Start Fall right with 33 #22Debut books coming out in September.
We begin with 10 wonderful Middle Grade reads.
Kathleen Wilford’s CABBY POTTS, DUCHESS OF DIRT from The Little Press/Blue Bronco Books on 9/1/2022
A sod house, a grand manor. A mystery, a marriage scheme. Based on the true story of a settlement of British aristocrats on the plains of Kansas, Cabby Potts, Duchess of Dirt is a funny and poignant story with an unforgettable heroine.
Stacy Nockowitz’s THE PRINCE OF STEEL PIER from Kar-Ben on 9/1/2022
All four of the Goodman brothers have summer jobs but none of them as dangerous as Joey’s. This summer, much to his own surprise, he’s working for a gangster. But when Joey falls in with the mob, he learns a lesson about what kind of person he wants to be.
Kalyn Josephson’s RAVENFALL from Delacorte/PRH on 9/6/2022
One magical inn, two kids with supernatural powers, and an ancient Celtic creature trying to destroy their world by Halloween night… Halloweentown meets Supernatural in this spooky middle-grade series from the acclaimed author of the Storm Crow duology!
Sally Engelfried’s LEARNING TO FALL from Little, Brown on 9/6/2022
Twelve-year-old Daphne reconciles with her father, who left her stranded three years ago, and learns forgiveness one fall at a time in this heartwarming debut by Sally Engelfried. For fans of The First Rule of Punk.
Andrea Beatriz Arango’s IVELIZ EXPLAINS IT ALL from Random House Children's Books on 9/13/2022
How do you speak up when it feels like no one is listening? In this moving novel in verse that Printz Honor-winning author Lisa Fipps calls "powerful," one girl takes on seventh grade while facing mental health challenges, and must find her voice to advocate for the help and understanding she deserves.
Catherine Arguelles’ FLIP TURNS from Jolly Fish Press on 9/13/2022
Thirteen-year-old Maddie just wants her classmate Lucas to leave her alone. When someone starts sabotaging Maddie’s family-owned pool, Maddie and her best friend, Ez, decide to investigate on their own. Could it be Lucas?
Michelle Mohrweis’ THE TROUBLE WITH ROBOTS from Peachtree on 9/27/2022
Sparks fly when perfectionist Evelyn and "couldn't care less" Allie are thrust together in a metal screeching robotics competition. Together, the girls must find common ground while battling grief and feelings of otherness.
Jaime Formato’s ROLL FOR INITIATIVE from Running Press Kids on 9/27/2022
Roll for Initiative follows Riley Henderson as she steps out of her brother’s protective shadow and behind the Dungeon Master’s screen, discovering friendship, resourcefulness, and the ability to take initiative on her geeky journey of independence and self-reliance.
K. Tempest Bradford’s RUBY FINLEY VS. THE INTERSTELLAR INVASION from Farrar, Straus and Giroux on 9/27/2022
Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion is a backyard adventure-mystery by debut children’s author K. Tempest Bradford, perfect for fans of Clean Getaway, The Last Last Day of Summer, and Sideways School.
Misty Wilson’s PLAY LIKE A GIRL from HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray on 9/27/2022
Debut author Misty Wilson chronicles her seventh-grade experience as the only girl on her town’s football team in this empowering graphic memoir about teamwork, friendship, crushes, and touchdowns.
Next we have 12 amazing Young Adult books.
Kate Dylan’s MINDWALKER from Hodder & Stoughton (Hachette) on 9/1/2022
With only twelve months left before the supercomputer grafted to her brain kills her, Sil’s time is quickly running out. With her tech rapidly degrading and her new ally keeping dangerous secrets of his own, Sil must save her friends, her reputation—and maybe even herself.
Emma K. Ohland’s FUNERAL GIRL from Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab on 9/6/2022
Sixteen-year-old Georgia Richter feels conflicted about the funeral home her parents run--especially because she has the ability to summon ghosts.
Keely Parrack’s DON'T LET IN THE COLD from Sourcebooks Fire on 9/6/2022
The storm isn't the only thing they'll have to survive. A claustrophobic, high-stakes thriller that will have you fearing what waits out in the cold.
Tanvi Berwah’s MONSTERS BORN AND MADE from Sourcebooks Fire on 9/6/2022
She grew up battling the monsters that live in the black seas, but it couldn't prepare her to face the cunning cruelty of the ruling elite. Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and These Violent Delights, this South Asian-inspired fantasy is a gripping debut about the power of the elite, the price of glory, and one girl's chance to change it all.
Tanisia Moore’s FILM MAKERS 15 GROUNDBREAKING WOMEN DIRECTORS from Chicago Review Press on 9/6/2022
In Hollywood, women don’t have to be in front of the cameras to shine. While their resumes are impressive, it is how they live their lives that has made a greater impact in the communities they serve.
Amanda DeWitt ‘s ACES WILD from Peachtree Teen on 9/13/2022
Some people join chess club, some people play football. Jack Shannon runs a secret blackjack ring in his private school’s basement. Six of Crows goes to Las Vegas in debut author Amanda DeWitt’s suspenseful casino heist, starring an entire crew of asexual teens.
