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‘Nimona’ Coming To Netflix June 2023

As reported by The Booked Shelf last Spring, the long-awaited adaptation for Nimona had been picked up by Netflix for a release this year and as of May 18 the trailer has been revealed by the streaming service, slated for June 30, 2023!

Anchored by the tagline “A new kind of hero takes shape,” the teaser trailer highlighted Nimona’s (Chloë Grace Moretz) mischievous chaotic persona (shapeshifting of course) and the adventures that will be underway in the “techno-medieval landscape” alongside Knight Ballister (Ahmed) and Ambrosius (Eugene Lee Yang).

The full synopsis for the film reads: A knight framed for a terrible crime turns to a shape-shifting teenage girl to prove his innocence. But what if she’s the monster he’s sworn to destroy?

Initially scrapped by Disney at 75% completion, during April 2022 it was announced that Netflix acquired the project, with plans to stream in 2023.

The film’s poster has been revealed as well:

Nimona is set to stream with with Netflix June 30, 2023!

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‘Nimona’ Streaming With Netflix in 2023

As of April 11, news broke that the film adaptation for graphic novel Nimona, which was formerly scrapped, has now been picked up by Netflix and is set to stream in 2023.

The summary for the animated project, with the novel having been written by ND Stevenson, has been pitched as follows: “A Knight is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and the only person who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona, a shape-shifting teen who might also be a monster he’s sworn to kill.”

Chloë Grace Moretz (Nimona), Riz Ahmed (Knight Ballister Boldheart) and Eugene Lee Yang (Ambrosius Goldenloin) are attached to voice the main cast which was originally reported through Collider in an exclusive back in early 2021. Netflix is joined by Annauprna Pictures (co-producer) and with animation from DNEG animation.

Nimona (2015), which was formerly cancelled by Disney with the closing of Blue Sky Studios at 75% completion, is now being helmed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane (Spies In Disguise).

Stevenson had this to say about the announcement via Twitter alongside a first-look still,”Nimona’s always been a spunky little story that just wouldn’t stop. She’s a fighter…but she’s also got some really awesome people fighting for her. I am excited out of my mind to announce that THE NIMONA MOVIE IS ALIVE…”

Producers for the project include Roy Lee, Karen Ryan and Julie Zackary alongside Robert L. Baird, Megan Ellison and Andrew Millstein serving as executive producers.

Stevenson’s webcomic, which began in 2012, was later picked up by Harper Collins for publication in 2015 having now gone on to win an Eisner Award, a Cybils Award and a Cartoonist Studio Prize.

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

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Leigh Bardugo reveals ‘Demon In The Wood’ ― a Grishaverse Graphic Novel

On December 16, GMA revealed in an exclusive announcement in which Leigh Bardugo provided a first look into the first-ever Grishaverse graphic novel and prequel releasing in 2022, which illustrates the origin story of the Darkling, titled Demon In The Wood.

According to Bardugo’s exclusive, the graphic novel will tell the story of “a young many burdened by an extraordinary power who will become the Darkling.”

Bardugo ends the announcement with this question “But is this the origin story of a hero, or a villain? That’s for you to decide…”

Original artwork will be done by Dani Pendergast and adapted by Kyla Vanderklugt, slated for a Fall 2022 release.

Before he led Ravka’s Second Army, before he created the Fold, and long before he became the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy burdened by an extraordinary power.

Eryk and his mother, Lena, have spent their lives on the run. But they will never find a safe haven. They are not only Grisha—they are the deadliest and rarest of their kind. Feared by those who wish to destroy them and hunted by those who would exploit their gifts, they must hide their true abilities wherever they go. But sometimes deadly secrets have a way of revealing themselves…

Discover the start of a grand and sinister destiny in this must-have graphic novel prequel to the bestselling series and international Netflix sensation Shadow and Bone from spectacular new talent Dani Pendergast and #1 New York Times bestseller Leigh Bardugo.

Demon In The Wood by Leigh Bardugo, with artwork from Dani Pendergast is set to be released September 27, 2022!

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YA Queer Regency Romance Graphic Novel Releasing In 2024

On April 30 it was announced through the author’s Twitter that a Young Adult Queer Regency romance graphic novel titled I Shall Never Fall In Love by Hari Connor will be debuting in Fall of 2024!

According to Connor’s tweet, its the “trans/non-binary romantic hero, queer period drama romcom of [their] dreams.”

This Queer regency romance debut will follow “two friends trying to find their places in the world and each other’s lives. George and Eleanor’s story explores class privilege, trans identity, and friendship in the time of calling cards and Empire waists.” (Credit: Publishers Weekly)

Connor is also the creator of the multi-award-winning LGBTQ+ fantasy webcomic Finding Home. Cover/promotional illustration artist is Hari Connor.

I Shall Never Fall In Love is slated for a 2024 release with HMH!

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Graphic Novels For Your 2021 TBR!

It’s a new year, which means new books to look forward to! In 2021, there’s a fantastic line-up of graphic novels. From the range of stories to the phenomenal artwork accompanying them, don’t miss these upcoming reads!

Today on The Booked Shelf I’m recommending titles across fantasy, steampunk, and historical fiction, celebrating these 2021 graphic novels!

Aster And The Mixed-Up Magic by Thom Pico and Karensac (Illustrator)

Summary: Magic turned Aster’s life upside-down — and it’s not over! Get ready for more family, more fun, and even more magic in this graphic novel adventure.

Moving to the middle of nowhere has been less of a disaster than Aster expected. Her mom’s science experiments are actually pretty cool; her dad’s cooking has gotten much better; her new dog is possibly the best canine companion anyone could ask for.

And she’s gotten to save the day — and her family — and the whole valley she lives in — from various magical calamities in what even she has to admit were extremely fun adventures. So now she can have a break, right?

Guess what?

Oh no; things get even more interesting.

The Legend Of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor

Summary: Part historical fiction, part magical realism, and 100 percent adventure. Thirteen-year-old Mei reimagines the myths of Paul Bunyan as starring a Chinese heroine as she works in a Sierra Nevada logging camp in 1885.

Aware of the racial tumult in the years after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Mei tries to remain blissfully focused on her job, her close friendship with the camp foreman’s daughter, and telling stories about Paul Bunyan–reinvented as Po Pan Yin (Auntie Po), an elderly Chinese matriarch.

Anchoring herself with stories of Auntie Po, Mei navigates the difficulty and politics of lumber camp work and her growing romantic feelings for her friend Bee. The Legend of Auntie Po is about who gets to own a myth and immigrant families and communities holding on to rituals and traditions while staking out their own place in America.

Sprite And The Gardener by Joe Whitt and Rii Abrego (Illustrator)

Summary: Long, long ago, sprites were the caretakers of gardens. Every flower was grown by their hand. But when humans appeared and began growing their own gardens, the sprites’ magical talents soon became a thing of the past.

When Wisteria, an ambitious, kind-hearted sprite, starts to ask questions about the way things used to be, she’ll begin to unearth her long-lost talent of gardening. But her newly honed skills might not be the welcome surprise she intends them to be. 

Bursting with whimsical art and vibrant characters, join our neighborhood of sprites in this beautiful, gentle fantasy where both gardens and friendships begin to blossom.

The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Katie O’Neill

Summary: Over a year since being entrusted with Ginseng’s care, Greta still can’t chase away the cloud of mourning that hangs over the timid Tea Dragon.

As she struggles to create something spectacular enough to impress a master blacksmith in search of an apprentice, she questions the true meaning of crafting, and the true meaning of caring for someone in grief.

Meanwhile, Minette receives a surprise package from the monastery where she was once training to be a prophetess. Thrown into confusion about her path in life, the shy and reserved Minette finds that the more she opens her heart to others, the more clearly she can see what was always inside.

