Shabazz, Ilyasah and Renée Watson. Betty Before X. 2018. 256p. Macmillan/FSG Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $16.99 (9780374306106). Grades 4-6.
Novel about the childhood of Betty Dean Sanders—before she became Dr. Betty Shabazz, before she married Malcolm X.
McCullough, Joy. Blood Water Paint. 2018. 304p. Penguin Random House/Dutton, hardcover, $17.99 (9780735232112). Gr. 10-12.
Verse novel based on the teen years of painter Artemisia Gentileschi.
Acevedo, Elizabeth. The Poet X. 2018. 368p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99 (9780062662804). Gr. 9-12.
The coming-of-age of fifteen-year-old Xiomara Batista—aspiring poet, reluctant confirmation class attendee, twin, first-generation Dominican-American.
Redgate, Riley. Noteworthy. 2017. 335p. Abrams/Amulet, hardcover, $17.95 (9781419723735). Grades 9-12.
High school junior Jordan Sun creates a male persona to apply for her school’s most prestigious all-male a cappella group… and gets accepted, requiring her to continue living a double life.
Bildner, Phil. Martina and Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports. Illus. by Brett Helquist. 2017. 40p. Candlewick, hardcover, $16.99 (9780763673086). Gr. 2-5.
A picture book biography of tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert—career-long rivals and life-long friends.
Greenberg, Isabel. The One Hundred Nights of Hero. 2016. 224p. Little, Brown, $25.00 (9780316259170). Gr. 9-up.
In a series of linked tales, two young women use the power of storytelling to attempt to save themselves from an impossible situation and two dastardly men.
Blackwood, Sage. Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded. 2017. 368p. Katherine Tegen, $16.99 (9780062402639). Gr. 5-8.
When all of the sorceresses in the walled city of Lightning Pass disappear, a student at an all-girls magic school is determined to find them and protect her city from threats without and within.