The Pond Book News #117 – The Queer, the Gothic, & the Witchy: Exciting YA Announcements This Week

Welcome to Issue #117!

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 issue of The Pond Book News! Twice a month, The Quiet Pond brings you a fresh issue of book news to catch you up on the week’s lineup of diverse cover reveals, book news, and sometimes more! Now, onwards to the brilliant books!

Cover Reveal: Direwood by Catherine Yu

Illustration: Kim Dulaney | Design: Kylie Alexander | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy

Illustration: Alex Cabal | Design: Danielle Ceccolini | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Dawn of Yangchen by F. C. Yee

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


Cover Reveal: A Necessary Chaos by Brent C. Lambert

Illustration: Cathy Kwan | Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!


Book Announcement: Christina Li’s forthcoming queer YA coming-of-age about a girl who designs an algorithm for romance


Book Announcement: A YA graphic novel by Trung Lê Nguyen about a theater girl recovering from burnout, and a boy in a bear costume


Book Announcement: Queer cyberpunk YA City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn gets a sequel


Book Announcement: A queer YA featuring a femme gay kid looking for a date to glamorous ball by Jason June


Book Announcement: A YA fairytale in verse by R. M. Romero, featuring swan girls, soft artist boys, and magical curses


Book Announcement: A queer YA gothic mystery by Alex Crespo set in a haunted mansion, featuring a mysterious Mexican-American teen, a witch team, and a golden boy


Book Announcement: A queer Latinx YA romcom about family rivalries and winter vacations by Elle Gonzalez Rose


Book Announcement: A coming-of-age YA by Dale Walls featuring a group of queer girls about friendship, romance, and senior year


Book Announcement: Adi Alsaid’s foray into middle-grade fantasy featuring an evil wizard, a cursed gumball machine, and a kingdom in peril


Book Announcement: A middle-grade Desi retelling of Hansel and Gretel by Emi Pinto about an Indian girl, a white neighbourhood, and a strange house


Book Announcement: A middle-grade historical novel in verse about family and change by Thushanthi Ponweera set in 1990s Sri Lanka amidst a civil war


Book Announcement: A clever sciencey kid attempts to figure out the secret formula of friendship in Tanita S. Davis’ forthcoming middle-grade novel

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