This Month in Teen Books: June 2023

Reading recommendations for teens
June 13, 2023
A new young adult graphic memoir with a lot of buzz and a lot of heart is on the way to library shelves.
Book cover with an illustration of a bowl of ramen with the title "Family Style" at the top of the cover.Family Style by Thien Pham
Thien's first memory isn't a sight or a sound. It's the sweetness of watermelon and the saltiness of fish. It's the taste of the foods he ate while adrift at sea as his family fled Vietnam.
After the Pham family arrives at a refugee camp in Thailand, they struggle to survive. Things don't get much easier once they resettle in California. And through each chapter of their lives, food takes on a new meaning. Strawberries come to signify struggle as Thien's mom and dad look for work. Potato chips are an indulgence that bring Thien so much joy that they become a necessity.
Behind every cut of steak and inside every croissant lies a story. And for Thien Pham, that story is about a search--for belonging, for happiness, for the American dream.
What’s New This Month
A graphic novel version of the Twisted Tales Little Mermaid story is also on the way, along with some highly anticipated debuts, and new releases from popular YA authors such as Kalynn Bayron, Melissa De La Cruz, Kasie West, Justin A. Reynolds, Tirzah Price, and more.  
What’s Hot This Month
Summer Reading is underway! Kick it off with some of these murderous mystery reads.  
What We’re Reading
Here are some quotes from library staff about the books in the newest list of recommended picks:
Wynd by James Tynion IV: “Adventure, fantasy, friendship, romance, wonderful illustrations.”
Both Sides Now by Peyton Thomas: “In debate team, what to do when a philosphical discussion becomes life and death?”
The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh: “A message prevalent throughout (and a great one for teens): Don’t chase fate. Let fate chase you.”
Saints of the Household by Ari Tyson: “Switching between a journal like voice and poems, this book had heavy topics that were soften by the intimacy and insight throughout. It also really beautifully portrays the layers of identity through painting, photography, words, and decisions after high school.”
Hollow by Shannon Watters: “Super cute modern adaptation of the Sleepy Hollow Legend with an art style and vibe that reminds me of Raina Telgemeier but with more fantasy elements. Technically horror but more cute than scary. Really sweet LGBTQ romance with the two main characters.”  
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