I was aware of several of these books before I went to NCTE/ALAN, but attending the conference and speaking with the authors and publishers made me even more excited about them. I could make a list that has dozens of books on it, but these ten came to my head first, and I am genuinely excited about all of them!
1. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
The topic is of utmost importance. I am really looking forward to reading this one.
2. Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callendar
Hearing this author speak… wow, wow, wow. And Lizette said this book is incredible, and I trust everything out of that woman’s mouth.
3. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
I was fortunate to meet Jewell at the conference. She is such an inspiring woman. I am really looking forward to this book.
4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Katie Halata said this book is incredible and lives up to the hype. And I trust everything that Katie says.
5. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The premise of this book is very intriguing to me. I am really excited to crack the cover.
6. Spliced by Jon McGoran
Everyone is raving about this book, and I am really interested to read it. The cover is really neat, and the story idea sucks me in!
7. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Who doesn’t love Laini Taylor? She is an incredible writer, and I am excited to read her newest series!
8. A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi
I will read any book featuring another culture, and I am looking forward to reading about the refugee experience in this book. I’ve heard it is excellent.
9. Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth
I heard a section of this book read aloud at the conference. It took everything in me not to cancel my next meeting and just read this book!
10. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
This author was one of the kindest people that I’ve met. She has such a warmth about her. I am very, very excited about this book. The premise is really neat, and I think it’s going to be a favorite.
If you attended NCTE or ALAN, what books are you most excited to read?