This Month in Teen Books: May 2023

Reading recommendations for teens
May 11, 2023
A new anthology from an all-star lineup of popular YA authors that reimagine tales from South Asian folklore for modern readers is on the way to library shelves.
Magic Has No Borders edited by Sona Charaipotra & Samira Ahmed
This fantasy and science fiction teen anthology contains a wide range of stories from fourteen bestselling, award-winning, and emerging writers from the South Asian diaspora that will surprise, delight, and move you. So read on, for after all, magic has no borders. A pair of star-crossed lovers search for a way back to one another against all odds... a girl fights for her life against a malignant, generations-old evil… a peri seeks to reclaim her lost powers… a warrior rebels against her foretold destiny… and more…
With stories by Sabaa Tahir, Sayantani DasGupta, Preeti Chhibber, Sona Charaipotra, Tanaz Bhathena, Sangu Mandanna, Olivia Chadha, Nafiza Azad, Tracey Baptiste, Naz Kutub, Nikita Gill, Swati Teerdhala, Shreya Ila Anasuya, and Tahir Abrar.
What’s New This Month
Another anthology celebrating trans magic is also incoming, along with a graphic-novel remix of Northanger Abbey, and new books from authors like J. C. Cervantes, Tracy Wolff, M. Hendrix, Hayley Kiyoko, Cynthia So, Anna-Marie McLemore, E. L. Shen, and more.  
What’s Hot This Month
Free Comic Book Day just passed us by for the year, but don’t forget that readers can find all sorts of free comics at the library every day of the year.  
What We’re Reading
Here are some quotes from library staff about the books in the newest list of recommended picks:
How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy: “I am here for this love story set in a wizarding world addressing school pipelines, college capitalism, tokenism, and the problem with the American Dream.”
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett: “Of all Discworld novels, the Tiffany Aching series is perhaps the most concerned with what a wise person owes to their society. This story of a fierce young girl becoming a witch and going on a quest with anarchist pixies to save her brother from the creepy baby-stealing type fairies is a great way to begin exploring that.”
Kaguya-sama: Love is War by Aka Akasaka: “Although on the surface it may seem like a rom-com manga, this manga is an emotional rollercoaster that will make you happy.”
Welcome to St. Hell by Lewis Hancox: “Hancox takes us on a journey to his high school days, breaks down the third wall, and converses with his high school self about all the knowledge they've gained since transitioning.”  
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