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30 of the Fall's Biggest YA Books

  • TEEN

    STAGE DREAMS

    SEPT. 3, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

STAGE DREAMS

by Melanie Gillman ; illustrated by Melanie Gillman

An engrossing escapade with a heart-stealing queer romance. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    DREAMS COME TO LIFE

    SEPT. 3, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

DREAMS COME TO LIFE

by Adrienne Kress

Sinister and twisted, this Faustian page-turner enlightens as it frightens. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    BUTTERFLY YELLOW

    SEPT. 3, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

BUTTERFLY YELLOW

by Thanhha Lai

Masterfully conjures grace, beauty, and humor out of the tragic wake of the Vietnam War. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    LOKI

    SEPT. 3, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

LOKI

by Mackenzi Lee ; illustrated by Stephanie Hans

This deft, nuanced examination of identity, destiny, and agency is a surprisingly tender addition to the Marvel canon. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE DOZIER SCHOOL FOR BOYS

    SEPT. 3, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE DOZIER SCHOOL FOR BOYS

by Elizabeth A. Murray

A grim, harrowing, and important read with insights into the troubled juvenile justice system. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    HIS HIDEOUS HEART

    SEPT. 10, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

HIS HIDEOUS HEART

edited by Dahlia Adler

Poe’s ghost happily haunts this fresh, delightfully dark collection. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    PET

    SEPT. 10, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

PET

by Akwaeke Emezi

This soaring novel shoots for the stars and explodes the sky with its bold brilliance. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    HOPE IS OUR ONLY WING

    SEPT. 10, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

HOPE IS OUR ONLY WING

by Rutendo Tavengerwei

A narrative of courage and optimism in the face of loss, this novel is brilliant storytelling. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    FRANKLY IN LOVE

    SEPT. 10, 2019

  • TEEN

    THE DARK OF THE SEA

    SEPT. 15, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE DARK OF THE SEA

by Imam Baksh

Magical realism done well: a whirlpool of adventure that will suck readers right in. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    CITY OF BEASTS

    SEPT. 17, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

CITY OF BEASTS

by Corrie Wang

A post-apocalypse scenario combining ethics and action explores whether society can be taken apart and rebuilt for the... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    SLAY

    SEPT. 24, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

SLAY

by Brittney Morris

Gamers and black activists alike will be ready to SLAY all day. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA

    OCT. 1, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA

by Julia Drake

A warm, wise, strange meditation on developing the strength to be vulnerable. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    SPIES

    OCT. 1, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

SPIES

by Marc Favreau

Ian Fleming couldn’t have dreamt up anything better. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BATMAN

    OCT. 1, 2019

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

BATMAN

by Marie Lu ; adapted by Stuart Moore ; illustrated by Chris Wildgoose

A worthy addition to the expansive Batman corpus Full review >

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  • TEEN

    A HOUSE OF RAGE AND SORROW

    SEPT. 17, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

A HOUSE OF RAGE AND SORROW

by Sangu Mandanna

Extraordinarily drawn characters and plot twists will keep readers’ hearts racing. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THIRTEEN DOORWAYS, WOLVES BEHIND THEM ALL

    OCT. 1, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THIRTEEN DOORWAYS, WOLVES BEHIND THEM ALL

by Laura Ruby

A layered, empathetic examination of the ghosts inside all girls’ lives, full of historical realism and timeless feeling. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    NOW ENTERING ADDAMSVILLE

    OCT. 1, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

NOW ENTERING ADDAMSVILLE

by Francesca Zappia ; illustrated by Francesca Zappia

A darkly humorous, rapid-fire read in which the living are sometimes scarier than the dead. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE GRACE YEAR

    OCT. 8, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE GRACE YEAR

by Kim Liggett

Chilling, poignant, haunting, and, unfortunately, all too timely. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ROGUE HEART

    OCT. 8, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

ROGUE HEART

by Axie Oh

A fantastic, fun, and fast read for fans of Stranger Things, The Hunger Games, Pacific Rim, and romantic Korean dramas. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS

    OCT. 8, 2019

  • TEEN

    LIGHT IT UP

    OCT. 22, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

LIGHT IT UP

by Kekla Magoon

This companion to a modern classic offers an even deeper, more layered depiction of the impact of a police shooting. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE

    OCT. 22, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE

by Ruta Sepetys

A stunning novel that exposes modern fascism and elevates human resilience. (author’s note, research and sources, glossary,... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    WINTERWOOD

    NOV. 5, 2019

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