June 22, 2021 Book Releases & Reviews

I’ve got reviews of two adorable middle grade, graphic novels. These June 22 releases are perfect summer reads.

Chunky by Yehudi Mercado


What a freaking adorable graphic memoir with a humorous imaginary mascot friend twist. As a fat kid with only one lung and no coordination, Yehudi struggles to find a sport to compete in, almost losing himself in the process. Ultimately about being true to yourself no matter who that is. And just adorably illustrated and narrated with sports commentator-like addresses to the audience and all. 

Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani


Time traveling and family feels abound in this adorable middle grade graphic novel about a girl who’s father has gone missing–in time. Now, she and her cousin have to figure out how to work an incredible time-traveling jukebox that takes them back to the day of the first-edition vinyls they play. Cute and heartfelt and fun. I imagine this story will especially appeal to kids and teens who love record players, vinyl, and oldies music, but even as someone not terribly into all of that, I still enjoyed it.

We’re also super excited to check out Darling by K. Ancrum, Star Eater by Kerstin Hall, The Boi of Feather and Steel by Adan Jerreat-Poole, and My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Which June 22 releases are you most excited to read?

Author: Rachel Brittain

Rachel is a writer for Book Riot and Tor.com. Her short fiction has been published in Andromeda Spaceways, Luna Station Quarterly, and others. Screaming about books is one of her favorite past times.