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Gift Guide--Young Adults

New Books for Young Adults

Blackout: A Novel By Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063088092
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 22nd, 2021

Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teens in love to this charming, hilarious, and heartwarming novel that shines a bright light through the dark.

A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks…


Iron Widow By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735269934
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Published: Penguin Teen Canada - September 21st, 2021

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

Pacific Rim
meets The Handmaid's Tale in this blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction for YA readers.


This Poison Heart By Kalynn Bayron Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547603909
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 29th, 2021

Darkness blooms in bestselling author Kalynn Bayron’s new contemporary fantasy about a girl with a unique and deadly power.

Briseis has a gift: with a single touch she can grow plants from tiny seeds to rich blooms.


Last Night at the Telegraph Club By Malinda Lo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525555254
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

Winner of the National Book Award
A New York Times Bestseller

"The queer romance we’ve been waiting for.”—Ms. Magazine


Meet Cute Diary By Emery Lee Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063038837
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 4th, 2021

Felix Ever After meets Becky Albertalli in this swoon-worthy, heartfelt rom-com about how a transgender teen’s first love challenges his ideas about perfect relationships.

* A 2022 ALA Rainbow Booklist Selection * A Junior Library Guild Selection *


Kate in Waiting By Becky Albertalli Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062643834
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 20th, 2021

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and rom-com queen Becky Albertalli comes a buoyant new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life, and, yes, theater.


Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora By Saraciea J. Fennell (Editor) Cover Image
By Saraciea J. Fennell (Editor)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250763426
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 2nd, 2021

Edited by The Bronx Is Reading founder Saraciea J. Fennell and featuring an all-star cast of Latinx contributors, Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is a ground-breaking anthology that will spark dialogue and inspire hope


So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix (Remixed Classics #2) By Bethany C. Morrow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250761217
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 7th, 2021

Four young Black sisters come of age during the American Civil War in So Many Beginnings, a warm and powerful YA remix of the classic novel Little Women, by national bestselling author Bethany C. Morrow.


Skin of the Sea (Of Mermaids and Orisa #1) By Natasha Bowen Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593120941
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - November 2nd, 2021

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The must-read Black mermaid fantasy series that #1 NYT bestselling author Nicola Yoon calls “epic and original,” in which one mermaid takes on the gods themselves. Perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Beasts of Prey.

“Riveting.” —NPR


Living Beyond Borders: Growing up Mexican in America By Margarita Longoria Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593204979
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 17th, 2021

*"This superb anthology of short stories, comics, and poems is fresh, funny, and full of authentic YA voices revealing what it means to be Mexican American . . . Not to be missed."--SLC, starred review
 
*"Superlative . . . A memorable collection." --Booklist, starred review


Me (Moth) By Amber McBride Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250780362
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 17th, 2021

FINALIST FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

A debut YA novel-in-verse by Amber McBride, Me (Moth) is about a teen girl who is grieving the deaths of her family, and a teen boy who crosses her path.


Moth has lost her family in an accident. Though she lives with her aunt, she feels alone and uprooted.


Why We Fly By Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492678922
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - October 5th, 2021

Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable book in the Young Adult category

From the New York Times bestselling authors of I'm Not Dying with You Tonight comes a story about friendship, privilege, sports, and protest.


Ace of Spades By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250800817
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 1st, 2021

Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about two students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully.

All you need to know is . . . I’m here to divide and conquer. Like all great tyrants do. —Aces


The Heartbreak Bakery By A. R. Capetta Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536216530
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Published: Candlewick - October 12th, 2021

A Lambda Literary Award Winner

Teenage baker Syd sends ripples of heartbreak through Austin’s queer community when a batch of post-being-dumped brownies turns out to be magical—and makes everyone who eats them break up.


“What’s done is done.”
Unless, of course, it was done by my brownies. Then it’s getting undone.


Firekeeper's Daughter By Angeline Boulley Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

A PRINTZ MEDAL WINNER!
A MORRIS AWARD WINNER!
AN AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH LITERATURE AWARD YA HONOR BOOK!

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB YA PICK

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

Soon to be adapted at Netflix for TV with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground.


A Snake Falls to Earth By Darcie Little Badger Cover Image
$18.99
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ISBN: 9781646140923
Published: Levine Querido - November 23rd, 2021

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
NEWBERY AWARD HONOR
AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH LITERATURE AWARD HONOR
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST

Minneapolis Star Tribune Best of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best of the Year
Kirkus Best the Year
Apple Best of the Year
Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
New York Public Library's Best of the Year


Briar Girls By Rebecca Kim Wells Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534488427
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 16th, 2021

“Sexy and dangerous and full of liars.” —Maggie Tokuda-Hall, author of The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

The Cruel Prince meets A Curse So Dark and Lonely in this epic reimagining of “The Sleeping Beauty” that follows a teen girl on a quest to wake a sleeping princess in an enchanted forest, while searching for the truth behind


