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In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, Mary Cecilia Jackson’s devastating but hopeful YA debut is about a ballerina who finds the courage to confront the abuse that haunts her past and threatens her future.
Though Sparrow is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed herself to be “not the kind of girl who tells.”
But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever….
Hey YA Readers!
What unprecedented times, huh? Every single email in your inboxes likely has started that way over the last week.
So how about something a little different before we dive into this week’s (limited) YA book news and new releases?
As you may recall, there’s a dearth of pizza book covers in YA, despite how many books have a pizza theme of some sort. It’s a mystery I brought up in this newsletter last October. Since then, we’ve seen Cameron Lund’s The Best Laid Plans include a pizza (shared here when it was found). Now we have another one to add. Two slices of YA pizza covers in a year, y’all!
I’m 100% into the pizza-centric cover of Lauren Morrill’s forthcoming It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story!
YA Book News
- Two incredibly powerful YA novel announcements hit this week: the co-founder of the Women’s March has a YA book in the works called Sanctuary, while Yusef Salaam (of the Central Park 5) and Ibi Zoboi are teaming up to work on a novel about being wrongfully sentenced.
- YA author Mariko Tamaki is taking over Wonder Woman.
- Legendary YA author Laurie Halse Anderson is working on an anthology of real-life wonder women through history with DC Comics.
- The Netflix take on The Baby-Sitters Club is going to be incredible.
- Casting news for the new take on Gossip Girl.
- Check out the finalists for this year’s LAMBDA awards in YA lit.
- Here’s some more casting news, this time for Dash and Lily.
New YA Books This Week
A * indicates I’ve read and recommend the book! May I suggest that if a book looks even remotely up your alley, consider purchasing it during this time if your finances allow?
All The Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault
All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (comic!)
Fear of Missing Out by Katie McGovern (in paperback)
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith (paperback)
Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer
Girls With Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young (second in a series)
*Internment by Samira Ahmed (in paperback)
Nine by Zach Hines (in paperback)
Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson
Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari
Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza (in paperback)
The Universal Laws of Marco by Carmen Rodrigues (in paperback)
The Weight of Stars by K. Ancrum (paperback)
The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub (paperback)
YA Talk on Book Riot This Week…
- Go around the world in (almost) 80 YA books!
- Here are how some kid lit authors are stepping up during COVID-19.
- These YA fantasy standalones make for great reading.
- YA backlist titles that are in development for on-screen adaptation.
- 6 great YA fairy tales.
- One reader on how Gail Carson Levine helped her learn to love herself.
And of course, if you want to stay up-to-date on the latest in how COVID-19 is impacting the book world, we’ve got a constantly-updated resource for you to check on.
Thanks for hanging out, and we’ll see you again on Saturday with some great ebook deals for your quarantine reading.
**Psst — you can now also preorder my upcoming August release, Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy!