September 2017 Diverse YA & MG New Releases
I'm back with a new diverse releases post and it feels like ages since I've done one of these! Also, I can't believe we're already at September!
There's quite a few really great new releases out this month and I'm excited to be able to share them with you.
As always if any of the information is incorrect or if you know of any other titles being released this month, let me know below and I'll add it in. Let's get into it!
Auma's Long Run by Eucabeth A.Odhiambo
- Kenyan Lead
Synopsis: In 1980s Kenya, 13-year-old Auma must decide whether to pursue a track scholarship that will let her attend high school or stay home to help her struggling family as AIDS ravages her village.
Release Date: 1st September 2017
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Aums-Long-Run-Eucabeth--Odhiambo/9781512427844?ref=grid-view&qid=1504988039017&sr=1-1
Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
Synopsis: Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote.
Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women's freedom.
May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who's grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place.
But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?
Release Date: 7th September 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33876596-things-a-bright-girl-can-do?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Things-a-Bright-Girl-Can-Do/9781783445257
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
- Gay (#ownvoices)
Synopsis: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.
Release Date: 5th September 2017
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/They-Both-Die-at-the-End/9781471166204
Water In May by Ismée Amiel Williams
- Latina (#ownvoices)
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Mari Pujols believes that the baby she’s carrying will finally mean she’ll have a family member who will love her deeply and won’t ever leave her—not like her mama, who took off when she was eight; or her papi, who’s in jail; or her abuela, who wants as little to do with her as possible. But when doctors discover a potentially fatal heart defect in the fetus, Mari faces choices she never could have imagined.
Surrounded by her loyal girl crew, her off-and-on boyfriend, and a dedicated doctor, Mari navigates a decision that could emotionally cripple the bravest of women. But both Mari and the broken-hearted baby inside her are fighters; and it doesn’t take long to discover that this sick baby has the strength to heal an entire family.
Inspired by true events, this gorgeous debut has been called “heartfelt, heartbreaking and—yes!—even a little heart-healing, too” by bestselling YA novelist Carolyn Mackler.
Release Date: 12th September 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34227722-water-in-may
BD - Can't find.
Warcross by Marie Lu
- Chinese-American Lead
- Japanese Side Character
- Gay Side Characters
- Side Character in wheelchair
Synopsis: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
Release Date: 12th September 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29385546-warcross
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Warcross/9781524741716
You Bring The Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
- Bengali Lead
- Indian Culture
Synopsis: 7 hours and 15 minutes
Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve Bengal tigers and her Bengali identity-- award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.
Cast of Narrators:
Zehra Jane Naqvi
Release Date: 12th September 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33155334-you-bring-the-distant-near
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/You-Bring-the-Distant-Near/9780374304904
Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh
- Korean Lead
Synopsis: After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.
When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.
With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.
Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut.
Release Date: 15th September 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34931621-rebel-seoul
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Rebel-Seoul/9781620142998
The Victoria In My Head by Janelle Milanes
- Cuban-American Lead
Synopsis: Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.
But after a chance encounter with an unattainably gorgeous boy named Strand, whose band seeks a lead singer, Victoria is tempted to turn her fevered daydreams into reality. To do that, she must confront her insecurities and break away from the treadmill that is her life. Suddenly, Victoria is faced with the choice of staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger.
From debut author Janelle Milanes comes a hilarious and heartfelt tale of the spectacular things that can happen when you go after what you really want.
Release Date: 19th September 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34091699-the-victoria-in-my-head
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Victori-in-My-Head-Janelle-Milanes/9781481480895?ref=grid-view&qid=1504987631716&sr=1-1
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
- Black Lead
Synopsis: A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother's death in this outstanding debut novel that's been described as a "fast and furious read in which we meet some amazing people, people that stay with us" by Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. It's Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren't celebrating. They're still reeling from his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly's mother's girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly's always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward. His path isn't clear--and the pressure to join a "crew," as his brother did, is always there. When Lolly and his friend are beaten up and robbed, joining a crew almost seems like the safe choice. But building a fantastical Lego city at the community center provides Lolly with an escape--and an unexpected bridge back to the world. David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge--of adolescence, of grief, of violence--and shows how Lolly's inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.
Release Date: 19th September 2017
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Stars-Beneath-Our-Feet-David-Barclay-Moore/9781524701246?ref=grid-view&qid=1504988642982&sr=1-4
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