The forthcoming release by Emily X.R. Pan, author of The Astonishing Color of After
, is a complex and lyrical story perfect for readers looking for a tale of star-crossed lovers:
An Arrow to the Moon
by Emily X.R. Pan
Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but all else in his life veers wrong. He’s sick of being haunted by his family’s past mistakes. The only things keeping him from running away are his little brother, a supernatural wind, and the bewitching girl at his new high school. Luna Chang dreads the future. Graduation looms ahead, and her parents’ expectations are stifling. When she begins to break the rules, she finds her life upended by the strange new boy in her class, the arrival of unearthly fireflies, and an ominous crack spreading across the town of Fairbridge. As Hunter and Luna navigate their families’ enmity and secrets, everything around them begins to fall apart. All they can depend on is their love… but time is running out, and fate will have its way.
We’re seeing anticipation spike for the forthcoming debut A Magic Steeped in Poison
by Judy I. Lin. If you’re anxiously waiting for your copy to arrive, don’t sleep on these YA readalikes.
What’s New This Month
Other new teen books on the way to library shelves this month are a new graphic novel about scouts protecting the world from interdimensional monsters, and forthcoming titles from authors like Adib Khorram, Charlie Jane Anders, Ashley Woodfolk, Brandon Sanderson, Kosoko Jackson, and more.
What We’re Reading
Here are some quotes from library staff about the books in the newest list of recommended picks:
Dig Two Graves
by Gretchen McNeil: “This is an entertaining adventure and a chilling YA read, with a few movie recommendations tied in for good measure.”
Tahira in Bloom
by Farah Heron: “This book has everything: Fashion design. Flowers. Foes to future beaus? I loved it so much that I hugged it when I finished.”
by Kao Studios: “Move over, Sailor Moon; Max the magical boy has the staple cat sidekick and friend group, with the bonus of a great trans narrative. This is the start of a fantastic new fantasy series!”
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out: