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Must-Read Books That Went on Sale in August 2020

August 31, 2020
Annika Voss

There are so many great books that came out in August that our TBRs are in danger of toppling over! If you are looking for more must-read books, check out the list below.

Must-Read Books That Went on Sale in August 2020

1. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Set in Los Angeles, 1992 against the background of the Rodney King Riots, The Black Kids centers on the charmed life of Ashley Bennett. Ashley’s family is wealthy; she attends an expensive private school, lives in a fancy neighborhood of L.A. But when four police officers are acquitted after beating a Black man, Rodney King, half to death, she’s no longer just one of the girls—she’s one of the Black kids. Ashley tries to continue living as she always has, but when a rumor Ashley starts threatens to derail the future of her classmate and fellow Black kid Lashawn, she’s forced to confront uncomfortable truths about the world, and about herself.

 

2. Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

When Liliana Cruz transfers to a nearly all-white wealthy suburban high school she does what it takes to fit in. In order to do so, she builds walls around herself. However, when racial tensions at school reach a fever pitch, the walls that divide feel insurmountable. But a wall isn’t always a barrier. It can be a foundation for something better. And Liliana must choose: Use this foundation as a platform to speak her truth, or risk crumbling under its weight.

Liliana is one of our 2020 Shelf Queens!

 

3. The Nemesis by S.J. Kincaid

The final book in the epic sci-fi Diabolic series is here! If you haven’t already read these books, now is the time to pick up all three, beginning with The Diabolic and followed by The Empress! This galactic empire filled with danger and intrigue is sure to transport you immediately to a galaxy far, far away.

 

4. Facing the Sun by Janice Lynn Mather

This Caribbean-set story follows four friends—Eve, KeeKee, Faith, and Nia—who experience unexpected changes in their lives during the summer when a hotel developer purchases their community’s beloved beach. Ready or not, it’s time for these four friends to face the sun.

 

5. Scorched Earth by Tommy Wallach

In this thrilling conclusion to the Anchor & Sophia trilogy, the great war has finally begun. The Descendancy must fight for its survival against not only the Sophian army, but a Wesah nation newly galvanized by the Black Wagon Massacre. And four young people will once again find themselves at the center of the maelstrom.

 

6. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

This beautiful, lyrically-written book follows Sia, a Mexican American teen who discovers profound connections between immigration, folklore, and alien life. It’s been three years since Sia Martinez’s mom’s deportation and ill-fated walk across the Sonoran. Then one night, Sia’s life and the world as we know it cracks wide open. Because a blue-lit spacecraft crashes in front of Sia’s car…and it’s carrying her mom, who’s very much alive.

 

7. Salvation by Caryn Lix

The final book in the Sanctuary series is here! Kenzie and her friends have found themselves on a strange planet. Together they must risk everything to save Earth, but how how can Kenzie save Earth if she can’t even save the people she loves?

 

Looking for more? Check out these upcoming books by Black authors that we can’t wait for you to read!

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