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New and Debut Books by Latinx Authors

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Continuing where I left off in last week's Celebrate Latinx Authors post, today I'm sharing new books by Latinx authors to check out. Many of the titles below are by debut authors!

Book cover of Don't Ask Me Where I'm From
Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon {Debut}
Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school, but when family secrets come out and racism at school gets worse than ever, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

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Diamond City by Francesca Flores {Debut}
Pulled from the streets at age twelve and trained to become one of the most powerful assassins in Sumerand, Aina Solís discovers a conspiracy that could rewrite the kingdom's history and her own future.

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Lobizona by Romina Garber
As an undocumented immigrant on the run from her father's Argentine crime-family, Manuela Azul is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida. Then her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past: a mysterious "Z" emblem. It leads her to a secret world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong. It's not just her U.S. residency that's illegal-- it's her entire existence.

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Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez {Debut}
Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena's motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight. When Atoc demands the real Condesa's hand in marriage, it's Ximena's duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc's no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.

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Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry
Three sisters in San Antonio are shadowed by guilt and grief over the loss of their oldest sister, who still haunts their house.

Book cover of Barely Missing Everything
Barely Missing Everything by Matt Mendez / Casi Alconzar Todo {Debut}
Three Mexican-Americans--Juan, JD, and Fabi--each try to overcome their individual struggles as they all grapple with how to make a better life for themselves when it seems like brown lives don't matter.

Book cover of Sanctuary

Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza & Abby Sher {YA Debut by Mendoza}
In 2032, when sixteen-year-old Vali's mother is detained by the Deportation Forces, Vali must flee Vermont with her little brother, Ernie, hoping to reach their Tía Luna in the sanctuary state of California.

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Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village's stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes. Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit. One night, Xo's wish is granted--in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town's murderous conqueror. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match--if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.

Book cover of Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas {Debut}
Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.

Book cover of We Are Not From Here

We are Not from Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Crossing from Guatemala through Mexico, three teens follow the route of La Bestia, the perilous train system that might deliver them to a better life -- if they are lucky enough to survive the journey. With nothing but the bags on their backs and desperation drumming through their hearts, Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña know there is no turning back, despite the unknown that awaits them. And the darkness that seems to follow wherever they go.

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Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland {YA Debut}
Artemisia (Sia) Martinez's mother was deported to Mexico by ICE and disappeared in the Sonoran Desert trying to make it back to her American family; Sia believes that she was as-good-as murdered by ICE and the sheriff in their small Arizona town on the edge of the national park, and wants revenge against him and his son, Jeremy--but her search for the truth will uncover many more secrets than she counted on.

Book cover of The Grief Keeper
The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante {Debut}
After escaping a detention center at the U.S. border, seventeen-year-old Marisol agrees to participate in a medical experiment hoping to keep her and her younger sister, Gabi, from being deported to El Salvador.