Get ready, because there are 31 books coming out this July!
We start with 7 wonderful Middle Grade reads.
M.T. Khan’s NURA AND THE IMMORTAL PALACE from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 7/5/2022
Aru Shah and the End of Time meets Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away in this mesmerizing portal fantasy that takes readers into the little-known world of Jinn. Set in a rural industrial town in Pakistan and full of hope, heart, and humor, Nura and the Immortal Palace is inspired by M.T. Khan’s own Pakistani Muslim heritage.
Linda Epstein’s REPAIRING THE WORLD from Aladdin/S&S on 7/5/2022
A young girl grapples with her grief over a tragic loss with the help of a new perspective from Hebrew school and supportive new friends in this heartfelt middle grade novel about learning to look forward.
Rachel Faturoti’s SADÉ AND HER SHADOW BEASTS from Hachette on 7/7/2022
For fans of ONWARD and A Monster Calls, this is an unmissable illustrated story about grief and love for young readers 9 and up. A story about a girl dealing with the death of a parent - with the help of a school support group and a colourful world only she can see.
Reese Eschmann’s ETTA INVINCIBLE from Aladdin/Simon & Schuster on 7/12/2022
In this touching debut middle grade novel, a girl with hearing loss and a boy adjusting to life in a new country connect through their love of comics and get entangled in their own fantastical adventure.
Melissa Dassori’s JR SILVER WRITES HER WORLD from Little, Brown/Christy Ottaviano Books on 7/19/2022
What if you could write your dreams into reality with the stroke of a pen? With a pinch of magic, mystery, art history, and language arts woven into a journey of growth and self-confidence, this promising debut is a heartfelt and satisfying tribute to the power of words.
Darcy Marks’ GROUNDED FOR ALL ETERNITY from Simon & Schuster/Aladdin on 7/26/2022
A group of kids from hell come to Earth on one of the craziest nights of the year—Halloween—in this snarky, witty middle grade adventure about teamwork, friendship, shattering expectations, and understanding the world (or otherworld) around us.
Derrick Chow’s RAVENOUS THINGS from Disney-Hyperion on 7/26/2022
Ravenous Things is a creepy reimagining of the Pied Piper. This book will be especially terrifying for readers who fear changeling rats, labyrinthine subway tunnels, impenetrable darkness, and strangers who make improbable promises.
Now we have 13 great Young Adult debuts.
Sunya Mara’s THE DARKENING from Clarion / HarperCollins on 7/5/2022
In this thrilling and epic YA fantasy debut, the only hope for a city trapped in the eye of a cursed storm lies with the daughter of failed revolutionaries and a prince terrified of his throne.
Jeff Bishop’s A HEAVY DOSE OF ALLISON TANDY from Penguin/Putnam on 7/12/2022
You’ve Reached Sam meets John Hughes in a funny and heartfelt debut about a boy’s delirious summertime quest with his ex-girlfriend. Brimming with honesty and humor, A Heavy Dose of Allison Tandy interrogates how much control we really have over matters of love—and life.
Elizabeth Kilcoyne’s WAKE THE BONES from Macmillan/Wednesday on 7/12/2022
The sleepy little farm that Laurel Early grew up on has awakened. The woods are shifting, the soil is dead under her hands, and her bone pile just stood up and walked away. Elizabeth Kilcoyne’s Wake the Bones is a dark, atmospheric debut about the complicated feelings that arise when the place you call home becomes hostile.
Lindsay S. Zrull’s GOTH GIRL, QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE from Flux / North Star on 7/19/2022
Bounced between foster homes since the age of seven, Jessica knows better than to set down roots —until a woman claiming to be her biological mother barges into her DMs. Jess will have to decide whether or not chasing a dream of “family” is worth risking the family she’s built for herself.
Melissa See’s YOU, ME, AND OUR HEARTSTRINGS from Scholastic on 7/19/2022
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.
Sarah M. Daniels’ THE STRANDED from PRH on 7/21/2022
A gripping near-future thriller: love triangles, betrayals and fights for freedom in a world turned upside-down... the tension of Suzanne Collins meets the heartbreak of Malorie Blackman, with echoes of Station Eleven.
Benjamin Roesch’s BLOWIN' MY MIND LIKE A SUMMER BREEZE from Deep Hearts YA on 7/22/2022
Fifteen-year-old Rainey Cobb never thought meeting someone could actually change her life. But, then again, she’s never met anyone like Juliet. If she doesn’t leap now, she might be stuck forever in a life she didn’t choose…and always wonder who she could have been.
Anna Gracia’s BOYS I KNOW from Peachtree Publishing/Peachtree Teen on 7/26/2022
A high school senior navigates messy boys and messier relationships in this bitingly funny and much-needed look into the overlap of Asian American identity and teen sexuality. A modern Judy Blume meets Jenny Han, Boys I Know is a raw and realistic look into the lives of teen girls.
