Introduce Introduce highlight 10 adult and 10 children’s titles--chosen by independent booksellers--as the best of each season's debuts. Here are the fall/summer 2020 titles:
A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK!
For readers of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, and Jhumpa Lahiri, an electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise--to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies--and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.
"A novel of family and place and belonging." ––Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Prize finalist
"Tender and suspenseful." ––Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author
Some places never leave you...
AN ASTONISHING DEBUT. THE NEXT BEST READ FOR FANS OF MY DARK VANESSA.
This striking debut novel inhabits the mind of a young married woman driven to extremes by disgust and dread in the aftermath of a rape.
"In this extraordinary novel, Castleberry brilliantly hopscotches from person to person, from era to era, while somehow making all this fancy footwork look effortless and essential." - Jenny Offill, author of Department of Speculation and Weather
An emergency room physician explores how a life of service to others taught her how to heal herself.
A 2020 INDIES INTRODUCE PICK
A POIGNANT RUNAWAY BESTSELLER full of French charm and memorable characters, Fresh Water for Flowers is Val rie Perrin's English debut.
“Sarah Stewart Johnson interweaves her own coming-of-age story as a planetary scientist with a vivid history of the exploration of Mars in this celebration of human curiosity, passion, and perseverance.”—Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dreams
It's 1974 in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and fifteen-year-old Justine grows up in a family of tough, complicated, and loyal women, presided over by her mother, Lula, and Granny. After Justine's father abandoned the family, Lula became a devout member of the Holiness Church - a community that Justine at times finds stifling and terrifying.
For readers of Educated and The Glass Castle, a harrowing, redemptive and profoundly inspiring memoir of childhood trauma and its long reach into adulthood.
A woman held captive finally escapes—but can she ever really get away?
Gone Girl meets Room in this page-turning, #1 internationally bestselling thriller from one of Germany’s hottest new talents
“Chilling, original and mesmerizing.” —David Baldacci
Publishers Weekly Top 10 Mysteries & Thrillers of Fall 2020
Becky Albertalli meets Jenny Han in a smart, hilarious, black girl magic, own voices rom-com by a staggeringly talented new writer.$18.99ISBN: 9781984835925Availability: Order Processes in 1-5 Days Depending on Store StockPublished: Razorbill - June 30th, 2020
Andra wakes up from a cryogenic sleep 1,000 years later than she was supposed to, forcing her to team up with an exiled prince to navigate an unfamiliar planet in this smart, thrilling sci-fi adventure, perfect for fans of Renegades and Aurora Rising.
When Andra wakes up, she's drowning.
$16.99ISBN: 9780062943057Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order NowPublished: HarperCollins - July 28th, 2020
This heartfelt middle grade debut about grief, creativity, and the healing power of friendship shows that not all heroes wear capes and is perfect for fans of John David Anderson and Ali Benjamin.$17.99ISBN: 9781338561593Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order NowPublished: Scholastic Press - August 4th, 2020The magical story of a hex that goes haywire, and the power of friendship to set things right!$16.99ISBN: 9780823444212Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order NowPublished: Holiday House - August 25th, 2020
A family divided, a country going to war, and a girl desperate to feel at home converge in this stunning novel in verse.
Selected for Summer/Fall 2020 Indies Introduce List
It's early September 2001, and twelve-year-old Abbey is the new kid at school. Again.
I worry about people speaking to me / and worry just the same / when they don't.$17.99ISBN: 9781250250469Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order NowPublished: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020
A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as "groundbreaking."
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.$12.99ISBN: 9780593119273Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order NowPublished: Random House Graphic - September 1st, 2020
There's a new witch in town! Life in Brooklyn takes a strange turn when Effie discovers MAGIC runs in the family.
A middle-grade graphic novel adventure filled with magical hjinks for fans of Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Making Friends.
Effie lost her mom.
Lost her home.$18.99ISBN: 9781534441606Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order NowPublished: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 15th, 2020
Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic.
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home.$17.99ISBN: 9780593121658Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order NowPublished: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020
The Girl Who Drank the Moon meets Pax in this fantastical tale of a wolf who forms an unlikely alliance with Baba Yaga to save the forest from a wicked tsar.
Since she was a pup, Zima has been taught to fear humans--especially witches--but when her family is threatened, she has no choice but to seek help from the witch Baba Yaga.$17.99ISBN: 9780062954404Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order NowPublished: Quill Tree Books - October 13th, 2020
“A heart-wrenching quest for identity every YA reader will relate to, and a deep dive into the meaning of family." —Ellen Hopkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author