#R9, or, the Fall Latinx Reads List featuring Cemetery Boys (Finally)

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id: background of grey bricks with a computer monitor in the foreground. On the screen, simulating a Zoom call, it reads “#R9, or the Fall 2020 Latinx Reads List finally featuring Cemetery Boys”. Beneath that text, is a background of orange fall leaves. On the bottom of the screen are little windows with the covers of Never Look Back, If Dominican were a Color, Land of the Cranes, and Prime Deceptions. /end id

Fall has arrived somehow. Time is fake.

Some of the book releases in this list have been postponed by publishers, therefore this list is… ephemeral. But this one FINALLY has Cemetery Boys, so get off my back. It’s also Latinx Heritage Month season so yes I am here to wreck your TBRs.

There are over 90 books on this list, which consists of books written and/or illustrated by Latinx that are being released between September 1st and November 26th, 2020. As always, it will be divided by age category (Picture Books, MG, YA, Adult) as well as genre/subgenre such as SFF, Contemporary, etc. Each book has a link to its Indiebound page, the names of the author, illustrator, editor, or contributors, the release date, and a short description of the book in my own words. The only sections without handmade descriptions are the poetry and non-fiction ones, as they’re hard to describe, so I used descriptions from the jacket copy. Each part is sorted by release date.

Disclaimer: This compilation is by no means exhaustive or comprehensive; it only contains titles I’ve been able to find through extensive research. If you know of a book I didn’t list, or have a correction to make, don’t hesitate to let me know. I also add books at my own discretion, as I have no intention of boosting sexual harassers, racists, homophobes or transphobes, but if you noticed I slipped and added a book by someone who’s been accused of harassment of any kind, let me know so I can take them out of the list. This list is in no way an endorsement of the contents of each book, as I don’t have the knowledge of what is in each and every book. All (or, at least almost all) links lead to indiebound.org as I am an Indiebound affiliate.

Board Books/Picture Books 

Board Books

  • Bronxshapes by Alex Rivera (9/8) – Learn shapes with images brought straight from the Bronx!
  • Bronxtones by Alex Rivera (9/8) – Learn colors with images brought straight from the Bronx!
  • S is for Snow by Ashley Marie Mireles, ill. by Volha Kaliaha (9/22)  – An alphabet book centered around winter time.
  • Courageous First Ladies Who Changed the World by Heidi Poelman, ill. by Giovana Medeiros (9/29) – A primer to well-known first ladies and their actions in positions of power.
  • I Am!: Affirmations for Resilience by Bela Barbosa, ill. by Edel Rodriguez (10/6) – Bringing optimism and teaching kids about their emotions and the power behind them.

Animals

  • The Boy and the Gorilla by Jackie Azúa Kramer, ill. by Cindy Derby (10/13) – A boy summons a gorilla as a way to talk to his dad about the loss of the mother.

Biography/History

Culture

  • Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! by Alexandra Alessandri, ill. by Addy Rivera Sonda (9/1) – Ava is visiting her family in Colombia and learning about their New Years customs along the way.
  • If Dominican Were a Color/Si Quisqueya fuera un color by Sili Recio, ill. by Brianna McCarthy (9/22) – A rhyming story about the colors of Dominican Republic and their cultural significance.
  • Where Wonder Grows by Xelena González ill. by Adriana Garcia (10/6) – Young children learn about their grandmother’s Indigenous beliefs and connection to nature.
  • Lia & Luís: Who Has More? by Ana Crespo, ill. by Giovana Medeiros (10/13) – Brazilian American children explore counting and measuring.

Family 

  • Our Subway Baby by Peter Mercurio, ill. by Leo Espinosa (9/15) – A baby’s journey into getting adopted after one of the parents find him abandoned at a subway station.
  • All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, ill. by Bryan Collier (10/6) – A mother’s love letter to her Black child reminding him that he matters no matter the circumstance.
  • Some Days by María Wernicke (11/1) – In this story, a girl shows her mother a passageway as a metaphor to missing a loved one.

Fantasy

  • Lillybelle: A Damsel Not in Distress by Joana Pastro, ill. by Jhon Ortiz (9/29) – Lillybelle must show everyone how independent she is and how much she doesn’t need a hero.
  • Bedtime for Superheroes by Katherine Locke, ill. by Rayanne Vieira (11/3) – If you’re looking for a picture book that will make kids excited for bed through different superheroes, this is it.

