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    Indies Introduce Summer / Fall 2016

    Independent Booksellers’ Debut Picks of the Season

    Do what indies do best—find and showcase undiscovered authors and compelling books. Two panels of booksellers chose the Indies Introduce titles—10 adult and 10 children’s—as the best of the Summer/Fall 2016 debuts. Publishers offer special terms on these books just for participating indie booksellers.

    " I felt like a pioneer book explorer!  Each day brings another adventure. Just think I may have been part of the discovery of the new J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins!"
    Hannah Moushabeck from Odyssey Books, South Hadley, MA

    Promotional terms are visible to logged-in ABA Bookseller Members only.

    Fiction

    • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
      Knopf/Random House, 9781101947135, June 7, 2016 (Fiction)

      "Homegoing spans 300 years, beginning in Ghana and ending in America. The story is beautifully rendered, with characters whose sufferings and triumphs you share. You are given insight into the history of the slave trade and generations later, we see the impact on the lives of individual characters. It's a stunning debut! Not to be missed!”

      – Sarajane Giddings, Blue Door Books (Cedarhurst, NY)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • A Meal in Winter: A Novel of World War II, Hubert Mingarelli
      The New Press, 9781620971734, July 5, 2016 (Fiction)

      “Beginning with two German soldiers leaving their Einsatzgruppe to avoid one more day of killing Jews, this simple morality tale will bewitch you with its absolutely perfect pacing.”

      – Ingrid Goatson, Boulder Book Store (Boulder, CO)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • The Party Wall, Catherine Leroux
      Biblioasis, 9781771960762, July 12, 2016 (Fiction)

      “Intricate and multi-layered, The Party Wall reflects how interconnected the world can be. I don’t have the words to do this book justice. Just read it — the ending will deliver; I promise.”

      – Valerie Welbourn, Novels & Novelties Bookstore (Hendersonville, NC)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • The Monster's Daughter, Michelle Pretorius
      Melville House, 9781612195384, July 19, 2016 (Fiction)

      “Can science fiction, historical fiction, and a serial murder mystery peacefully coexist in the same novel? In The Monster’s Daughter, the answer is an emphatic yes. Clearly drawn characters converge to resolve a decades-old mystery and move to a tense and satisfying conclusion.”

      – Joe Strebel, Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville, IL)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • Half Wild, Robin MacArthur
      Ecco/HarperCollins, 9780062444394, August 2, 2016 (Fiction)

      "While the inhabitants of these interconnected stories all live in a tight-knit community in rural Vermont, Half Wild is anything but provincial. True, these characters belong to the place they come from, but, first and foremost, they belong to each other.”

      – Sam Kaas, Village Books (Bellingham, WA)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • A Whole Life, Robert Seethaler
      Farrar, Straus and Grioux/Macmillan, 9780374289867, September 13, 2016 (Fiction)

      A Whole Life is an elegant, compact, and atmospheric tale of a life in the Alps, of time passing, of changing times, of loss and love and war. The writing is precise and the mood intense. It is the perfect book for a quiet, rainy day with a cup of tea.”

      – Pete Mulvihill, Green Apple Books (San Francisco, CA)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • Children of the New World, Alexander Weinstein
      Picador/Macmillan, 9781250098993, September 13, 2016 (Fiction)

      “These realistic scenarios, set in a not-too-distant future, made me really think about all the technology I’ve come to depend on in my everyday life. You’ll want your book club to read it, plus your significant other and your neighbor. You’ll want to share this excellent book so you can keep thinking about it and talk about it, too.”

      – Sue Roegge, Chapter2Books (Hudson, WI)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • The Clay Girl, Heather Tucker
      ECW, 9781770413030, October 11, 2016 (Fiction)

      "This novel is full of those take-away-your-breath lines, the ones you want to write down and keep in your pocket for when you need them. Ari joins the ranks of heroines like Lyra Belacqua or Liesel Meminger, girls who take the worst society has to offer and turn it into strength and kindness.”

      – Linda Sherman-Nurick, Cellar Door Bookstore (Riverside, CA)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • The Comet Seekers, Helen Sedgwick
      Harper/HarperCollins, 9780062448767, October 11, 2016 (Fiction)

      “This moving novel establishes its unique tone and lyrical beauty from the opening sentence and sustains that level through a multi-generational story of the tension of loyalty to family and home against the lure and opportunities of the outside world."

      – Joe Strebel, Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville, IL)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    Non-Fiction

    • The Drone Eats with Me: A Gaza Diary, Atef Abu Saif
      Beacon, 9780807049105, July 5, 2016 (Non-Fiction)

      "Atef Abu Saif’s journal of the incessant bombing of the Gaza Strip during the summer of 2014 presents a voice we usually do not hear. Saif gives names and faces to the anonymous people presented in the daily news. His personal account, presented clearly and passionately, is testimony that must be heard."

