Check out this fantastic list of 2022 February debuts for all ages.
We start out with seven wonderful Middle Grade reads:
Jacquetta Nammar Feldman’s WISHING UPON THE SAME STARS from HarperCollins Children's on 2/1/2022
A poignant coming-of-age middle grade debut about Yasmeen Khoury, an Arab American girl who befriends the Israeli American girl next door.
Jamar J. Perry’s CAMERON BATTLE AND THE LEGEND OF THE CHIDANI from Bloomsbury on 2/1/2022
Inspired by West African and Igbo history and mythology, this adventurous middle-grade fantasy debut perfect for fans of Aru Shah and Tristan Strong celebrates the triumphs and challenges of a boy finding his truth path to greatness.
Alexandria Rogers’ THE WITCH, THE SWORD, AND THE CURSED KNIGHTS MG from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2/8/2022
A charming middle-grade fantasy debut that put a new spin on the legend of Camelot, where to break a curse, Ellie and Caedmon must pass a series of deathly trials and reforge the lost, shattered sword of Excalibur.
Lisa Stringfellow’s A COMB OF WISHES from HarperCollins/Quill Tree Books on 2/8/2022
Set against the backdrop of Caribbean folklore, Lisa Stringfellow’s spellbinding middle grade debut tells of a grieving girl and a vengeful mermaid and will enchant readers who loved Kacen Callender’s Hurricane Child or Christian McKay Heidicker’s Scary Stories for Young Foxes.
Meera Trehan’s THE VIEW FROM THE VERY BEST HOUSE IN TOWN from Candlewick/Walker UK on 2/8/2022
This inventive debut combines the pleasures of a thriller, a school story, and a real estate listing in its witty and insightful exploration of what it means to be—and lose—a friend.
Nicole D. Collier’s JUST RIGHT JILLIAN from Clarion Books/Versify on 2/15/2022
In this heartfelt middle-grade novel from debut author Nicole D. Collier, fifth-grader Jillian must learn to speak and break free of her shell to enter her school's academic competition and keep her promise to her grandmother.
Heather Clark's LEMON DROP FALLS from Jolly Fish Press / North Star Editions on 2/15/2022
THIS BOOK'S RELEASE DATE HAS BEEN MOVED UP FROM 1/25/2022
Mom's last words: Keep them safe. Help them be happy. Morgan promised, so she sacrifices soccer, free time, and friendships for her younger siblings. But when Dad's “talk therapy” campout ignites Morgan's anxiety, she makes a reckless decision to prove she can fill Mom's shoes . . . which leaves her literally fighting for survival.
Learn more about this book and where to preorder it here.
Next we have 12 great books for Young Adults:
Erica Martin’s AND WE RISE from Viking Children's / Penguin Random House on 2/1/2022
A powerful, impactful, eye-opening journey that explores through the Civil Rights Movement in 1950s-1960s America in spare and evocative verse, with historical photos interspersed throughout.
Haley Neil’s ONCE MORE WITH CHUTZPAH from Bloomsbury on 2/1/2022
A moving YA debut about a girl who grapples with questions of her Jewish identity, mental health struggles, and sexuality while on a temple exchange trip through Israel.
Kristen R. Lee’s REQUIRED READING FOR THE DISENFRANCHISED FRESHMAN from Penguin Random House/ Crown on 2/1/2022
A striking debut novel about racism on elite college campuses. Fans of Dear White People will embrace this activist-centered contemporary novel about a college freshman grappling with the challenges of attending an elite university with a disturbing racist history, which may not be as distant as it seems.
Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren’s HORROR HOTEL from PRH/Underlined on 2/1/2022
This addictive YA horror about a group of teen ghost hunters who spend the night in a haunted LA hotel is The Blair Witch Project for the TikTok generation.
Enjoy your stay...
Angela Velez’s LULU AND MILAGRO'S SEARCH FOR CLARITY from Balzer + Bray /HarperCollins on 2/8/2022
Booksmart meets Never Have I Ever in this Latinx road trip adventure—a big-hearted, voice-driven YA about two sisters who couldn’t be more different, but become begrudging partners on their school’s cross-country college trip—from debut author Angela Velez. Perfect for fans of Lilliam Rivera, Jenny Han, and Sandhya Menon.
