Space-obsessed 12-year-old Paola Santiago and her two best friends, Emma and Dante, know the rule: Stay away from the river. It’s all they’ve heard since a schoolmate of theirs drowned a year ago. Pao is embarrassed to admit that she has been told to stay away for even longer than that, because her mother is constantly warning her about La Llorona, the wailing ghost woman who wanders the banks of the Gila at night, looking for young people to drag into its murky depths. Hating her mother’s humiliating superstitions and knowing that she and her friends would never venture into the water, Pao organizes a meet-up to test out her new telescope near the Gila, since it’s the best stargazing spot. But when Emma never arrives and Pao sees a shadowy figure in the reeds, it seems like maybe her mom was right. . . . Pao has always relied on hard science to make sense of the world, but to find her friend she will have to enter the world of her nightmares, which includes unnatural mist, mind-bending monsters, and relentless spirits controlled by a terrifying force that defies both logic and legend.
August 4, 2020
Tehlor Kay Mejia
EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH
A Japanese-inspired fantasy world where a 12-year-old must travel to a seaside town in order to complete her witch training, or risk losing her magic forever.
August 4, 2020
ASTRID AND APOLLO
HIDE AND SEEKER
Don't let the Seeker find you! Twelve-year-old Zee is back now. He disappeared for a year and nobody knows where he went or what happened to him. Not even his best friends Justin, Nia, and Lyric. But ever since Zee has been back, he's been... different. After Zee freaks out at his friends playing hide-and-seek at an odd party in his backyard -the first time his friends are back together since his reappearance -strange things begin to occur. Everyone who played in the game has a mark on their wrist. And then they disappear. The kids are pulled into a shadow world -the Nowhere- ruled by the monstrous, shape-shifting Seeker. Justin and his friends will have to band together and face their worst nightmares to defeat the Seeker or lose themselves to the Nowhere forever.
September 15, 2020
THE NIGHTMARE THIEF
Twelve-year-old Maren loves making and selling dreams in her family's shop. But when a sinister customer tries to blackmail Maren into making nightmares for her, she must decide whether to protect her family or protect unknown dreams from her family's magic.
September 30, 2020
TYING THE DEVIL'S SHOESTRINGS
Jezebel and her twin brother Jay begin their lessons in rootwork and must learn to embrace their darkness to keep their family safe as they battle against malevolent spirits and the specter of racism in pre-Civil Rights-era Charleston.