The Pond Book News #74 – Graphic Novels Galore: Comics as Comfort, History, & Resistance

Welcome to Issue #74!

Sprout the sparrow, doing a curtsy with their eyes closed and a smile on their face. Their cape swooshes in the wind with their arm extended in their curtsy.

The trees are whispering…

Friends, welcome to another exciting week of The Pond Book News! Every Sunday, The Quiet Pond brings you a fresh issue of book news to catch you up on the week’s lineup of diverse book releases, cover reveals, book news, and sometimes more! Now, onwards to the brilliant books!

Book Releases this Week [February 14th – February 20th]

Renegade Flight by Andrea Tang

Viola Park’s life is over. She’s gone from planning her future as a pilot-in-training to resigning herself to life on the ground. And it’s all because she made one tiny, not-altogether-legal maneuver on the prestigious GAN Academy’s entrance exam. It’s bad enough that she didn’t get into the Academy, but getting caught cheating? It’s probably the worst thing Vi could imagine.

Still, there are perks that come with Vi’s family legacy at the school, and when Vi learns that recent pilot disappearances have left the Academy desperate for recruits, she does what any good Park would do–uses her connections to wiggle her way back in. But instead of matriculating with the regular class of future Peacekeepers, Vi is forced to enter as a probationary student, which means she’ll have to work twice as hard to prove herself worthy of a place in the cockpit of one of the legendary dragon mechs.

Lucky for Vi, the Academy has set up a combat tournament for all students, and the prize is a guaranteed spot in the Peacekeeper corps. Unlucky for Vi, she’ll have to compete against her probie classmates, including Nicholas Lee, a mysterious boy prone to throwing Vi off her game. And as more Peacekeepers go missing, what starts out as a ploy to save her reputation turns into a fight for the future of Peacekeepers everywhere, and if Vi can’t master her mech combat skills, she might not survive the battle.

Set fifteen years after Prudence Wu took flight in Rebelwing, a new generation of scrappy young pilots challenge corruption, competition, and more dangerous mechs than ever, as they redefine what it means to be a revolutionary.

Releases on February 16. Add this book to Goodreads!


Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron

After so many years yearning for the gift of magic, Arrah has the one thing she’s always wanted—at a terrible price. Now the last surviving witchdoctor, she’s been left to pick up the shattered pieces of a family that betrayed her, a kingdom in shambles, and long-buried secrets about who she is.

Desperate not to repeat her mother’s mistakes, Arrah must return to the tribal lands to search for help from the remnants of her parents’ people. But the Demon King’s shadow looms closer than she thinks. And as Arrah struggles to unravel her connection to him, defeating him begins to seem more and more impossible—if it’s something she can bring herself to do at all.

Releases on February 16. Add this book to Goodreads!


The Wide Starlight by Nicole Lesperance

Never whistle at the Northern Lights, the story goes, or they’ll sweep down from the sky and carry you away.

Sixteen-year-old Eline Davis knows it’s true. She was there ten years ago, on a frozen fjord in Svalbard, Norway, the night her mother whistled at the lights and then vanished.

Now Eli lives an ordinary life with her dad on Cape Cod. But when the Northern Lights are visible over the Cape for just one night, she can’t resist the possibility of seeing her mother again. So she whistles—and it works. Her mother appears, with snowy hair, frosty fingertips and a hazy story of where she’s been all these years. And she doesn’t return alone.

Along with Eli’s mother’s reappearance come strange, impossible things. Narwhals swimming in Cape Cod Bay, meteorites landing in Eli’s yard, and three shadowy princesses with ominous messages. It’s all too much, too fast, and Eli pushes her mother away. She disappears again—but this time, she leaves behind a note that will send Eli on a journey across continents, to the northern tip of the world:

Find me where I left you.

Releases on February 16. Add this book to Goodreads!


Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.

When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.

Releases on February 16. Add this book to Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: This is Our Rainbow, edited by Katherine Locke and Nicole Melleby

Illustration: Jes & Cin Wibowo | Design: Sylvia Bi | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Insiders by Mark Oshiro

Illustration: Helder Oliveira | Design: Jessie Gang | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Tidesong by Wendy Xu

Illustration: Wendy Xu | Design: Erin Fitzsimmons, Andrea Vandergrift | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Coming Back by Jessi Zabarsky

Illustration: Jessi Zbarsky | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: How to Win a Slime War by Mae Respicio

Illustration: Nicko Tumamak | Design: Katrina Damkoehler | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

Illustration: Khadijah Khatib | Design: TBA | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

Illustration: Erick Davila | Design: Kelli McAdams | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: An Island Without You by Malulani Moreno

Illustration: Andi Porretta | Design: Hana Anouk Nakamura | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes

Illustration: Sara Alfageeh | Design: Danielle Ceccolini | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks

Illustration: Ronique Ellis | Design: Laura Mock | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma

Illustration: Sanno Singh | Art Direction: Dawn Adams | Add the book to Goodreads!


UK Cover Reveal: Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Illustration: Nabi H. Ali | Design: Bhavini Jolapara | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Jasmine Project by Meredith Ireland

Illustration: Kat Goodloe | Art Direction: Krista Vossen | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Just Roll with It by Veronica Agarwal and Lee Durfey-Lavoie

Illustration: Veronica Agarwal | Design: Patrick Crotty | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Small Town Monsters by Diana R. Wallach

Illustration: Nicholas Moegly | Design: TBA | Add the book to Goodreads!


UK Cover Reveal: Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

Illustration: Sarah Madden | Design: Sophie McDonnell | Trailer Animator: Isobel Taylor | Add the book to Goodreads!


Book Announcement: An MG biography comic about Rosa Parks by Insha Fitzpatrick and Abelle Hayford


Book Announcement: A heist novel about Chinese art, colonialism, and diaspora Chinese identity by Grace Li


Book Announcement: A YA horror about ancient beasts, betrayal, and sacrifice by Jessica Lewis


Book Announcement: An ownvoices YA anthology about mental health edited by Nora Shalaway Carpenter and Rocky Callen


Book Announcement: A YA graphic novel following a hijabi Muslim girl in Michigan by Huda Fahmy


Book Announcement: An queer MG about overly supportive dads, rural towns, and queer acceptance by Phil Stamper


Book Announcement: An MG series about twins who solve mysteries by Kiersten White


Book Announcement: A debut novel by Ann Dávila Cardinal about a Puerto Rican family in the 1970s, ghosts, and murder mysteries


From Page to Screen: Jenny Han brings more cute romance to the screen with The Summer I Turned Pretty!


From Page to Screen: A film trilogy adaptation of The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna is in the works!


From Page to Screen: This is Our Pact by Ryan Andrews gets an animated film adaptation!

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