Start your spring reading with this list of March 2022 debuts for all ages.
We start out with eight wonderful Middle Grade reads:
Katryn Bury’s DREW LECLAIR GETS A CLUE from Harper Collins/Clarion on 3/1/22
In this modern take on Harriet the Spy, 12-year-old Drew uses her true crime expertise to catch the cyberbully in her school—only to discover that family, friendship, and identity are the hardest mysteries to solve.
Erika Lewis’s KELCIE MURPHY AND THE ACADEMY FOR THE UNBREAKABLE ARTS from Macmillan/Starscape/Tor Teen on 3/1/2022
Brimming with Celtic mythology, action, and danger, Erika Lewis's Kelcie Murphy and The Academy for the Unbreakable Arts introduces readers to a new kind of magical school and a warrior who must choose with which side of an epic battle her destiny will lie.
Dee Hahn’s THE GRAVE THIEF from Tundra Books/Penguin Random House on 3/1/2022
A twelve-year-old grave thief gets caught up in a royal heist in this compelling middle-grade fantasy in the vein of Kelley Armstrong's A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying.
Lin Thompson’s THE BEST LIARS IN RIVERVIEW from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 3/8/2022
In the woods of a small Kentucky town, Aubrey sets off on a journey about growing up, self-discovery, and acceptance while searching for their missing best friend—perfect for fans of King and the Dragonflies and Three Times Lucky.
Alexis Castellanos’s ISLA TO ISLAND from Atheneum Books for Young Readers on 3/15/2022
This stunning wordless graphic novel follows a young girl in the 1960s who immigrates from Cuba to the United States and must redefine what home means to her.
Monica Roe’s AIR from FSG/Macmillan on 3/15/2022
An action-packed, empowering middle grade novel about a girl who has to speak up when her wheelchair motocross dreams get turned upside down.
Andy Sagar’s YESTERDAY CRUMB AND THE STORM IN A TEACUP from Hachette Children's Group on 3/17/2022
The first in a new fantasy series for readers aged 8-12, about a girl with fox ears who has never fitted in. With adventure and magic in every teacup, this is perfect for fans of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency and Starfell.
Sonja Thomas’s SIR FIG NEWTON AND THE SCIENCE OF PERSISTENCE from Simon & Schuster/Aladdin by 3/22/2022
From the Desk of Zoe Washington meets Ways to Make Sunshine in this heartfelt middle grade novel about a determined young girl who must rely on her ingenuity and scientific know-how to save her beloved cat.
Follow up with 17 great Young Adult books:
Naomi Gibson’s EVERY LINE OF YOU from Scholastic on 3/1/2022
In the face of overwhelming grief and bullying, tech-savvy Lydia pours all of herself into creating the perfect AI, the perfect boyfriend-but will Henry turn out to be perfect, or a creation of her cruelest self?
Joy L. Smith’s TURNING from Simon & Schuster/Denene Millner Books on 3/1/2022
In this raw, searingly honest debut young adult novel, a former aspiring ballerina must confront her past in order to move forward from a devastating fall that leaves her without the use of her legs.
Charles A. Bush’s EVERY VARIABLE OF US from Flux Books on 3/1/2022
After Philly teenager Alexis Duncan is injured in a gang shooting, her dreams of a college scholarship and pro basketball career vanish in an instant. To avoid becoming another Black teen trapped in her poverty-stricken neighborhood, she shifts her focus to the school's STEM team, but just as her future starts to reform, Alexis’s own doubts and old loyalties pull her back into harm’s way.
Aneesa Marufu’s THE BALLOON THIEF from Chicken House on 3/3/2022
A commercial, thrilling and beautifully uplifting fantasy adventure, The Balloon Thief follows Khadija and Jacob’s battle for friendship in a society plagued by racism and misogyny. For fans of Noughts & Crosses and We Hunt the Flame.
Tamara Girardi’s GRIDIRON GIRL from Wise Wolf Books on 3/3/2022
Fun friendships, high school romance, and intense competition are at the heart of book one in Tamara Girardi’s swoon-worthy, young-adult contemporary series.