      – Mary Fran Buckley, Eight Cousins (Falmouth, MA)
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    Middle Grade

    • This is Not a Werewolf Story, Sandra Evans
      Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 9781481444804, July 26, 2016 (Middle Grade)

      "Raul is a loner — the only child not picked up on the weekend. Or is he? The language leaps from the page with imagery as we delve into his magical weekends, which teem with animal references, Native American themes, and serious childhood problems. There is something in this for everyone.”

      – Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes, Wade Albert White
      Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette, 9780316305280, September 13, 2016 (Middle Grade)

      “Anne has been an orphan living a depressing life at the St. Lupin’s Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children for almost 13 years. Middle-school readers, many of whom have read Harry Potter, will like the adventures and fast-paced action that takes place in this story.”

      – Kathy Taber, Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore (Indianapolis, IN)
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    • Gertie's Leap to Greatness, Kate Beasley
      Farrar, Straus and Grioux (BYR)/Macmillan, 9780374302610, October 4, 2016 (Middle Grade)

      “Gertie is on a mission — to be the greatest fifth-grader ever! But things never quite to work out like she plans. You will love Gertie’s spunk and moxie as much as I did and will cheer her on as she stumbles, falls, and leaps to greatness.”

      – Lisa Nehs, Books & Company (Oconomowoc, WI)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    Young Adult

    • Learning to Swear in America, Katie Kennedy
      Bloomsbury USA Children's Books/Bloomsbury, 9781619639096, July 5, 2016 (Young Adult)

      Learning to Swear in America is a tale of firsts. This will be the first time in the U.S. for Yuri, his first time making friends, his first time kissing a girl, his first time swearing in English, and, oh, his first time saving the entire planet from destruction.Through Yuri’s perfectly written voice, Kennedy tells the story of a fledgling teen finally getting the chance to be a kid.”

      – Janelle Smith, Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA)
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    • The Killer in Me, Margot Harrison
      Disney-Hyperion/Disney Publishing Worldwide, 9781484727997, July 12, 2016 (Young Adult)

      “Nina cannot sleep at night, because every time she closes her eyes she sees inside the mind of a killer. As Nina tries to stop the murders from happening she makes a shocking discovery.This book is a fantastic read. I was hooked from the first page and could not stop reading until I was done. Don’t miss this one!”

      – Lisa Nehs, Books & Company (Oconomowoc, WI)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • How to Hang a Witch, Adriana Mather
      Knopf (BYR)/Random House Children's Books, 9780553539479, July 26, 2016 (Young Adult)

      “When Samantha Mather, descended from a villain of the Salem witch trials, is forced to move to Salem, her presence sets off a chain of events that could destroy the town. I thoroughly enjoyed this modern-day take on the trials and loved the directions in which Adriana Mather took the story, as well as the historical details she used to frame it. I definitely recommend this.”

      – Flannery Fitch, Bookshop Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • It Looks Like This, Rafi Mittlefehldt
      Candlewick, 9780763687199, September 6, 2016 (Young Adult)

      “This is a story of growing up gay in a small town. Mike is a kid who never fits in. He doesn’t like sports very much, instead enjoying art and French much better. He is targeted and bullied at school. It Looks Like This is a moving, thought-provoking story of acceptance and self-love that is perfect for everyone of middle-school age and above.”

      – Diane Howell Robinson, Eagle Eye Book Shop (Decatur, GA)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • Our Chemical Hearts, Krystal Sutherland
      G.P. Putnam's Sons (BYR)/Penguin, 9780399546563, October 4, 2016 (Young Adult)

      "This is not the story of a simple, easy love. It is messy, it hurts, and the past seems to keep interfering. Henry and Grace are two complicated, multilayered teens. Will it work? Is it worth it? Do they really love each other or are they both really just in need of a good friend?

      – Clarissa Murphy, Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, MA)
      Additional blurb(s) available here


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    • The Weight of Zero, Karen Fortunati
      Delacorte Press/ Random House Children's Books, 9781101938898, October 11, 2016 (Young Adult)

      “After Catherine is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she doesn’t believe that she’ll survive. She knows that, while right now she’s ok, soul-crushing depression, which she calls Zero, is coming for her. So she decides that she won’t let it get her — she’ll end things before it hits. But she has a few things to do first. Catherine’s bucket list becomes an unlikely source for change as she begins to find hope where she never expected it. This book absolutely floored me. It tore me apart and rebuilt me, in the best possible way. It is by far the best depiction of depression that I’ve read in a very long time. I spent the last half of the book in grateful tears, filled with a deep recognition that gave me hope for life and love for Catherine. I cannot express enough what this book meant to me. Read it. It’ll change you.”

      – Flannery Fitch, Bookshop Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
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    Young Adult Non-Fiction

    • Every Falling Star, Sungju Lee (and Susan McClelland)
      Amulet Books/Abrams, 9781419721328, September 13, 2016 (Young Adult Non-Fiction)

      “This superb biography is a devastating account of survival amidst the dark and famine-stricken towns and cities along the Chinese–North Korean border. I found it to be an illuminating glimpse into this closed-off country — so much so that I have read it cover to cover twice. I believe that this book will have great staying power in the future.”

      – Biddy Kehoe, Hockessin’s Bookshelf (Hockessin, DE)
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