1 Dec Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy by Melissa de la Cruz. Roaring Brook Press.
In this series debut, a hero of Filomena’s favorite book series appears and insists she accompany him back into his fairytale world, which is ruled by an evil queen.
1 Dec Heiress Apparently (Daughters of the Dynasty) by Diana Ma. Amulet Books
Gemma Huang is a recent transplant to Los Angeles from Illinois, having abandoned plans for college to pursue a career in acting, much to the dismay of her parents. Now she’s living with three roommates in a two-bedroom hovel, auditioning for bit roles that hardly cover rent. Gemma’s big break comes when she’s asked to play a lead role in an update of M. Butterfly filming for the summer in Beijing. When she arrives, she’s stopped by paparazzi at the airport. She quickly realizes she may as well be the twin of one of the most notorious young socialites in Beijing. Thus kicks off a summer of revelations, in which Gemma uncovers a legacy her parents have spent their lives protecting her from—one her mother would conceal from her daugher at any cost.
1 Dec A Sky Beyond the Storm (Ember in the Ashes) by Sabaa Tahir. Razorbill.
The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.
Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory–or to an unimaginable doom. And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life–and love–he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save–or destroy–all that he knows.
15 Dec Mighty Justice (young readers ed.): The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree by Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie McCabe, adapted by Jabari Asim. Roaring Brook Press.
Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the height of Jim Crow, Dovey Johnson Roundtree felt the sting of inequality at an early age and made a point to speak up for justice. She was one of the first Black women to break the racial and gender barriers in the US Army; a fierce attorney in the segregated courtrooms of Washington, DC; and a minister in the AME church, where women had never before been ordained as clergy. In 1955, Roundtree won a landmark bus desegregation case that eventually helped end “separate but equal” and dismantle Jim Crow laws across the South.
22 Dec Segregated Skies: One Pilot’s Trailblazing Journey to Rise Above Racial Barriers by Michael H. Cottman. National Geographic Kids.
This gripping narrative follows Harris’s turbulent path to become the first African American commercial airline pilot in the U.S., presented against the backdrop of race riots, landmark civil rights legislation, and the lingering racial injustice of the 1960s. It’s the story of a man who fought social injustice the only way he knew how-by succeeding.