Fleming, Melissa. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea (Young Readers’ Edition): The Journey of Doaa Al Zamel: One Teen Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival. 2018. 290p. Flatiron, $16.99 (9781250311429). Gr. 10-up.
Increasing violence in Syria forces 16-year-old student Doaa Al Zamel to flee her homeland. Doaa’s true story of resistance and survival underscores the ongoing plight of Syrian refugees.
Talley, Robin. Pulp. 2018. 406p. Harlequin Teen, $18.99 (9781335012906). Gr. 8-up.
Two Washington, D.C., lesbian teens, 62 years apart, each discover classic lesbian pulp fiction—late midcentury paperbacks depicting a shadowy world of forbidden love.
Sánchez Vegara, Ma. Isabel. Maria Montessori. Illus. by Raquel Martin. 2019. 32p. Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, $14.99 (9781786037558). Gr. PreS-3.
Maria Montessori was the first woman in Italy to go to medical school. She revolutionized the field of early childhood education.
Liggett, Kim. The Grace Year. 2019. 416p. Wednesday Books, $16.99 (9781250145444). Gr. 9-up.
In Garner County, 16-year-old girls, including rebellious Tierney, are sent to an isolated island for their grace year, where they must release their seductive, poisonous magic into the wild before taking their proper places as a wives and mothers.
Howley, Jonty. Big Boys Cry. 2019. 48p. Random House Children’s Books, $17.99 (9781524773205). PreS-Gr.2.
Afraid to start his first day at a new school, Levi learns that big boys do cry.
Terciero, Rey and Bre Indigo. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. 2019. 256p. Little, Brown & Co., $12.99 (978316522885). Gr. 4-8.
In this modern re-telling of Little Women, four sisters in a blended family support and comfort each other in a year full of both joy and tragedy.
Slade, Suzanne. A Computer Called Katherine. Illus. by Veronica Miller Jamison. 2019. 40p. Little, Brown, $18.99 (9780316435178). PreS-Gr.2.
Racism, sexism, and skepticism about space travel are not as easy to solve as mathematical equations, but Katherine Johnson perseveres and helps to send America to the moon.