Can you believe it is June already? We’re almost halfway through 2013! While I just picked up a lot of exciting Fall 2013 titles at BEA, I’m holding off until closer to their release dates to dig in! Good thing there are plenty of fabulous summer books headed our way! Here’s my list of June releases that I’m excited for:
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
June 1: Scholastic
A teen who has been out since middle school decides to keep his sexuality a secret when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school, not for fear of intolerance, but rather to start out with a clean slate – to be seen as a regular guy rather than “that gay guy”. I don’t know that I’ve ever read a coming-out-again story – sounds interesting.
You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle
June 4: HarperTeen
Justine and four of her childhood friends who have had their lives video-documented every five years since they were in kindergarten, reunite for the next installation, Five at Sixteen. Life in front of the camera as a teenager…doesn’t that sound fun? Jennifer Castle is a local author who I have yet to read and I’m looking forward to finally checking her work out! Plus, I love the documentary film angle.
Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox
June 11: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
A sixteen-year-old on holiday in New Zealand finds herself in an enchanted valley inhabited by children who all share the same last name and the same special magical power. When she discovers that she too shares this magical ability, she learns some unexpected things about her past. How beautiful is that cover! And having a Printz Honor attached to your name doesn’t hurt!
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
June 11: First Second
In their latest graphic novel, Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks tackle “Leakey’s Angels”, or the “Trimates” if you prefer, i.e. three groundbreaking primatologists, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas, whose research greatly impacted our understanding of three of our closest animal relatives: chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. I’ve already read Primates and it is absolutely fabulous – beautiful artwork, engaging narrative, and it inspires further exploration of the story’s subjects, both human and non-human primates.
Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
June 11: St. Martin’s Griffin
Andrew Winston Winters is a young man at war with himself. Win is a lonely teenager sent to a remote boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy, while Drew is the angry and violent wolf within him. When something horrible happens in the woods near his school, Andrew is convinced he is to blame. This dark, psychological tale sounds like it’ll be an emotionally challenging read. Good thing I’m always up for a challenge.
Proxy by Alex London
June 18: Philomel
Knox is a wealthy teen who has everything he could possibly want, including a Proxy, i.e. a person who will take on all his punishments for him. One day, Knox takes things too far and his Proxy, Syd, is sentenced to death. In an attempt to save Syd’s life, the two run away together, but a cross-country chase ensues, because as it turns out Syd is no ordinary Proxy. According to the publisher’s copy, this adventure novel was inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed – one book I enjoyed as a child and one that I enjoyed as an adult. As the start of a new series, I hope this one is as good as it sounds (and doesn’t leave us hanging too much at the end).
There are also a handful of adult titles coming out this month that 1) I’m excited for and 2) sound like they’ll have some crossover potential: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (June 4: Mulholland Books), The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls (June 11: Scribner), She Rises by Kate Worsley (June 18: Bloomsbury), Lexicon by Max Barry (June 18: Penguin), and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (June 18: William Morrow)
What books are you looking forward to reading this month? Have you read any of the above mentioned titles? Let me know what you think of them!