Looking to fit a few more summer reads in before beach season’s over? Check out every book hitting shelves in August!
8/6: Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon – In this tender-hearted debut, set against the tumultuous backdrop of life in 1973, when homosexuality is still considered a mental illness, two boys defy all the odds and fall in love.
8/6: The Demon World by Sally Green – The epic, magical saga of royalty, romance, and violence continues in Smoke Thieves 2: The Demon World!
8/13: The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee – A powerful novel about identity, betrayal, and the meaning of family. By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for “the genteel Southern lady”, using the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but is not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender.
8/13: The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart – A horror story about friendship, growing up, and finding a place in the world: Gremlins meets The Breakfast Club by way of Stephen King and Stranger Things. Now in paperback!
8/13: Warcross by Marie Lu – From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. Now a mass market paperback!
8/20: As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl – Moving between the present and the past, As Many Nows as I Can Get is the story of a seemingly grounded girl who’s pulled into a lightning-strike romance with an electric-charged boy, and the enormity of the aftermath. This stunning debut explores grief, guilt, and reconciling who you think you need to be with the person you’ve been all along.
8/20: Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram – Darius doesn’t think he’ll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA. Now in paperback!
8/27: All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle – When Deena’s wild older sister Mandy goes missing, presumed dead, Deena refuses to believe it’s true. Especially when letters start arriving–letters from Mandy–which proclaim that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions…but a curse. Mandy’s gone to find the root of the curse before it’s too late for Deena. Unflinching and gorgeously written, this feminist novel is important, timely, and a compulsive read.
8/27: Flames of the Dark Crystal by Cory Godbey – Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal #4 is the fourth book in a series of original young adult novels set in the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal.