The #22Debuts have 32 new MG, YA, and Adult releases for you this month.
As always, we start with nine Middle Grade books.
Elizabeth Agyemang’s FIBBED from Razorbill on 6/7/2022
A magical middle-grade graphic novel about a girl who doesn’t lie but no one believes, and who winds up tangled in the web of a trickster spider of Ghanaian lore, Ananse.
Erik Jon Slangerup’s MOLLY AND THE MACHINE from Aladdin / Simon & Schuster on 6/7/2022
Perfect for fans of Stuart Gibbs and James Ponti, this hilarious and poignant middle grade sci-fi adventure set in 1980s Ohio follows a young girl who makes incredible discoveries about family and belonging while chasing a kidnapping robot.
Michael Leali’s THE CIVIL WAR OF AMOS ABERNATHY from HarperCollins on 6/7/2022
A heartfelt debut novel about a boy’s attempt to find himself in the history he loves. Told in an earnest, hilarious voice, this love letter to history, first crushes, and LGBTQ+ community will delight readers of Ashley Herring Blake, Alex Gino, or Maulik Pancholy.
Tom Phillips’ THE CURIOUS LEAGUE OF DETECTIVES AND THIEVES: EGYPT'S FIRE from Pixel + Ink on 6/7/2022
Follow the world’s greatest detective you’ve never heard of in this madcap middle grade mystery for fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Enola Holmes. A love letter to classic middle grade, Egypt's Fire introduces a remarkable new duo that will steal your heart as surely as it leaves you begging for their next grand adventure.
Emi Watanabe Cohen’s THE LOST RYŪ from Levine Querido on 6/7/2022
In post-WWII Japan, Kohei Fujiwara must team up with his new neighbor, a mixed Jewish/Japanese girl, to search for the truth behind his family history and the disappearance of the giant dragons that fought in the war.
Tọlá Okogwu’s ONYEKA AND THE ACADEMY OF THE SUN from Simon & Schuster/ Margaret K. McElderry Books on 6/9/2022
Black Panther meets X-Men in this action-packed and empowering middle grade adventure about a British Nigerian girl who learns that her Afro hair has psychokinetic powers—perfect for fans of Amari and the Night Brothers, The Marvellers, and Rick Riordan!
Maggie Edkins Willis’ SMALLER SISTER from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press on 6/14/2022
Maggie Edkins Willis's Smaller Sister is a debut middle grade graphic novel about body image, confidence, and the everlasting bond of sisterhood.
Sylvia Liu’s HANA HSU AND THE GHOST CRAB NATION from Razorbill/PRH on 6/21/2022
Perfect for fans of Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, this thrilling, cinematic sci-fi novel follows Hana Hsu’s mission to save herself—and her friends—from a dangerous plot to control their minds.
Lora Senf’s THE CLACKITY from Atheneum/S&S on 6/28/2022
Reminiscent of Doll Bones, this deliciously eerie middle grade novel tells the story of a girl who must enter a world of ghosts, witches, and monsters to play a game with deadly consequences and rescue her aunt.
Now we have 13 Young Adult releases.
Rachel Menard’s GAME OF STRENGTH AND STORM from Flux/NorthStar on 6/7/2022
A gender-bent Hercules retelling set in the fictional island kingdom of Olympia. 17-year-old Gen has to complete the better half of 10 near-impossible labors before the storm-wielding Castor in order to save her father from prison.
Brian D. Kennedy’s A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins on 6/7/2022
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.
Andrew Joseph White’s HELL FOLLOWED WITH US from Peachtree Publishing/ Peachtree Teen on 6/7/2022
Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him. A furious, queer debut novel about embracing the monster within and unleashing its power against your oppressors. Perfect for fans of Gideon the Ninth and Annihilation.
Marisa Urgo’s THE GRAVITY OF MISSING THINGS from Entangled Teen on 6/7/2022
This #OwnVoices debut contemporary YA novel follows a bi teen who has to juggle first love and a family secret when her pilot mother's plane mysteriously vanishes, leaving her mother as the prime suspect. A pitch-perfect and inclusive coming-of-age drama perfect for fans of Kathleen Glasgow.
Susan Crispell’s THE HOLLOWAY GIRLS from Sourcebooks Fire on 6/7/2022
A kiss from a Holloway girl is supposed to be good luck. But for sixteen-year-old Remy, the kissing season turns out to be a curse. Because when your kiss is good luck, the wrong kiss could change everything...
XiXi Tian’s THIS PLACE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL from HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray on 6/7/2022
Two sisters. A shocking racist incident. The summer that will change both of their lives forever. A beautiful and powerful story about race, family, and the secrets we keep.
Jesmeen Kaur Deo’s TJ POWAR HAS SOMETHING TO PROVE from Viking / Penguin Random House on 6/7/2022
When TJ Powar—a pretty, popular debater—and her cousin Simran become the subject of a meme: with TJ being the “expectation” of dating an Indian girl and her Sikh cousin who does not remove her body hair being the “reality”—TJ decides to take a stand.
