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All of Us With Wings

Michelle Ruiz Keil

Keil’s YA debut is a contemporary fantasy set in a post-punk era San Francisco. Mexican-American Xochi Madrid has run away from her painful past including the mother who abandoned her and the man who betrayed her. But her life takes a sudden turn when she becomes the live-in governess for tween genius Pallas, the daughter of rock musicians and quickly finds her place in the tight-knit household. On the night of the Vernal Equinox the girls cast a spell and accidentally summon two ancient children bound to right the wrongs of Xochi's stolen childhood. Now no one is safe, not the family Xochi’s chosen, nor the one she's left behind.

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Patron Saints of Nothing

Randy Ribay

Ribay's powerful coming-of-age story (After the Shot Drops, 2018) looks at the risks a Filipino-American teen takes when his cousin becomes a victim of President Duterte's war on drugs. High school senior Jay Reguero is struggling to decide what to do with his life when he learns of the sudden and brutal murder of his cousin Jun. No one in the family wants to talk about the circumstances surrounding Jun’s death so Jay convinces his parents to send him to the Philippines to search for the truth. There he reconnects with his family and uncovers secrets that his cousin kept and his relatives are determined to forget!

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Something Like Gravity

Amber Smith

Smith (The Last To Let Go, 2018) crafts a slow summer romance about a transgender teen who falls in love for the first time. Chris has escaped to his aunt’s house far away from the memory of the frightening assault he suffered after coming out as transgender. His neighbor Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister Mallory and trying to find her place in the world without her. After a near-fatal car accident brings the two together, Chris and Maia soon become inseparable. Their slowly unfolding romance allows them both to heal, grow and learn more about themselves.

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