Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina
Ocampa was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever
seen. And when the winds mercifully stopped, an unshakable belief in the
girl's protective powers began. All her life, Sonia has been asked to
pray for sick mothers or missing sons, as worried parents and friends
press silver milagros in her hands. Sonia knows she has no special
powers, but how can she disappoint those who look to her for solace?
Still, her conscience is heavy, so when she gets a chance to travel to
the city and work in the home of a wealthy woman, she seizes it. At
first, Sonia feels freedom in being treated like all the other girls.
But when news arrives that her beloved brother has disappeared while
looking for work, she learns to her sorrow that she can never truly
leave past or family behind. With deeply realized characters, a keen
sense of place, a hint of magical realism, and a flush of young romance,
Meg Medina tells the tale of a strong-willed, warmhearted girl who
dares to face life's harsh truths as she finds her real power."
Magical realism in a YA? Sign me up! I love the premise of this one — the superstitions of others causing Sonia guilt, and spurring her to move to the city. And the cover is simple but beautiful!
All These Lives by Sarah Wylie
is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from
situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so
lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life.
Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and
prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away. To cope, Dani
sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be
released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she
does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself
at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe
she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had
I'm not sure if there's any element of fantasy/paranormal to this one, or if it's all psychology...but either way I'm interested! The "nine lives" premise makes it stand out from other "issue books," and yet it sounds just as dark and intense.
What books are you waiting for?