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Pub Day Shout-Outs! for September 15, 2020, featuring Jackson, LaCour, and Yang

by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)

Here are three(-plus!) books coming out today that I'm excited to read.

book cover of Tiffany D. Jackson's Grown

Tiffany D. Jackson's Grown

Description from Publisher:

"Award-winning author Tiffany D. Jackson delivers another riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines mystery that exposes horrific secrets hiding behind the limelight and embraces the power of a young woman’s voice.

"When legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots Enchanted Jones at an audition, her dreams of being a famous singer take flight. Until Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night. Who killed Korey Fields?

"Before there was a dead body, Enchanted’s dreams had turned into a nightmare. Because behind Korey’s charm and star power was a controlling dark side. Now he’s dead, the police are at the door, and all signs point to Enchanted."

Why I want to read it:

Honestly, this one was a pick for me as soon as I saw Tiffany D. Jackson's name, since her previous books Monday's Not Coming and Allegedly have both been mentioned as discussion-worthy books on the podcast. I've also seen some phenomenal reviews of Grown, and I'm looking forward to diving into this twisty story.

book cover of Nina LaCour's Watch Over Me

Nina LaCour's Watch Over Me

Description from Publisher:

"Mila is used to being alone.

"Maybe that’s why she said yes. Yes to a second chance in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.

"But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.

"Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a teaching job and a place to live on an isolated part of the Northern California coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home—a real home. The farm is a refuge, but it’s also haunted by the past. And Mila’s own memories are starting to rise to the surface.

"Nina LaCour, the Printz Award–winning author of We Are Okay, delivers another emotional knockout with Watch Over Me, a modern ghost story about trauma and survival, chosen family and rebirth."

Why I want to read it:

Nina LaCour is another reliably amazing author. I think this plot sounds amazing, but honestly (as with Jackson), just seeing her name on the cover is enough for me.

book cover of Kelly Yang's Three Keys

Kelly Yang's Three Keys

Description from Publisher:

"The story of Mia and her family and friends at the Calivista Motel continues in this powerful, hilarious, and resonant sequel to the award-winning novel Front Desk.

"Mia Tang thinks she's going to have the best year ever.

"She and her parents are the proud owners of the Calivista Motel, Mia gets to run the front desk with her best friend, Lupe, and she's finally getting somewhere with her writing!

"But as it turns out, sixth grade is no picnic...

1. Mia's new teacher doesn't think her writing is all that great. And her entire class finds out she lives and works in a motel!

2. The motel is struggling, and Mia has to answer to the Calivista's many, many worried investors.

3. A new immigration law is looming and if it passes, it will threaten everything -- and everyone -- in Mia's life.

"It's a roller coaster of challenges, and Mia needs all of her determination to hang on tight. But if anyone can find the key to getting through turbulent times, it's Mia Tang!"

Why I want to read it:

I could not have loved Kelly Yang's Front Desk more--it was one of my favorite books the year that we read it for the Global Read Aloud (check out that episode, number 85). I cannot wait to read this continuation of Mia's story!


I also want to shout out Mark Oshiro's Each of Us a Desert (Ashley talked about it on her Bookish Check-in for episode 144) and Ayad Akhtar's Homeland Elegies.


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