The Gilded Ones By Namina Forna Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984848697
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Published: Delacorte Press - February 9th, 2021

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TEEN VOGUE
 
"A dark feminist tale spun with blood and gold. Must read!" –Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles
 


For All Time By Shanna Miles Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534485976
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

A Parade Magazine Best Young Adult Book of 2021

“A romance for the ages…one perfect little novel.” —Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl

The Sun Is Also a Star meets Outlander in this “unforgettable and artfully crafted romance” (Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling au


Chlorine Sky By Mahogany L. Browne Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593176399
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2021

"An absolute masterpiece." -Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X


She Drives Me Crazy By Kelly Quindlen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250209153
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 20th, 2021

“A little sweet, a little sharp.” —Booklist, starred review

High school nemeses fall in love in Kelly Quindlen's She Drives Me Crazy, a queer YA rom com perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Casey McQuiston.


Feminist AF: A Guide to Crushing Girlhood By Brittney Cooper, Chanel Craft Tanner, Susana Morris Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324005056
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Published: Norton Young Readers - October 5th, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2021

Hip-hop and feminism combine in this empowering guide with attitude, from best-selling author Brittney Cooper and founding members of the Crunk Feminist Collective.


Join fifteen bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming authors as they reimagine some of the most popular tropes in the romance genre. 

Fake relationships. Enemies to lovers. Love triangles and best friends, mistaken identities and missed connections.


The Last True Poets of the Sea By Julia Drake Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780759554993
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 15th, 2021

Fans of Far from the Tree, We Are Okay and Emergency Contact will love this epic, utterly unforgettable contemporary novel about a lost shipwreck, a missing piece of family history, and weathering the storms of life. 

The Larkin family isn't just lucky—they persevere.


Star Daughter By Shveta Thakrar Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062894632
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Published: HarperTeen - August 24th, 2021

*Chosen as a 2020 Kids’ Indie Next pick * A Locus Reading List recommendation * An Andre Norton Nebula Award Finalist*

“Shveta Thakrar's prose is as beautiful as starlight.”—New York Times bestselling author Holly Black


Cinderella Is Dead By Kalynn Bayron Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781547606641
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 29th, 2021

"Wholly original and captivating." - Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Girls team up to overthrow the kingdom in this unique and powerful retelling of Cinderella from a stunning new voice that's perfect for fans of Dhonielle Clayton and Melissa Albert.


Pet By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593175446
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • STONEWALL BOOK AWARD WINNER • ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The New York Times • Time • Buzzfeed • NPRNew York Public Library • Publishers Weekly • School Library Journal


A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope By Patrice Caldwell (Editor) Cover Image
By Patrice Caldwell (Editor)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781984835673
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Published: Penguin Books - March 9th, 2021

Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. With stories by: Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Patrice Caldwell, Dhonielle Clayton, J. Marcelle Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, L. L.


Felix Ever After By Kacen Callender Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062820266
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 20th, 2021

A Stonewall Honor Book * A Time Magazine Best YA Book of All Time

From Stonewall and Lambda Award–winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.


Each of Us a Desert By Mark Oshiro Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250169228
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Published: Tor Teen - November 9th, 2021

From award-winning author Mark Oshiro comes a powerful coming-of-age fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life


Yes No Maybe So By Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062937032
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 15th, 2020

A book about the power of love and resistance from New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed.

YES


You Should See Me in a Crown By Leah Johnson Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338503296
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 1st, 2021

A TIME Magazine Best YA Book of All Time

A Stonewall Honor Book

A Reese's Book Club YA Pick

Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town.


This Is My Brain in Love By I. W. Gregorio Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316423830
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 13th, 2021

Told in dual narrative, This Is My Brain in Love is a stunning YA contemporary romance, exploring mental health, race, and, ultimately self-acceptance, for fans of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and Emergency Contact.

Jocelyn Wu has just three wishes for her junior year: To make it through without dying of boredom, to direct a short film with her BFF Priya V


Raybearer By Jordan Ifueko Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781419739835
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Published: Amulet Paperbacks - August 3rd, 2021

Named one of the best books of the year by People Magazine, Buzzfeed, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and more!

"Dazzling...


Lobizona: A Novel (Wolves of No World #1) By Romina Garber Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250239136
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Published: Wednesday Books - August 17th, 2021

"Garber’s gorgeous novel combines the wonder of a Hogwarts-style magic school with the Twilight-esque dynamics of a hidden magical species that has strict rules about interacting with the human world." - BOOKLIST (Starred Review)

Some people ARE illegal.

Lobizonas do NOT exist.

Both of these statements are false.


The Stars and the Blackness Between Them By Junauda Petrus Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780525555490
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Published: Penguin Books - June 23rd, 2020

A Coretta Scott King Honor Book

Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus's bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.


These Witches Don't Burn By Isabel Sterling Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451480347
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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2020

"Infused with page-turning suspense, bittersweet romance, shocking twists, and tragic turns, Sterling has written a standout debut." --Dana Mele, author of People Like Us