[Full ARC review here]

City Of Illusion by Victoria Ying

Summary: It’s been a peaceful three months since Hannah Morgan and Ever Barnes saved their beloved Oskars, and activated the powers of their city’s Megantic. Ever now lives with the Morgan family and the two children watch over and learn more about Oskar (the Megantic) every day.

But their conflict-free days come to an abrupt end when Mr. Morgan is captured while on a family trip to nearby Alexios, and the kids get into a spat with a group of street magicians who con Hannah out of her pocket money. Chifa and Tanan were never planning to make friends while performing their tricks, but when Hannah and Ever learn of their connection to Vash, they realize there’s much more at stake than a few coins.

If Hannah and Ever want to find out what Vash is hiding and save both Oskars and Alexios before time runs out, they’ll have to learn to trust Chifa and Tanan, and most importantly, find a way to work together.

Squire by Nadia Shammas and Sarah Alfageeh

Summary: Set in a Middle Eastern-inspired fantasy world, 14-year-old-girl Aiza lives in an Empire wracked by famine and escalating border wars. Aiza dreams of becoming a knight, the most prestigious rank in the military, and the only way to elevate her status since her people, the Ornu, are second-class citizens in the Bayt-Saji Empire.

Hiding her cultural background to train as a squire, she navigates the rigorous training that all knights undergo to test their mettle, making both friends and enemies in the process.

However, everything falls apart after her friend gets badly injured during a raid and she uncovers a military conspiracy that threatens to keep the Empire in a state of perpetual war. Aiza will have to decide: turn her back on her morals and heritage, or turn her back on her dream and possibly, her only chance of freedom?

— Squire has officially been moved to a 2022 release!

Tidesong by Wendy Xu

Summary: An ambitious 12-year-old who moves to a seaside town with her aunts for an apprenticeship in magic and realizes that it may be more than she bargained for. In this middle grade fantasy, a young witch in a seaside town learns her family’s magic and how to work with their local water dragons.

(Source for additional summary info ComicsBeat interview from Xu about ‘Mooncakes’ from August 2019).

  • Sequels & Finale: Aster & City Of Illusion / Tea Dragon #3
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Heartstopper Optioned As A TV Series For Netflix

On January 20, it was announced that Alice Oseman’s serialized webcomic called Heartstopper was optioned as an eight-part, live-action television series for Netflix.

According to Deadline, Euros Lyn is signed on to direct the project and Oseman’s comic series was picked up by See-Saw Films. Executive producers include Lyn, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman with Zorana Piggott set to produce.

Set to be a half-hour each, Oseman is going to be writing the adaptation.

“I am over the moon that Heartstopper has found a place at Netflix,” said Oseman. “Netflix is totally in support of my and See-Saw’s vision for the show, and I feel incredibly lucky to get to work with a team of passionate, creative people who all adore Heartstopper and want to make it the most beautiful show we can. It’s a joy and an honour to get to re-tell Nick and Charlie’s story for TV and I am so excited to share it not only with Heartstopper’s existing readership, but also a whole new audience around the world.” (quoted in The Hollywood Reporter).

Announced the very same day by casting director Daniel Edwards through Twitter, he stated that there’s currently a casting search for the series.

Kids & Family Content Director Alexi Wheeler, mentioned that Oseman’s series is “just so poignant and beautifully crafted […] When we started to develop the project we collectively decided that Alice had such a clear vision that it would make sense for her to adapt and write the episodes herself; this has paid dividends and we are confident that the 8 episodes we have commissioned will live up to the expectations of existing fans while also engaging a new audience.”

Lyn is known for his work directing episodes of Black Mirror, Doctor Who, and His Dark Materials. Oseman said that she’d been working with See-Saw and the scripts for over a year.

Heartstopper currently has three volumes out with the fourth one being published later this year in May (for the UK). Originally started as a webcomic in September of 2016, Oseman’s series has sold over a quarter million copies.

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman is out now!

