Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 16, 2016

Independent Booksellers’ Debut Picks of the Season


Independent Booksellers’ Debut Picks of the Season


The Weight of Zero, Karen Fortunati
Delacorte Press/ Random House Children’s Books, 9781101938898, October 11, 2016 (Young Adult)

“After Catherine is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she doesn’t believe that she’ll survive. She knows that, while right now she’s ok, soul-crushing depression, which she calls Zero, is coming for her. So she decides that she won’t let it get her — she’ll end things before it hits. But she has a few things to do first. Catherine’s bucket list becomes an unlikely source for change as she begins to find hope where she never expected it. This book absolutely floored me. It tore me apart and rebuilt me, in the best possible way. It is by far the best depiction of depression that I’ve read in a very long time. I spent the last half of the book in grateful tears, filled with a deep recognition that gave me hope for life and love for Catherine. I cannot express enough what this book meant to me. Read it. It’ll change you.”

– Flannery Fitch, Bookshop Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)

The Rest of the Summer/Fall 2016 Middle Grade/Young Adult debuts are:

Learning to Swear in America, by Katie Kennedy, Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, 9781619639096, July 5, 2016 (Young Adult)

The Killer in Me, by Margot Harrison, Disney-Hyperion, 9781484727997, July 12, 2016 (Young Adult)

How to Hang a Witch, by Adriana Mather, Random House Children’s Books/Knopf BYR, 9780553539479, July 26, 2016 (Young Adult)

This Is Not a Werewolf Story, by Sandra Evans, S&S Kids/Atheneum, 9781481444804, July 26, 2016 (Middle Grade)

Our Chemical Hearts, by Krystal Sutherland, Penguin Young Readers Group/G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR, 9780399546563, September 6, 2016 (Young Adult)

The Weight of Zero, by Karen Fortunati, Random House Children’s Books/Delacorte Press, 9781101938898, September 6, 2016 (Young Adult)

Every Falling Star, by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland, Abrams Kids/Amulet, 9781419721328, September 13, 2016 (Nonfiction)

It Looks Like This, by Rafi Mittlefehldt, Candlewick Press, 9780763687199, September 13, 2016 (Young Adult)

The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes, by Wade Albert White, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316305280, September 13, 2016 (Middle Grade)

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, by Kate Beasley, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR, 9780374302610, October 4, 2016 (Middle Grade)

Congratulations everyone. Can’t wait to read your books.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thank you so much, Kathy, for the shout out!! xoxo


  2. Great post, Kathy! And congrats Karen!


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