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2021 MG releases you need to look out for part 2

I missed a few books because I typed out that post within 15 hours and polished & posted the same day. So here’s part 2 !! I’ll be adding more if I’ve missed any do bookmark it for future reference!

I owe this list to Shruti cz I pretty much gave up on posting it after some anxiety in December (yes one month ago😂) and Shruti encouraged me to do it.. for three weeks.. and here ya go

As you lovely people know , the title goes to the Goodreads site . And the preorder link publisher’s site!

January

Jan 5

Stella’s Stellar Hair

goodreads summary:

Black girl magic meets Interstellar Cinderella in this celebration of hair, family, and self-love.

It’s the day of the Big Star Little Gala, and Stella’s hair just isn’t acting right! What’s a girl to do?

Simple! Just hop on her hoverboard, visit each of her fabulous aunties across the solar syste, and find the perfect hairdo along the way.

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Jan 19

The Comeback : A Figureskating Novel

  • Maxine wants to win – her figure skating competition , middle school , especially against her parents who think competitive skating is too much pressure
  • Hollie , a gifted new skater who is getting teased for her Chinese heritage is Maxine’s competition.
  • Will Maxine’s resolution to win change? The story promises friendship and I’m HERE for it

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February

Feb 2

Happy Dreams , Little Bunny

  • Little Bunny is having trouble sleeping when there’s so much to think about (don’t we all)
  • After that , Mommy teaches about dreams from mommy where anything is possible

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Feb 9

The Gilded Ones

  • Nearly-Immortal girls army with rare gifts

I know my summary seems tiny , but isn’t that enough to sell Gilded ones to you?

 

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Related : MG releases you need to look out for part 1

March

March 1

The Girl who stole an Elephant

Chaya , daughter of a nobleman , local robin hood for her community leads her friends on a heist to steal the queen’s jewels. After coming so close to losing one of her friends , they barely escape by stealing the king’s elephant. Can she survive the jungle and return home?

HEIST IN MG SET IN SRILANKA???? SIGN ME UP

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March 2

Ballet Bunnies #2 : Let’s dance

  • The ballet bunnies help Millie , their new friend and the only kid who knows about them to learn ballet.
  • What will they do when she’s so nervous to get on stage?

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March 3

Peter Lee’s notes from the field

Peter has the perfect summer plans – but they don’t work.

With his grandma sick and no one talking to him about it , he puts his scientist skills of observation and experimentation to action and figure out what’s going on – If his genius sister can be quiet for once

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April

April 6

The Sinister Substitute

Doreen , Miles and Kamala are back for a new semester and there’s another mystery they gotta solve!! New teachers , confusion someone using all the confusion . Avengers Assembly #2 is back with a bang

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Preeti also has the best Twitter account , if you’re not following you should!

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April 13

It doesn't take a genius

Emmett and his older brother Luke have always been “Batman and Robin,” though they’re quick to bicker about who’s who. Spending the summer at a historic Black summer camp seems like a wonderful adventure for the two to share, but since Luke is there as a junior counselor, he seems to spend all of his time being everyone else’s big brother, and ignoring Emmett.

As Luke seems to be moving on to new adventures, Emmett struggles in unexpected ways, especially in swim class and the “It Takes A Village” entrepreneurship class. Without his brother to turn to for support, Emmett works to build a new crew of “superfriends,” who’ll help him plan something spectacular for the end-of-camp awards night and celebration. Along the way, Emmett learns that no matter what, there can be many ways to define family

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April 20

The Rice in the pot goes round and round

Sing along to this delicious twist on The Wheels on the Bus and celebrate the food, laughter, and love of a multigenerational family meal!

The rice in the pot goes round and round,

Round and round, round and round,

The rice in the pot goes round and round

At the table where my family gathers round…

At the table where this family gathers, they share food, laughter, and, most of all, love. Readers of all ages are sure to delight in this joyful, expressive sing-along, slurping noodles, squishing tofu, and tapping chopsticks as they sing along to this familiar tune.