Laila Sabreen’s YOU TRULY ASSUMED from HarperCollins/Inkyard Press on 2/8/2022
In this compelling and thought-provoking debut novel, after a terrorist attack rocks the country and anti-Islamic sentiment stirs, three Black Muslim girls create a space where they can shatter assumptions and share truths.
Navdeep Singh Dhillon’s SUNNY G'S SERIES OF RASH DECISIONS from Dial Books | Penguin Random House on 2/8/2022
For fans of Sandhya Menon and Adam Silvera, a prom-night coming of age story with romantic-comedy elements about a Sikh teen’s search for love and identity, full of rash, wonderful, romantic, stupid, life-changing decisions.
Racquel Marie’s OPHELIA AFTER ALL from Macmillan / Feiwel and Friends on 2/8/2022
A teen girl navigates friendship drama, the end of high school, and discovering her queerness in this hilarious and heartfelt contemporary YA debut. Ophelia must make a choice between clinging to the fantasy version of herself she's always imagined or upending everyone's expectations to rediscover who she really is, after all.
Dannie M. Olguin’s BETWEEN SAFE AND REAL from Melange Books / Fire and Ice YA on 2/8/2022
THIS BOOK'S RELEASE DATE HAS BEEN MOVED DOWN FROM 3/8/2022
With two hungry siblings, an empty fridge, and a violent mother to tip-toe around, Zoe can't slow down enough to catch a breath. Zoe must face reality in order to keep herself and siblings safe. But facing reality means taking steps that could shatter her family.
Amelia Loken’s UNRAVEL from Sword and Silk Books on 2/15/2022
Deaf. Princess. Witch.
Some Identities You Embrace. Some Will Get You Killed. Deaf princess, Marguerite, uses embroidery magic to defend her kingdom against her abusive uncle while trying not to fall for the hot acrobat who knows sign language.
Carolyn Tara O'Neil’s DAUGHTERS OF A DEAD EMPIRE from Roaring Brook/ Macmillan on 2/22/2022
From debut author Carolyn Tara O'Neil comes a thrilling alternate history Anastasia retelling set during the Russian Revolution — about class warfare and friendship across enemy lines.
Vanessa L. Torres’ THE TURNING POINTE from Knopf BYFR on 2/22/2022
A bold and emotionally gripping novel about a teenage Latinx girl finding freedom through dance and breaking expectations. THE TURNING POINTE follows Rosa Dominguez, a ballet dancer in 1980s Minneapolis navigating complex family expectations, a new love, and her own aspirations to dance for The Purple One himself, Prince.
Vanessa Len’s ONLY A MONSTER from HarperTeen on 2/22/2022
The sweeping romance of Passenger meets the dark fantasy edge of This Savage Song in this stunning contemporary fantasy debut from Vanessa Len, where the line between monster and hero is razor thin. Hidden worlds dwell in the shadows, beautiful monsters with untold powers walk among humans, and secrets are the most powerful weapon of all.
Lastly, we have 13 amazing Adult releases:
Allison Buccola’s CATCH HER WHEN SHE FALLS from Random House on 2/1/2022
In this “propulsive” (Kimberly McCreight) debut thriller, a young woman questions everything she thought she knew about the shocking murder that changed her life when she was in high school, ten years after her boyfriend killed her best friend.
Jessica P. Pryde’s BLACK LOVE MATTERS: REAL TALK ON ROMANCE, BEING SEEN, AND HAPPILY EVER AFTERS from Penguin Random House/Berkley on 2/1/2022
An incisive, intersectional essay anthology that celebrates and examines romance and romantic media through the lens of Black readers, writers, and cultural commentators, edited by Book Riot columnist and librarian Jessica Pryde.
Kai Harris’ WHAT THE FIREFLIES KNEW from Tiny Rep Books/Dutton/PRH on 2/1/2022
In the vein of Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones and Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, a coming-of-age novel told by almost-eleven-year-old Kenyatta Bernice (KB), as she and her sister try to make sense of their new life with their estranged grandfather in the wake of their father's death and their mother's disappearance.
