The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston: The narrative structure is not straight-forward and the book is rife with ambiguity. It is lacking in prom dresses and predictability, but it is rich in theoretical physics, murdered chickens, and an unusual and resilient main character...Loa Lindgren.
The Life and Opinions of Amy Finawitz by Laura Toffler-Corrie: Told in wry emails and brilliant little one-act plays, this laughout-loud debut MG novel offers quirky characters, a whimsical tour around New York City, and an appealing story about what it means to be a good friend.
And coming soon...
Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley (Aug 17): Olivia "Livvie" Owen feels things differently than her parents and two sisters. Livvie is autistic. Her family has had to move repeatedly because of her outbursts. When they again face eviction, Livvie is convinced she has a way to get back to a house where they were all happy, once. The problem is, Livvie burned down that house.
Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson (Aug 31): Just once Luke Brockett would like to do something slightly dangerous, but when your father is the President of the United States, that is not an option. A "summer camp" experience with three friends at Camp David ends abruptly when a forest fire traps Luke and his friends are inside. With the Secret Service agents incapacitated, the friends are forced to outwit security systems designed to be unbeatable before the fire gets to them.
The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff (Sep 1): Noah, Lily, and Simon have been a trio forever. But as they enter high school, their relationships shift and their world starts to fall apart. Privately, each is dealing with a family crisis—divorce, abuse, and a parent's illness. Noah’s got it bad for Lily, but he knows too well Lily sees only Simon. Simon is indifferent, suddenly inscrutable to his friends. All stand alone in their heartache and grief.
All descriptions from Goodreads.
Congrats Blythe, Laura, Sarah, Dee and Steve!