New Releases

Collage of three book covers: THE JUMP by Brittney Morris, STUDY BREAK edited by Aashna Avachat, and IN LIMBO by Deb JJ Lee. All are described further below.

With six books out this week, we’ve got a little something for everyone! Which of these are on your TBR list?

The cover has a young woman floating in water. Her hands are open and she is holding her mouth closed and is looking up. There is a sun in the background. There are clouds and birds. In Limbo: A Graphic Memoir by Deb JJ Lee
First Second

Deborah (Jung-Jin) Lee knows she’s different. Ever since her family emigrated from South Korea to the United States, she’s felt her Otherness. For a while, her English isn’t perfect. None of her teachers can pronounce her Korean name. Her face and her eyes—especially her eyes—stand out. As the pressures of high school ramp up, friendships change and end, and everything gets harder. Even home isn’t a safe place, as fights with her mom escalate. Deb is caught in a limbo, with nowhere to go, and her mental health plummets.

But Deb is resilient. She discovers art and self-care, and gradually begins to start recovering. And during a return trip to South Korea, she realizes something that changes her perspective on her family, her heritage, and herself.

This stunning debut graphic memoir features page after page of gorgeous, evocative art, perfect for Tillie Walden fans. It’s a cross section of the Korean-American diaspora and mental health, a moving and powerful read in the vein of Hey, Kiddo and The Best We Could Do. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

There are burning candles on the left of the cover. There is another one on the right. In the center there is a young Black man staring out at the reader. He is wearing a black suit with a tall hat and a white shirt underneath.My Dear Henry: A Jekyll & Hyde Remix by Kalynn Bayron
Feiwel Friends

London, 1885. Gabriel Utterson, a 17-year-old law clerk, has returned to London for the first time since his life— and that of his dearest friend, Henry Jekyll—was derailed by a scandal that led to his and Henry’s expuslion from the London Medical School. Whispers about the true nature of Gabriel and Henry’s relationship have followed the boys for two years, and now Gabriel has a chance to start again.

But Gabriel doesn’t want to move on, not without Henry. His friend has become distant and cold since the disastrous events of the prior spring, and now his letters have stopped altogether. Desperate to discover what’s become of him, Gabriel takes to watching the Jekyll house.

In doing so, Gabriel meets Hyde, a a strangely familiar young man with white hair and a magnetic charisma. He claims to be friends with Henry, and Gabriel can’t help but begin to grow jealous at their apparent closeness, especially as Henry continues to act like Gabriel means nothing to him.

But the secret behind Henry’s apathy is only the first part of a deeper mystery that has begun to coalesce. Monsters of all kinds prowl within the London fog—and not all of them are out for blood… — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

A young woman is in the center of the cover. She has a hand at her chin and has one eyebrow raised. There are three circles around her head. In each circle is a different young man. There are flowers around the edges of the book.Chloe and the Kaishao Boys by Mae Coyiuto

Chloe is officially off the waitlist at USC, and thus one step closer to realizing her dream of becoming an animator in the United States. But before she leaves home, her auntie insists on planning a traditional debut for Chloe’s eighteenth birthday (think sweet sixteen meets debutante ball). To make matters worse, her father, intent on finding Chloe the perfect escort for the party, keeps setting her up on one awkward kaishao—or arranged date—after another. But . . . why does her dad suddenly care so much about her love life? And what happens when she actually starts to fall for one of the guys, only to have to leave at the end of the summer? — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

A young Black woman is centered and the image is an actual photo. There are street signs near her. There are also a log of other people closer to the bottom of the book. Some are smiling and some are not. There Goes the Neighborhood by Jade Adia

Fifteen-year-old Rhea and her best friends, Zeke and Malachi, are South L.A. born and raised, but a recent wave of gentrification has been transforming the place that they call home. When an eviction notice from a greedy landlord threatens to split up the crew, Rhea and her friends manipulate social media to form a fake gang in hopes of scaring off developers. Their scheme appears to work at first… until a murder is pegged on the nonexistent gang. Yikes.

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD is a love letter to communities of color everywhere, a middle finger to the destructive powers of gentrification, and a hilarious adventure about three teens who have the best intentions, if not always the best solutions. Perfect for fans of Tiffany Jackson’s Let Me Hear a Rhyme and Netflix’s On My Block, this is an uproarious novel about power, friendship, and what really makes a neighborhood. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

The cover is illustrated with a building in the background. There is a statue of a moose in front of the main doors. There is a walkway leading to it. At the front end of the path there is a young Black woman with a daisy in her long hair. There are a few young people on a blanket in the grass and someone else standing on the path.Study Break: 11 College Tales from Orientation to Graduation Edited by Aashna Avachat
Feiwel Friends

College…the best time, the worst time, and something in between.

What do you do when orientation isn’t going according to your (sister’s) detailed plans? Where do you go when you’re searching for community in faith? How do you figure out what it means that you’re suddenly attracted to your RA? What happens when your partner for your last film project is also your crush and graduation is quickly approaching?

Told over the course of one academic year, this collection of stories set on the same fictional campus features students from different cultures, genders, and interests learning more about who they are and who they want to be. From new careers to community to (almost) missed connections — and more — these interconnected tales explore the ways university life can be stressful and confusing and exciting and fulfilling.

Gen Z contributors include Jake Maia Arlow, Arushi Avachat, Boon Carmen, Ananya Devarajan, Camryn Garrett, Christina Li, Racquel Marie, Oyin, Laila Sabreen, Michael Waters, and Joelle Wellington. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

There are four young people around a van in a city near a huge building. One person is sitting on top of the van. Another is standing on it. Someone is standing in front of it and another person is jumping through the air and holding onto a streetlamp. That person is wearing a hijab.The Jump by Brittney Morris
Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Influence is power. Power creates change. And change is exactly what Team Jericho needs.

Jax, Yas, Spider, and Han are the four cornerstones of Team Jericho, the best scavenger hunting team in all of Seattle. Each has their own specialty: Jax, the puzzler; Yas, the parkourist; Spider, the hacker; and Han, the cartographer. But now with an oil refinery being built right in their backyard, each also has their own problems. Their families are at risk of losing their jobs, their communities, and their homes.

So when The Order, a mysterious vigilante organization, hijacks the scavenger hunting forum and concocts a puzzle of its own, promising a reward of influence, Team Jericho sees it as the chance of a lifetime. If they win this game, they could change their families’ fates and save the city they love so much. But with an opposing team hot on their heels, it’s going to take more than street smarts to outwit their rivals. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads