This month is the month for YA here at BookEnds! (And a great Middle Grade Book, illustrated by Charlene Chua!) Take a look at our 4great new YA releases, as well as what BookEnds Jr has coming down the pipeline, and our newest clients!
The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world — the best friend in the whole world — has died of cancer. Raquel can’t imagine life without her. She’s overwhelmed and brokenhearted.
And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from the afterlife?
In fact, Sasha has planned an elaborate scavenger hunt for Raquel, and when she follows the instructions to return to Sasha’s grave, a mysterious stranger with striking eyes is waiting for her. There’s a secret attached to this boy that only Sasha—and now Raquel—knows.
This boy, Elijah, might be just what Raquel needs to move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honoring her friend’s final wish?
“The Last Wish of Sasha Cade will break your heart and then heal it.”
— C.C. Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Shadow Falls series
“Heartwarming friendship, heartbreaking loss, and heartpounding romance.”
— Abigail Johnson, author of If I Fix You and The First to Know
“Beautifully written and ultimately hopeful, Cheyanne Young’s The Last Wish of Sasha Cade explores grief, friendship, family, and romance through layered, lovable characters. Fans are sure to be charmed by this affecting story.”
— Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden and The Impossibility of Us
Jenny didn’t want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and the only way she can protect herself is by moving as far away from her hometown as possible and staying out of trouble.
But even after she moves, Jenny still gets the itch. The itch to light a match and then watch it burn.
It’s something she hasn’t been able to stop, ever since an accident years ago. Now, in a new town, Jenny has the strange feeling that someone is watching her every move. Will her arsonist ways be exposed? Or is the burning truth deep inside her a great
Amanda will be going on a blog tour at the end of this month! Stay tuned to ours and her social media accounts for more!
When James’s boyfriend died by suicide, no one questioned what happened. A foster kid with a checkered past and a history of suicide attempts, Ash was just another number in a system that failed him. But to James, Ash was never just a number, and the facts around his death no longer stack up so neatly.
Now James has plenty of questions, and the one person who might have held the answers—Ash’s older brother, Elliot—has left town. And if anyone knows where he is, they aren’t talking. As James searches for Elliot and uncovers the tangle of lies and false alibis he left in his wake, he grows suspicious of what really happened on Ash’s last day.
After all, innocent people don’t run.
Riley has accepted that her special gift is to help dead people with their unfinished business. But she never thought she’d be tasked with helping the spirit of a convicted criminal who died in prison. He may lead her on the scariest mission yet, but helping him could mean saving the life of a child. The convict’s daughter needs a liver transplant and the one person who could still be a match is his brother…who also happens to be a gang leader.
Hayden’s not happy that Riley’s discovered who he is and is seeing him sick and unconscious in his hospital bed. This feels like as good a time as ever to cross over and put all of them out of their misery….but Riley is in danger. She’s visiting some of the most dangerous spots and confronting some of the creepiest low-lifes in town. For her, he’ll need to regain his strength and fight to keep her safe.
But dealing with other people’s problems still can’t keep Riley from her own. Her dad’s drinking has gotten worse. And she’ll soon learn it’s because he’s been keeping a huge, horrible secret that will change everything she believes about her family and her mother’s death.
Filip, the ten-year-old son of Croatian immigrants, lives in a boring suburb of the big city, where he passes his time either at school or in his cozy kitchen, googling everything from dinosaurs to the Hubble Space Telescope. When his favorite uncle gets sick, Filip turns to Google for answers. Instead he receives a visit from the Great Googlini, a tiny woman in Converse sneakers who swirls out of the computer vents. She’s not really a genie, she explains: “I’m more of an archivist.” Her visit is a little bit of magic that lets Filip see the magic all around him. Ultimately about the things we can know and the things we can’t, this is a smart, touching, funny chapter book about growing up, braving tough times and looking for answers.
Margaret Finnegan’s BOOLER, in which a boy with autism and a girl with a secret team up to save a dog with epilepsy whose owner keeps him chained to a tree, and through their dog-napping, cow-milking scheme, learn what it really means to be a friend, to Alex Borbolla at Atheneum, in a pre-empt, for publication in spring 2020, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (world).
Norene Paulson’s BENNIE’S TRUE COLORS, a story about a bat who knows he’s really a butterfly inside, illustrated by Anne Passchier, to Erin Stein at Imprint, in a nice deal, at auction, for publication in fall 2020, by Naomi Davis at BookEnds for the author, and by Alex Gehringer at The Bright Agency for the illustrator.
Welcome to the BookEnds Jr Ranks, Sally Deng, Danna Smith and Debbie Zapata!