Here are 17 books for teens that are being released this month! They have all gotten starred reviews and plenty of buzz. Enjoy!
Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe by Carole Boston Weatherford
Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew
The Bridge by Bill Konisgberg
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
The Crossroads at Midnight by Abby Howard
Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Last Halloween: Children by Abby Howard
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher
The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke
The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour
The Way Back by Gavriel Savit
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera (9781534454217)
Mama greets the little girl who narrates this story when she comes down early in the morning. The others are still sleeping on the rainy morning. They decide to head outside into the rain together. First they must get ready with drinks from their cups, teeth brushing, showers and hair combing. Then it’s time for breakfast and barrettes in their hair. They head out into the rainy morning with boots, umbrellas and raincoats. Max, the dog, doesn’t need any of those things. Together they sing and splash. In the evening, there are stories, laughter and cozy blankets that lead to dreams filled with moments from their day together.
My summary above skims the surface of this picture book that deeply explores the relationship of mother and daughter. Cabrera deftly uses language to explain the connection between these two: “I want to be everywhere Mama is.” She also uses lovely comparisons by the little girl who looks at their boots, hair, laugh and other elements of their day and sees how similar and different they are. It’s a beautiful look at the small pieces of our days that create such deep connectivity.
Cabrera’s art is done in acrylics, illustrations that are filled with deep bright colors that glow on the page. They too reveal the connections between the characters, deepening them even further than the words can.
A marvelous mother and daughter book. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from e-galley provided by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.