Friendship

Early Reader/Chapter Books 

  • The Girl from Chimel by Rigoberta Menchú with Dante Liano, ill. by Domi (9/1) – Stories based on Rigoberta Menchú’s family histories.
  • The Secret Legacy by Rigoberta Menchú with Dante Liano, ill. by Domi (9/1) – Stories based on Rigoberta Menchú’s family histories.
  • The Honey Jar by Rigoberta Menchú with Dante Liano, ill. by Domi (9/1) – Stories based on Rigoberta Menchú’s family histories.
  • 13th Street: The Shocking Shark Showdown (13th Street #4) by David Bowles (11/10) – The continuation of the 13th Street series contains electric sharks while on a quest to find their friend. 

Middle Grade 

Contemporary

  • Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera (9/8) – Lupe needs an A in all her classes, including gym class and its square dancing requisite, in order to meet her favorite pitcher.
  • Project Class President by Alyssa Milano and Debbie Rigaud (10/6) – Hope is running for class president and along the way learns the importance of politics.

Fantasy

  • The Shadow Crosser (Storm Runner #3) by J.C. Cervantes (9/1) – The thrilling conclusion to the Storm Runner series finds Zane and the godborns trying to prevent their erasure from the face of the Earth.
  • Secrets of the Silver Lion by Emma Otheguy (9/8) – Carmen Sandiego must find a silver lion in order to stop the evil organization VILE from stealing a precious artifact.

Graphic Novel

  • Tales from the Feathered Serpent: Rise of the Halfling King by David Bowles, ill. by Charlene Bowles (10/6) – Based on Mesoamerican myths, a boy born from an egg must save a nearby city from the monsters terrorizing them.
  • Cat Ninja by Matthew Cody, ill. by Yehudi Mercado (10/13) – A kitten raised by a ninja master must thwart evil forces from destroying Metro City.
  • The Gumazing Gum Girl: Cover Blown (Gum Girl #4) by Rhode Montijo with Luke Reynolds (10/20) – Gum Girl must go to the rescue when a villain attempts to steal the Jade Jaguar.
  • Fantastic Tales of Nothing by Alejandra “Ale” Green and Fanny Rodriguez (11/17) – The first in a fantasy series where humans and magical creatures secretly coexist until a supposed human boy develops magic powers.

Nonfiction

Novel in Verse

  • Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar (9/15) – A lyrical story of Betita as her family starts crumbling after her father’s deported to Mexico and she and her mom are sent to a detention camp, exposed to its cruel conditions.
  • Me dicen Güero by David Bowles (11/10) – Spanish translation of They Call Me Güero.

Young Adult 

Anthology

  • Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie Parker, with contributions from Mark Oshiro and Zoraida Córdova (9/22) – Fangs out for these vampires as they explore their powers as well as their identities.
  • Come On In: 15 Stories about Immigration and Finding Home edited by Adi Alsaid, with contributions from Zoraida Cordova and Yamile Saied Méndez, Isabel Quintero, Lilliam Rivera, and Adi Alsaid (10/13) – What is the immigrant experience? Alsaid’s edited anthology seeks to show different answers to this age-old question through fifteen separate perspectives.
  • Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America edited by Nora Shalaway Carpenter, with contributions from Ashley Hope Perez, David Bowles, and Yamile Saied Méndez (10/13) – In this collection, writers challenge the idea of rurality and what being “country” means.
  • Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA edited by Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, with contributions from Flor Salcedo and Mayra Cuevas (10/20) – From the creators of Foreshadow YA, this collects the stories of their “New Voices” as well as advice from established YA writers. 

Contemporary

  • Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe (9/8) – In this NYC-set romcom, a charming and popular dog-walker gets blackmailed by his neighbor/classmate into helping her change her image at school.
  • Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez (9/29) – All the way in Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan is fighting to be recognized as the powerful fútbol player she really is, especially when her machista father doesn’t want her playing the game she loves.
  • Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo (9/29) – Sol’s life has been upturned by her mother’s recent deportation, but when she joins her community college’s history club, her struggle to fit in might land her in even more trouble.
  • Quiet No More by Nikki Barthelmess (10/13) – A sequel to The Quiet You Carry, this follows Victoria as she deals with her past trauma while also starting college.
  • A Cuban Girls’ Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey (11/10) – Everything was going according to plan for Lila… until it wasn’t. Now, her parents have sent her to the opposite of Miami–England. There, she must reset and reconsider what’s important to keep or leave behind. 
  • Here the Whole Time by Victor Martins (11/10) – Felipe’s plans for winter break get thrown out the window when his neighbor/crush is suddenly sharing his room for the next fifteen days.