Amanda Quain’s ACCOMPLISHED from Macmillan/Wednesday Books on 7/26/2022
Georgiana Darcy gets the Pride & Prejudice retelling she deserves in Amanda Quain's Accomplished, a sparkling contemporary YA featuring a healthy dose of marching band romance, endless banter, and Charles Bingley as a ripped frat boy.
Serena Kaylor’s LONG STORY SHORT from Wednesday/Macmillian on 7/26/2022
In Serena Kaylor's sparkling debut, a homeschooled math genius finds herself out of her element at a theater summer camp and learns that life―and love―can’t be lived by the (text)book.
Lane Clarke’s LOVE TIMES INFINITY from Little, Brown/Poppy on 7/26/2022
High school junior Michie is struggling to define who she is for her scholarship essays, her big shot at making it into Brown as a first-generation college student. The swoon of Nicola Yoon meets the emotional punch of Elizabeth Acevedo in this breakout debut novel that answers big questions about identity, family, and love.
S. Isabelle’s THE WITCHERY from Scholastic on 7/26/2022
At a coven academy in Florida, four witches, all with secrets of their own, prepare to protect the town of Haelsford from the seasonal onslaught of bloodthirsty wolves, scheming to break the curse once and for all.
Gina Chen’s VIOLET MADE OF THORNS from Delacorte/PRH on 7/26/2022
A darkly enchanting fantasy debut about a morally gray witch, a cursed prince, and a prophecy that ignites their fate-twisted destinies—perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and Serpent & Dove.
Last but not least, we bring you 11 exceptional Adult books.
Clay Harmon’s FLAMES OF MIRA from Rebellion Publishing on 7/5/2022
Among the volcanoes beneath Mira’s frozen lands, people like Ig are forced to undergo life-threatening trials that bind chemical elements to the human body. An epic new fantasy in a world of ice, magma and magic!
Deb Rogers’ FLORIDA WOMAN from Hanover Square Press/HarperCollins on 7/5/2022
A gleefully dark and entertaining debut for fans of Kevin Wilson and Karen Russell, about one young woman’s sensational summer at a Floridian wildlife center for exotic monkeys.
Sarah Priscus’ GROUPIES from William Morrow/HarperCollins on 7/12/2022
In a debut perfect for fans of Daisy Jones & The Six, Mary Jane, and The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, Sarah Priscus shines a bright light on the grungy yet glittery world of 1970s rock 'n' roll and the women – the groupies – who unapologetically love too much in a world that doesn’t love them back.
Mia V. Moss’ MAI TAIS FOR THE LOST from Underland Press on 7/12/2022
Welcome to the city under the sea, an old-money refuge for the environmentally ravaged. Where humanity is trying to forget its past with ink-stained cocktails, designer drugs, and genetic modifications. Where Marrow Nightingale may be the last honest scoundrel.
Holly James’ NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH from Penguin Random House/Dutton on 7/12/2022
This sharp, bighearted, and magical novel tackles all the lies women are encouraged to tell just to get by in today’s world—in life, in love, and in the workplace—and the liberation that can come from telling nothing but the truth.
Katrina Monroe’s THEY DROWN OUR DAUGHTERS from Sourcebooks/Poisoned Pen Press on 7/12/2022
For fans of Jennifer McMahon and Silvia Moreno-Garcia comes a haunting and atmospheric new novel from debut author Katrina Monroe. Part queer modern gothic, part ghost story, They Drown Our Daughters explores the depths of motherhood, identity, and the lengths a woman will go to hold on to both.
Danielle Jackson’s THE ACCIDENTAL PINUP from Berkley/PRH on 7/19/2022
A rivals-to-lovers romance about a plus-size Black boudoir photographer unexpectedly becoming the model for a new lingerie brand campaign and the rival photographer who may be after her job.
Shameez Patel Papathanasiou’s THE LAST FEATHER from Flame Tree Press on 7/19/2022
South African born, debut author brings a threat-and-danger, hidden-world fantasy with touches of Suzanne Collins which fans of VE Schwab or Sarah J Maas will love.
Zac Topping’s WAKE OF WAR from Forge Books on 7/19/2022
A near-future military thriller in which a second American civil war ravages the nation, and soldiers on different sides must decide what or who they are truly fighting for.
Erin La Rosa’s FOR BUTTER OR WORSE from Harlequin/ HQN on 7/26/2022
An enemies-to-lovers mash-up of THE HATING GAME and THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF, in which two rival hosts of a massively popular cooking show have to fake a relationship to save their careers after an explosive on-air fallout, only to find their feelings for each other becoming real.
Mary McMyne’s THE BOOK OF GOTHEL from Hachette Orbit/Redhook on 7/26/2022
Everyone knows the tale of Rapunzel in her tower, but do you know the story of the witch who put her there? In the vein of Wicked, Spinning Silver, and Hild, The Book of Gothel is a dark, lush, and beautiful reimagining of Rapunzel told from the witch’s perspective, a story of motherhood, magic, and the stories we pass down to our children.
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Curated and posted by: Anna Kopp
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