Becky Dean’s LOVE & OTHER GREAT EXPECTATIONS from Delacorte Press/PRH on 6/14/2022
An American girl embarks on a competitive scavenger hunt in England--and along the way, meets up with a bookish British boy who can't help her with the clues . . . but might make the trip take some unexpected turns.
Melissa Karibian’s A SONG OF SILVER AND GOLD from Hansen House on 6/15/2022
A sapphic Little Mermaid retelling perfect for fans of To Kill a Kingdom and The Shadows Between Us. A princess disguises herself as a captain to avenge the death of her brother and eradicate the sirens that plague their waters, but falls for a banished siren warrior.
Naz Kutub’s THE LOOPHOLE from Bloomsbury on 6/21/2022
A gay Muslim boy travels the world for a second chance at love after a possibly magical heiress grants him three wishes in this YA debut that's Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda with a twist of magic. Naz Kutub's debut weaves an engrossing whirlwind of an adventure with a journey to find love, home, and family.
Molly Horan’s EPICALLY EARNEST from HMH on 6/21/2022
In this delightfully romantic LGBTQ+ comedy-of-errors inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, a high school senior works up the courage to ask her long-time crush to prom, all while deciding if she should look for her bio family.
Juliana Goodman’s THE BLACK GIRLS LEFT STANDING from Macmillan / Feiwel & Friends on 6/28/2022
Sixteen-year-old Beau Willet has dreams of being an artist, but after her older sister, Katia, is killed by an off-duty police officer, Beau knows she has to clear her sister’s name by finding the only witness to the murder; Katia’s no-good boyfriend, Jordan, who has gone missing.
Emily Thiede’s THIS VICIOUS GRACE from Wednesday Books on 6/28/2022
Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches. Emily Thiede's exciting fantasy debut, This Vicious Grace, will keep readers turning the pages until the devastating conclusion and leave them primed for more!
And last but not least, ten Adult debuts.
Natalie Caña’s A PROPOSAL THEY CAN'T REFUSE from MIRA Books on 6/7/2022
Natalie Caña turns up the heat, humor, and heart in her debut rom-com about a Puerto Rican chef and an Irish-American whiskey distiller forced into a fake engagement by their scheming octogenarian grandfathers.
Meredith Schorr’s AS SEEN ON TV from Grand Central, Forever on 6/7/2022
Fans of the Hallmark Channel and Gilmore Girls will adore this delightful rom‑com about a city girl who goes in search of small-town happiness, only to discover life—and love—are nothing like the TV movies.
Gillian Libby’s FOUR WAYS TO WEAR A DRESS from Sourcebooks on 6/7/2022
Gillian Libby brings you a bright, sexy, and hopeful story about friendship, self-discovery and acceptance, and fighting for your own happiness, even if it looks a little different than everyone else's.
Maya Deane’s WRATH GODDESS SING from HarperCollins/William Morrow on 6/7/2022
Drawing on ancient texts and modern archeology to reveal the trans woman’s story hidden underneath the well-known myths of The Iliad, Maya Deane’s Wrath Goddess Sing weaves a compelling, pitilessly beautiful vision of Achilles’ vanished world, perfect for fans of Song of Achilles and the Inheritance trilogy.
Ava Wilder’s HOW TO FAKE IT IN HOLLYWOOD from Bantam Dell/PRH on 6/14/2022
A talented Hollywood starlet and a reclusive A-lister enter into a fake relationship . . . and discover that their feelings might be more than a PR stunt in this sexy debut for fans of Beach Read and The Unhoneymooners.
Chloe Timms’ THE SEAWOMEN from Hodder Studio on 6/14/2022
The Seawomen are taught to be the evils of the deep surrounding Eden's Isle, but in time Esta finds out the real evil is in the hearts of men in this magical, debut novel.
Colleen McKeegan’s THE WILD ONE from HarperCollins/Harper on 6/14/2022
In this dark and twisted coming-of-age thriller, a deadly summer camp secret that binds three women threatens to destroy their adult lives.
Shirlene Obuobi ‘s ON ROTATION from AVON/ HARPER COLLINS on 6/21/2022
For fans of Grey’s Anatomy and Seven Days in June, this dazzling debut novel by Shirlene Obuobi explores that time in your life when you must decide what you want, how to get it, & who you are, all while navigating love, friendship, and the realization that the path you’re traveling is going to be a bumpy ride.
Saara El-Arifi’s THE FINAL STRIFE from Penguin Random House and HarperCollins on 6/21/2022
In the first book of a visionary fantasy trilogy with its roots in the mythology of Africa and Arabiathat “sings of rebellion, love, and the courage it takes to stand up to tyranny” (Samantha Shannon, author of The Priory of the Orange Tree), three women band together against a cruel empire that divides people by blood.
John Teschner’s PROJECT NAMAHANA from Forge/Macmillan on 6/28/2022
Two men, unified by a string of disappearances and deaths, search for answers―and salvation―in the jungles of Kaua‘I, all the while, exploring the question of how corporate executives could be responsible for evil things without, presumably, being evil themselves.
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Post curated and written by: Anna Kopp