It’s day three of our Spring 2018 cover reveals (#RivetedRevealSp18) and we’ve got just one more day to go! Still with us?
First up for today, we’ve got a new novel from powerhouse author Margaret Peterson Haddix! Chances are good you’re familiar with Haddix: from her Shadow Children series to her Missing series to her Palace Chronicles series, not to mention a slew of amazing standalone titles, Margaret Peterson Haddix has sold over fifteen million books throughout her prodigious career! We could go on and on about her books but we’ll cut ourselves short to….wait, one more we have to mention: Running out of Time! SO GOOD! Oh, and even her most recent middle-grade series Childen of Exile has been riveting! OK, seriously, back on track this time: take a look at the arresting cover below for Margaret’s newest book, The Summer of Broken Things, and you’ll quickly realize this is a new direction for her. Avoiding any potential spoilers, we can say that it’s a story of friendship and what it really means to be a family in the face of lies and betrayal. Intrigued? Find out more down below!
Our next reveal is the latest from New York Times bestselling author Amber Smith. Perhaps you’re already familiar with her extraordinary debut novel which just published just last year, The Way I Used to Be. In The Way I Used to Be, broaching the topic of rape and continuing the discussion that Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak began years ago, Smith’s emotionally raw realistic fiction proved she was a writer to be reckoned with. Her follow-up, The Last to Let Go, treads on equally treacherous and touching territory: domestic violence and its long-lasting ramifications. But like The Way I Used to Be was more than a book about rape, The Last to Let Go is more than a book about domestic violence: its a book about sibling dynamics, disappointment and dysfunction; it’s a book about rebuilding bonds and acknowledging when there is nothing left to rebuild; it’s a book about knowing when to walk away and when to stay.
Surely, these are two works of realistic fiction that will be the kinds of books that stay with you long after you’ve finished them and we can’t wait to give you a taste of each next year! If you haven’t peeked yet, scroll on down for a look at their equally striking cover designs and learn a little more about each. And as always, if you’re excited for these reads, drop us a comment and let us know!
In case you missed our Spring 18 reveals from earlier this week, check them out here:
- Day 1: A Quiet Kind of Thunder, A Kiss in the Dark, and Finding Felicity
- Day 2: The True Queen and Feeder
The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix:
About the Book:
Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.
But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them—and their families—farther apart.
Margaret Peterson Haddix weaves together two completely separate lives in this engaging novel that explores what it really means to be a family—and what to do when it’s all falling apart.
The Summer of Broken Things will be available April 10, 2018!
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The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith:
About the Book:
How do you let go of something you’ve never had?
Junior year for Brooke Winters is supposed to be about change. She’s transferring schools, starting fresh, and making plans for college so she can finally leave her hometown, her family, and her past behind.
But all of her dreams are shattered one hot summer afternoon when her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father. No one really knows what happened that day, if it was premeditated or self-defense, whether it was right or wrong. And now Brooke and her siblings are on their own.
In a year of firsts—the first year without parents, first love, first heartbreak, and her first taste of freedom—Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction, as she struggles to embrace her identity, finds her true place in the world, and learns how to let go.