Graphic Novel

  • Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia, ill. by Gabriel Picolo (9/8) – Discover Beast Boy’s origin story in this YA adaptation that’s a part of the Teen Titans graphic novel series.

Nonfiction

  • Concrete Kids by Amyra León, ill. Ashley Lukashevsky (10/13) – In this lyrical memoir, multi-hyphenate talent Amyra León takes readers through her childhood in Harlem and the importance of art in her life.

Novel in verse

  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Dr. Yusef Salaam (9/1) – When artistic Black boy is wrongfully convicted of a crime and sent to prison, he turns to poetry in order to escape the despair and anger that an judicial system imposes on him.

SFF

  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (9/1) – Brujo Yadriel must go against his family’s wishes and use magic to track down his cousin and help a teen boy’s ghost move on from this plane.
  • Sanctuary by Abby Sher & Paola Mendoza (9/1) – A near-future techno-dystopia where everyone in the US has a government-issued chip and its implications for a young undocumented girl and her family.
  • Wayward Witch (Brooklyn Brujas #3) by Zoraida Córdova (9/1) – In the conclusion to the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy, Rose must find a way to return to her family after being abducted to the fairy-land of Adas.
  • Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro (9/15) – A twisting tale of the power of oral histories and two girls traveling a desert in order to survive.
  • Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera (9/15) – An Orpheus and Eurydice retelling centering an Afro-Dominican bachata singer and an Afro-Boricua struggling with PTSD.
  • Miss Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore & Tehlor Kay Mejia (9/22) – In this powerful collaboration, two girls must work together in order to win their town’s Miss Meteor beauty pageant.
  • Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz (10/6) – Lana wants to the dangerous game of Blazewrath, but along the way will be confronted by dangerous dragons and magical terrorists.

Adult

Literary Fiction

  • Dead Girls by Selva Almada (9/3) – A work of true crime focusing on gender violence in Latin America following three different women.
  • The City of Palaces by Michael Nava (9/8) – Set before the Mexican Revolution, this historical fiction novel delves into colonialism and the threads of violence that many generations are victims of in Mexico City.
  • The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez by Rudy Diaz (9/22) – A doomed romance that spans over 30 years, this story blends magical realism and border theory for a pharmacists looking to break a family curse.
  • Freedom Sun in the Tropics by Ana Maria Machado (9/25) – Lena, a journalist, escapes Brazil during the height of a dictatorship, fleeing to Paris. When she returns, she uncovers the unmistakable marks that trauma has left behind.
  • Jubilee by Jennifer Givhan (10/6) – In this psychological drama with multiple timelines, Bianca deals with certain traumas as well as having a new child. 
  • Memorial by Bryan Washington (10/6) – Two young men, one Japanese American and one Black, who were once in love and now feel their relationship unraveling, must deal with their personal lives in sudden disarray due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Feebleminded by Ariana Harwicz (10/6) –  A chaotic mother-daughter relationship is suddenly changed with their desire for revenge and therefore stretching the limits of familial love.
  • The Wind Traveler by Alonso Cueto (10/13) – Haunted by his violent past, Ángel wishes to make amends when he sees someone whom he’d once been instructed to kill waltz into the store he works at. 
  • Ramifications by Daniel Saldaña París (10/13) – Described as an “anti-coming-of-age” novel, a boy must deconstruct his family secrets, especially the one surrounding the disappearance of his mother.
  • The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriel Cabezón Cámara (10/13) – A retelling of the Argentinian classic Martín Fierro, a woman goes on a journey through the pampas in 1872 Argentina, uncovering the the implications of violence in nation-building.
  • Aphasia by Mauro Javier Cárdenas (11/3) – Antonio avoids dealing with the violence in his family, as well as dealing with his ex-wife, by diving into others’ experiences in this stream of consciousness story.
  • Harmada by Joao Gilberto Noll (11/10) – A nameless man travels through the world searching for the city where he’d previously been glorious.
  • Earth-eater by Dolores Reyes (11/17) – A woman who compulsively eats dirt as a way to survive poverty begins to have visions about her mother’s death and starts attracting people begging for her help.

