Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
When Quinton Peters mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news?
Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet, meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems, than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside, if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarves, yetis and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate.
With an evil magican threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.
Trigger & Content Warnings:
- Racism & racist microaggressions*
- Hospital & comas
- Disappearance & presumed death of a brother (central theme)
- Home invasion (side character’s house, off-page)
- Bullying & cyberbullying
- Poverty themes
*Note: the protagonist learns she her ancestors were slaves in chapter 23.