Jennifer Baker author
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FORGIVE ME NOT by Jennifer Baker

I met Jennifer Baker at a writing retreat and I always thought she had such beautiful writing. Her debut YA novel, FORGIVE ME NOT, is not only both captivating and engaging,  it also offers an informative and critical lens into juvenile justice…
Misa Sugiura
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I've featured Misa Sugiura's YA titles It's Not Like It's A Secret and Love & Other Disasters. I'm so excited by the premise of her first middle grade fantasy, MOMO ARASHIMA STEALS THE SWORD OF THE WIND, that I can't wait until it comes…
Shannon Dittemore
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REBEL, BRAVE AND BRUTAL by Shannon Dittemore

Back in 2020, I featured Shannon Dittemore's YA Fantasy WINTER, WHITE, AND WICKED. The sequel, REBEL, BRAVE AND BRUTAL, is currently set to debut on January 10, 2023:   Sylvi Quine, the best rig driver on Layce, has braved the dangers…
Jessica Taylor author
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WHO WE WERE IN THE DARK by Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor always writes compelling young adult stories with memorable characters, and I was lucky to feature her here and here. Her newest novel, WHO WE WERE IN THE DARK, came out on July 5, 2022:   Donner Lake is famous for…
Jamie Pacton author

LUCKY GIRL by Jamie Pacton

I was so intrigued by the premise of Jamie Pacton's contemporary YA LUCKY GIRL that I had to feature it. Jamie Pacton also has a YA fantasy, THE VERMILLION EMPORIUM, with an expected publication date of November 1, 2022.   58,642,129.…
Lily Anderson
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SCOUT'S HONOR by Lily Anderson

Back in 2018, I was lucky to feature Lily Anderson's book NOT NOW, NOT EVER. She's great at penning YA paranormal horror, and ner newest book, SCOUT'S HONOR, is no exception: Sixteen-year-old Prudence Perry is a legacy Ladybird Scout, born…

SQUAD by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Lisa Sterle

When I saw Maggie Tokuda-Hall talk about her YA Graphic Novel SQUAD on a panel, I had to feature it. She also has a new picture book, LOVE IN THE LIBRARY.   When Becca transfers to a high school in an elite San Francisco suburb, she’s…

DIG TWO GRAVES by Gretchen McNeil

I saw Gretchen McNeil at this year's YALLWEST festival, and I also featured her here and here. She is one of today's best writers in YA horror and suspense, and her newest book, DIG TWO GRAVES, came out on April 26,2022: I did my part, BFF.…
Holly Goldberg Sloan
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THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM by Holly Goldberg Sloan

I have been a long-time fan of Holly Goldberg Sloan's books, including Counting by 7s and To Night Owl From Dogfish. When I heard the premise of her newest Middle Grade book, THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, I had to feature it. Have a look:   It's…
Aminah Mae Safi


I love Aminah Mae Safi's contemporary novels, which I featured here, here and here. TRAVELERS ALONG THE WAY: A ROBIN HOOD REMIX is her first fantasy adventure story. Have a look:   Jerusalem, 1192. The Third Crusade rages on. Rahma…