*[Featured image credit: Alice Oseman]

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Pistouvi by Merwan and Bertrand Gatignol Graphic Novel Preview

Today on The Booked Shelf is a special preview for a new Young Adult fantasy graphic novel set to be released this fall with Magnetic Press, Pistouvi!

Pistouvi is pitched as a “magnificent, lyrical fable” that follows a girl named Jeanne and her best friend, a little fox named Pistouvi. The art will be in black and white, while the storytelling itself evokes a dark and whimsical atmosphere.

The two friends are inseparable, however adulthood causes them to slowly drift apart and Pistuovi is suffering from the pull of a flock of babbling mockingbirds. This graphic novel is about the transition from childhood to adulthood, tinged with disillusionment.

The author is Merwan and illustrator is Bertrand Gatignol.

The official book trailer launched today on August 31, which can be found on the publisher’s YouTube here.

Magnetic Press is an imprint of Lion Forge. Pistouvi was originally published in France of 2011.

Childhood should last forever…

Jeanne is a little girl who lives with a mischievous young fox named Pistouvi. They share a charming little treehouse surrounded by a magical prairie tended by a giant ‘tractor-man’ and the wind-spirit he loves.

Together, Jeanne and Pistouvie spend frolicking days without a care, but soon, the birds arrive and everything changes…

A magnificent, lyrical fable about the transition from childhood to the world of adults.

Pistouvi by Merwan and Bertrand Gatignol is set to be released November 20, 2020!

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Young Adult Book Cover Reveals For Late May & Early June!

Today on The Booked Shelf we’ll be highlighting the fantastic cover reveals from the last few weeks!

1. Ravage The Dark by Tara Sim

On May 26, The NOVL revealed the cover to Ravage The Dark which is the sequel and conclusion to Tara Sim’s Scavenge The Stars which released earlier in January 2020. Alongside the cover reveal, was a summary:

For seven long years, while she was imprisoned on a debtor’s ship, Amaya Chandra had one plan: to survive. But now, survival is not enough. She has people counting on her; counting on her for protection, for leadership, for vengeance. And after escaping Moray by the skin of her teeth, she’s determined to track down the man who betrayed her and her friends: Boon.

Cayo Mercado has lost everything: his money, his father, his reputation. Everything except his beloved sister. But he’s well on his way to losing her, too, with no way to afford the treatment for her deadly illness. In a foreign empire also being consumed by ash fever, Cayo has no choice but to join Amaya in uncovering the mystery of the counterfeit currency, the fever, and how his father was involved in their creation. But Cayo still hasn’t forgiven Amaya for her earlier deception, and their complicated feelings for each other are getting harder and harder to ignore.

Through glittering galas, dazzling trickery, and thrilling heists, Cayo and Amaya will learn that the corruption in Moray goes far deeper than they know, and in the end the only people they can trust are each other.

Ravage The Dark by Tara Sim is set to be released March 2021!

2. Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney

The Root revealed the cover to L.L. McKinney’s upcoming graphic novel called Nubia: Real One on May 28. Alongside McKinney Nubia will have Black creatives such as artist Robyn Smith for illustrations and colorist Brie Henderson.

According to the article Smith stated, “Young black girls and their influence on art and culture has always been present but for the most part goes uncredited. I’d tell all the young black girls interested in art to take hold of what they create and keep going. Push past the discouragement of underrepresentation. Tell your stories because we need them.”

Nubia is considered to be one of the first Black women superheroes from DC Comics. Alongside the cover reveal was also an exclusive look at the art. Here’s the full summary:

Can you be a hero…if society doesn’t see you as a person?

Nubia has always been a little bit…different. As a baby she showcased Amazonian-like strength by pushing over a tree to rescue her neighbor’s cat. But, despite having similar abilities, the world has no problem telling her that she’s no Wonder Woman. And even if she was, they wouldn’t want her. Every time she comes to the rescue, she’s reminded of how people see her; as a threat. Her Moms do their best to keep her safe, but Nubia can’t deny the fire within her, even if she’s a little awkward about it sometimes. Even if it means people assume the worst.

