Fall 2021 Most Anticipated YA Reads Are Here!

As one season falls into the next, the pages turn on a fresh batch of the hottest YA reads for your TBR pile. So grab that hot apple cider, cuddle up in your comfiest sweater, and check out the newest must-reads for fall!

Fall in Love with This Season’s Romance and Contemporary Titles

A musical coming-of-age, an existential teen crisis, a book blogger’s New York winter break, a love haunted by the ghost of addiction. You will fall into these pages.

Alma Presses Play

Alma Presses Play

By Tina Cane

On Sale 09.14.21

A lyrical novel-in-verse that takes us through the journey of coming of age in New York during the 80s.

Alma's life is a series of halfways: She's half-Chinese, half-Jewish; her parents spend half the time fighting, and the other half silent; and she's halfway through becoming a woman. But as long as she can listen to her Walkman, hang out with her friends on the stoops of the Village, and ride her bike around the streets of New Yor...

The Holiday Switch

The Holiday Switch

By Tif Marcelo

On Sale 10.05.21

Two rival coworkers with two very big secrets . . . What could possibly go wrong? Cozy up with this charming holiday romance by USA Today bestselling author Tif Marcelo. 

Lila Santos is ready for her last winter break of high school. The snow in her small town of Holly, New York, is plentiful, the mood is as cozy as a fuzzy Christmas sweater, and she's earning extra cash working at the local in...

The Year I Stopped Trying

The Year I Stopped Trying

By Katie Heaney

On Sale 11.16.21

Booksmart meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower in this novel of overachieving, existential crises, growing up, and coming out, from the author of Girl Crushed and Never Have I Ever.

Mary is having an existential crisis. She's a good student, she never gets in trouble, and she is searching for the meaning of life. She always thought she'd find it in a perfect score on the SATs. But by junior year, Mary is...

You'd Be Home Now

You'd Be Home Now

By Kathleen Glasgow

On Sale 09.28.21

From the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces comes a breathtaking story about a town, its tragedies, and the quiet beauty of everyday life.

For all of Emory's life she's been told who she is. In town she's the rich one--the great-great-granddaughter of the mill's founder. At school she's hot Maddie Ward's younger sister. And at home, she's the good one, her stoner older brother Joey's babysitter. Everyt...

Chilly Thrillers

Monsters, unsolved murders, and small-town mysteries abound on this fall’s YA thriller reading list.

As Good as Dead

As Good as Dead

By Holly Jackson

On Sale 09.28.21

The highly anticipated, edge-of-your-seat conclusion to the addictive A Good Girl's Guide to Murder series that reads like your favorite true crime podcast or show. By the end, you'll never think of good girls the same way again...

Pip is about to head to college, but she is still haunted by the way her last investigation ended. She’s used to online death threats in the wake of her viral true-crime podcast, but she can&rs...

Lies Like Wildfire

Lies Like Wildfire

By Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

On Sale 09.07.21

An intense high-stakes story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames, perfect for fans of Karen McManus and E. Lockhart.

In Gap Mountain, California, everyone knows about fire season. And no one is more vigilant than 18-year-old Hannah Warner, the sheriff's daughter and aspiring FBI agent. That is until this summer. When Hannah and her best friends accidentally spark an enormous and d...

Killer Content

Killer Content

By Kiley Roache

On Sale 11.30.21

Knives Out meets One of Us is Lying! In this paperback original thriller a group of famous TikTokers begin turning on each other when one member of the group is found dead at their beachfront Malibu mansion.

35 million followers. One dead body.


The six teenagers who make up the Lit Lair seem to have it all. A beach front Malibu mansion, millions of TikTok followers, model goo...



No Beauties or Monsters

No Beauties or Monsters

By Tara Goedjen

On Sale 12.07.21

For fans of Rory Power and Stranger Things comes an all-new, hair-raising mystery about a girl whose family secrets are as threatening as the desert that surrounds her—but whose quest to expose the truth may tear apart reality itself.  

Rylie hasn't been back to Twentynine Palms since her dad died. She left a lot of memories out there, buried in the sand of the Mojave Desert. Memories about her dad, her...

Small Town Monsters

Small Town Monsters

By Diana Rodriguez Wallach

On Sale 09.07.21

The Conjuring meets The Vow! This terrifying paperback original tells the unputdownable story of a girl, a dark angel, and the cult hellbent on taking over her small, coastal town.

Vera Martinez wants nothing more than to escape Roaring Creek and her parents' reputation as demonologists. Not to mention she's the family outcast, lacking her parents' innate abilities, and is terrified of the ...

You'll Be the Death of Me

You'll Be the Death of Me

By Karen M. McManus

On Sale 11.30.21

From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new pulse-pounding thriller. It's Ferris Bueller's Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly—and fatally—wrong.

Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day.
 
Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and...



