A big month for the #22Debuts - May brings us 38 new releases!
We start with 7 wonderful Middle Grade reads.
Catherine Bakewell’s WE ARE THE SONG from Holiday House on 5/3/2022
A lush and beautiful fantasy set in a world where music is magic and the fate of many thrones lies with one girl…
Jenna Yoon’s LIA PARK AND THE MISSING JEWEL from Aladdin / Simon & Schuster on 5/3/2022
Perfect for fans of the Storm Runner and Aru Shah series, this thrilling middle grade fantasy follows a young girl who must venture to the undersea kingdom of the Dragon King in Korea to save her parents from an evil diviner spirit.
Tracy Badua’s FREDDIE VS. THE FAMILY CURSE from Clarion on 5/3/2022
In this thrilling and hilarious middle grade adventure, a young Filipino-American boy must team up with his ancestor to break the curse that’s haunted their family for generations . . . or be trapped in an amulet forever.
Rochelle Hassan’s THE PRINCE OF NOWHERE from Harper Children's/HarperCollins on 5/3/2022
This sweeping middle grade fantasy debut by Rochelle Hassan follows Roda and Ignis, who embark on an adventure filled with magic and mystery—perfect for fans of Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
Rachel Elliott’s THE REAL RILEY MAYES from HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray/Harper Alley on 5/3/2022
When rumors fly about a queer crush, Riley, with the help of new friends and an old celebrity, wins over the mean girls in this middle grade story about first inklings of identity and belonging in a small town.
Salma Hussain’s THE SECRET DIARY OF MONA HASAN from Penguin Random House/Tundra on 5/3/2022
Mona learns to find her voice over the course of a year that sees her immigrating from Dubai to Canada in this novel for fans of Front Desk by Kelly Yang.
A.F. Steadman’s SKANDAR AND THE UNICORN THIEF from Simon & Schuster on 5/3/2022
Soar into a breathtaking world of heroes and unicorns as you’ve never seen them before in this fantastical middle grade debut perfect for fans of the Percy Jackson and Eragon series!
Then we have 13 amazing Young Adult books.
Grace K. Shim’s THE NOH FAMILY from Kokila/PRH on 5/3/2022
This sparkling K-drama inspired debut novel introduces irrepressibly charming teen Chloe Chang, who is reunited with her deceased father's estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them...
Ann Sei Lin’s REBEL SKIES from Walker on 5/5/2022
A beautifully written and pacy teen fantasy adventure, set in a world of flying ships, sky cities and powerful paper spirits. Inspired by Asian cultures and exploring themes of empire, slavery and freedom.
Kristin Dwyer’s SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE from HarperTEEN on 5/10/2022
Ellis finds herself tangled up in the web of heartache, betrayal, and anger she left behind . . . and with the boy she never stopped loving. Sarah Dessen meets Adam Silvera in the debut YA romance everyone is talking about!
Jen Ferguson’s THE SUMMER OF BITTER AND SWEET from Heartdrum / HarperCollins on 5/10/2022
In this complex and emotionally resonant novel about a Métis girl living on the Canadian prairies, debut author Jen Ferguson serves up a powerful story about rage, secrets, and all the spectrums that make up a person—and the sweetness that can still live alongside the bitterest truth.
Trisha Blanchet’s HERRICK'S END from Tiny Fox Press on 5/10/2022
Ollie stumbled into a dangerous world below the streets of Boston where magic spills like blood and escape seems impossible. He might not know much about the vast underworld that's ensnared him, but he does know this: He'll never make it out alone.
J. L. Sullivan’s FROM BRICK & DARKNESS from The Wild Rose Press on 5/16/2022
Bax always fantasized something remarkable would happen in his life. So when a decrepit man with glowing purple eyes offers him a ring intended for his estranged father, Bax accepts. Now, with everyone he loves in danger and a trail of crimes pointing back at him, Bax must scramble to solve a puzzle and banish Ifrit forever.