When Nubia’s best friend, Quisha, is threatened by a boy who thinks he owns the town, Nubia will risk it all—her safety, her home, and her crush on that cute kid in English class—to become the hero society tells her she isn’t.

Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney, Brie Henderson, and Robyn Smith is set to be released February 2, 2021!

3. The Forest Of Stolen Girls by June Hur

June Hur revealed via her Twitter, the cover to her next YA historical mystery novel titled, The Forest Of Stolen Girls on June 8. The cover illustrator is Pedro Tapa. Her Here’s the full summary:

Hwani’s family has never been the same since she and her younger sister went missing and were later found unconscious in the forest, near a gruesome crime scene. The only thing they remember: Their captor wore a painted-white mask.

To escape the haunting memories of this incident, the family flees their hometown. Years later, Detective Min—Hwani’s father—learns that thirteen girls have recently disappeared under similar circumstances, and so he returns to their hometown to investigate… only to vanish as well.

Determined to find her father and solve the case that tore their family apart, Hwani returns home to pick up the trail. As she digs into the secrets of the small village—and reconnects with her now estranged sister—Hwani comes to realize that the answer lies within her own buried memories of what happened in the forest all those years ago.

The Forest Of Stolen Girls by June Hur is set to be released April 2021!

4. Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales

On June 8 via Gonzales Twitter revealed the cover to her upcoming YA Contemporary titled, Perfect On Paper. Cover designer is Jonathan Bush. Here’s the full summary:

Everyone in school knows about Locker 89. If you slip a letter in outlining your relationship woes, along with a fiver, an anonymous source will email you with the best advice you’ve ever gotten.

Darcy Phillips, a quiet, sweet junior, is safe in the knowledge no one knows she’s the genius behind locker 89. Until Brougham, a senior, catches her.

The deal Brougham offers is tempting: in exchange for his silence–and a generous coach’s fee to sweeten the deal–Darcy can become Brougham’s personal dating coach to help him get his ex-girlfriend back.

And as for Darcy, well, she has a fairly good reason to want to keep her anonymity. Because she has another secret. Not too long ago, she abused locker 89 to sabotage the budding romance of her best friend, Brooke. Brooke, who Darcy’s been in love with for a year now.

Yeah. Brooke can’t find out about that. No matter what.

Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales is set to be released March 2021!

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Graphic Novels By Authors Of Color For Your 2020 TBR!

2020 is a phenomenal year for graphic novels! From epic fantasy adventures to contemporary, and even steampunk, there’s so many graphic novels from authors of color that’ve been released and have yet to debut on shelves!

On The Booked Shelf I’m recommending 10 graphic novels (either recently released or upcoming) by authors of color, that you should add to your TBR!

Nori by Rumi Hara
Release Date: May 12, 2020

Summary: Nori (short for Noriko) is a spirited three-year-old girl who lives with her parents and grandmother in the suburbs of Osaka during the 1980s. While both parents work full-time, her grandmother is Nori’s caregiver and companion—forever following after Nori as the three year old dashes off on fantastical adventures.

One day Nori runs off to be met by an army of bats—the symbol of happiness. Soon after, she is at school chasing a missing rabbit while performing as a moon in the school play, touching on the myth of the Moon Rabbit. A ditch by the side of the road opens a world of kids, crawfish, and beetles, not to mention the golden frog and albino salamander. That night, her grandma takes to the Bon Odori festival to dance with her ancestors. When Nori wins a trip to Hawaii, she finds herself swimming with a sea turtle, though she doesn’t know how to swim.

Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook, Ryan Estrada, & Ko Hyung-Jo (illustrator)
Release Date: May 19, 2020

Summary: When Kim Hyun Sook started college in 1983 she was ready for her world to open up. After acing her exams and sort-of convincing her traditional mother that it was a good idea for a woman to go to college, she looked forward to soaking up the ideas of Western Literature far from the drudgery she was promised at her family’s restaurant. But literature class would prove to be just the start of a massive turning point, still focused on reading but with life-or-death stakes she never could have imagined.

