September’s New Books

Every month we feature all the new middle grade and young adult releases that include diversity. September brings a bumper crop of 26 new titles: 16 new middle grade and 10 new young adult novels. This month also marks the publication of the first three titles from Tu Books, a multicultural imprint from Lee & Low that focuses on fantasy, science fiction, and mystery.

By “diversity” we mean: (1) main characters or major secondary characters (e.g., a love interest or best friend kind of character) who are of color or are LGBT; or (2) written by a person of color or LGBT author. Unfortunately due to time constraints we are unable to include each book’s summary, but we encourage you to click on the book covers to be taken to Indie Bound, where you can read a description of the book.


Middle Grade



Young Adult


Did we miss any books? Tell us about them in the comments!

7 thoughts on “September’s New Books

  1. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. This is different from what Johnson’s done before and very good. And its diverse, double sweetness.

    Dear Bully edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones

    What You Wish For by Various Authors

    My Own Worst Frenemy by Kimberly Reid

    The Shattering is great and a wonderful follow up to The Guardian of the Dead

  2. Doret, that’s great to hear about The Name of the Star. I was wondering, because Maureen’s books do tend to be diverse, but I couldn’t find any reviews that indicated one way or another. What is the diversity about? Is it more than a secondary character?

  3. Thanks! We go by the publisher’s classification, which has the book listed as for ages 10 and up. But the author (who will be guest posting here soon!) has also told us that it’s YA, so I’ve moved it.

  4. My new middle grade novel, MO WREN LOST AND FOUND, pubbed Aug 23. It’s a sequel to WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET–both books feature Mercedes Walcott, whose father is white and mother black, and her black grandmother Da, in important roles. Just saying!

  5. Another September release is Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand up, edited by Steve Berman (Bold Strokes Books)

    Speaking Out features stories for and about LGBT and Q teens by fresh voices and noted authors in the field of young adult literature. These are inspiring stories of overcoming adversity (against intolerance and homophobia) and experiencing life after “coming out.” Queer teens need tales of what might happen next in their lives, and editor Steve Berman showcases a diversity of events, challenges, and, especially, triumphs.

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