Upcoming Summer Book Releases By Latinx Authors

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Hello! May is almost over, which means that in Puerto Rico summer’s arrived (officially… it’s hot all the time). Therefore, I gathered a list of books that will be released from June 1st to August 31st, just in time for you to catch up with your Summer Reads. This is by no means comprehensive, just some I could find in various genres and reading categories (there’s some LitFic, YA, MG, along with some other ones in this list).

  1. Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas #2) by Zoraida Cordova: The sequel to the critically acclaimed Labyrinth Lost, this book follows Lula Mortiz’s struggle with the fact that she came back scarred (…quite literally) after her unwanted stay in Los Lagos as well as the fact that her boyfriend and her classmates die in a car accident. That’s A Lot! But with her healing powers, she’s trying to fix things! If fixing things means bringing them back from the dead, that is. And sometimes things don’t want to come back… (Release Date: June 5th, 2018)
  2. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras: Set in Colombia during the 1990′s reign of Pablo Escobar, two different girls come of age in a world surrounded by violence, sacrifice, and betrayal. This is Rojas Contreras’s debut novel, and the cover and plot look lush and enticing. (Release Date: July 31st, 2018)
  3. Lucky Luna by Diana Lopez: This middle grade deals with Luna Ramos, a mischievous fifth grader who loves her hats (*Funky Hat from Wizards of Waverly Place starts playing*). However, after acting naughty during her cousin’s Quinces, she’s banned by her family from ever wearing hats (NOOOO!). To make matters worse, Luna’s cousin, Claudia, is transferring to her class. (Release Date: August 28th, 2018)
  4. Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez: A collection of stories written by a Puerto Rican author (wepaaa!), this collection deals with love, heartbreak, hope, and survival in the face of trauma. Most importantly, the book deals with the power that Puerto Rican women have in each other and in their stories. (Release Date: July 10th, 2018)
  5. Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez: This YA retelling of the tale of Tristan and Eseult is told from the perspective of Branwen. In this novel, Branwen is a lady-in-waiting for the princess when her healing powers are awakened, leading to dreams of peace as well as possible betrayal. (Release Date: June 5th, 2018)
  6. The Fall of Innocence by Jenny Torres Sanchez: A Contemporary YA dealing with the repercussions of trauma and assault, this text is incredibly important at this time. There aren’t many books that deal with a Latina teen’s experiences with assault, which is actually a part of the systemic machista culture we’re brought up with. I’m looking forward to this book. (Release date: June 12th, 2018)
  7. Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres: In this middle-grade about family and friendship, Flor and Miranda have opposite desires: Flor is the daughter of a zoo owner on the brink of downsizing to make room for a music group’s stage; and Miranda is the lead singer of said music group. Will they be able to sabotage each other’s wants and still be friends? Or will they be willing to risk it all? (Release Date: June 12th, 2018)
  8. My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver: Lu Olivera sits in the middle row in Miss Garrett’s 6th Grade classroom. In the 1970′s, when Black and White segregation was still pretty explicit and enforced, Lu must decide whether to literally cross the racial divide by befriending Belinda Gresham, or continue maintaining the status quo. An interesting take on race and the intersections of oppression, this is one historical fiction I’ll have my eyes out for. (Release Date: July 10th, 2018)
  9. A Gift from Abuela by Cecilia Ruiz: This picture book deals with the love and connection between an Abuela and her grandchild. It seems full of tender moments and the art was done by the author as well! (We love a multi-threat Latina) [Release Date: August 7th, 2018 (MY BIRTHDAY!)]
  10. Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya: If Cartaya’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the one who wrote the widely lauded The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. Marcus Vega’s story follows him as his family travels to Puerto Rico and they road trip around the island in search of Marcus’s father. This is a middle-grade novel you don’t want to miss. (Release Date: August 21st, 2018)
  11. There’s No Base Like Home by Jessica Mendoza and Alana Mendoza Dusan: Written by a dynamic-duo of hermanas, this Middle-Grade novel explores friendship, following in your sibling’s footsteps, and fitting in a new environment. Sophia Maria Garcia is entering middle school and trying out for the softball team, just like her sister did! Except not everything is going according to plan, and her best friend is ignoring her because Boys? I feel like this book could be a fascinating study into gendered sports and many other themes that aren’t often explored with Latinx characters. (Release Date: June 19th, 2018)
  12. The Hidden City (Garza Twins #3) by David Bowles: The third in a sprawling middle-grade fantasy series, The Hidden City once again follows the adventures of twins Carol and Johnny in their search for the Ollamat in a rain god’s paradise (Exciting!!!). Except maybe they have a new foe? And it may be family?? WHAT!? (Release Date: August 14th, 2018)
  13. The Carrying by Ada Limon: A poetry collection that is sure to kick you in the chest, and Limon is never known to pull her punches. Her word punches. I loved Bright Dead Things and this one is guaranteed to make you feel things as well. (Release Date: August 14th, 2018)
  14. Stripped by Zoey Castile: Listen, this Adult Romance has a stripper falling in love with a schoolteacher, and they’re neighbors as well! This Maybe Unrequited Pining story is sure to hit all the things you want to read about. (Release Date: August 28th, 2018)

*updated to add The Hidden City on 05/28/2018*

**updated to add The Carrying & Stripped on 05/29/2018**

If you know of a book that will be published within the time frame mentioned above, please let me know so I can boost it. In the meantime, I hope you found this helpful and are interested in these fantastic books.

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