Booklist 2021

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JANUARY

1 Jan Kick the Moon by Muhammad Khan. McMillan
1 Jan Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narváez Varela. Cinco Puntos
5 Jan The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson. FSG
5 Jan Baseball’s Leading Lady :Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues by Andrea Willams. Roaring Brook Press DEBUT
5 Jan Goldie Vance The Hocus Pocus Hoax by Lilliam Rivera. Little Brown Books.
5 Jan Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant.  Balzer+Bray
5 Jan It’s All Love by Jenna Ortega. Random House
5 Jan Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance ed. by Nikki Grimes. Bloomsbury
5 Jan The Life I’m In by Sharon G. Flake. Scholastic
5 Jan Meow or Never by Jazz Taylor. Scholastic. DEBUT
5 Jan One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite. Inkyard
5 Jan The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige. HMH
5 Jan Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis. Inkyard
5 Jan Root Magic by Eden Royce. Walden Pond Press. YA Debut
5 Jan The Sea in Winter by Christine Day. Heartdrum
5 Jan Shaking Up the House by Yamile Saied Méndez. HarperCollins
5 Jan When You Look Like Us by Pamela T Harris. Quill Tree Books
5 Jan A Universe of Wishes ed. by Dhonielle Clayton. Crown Books
12 Jan Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink. Feiwel and Friends.
12 Jan The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nahisi Coates. Delacorte.
12 Jan Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Brown. Crown Books.
12 Jan City of the Plague God by Sarat Chadda. Disney/Riordan DEBUT
12 Jan Clues to the Universe by Christina Li. Quill Tree Books.HarperCollins. DEBUT
12 Jan Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas. Balzer+Bray
12 Jan The Meet Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson. Simon & Schuster. DEBUT
12 Jan The Mirror Season by Ann-Marie McLemore. Feiwel and Friends
19 Jan Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alson. Balzer+Bray
19 Jan The Comeback by E. L. Shen. FSG DEBUT
19 Jan If I tell You the Truth by Jasmin Kaur. HarperCollins
19 Jan Last Night At the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo. Dutton
19 Jan Rise of the Red Hand (The Mechanists #1) by Olivia Chadha.  Erewhon. DEBUT
19 Jan We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawlya) by Hafsay Jaizai. FSG
19 Jan Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
21 Jan Islamophobia: Deal with it in the name of peace by Safia Saleh and Hana Shafi. Lorimar
26 Jan The Knockout by Sanji Patel. Flux
26 Jan  Shadow City (City of Steel and Diamond) by Francesca Flores. Wednesday Books
26 Jan Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles. Random House. DEBUT
26 Jan While I Was Away by Waka T. Brown. Quill Tree Books. DEBUT
26 Jan Wings of Ebony by J. Elle. Denene Millner Books/Simone & Schuster. DEBUT
26 Jan Written in Starlight by Isabel Ibañez. Page Street Kids.

FEBRUARY

1 Feb The Greatest SuperPower by Alex Sanchez Capstone
2 Feb The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood. Doubleday
2 Feb Crocodile Rescue: WIld Survival #1 by Melissa Cristina Máequez. Scholastic.
2 Feb Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado. Holiday House. DEBUT
2 Feb Flood City by Danile José Older. Scholastic.
2 Feb The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant, illustrated by Paola Escobar. Norton Young Reader.
2 Feb Muted by Tami Charles. Scholastic
2 Feb On Fragile Waves by E. Lily Yu. Erewhon
2 Feb Love is A Revolution by Renée Watson. Bloomsbury
2 Feb A Pho Love Story by Loan Le. Simon & Schuster. DEBUT
2Feb Shuri: The Vanished (Black Panther #2) by Nic Stone. Scholastic
2 Feb A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen. Razorbill. DEBUT
2 Feb The Year I Flew Away by Marie Arnold. Versify. DEBUT
2 Feb Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson. Sourcebooks Fire. DEBUT
7 Feb One Carefree Day by Whitney Amazeen. Swan Pages Publishing DEBUT
9 Feb Ancestor Approved by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Heartdrum
9 Feb The Gilded Ones  (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna. Delacorte. DEBUT
9 Feb The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey Eventfall #1) by Julie Kagawa. Inkyard Press
9 Feb A Pho Love Story by Loan Le. Simon and Schuster
16 Feb Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found by Rucker Moses and Teho Gangi. GP Putnam’s Sons
16 Feb Reaper of Souls (Kingdom of Souls #2) by Rena Barron. HarperTeen
16 Feb Renegade Flight (Rebelwing #2) by Andrea Tang. Razorbill
23 Feb Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers by Juliet Menédez. Henry Holt & Co DEBUT
23 Feb Like Home by Louisa Onome. Delacorte. DEBUT
23 Feb Nubia Real One by L L McKinney. DC Comics
23 Feb The Sea Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas by Maria Garcia Esperon, illustrated by Amanda Mijangos, translated by David Bowles. Levine Querido.
23 Feb Some Other Now by Sarah Everett. HMH
23 Feb Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame by Supriya Kelkar. Tu Books

