It Jes Happened by Don Tate illus. by R. Gregory Christie is also very good. It is the story about folk artist Bill Traylor. A few months back a few months back the High Museum in Atlanta was showing some of Traylor's work, and I was able to go with a friend. I really enjoyed it especially the people Traylor drew and the sharp clothes he put them in. Tate and Christie had a book signing at the High, but unfortunately I had to work that day so I couldn't go.
Instead of doing an on sale now post for August, I've decided to simply list the two titles I am aware of now. I know there are more August releases that fit my criteria of featuring characters of color or having a diverse cast. But truth be told I don't feel like looking for them. Is that wrong? Maybe a little. But it takes a lot of time, and I should only do it if I want to. I love the search when I am in the mode for it, otherwise it feels like work. So only two this week, though of course I will mention other new releases when they are brought to my attention.
August New Releases
Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon
A Certain October by Angela Johnson
As an added bonus a fiction title I can't wait to read that I've heard as some YA crossover appeal
Devil's Wake by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due. I am a very big Due fan, so much so that I am psyched to read this book about Zombies even though they are just not my thing.
Finally a very random tidbit that will probably never be useful, but here it is anyway, the three listed releases are all published by Simon & Schuster