The Pond Book News #99 – Historical YA in Focus: Luminary Biographies, Civil War Spies & Korean Court Politics

Welcome to Issue #99!

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 [August 8th – August 14th]

Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis

Katrell doesn’t mind talking to the dead; she just wishes it made more money. Clients pay her to talk to their deceased loved ones, but it isn’t enough to support her unemployed mother and Mom’s deadbeat boyfriend-of-the-week. Things get worse, when a ghost warns her to stop the summonings or she’ll “burn everything down.” Katrell is willing to call them on their bluff, though. She has no choice. What do ghosts know about eating peanut butter for dinner?

However, when her next summoning accidentally raises someone from the dead, Katrell realizes that a live body is worth a lot more than a dead apparition. And, warning or not, she has no intention of letting this lucrative new business go.

But magic doesn’t come for free, and soon dark forces are closing in on Katrell. The further she goes, the more she risks the lives of not only herself, but those she loves. Katrell faces a choice: resign herself to poverty, or confront the darkness before it’s too late.

Releases on August 24. Add this book to Goodreads!


Devil in the Device by Lora Beth Johnson

Zhade’s power might be going to his head.

He’s still getting used to wearing Maret’s face, but he can’t deny that the influence it affords him has its perks. But when the magic of Eerensed starts to turn deadly, Zhade must master the Crown if he’s going to save his people, and Tsurina’s destructive plans for Eerensed aren’t going to make that easy. Worse, he’s starting to see her point.

Meanwhile, Andra is in hiding.

Assumed dead by the people of Eerensed, she must stay underground if she’s going to live long enough to build the rocket that will finally save the colonists from this dying planet. But when Andra hears voices urging her to destroy everything, she starts to dig deeper into her subconcious. What she finds leads her to question whether she’s destined to be a savior after all.

Battling the dangerous forces buried within their minds, can Andra and Zhade truly decide their own fates? They must find a way to work together before two power-hungry leaders and a deadly swarm of rogue technology destroy humanity for good.

Releases on August 24. Add this book to Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: Godslayers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

Illustration: Taj Francis | Design: Mike Burroughs | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Star Child by Ibi Zoboi

Illustration: Zharia Shinn | Design: Anna Booth | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Akata Woman by Nnedi Okorafor

Illustration: Greg Ruth | Design: Jim Hoover | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Golden Boys by Phil Stamper

Art/Design: Connie Gabbert | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Design: Vikki Chu | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Flirting with Fate by J. C. Cervantes

Illustration: Karina Perez | Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Light Years from Home by Mike Chen

Design: Elita Sidiropoulou | AD: Gigi Lau | Add this book to Goodreads!


Book Announcement: Kacen Callender’s forthcoming YA novel about Twitter, self-love, and accidental viral threads


Book Announcement: A YA duology by Sabina Khan featuring teenage motherhood, life decisions, and a mother-daughter relationship


Book Announcement: Another thrilling Korean YA historical mystery by June Hur, featuring tyrants, romance, and sisters


Book Announcement: A YA anthology about girls in sports, edited by Dahlia Adler and Jennifer Iacopelli


Book Announcement: An MG graphic novel by K. O’Neill, author of The Tea Dragon Society, about magical moths and nocturnal villages


Book Announcement: An MG debut about family and personal boundaries for all eldest siblings by Jenin Mohammed


Book Announcement: A historical YA graphic novel about a famous Black spy during the American Civil War by Jay Leslie and Charlot Kristensen

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