MARCH

2 Mar Home Is Not A Country by Safia Elhillo. Make Me A World
2 Mar Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera. Quill Tree
2 Mar Firekeepers Daughter by Angeline Boulley. Henry Holt. DEBUT
2 Mar List of Ten by Halli Gomez Sterling Childrens
2 Mar Once Upon A Quinceañera by Monica Gomez Hira. HarperTeen.
2 Mar The Queen’s Secret (The Queen’s Secret, #2) by Melissa de la Cruz. GP Putnam’s Sons
2 Mar Red Tigress (Blood Heir Trilogy, #2) by Amélie Wen Zhao. Delacorte
2 Mar Untold: Defining Moments of the Uprooted ed. by Gabrielle Deonath and Kamini Ramdeen. Mascot Books
2 Mar Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi. Simon and Schuster
3 Mar The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. G.P. Putnam’s Sons
9 Mar American Betiya by Anuradha Rajurker. Knopf
9 Mar The Immortal Boy by Francisco Montaña Ibáñez, translated by David Bowles. Levine Querido.
9 Mar Noelle The Mean Girl by Ashley Woodfolk. Penguin Workshop
9 Mar When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert. Simon and Schuster
15 Mar The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din.White Tiger Press
16 Mar Can’t Stop Won’t Stop (Young Adult Edition): A History of the Hip Hop Generation by Jeff Chang and Dave Cook. Wednesday Books
16 Mar The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris. Simon and Schuster
16 Mar Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley. Henry Holt & Co. DEBUT
16 March Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora. Flux
16 Mar The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park and Robert Sae-Heng. Clarion
16 Mar The Place Beyond Her Dreams by Oby Aligwekwe. Eclat Books
16 Mar A Queen of Gilded Horns by Amanda Joy. GP Putnam’s Sons
23 Mar Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas. Swoon Reads
23 Mar Renegade Flight by Andrea Tang. Razorbill
23Mar The Theft of Sunlight (Dauntless Path, #2) by Intisar Khanani. HarperTeen
23 Mar Your Heart, My Sky: Love in a Time of Hunger by Margarita Engle.
23 Mar Bruised by Tanja Boteju. Razorbill

APRIL
6 Apr Aru Sha and the City of Gold (Pandava Book 4) by Roshani Chokshi. Disney/Riordan
6 Apr Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition by Anton Treuer. Levine Querido
6 Apr Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez. Aladdin
6 Apr From A Whispter to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo. Norton Young Readers.
6 Apr The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman. Simon and Schuster.
6 Apr Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina. Candlewick
6 Apr Oculta by Maya Motayne. Balzer + Bray
6 Apr Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp. Little, Brown
6 Apr Virginia Apgar by Sayantani DasGupta, Chelsea Clinton and Gillian Flint. Philomel
6 Apr Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan. Scholastic.
13 Apr Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera. DEBUT
13 Apr How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino, trans. by Bruno Navasky. Algonquin
13 Apr It Doesn’t Take a Genius by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. Six Foot Press
13 Apr Yang Warriors by Kao Kalia Yang and Billy Taho. U. of Minnesota Press
20 Apr The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur. Feiwel and Friends
20 Apr Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannan Smart. HarperTeen
21 Apr Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabina Khan. Scholastic
27 Apr Anna K: Away (Anna K, #2) by Jenny Lee. Flatiron
27 Apr The Power of Style: How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures by Christian Allaire. Annick,
27 Apr Spirit Untamed: The Movie Novel by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez. Little, Brown Books.

