Send off summer with a bang and check out these 25 debut books coming out in August!
We begin with 4 great Middle Grade reads.
Janelle McCurdy’s MIA AND THE LIGHTCASTERS from Faber Children's on 8/4/2022
A fresh, action-packed, magical middle-grade adventure, Mia and the Lightcasters is the first in a bold, cinematic, commercial new series, perfect for fans of Pokemon, Nevermoor and The Last Kids on Earth.
Emily Seo’s THE SCIENCE OF BOYS from Tradewind Books on 8/15/2022
The Science of Boys is about a girl struggling to fit in who uses her science mind to improve her social life. What she discovers is that fitting in is not the same as belonging. A story of family and friendship interlaced with science concepts.
Refe Tuma’s FRANCES AND THE MONSTER from Harper Children's/HarperCollins on 8/23/2022
Adventurous and charming, this middle grade twist on Frankenstein features a precocious main character who does just that. Perfect for fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and the Greenglass Houseseries.
Skyler Schrempp’s THREE STRIKE SUMMER from Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon and Schuster) on 8/30/2022
Sandlot meets Esperanza Rising in this lyrical middle grade novel set in the 1930s about a strong-willed girl who finds her voice in a tale of moxie, peaches, and determination to thrive despite the odds.
Next we have 11 wonderful Young Adult books.
Melissa See’s YOU, ME, AND OUR HEARTSTRINGS from Scholastic on 8/2/2022
What if the whole world was watching while you fell in love for the first time? A fresh and fun teen romance starring a girl with cerebral palsy, and a boy with severe anxiety.
Elisa A. Bonnin’s DAUNTLESS from Swoon Reads/Macmillan on 8/2/2022
A teen girl must bring together two broken worlds in order to save her nation in this lush, Filipino-inspired young adult fantasy novel from debut author Elisa A. Bonnin.
Cristina Fernandez’s HOW TO DATE A SUPERHERO (AND NOT DIE TRYING) from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen on 8/2/2022
A romantic coming-of-age story about growing up, falling in love, and surviving life—all set in the world of superheroes—from debut author Cristina Fernandez, proving that you don’t need a superpower to be the hero of your own origin story, perfect for fans of The Rest of Us Just Live Here and Renegades.
Francesca M Padilla’s WHAT'S COMING TO ME from Soho Press/Soho Teen on 8/2/2022
Seventeen-year-old Minerva Gutiérrez plans revenge on her predatory boss in this equally poignant and thrilling contemporary YA about grief, anger, and fighting for what you deserve.
Sathya Achia’s IN MY HANDS from Ravens & Roses Publishing on 8/8/2022
After the death of her mother, 16-year-old Chandra S. Chengappa reluctantly leaves small-town Virginia for the jungles of India to find the weapon of a Hindu Goddess to destroy the demon hell-bent on obliterating her ancestral home.
Allyson Dahlin’s CAKE EATER from HarperTeen on 8/9/2022
Decadent, thrilling, and romantic, this Black Mirror-esque retelling of the reign of one Marie Antoinette is perfect for fans of The Belles and American Royals. Cake Eater will take readers to a dazzling world full of breathless luxuries, deadly secrets, and a thrilling romance that attempts to rewrite history itself.
Rimma Onoseta’s HOW YOU GROW WINGS from Algonquin Young Readers on 8/9/2022
An emotionally riveting novel for fans of Ibi Zoboi and Erika L. Sánchez about two sisters in Nigeria on their journey to break free of an oppressive home. Debut author Rimma Onoseta deftly explores classism, colorism, cycles of abuse, and how loyalty doesn’t always come attached to love.
Britney S. Lewis’ THE UNDEAD TRUTH OF US from Disney Hyperion on 8/9/2022
Death was everywhere. They all stared at me, bumping into one another and slowly coming forward. In this surrealist journey of grief, fear, and hope, Britney S. Lewis's debut novel explores love, zombies, and everything in between in an intoxicating amalgam of the real and the fantastic.