Rhythmic text from The Great Wall of Lucy Wu author and Asian/Pacific American Library Association Award winner Wendy Wan-Long Shang, and vibrant, playful illustrations from artist Lorian Tu bring this heartwarming, mouth-watering story to life. Informative back matter includes a food glossary and etiquette guidelines that are sure to delight and engage young readers.

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April 27

Ways to Grow Love

Ways to grow love

Ryan finds herself wishing for lots of things—like for her new sister to be born healthy, for her new recipes to turn out right, for that camping trip to go better than she fears! And of course Ryan is facing these new challenges and new experiences in her classic style—with a bright outlook and plenty of spirit!

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May

May 4

Finding Junie Kim

Finding Junie Kim

Junie Kim just wants to fit in. So she keeps her head down and tries not to draw attention to herself. But when racist graffiti appears at her middle school, Junie must decide between staying silent or speaking out.

Then Junie’s history teacher assigns an oral history project—and when Junie decides to interview her grandparents, she soon uncovers their unbelievable tales of bravery as kids during the Korean War.

Junie must find the courage to do what is right, just as her grandparents did. And as racism becomes more pervasive at school, Junie now knows what she must do.

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Amira’s Picture Day

Synopsis :

Amira is stuck between

•celebrating Eid with family

Or

•picture day in school.

If she doesn’t show up how will everyone remember her?

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Maybe maybe Marisol Rainey

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Marisol Rainey’s mother was born in the Philippines. Marisol’s father works and lives part-time on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. And Marisol, who has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard named Peppina . . . but she’s way too scared to climb it. This all makes Marisol the only girl in her small Louisiana town with a mother who was born elsewhere and a father who lives elsewhere (most of the time)—and the only girl who’s fearful of adventure and fun.

Will Marisol be able to salvage her summer and have fun with Jada, her best friend? Maybe. Will Marisol figure out how to get annoying Evie Smythe to leave her alone? Maybe. Will Marisol ever get to spend enough real time with her father? Maybe. Will Marisol find the courage to climb Peppina? Maybe.

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May 11

The Shape of Thunder

Cora hasn’t spoken to her best friend Quinn in a year.

Despite living next door to each other, they exist in separate worlds of grief. Cora is still grappling with the death of her beloved sister in a school shooting, and Quinn is carrying the guilt of what her brother did.

On the day of Cora’s twelfth birthday, Quinn leaves a box on her doorstep with a note. She has decided that the only way to fix things is to go back in time to the moment before her brother changed all their lives forever—and stop him.
In spite of herself, Cora wants to believe. And so the two former friends begin working together to open a wormhole in the fabric of the universe. But as they attempt to unravel the mysteries of time travel to save their siblings, they learn that the magic of their friendship may actually be the key to saving themselves

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May 18

Ophie’s ghosts

Ophelia Harrison and her family used to live in a small house in the Georgia countryside. But that was before the night in November 1922 and the cruel act that took her home and her father from her. Which just happened to be the same night that Ophie learned she can see ghosts.

Now Ophie and her mother are stuck living in Pittsburgh with relatives they barely know. In the hopes of earning enough money to get their own place, Mama has gotten Ophie a job as a maid in the old manor house where she works. Daffodil Manor, like the wealthy Caruthers family who owns it, is haunted by memories and prejudices of the past—and, as Ophie discovers, ghosts as well. Ghosts who have their own loves and hatreds and hungers and desires, ghosts who have wronged others and ghosts who have themselves been wronged.

And as Ophie forms a friendship with one spirit whose life ended suddenly and unjustly, she wonders if she might be able to help—even as she comes to realize that Daffodil Manor may hold more secrets than she bargained for.

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That thing about Bollywood

That thing about Bollywood

You know how in Bollywood when people are in love, they sing and dance from the mountaintops? Eleven-year-old Sonali wonders if they do the same when they’re breaking up. The truth is, Sonali’s parents don’t get along, and it looks like they might be separating.