This was during South Korea’s Fifth Republic, a military regime that entrenched its power through censorship, torture, and the murder of protestors. In this charged political climate, with Molotov cocktails flying and fellow students disappearing for hours and returning with bruises, Hyun Sook sought refuge in the comfort of books. When the handsome young editor of the school newspaper invited her to his reading group, she expected to pop into the cafeteria to talk about Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Scarlet Letter. Instead she found herself hiding in a basement as the youngest member of an underground banned book club. And as Hyun Sook soon discovered, in a totalitarian regime, the delights of discovering great works of illicit literature are quickly overshadowed by fear and violence as the walls close in.

Suncatcher by José Pimienta
Release Date:
May 19, 2020

Summary: If life wasn’t already hard enough for Beatriz — being a teenager, trying to start a band, and going to school — then she discovers that her grandfather’s soul has been trapped in an old guitar, and that the only way to free him is to play the perfect song . . . his perfect song, a song that he never actually wrote down. She’s determined to save her grandfather, but as music slowly takes over her life, she soon finds herself growing obsessed with his song, and making it absolutely flawless, at the expense of her friendships, her band, and her health.

Beatriz won’t let anything stop her, not even her own limitations. Creating a magical song is already a lot of pressure, but Beatriz will have to make some hard choices before it’s too late for her grandfather . . . and for herself.

Sky Island by Amy Chu & Janet K. Lee (Illustrator) (Sea Sirens #2)
Release Date: June 9, 2020

Summary: The stunning sequel to Sea Sirens, the middle-grade graphic novel about a spunky Vietnamese American surfer girl and her cantankerous talking cat. This time Trot and Cap’n Bill have to rescue a Sea Siren friend from the clutches of a ruthless amusement park owner.

School’s out and Trot and Cap’n Bill are looking forward to a carefree summer of surfing. But trouble surfaces when Grandpa hooks a message in a bottle while fishing. Clia, the Sea Siren princess, and Anko, King of the Sea Serpents, need their help: Merla, their Sea Siren friend, has been kidnapped!

Trot, her cat, and her grandfather join the rescue effort which takes them to an old abandoned amusement park island resort, where plans are afoot for a grand re-opening. But who is behind this development? Enter Rosalie, an environmentalist with a personal grudge against the developer. She can tell them a thing or two about the mysterious Mr. Buluru and his secret plans for the park. And Trot has a pretty good idea who the new main attraction of the park will be–but not if she and her crew get to that tank and free Merla first!

City Of Secrets by Victoria Ying
Release Date: July 28, 2020

Summary: Ever Barnes is a shy orphan guarding a secret in an amazing puzzle box of a building.

Most of the young women who work at the building’s Switchboard Operating Facility, which connects the whole city of Oskar, look the other way as Ever roams around in the shadows. But one of them, Lisa, keeps an eye on the boy. So does the head of the Switchboard, Madame Alexander . . . a rather sharp eye.

Enter Hannah, the spunky daughter of the building’s owner. She thinks Ever needs a friend, even if he doesn’t know it yet.

Good thing she does!

Lisa and Madame Alexander are each clearly up to something.

Ever is beset by a menacing band of rogues looking to unlock the secret he holds–at any cost. And whatever is hidden deep in the Switchboard building will determine all of their futures.

On a journey that twists and turns as much as the mechanical building Ever Barnes calls home, he and his new friend Hannah have to – and out what’s really going on in this mysterious city of secrets . . . or else!

A Map To The Sun by Sloane Leong
Release Date:
August 4, 2020

Summary: One summer day, Ren meets Luna at a beachside basketball court and a friendship is born. But when Luna moves to back to Oahu, Ren’s messages to her friend go unanswered.

