Don’t Read the Comments, by author and literary agent Eric Smith, is a heartwarming story about a teenaged female gamer fighting back against online trolls who move their attacks to the real world.
The Cheerleaders, by Kara Thomas, is a thriller about five cheerleaders killed the same tragic school year. It was inspired by a true story from about 30 years ago in Dryden, NY, not far from my hometown.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is Jason Reynolds’s remix of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning. It makes Kendi’s vital 600-page history of racism in America much more accessible to a younger audience. I found it enlightening, both for the history I was unaware of, as well for casting a new perspective on the history I already knew.
Jackpot, by Dear Martin author Nic Stone, is a fun story about two teens on a treasure hunt, which layers in observations on race, class structures, and wealth. At its core is the mystery of the missing lottery ticket, with its two main characters hot on the case.
I Hope You’re Listening is Tom Ryan’s tense and suspenseful follow-up to his International Thriller Writer’s Award-winning Keep This To Yourself. I’d venture to say his latest is not only another award-worthy book, but it represents his best writing yet.
Love, Creekwood is a wonderful and fitting farewell to the world and characters introduced by Becky Albertalli in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. This epistolary novella is told through a collection of group emails between Simon, Bram, Leah, Abby, and the rest of the gang.