Angelica Monai’s HUNT A KILLER: PERFECT SCORE from Scholastic on 5/17/2022
It’s time to HUNT A KILLER in this YA mystery series based on the bestselling subscription game! This original Hunt A Killer novel features all new characters, designed in-world clues, and a mystery not seen in the games!
Sonora Reyes’ THE LESBIANA'S GUIDE TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins on 5/17/2022
A sharply funny and moving debut novel about a queer Mexican American girl navigating Catholic school, while falling in love and learning to celebrate her true self. Told in a captivating voice that is by turns hilarious, vulnerable, and searingly honest, it explores the joys and heartaches of living your full truth out loud.
Finn Longman’s THE BUTTERFLY ASSASSIN from Simon & Schuster Children's UK on 5/26/2022
Innocent by day, killer by night: a dark, twisting thriller about a teen assassin’s attempt to live a normal life. From Finn Longman, an exhilarating new voice in YA fiction, comes an addictive new blockbuster series for fans of global phenomena The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Killing Eve and The Hunger Games.
Brian D. Kennedy’s A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins on 5/31/2022 (THIS TITLE HAS BEEN PUSHED TO JUNE 7)
Dumplin' meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this heartfelt and funny contemporary romance inspired by Dollywood, about two boys who fall in love against the backdrop of a country music-themed amusement park, from debut author Brian D. Kennedy.
Riss M. Neilson’s DEEP IN PROVIDENCE from Holt / Macmillan on 5/31/2022
A spellbinding young adult fantasy debut following three best friends who turn to magic when they're haunted by a friend's death...and perhaps her spirit. Thrilling and absorbing, Deep in Providence is a story of profound yearning, and what happens when three teen girls are finally given the power to go after what they want.
Ebony LaDelle’s LOVE RADIO from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on 5/31/2022
Hitch meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this witty and romantic teen novel about a self-professed teen love doctor with a popular radio segment who believes he can get a girl who hates all things romance to fall in love with him in only three dates.
Heather DiAngelis’s SPEECH AND DEBACLES from Totally Entwined Group / Finch on 5/31/2022
Who knew Speech and Debate could be such a thorn in the side? As Riker and Taryn float closer together, then farther apart, they both must work to find ways of coping—or they’ll miss out on each other as well as their performance goals.
And last but not least, 18 fantastic Adult debuts.
Karen Winn’s OUR LITTLE WORLD from Dutton/ PRH on 5/3/2022
Perfect for readers of Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, Our Little World is a powerful and lyrical coming-of-age story that examines the complicated bond of sisterhood, the corrosive power of envy, and how the traumas of our youths can shape our identities for a lifetime.
Harini Nagendra’s THE BANGALORE DETECTIVES CLUB from Pegasus Books (US), Little, Brown (UK), Hachette (India) on 5/3/2022
The first in a charming, joyful crime series set in 1920s Bangalore, featuring sari-wearing detective Kaveri and her husband Ramu. Perfect for fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
TJ Alexander’s CHEF'S KISS from Simon & Schuster/Atria on 5/3/2022
A high-strung pastry chef’s professional goals are interrupted by an unexpected career transition and the introduction of her wildly attractive nonbinary kitchen manager in this deliciously fresh and witty queer rom-com.
Timothy Janovsky’s NEVER BEEN KISSED from Sourcebooks Casablanca on 5/3/2022
Wren Roland has never been kissed, but he wants that movie-perfect ending more than anything. A feel-good summer LGBTQIA+ New Adult RomCom, perfect for fans of Red White & Royal Blue, Boyfriend Material, and What If It's Us.
Isabel Cañas’s THE HACIENDA from Berkley/PRH on 5/3/2022
Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this debut supernatural suspense novel, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches...
Susie Dumond’s QUEERLY BELOVED from The Dial Press on 5/3/2022
A people-pleasing bridesmaid-for-hire falls for the crushable new lesbian in town. Will she finally find her happily ever after—and her own voice? ONE OF BUZZFEED’S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022.
