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For the love of stories

This season’s fiction for young people is terrifyingly dark, playfully adventurous, and as silly as a baby hashtag book

A Girl like that

Tanaz Bhathena (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Raincoast Books, Feb.) There’s a good deal of buzz around Tanaz Bhathena’s debut novel, which is set in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and explores race, religion, and class. T he book, which starts w ith a car accident involving titular 16-year-old troublemaker Zarin Wadia, is told in multiple voices, as those closest to Zarin try to figure out how the accident happened and if the girl really was who she seemed.

This book betrays My brother

Kagiso Lesego Molope (Mawenzi House Publishers, May) This coming-of-age YA novel won the Percy Fitzpatrick Prize for Youth Literature in South Africa when it was published there in 2012. South African–born, Ottawa-based author Kagiso Lesego Molope tells the story of a younger sister who idolizes her brother until she sees him do something that throws her life in disarray.

Here so Far away

Hadley Dyer

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