White Smoke by Tiffany D. JacksonWelcome home? Fresh from rehab for substance abuse, Mari moves with her newly blended family to a gentrifying town where their renovated house is plagued by strange smells, unexplainable shadows and sounds, and sinister forces tied to the town's deadly history.
Reviewers say: "searing social commentary and genuinely creepy haunts" (Kirkus Reviews).
Is it for you? Mari's experience of anxiety and addiction is vivid and gripping; those looking for a less intense (but just as spooky) haunted house story might prefer Cherie Priest's The Agony House.
Take Me With You When You Go by David Levithan and Jennifer NivenWithout warning: sixteen-year-old Ezra Ahern's older sister, Bea, runs away, leaving Ezra at the mercy of their abusive parents, with little support beyond his caring boyfriend.
What happens: Email becomes a lifeline between the separated siblings as Ezra hangs on to survival and Bea goes on a quest to uncover hidden truths about their family and find a worthwhile future.
Read it for: a heartwrenching look at family dysfunction and the relationships that sustain us.
Bad Witch Burning by Jessica LewisIt's a living: With a tough family situation, no money for rent, and not enough hours at her low-paying job, Katrell uses her shaky necromancy skills to support a more profitable gig: raising the dead.
Why you might like it: The emotional stress of poverty merges with the paranormal horror of revenants in this gruesome, riveting read.
Try this next: Aiden Thomas' Cemetery Boys or Zoraida Córdova’s Bruja Born, two further stories about the risks of meddling with death.
So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix by Bethany C. MorrowWhat it is: a multilayered remix of the classic Little Women, focused on four Black sisters living in the Freedpeople's Colony of Roanoke Island during the American Civil War.
Starring: Jo, determined to protect her community; Meg, unsure of the future family she hopes for; Amy, pushing the boundaries of dance; and Beth, whose self-expression is challenged by illness.
Who it's for: historical fiction readers and fans of Louisa May Alcott's original book (or the movies based on it).
A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope by Patrice Caldwell, editorWhat it is: an electrifying collection of fantasy and science fiction stories celebrating the power and limitless possibilities of Black girls and gender-nonconforming people.
Featuring: a star-studded lineup of authors who share their visions of characters such as fire spirits, sea women, magical hairdressers, alien interrogators, and a daytime TV witch.
Try this next: For further speculative tales to set your imagination on fire, try A Universe of Wishes, edited by Dhonielle Clayton.
The Enigma Game by Elizabeth WeinWhat it's about: Orphaned during the 1940 Blitz, 15-year-old Jamaican British Louisa takes a job near a Scottish Royal Air Force base where she meets military driver Ellen, Flight Lieutenant Jamie, and a pilot from the German Resistance who has intel crucial to the British war effort.
Read it for: compelling characters, intriguing espionage, and a wealth of historical insight.
For fans of: Elizabeth's Wein's previous World War II fiction, such as Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief, which share characters with The Enigma Game.
Parachutes by Kelly YangStarring: Shanghai teen Claire Wang and Filipina American scholarship student Dani De La Cruz, who are thrown together when Claire's wealthy parents send her to board at Dani's house and attend Dani's private school.
What happens: The barriers between the girls break down as they lean on each other in the aftermath of sexual violence.
Is it for you? Parachutes' honest look at painful realities might not be for everyone, though the book also offers plenty of warmth and hope.
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