Lillie Lainoff’s ONE FOR ALL from FSG (Macmillan) on 3/8/2022
One for All is an OwnVoices, gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers, in which a girl with a chronic illness trains as a Musketeer and uncovers secrets, sisterhood, and self-love.
Laura Gao’s MESSY ROOTS: GRAPHIC MEMOIR OF A WUHANESE-AMERICAN from HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray on 3/8/2022
A TOUR DE FORCE of graphic memoir storytelling about growing up a queer Chinese-American immigrant in Texas. In Messy Roots, Laura illustrates her coming-of-age as a girl who simply wants to make the basketball team, escape Chinese school, and figure out why girls make her heart flutter.
Deborah Falaye’s BLOOD SCION form HarperCollins / HarperTeen on 3/8/2022
A young girl with forbidden powers must free her people from oppression in this richly layered epic fantasy from debut author Deborah Falaye, inspired by Yoruba-Nigerian mythology and perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and An Ember in the Ashes.
Erik J. Brown’s ALL THAT'S LEFT IN THE WORLD from HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray on 3/8/2022
What If It's Us meets Life as We Knew It in this postapocalyptic, queer YA adventure romance from debut author Erik J. Brown. Perfect for fans of Adam Silvera and Alex London.
Heather Kamins’s THE MOTH GIRL from Putnam/PRH on 3/8/2022
From debut author Heather Kamins comes a beautiful and evocative story about one girl’s journey of choosing who she wants to be--in a life she never planned for.
JC Peterson’s BEING MARY BENNET from HarperTeen on 3/15/2022
With a hilariously sharp voice, a sweet and fulfilling romance that features a meet-cute in an animal shelter, and a big family that revels in causing big problems, this charming comedy of errors about a girl who resolves to become the main character of her own story (at any and all costs), is perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Becky Albertalli…and Jane Austen, of course.
Humayun Khan’s WRONG SIDE OF THE COURT from Penguin Teen on 3/15/2022
Fifteen-year-old Fawad has big dreams about being the world's first Pakistani to be drafted into the NBA. A first-generation Pakistani coming-of-age story for fans of David Yoon and Ben Philippe.
Ann Fraistat’s WHAT WE HARVEST from Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House on 3/15/2022
For fans of Wilder Girls comes a nightmarish debut guaranteed to keep you up through the night, about an idyllic small town poisoned by its past, and one girl who must fight the strange disease that's slowly claiming everyone she loves.
Skye Quinlan’s FORWARD MARCH from Page Street Kids on 3/22/2022
With her dad’s campaign on the line, Harper’s relationship with her family at stake, and no idea who made her a gay fake dating profile, Harper has to decide what’s more important to her: living her truth or becoming the First Daughter of America.
Stacy Stokes’s REMEMBER ME GONE from Penguin Random House / Viking on 3/22/2022
Lucy Miller’s family has the unique ability to remove people’s painful memories—but Lucy isn’t prepared for truths she will uncover in this twisty speculative thriller, perfect for fans of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Neal Shusterman.
Judy I. Lin’s A MAGIC STEEPED IN POISON from Feiwel & Friends on 3/29/2022
When Ning accidentally poisons her mother, she enters a competition to save her sister from the same fate. But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.
Kayla Cottingham’s MY DEAREST DARKEST from Sourcebooks Fire on 3/29/2022
Wilder Girls meets The Craft in this Sapphic horror debut that asks: what price would you be willing to pay to achieve your deepest desires?
And lastly, we have 15 fantastic Adult books:
Liz Scheier’s NEVER SIMPLE from Henry Holt/Macmillan on 3/1/2022
Liz Scheier’s darkly funny and touching memoir—with shades of Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle and Mira Bartók’s The Memory Palace—of growing up in ’90s Manhattan with a brilliant, mendacious single mother.
Jen Comfort’s THE ASTRONAUT AND THE STAR from Montlake on 3/1/2022
An out-of-this-world romantic comedy featuring an astronaut tasked with training a Hollywood actor for a space flick.
