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Pub Day Shout-Outs! for September 22, 2020, featuring Gros, Mclemore, Mejia, and Reynolds

by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)

Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read!

Description from Publisher:

"With the start of eighth grade, Jo March decides it’s time to get serious about her writing and joins the school newspaper. But even with her new friend Freddie cheering her on, becoming a hard-hitting journalist is a lot harder than Jo imagined.

"That’s not all that’s tough. Jo and her sisters—Meg, Beth, and Amy—are getting used to a new normal at home, with their dad deployed overseas and their mom, a nurse, working overtime.

"And while it helps to hang out with Laurie, the boy who just moved next door, things get complicated when he tells Jo he has feelings for her. Feelings that Jo doesn’t have for him…or for any boy. Feelings she’s never shared with anyone before. Feelings that Jo might have for Freddie.

"What does it take to figure out who you are? Jo March is about to find out."

Why I want to read it: I am always looking for books that I can give my kiddos to read. I took my daughter to see the new Greta Gerwig adaptation of Little Women last year (with my mom and my grandma--4 generations!), and she loved it. I love a loose adaptation on a classic, and for middle grade readers, a graphic novel makes it even more digestible. This is going on my Christmas list for my daughter. (Shhhhh...don't tell her.)


Anna-Marie Mclemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia's Miss Meteor

Description from Publisher:

"There hasn’t been a winner of the Miss Meteor beauty pageant who looks like Lita Perez or Chicky Quintanilla in all its history.

"But that’s not the only reason Lita wants to enter the contest, or her ex-best friend Chicky wants to help her. The road to becoming Miss Meteor isn’t about being perfect; it’s about sharing who you are with the world—and loving the parts of yourself no one else understands.

"So to pull off the unlikeliest underdog story in pageant history, Lita and Chicky are going to have to forget the past and imagine a future where girls like them are more than enough—they are everything.

Why I want to read it: Well, this just sounds delightful. To me, it sounds reminiscent of Julie Murphy's Dumplin', which I loved. I love YA lit, and the premise of this book sounds right up my alley. I love books with characters who challenge the status quo. I can't wait to read this one.


Justin A. Reynolds's Early Departures

Description from Publisher:

"What if you could bring your best friend back to life—but only for a short time?

"Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know that he died, and that he’s about to die . . . again. He doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save him. And that the reason they haven’t been friends for two years is because Jamal blames Q for the accident that killed his parents.

"But what if Jamal could have a second chance? A new technology allows Q to be reanimated for a few weeks before he dies . . . permanently. And Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin this miracle by telling Q about his impending death. So how can Jamal fix everything if he can’t tell Q the truth?

"Early Departures weaves together loss, grief, friendship, and love to form a wholly unique homage to the bonds that bring people together for life—and beyond."

Why I want to read it: Wow. This premise has me hooked. This is another YA read, and I am just so interested in reading it. Just reading the synopsis has made me know that I MUST find out how Jamal and Q's story unfolds.


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