BookExpo announced the titles chosen for the Editor’s Buzz program, a selection of upcoming novels predicted to become the year’s breakthrough new releases. The young adult titles spotlighted are Spinning by Tillie Walden, Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi, All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry, The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater, and Dear Martin by Nic Stone.
Spinning is a competitive figure-skating graphic novel memoir. Walden captures what it’s like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.
In Beasts Made of Night, a Nigerian-influenced fantasy, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, but when Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy the walled city of Kos.
All the Wind in the World follows Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt, who work in the vast, bone-dry Southwest. When a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over, the delicate balance they’ve found begins to give way.
Based on Dashka Slater’s New York Times Magazine piece, “The Fire on the 57 Bus in Oakland”, The 57 Bus tells the story of two teenagers – one African-American, one agender – on both sides of an alleged hate crime.
In Dear Martin, Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who puts him in handcuffs. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and his best friend Manny get caught in the crosshairs.
The Young Adult Editor’s Buzz Panel will be held at BookExpo on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM.
For more information, visit the BookExpo website.