’ll have to believe in himself more than ever. publisher’s website