MAY

1 May Manga Classics Othello adapted by Crystal S. Chan, illus. by Julien Choy. Manga Classics
3 May Sculptor Woodrow Nash: How I Search for My Ancestors by Woodrow Nash with Shelley Fraser Mickle. Pelican Publishing
4 May All Kinds of Other by James Sie. Quill Tree
4 May Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan. Inkyard
4 May Escape: One Day We Had To Run by Ming and Wah. Lantana
4 May Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh. HarperCollins
4 May The Firebird Song by Arnée Flores. Bloomsbury
4 May High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Road Trip by Melissa de la Cruz. Disney-Hyperion
4 May Hurricane Summer by Asah Bromfield. Wednesday Books
4 May Indiivisible by Daniel Aleman.  Little, Brown Books
4 May The Last Fallen Star (A Gifted Clans Novel) by Graci Kim. Disney/Hyperion
4 My Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee. G PPutnam’s Sons
4 May Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly. Greenwillow
4 May Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee. Quill Tree
4 May The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He. Roaring Brook Press
4 May The Secret of the Himalayas by Adam Gidwitz and Hena Khan, illus. by Hatem Aly. Dutton
4 May Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions by Navdeep Singh Dhillon. Dial Books
4 May They Better Call Me Sugar: My Journey from the Hood to the Hardwood by Sugar Rodgers. Akashic Books/Black Shee
4 May Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho. Roaring Brook Press
11 May Angel & Hannah : A Novel in Verse by Ishle Yi Park. One World Publishing
11 May From Little Tokyo, with Love by Sarah Kuhn. Viking Books
11 May Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young. Heartdrum. DEBUT
11 May Planet Omar: Incredible Rescue Mission by Zanib Mian and Nasaya Mafaridik. GP Putnam’s Sons
11 May Son of the Storm (The Nameless Republic #1) by Suyi Davies Okungbowa. Orbit Books. DEBUT.
11 May Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas. Amulet Books. DEBUT
11 May The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga. Balzer +Bray
11 May Unsettled by Reem Faruqi. HarperCollins DEBUT
12 May Planting Peace: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Gwendolyn Brooks and Margaux Carpentier. Crocodile
18 May The Dragon Path by Ethan Young. Scholastic/Graphix
18 May Enduring Freedom by Trent Reedy and Jawad Arash. Algonquin
18 May The Force of Fire by Sayantani DasGupta. Scholastic Press
18 May Made in Korea by Sarah Suk. Simon and Schuster
18 May The Marvelous Mizra Girls by Sheba Karim. Quill Tree
18 May Off the Record by Camryn Garrett. Knopf
18 May On the Hook by Francisco Stork. Scholastic
18 May Ophie’s Ghost by Justina Ireland. Balzer + Bray
18 May Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi. G.P. Putnam’s Sons
18 May That Thing About Bollywood by Supriya Kelkar. Simon and Schuster
25 May Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar. Page Street Kids
25 May Misfit in Love by S. K. Ali. Salaam Reads
25 May Pawcasso by Remy Lai. Henry Holt
25 May Sister of the Bollywood Bride by Nandini Bajpai. Poppy
25 May A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams Garcia. Quill Tre25 May
25 MayTokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean. Flatiron
25 May Where Wonder Grows by Xelena González, illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia. Cinco Puntos Press.
28 May Soraya and the Dragon by Salima Alikhan, illus. by Atieh Sohrabi and Jennifer Naalchiga. Reycraf
31 Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín: My Story of Cinco de Mayo/ Mi versión del Cinco de Mayo by Jose Angel Gutierrez. Arte Público.
31 May Raulito: The First Latino Governor of Arizona/El primer gobernador Latino de Arizona by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford. Arte Público.
31 May Reservations Required by Estela Bernal. Arte Público.

