All of the books on my Summer 2015 list have five things in common:
- Strong Female Characters!
- Multiple starred reviews!
- They're out now!
And a sixth, I guess: I'm very proud of them! Here are brief descriptions, and a list of some of their other distinct and shared traits.
by Bill Konigsberg
The author of
returns with an epic road trip involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend our hero can't have, the grandfather he never knew, and the very prickly Porcupine of Truth.
Carson Smith, Aisha Stinson
Shared traits with other books on this list:
Young adult; wildlife (symbolic); road trip; mystery; Internet searches; city setting (Billings, Salt Lake, and San Francisco); family
Contemplation of religion and God; improv comedy
by Cherie Priest
Art by Kali Ciesmeier
Best friends, big fans, a mysterious webcomic, and a long-lost girl collide in this riveting mystery, perfect for fans of both Cory Doctorow and Sarah Dessen, and illustrated throughout with comic art.
May (a writer in glasses), Libby (a glamorous artist, until she drowns ... and then maybe after)
Young adult; mystery; Internet searching; street art; chase scene; fight scene; city setting (Seattle); fairy tale elements; YA debut of an adult author; ghosts; interior art; biracial main character
Hackers; printed in purple
by Megan Morrison
You know the hair, the tower, and the witch. But in the land of Tyme, that's just the start of the story . . .
Rapunzel, of the tower, and Jack, of beanstalk fame
wildlife (actual -- a frog); royalty; road trip; a chase scene; a fight scene; fairy tale elements; magic; over-the-transom submission (of sorts); big hair
Middle grade; debut novel
by Kate Beaton
: See title . . . if they can work it out.
wildlife (actual); fight scene; biracial main character; interior art
Picture book; castles; sweaters; farting
by Daniel Jose Older
Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world.
Sierra has an awesome group at her back: Bennie, Izzy, Tee, and Big Jerome
Young adult; street art; chase scene; city setting (Brooklyn); mystery; Internet searching; family; fight scenes; magic; YA debut of an adult author; ghosts; over-the-transom submission; big hair
A completely heretofore-unseen form of magic in fantasy, deeply connected to its heroine's culture and imagination; a sweet and hot romance; tattoos
Thank you for checking these books out!