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Jeff Hobbs, author of Show Them You're Good: Four Boys and the Quest for College

Four teenage boys are high school seniors at two very different schools within the city of Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the nation with nearly 700,000 students. Combining complex social issues with the compelling experience of the individual, Jeff Hobbs takes us deep inside these boys’ worlds. The foursome includes Carlos, the younger son of undocumented delivery workers, who aims to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and attend an Ivy League college; Tio harbors serious ambitions to become an engineer, despite a father who doesn’t believe in him; Jon struggles to put distance between himself and his mother, who is suffocating him with her own expectations; and Owen, raised in a wealthy family, can’t get serious about academics but knows he must.

Week of August 16, 2021

Paperback releases for the week of August 16th include SHOW THEM YOU'RE GOOD by Jeff Hobbs, a brilliant and transcendent work that closely follows four Los Angeles high school boys as they apply to college; CRY BABY, a prequel to Mark Billingham’s acclaimed debut, SLEEPYHEAD, which highlights the case that shaped the career of Detective Inspector Tom Thorne; CROSSHAIRS, Catherine Hernandez's unforgettable and timely dystopian tale about a near-future, where a queer Black performer and his allies join forces to rise up when an oppressive regime gathers those deemed “Other” into concentration camps; and KILLER, COME BACK TO ME, a deluxe illustrated commemorative collection of Ray Bradbury's finest crime stories --- tales as strange and wonderful as his signature fantasy.