Escape into Another World with New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Titles

Out-of-this-universe love, dark secrets, and the ancient decree of the sea await on the pages of this fall’s most-anticipated YA sci-fi and fantasy titles.

Aurora's End

Aurora's End

By Jay Kristoff

On Sale 11.09.21

The squad you love is out of time. Prepare for the thrilling finale in the epic, best-selling Aurora Cycle series about a band of unlikely heroes who just might be the galaxy's last hope for survival.

Is this the end?
    What happens when you ask a bunch of losers, discipline cases, and misfits to save the galaxy from an ancient evil? The ancient evil wins, of course.
    ...



Before Takeoff

Before Takeoff

By Adi Alsaid

On Sale 01.25.22

The Sun Is Also a Star meets Jumanji when two teens meet and fall in love during a layover-gone-wrong at the Atlanta airport in this thrilling new novel from the author of Let's Get Lost!

James and Michelle find themselves in the Atlanta airport on a layover. They couldn't be more different, but seemingly interminable delays draw them both to a mysterious flashing green light--and each other.

Where James...



The Excalibur Curse

The Excalibur Curse

By Kiersten White

On Sale 12.07.21

The gripping conclusion to the acclaimed Arthurian fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White finds Guinevere questioning everything—friends and enemies, good and evil, and, most of all, herself.

While journeying north toward the Dark Queen, Guinevere falls into the hands of her enemies. Behind her are Lancelot, trapped on the other side of the magical barrier they created to prote...

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Lost Stories Collection

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Lost Stories Collection

By Michael Scott

On Sale 11.02.21

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series—but did you know he really lived? You can learn his secrets in the bestselling Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, and discover the Lost Stories—tales of myth, legend, and magic, previously lost to history and never before seen in print!

Enter the world of the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel like you never have before.
 
The le...



Skin of the Sea

Skin of the Sea

By Natasha Bowen

On Sale 11.09.21

An unforgettable fantasy debut inspired by West African mythology, this is Children of Blood and Bone meets The Little Mermaid, in which a mermaid takes on the gods themselves.

A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.

Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata—a mermaid—collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.

But wh...







Spells Like Teen Spirit

Spells Like Teen Spirit

By Kate M. Williams

On Sale 09.21.21

The final installment in the hilarious, action-packed Babysitters Coven series that Refinery29 calls "candy for 90's girls and Gen Z'ers alike," featuring a coven of witchy babysitters sworn to protect the innocent and defend the world from an onslaught of evil--all before bedtime.

Ever since Esme met Cassandra Heaven and discovered the truth about their shared legacy--that they're Sitters, supernaturally gifted teens tasked ...

Graphic Novels Coming This Fall

The art of storytelling comes alive with magical love, supernatural mystery, and the second volume of hypnotic teen detectives.

Coming Back

Coming Back

By Jessi Zabarsky

On Sale 12.07.21

A beautiful graphic novel fantasy romance that follows two young women who have to go on their own separate adventures to discover the truth about themselves and about each other.

Preet is magic.
 
Valissa is not.
 
Everyone in their village has magic in their bones, and Preet is the strongest of them all. Without any power of her own, how can Valissa ever be worthy of Preet’s love? Wh...





Fly by Night

Fly by Night

By Tara O'Connor

On Sale 10.12.21

In this environmental-thriller graphic novel with a supernatural twist, Dee must find out what happened to her missing twin. An amazing mystery filled with strange creatures, high school drama, and family, this darkly illustrated book shows us that monsters are all around us.

There are monsters in the woods.
 
While out searching desperately for her missing sister, Dee discovers something isn’t qu...



The Montague Twins #2: The Devil's Music

The Montague Twins #2: The Devil's Music

By Drew Shannon

On Sale 12.07.21

The Hardy Boys meets Paper Girls in the second volume of this mystery series featuring teen detectives, witches, and now a mystery rock 'n' roll song capable of a sinister, Pied Piper-like hypnosis.

Alastair, Pete, Charlie, and Rachel aren't just magical teen detectives in their coastal town of Port Howl--they are also members of a local teen rock band. Before a show one night, Charlie and Rachel meet a famous rockstar...

Nonfiction Favorites

Dive into real-life stories about a young Black man growing up in the South, disability in America, being queer in skating, and the hidden light of Elizebeth Smith Friedman.

Julia Defiant

Julia Defiant

By Catherine Egan

Fans of Graceling and Six of Crows will thrill to the masterful world-building and fiercely flawed heroine in this heart-pounding follow-up to Julia Vanishes, book two in the Witch’s Child trilogy.
 
“Adventure, murder, romance, intrigue, and betrayal with a 16-year-old heroine that is both fierce and flawed at the same time.” —Hypable.com
 
Ju...



Disability Visibility (Adapted for Young Adults)

Disability Visibility (Adapted for Young Adults)

By Alice Wong

On Sale 10.26.21

Disabled young people will be proud to see themselves reflected in this hopeful, compelling, and insightful essay collection, adapted for young adults from the critically acclaimed adult book, Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century that "sheds light on the experience of life as an individual with disabilities, as told by none other than authors with these life experiences." --Chicago Tribune, "B...

