El Deafo by Cece Bell
Available September 2, 2014 from Amulet
In El Deafo, Cece Bell recounts her experience as the girl with the sonic ear, a hearing device that sets her apart, for better and worse. At first, Cece resents the hearing aide, which is bulky and awkward. It helps her hear, but it definitely doesn't allow her to blend in. All Cece truly wants is a true friend, someone who likes what she likes and, most of all, likes Cece for exactly who she is. A memorable story about friendship, standing up for oneself, and the joy of being a true individual. This fantastic graphic novel will pair well with novels like Wonder, as it has similar themes, but offers a very different storytelling format. Definitely a must-have for the classroom this fall.
The Troubles of Johnny Cannon by Isaiah Campbell
Available October 14, 2014 from Simon & Schuster
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It's 1961 in Cullman, Alabama and racial and political tensions are running high. Johnny's older brother, a pilot, is away on military assignment and Johnny is now the man of the house, left to look after his difficult, disabled father. While his father spends his days secreted away in a shed out back, unwilling to discuss the radio equipment he's suddenly so preoccupied with, Johnny struggles to find his place and point-of-view. Isaiah Campbell's debut offers a compelling look at 1960s espionage, Cold War paranoia, and Southern racial tensions, narrated by the singular Johnny Cannon, a voice readers won't soon forget.
Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin
Available September 23, 2014 from Egmont
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In a hospital where teens undergo a procedure in which their memories are wiped, one patient must fight for her life and the truth about her past. Sarah’s final surgery is cut short when the hospital is invaded by unknown forces. Confused and afraid, she teams up with a hacker who covertly breached the hospital prior to the attack. As she navigates her way through the danger at hand, she must also wade through an onslaught of returning memories. Who is she? Is the tabula rasa surgery truly meant to protect her? Or is something far more sinister taking places in the secluded hospital? A non-stop thrill ride, Tabula Rasa is an explosive debut.