Mazey Eddings’s A BRUSH WITH LOVE from St. Martin's Griffin on 3/1/2022
Mazey Eddings’ debut A Brush with Love explores the nuances of falling in love while having a mental illness. Balancing hilariously awkward hijinks with moments of emotional vulnerability, ABWL portrays the absurdity of modern dating, the reality of sexism in medical careers, and how love can undo even the most carefully laid plans.
Lizzie Pook’s MOONLIGHT AND THE PEARLER'S DAUGHTER from Pan Macmillan / Mantle on 3/3/2022
A gloriously rich and wonderfully assured debut, Moonlight and the Pearler's Daughter is set in a mesmerizing yet unforgiving land, where both profit and peril lie deep beneath the ocean's surface.
Khan Wong’s THE CIRCUS INFINITE from Angry Robot Books on 3/8/2022
A circus takes down a crime-boss on the galaxy’s infamous pleasure moon in this found-family tale.
Maggie Smith’s TRUTH AND OTHER LIES from Ten16 Press on 3/8/2022
Readers who love Jodi Picoult’s topical plot twists and Liane Moriarty’s character-driven novels will devour this fast-paced tale of three women whose lives converge as one fights a devastating accusation, another campaigns for a contested seat in Congress, and one, the young reporter with ties to both, navigates the tricky line between secrets and lies.
Allegra Hyde’s ELEUTHERIA from Vintage on 3/8/2022
~A story of idealism, activism, and systemic corruption, centered on a naïve young woman’s quest for agency in a world ravaged by climate change.~
Stephanie Vanderslice’s THE LOST SON from Regal House Publishing on 3/14/2022
How does a mother survive the unsurvivable? After her husband and the baby’s nurse kidnap her infant son, Nicholas, and take him back to their native Germany, Julia Kruse must completely rebuild her life in America. The Lost Son chronicles Julia’s journey.
Jinny Alexander’s DEAR ISOBEL from Creative James Media on 3/15/2022
Two marriages. A bucket full of dreams and a pile of broken hearts. A raw, soul-baring, relatable depiction of the fallout and recovery from an affair and its effect on both families, told from one woman's bias.
Caitlin Barasch’s A NOVEL OBSESSION from Dutton/PRH on 3/15/2022
A wry and bold debut novel, which is at once an irresistible catastrophe waiting to happen and an unflinching exploration of how we narrate the stories of our lives, as an aspiring novelist finds herself stalking—and writing about—her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend.
Joan Long’s THE FINALIST from Level Best Books on 3/15/2022
After a single mom enters a competition to complete a famous author's novel, she finds herself stranded on an island with a killer.
Cara Bertoia’s CASINO QUEEN from Wild Rose Press on 3/16/2022
Caroline Popov, alone, heartbroken, and deeply in debt ends up in glamorous Palm Springs, California where Native casinos have just opened, offering employment to thousands. In the process of rediscovering her inner strength, she learns, you have to gamble like your life depends on it. Because it often does.
Becca Day’s THE GIRL BEYOND THE GATE from Embla/Bonnier Books on 3/22/2022
One child. Two women fighting to protect her. Sometimes being right can be deadly. When a murder shocks The Grove, Jodie vows to do everything in her power to save her daughter Lacey from her mother. But as more secrets emerge from Norah's shadowy past, Jodie is faced with the unthinkable - Norah's not so different to herself, and neither woman is innocent.
Ally Wilkes’s ALL THE WHITE SPACES from Atria / Emily Bestler Books on 3/29/2022
Something deadly and mysterious stalks the members of an isolated polar expedition in this haunting and spellbinding historical horror novel, perfect for fans of Dan Simmons’s The Terror and Alma Katsu’s The Hunger.
Francesca May’s WILD & WICKED THINGS from Hachette/Orbit on 3/29/2022
In the aftermath of World War I, a naive woman is swept into a glittering world filled with dark magic, romance, and murder in this lush and decadent debut.