The TTT theme over at Broke and Bookish is Most Anticipated 2016 Releases.
Most of these have already been featured in a variety of What's New/ Stacking the Shelves posts. In order of release date:
American Ace by Marilyn Nelson. 122 p. Dial Books/ Penguin Young Readers Group, January 12, 2016. 9780803733053.
Publisher synopsis: This riveting novel in verse, perfect for fans of Jacqueline Woodson and Toni Morrison, explores American history and race through the eyes of a teenage boy embracing his newfound identity
Connor’s grandmother leaves his dad a letter when she dies, and the letter’s confession shakes their tight-knit Italian-American family: The man who raised Dad is not his birth father.
But the only clues to this birth father’s identity are a class ring and a pair of pilot’s wings. And so Connor takes it upon himself to investigate—a pursuit that becomes even more pressing when Dad is hospitalized after a stroke. What Connor discovers will lead him and his father to a new, richer understanding of race, identity, and each other.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. 280 p. Balzer + Bray/ HarperCollins Publisher, February 2, 2016. 9780062377012.
Publisher synopsis: From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come.
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan. 305 p. G.P. Putnam's Sons/ Penguin Young Readers Group, February 23, 2016. 9780399173073.
Publisher synopsis: For fans of Linda Sue Park and A Long Way Gone, two young boys must escape a life of slavery in modern-day Ivory Coast
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina. 305 p. Candlewick Press. 9780763674670. March 8, 2016.
Publisher synopsis: While violence runs rampant throughout New York, a teenage girl faces danger within her own home in Meg Medina's riveting coming-of-age novel.
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith. 368 p. Margaret K. McElderry Books/ Simon & Schuster Publishing. March 22, 2016. 9781481449359.
Publisher synopsis: In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.
The Story of You by Beth Kephart. 255 p. Chronicle Books, LLC. April 12, 2016. 9781452142845.
Publisher synopsis: On Haven, a six-mile long, half-mile-wide stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her Year-Rounder friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But then a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, upending all logic and stranding Mira's mother and brother on the mainland. Nothing will ever be the same. A stranger appears in the wreck of Mira's home. A friend obsessed with vanishing disappears. As the mysteries deepen, Mira must find the strength to carry on—to somehow hold her memories in place while learning to trust a radically reinvented future. Gripping and poetic, is about the beauty of nature and the power of family, about finding hope in the wake of tragedy and recovery in the face of overwhelming loss.
Dan Versus Nature by Don Calame. 378 p. Candlewick Press, April 12, 2016. 9780763670719.
Publisher synopsis: From screenwriter Don Calame comes another outrageously funny and raunchy tale of teen boys whose plans go awry — this time, on a survivalist camping trip.
Shy and scrawny Dan Weekes spends his time creating graphic novels inspired by his dream girl and looking out for his mom as she dates every man in the state of California. Then his mom drops a bomb: she and her latest beau, Hank, are engaged, and she’s sending her "two favorite men" on a survivalist camping trip to "bond." Determined to trick Hank into showing his true — flawed — colors on the trip, Dan and his nerdy germaphobe best friend, Charlie, prepare a series of increasingly gross and embarrassing pranks. But the boys hadn’t counted on a hot girl joining their trip or on getting separated from their wilderness guide—not to mention the humiliating injuries Dan suffers in the course of terrorizing his stepdad-to-be. With a man-hungry bear on their trail, no supplies, and a lot of unpleasant itching going on, can Dan see his plan through now that his very survival depends on Hank?
Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick. 265 p. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, May 10, 2016. 9780316379588.
Publisher synopsis: Nanette O'Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bugglegum Reaper—a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic—the rebel within Nanette awakens.
Mayday by Karen Harrington. 342 p. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers,
Publisher synopsis: A powerful coming-of-age story about the importance of finding your voice.
Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler. 297 p. Candlewick Press, June 14, 2016. 978763681319.
Publisher synopsis: In her first novel for young adults, New York Times best-selling author Liz Kessler tells a story about finding a kindred spirit and becoming your true self.