Years go by. Then Luna returns, hoping to rekindle their friendship. Ren is hesitant. She’s dealing with a lot, including family troubles, dropping grades, and the newly formed women’s basketball team at their highschool. With Ren’s new friends and Luna all on the basketball team, the lines between their lives on and off the court begin to blur. During their first season, this diverse and endearing group of teens are challenged in ways that make them reevaluate just who and how they trust.

Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee
Release Date:
September 15, 2020

Summary: Lora doesn’t want to grow up! Afraid that she is the magic of her childhood, Lora will do anything to stop it . . . including befriending Alexa, the ghost who haunts her house. A middle-grade graphic novel that focuses growing up and what that means for you and all the relationships you have in your life. This book is perfect for fans of Ghosts and Making Friends.

Growing up sounds terrible.

No one has time to do anything fun, or play outside, or use their imagination. Everything is suddenly so serious. People are more interested in their looks and what others think about them than having fun adventures. Who wants that?

Not Lora.

After watching her circle of friends seemingly fade away, Lora is determined to still have fun on her own. A tea party with a twist lease Lora to discovering Alex, the ghost that haunts her house — and Lora’s old imaginary friend! Lora and Alexa are thrilled to meet kindred spirits and they become best friends . . . but unfortunately, not everything can last forever.

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
Release Date:
October 13, 2020

Summary: Real life isn’t a fairytale.

But Tiến still enjoys reading his favorite stories with his parents from the books he borrows from the local library. It’s hard enough trying to communicate with your parents as a kid, but for Tiến, he doesn’t even have the right words because his parents are struggling with their English. Is there a Vietnamese word for what he’s going through?

Is there a way to tell them he’s gay?

A beautifully illustrated story by Trung Le Nguyen that follows a young boy as he tries to navigate life through fairytales, an instant classic that shows us how we are all connected.

b.b free Vol. 1 by Gabby Rivera & Royal Dunlap (illustrator) (B.B. Free #1)
Release Date:
October 27, 2020

Summary: It’s been over twenty years since the Plague That Ate Greed wiped out half the population, and it’s the only world that b.b. has ever known. 

Broadcasting her underground radio show from her remote swamp community, b.b. free has no idea about the world outside her home – or her role in it! But when b.b. discovers a terrible secret about her overbearing father, she realizes that everything she believes in could be a lie! 

Now on the run from her own family, b.b. will learn the truth about the world she lives in, and about the power she never knew she had.

Odessa by Jonathan Hill
Release Date: November 3, 2020

Summary: Eight years ago an earthquake—the Big One—hit along the Cascadia fault line, toppling cities and changing landscapes all up and down the west coast of the United States. Life as we know it changed forever. But for Vietnamese-American Virginia Crane, life changed shortly after the earthquake, when her mother left and never came back.

Ginny has gotten used to a life without her mother, helping her father take care of her two younger brothers, Wes and Harry. But when a mysterious package arrives for her eighteenth birthday, her life is shaken up yet again. For the first time, Ginny wants something more than to survive. And it might be a selfish desire, but she’s determined to find out what happened to her mother—even if it means leaving her family behind.

Adaptation News, Fierce Reads

The Prince And The Dressmaker Optioned As A Musical Film Adaptation

On February 19, it was revealed through Playbill that the duo behind the soundtracks for Frozen, Kristen and Robert (Bobby) Lopez, have decided to pick up The Prince And The Dressmaker as their next movie musical.

It was also announced that they’ll be working alongside Marc Platt and Amy Herzog, who will adapt Jen Wang’s 2018 graphic novel.

“Our next movie musical project is with Marc Platt and it is a musical version of a graphic novel called The Prince and the Dressmaker.”

Kristen & Bobby Lopez Via Playbill

The feature rights were originally acquired by Platt and Universal Pictures back in April of 2018, according to Deadline.

The article from Playbill also stated that there is no timeline currently set for the adaptation of The Prince And The Dressmaker.

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart. 

The Prince And The Dressmaker by Jen Wang is out now!