Isaac Blum’s THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF HOODIE ROSEN from Penguin Random House/Philomel on 9/13/2022
The Chosen meets Adam Silvera in this irreverent and timely story of worlds colliding in friendship, betrayal, and hatred. Isaac Blum delivers a wry, witty debut novel about a deeply important and timely subject, in a story of hatred and betrayal—and the friendships we find in the most unexpected places.
Zoulfa Katouh’s AS LONG AS THE LEMON TREES GROW from Little, Brown on 9/13/2022
A love letter to Syria and its people, As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow is a speculative novel set amid the Syrian Revolution, burning with the fires of hope, love, and possibility. Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Salt to the Sea.
Anita Jari Kharbanda’s LIONESS OF PUNJAB from Yali books on 9/17/2022
This energetic coming-of-age young adult novel brings us closer to Mai Bhago—a woman revered in the Sikh community and beyond—to imagine her growing to embrace her many roles in a way that was entirely her own and, in the process, becoming a shining inspiration for young women everywhere.
Catherine Yu’s DIREWOOD from Page Street on 9/20/2022
In this velvet-clad 1990s gothic horror, Aja encounters a charming vampire who wants to lure her into the woods—just like her missing sister.
Susan Lee’s SEOULMATES from Inkyard/Harper Collins on 9/20/2022
The last person Hannah wants to see is her former best friend, Jacob. Until blackmail and a bucket list, along with two meddling mamas, push them together for a summer worthy of a K-drama…
Aislinn Brophy’s HOW TO SUCCEED IN WITCHCRAFT from Putnam/PRH on 9/27/2022
An overachieving teen witch vies for a prestigious scholarship at her elite high school in this contemporary YA fantasy for fans of Never Have I Ever and Sabrina the Teen Witch.
And we got 11 great Adult debuts for you!
Shauna Lawless’ THE CHILDREN OF GODS AND FIGHTING MEN from Head of Zeus on 9/1/2022
The first in a gripping new historical fantasy series that intertwines Irish mythology with real-life history, The Children of Gods and Fighting Men is the thrilling debut novel by Shauna Lawless.
Carolyn Huynh’s THE FORTUNES OF JADED WOMEN from Atria/Simon & Schuster on 9/6/2022
For fans of Jonathan Tropper, KJ Dell’Antonia, and Kevin Kwan, this “sharp, smart, and gloriously extra” (Nancy Jooyoun Kim, The Last Story of Mina Lee) debut follows a family of estranged Vietnamese women—cursed to never know love or happiness—as they reunite when a psychic makes a startling prediction.
Meredith Hambrock’s OTHER PEOPLE'S SECRETS from Crooked Lane Books on 9/6/2022
Baby’s down—and could be out for good—when she faces off with forces bent on turning her lakeside paradise into a living hell, for fans of Alissa Nutting and Amy Engel.
Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s GLORIOUS FIENDS from Underland on 9/13/2022
Gory, sexy, silly, touching—Glorious Fiends asks who the real monsters are, and if the bonds that we think are solely human are really ours alone. This Hammer-inspired odyssey is a nostalgic trip through ‘80s horror tropes—with modern sensibilities.
Carol Dunbar’s THE NET BENEATH US from Forge/Macmillan on 9/13/2022
Told over the course of a year, The Net Beneath Us is a lyrical exploration of loss, marriage, parenthood, and self-reliance; a tale of how the natural world―without and within us―offers us healing, if we can learn where to look.
Davinia Evans’ NOTORIOUS SORCERER from Orbit/Hachette on 9/13/2022
In a city filled with dangerous yet heavily regulated alchemical magic, a man from the slums discovers he may be its only hope to survive certain destruction in this wickedly entertaining fantasy.
Jenny Howe’s THE MAKE-UP TEST from Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin on 9/13/2022
ONE TO WATCH meets BEACH READ in this smart, swoony, romantic comedy, in which two college exes find themselves battling against each other—and their unresolved feelings—for a spot in a prestigious literature Ph.D. program.
Liz Parker’s IN THE SHADOW GARDEN from Forever / Grand Central / Hachette on 9/13/2022
GARDEN SPELLS meets PRACTICAL MAGIC, in which three generations of witchy women who have the ability to make people forget their pain are coming to a reckoning with a rival family 20 years after their town forgot an entire summer.
Sierra Godfrey’s A VERY TYPICAL FAMILY from Sourcebooks on 9/13/2022
A propulsive contemporary women's fiction debut with dark humor and messy yet warm-hearted family dynamics, perfect for fans of Claire Lombardo's The Most Fun We Ever Had and Emma Straub's All Adults Here.
Desirée M Niccoli’s CALLED TO THE DEEP from City Owl Press on 9/20/2022
When the lone survivor of a shipwreck learns she’s descended from the vicious mermaids who devoured her crew, she must find ways to curb her flesh-eating instincts or the sea captain who rescued her could become a tasty snack in more ways than one.
Madison Lawson’s THE REGISTRATION from Camcat on 9/27/2022
In a world where most citizens have one legal murder, Lynell Mize finds herself the victim of many and has fourteen days to survive, find out why, and learn to forgive herself.
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Written and posted by: Anna Kopp
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