Sonali’s little brother, Ronak, is not taking the news well, constantly crying. Sonali would never do that. It’s embarrassing to let out so many feelings, to show the world how not okay you are. But then something strange happens, something magical, maybe. When Sonali gets upset during a field trip, she can’t bury her feelings like usual—instead, she suddenly bursts into a Bollywood song-and-dance routine about why she’s upset!

The next morning, much to her dismay, Sonali’s reality has shifted. Things seem brighter, almost too bright. Her parents have had Bollywood makeovers. Her friends are also breaking out into song and dance. And somehow, everyone is acting as if this is totally normal.

Sonali knows something has gone wrong, and she suspects it has something to do with her own mismanaged emotions. Can she figure it out before it’s too late?

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May 21.

Unsettled

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When Nurah’s family moves from Karachi, Pakistan, to Peachtree City, Georgia, all she really wants is to blend in, but she stands out for all the wrong reasons. Nurah’s accent, floral-print kurtas, and tea-colored skin make her feel excluded, and she’s left to eat lunch alone under the stairwell, until she meets Stahr at swimming tryouts. Stahr covers her body when in the water, just like Nurah, but for very different reasons.

But in the water Nurah doesn’t want to blend in: She wants to stand out. She wants to win medals like her star athlete brother, Owais—who is going through struggles of his own in America—yet when sibling rivalry gets in the way, she makes a split-second decision of betrayal that changes their fates.

As Nurah slowly begins to sprout wings in the form of strong swimming arms, she gradually gains the courage to stand up to bullies, fight for what she believes in, and find her place.

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May 18

A Force of Fire

Pinki hails from a long line of rakkhosh resisters, demons who have spent years building interspecies relationships, working together to achieve their goal of overthrowing the snakey oppressors and taking back their rights. But she has more important things to worry about, like maintaining her status as fiercest rakkhosh in her class and looking after her little cousins. There is also the teeny tiny detail of not yet being able to control her fire breathing and accidentally burning up school property.

Then Sesha, the charming son of the Serpentine Governor, calls on Pinki for help in defeating the resistance, promising to give her what she most desires in return — the ability to control her fire. First she’ll have to protect the Moon Maiden, pretend to be a human (ick), and survive a family reunion. But it’s all worth it for the control of her powers . . . right?

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Ballet Bunnies #3 : Ballerina Birthday

  • The Ballet Bunnies can’t wait to celebrate Millie’s birthday with her!
  • They decide to hide and witness the party.

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June

June 15

The legend of Auntie Po

The legend of autie po

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 about immigrant families and communities holding on to rituals and traditions while staking out their own place in America.

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July

I can help

  • Zahra is helping her friend who needs help in school but gets picked on by popular kids
  • Ditching the volunteer help and joining them only makes her regret it later. How is Zahra going to fix this?

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August

August 3

Eva Evergreen And The Cursed Witch

From this day forward, we will believe in the impossible.

Eva Evergreen has fulfilled her dream of earning the rank of Novice Witch, and discovered the chilling truth behind the mysterious Culling — the violent magical storm wreaking havoc across Rivelle Realm.

Revealing the truth, however, proves to be a difficult task and soon the culprit is at large. To make matters worse Eva learns what might be the horrible truth behind her pinch of magic and her mother’s own mysterious connection to the Culling and rogue magic.

With her spirits at an all-time low, Eva must muster up the courage to prove her mother’s innocence and learn to believe in her own magic, if she wishes to put a stop to the Culling once and for all.

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September

Sep 21

Amira & Hamza : The War to save the worlds

Samira Ahmed’s MG debut inspired by 1000 year old epic , Hamzanama. When these two sisters disturb an ancient astrological object they’re thrust into the magical land Qaf  , where they must end a civil war in order to prevent our moon – the breaker of worlds – from breaking apart and unleashing ferocious jinns, Devs, and ghuls into the Earth

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Anticipated book without release date

No title yet :

Middle grade mystery set in Elathoor , Kerala with a crime solving detective trio by Arathi Menon! I will be updating this space once the title and date are announced.

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