Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell (Chronicle Books, January 31, 2017)

Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving met when they were children, and their romance grew over time into a true love they were willing to fight for. Loving vs. Virginia is a beautiful book-in-verse looking at the groundbreaking case of Loving vs. Virginia as they fought for the right to marry the person they love. Told in a documentary style with a lyrical verse narrative, Powell shows that beneath the story of the court case, segregation, prejudice, and injustice, the heart of the story is the Lovings' love for each other.
- Kellee Moye

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (Dutton, February 14, 2017)

Marin is off to college - or did she run away from her California home? She’s prepared to spend holiday break in her deserted dorm, waiting out wintry chill and snow, but that solitary stretch is broken up by the arrival of the one person from her past who might be able to see into her lonely heart. WE ARE OKAY is a story of loss and reconnection, a character-driven winter’s tale of love and reconnection.
- Anne McLeod

Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy (Bloomsbury, 2016)

LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA is a wild ride in which 17-year-old Yuri, a Russian physicist, works with a team of NASA scientists trying to save perhaps not the whole world but a healthy chunk of North America from an incipient asteroid strike. He’s also falling in love with Dovie whose unconventional family pull him into their own orbit. There’s plenty of humor and a just bit of swearing, as Yuri plays cat-and-mouse with government agencies with mysterious motives while he’s working to a serious deadline and attending his first-ever American prom.
- Anne McLeod

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (Balzer+Bray, April 4, 2017)

Sisters Gem and Dixie are used to looking after themselves while their mother works and parties. When their feckless father reappears at their apartment with plenty of cash and leaves behind a mysterious backpack, they may just have their ticket out the door. Family drama and sibling bonds drive this story of a road trip that must somehow come to an end.
-Anne McLeod