R.D. Stevens’ THE JOURNAL from Vulpine Press on 8/18/2022
Ethan Willis is a confused eighteen-year-old who struggles with the depth and uncertainty of life. It's been six months since Charlotte, his free-spirited sister, disappeared in Cambodia. In a last desperate attempt to find her, he sets off to follow her trail around Southeast Asia.
Aaron H. Aceves’ THIS IS WHY THEY HATE US from Simon & Schuster BFYR on 8/23/2022
This fun, irreverent summer romp is Netflix’s Never Have I Ever meets What If It’s Us about a high school senior determined to get over his unrequited feelings for his best friend by getting under someone else.
Charlene Thomas’ SETON GIRLS from Dutton/Penguin RandomHouse on 8/30/2022
A smart and twisty debut YA that starts off like Friday Night Lights and ends with the power and insight of Dear White People.
And last but not least, 10 amazing Adult debuts.
Lisa Williamson Rosenberg’s EMBERS ON THE WIND from Little A Books on 8/1/2022
The past and the present converge in this enthralling, serpentine tale of women connected by motherhood, slavery’s legacy, and histories that span centuries.
Noué Kirwan’s LONG PAST SUMMER from HQN Books/HarperCollins on 8/2/2022
It's hard to move on from a broken heart—and harder to move on from a broken friendship. With flashbacks to summers of first loves and fragile friendships, Long Past Summer looks at the delicate and powerful thread that binds and breaks friends and flames.
Amy L. Bernstein’s THE POTRERO COMPLEX from Regal House Publishing on 8/2/2022
A teenager is missing, and it falls to Journalist Rags Goldner to fight the forces of apathy, paranoia, and creeping fascism to learn the shocking truth about Effie Rutter’s fate—and the fate of thousands like her.
Victor Manibo’s THE SLEEPLESS from Erewhon Books on 8/2/2022
In a near-future New York City where a minority of the population has lost the need for sleep, a journalist fights to uncover the truth behind his boss’s murder on the eve of a sinister corporate takeover—while his own Sleeplessness spirals out of control.
Sunyi Dean’s THE BOOK EATERS from Tor Books (Macmillan) on 8/2/2022
Devon, a Book Eater forced into arranged marriages, gives birth to a Mind Eater and loves her son so fiercely she becomes a monster herself to save him from her family’s violent ways.
Shamiso M. Lezard’s THE LOST CANTRELL from Wild Rose Press on 8/3/2022
A luxury hotel, a mysterious guest, a secret organization...and a girl caught in the middle. All that stood between her and death was a pendant she received by chance.
Jen Devon’s BEND TOWARD THE SUN from St. Martin's Griffin on 8/9/2022
Jen Devon's Bend Toward the Sun is a gorgeous, emotional love story about taking unexpected paths, accepting loss, and finding strength in the transformative power of love.
Naseem Jamnia’s THE BRUISING OF QILWA from Tachyon Publication on 8/9/2022
In this intricately layered debut fantasy, a nonbinary refugee practitioner of blood magic discovers a strange disease causing political rifts in their new homeland. Persian-American author Naseem Jamnia has crafted a gripping narrative with a moving, nuanced exploration of immigration, gender, healing, and family.
Annie Kirby’s THE HOLLOW SEA from Penguin Michael Joseph (UK) on 8/18/2022
THE HOLLOW SEA is a literary fiction novel exploring themes of involuntary childlessness, mother-daughter relationships, reconnection with nature, grief and recovery.
Courtney Kae’s IN THE EVENT OF LOVE from Kensington and Headline Eternal on 8/30/2022
Offering a steamy, queer spin on the feel-good tropes of a Hallmark movie, this sweet, funny #OwnVoices rom-com is perfect for fans of Casey McQuiston and Alexandria Bellefleur!
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Curated and posted by: Anna Kopp