Romi Moondi’s 24 HOURS IN PARIS from W by Wattpad Books on 5/10/2022
All bets are off in the City of Light . . . where life and love can change in less than a day. As they spend twenty-four hours exploring Paris in all its beauty, Mira realizes that she and Jake have more in common than they thought, and he may turn out to be the best thing she discovers in the City of Love.
Amy Lea’s SET ON YOU from Penguin Random House - Berkley Publisher on 5/10/2022
A gym nemesis pushes a fitness influencer to the max in Amy Lea's steamy debut romantic comedy. Bonding over family, fitness, and cheesy pick-up lines, Crystal just might have found her swolemate. But when a photo of them goes viral, savage internet trolls put their budding relationship to the ultimate test of strength.
Ren Hutchings’ UNDER FORTUNATE STARS from Solaris/Rebellion on 5/10/2022
Two ships. One chance to save the future. Fleeing the final days of the generations-long war, a smuggler freighter breaks down in a strange rift in deep space. But when it's rescued by a research vessel, the crews of both ships may be at stake. A modern, progressive homage to classic space opera stories, with flawed heroes and time travel.
Caron McKinlay’s THE STORYTELLERS from Bloodhound Books on 5/16/2022
Trapped between life and the afterlife, three women meet and share their stories while discovering the truth about the men in their lives—and about themselves. Will they find the answer to the ultimate question: what is love?
Jessica Payne’s MAKE ME DISAPPEAR from Bookouture (Hachette) on 5/16/2022
The story of a woman who arranges her own kidnapping to escape her narcissistic, sociopath boyfriend, but when things don't go quite as planned, instead of running, she turns the tables in order to beat him at his own twisted game, pitched in the vein of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen meets Caroline Kepnes's YOU.
KC Jones’ BLACK TIDE from Tor/Nightfire on 5/31/2022
It was just another day at the beach. And then the world ended. A character-driven science fiction/horror novel that explores what happens to two strangers stranded in a car on the Oregon coast after a cataclysmic event leaves the world crawling with nightmares.
SL Choi’s BAD GIRLS DRINK BLOOD from City Owl Press on 5/17/2022
Part sun fae, part blood fae, all abomination. There is only one hybrid fae in existence, and that dishonor goes to Lane Callaghan. After a routine job goes sideways, Lane must choose—return home to save the fae bastards that almost killed her, or let them burn.
Chelsea Abdullah’s THE STARDUST THIEF from Hachette/Orbit on 5/17/2022
Inspired by stories from One Thousand and One Nights, this book weaves together the gripping tale of a legendary smuggler, a cowardly prince, and a dangerous quest across the desert to find a legendary, magical lamp.
Francesca Tacchi’s LET THE MOUNTAINS BE MY GRAVE from Neon Hemlock Press on 5/17/2022
A wild, pulpy ride through 1944 Italy―packed with killing Nazis, kissing boys and an ancient snake goddess. Veleno is the perfect person to recover a strange weapon the Nazis are planning to use against the Allies in the battle of Montecassino, but doing so may force him to confront his death differently than he expects.
Emily Bergslien and Kat Weaver’s UNCOMMON CHARM from Neon Hemlock Press on 5/17/2022
In the 1920s gothic comedy Uncommon Charm, bright young socialite Julia and shy Jewish magician Simon decide they aren’t beholden to their families’ unhappy history. Together they confront such horrors as murdered ghosts, alive children, magic philosophy, and, worst of all, serious adult conversation.
Maggie Sims’ SOPHIA'S SCHOOLING from The Wild Rose Press - Scarlet Rose on 5/23/2022
A clandestine meeting risks a scandal. Only marriage to a reluctant bridegroom can save Sophia’s reputation. But perhaps the School of Enlightenment can give her an education in love.
Kathleen Donnelly’s CHASING JUSTICE from Carina Press on 5/24/2022
After losing her military K-9, former marine Maya Thompson swears she’ll never work with dogs again. But when she returns home to Colorado and accepts a job with U.S. Forest Service law enforcement, fate brings K-9 Juniper into her life just as another tragedy unfolds.
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Curated and posted by: Anna Kopp