Don't get spooked by these 25 amazing #22Debut books releasing in October.
We start with 7 wonderful Middle Grade reads.
George Jreije’s SHAD HADID AND THE ALCHEMISTS OF ALEXANDRIA from HarperCollins on 10/4/2022
You are invited to the Alexandria Academy. With danger at every turn and the fate of the alchemy world on the line, can Shad save his friends and defeat this sinister foe?
Maria Tureaud’s THE LAST HOPE IN HOPETOWN from Little, Brown For Young Readers on 10/4/2022
Stranger Things meets Fake Blood in this deliciously charming and spooky debut novel about one girl’s choice to save her vampire parents or do what’s right for the greater good. With her best friend by her side, Sophie will fight for hope, freedom and a family bonded by a love that’s thicker than blood.
Alexandra V. Méndez’s WHAT THE JAGUAR TOLD HER from Levine Querido on 10/11/2022
What the Jaguar Told Her is a lyrical debut about growing up in the midst of change, and a magical cultural homecoming.
Kellye Crocker’s DAD'S GIRLFRIEND AND OTHER ANXIETIES from Albert Whitman & Co. on 10/18/2022
Anxiety has always made Ava avoid the slightest risk, but plunging headfirst into danger might be just what she needs.
Maggie Horne’s HAZEL HAYES IS GONNA WIN THIS ONE from Clarion (formerly HMH, now a Harper imprint) on 10/18/2022
When 12-year-old loner Hazel learns her school's popular golden boy is sexually harassing her classmates online, and only she can prove it, she teams up with a couple of new friends to try and take him down.
Caris Avendaño Cruz’s MARIKIT AND THE OCEAN OF STARS from Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers on 10/18/2022
Inspired by Filipino folklore, the middle grade fantasy follows 11-year-old Marikit and her firefly companion as she sets off on her Diwata's Journey through the world of nature spirits, or Engkantos.
Lindsay Puckett’s THE GLASS WITCH from Scholastic on 10/18/2022
A body positive exploration of disability and complicated family dynamics.
It’s A Snicker of Magic meets Hocus Pocus with a touch of Dumplin’ for middle grade.
Next we have 10 great Young Adult books.
Rebecca Lowry Warchut’s CATASTROPHE THEORY from Woodhall Press on 10/4/2022
For everyone who has lost something, Rebecca Lowry Warchut’s YA novel Catastrophe Theory is a surreal tale about the dangers of letting one thing define us and how to find opportunity in tragedy.
Amanda Glaze’s THE SECOND DEATH OF EDIE AND VIOLET BOND from Union Square Kids on 10/4/2022
Travel beyond the veil in this thrilling and chilling supernatural debut with timely feminist themes, perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco—inspired by lives of real teenage twin mediums in the 19th century.
Harper Glenn’s MONARCH RISING from Scholastic on 10/4/2022
In a chilling near-future New United States of America, Jo Monarch has grown up in the impoverished borderlands of New Georgia. She’s given one chance to change her fate… if she can survive a boy trained to break hearts.
Brieanna Wilkoff’s I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU from Winding Road Stories on 10/4/2022
I’ll Be There for You delves into the personal journey of healing old wounds, making new friends, and how to build a future with pieces of the past and present.
Ann Liang’s IF YOU COULD SEE THE SUN from Inkyard/HarperCollins on 10/11/2022
In this genre-bending YA debut, a Chinese American girl monetizes her strange new invisibility powers by discovering and selling her wealthy classmates’ most scandalous secrets.
Emily Inouye Huey’s BENEATH THE WIDE SILK SKY from Scholastic on 10/18/2022
Stunning, devastating, poignant: debut author Emily Inouye Huey paints an intimate portrait of the racism faced by America's Japanese population during WWII. Perfect for fans of Ruta Sepetys and Sharon Cameron.
Maya Prasad’s DRIZZLE, DREAMS, AND LOVESTRUCK THINGS from Disney-Hyperion on 10/18/2022
Four sisters, four seasons, four flavors of romance. Perfect for fans of Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before, this sparkling YA rom-com celebrates sisterhood, family, and the love all around us.