JUNE

1 June A Chorus Rises A Song Below Water Novel by Bethany Morrow. Tor Teen
1 June Continuum (Pocket Change Collective) by Chella Man. Penguin Workshop
1 June An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi. HarperCollins
1 June Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon. Delacorte
1 June Mile Morales Shock Waves, an original Spider-Man graphic novel by Justin Reynolds, illustrated by Pablo Leon. Graphix
1 June The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons. Dial Books. DEBUT
1 June Rea and the Blood of the Nectar (The Chronicles of Astranthia) by Payal Doshi. Mango and Marigold Press. DEBUT
1 June Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud. Scholastic
1 June Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Heartdrum/HarperCollins
1 June Sonia Sotomayor (She Persisted) by Meg Medina, Chelsea Clinton and Alexandria Boiger. Philomel Books
1 June Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park. Sourcebook Fire
6 June Josephine Against the Sea by Shakirah Bourne. Scholastic. DEBUT
8 June Curse of the Forgotten City by Alex Aster. Sourcebooks
8 June Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun by Jonny Garze Villa. Skyscape/Amazon. DEBUT
8 June Love & Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura. HarperTeen
8 June The Marvelous by Clarie Kann. Swoon Reads
8 June Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac. Dial Books
8 June Samira Surfs by Rukhsanna Guidroz and Fahmida Azim. Kokila
8 June Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria. HMH
8 June We’re In This Together: A Young Readers Edition of We Are Not Here to be Bystanders by Linda Sarsour. Salaam Reads/Simon and Schuster
10 June Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide. Feiwel and Friends. DEBUT
12 June Of Princes and Promises (Rosetta Academy) by Sandhya Menon. Simon and Schuster
15 June Animal Rescue Friends by Gina Loveless and Meika Hashimoto, illus. by Genevieve Kote. Andrews McMeel Publishing
15 June Broken Web (Shamanborn series) by Lori M. Lee. Page Street
15 June Dovey Undaunted: A Black Woman Breaks Barriers in the Law, the Military and the Ministry by Tonya Bolden. Norton Young Readers
15 June Harriet Tubman: Toward Freedom by Whit Taylor, illus. by Kazimir Lee. Little, Brown
15 June The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor.  Kokila
15 June Mischief and Mayhem #1: Born to Be Bad by Ken Lamug. Katherine Tegen Books
15 June Rea and the Blood of the Nectar by Payal and Doshi. Mango and Marigold Press. DEBUT
15 June Sisters Of The Snake by Sasha Nanua and Sarena Nanua. HarperTeen. DEBUT
22 June Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year by Nina Hamza. Quill Tree Books
22 June Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, NicStone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon. Quill Tree
22 June Chunky written and illustrated by Yehudi Mercado. Katherine Tegen Books
22 June Darling by K. Ancrum. Imprint
22 June The Lady or the Lion by Aamna Qureshi. Camcat Books
22 June Rising Like a Storm (Wrath of Ambar) by Tanaz Bhathena. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
25 June One Land, Many Nations, vol. 1 by Traci Sorell and Lee Francis IV; illustrated by Jesse Hummingbird. Reycraft Books
29 June The Chariot at Dusk by Swati Teerdhala. Katherine Tegen Books
29 June Generation Misfits by Akemi Dawn Bowman. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
29 June Kingdom of Animals #3: Fish of Fury by Meng and Slaium; illustrated by Black Ink Team. Papercutz
29 June Pixels of You by Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota, illus. by J.R. Doyle. Amulet Books.
29 June This Poison Heart  by Kalynn Bayrron. Bloomsbury
29 June A War of Swallowed Stars by Sangu Mandanna. Sky Pony Press

JULY

6 July Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse  by Chantel Acevedo. Balzer + Bray
6July Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim. Knopf
6 July Summer in the City of Roses by Michelle Ruiz Keil. Soho Teen
6 July Swimming with Sharks Wild Rescue #2 by Melissa Cristina Márquez. Scholastic
6 July The Villians by Victor Piñeiro. Sourcebooks
13 July All These Warriors by Amy Tintera. HMH
13 July The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison. Inkyard
13 July The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass. GP Putnam’s Sons. DEBUT
16 July  Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson. Scholastic

AUGUST

3 Aug How We Fall Apart by Karen Zhao. Bloomsbury
3Aug Just Be Cool Jenna Sakai by Debbie Michiko Florence Scholastic
3 Aug Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn. GP Putnam’s Sons
10 Aug The Sisters of Reckoning (The Good Luck Girls #2) by Charlotte Nicole Davis. Tor
17 Aug Call and Response The Story of Black Lives Matter by Veronica Chambers and NY Times Staff. Versify
17 Aug (Me) Moth by Amber McBride. Feiwel and Friends
24 Aug Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis. Delacorte. DEBUT

SEPTEMBER

21 Sept Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn T. O’Neil. Roaring Brook Press. DEBUT
21 Sept Things We Couldn’t Say by Jay Coles. Scholastic
28 Sept Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray. GP Putnam’s Sons. DEBUT

OCTOBER

5 Oct 2021 Rise Up! How You Can Join the Fight Against Racism by Crystal Fleming. Holt

NOVEMBER

2 Nov When the World Turned Upside Down by K. Ibura. Scholastic. DEBUT
2 Nov Jade Fire Gold by June C. L. Tan. HarperTeen. DEBUT
9 Nov WIthin These WIcked Walls by Lauren Blackwood. Wednesday Books. DEBUT