Memoir

  • Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas by Roberto Lovato (9/1) – “Roberto interweaves his father’s complicated history and his own with first-hand reportage on gang life, state violence, and the heart of the immigration crisis in both El Salvador and the United States.”
  • Once I Was You/Una vez fui tú by Maria Hinojosa (9/15) – “This honest and heartrending memoir paints a vivid portrait of how we got here and what it means to be a survivor, a feminist, a citizen, and a journalist who owns her voice while striving for the truth.”
  • Finding Your Harmony by Ally Brooke (10/13) – Former Fifth Harmony member “opens up about the experiences that led her to the spotlight, offering lessons from the heart and revealing how her tight-knit, Mexican-American family have helped her to live fearlessly since she was first catapulted into stardom.”
  • The Girl with the Self-Esteem Issues: A Memoir by Rosie Mercado (10/13) – “The Latina superstar shares the impossible true story of her fight to realize her dreams in this powerful memoir and inspirational guide filled with hard-earned, heartfelt advice for all women striving for independence.”

Nonfiction

Poetry

  • scenery: a lyric by José Felipe Alvergue (9/1) – “In scenery, lyric’s public voice and memoir’s personal reconciliations confront the archives of America’s racial and legal histories, resulting in a genre-bending exploration of what it means to exist as oneself for an Other.”
  • The Life Assignment by Ricardo Maldonado (9/8) – “In his debut collection, Ricardo Alberto Maldonado bends poems through bilingual lyrics that present spartan observation as evidence for its exacting verdict”
  • Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution edited by Mark Eisner and Tina Escaja (9/15) – “An extraordinary collection, rooted in a strong tradition of protest poetry and voiced by icons of the movement and some of the most exciting writers today.”
  • Every Day We Get More Illegal (bilingual edition) by Juan Felipe Herrera (9/22) – “A jolt to the conscience–filled with the multiple powers of the many voices and many textures of every day in America.”
  • EVEN THE MILKY WAY IS UNDOCUMENTED by Amy Shimshon-Santo (9/22) – “Each page turns for those built by families that span political borders — families that see borders as nothing more than lines drawn by an invisible hand that’s long forgotten that we belong to the earth and not the other way around.”
  • A Home Grown Fairytale by Suzi F. Garcia (September 2020) – “A chapbook that engages with The Wizard of Oz, a reimagining of coming home after being in a magical land with a girl you love.” (link goes to publisher’s website)
  • An Incomplete List of Names by Michael Torres (10/6) – “More than a boyhood ballad or a coming-of-age story, this collection illuminates the artist’s struggle to make sense of the disparate identities others have forced upon him.”
  • Xicancuicatl: Collected Poems by Alfred Arteaga (10/6) – Collects the poetry of leading avant-garde Chicanx poet Alfred Arteaga (1950-2008). 
  • Migratory Sound by Sara Lupita Olivares (10/16) – Looks back to generational narratives of Mexican American migration, examining linguistic and geographic boundaries as it journeys north along routes of seasonal fieldwork and factory labor.”

Romance

  • American Christmas by Adriana Herrera (November 2020) – A Christmas tale forthcoming from Adriana Herrera. (link goes to publisher website)
  • Duke I’d Like to F… with a story by Adriana Herrera (11/17) – A historical romance anthology that contains five novellas from well-known romance writers, including one from Herrera, centering an apothecary swept up in a duke’s scheme. (link goes to author’s website)

SFF

  • Prime Deceptions by Valerie Valdes (9/8) – The second installment in the stellar adventures of La Sirena Negra’s crew, Captain Eva Inocente is charged with locating a missing scientist, even if she has to confront her past.
  • The Low, Low Woods (issues 1-6) by Carmen Maria Machado (9/29) – In this horror story, a town eats its inhabitants’ memories, and two best friends attempt to get to the bottom of this mystery.
  • Bang! by Matt Kindt and art by Wilfredo Torres, Nayoung Kim, and Nate Piekos-Secret agents! Whodunit mysteries! A sci-fi author with answers!

Thus concludes this list! 

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One thought on “#R9, or, the Fall Latinx Reads List featuring Cemetery Boys (Finally)

  1. Wow, this list is amazing!!!! It’s so amazingly detailed; I definitely found some new books to add to my TBR! Sanctuary sounds particularly interesting, and Blazewrath Games has been on my radar for such a long time (I can’t wait to pick it up soon!) Thank you so much for putting all these books together in one place!

    Also what you said about time being fake IS SO RELATABLE. Gosh, March seemed to stretch on FOREVER, but April-September have just flown by?? It doesn’t make sense haha.

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