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Every book hitting shelves in August 2021!

Summer has been KILLING it in the book category, and it’s only about to get better. Here’s what’s coming to shelves this August!


8/3: Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn – From Los Angeles Times Book Prize Award winner and Edgar Award nominee Malla Nunn comes a stunning portrait of a family divided and a powerful story of how friendship saves and heals.


8/17: Living Beyond Borders edited by Margarita Longoria – In this mixed-media collection of short stories, personal essays, poetry, and comics, this celebrated group of authors share the borders they have crossed, the struggles they have pushed through, and the two cultures they continue to navigate as Mexican Americans. Living Beyond Borders is at once an eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and hopeful love letter from the Mexican American community to today’s young readers.


8/17: Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho – New romance and dangers abound in this K-Drama-inspired companion to the crowd-pleasing Wicked Fox–now in paperback!


8/17: Phantom Heart by Kelly Creagh – A steamy YA romance inspired by Gaston Leroux’s classic The Phantom of the Opera.


8/24: Devil in the Device by Lora Beth Johnson – Lora Beth Johnson delivers a stunning conclusion to the Goddess in the Machine duology with this brilliant novel. Part political conspiracy, part technological thriller, its deeply emotional core deftly explores what it means to be human, and how to hold on when everything seems lost.

8/24: Both Sides Now by Peyton Thomas – A witty and warm-hearted novel about a trans teen finding his place in the world perfect for fans of  Red, White and Royal Blue


8/24: Edie In Between by Laura Sibson – A modern-day Practical Magic about love, loss, and embracing the mystical.


8/24: Burden Falls by Kat Ellis – Riverdale meets The Haunting of Hill House in the terrifying new thriller from the author of Harrow Lake.


8/24: Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis – A must-have thriller that will keep you gripped, keep you guessing, and keep you up all night. Now in paperback!


8/24: The Companion by Katie Alender – Margot’s bad dreams may have stopped when she came to live with Agatha – but the real nightmare has just begun. Now in paperback!


8/24: Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram – In this companion to the award-winning Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Darius suddenly has it all: a boyfriend, an internship, a spot on the soccer team. It’s everything he’s ever wanted–but what if he deserves better?


8/24: The Whitsun Daughters by Carrie Mesrobian – Award-winning author Carrie Mesrobian weaves the story of the girls’ day-to-day struggles with the fractured and harrowing memories of their unseen observer. Now in paperback!


8/31: The Woods Are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins – New from bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, and the perfect companion to her New York Times bestseller There’s Someone Inside Your House, soon to be a Netflix feature.


8/31: Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain – A teen girl disappears from her small town deep in the bayou, where magic festers beneath the surface of the swamp like water rot, in this chilling debut supernatural thriller for fans of Natasha Preston, Karen McManus, and Rory Power.


8/31: The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh – Now in paperback, the first book–an instant bestseller–in the sumptuous, sultry, and romantic YA vampire series from New York Times bestselling author Renee Ahdieh.


8/31: The Damned by Renée Ahdieh – Instant New York Times bestselling sequel to The Beautiful. Now in paperback.


8/31: Flyy Girls – Tobyn: The It Girl by Ashley Woodfolk – Meet the Flyy Girls. The group of girls who seem like they can get away with anything. Veteran author Ashley Woodfolk pens a gorgeous and dynamic series of four Harlem high-schoolers, each facing a crossroads of friendship, family, and love.


8/31: This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling – In this gripping, romantic sequel to These Witches Don’t Burn, Hannah must work alongside her new girlfriend to take down the Hunters desperate to steal her magic.


8/31: Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher – Co-founder of the Women’s March makes her YA debut in a near-future dystopian where a young girl and her brother must escape a xenophobic government to find sanctuary–now in paperback!




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