Rati Mehrotra’s NIGHT OF THE RAVEN, DAWN OF THE DOVE from Wednesday Books on 10/18/2022
In Rati Mehrotra's YA fantasy novel Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove, a young guardswoman struggles with her unwitting role as a major pawn in the deadly games between two kingdoms in a monster-infested alternate medieval India.
Kelly Andrew’s THE WHISPERING DARK from Scholastic on 10/18/2022
Deaf freshman Delaney enrolls at a prestigious college that trains students to slip between worlds, but her semester gets off to a rocky start as she faces professors who won't accommodate her disability, and a mercurial upperclassman fascinated by Delaney's peculiar connection to the afterlife.
Rose Egal’s THE SEVENFOLD HUNTERS from Page Street on 10/25/2022
There's nothing hijabi alien hunter Abyan wants more than to graduate from Carlisle Academy and finally rid the Earth of the Nosaru, a species hidden in plain sight. Sci-fi fans will love this genre-bending debut full of cutthroat school politics and the speculative intrigue of alien contact.
And last but not least, 8 amazing Adult books.
Erin E. Adams’s JACKAL from Penguin Random House, Bantam Dell on 10/4/2022
JACKAL is an upmarket horror-tinged mystery pitched as The Lovely Bones meets Lovecraft Country, following a young Black woman who reluctantly returns home to small-town Appalachia. She discovers something in the nearby woods has been taking Black girls for years and now it’s snatched her best friend’s daughter.
Prince Shakur’s WHEN THEY TELL YOU TO BE GOOD from Tin House Books on 10/4/2022
A TIME, Poets & Writers, Publishers Weekly, them, The Week, Book Riot, Book and Film Globe, and Debutiful Best Book of Fall .Winner of the Hurston/Wright Crossover Award. Prince Shakur’s debut memoir brilliantly mines his radicalization and self-realization through examinations of place, childhood, queer identity, and a history of uprisings.
Helena Greer’s SEASON OF LOVE from Forever/Hachette on 10/11/2022
A queer and Jewish Hallmark-style holiday rom-com about a free-spirited bisexual artist who’s forced to return home when she inherits her family’s Christmas tree farm—and her unexpected romance with the farm’s grumpy butch manager.
Brandon Crilly’s CATALYST from Atthis Arts on 10/11/2022
Old friends. Older secrets. The truth is hidden under the Aspects’ gaze. Catalyst is the stunning debut by Ottawa author Brandon Crilly, a fantasy tale of magic, friendship, and holding a broken world together.
Briana Una McGuckin’s ON GOOD AUTHORITY from Thomas & Mercer on 10/11/2022
In the workhouse, games of dominance & submission gave Marian the comforting illusion of control. But when she’s hired as maid to a master who turns her game violently against her, she must draw the line between servitude & surrender— & confront her repressed desires along the way.
E.M. Tran’s DAUGHTERS OF THE NEW YEAR from HarperCollins / Hanover Square Press on 10/11/2022
A lively, spellbinding tale about the extraordinary women within a Vietnamese immigrant family—and the ancient zodiac legend that binds them together. Daughters of the New Year is an addictive, high-wire act of storytelling that illuminates an entire lineage of extraordinary women fighting to reclaim the power they’ve been stripped of for centuries.
Aimee Pokwatka’s SELF-PORTRAIT WITH NOTHING from Tordotcom on 10/18/2022
Orphan Black meets Fringe in a story that reminds us that living our best life sometimes means embracing the imperfect one we already have.
Kristy Gardner’s THE STARS IN THEIR EYES from City Owl Press on 10/18/2022
The stakes were clear after the Change - survive together, or die. To survive, Calay must choose between the unthinkable: give up, or give ‘em hell. Fans of Falling Skies, Wilder Girls, or The Walking Dead will love this dark sci-fi queer love story!
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Written and posted by: Anna Kopp