On Top of Glass

On Top of Glass

By Karina Manta

On Sale 10.19.21

An insightful memoir from a figure skating champion about her life as a bisexual professional athlete, perfect for readers of Fierce by Aly Raisman and Forward by Abby Wambach.

Karina Manta has had a busy few years: Not only did she capture the hearts of many with her fan-favorite performance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, she also became the first female figure skater on Team USA to come out as qu...

The Woman All Spies Fear

The Woman All Spies Fear

By Amy Butler Greenfield

On Sale 10.19.21

An inspring true story, perfect for fans of Hidden Figures, about an American woman who pioneered codebreaking in WWI and WWII but was only recently recognized for her extraordinary contributions.

Elizebeth Smith Friedman always had a penchant for solving riddles. It was this skill that led her to become one of the top cryptanalysts in America during both World War I and World War II.
 
She origina...



New in Paperback

Our most-anticipated paperback reading list is here! Get lost in the pages of these titles with themes of love, addiction, superheroes, queer romance, and how a refugee became an international peace activist.

Black Canary: Breaking Silence

Black Canary: Breaking Silence

By Alexandra Monir

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES!
 
DC Icons continues with the first-ever YA origin story of superhero Black Canary, from the internationally bestselling author Alexandra Monir. In this thrilling novel, Dinah Lance's voice is her weapon. And in a near-future world where women have no rights, she won't hesitate to use everything she has--including her song--to fight back.

Dinah Lance w...



The Camelot Betrayal

The Camelot Betrayal

By Kiersten White

The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom's influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of ...

Coming Up for Air

Coming Up for Air

By Nicole B. Tyndall

For fans of Nina LaCour and The Spectacular Now, a powerful coming-of-age story about a girl with creative aspirations and the boy who charms his way into her life, centering on themes of addiction, loss, and the tumultuousness of first love--and how to find strength when everything falls apart.

Ever since her mom's cancer scare, Hadley hasn't been one for taking risks. And after seeing her sister go through one too many hear...

For Better or Cursed

For Better or Cursed

By Kate M. Williams

Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed sequel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

Esme Pearl's life used to be all about bumming rides and babysitting. Sure, it wasn't glamorous, but it was predictable. All that changed when Cassandra Heaven came to ...

Girl Crushed

Girl Crushed

By Katie Heaney

Leah on the Offbeat meets We Are Okay in this pitch-perfect queer romance about falling in love and never quite falling out of it--heartbreak, unexpected new crushes, and all.

Before Quinn Ryan was in love with Jamie Rudawski, she loved Jamie Rudawski, who was her best friend. But when Jamie dumps Quinn a month before their senior year, Quinn is suddenly girlfriend-less and best friend-less.

Enter a new ...



Hope in the Mail

Hope in the Mail

By Wendelin Van Draanen

Want to write a novel? This book is the motivation you need! Part writing guide and part memoir, this inspiring book from the author of Flipped and The Running Dream is like Bird by Bird for YA readers and writers.

Wendelin Van Draanen didn't grow up wanting to be a writer, but thirty books later, she's convinced that writing saved her life. Or, at least, saved her from a life of bitterness and despair. W...

Just Our Luck

Just Our Luck

By Julia Walton

From the author of Words on Bathroom Walls—now a major motion picture—comes a romance in the spirit of Dear Evan Hansen about overcoming anxiety—and about finding love and friendship in unlikely places.

★ "A masterpiece" —Kirkus, starred review

"Bad luck follows lies." That was the first rule for life that Leo's Greek grandmother, Yia Yia, gave hi...



A Light in the Darkness

A Light in the Darkness

By Albert Marrin

From National Book Award Finalist Albert Marrin comes the moving story of Janusz Korczak, the heroic Polish Jewish doctor who devoted his life to children, perishing with them in the Holocaust.

Janusz Korczak was more than a good doctor. He was a hero. The Dr. Spock of his day, he established orphanages run on his principle of honoring children and shared his ideas with the public in books and on the radio. He famously said that "ch...

Walk Toward the Rising Sun

Walk Toward the Rising Sun

By Garen Thomas

The amazing autobiography of a young Sudanese boy who went from a child soldier and struggling refugee to international peace activist and Hollywood actor.

Sudan, 1980s: Ger Duany knew what he wanted out of life--make his family proud, play with his brothers and sisters, maybe get an education like his brother Oder suggested, and become a soldier for his people when he's old enough. But then his village was att...

Warmaidens

Warmaidens

By Kelly Coon

“A dark, delectable, and utterly unique series that readers will want to drown in.” —Laura Sebastian, New York Times bestselling author of the Ash Princess series

Warmaidens
is the action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them.

Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in...



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