Falon Ballard’s LEASE ON LOVE from GP Putnam’s Sons on 2/1/2022
She wasn't looking for love until it landed on her doorstep.
Beach Read meets The Flatshare in this warmly funny and delightfully sharp debut rom-com about a down-on-her-luck young woman who turns an innocent mix-up between a dating app and a roommate app into a new chance at love.
Ciel Rafael Pierlot’s BLUEBIRD from Angry Robot on 2/8/2022
Lesbian gunslinger fights spies in space!
Rig embarks on a journey across the galaxy to save her twin. If Rig fails and her former faction finds what she stole from them, trillions of lives will be lost--including her sister's. But if she succeeds, she might just pull the whole damn faction system down around their ears.
Scott Drakeford's RISE OF THE MAGES from Tor Books on 2/8/2022
THIS BOOK'S RELEASE DATE HAS BEEN MOVED UP FROM 1/25/2022
Emrael Ire wants nothing more than to test to be a weapons master. His final exam will be a bloody insurrection, staged by corrupt nobles and priests, that enslaves his brother. With the aid of his War Master tutor, herself an undercover mage, Emrael discovers his own latent and powerful talents. To rescue his brother, Emrael must embrace not only his abilities as a warrior but also his place as last of the ancient Mage Kings―for the Fallen God has returned. And he is hungry.
Megan Van Dyke’s SECOND STAR TO THE LEFT from City Owl Press on 2/15/2022
Banished for doing the unthinkable, selling the hottest drug in Neverland—pixie dust, Tinker Bell wants absolution. Determined to find a way home, Tink doesn’t hesitate to follow the one lead she has, even if that means seducing a filthy pirate to steal precious gems out from under his…hook.
Sara Goudarzi’s THE ALMOND IN THE APRICOT from Deep Vellum Publishing on 2/15/2022
The Almond in the Apricot, a debut novel by Iranian-American Goudarzi, is about two individuals whose paths cross in the most unusual of ways: a woman coming to terms with the wreckage of her once-orderly life and a tween girl struggling to live an everyday in a war-torn country.
Sandra L. Young’s DIVINE VINTAGE from The Wild Rose Press on 2/21/2022
Vintage boutique owner Tess Burton is more intrigued than spooked when modeling an Edwardian trousseau gown opens her mind to witness a century-old murder. Fellow model Trey Dunmore isn’t as thrilled. Aided by vintage clothing and titillating diary confessions, the couple seeks the truth about the crime of passion as aftershocks of emotions from the past threaten their own budding relationship.
Kit Mayquist’s TRIPPING ARCADIA from Dutton (PRH) on 2/22/2022
A propulsive and atmospheric modern Gothic with all the splendor of The Great Gatsby . . . and all the secrets, lies, and darkness that opulence can hide. Tripping Arcadia is a page-turning and shocking tale with an unforgettable protagonist that explores family legacy and inheritance, the sacrifices we must make to get by in today’s world, and the intoxicating, dangerous power of wealth.
Carolyne Topdjian’s THE HITMAN'S DAUGHTER from Agora/Polis Books on 2/22/2022
An homage to classic gothic horror, that proves that the ghosts of family and classism are alive and well. Trapped and framed for murder in a haunted hotel, Mave Michael can no longer deny her father's lessons in survival. To save herself, she must unearth the eerie secrets of the hotel and its elite guests...one deadly sin at a time.
Jennifer Fawcett’s BENEATH THE STAIRS from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster on 2/22/2022
In this spine-tingling, atmospheric debut, a woman returns to her hometown after her childhood friend attempts suicide at a local haunted house—the same place where a traumatic incident shattered their lives twenty years ago. An eerie page-turner, Beneath the Stairs is about the trauma that follows us from childhood to adulthood and returning to the beginning to reach the end.
Robert Gwaltney's THE CICADA TREE from Moonshine Cove Publishing on 2/22/2022
It’s the summer of 1956, and a brood of cicadas descends upon Providence, Georgia. It’s a natural event with supernatural repercussions, and unhinges the life of Analeise Newell, an eleven-year-old piano prodigy. Amidst this emergence, dark obsessions are stirred, uncanny gifts provoked, and secrets unearthed.
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Post author and curator: Anna Kopp